Joyce from diywithjoy.com shares her First Solo Nightlife Experience In Thailand
I travelled to Phuket, Thailand for the ultimate solo birthday trip and purposely chose to stay in Patong for the first half of my trip as this beach resort town is famously known for its bustling nightlife, variety of activities, markets and plenty of restaurants.
I wouldn't really consider myself a hardcore party girl, but I do love to dance to good music and sometimes experience nightlife in a new country. Patong has a popular road called Bangla where the best nightlife happens. My plan was to hopefully meet people during the day and join them in their night adventures which worked for the first few days of my holiday here. The night before my first solo nightlife experience, I had met some lovely girls at Illuzion club on Bangla road, exchanged numbers and planned to meet at the same club at an agreed time the next night. I was super excited and relieved as I didn't have to worry about venturing out alone.
The next night I got to the club and walked a few steps, patiently looking out for the girls I had planned to meet. I went around the club, scoping the area, trying to look confident while doing this and hoping to bump into the girls but this never happened.
Then it began to sink in like a ton of bricks and felt overwhelmed at the thought of being alone. Can people tell I'm alone? Well, this is going to be awkward, were some of the dubious thoughts I had in my mind.
I did find out at a later time that the girls didn't have wifi to contact me and must have missed each other in the club as the venue was really massive. I literally gave myself a pep talk reassuring myself that everything will be fine. I thought to myself, If I am able to travel all the way Thailand solo, I should be brave enough to experience one solo nightlife as well right! At that moment, I started dancing by myself for a good few minutes but I wasn't feeling the music. I was extremely wide awake because of jet lag and didn't want to go back to my hotel just yet.
I went to sit down and was on my phone, attempting to look like I was doing something interesting or waiting for someone. A guy started talking to me and after about 10 minutes I wasn't really feeling the conversation. I got up and went to use the toilet before deciding that it was time for me to head back. However, I got lost trying to find the exit and faintly heard some up-tempo music, intriguing me to investigate. It was a hidden part of the club, known to locals as the after-party area. This hidden club was playing one of my favourite genres of music, Afrobeats which is the type of music that would make you want to shake a leg or two. The atmosphere in this place was buzzing, the music got me excited and I started dancing. Within a few minutes, I met people from Paris, LA, locals from Thailand and didn't feel alone anymore. I had engaging conversations with random strangers and enjoyed my experience. I even managed to get a free ride on a motorbike back to my hotel safely. I really lived my best life that night!