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What to expect


Explore temples & floating markets

Chiang Mai

Guided tour of the ‘Rose of the North'

Chiang Rai

Marvel at the exquisite Wat Rong Khun


Relax in paradise

About the trip

Begin this Thai journey discovering the best of Bangkok, Thailand’s bustling capital city. Then see a different side of this beautiful country as you explore the north of Thailand and discover its main cultural attractions during four magical days, travelling from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. Then we travel to the beautiful area of Southern Thailand, where you get to enjoy all the beach resort of Phuket has to offer.

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What's Included

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Internal flights
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • Solos Board; Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Welcome Drink & Information Meeting
  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: Grand Palace, Wat Traimit, Wat Pho, Wat Phra Keaw and lapidary factory; Damnoen Saduak, Railway Market; Wat Suan Dok, Wat Phra Sing, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Chet Yot, Wat Chiang Man, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wararot and flower markets, and khan toke dinner show, Elephant Care Centre; Wat Rong Khun; boat ride on Mekong River
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully financially protected


  • Depart UK
  • Arrive in Bangkok
  • Bangkok: Royal Grand Palace & Temple Tour
  • Bangkok - Maeklong Railway Market - Damnern Saduak Floating Market
  • Bangkok - Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Mai - Elephant Sanctuary - Wat Phra Doi Suthep Temple - Wararot Market
  • Chiang Mai - Wat Rong Khun Temple - Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai
  • Depart Chiang Rai to Phuket
  • Phuket
  • Phuket
  • Phuket
  • Departure Day

What’s Extra

  • Insurance, see here

What you'll be doing


Depart UK

We depart the UK for our overnight flight to Bangkok.


Arrive in Bangkok

After we land in Bangkok International Airport, we will transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring this bustling city at leisure. Perhaps you might like to indulge yourself with a traditional Thai Massage, surprise your taste buds with the amazing local flavours and cap off the day by enjoying the sunset in any of the stylish rooftop bars that have blossomed in the city’s skyscrapers in recent years. The options are limitless.


Bangkok: Royal Grand Palace & Temple Tour

Today’s tour includes three of the most important Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Wat Traimit, also known as the temple of the Golden Buddha which houses a 3-metre tall statue made from solid gold and weighing in at 5.5 tonnes. We then pass through Chinatown on our way to Wat Pho, the temple of the Reclining Buddha and home to the Chedis of the Kings. At 46 metres in length and 15 metres high, the Buddha is the largest in Bangkok and illustrates the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. Next, we make our way to the Grand Palace*, one of the most beautiful samples of an ancient Siamese royal court and used to be the residence of the kings of Bangkok. Here you will see palaces which were used for different occasions including the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guesthouse and Wat Phra Kaew – the beautiful Emerald Buddha temple.

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Bangkok - Maeklong Railway Market - Damnern Saduak Floating Market

We depart Bangkok after breakfast at the hotel and head to Maeklong Railway Market, also known as Talad Rom Hoop. Upon arrival, our guide will introduce you to the history of this area. Then we  go on to the world-famous floating market of “Damnoen Saduak”, there are countless floating markets throughout the country, the colourfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruits and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. This is an exciting and fun way to see the local life and to go bargain hunting. We then transfer back to Bangkok.

  • Breakfast Included

Bangkok - Chiang Mai

After breakfast at our hotel we transfer to the airport for our flight to Chiang Mai. After we have arrived at our hotel in Chiang Mai we meet our guide for a tour of the old town and the city’s main temples. We visit the historic Wat Suan Dok  and admire its 48-metre-high Sri Lankan-style chedi, which overlooks the Royal Cemetery. Continue to Wat Phra Sing in the old town and appreciate the beauty of this large complex of more than 60 buildings before visiting 14th century Wat Chedi Luang in the very heart of the old city. This ancient temple has a more rustic appearance and has been restored after decades of decay.

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Chiang Mai - Elephant Sanctuary - Wat Phra Doi Suthep Temple - Wararot Market

Breakfast is early at the hotel before heading into the jungle to become acquainted with Thailand’s national animal during a visit to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. The care centre was established to provide care for elderly elephants retired from logging and camps. Appreciate these gentle giants, learn more about their nature, their individual traits, their lifestyles, their talents and their charms. If time is right, watch them play during their bath-time. We can even join in by brushing the elephants while they bath!

Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Lunch is followed by our visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep to enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the city. The temple is reached by climbing a 309-step naga staircase or via cable car (included). If the views are stunning, the temple itself is even better and boasts a number of dazzling structures. We continue to the bustling Wararot Market, a historical landmark renowned for the variety and quality of its products, before visiting the fragrant flower market.

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Chiang Mai - Wat Rong Khun Temple - Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai

After breakfast at the hotel before we check-out and depart from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai; on the way we stop at Mae Kachan hot spring; Wat Rong Khun, nicknamed the ‘White Temple’, a dazzling temple built in the 1990s. Its ornate all-white exterior with embedded pieces of mirror gives it a resplendent appearance, which makes it one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand. We continue to Chiang Rai, visit Chiang Sean for a panoramic view of the Golden Triangle where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet where the mighty River Mekong flows through. We hop on a boat and take a trip around the Golden Triangle on a boat ride lasting around 30 minutes. After, we enjoy lunch at the Imperial Golden Triangle Resort before transferring on to our hotel in Chiang Rai.

  • Breakfast & Lunch Included

Depart Chiang Rai to Phuket

Today we make our way to Phuket, checking out after breakfast at the hotel to drive back to Chiang Mai (approx. 3hrs) for our direct flight to Phuket.

Once we have checked in at our hotel in Karon Beach, Phuket we have the rest of the day at leisure.

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Thailand’s largest and most famous dream destination is as colourful as it is cosmopolitan. Full days at leisure to relax by the pool or at the beach or to take one of the many optional activities available. Phuket is a great base for island hopping with Phi Phi and James Bond Islands are within easy access and you shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to discover Phuket’s shimmering temples and colonial mansions. Your time is your own to completely relax in paradise surroundings of Phuket or maybe you can get out and about and explore a bit further!

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DAY 10


Day at leisure

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DAY 11


Day at leisure

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DAY 12

Departure Day

After breakfast we have some free time before we make our way to Phuket Airport for our journey home.

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Bangkok, Golden Triangle & Beach Extension

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar);

  • 4* Century Park Bangkok – Bangkok
  • 4* Empress Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai
  • 4* Laluna Resort – Chiang Rai
  • 4* The Old Phuket, Karon Beach – Phuket

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
October 32 °C 25 °C

Our Reviews

“I’m sure you will enjoy it, I have been on three solos holidays to date and the people I’ve met have been great.”

“I’ve been travelling with Solos for nearly 20 years, on and off. The reason is for exactly what you want – you meet like minded people… and have loads of fun!”

“I’ve been on loads of trips with Solos over the years and can honestly say you will not regret booking your 1st one!”

“The feeling you have once you go away on your own is worth all the nerves before! I was so very anxious the first time but now having done it 4 times, I love it!”


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