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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

4.8 out of 5 stars

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Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand
Chinatown in Bangkok Thailand
Boating in Thailand
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
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    Hop between Thailand’s temples, markets, and islands with fellow solo travelers.

    What could be better than exploring golden temples and maze-like markets in Bangkok, or snorkeling, swimming, and sunning off the coast of a Thai island? Doing it all alongside like-minded solo travelers—and returning home with a whole new group of friends.

    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 canal cruise
    • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
    • Maeklong Train Market
    • Organic Thai farm visit
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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! Get settled into your hotel tonight.

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

    This morning, join your Tour Director on a sightseeing tour of Bangkok.

    • Explore the sprawling Grand Palace complex, built in 1782 for the king of Siam
    • Pass by the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
    • Step inside the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) to see the famous 150-foot-long statue of Buddha
    • Visit the nearby flower market before taking a walking tour of the Chinatown neighborhood
    • Visit the Amulets Market, where you can shop for amulets and charms that have been blessed by Buddhist monks
    • Learn about the cultural significance of amulets, which are believed to protect their wearers from harm and, in some cases, bring them good fortune
    • Enjoy an included welcome lunch at a local restaurant with your fellow travelers
    • Tour the city’s canals, called klongs, on a motorized longboat as you sample local fruits

    This evening, gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer.

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

    Explore the region surrounding Bangkok on a series of stops at local cultural sites.

    • Ride through canals and villages on a long-tail boat to arrive at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
    • See the varied stalls, where locals sell food and goods, before sampling a sweet local specialty
    • Explore the Maeklong Railway Market, built on an active train line, where vendors regularly pack up their stalls to allow trains to pass
    • Continue on to a local organic farm to learn about its eco-friendly practices
    • Sample freshly picked fruit and a refreshing coconut drink
    • Take part in a hands-on planting workshop with local farmers

    Enjoy a free evening in Bangkok or add an excursion.

    Food of Bangkok Walking Tour

    From $115 per person

    Phuket Island3 nights
    Day 5: Flight to Phuket & walking tour
    Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

    Fly to Phuket this morning. Then get to get know Thailand’s largest island on a walking tour.

    • Learn how Phuket has long been an important trading post for Europe and China
    • Admire the restored shophouses along Dibuk Road in the Old Town
    • View the Chinpracha House, a beautiful Sino-Portuguese-style colonial mansion
    • Sample some regional snacks in a restored coffee house

    Tonight, enjoy an included dinner with your group.

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

    Head to Phuket harbor and board a speedboat to Phi Phi Don for a day of beach-hopping alongside an expert guide.

    • Snorkel in the crystal-clear, blue water and admire one of the world’s most abundant coral reef systems
    • Gaze up at the staggering limestone cliffs as you head to Monkey Island
    • Keep an eye out for Long-Tailed Macaques, a member of the Old World monkeys known for their love of water
    • Soak in the laid-back atmosphere of the islands and taste local specialties during an included lunch
    Day 7: Free day in Phuket
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in Phuket or add an excursion.

    Phang Nga Bay Cruise & James Bond Island

    From $145 per person

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

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

    Tonight, celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers during a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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

    Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home, or continue your tour to Chiang Mai and more of Bangkok.

    Extension to Chiang Mai & Bangkok
    After exploring urban and coastal Thailand, set out for Chiang Mai, a tranquil city in the country's lush, mountainous north. There, treat your tastebuds to traditional Thai flavors while exploring a sprawling night market, pay a visit to a prominent elephant sanctuary, and chat with a monk about the principles of Buddhism.
    Chiang Mai3 nights
    Day 9: Flight to Chiang Mai & night market visit
    Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

    Fly to Chiang Mai this afternoon.

    Tonight, join your Tour Director to explore the Chiang Mai Night Market, just outside the ancient walls of the old city. You’re in for the best night market experience in Thailand.

    • Sample various regional cuisine specialties made by local vendors
    • Enjoy free time to shop and taste more street food 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 organization works with World Animal Protection to create a safe living environment for the elephants and an educational experience for visitors
    • Learn about Asian elephants as you watch them roam freely during a hands-off elephant exploration walk
    • Help prepare medicine and food for the elephants
    • Chat with the mahouts, or elephant caretakers, and enjoy an included vegetarian meal overlooking the elephants’ natural bathing spot

    Spend a free evening in Chiang Mai or add an excursion.

    Lanna Family Home-Hosted Dinner

    From $89 per person

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

    Spend a free day in Chiang Mai or add an excursion.

    This evening, take part in a Thai cooking class.

    • Prepare local Thai dishes with culinary chefs in a secluded village known for its stunning rice fields
    • Enjoy the meal you cooked for dinner alongside your fellow group members

    Mae Kampong Hill Tribe: Village Visit & Hike

    From $65 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 where you’ll meet a resident monk to discuss Buddhism, ask questions, and learn how the monks of the temple live.

    Later, fly back to Bangkok for a farewell dinner with your group.

    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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    4.8 out of 5 stars

    Overall rating 4.8 out of 5

    Based on 127 authentic traveler reviews
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      5 out of 5 stars

      Personal Transformation
      5/24/24 by 1st-time traveler Michael

      I embarked on this tour hoping for a new adventure, excitement, scenic wonders and an opportunity to make new friends. All these were accomplished, but oh so much more. Thanks to Kong, our EF Tour guide, mentor, and special friend, we quickly came to love this marvelous country, it's rich culture, a...

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      EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 6/13/24

      Hi Michael, Thank you for sharing your incredible...

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      5 out of 5 stars

      Too Wondrous For Words
      11/11/23 by 1st-time traveler Andrea

      It was better than I could have imagined. It is a great tour for those who enjoy and upbeat pace. Tour Director Tuk was incredible. Her knowledge of current events and history...masterful! No regrets. I'm not sure anyone other company could match this itinerary or price. The accomodations and the ...

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      5 out of 5 stars

      Tony is the best
      5/3/24 by 1st-time traveler Michael

      Very busy tour food and education was great

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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.


      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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