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Thailand for Solo Travelers: Bangkok, Phuket & the Islands

9 days |  13 days with Chiang Mai & Bangkok extension
Group size1528 travelers
Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand
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Chinatown in Bangkok Thailand
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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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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! 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
  • 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 of Chinatown

From $109 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.

  • Visit the Thai Amulets Market, where you can shop for amulets 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
  • 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
  • Enter the Chinpracha House, a beautiful Sino-Portuguese-style colonial mansion
  • Visit the Thai Hua Museum and uncover the history of the Chinese migrant journey to Phuket in the 1800s
  • 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 $139 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 $79 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 $55 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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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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Flights

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  • Airport transfers at your destination
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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Phitsanulok, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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FAQ

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Passport, visa & entry requirements
  • In order to enter Thailand, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens traveling to Thailand.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code TA6.
Tour pacing & mobility
  • You will walk for at least two hours daily across uneven terrain with some hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own luggage at times, as well as getting in and out of pick-up trucks and small boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Bangkok. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • Small boats rides and one round-trip flight between Bangkok and Phuket are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes one round-trip flight between Bangkok and Chiang Mai.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for detailed information regarding baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. We recommend that you limit your baggage to under 44 pounds to avoid charges on included flights within Thailand.
  • One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).
  • Make sure to label your baggage and to keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing. Please note that you will be required to remove your shoes at all Buddhist religious sites.
  • Waterproof shoes or sandals, a swimsuit, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended for outdoor activities.
  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit temples or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be sure to take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the areas you are visiting.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Bring a small first-aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication, and any prescription medications in your carry-on bag.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies, please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code TA6.
Cuisine
  • Traditional Thai cooking uses market-fresh ingredients seasoned with a mix of herbs, spices, and condiments, such as chili peppers and fish sauce. The main staple is rice. Most meals include a soup, a curry, a steamed or fried dish, and a salad.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Thailand operates on 230 volts.
  • Thailand uses Types A, B, C, or O plugs with two flat pins, two flat and one rounded pin, or two or three rounded pins, respectively.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air-conditioning in Asian hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air-conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Thailand is 11 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 11pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the Thai baht in Thailand on tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director, $3USD per person per day for your driver, and $2USD per person per day for your bus attendant.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
  • International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.

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