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Thailand Highlights

Solo Travellers 30 to 49 Years
Saturday 14 - Saturday 28 October 2017 ex Australia

Itinerary

 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the famous floating markets of Damnoen Saduak
  • Bangkok sightseeing tour of the important cultural and historical sites.
  • Visit to Sukhothai Historical Park
  • Visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
  • Stay overnight on a river raft (lodge)
  • Experience Chiang Mai’s lively night market
  • Relax in Hua Hin for 3 nights, at a beautiful beach resort.
  • Enjoy an evening cruise group farewell dinner on the Chao Praya River, Bangkok
  • Small group touring, only for solo/single travellers

 

DAY 1 – SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER 2017
Depart Australia - Bangkok

Depart from Australia today on a direct flight to Bangkok, Thailand’s bustling capital city. Enjoy a comfortable transfer to the hotel before touring the city at your own leisure*.  While enjoying your stay in Bangkok, you can indulge in some world-class shopping at the famous Siam Paragon shopping mall, savour the sights and smells of Bangkok’s street markets, or perhaps simply take advantage of the hotel’s swimming pool, gym and spa.

Meals: N/A

* Transfers provided for all travellers booked with our nominated group tour & airfare with Thai Airways.

DAY 2 - SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER 2017
Bangkok

After breakfast at the hotel, we head to Bangkok’s famous floating markets at Damnoen Saduak including a short longtail boat ride. Here, hundreds of longtail boat owners gather to sell a vast array of produce, from tropical fruits and vegetables, to steaming plates of ready-to-eat food prepared in mini kitchens on the boats themselves. Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure, perhaps purchasing some of the local food sold at the floating markets for lunch. In the evening we visit Asiatique The Riverfront, Bangkok’s first large-scale riverside community mall combining shopping, dining, sightseeing, activities and events under one roof. There will be time for shopping and our group dinner will be here.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 - MONDAY 16 OCTOBER 2017
Bangkok

Dine on a hearty buffet breakfast at the hotel before meeting your tour guide and setting out for a day of sightseeing in Bangkok. Among other things, you’ll see the Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha Temple and the klongs (canals) of Bangkok, The klongs are major arteries for a colourful, often-bewildering variety of huge barges, express passenger boats, cross-river ferries, and thundering “longtails”. We will then enter one of the smaller side canals to enjoy an intimate view of Thai riverine life.  Lunch is at your leisure before re-joining the group to take in some more of Bangkok’s fascinating sights. Royal Grand Palace & Wat Pra Kaew, home to the centuries-old, gold-clad figurine, “The Emerald Buddha” and the wonderfully impressive Royal Grand Palace, more stunning in real life than photography can convey. The Emerald Buddha is so sacred that only the Thai King may touch it. We finish the day in style with a relaxed dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 - TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2017
Bangkok - Kanchanaburi 

After breakfast we depart from the hotel in Bangkok and head up in to the scenic, riverside town of Kanchanaburi. Located in the west of Thailand, Kanchanaburi has a slightly cooler climate than Bangkok owing to its location on the edge of a mountain range. Famed for its stunning waterways, Kanchanaburi boasts countless waterfalls, caves and lakes. The largest and most renowned of these being the River Kwai, an increasingly popular tourist destination and the site of our hotel for the evening: River Kwai Jungle Raft, a unique experience.

During the day we will tour the fascinating historical sites that Kanchanaburi has to offer, including the Bridge on the River Kwai, the War Cemetery and Hellfire Pass.  The remote “Hellfire Pass” the deepest cutting on the unfinished Death Railway line was built by Australian, British, Dutch and other allied prisoners during the Second World War. There is a cruel history to the conditions the prisoners of war endured at the hands of the Japanese. As you walk through the pass, it is hard to imagine the horrors that took place in this tranquil forest just a few decades ago. There are harrowing exhibits in the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, located on the site.

You have the remainder of the afternoon to explore Kanchanaburi, have lunch and relax in your jungle raft lodging. Dinner will be served atop the floating, open-air deck of the hotel restaurant where you can take in the uninterrupted, lush jungle surrounds as you dine.

Meals:                    Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY 18 OCTOBER 2017
Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we say farewell to Kanchanaburi and head off to Ayutthaya, a world heritage site. You will visit the Royal Palace at Bang Pa-In, it is the summer palace for the King and Queen of Thailand.  There will also be time to visit a local market in Ayutthaya.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - THURSDAY 19 OCTOBER 2017
Ayutthaya - Sukhothai  

Have breakfast at the hotel before we visit the World Heritage listed ruins of Ayutthaya. Impressively jam-packed with ancient relics and ruins, Ayutthaya is a must-see for history buffs visiting Thailand. Founded in 1350 by King U Thong, there are countless temples and museums where visitors can get an insight into ancient Siam.  Spend the afternoon travelling onto to Sukhothai.  This evening, you will travel by bicycle visiting the ruins of Sukhothai which are located in the highly regarded Sukhothai Historical Park. Within these protected grounds lie 193 ruins on 70 square kilometres of land.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER 2017
Sukhothai - Chiang Mai 

After breakfast, the next stop, Chiang Mai, is the largest city in Thailand, and although very culturally significant, boasts an increasingly modern city. Founded in 1296, Chiang Mai is now the unofficial capital of northern Thailand. Many Thai festivals are held in Chiang Mai, such as Loi Krathong, Songkran and Chiang Mai Flower Festival, and celebrations so large and impressive that people living all over Thailand turn on their TVs to watch the spectacles unfold. We arrive in Chiang Mai in the afternoon. For dinner you’re in for a real treat, as we will be dining at a traditional Khantoke restaurant. This northern-style dinner is followed by folk dances and a hill tribe show.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 8 – SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2017
Chiang Mai

Today we will visit Baan Tawai Handicraft Village, boasts of being the largest handicraft market in Thailand. A wide range of handicrafts and artisanal creations are offered here. They are not only teak carpentry but also bamboo and rattan furniture as well as ceramics, silk, hemp, silver, cotton, plastic and glass.

They are made from rough country style to meticulously crafted objets d’art, and from antiques to modern designer products.

Enjoy lunch and explore the town for the afternoon and evening at your own leisure. Perhaps check out the historical sites, shopping and Thai massage parlours that Chiang Mai has to offer.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 9 – SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER 2017
Chiang Mai

After breakfast at the hotel, prepare for a fun day of nature and wildlife.  We head off first thing to visit the Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai’s elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre. Here, elephants and a few other animals are able to live in a natural environment where they can thrive. Many of the animals living in the park have been rescued from dire living conditions, and now live in the park’s 250-acre, semi-wild sanctuary. Visitors to the park have the chance to get up close and personal with the friendly elephants, as well as feeding and bathing them. A sumptuous and varied buffet of Asian and International dishes follows. Then, after lunch you learn how to safely and properly bathe an elephant and you plunge right in and help scrub these giants as they splash around. If going into the river is not for you then watch the elephants bathe and play while you stay dry on the sandy shore. It is a rare opportunity for travellers to genuinely contribute to the survival of an endangered species – an experience not to be missed!

After an action-packed day at the Elephant Nature Park, we take you back to the hotel to enjoy your evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10 – MONDAY 23 OCTOBER 2017
Chiang Mai - Bangkok - Hua Hin

Have breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. Fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok before travelling onto Hua Hin for a few days at a beautiful resort to relax and enjoy some beach time.

Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 – TUESDAY 24 OCTOBER 2017
Hua Hin

Take advantage of the hotel’s buffet breakfast spread before we begin the day by exploring Hua Hin’s cultural gems. We start by visiting the Rama VI summer residence "Marukataywan Palace", a beautiful golden teak wood palace. Next we visit the most beautiful and oldest railway station in Thailand: Hua Hin Railway Station. After that we will take a walk around the old Hua Hin Day Market (Chatchai Market). After a thoroughly cultural morning, you have the afternoon and evening to enjoy however you please.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12 – WEDNESDAY 25 OCTOBER 2017
Hua Hin

As we come to the last few days of this exciting and diverse tour of Thailand, we thought you might enjoy some free time, so today we leave you to your own devices. You might want to relax in the hotel and enjoy the facilities, or head into the town to explore more of Hua Hin. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13 – THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER 2017
Hua Hin – Bangkok

Have breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Bangkok.

Today is your last full day in Thailand and you can enjoy it as you please. In the evening we will be

hosting a farewell dinner cruise on the Chao Praya River. You might want to take this opportunity to exchange contact details with the new friends you have made in the group.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 14 – FRIDAY 27 OCTOBER 2017
Depart Bangkok

Have breakfast at the hotel and then enjoy your last morning and lunch in Thailand before we transfer you to Bangkok airport to catch your departing flight back to Australia. This is the end of the tour so for now we say goodbye, but we hope to see you again on another Encounter in the future!

Meals: Breakfast                   

DAY 15 – SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER 2017
Arrive home.

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   


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