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Thailand is an exotic landscape rich in culture and history. It offers a plethora of options for the curious traveller; lush, thick jungles of the north, the crystal clear, warm waters of the coast, the famously delicious Thai cuisine and of course the inviting hospitality of the local people. The earliest recorded Thai Kingdom dates back to the 13th century, and on this tour, escorted by a national guide, you will discover the country’s remarkable heritage.

Starting in Bangkok, you will uncover the highlights; from bustling river markets to spectacular palaces. Next, there’s a unique overnight stay at a jungle raft hotel. After, we start to make our way north with our first stop at the world heritage site, Ayutthaya and then, a stay in Sukhothai, an ancient kingdom of Thailand, and the first capital of Siam.

We make our way to Chiang Mai, to discover the rich culture of the northern part of Thailand in this bustling city. As our northern discovery comes to an end, we fast track our travel to the beach with a flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket, for a beautiful and relaxing two night resort stay.

If you join our December departure, celebrate New Year’s Eve in Bangkok style on the Chao Phraya River.  Cruise down the river, taking in the sights, enjoy special performances and see in 2020 with your new found friends while enjoying the spectacular fireworks. 

All this, whilst enjoy small group touring with the company of other solo travellers.

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I have had the pleasure to have been on 2 of your holidays in the last 12 months & have to say they are probably the best 2 holidays I have ever had. I have told all my friends about your company & plan to continue to book many more trips in the future. Travelling alone but in the safety of an organised tour is perfect for a single woman like me. Thank you.

Jo, Gold Coast, QLD

'The holidays offer the right mix of group activities and free time at top destinations. But don't take my word for it; i've only been on 3-ask those who have taken 20 or 30 of their holidays!'

Graham, TAS



  • 11 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 5 dinners including two highlight dinners 


  • All sightseeing tours as specified by the itinerary
  • Admission fees to places visited
  • English speaking national guide, days 1-12 


  • One way economy airfare Chiang Mai to Phuket (reduces travel time)
  • Private air-conditioned coach transport
  • Arrival transfer; airport to hotel, day 1 #
  • Departure transfer, hotel to airport, final day # 


  • Gratuities for your national guide & driver
  • Gratuities for wait staff for included meals
  • Maximum group size 16 travellers

~ New Year’s Eve celebration dinner applies to travel dates that include 31 December 
# included when you book airfare with us, meets all flights on day 1 and final day of tour.

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included:

  • Airfares if booking a tour only package
  • Airport Transfers if booking a tour only package
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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30 DEC 2019 - 10 JAN 2020
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@ standard price $4949 for own room

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Standard: Tour Only


Trip Code: THAILAND19-12



  • Spend New Year’s Eve in Bangkok (December departure only)
  • Visit the famous floating markets of Damnoen Saduak
  • Bangkok sightseeing tour of the important cultural and historical sites
  • Visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
  • Stay overnight on a river raft (lodge)
  • Visit to Sukhothai Historical Park including a bicycle ride to take in the ruins.
  • Experience Chiang Mai’s lively night market
  • Visit the Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai’s elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre
  • Relax in Phuket for two nights, at a beautiful beach resort
  • Enjoy an evening group farewell dinner in Phuket
  • Small group touring, only for solo/single travellers

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs. 

Arrive Bangkok

Arrive to Bangkok.  You will be met at the airport by our representative and provided a transfer to our group hotel*.  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 on day 1 of tour for all flights, given you book your flights with us as part of your package.


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.

October departure only:  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 we enjoy our group welcome dinner here.

December departure only:  In the evening celebrate New Year’s Eve 2019 on the Chao Phraya River with Grand Pearl Cruises. Cruise down the river on New Year’s Eve, passing Thailand’s cultural heritage such as the Temple of Dawn, the Grand Palace and the Temple of Emerald Buddha and Rama VIII Bridge. Enjoy superb Thai and international buffet dinner with various special performances including Thai dances and live music band. Open wine to celebrate New Year “Farewell to the Old Year and Welcome the New Year” and view the graceful fireworks along the river before returning to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner


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
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 with a relaxed dinner at a local restaurant. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SPECIAL NOTES (December departure)
Today is a holiday and many services will not operate as per regular hours, or will be closed.

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 unique ‘raft’ hotel for the evening.

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 
Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya

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

We will 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.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 
Ayutthaya - Sukhothai   

Have breakfast at the hotel. You will then travel to Sukhothai. 

This afternoon, 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 
Sukhothai - Chiang Mai  

After breakfast, the next stop, Chiang Mai, is the largest city in Thailand, and although 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

Chiang Mai 

Today we will visit Baan Tawai Handicraft Village, that boasts 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 

Chiang Mai 

Enjoy a full day visit to Elephant Nature Park; a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalos, dogs, cats, birds and many other rescued animals.

Your visit starts with a picturesque drive through rural countryside to Elephant Nature Park. You will hear the personal stories of rescued and orphaned elephants. See how they became a proud herd and free from abuse for the first time in their lives.

Many find their visit to Elephant Nature Park rewarding and very relaxing. Observe free roaming elephants (no riding), and other rescued animals enjoying the natural surroundings of our sanctuary.

Your visit helps support regional projects and offers an invaluable opportunity of helping elephant conservation.

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
Chiang Mai - Phuket

Have breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport for your flight to Phuket. Fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket for two nights at a beautiful resort to relax and enjoy some beach time, and get to know Phuket.

Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11

Take advantage of the hotel’s buffet breakfast. before we begin the day by exploring Phuket.

Visit Phuket town and see the Sino-Portuguese architecture.  Visit Khao Rang, a small hill near Phuket town, to see a beautiful panoramic view of the town and nearly the whole island.  Visit an old Buddhist temple, Wat Chalong, where images of the two most venerated monks are enshrined. See Patong Beach, Kata Beach and Karon Beach.  Enjoy a visit to Phomthep cape which is well known for its most beautiful panoramic views. 

Afternoon at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12

Have breakfast at the hotel and then enjoy your final hours in Thailand before transferring to Phuket airport to catch your departing flight home.*

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

* Transfers provided for all flights on the final day of the tour, given you book your flights with us as part of your package.

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Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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Hotel Name

Nights of Stay


Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok



River Kwai Jungle Raft



Classic Kameo Ayutthaya Hotel



The Legendha, Sukhothai


Chiang Mai    

Movenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai 



Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa





Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Remembrandt Hotel, Bangkok

River Kwai Jungle Raft, Kanchanaburi

Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa, Phuket


A modern stylish hotel centrally located in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok, only ten minutes away from the Asoke Sky Train (BTS) and Sukhumvit Underground (MRT) stations. Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok’s location offers its guests easy access to Bangkok’s major shopping areas, parks and city landmarks.

Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok also offers a wide variety of services to help guarantee guests an unforgettable stay. Sanctuary Wellness and Spa, fully equipped Fitness Centre, Pool Bar, and international standard restaurants, are just some of the unique services. Another facility in demand by all international travellers these days is complimentary high speed wireless internet access, which is available for all guests throughout the hotel.

River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort offers a unique accommodation experience right on the flowing Kwai Noi River. All floating rooms are tucked into a floating bamboo lodge moored along the historical River Kwai Noi surrounded by lush green mountains and jungle. At this floatel, the historic River Kwai Noi flows underneath your bed. The walls are weaved from local bamboo decorated with wooden furniture reflecting Mon living style. Each is appointed with en-suite private bathroom, balcony and a hammock. Rest. Sleep. Experience.

In comfortable proximity to Ayutthaya’s tourist attractions, Classic Kameo provides an attractive collection of fully-equipped deluxe rooms, studio and one bedroom suites, ideal for both short and long stays. The hotel’s modern Deluxe Rooms offer a spacious, well planned interior that features a separate living/dining area and complete in-room amenities.

Inspired by the beauty of Sukhothai’s traditional village, The Legendha Sukhothai resort is spectacularly designed and landscaped in Thai village concept to deliver a sense of Sukhothai’s authentic ambience whereas Chedi Wat Chang Lom - ancient temple in Sukhothai age - lies at the back of our boutique resort. All rooms featuring teakwood furniture and generous in-room amenities are meant to offer you to utmost comfort.

Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai is an upscale city hotel, located in the heart of Chiang Mai City. The hotel is perfectly located at the corner of Changklan Road and Loi Kroh Road. Most of Chiang Mai’s myriad attractions can easily be reached by foot such as the Mae Ping River, Old City or China Town.

This legacy property with its distinguished modern style blended with Thai architecture will offer you an experience with an authentic Lanna Thai hospitality.

Phuket is world renowned as the "Pearl of the Andaman Sea" for its clean white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue sea. Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa with its prime location overlooking the Andaman Sea with tropical beauty.

Rooms are tastefully designed offering generous space, super comfortable furnishings and all the luxury amenities you would expect from a four-star resort.


Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

More About Accommodation


Arrive to:                 Bangkok, Thailand
Depart from:            Phuket, Thailand 

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section of the website.

Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

On request a flight itinerary is provided with your quote. A one way economy flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket is included as part of the tour package.

If joining the tour from outside Australia, once you have secure your place on the tour please talk to our travel team about making your own flight arrangements. At this time please ask our travel team about airport transfer options.

Airport to hotel transfers in Bangkok on arrival day 1, and departing from Phuket on the final day of the tour for all flights booked with Encounter Travel as part of your package.  If you arriving in advance of day 1 of the tour and extending your stay, additional transfer fees apply.


Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 16 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
This is a moderately paced, small group tour. There are some full days of touring, while other days are more relaxed with time at leisure. The resort stay of two nights at the end of the tour offers a relaxed experience after your discovery of Thailand’s highlights. 

It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Meals in Thailand are a mix of buffet and a la carte Thai food.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

The Local Cuisine
The lunch and dinner meals included with the itinerary are Thai cuisine.

Thai cooking is influenced by many flavours and spices and often has a spicy edge to the dish. However, not all dishes contain chilli.  If you are not a fan of chilli you should always check with your waiter or restaurant server if dishes include chilli, as some chillis are very hot and may not be easily detected by just looking at the dish.

The breakfasts will offer a variety including Asian style breakfast options and some western options. 

We advise travellers against street food and that you only dine at places that are recommended by your guide or tour leader.   By following best advice it’s far less likely that you will become unwell with any stomach complaints.

Read more about the food and drink of Thailand

About the Water in Thailand
Due to poor quality of drinking water in Thailand we advise travellers to drink bottled water and only bottled water from reliable sources. Also, use bottled water for brushing teeth.

This is a private group tour with a local national guide. Your tour guide is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

Our group will travel in a private coach.  For the duration of the tour until Phuket, for a group of 7-20, usually a 40 seater coach will be used.  If the group is less than 7, a 9 seater van will be used. In Phuket the vehicle size will vary.

Wifi is readily available in most regions throughout Thailand

You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 

SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to.  

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group. 

Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information.


I have had the pleasure to have been on 2 of your holidays in the last 12 months & have to say they are probably the best 2 holidays I have ever had. I have told all my friends about your company & plan to continue to book many more trips in the future. Travelling alone but in the safety of an organised tour is perfect for a single woman like me. Thank you.

Jo, Gold Coast, QLD

'The holidays offer the right mix of group activities and free time at top destinations. But don't take my word for it; i've only been on 3-ask those who have taken 20 or 30 of their holidays!'

Graham, TAS

This was my second holiday with your company. Asia- Phuket was never a location I ever thought I would visit. Maybe it was the anxiety of traveling alone to Asia. The host (Justine) made me feel at ease, and there was always a new friend to share new exciting places with or just spending time alone. I wonder now what all the fuss was about. Looking forward to the next trip your organisation. Thank you to all the team cheers Susan

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