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Thailand for Solo Travelers: Bangkok, Phuket & the Islands

9 days |  13 days with Chiang Mai & Bangkok extension
9 days |  13 days with Chiang Mai & Bangkok extension
Group size1528 travelers
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Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand
Chinatown in Bangkok Thailand
Boating in Thailand
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
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    Jade greens and turquoise blues await in Thailand. See the full spectrum alongside other solo travelers.

    What could be better than exploring golden temples in Bangkok, or snorkeling and swimming in the transparent waters of the Thai islands? Doing it all alongside other intrepid solo travelers—and returning home with a whole new group of friends. This Solo Tour will sweep you from Thailand’s biggest city to its largest island—and if you add the extension to Chiang Mai, you’ll get to add lush rice paddies and a thriving elephant sanctuary to that list.

    Your tour package includes

    • 7 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
    • 7 breakfasts
    • 2 lunches
    • 2 dinners with beer or wine
    • 3 food tastings
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    Included highlights

    • Grand Palace
    • Klong cruise
    • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
    • Maeklong Railway Market
    • Organic Thai farm visit
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    Day-by-day itinerary

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    Overnight Flight1 night
    Day 1: Travel day

    Board your overnight flight to Bangkok today.

    Bangkok3 nights
    Day 2: Arrival in Bangkok

    Welcome to Thailand! As you arrive at your hotel tonight, you might receive a wai: a traditional greeting where the hands are placed in a prayer-like position, followed by a gentle bow of the head. Return the greeting (or offer a warm smile back), then settle into your room.

    Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Bangkok
    Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome lunch, Tasting

    Join your Tour Director for a sightseeing tour of Bangkok, the bustling capital city set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

    • Explore the sprawling Grand Palace, home to the kings of Siam from 1782 to 1925. The landmark’s exterior elegantly blends traditional Thai architecture with inspiration from the European Renaissance.
    • While roaming the complex, pass by Wat Phra Kaew. Also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this structure is the spiritual core of Thai Buddhism and a pilgrimage site for the devout.
    • Step inside the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, or Wat Pho, to admire the grandeur of the gilded, 150-foot-long statue depicting the Buddha’s passing and attainment of nirvana. (It’s the biggest reclining Buddha statue in the city!)
    • Look over the nearby flower market’s rainbow-hued rows of blooms before taking a walking tour of the Chinatown neighborhood, one of the largest in the world. It’s bursting with food stalls, ornate temples, and the rich history of its immigrants; take it all in as you go.
    • Visit the Amulet Market. Blessed by Buddhist monks, these charms are believed to protect their wearers from harm and, in some cases, bring good fortune. Learn about their cultural significance, then shop around and see if any call to you.

    Pause for an included welcome lunch, then tour the city’s canals, or klongs, on a converted rice barge, sampling local fruits as you do. Finally, end your first full day on tour with an evening mixer and share your favorite moments so far.

    Day 4: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Maeklong Railway Market & organic farm
    Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

    Leave the bustle of Bangkok behind for a day and go to the city’s outskirts. Then, dive into a pair of uniquely Thai sites.

    • Climb aboard a long-tail boat and glide past villages to the canal-crossed Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Here, shoppers and merchants do business on the water, placing orders and transferring goods between vessels.
    • Swap water for land, and one shopping hub for another, when you visit the Maeklong Railway Market. Built on an active rail line, it experiences a flurry of activity whenever a train comes rumbling by. Vendors will hurriedly pack up their stalls and duck out of the way; once the locomotive passes, they set back up and keep on selling.

    From there, continue to a local organic farm to learn about eco-friendly agricultural practices from the farmers who till the land. Sample freshly picked fruit and a refreshing coconut drink; take part in a hands-on planting workshop to help your visit leave a lasting, positive impact; then head back to your hotel for some well-earned rest.

    Craving some of Thailand’s world-famous cuisine for dinner? Link up with your Tour Director on our optional evening excursion and eat your way through one of Bangkok’s night markets.

    Food of Bangkok Walking Tour

    From $159 per person

    Phuket3 nights
    Day 5: Flight to Phuket & walking tour
    Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

    Fly to Phuket this morning—Thailand’s largest island, rising out of the Andaman Sea—then get to know this slice of heaven on a walking tour.

    • Learn about Phuket’s importance to trade routes between Europe and China, and how that cultural exchange helped shape the island today.
    • Admire the restored, candy-colored shophouses along Dibuk Road in the Old Town. The cafe-lined street is a feast for the eyes.
    • Spot the ornate, Sino-Portuguese-style Chinpracha House peeking through palm trees, then stop to sample regional snacks in a restored coffeehouse. Don’t miss the o-aew, a shaved ice and jelly dessert that originated on the island.

    Tonight, enjoy an included dinner, served with beer or wine, alongside your groupmates and gear up for tomorrow’s island cruise.

    Day 6: Phi Phi Island cruise & snorkeling
    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Looking for a textbook definition of paradise? You’d be hard-pressed to find a better example than the tropical Phi Phi Islands. Today, you’ll board a speedboat to Phi Phi Don and spend some time hopping from beach to pristine beach with an expert guide.

    • Dive into the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea for some snorkeling, and admire one of the world’s most abundant coral reef systems up close.
    • Gaze up at staggering limestone cliffs as you head to Monkey Island. Drop anchor to take some photos and keep an eye out for the island’s resident long-tailed macaques. (They love the water as much as you do!)
    • Soak in the laidback atmosphere of the islands as you enjoy an included lunch of local specialties, then motor back to Phuket.
    Day 7: Free day in Phuket
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend your last day in Phuket however you’d like. For more structure, push off the island on our optional excursion and cruise the jungle-crowned isles of Ao Phang Nga National Park. Alternatively, stay behind and see where the waves take you.

    Phang Nga Bay Cruise & James Bond Island

    From $199 per person

    Bangkok1 night
    Day 8: Flight to Bangkok
    Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

    Fly to Bangkok this afternoon and spend your free time exploring the city at your leisure.

    Tonight, head to a local restaurant and celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers during a farewell dinner, served with beer or wine.

    Flight Home
    Day 9: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the airport today, either for an international flight home or a domestic trip to Chiang Mai. Soaring mountain peaks and divine regional eats await should you choose the latter—and with a few more days in Thailand in the cards, why wouldn’t you?

    Extension to Chiang Mai & Bangkok
    Propped up by the mountains of rugged northern Thailand, tranquil Chiang Mai offers a distinct experience compared to Bangkok and Phuket. You’ll balance the buzz of the city’s Night Market with the stillness of rice fields and the thump of elephants exploring their sanctuary home. And to cap it off, you’ll spend one more night in Bangkok before going home.
    Chiang Mai3 nights
    Day 9: Flight to Chiang Mai & night market visit
    Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

    Fly to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s Rose of the North, this afternoon, and take some time to get situated.

    Tonight, join your Tour Director to explore the Chiang Mai Night Market, a sprawling complex just outside the Old City’s ancient walls. You’re in for what’s arguably the best night market experience in Thailand, where vendors sell everything from street food to clothing to antiques. Because prices here aren’t fixed, the market is a beloved spot among bargain hunters, and you’ll get plenty of free time to shop at your leisure.

    Day 10: Sightseeing tour of ChangChill elephant sanctuary
    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Drive through the countryside and visit ChangChill, an organization at the forefront of elephant welfare and responsible tourism in Chiang Mai.

    • Hear how the group works with World Animal Protection, an animal rights nonprofit, to create a safe living environment for elephants and an educational experience for visitors.
    • Walk along hillsides and through rice paddies, learning about Asian elephants as you watch them freely roam the sanctuary’s grounds.
    • Chat with the mahouts, or elephant caretakers, and enjoy a vegetarian meal overlooking the elephants’ natural bathing spot.
    • Help staffers prepare medicine and food for the gentle, giant residents.

    Wrap up at ChangChill and look forward to your evening as you journey back to your hotel. Dig into a homemade dinner—and the finer aspects of Lanna, or Northern Thai, culture—on tonight’s optional excursion, or set out on your own to track down a particular dish you’ve been craving. (Don’t leave without trying the khao soi, a fragrant coconut curry noodle soup that’s a Chiang Mai specialty.)

    Please note: Travelers should wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to walk along uneven paths with some hills.

    Lanna Family Home-Hosted Dinner

    From $125 per person

    Day 11: Free day in Chiang Mai & cooking class
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Rewind the clock during today’s optional excursion and immerse yourself in traditional Thai life among the Mae Kampong hill tribe. Alternatively, stay behind and get to know Chiang Mai yourself. Highlights include the Old City: Protected by a wall, ringed by a moat, and packed with more than 300 temples, this cultural quarter showcases seven centuries of history.

    This evening, venture to a secluded village in the rice fields surrounding Chiang Mai. There, you’ll get to take part in a Thai cooking class. Follow local chefs as you learn how to prepare typical dishes, then enjoy your dinner, served with beer, alongside your fellow travelers.

    Mae Kampong Hill Tribe: Village Visit & Hike

    From $89 per person

    Bangkok1 night
    Day 12: Buddhist monk visit & flight to Bangkok
    Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

    This morning, visit the Wat Suan Dok Buddhist temple—distinguished by its gold leaf-covered, 160-foot-tall chedi, or stupa—to meet with a resident monk. They’ll teach you about their faith and how they live, and you’ll have the chance to ask them questions.

    Later, fly back to Bangkok with your group for a farewell dinner, served with beer or wine.

    Flight home
    Day 13: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home.

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    Reviews

    4.8 out of 5 stars

    Overall rating 4.8 out of 5

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      5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing!!
      6/14/24 by 1st-time traveler Anonymous

      Tony was the best tour director! He was professional, patient, knowledgeable, and kind. He arranged excursions for us that were not included in our tour and helped me in getting a ride share. The bus drivers were great! The hotel rooms and staff were amazing! All the islands were like a postcard. Th...

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      5 out of 5 stars

      More than I imagined!
      6/14/24 by 1st-time traveler Jo

      This trip was an opportunity that exceeded my expectations. The diversity of activities was wonderful. I truly appreciated the extra care our guide put into making the trip an educational as well as an enjoyable experience.

      5 out of 5 stars

      6/14/24 by 5th-time traveler Kate
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      Hotels, flights & FAQ

      Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

      Hotels

      We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
      Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok
      Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok

      This stylish hotel is located in the heart of Bangkok. Guests enjoy the rooftop sundeck and dining, fitness center, and steam room. Nearby you’ll find...

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      Crest Resort & Pool Villas
      Crest Resort & Pool Villas

      This luxury resort is located on Tri Trang Beach in Phuket. Guests enjoy the large outdoor pools, private beach area, and extensive spa village. Nearb...

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       Mövenpick Suriwongse Chiang Mai
      Mövenpick Suriwongse Chiang Mai

      This contemporary hotel is located in downtown Chiang Mai. Guests enjoy the rooftop pool, restaurant, and convenient location. Nearby you’ll find the ...

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