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Known worldwide for its rich tradition and culture, Thailand, formerly known as Siam, tops the list of the most travelled to countries in Southeast Asia. Thailand offers natural wonders that will leave any solo traveller in awe, not to mention that it is one of the most tourist friendly places in the world. 




Bangkok is a shopping haven for travellers. On a walking tour around the busy of streets of Bangkok, one can marvel at the Royal Grand Palace and the Wat Pra Kaew – home to the gold-clad Emerald Budhha – a statue so sacred that only the Thai King is allowed to touch it. From afar, the commanding presence of the Golden Buddha is a sight to behold as the largest statue in the world made of pure gold.

For shopping aficionados, markets are a delightful discovery,  with fresh produce of fruits and vegetables to souvenirs at budget-friendly prices.




Kanchanaburi is heaven for nature lovers. This riverside town is home to numerous waterfalls, lakes and caves. The River Kwai offers an exquisite view of these natural wonders making it an increasingly popular destination for solo  travellers. Kanchanaburi is also home to some of the most famed historical sites in Thailand, including the Hellfire Pass – a Second World War railway, known to be the oldest unfinished Death Railway in the world. Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum also offers a trip down memory lane of the incredible history that happened in this once peaceful forest.




Phitsanulok is spectacular and for any history buff is a ‘must see’. On the way to this ancient city, travellers pass the world heritage site of Ayutthaya, reminiscent of the flourishing ancient country of Siam because of its numerous temples and centuries old structures. Phitsanulok itself is a 600-year old city of ancient grandeur and magnificence.


Chiang Mai

Before reaching Chiang Mai, travellers may come by the Sukhothai Historical Park. As the name would suggest, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of 193 ruins in 70 square kilometres of land. The ruin of the ancient royal palace of Wat Mahathat is found here. Chiang Mai, on the other hand, is the largest city in Thailand. It is home to several of the country’s most colourful celebrations including the Flower Festival. Authentic Thai products of umbrellas, parasols, silk and cotton and handcrafts can be found in this city.


Hua Hin


Hua hin has been regarded as the local favourite resort for over 70 years. It is slowly being discovered by foreign travellers.  This five mile stretch of beach combines traditional and modern Thai resorts much to the delight of its visitors. It is also home to some worldclass resorts making it a favourite of Westerners who seek to relax and have fun. It is also home to the Summer residence of the Thai King – the Marukataywan Palace – and the oldest railway in Thailand – the Hua Hin Railway Station.



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Encounter Travel
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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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