15 Places To Visit In Thailand For The Solo Tripper

Find yourself, or find a new place in the world worth discovering: whatever you choose, Thailand is a great place to do so. While traveling to Thailand solo may be intimidating, and may tempt you to just look up the most common places to visit in Bangkok, we’d advise you to explore more than just Bangkok.

There’s so much more to see and do in Thailand, from its stellar resorts to its awe-inspiring temples. Here are 15 places you can add to your Thailand itinerary where solo trippers have gone before (and enjoyed!).

Calypso, Bangkok

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Anyone who wishes to see Thailand for all its beauty – whether eccentric or otherwise – would be remiss if they didn’t at least check out Calypso Cabaret in Bangkok. This cabaret features a wide variety of show-stopping performances from Bangkok’s favorite ladyboys, dressed to the nines and seeking to entertain. Catch them perform to your favorite Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and Beyonce hits, dressed up as the artists themselves, showing off talent that’s truly hard to come by.

  • Location: 2194 Charoenkrung 72-76 Rd., Prayakrai, Bangkorlaem, Bangkok 10120 Thailand
  • Operating hours: Daily,  9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Rates: Starts at SGD$49.63 for Cabaret show only

Kudo Beach Club, Phuket

Kudo Beach Club
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Phuket is known as a party destination in Southeast Asia and rightly so. While many clubs and bars easily stand out, a definite must-try for any traveler – solo or otherwise – is to experience partying on Thailand’s gorgeous beaches. Here comes Kudo Beach Club: with its strategic location on Patong beach, international DJ’s and cheap alcohol, it’s easily one of the best places to meet solo backpackers and party like never before.

  • Location: 150 Thawewong Rd, opposite Patong Surf House
  • Operating hours: 24 hours daily
  • Rates: A beer will set you back by around SGD$5.70, while a cocktail costs around MYR 36

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya

While many temples are peppered across Thailand, only few can boast of awe-inspiring decor such as what Wat Phanan Choeng has. A 19-meter tall golden statue of Buddha is hard to beat, after all, and so is Wat Phanan Choeng’s backstory. The statue was built in 1324, way before Ayutthaya was even established. Legend says too that the image shed tears bust before the Burmese attacked Aytthaya in 1767.

  • Location: 150 Thawewong Rd, opposite Patong Surf House
  • Operating hours: Daily, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Rates: Entrance fee is at SGD$0.84

Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi

Erawan National Park
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Lauded as one of the most award-winning natural attractions in Thailand, Erawan National Park boasts of a seven-tier, 1500-meter tall waterfall that you’d just be tempted to swim in. You might find it hard to take a photo for your Instagram feed with your breath being taken away, but wait until you see the surrounding evergreen forest. If you wish to stay over – not forever, sadly – there are homestays and tents available in the area.

  • Location: Erawan National Park, Tha Kradan Sub-district Kanchanaburi 71250
  • Operating hours: Daily, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Rates: Entrance fee is at MYR 12.50 for adults while it’s at SGD$2.10. It’s thrice the rate for adult tourists, while it’s four times as much for child tourists.

Ban Kao National Museum, Kanchanaburi

Ban Kao
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History buffs will easily fall in love with this place, as Ban Kao National Museum houses a vast collection of prehistoric artifacts and archaeological evidences found within the area. These include interesting stone age tools, and guests can also take a peek into a burial site of Neolithic men. Guests can also view other interesting artifacts, like jewellry made from animal bones and skeletons of Neolithic men who lived and roamed Kanchanaburi 4,000 years ago.

  • Location: Sing, Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand
  • Operating hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Wednesday to Friday, except public holidays)
  • Rates: SGD$1.24

Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang
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Located in the heart of history-rich Chiang Mai, Wat Chedi Luang is a sight for sore eyes. This gorgeous monument towers over its spectators with grandeur fit for royalty, and actually used to be the largest structure in Chaing Mai until it as destroyed by a cannon fire or earthquake in the 16th century. What travelers see today is a restored version, but nonetheless, it’s still as breathtaking. Make sure to give reverence to Phra Chao Attarot (the Buddha statue).

  • Location: Th Phra Pokklao, Chiang Mai
  • Operating hours: Daily, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Rates: SGD$1.68 for adults and SGD$0.84 for children

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market
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You’d think that 1 Utama has reached jaw-dropping levels of “large”, but wait until you visit Chatuchak Weekend Market. This is the world’s largest weekend market, with over 200,000 visitors dropping by to sniff around for the best bargains. There are 15,000 stalls here, so you can go crazy over local handicrafts, delicacies, clothes, shoes, bags and more and never feel like you’ve run out of stores to buy from.

  • Location: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
  • Operating hours: Weekends, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Fridays at 6:00 PM – 12:00 MN
  • Rates: To give you an idea, a pair of denim shorts is around SGD$4.16, and you can haggle for polo shirts for as low as SGD$10.40 (from an original SGD$23.14).

Lumphini Park, Bangkok

Lumphini Park
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Breathe in some fresh, clean air that’s rare in the city at Lumphini Park. Though it’s located right smack in one of Thailand’s busiest cities, this must-see actually compliments Bangkok’s hustle and bustle by being the place where you can take a much-needed breather. It’s known as the “Green Lung” of Bangkok, and is popular among locals and tourists alike because you can relax all you want, whether it’s through a picnic or yoga.

  • Location: Rama 4 Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok
  • Operating hours: Daily, 4:30 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Rates: Free

Sukhothai Historical Park, Bangkok

Sukhothai Historical Park
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Dubbed as a favorite among dwellers and travelers in Thailand, the Sukhothai Historical Park makes it pretty clear why it’s been labeled as a World Heritage Site. It’s simply stunning, and evidently full of history that’s waiting to be discovered. The Park’s ruins span across 21 historical sites and four ponds, and as it is wide, any solo tripper can look forward to a solo exploration of the Park too.

  • Location: Rama 4 Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok
  • Operating hours: 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM (Sundays to Fridays, Central Zone), 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM (Saturdays, Central Zone), 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM (Northern Zone), 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Western Zone)
  • Rates: SGD$4.16

Similan Islands, Phuket

Similan Islands
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Maybe you want the beach, minus the party – if that’s the case, Similan Islands is where you go. It’s gorgeous down below its crystal clear waters as it is above, so go ahead and ready your diving gear. Similan Islands, in fact, is famed for being one of the most interesting diving areas in the world, so make sure not to miss out on the experience while you’re in Thailand.

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  • Location: Phang Nga Province, Southern Thailand
  • Operating hours: Open to the public (October 15 – May 15)
  • Rates: Approximately SGD$220 for a day’s worth of traveling, diving, eating and accommodations

Four Seasons Resort, Koh Samui

Four Seasons
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With excellent ratings from its guests, it won’t be surprising if the next 5-star rating will come from you. Thailand has many notable resorts, but Four Season in particular takes the cake here because of how relaxing it is to simply be here. From infinity pools against a backdrop of lush tropical greenery, to the best dining and spa experiences, Four Seasons Resort is simply built to pamper travelers like you.

  • Location: 219 Moo 5, Angthong, Koh Samui
  • Operating hours: Regular check-in and check-out hours (3:00 PM for check in, 12:00 for check out)
  • Rates: Room rates start at SGD$148

Grand Palace, Bangkok

Grand Palace Bangkok
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The Thai revere their king so much that it’s a crime to speak ill of him (and in fact, many have been arrested just because of this – tourists and locals alike). The Grand Palace being Thailand’s most popular and well-loved attraction speaks truth to this, and any solo traveler would definitely miss out if they didn’t visit The Grand Palace at least once. Be prepared to gape at its intricate architecture and rich history!

  • Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Old City
  • Operating hours: Daily, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Rates: SGD$20.79

Wat Arun, Bangkok

Wat Arun
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Although Wat Arun in English is translated as “temple of dawn” in English, Wat Arun is stunning at any time of the day. Its interiors are perfect for Instagram shots, and so does its riverside location. Try to climb the central prang too, so you can see the Chao Phraya River and Grand Palace from bird’s eye view (hint: it’s beautiful).

  • Location: West side of Chao Praya River, opposite Tha Thien Pier
  • Operating hours: Daily, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Rates: SGD$2.08

Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi Islands
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This may be your chance to star in your own movie – well, sort of. Phi Phi Islands is a beloved attraction, so much so that it’s starred in several movies already. “Laid-back” is the name of the game here, and when we say that, we mean it – you can get lost for hours in the beauty of Phi Phi Islands’ roadless and crowdless ambiance, but you probably won’t even notice the time go by.

  • Location: West side of CHao Praya River, opposite Tha Thien Pier
  • Operating hours: None, really – just come as you wish
  • Rates: Day Tours start at SGD$62.71

Phang Nga Elephant Park

Phang Nga Elephant Park
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Phang Nga Elephant Park is a must-visit for animal lovers, mainly because Phang Nga is cared for by fellow animal lovers. You can see elephants up close and personal, and the elephants here aren’t treated like they’re only part of an exhibit – they’re treated like family. Tyr out their Half-Day Elephant Care tour, where you can learn about the elephant handler’s daily routine and explore the jungle alongside elephants.

  • Location: 49/1 Moo 3 Tamnbon Thung Kha Ngok, Muang Phang Nga, Phang Nga
  • Operating hours: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Rates: Day Tours start at SGD$103 for adults

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