Thai Adventure - 2019
Beaches, Culture, Elephants, Partying, Trekking and more!
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Group Size: Max 22
Trip code: THAD
Duration: 18 or 25 days
Travel Thailand like a boss on this amazing group adventure. With white sand beaches, elephant experiences, snorkelling, world famous beach parties, jungle hill treks, kayaking, and nights under the neon lights in Bangkok, this trip is 100% your type on paper.
- Go out out in paradise on the tropical islands of Koh Phi Phi and Phangan – don’t forget the fluorescent body paint!
- Spend 2 days at an authentic elephant village, helping to bathe, feed and care for these awesome animals
- Explore the hella crazy city of Bangkok with long-tail boat rides, temple tours and a big night out on Khao San Road.
- Go off-grid in Northern Thailand for 2 days with a wild jungle trek and bamboo rafting
- Kayak through the emerald waters of An Thong Marine Park. #beautiful
Choose from two Thai Adventure options in 2019:
- Option 1: 18-day Thai Adventure ending on Koh Samui
- Option 2: 25-day Thai Adventure ending on Koh Tao
Day 1: Begin in the buzz of Bangkok. Fly into Bangkok where you’ll be met at the airport by one of our trip guides and transferred to your city accommodation. Meet your fellow travellers and enjoy your first night in Thailand!
Day 2: Bangkok Guided Tour. Explore some incredible must-see sights on a Bangkok tour, starting with a long-tailed boat ride. After temple visits to Wat Po, Wat Arun and the stunning Grand Palace, round off the day with a night out partying on the legendary Khao San Road.
Day 3: Explore Bangkok. See the streets of Bangkok up close on a group bicycle tour. Tonight, head out for another crack at Bangkok’s legendary backpacker nightlife!
Day 4: Chill and Transfer. Spend the day relaxing and exploring Bangkok at your own pace. Tonight, take an overnight bus or train to Chiang Mai.
Day 5: Chiang Mai and Cookery Class. Arrive early in Chiang Mai and spend the day relaxing or exploring. Learn to cook delicious Thai dishes during an included cookery class and enjoy a guided tour of the city and the vibrant night market.
Day 6 & 7: Meet the Elephants. Journey into the beautiful Thai countryside and spend 2 days at an incredible ethical elephant home. Help feed the elephants and bathe them in a nearby stream. Please note, we do not allow customers to ride elephants. Then spend the night sleeping in traditional huts next to the herd!
Day 8 & 9: Hill Trek. Venture into the foothills of northern Thailand for two days of wild adventure trekking in spectacular scenery – a must do experience! Enjoy a bamboo rafting adventure on day 9 (weather dependent) and then head back to Chiang Mai.
Day 10: Chiang Mai to Krabi. Fly down to the coastal paradise of Krabi.
Day 11: Railay Beach Day. Enjoy a full day of sunbathing and swimming on Railay Beach, a stunning paradise of white sands and crystal clear waters.
Day 12: Transfer to Phi Phi. Head across to dreamy Koh Phi Phi and prepare for three days of bliss in this perfect paradise.
Day 13: Viewpoint Visit. After a relaxing morning, enjoy a group trek to a stunning viewpoint that offers incredible views across the island.
Day 14: Island Boat Trip. Embark on a blissful boat trip that ticks off the most beautiful parts of the island. Tonight, hit up Phi Phi’s fantastic nightlife.
Day 15: Transfer to Koh Samui. Take a combination of boats and buses across to Koh Samui and check into your island accommodation.
Day 16: Angthong National Marine Park. Head over to beautiful Angthong for a day of kayaking and swimming around green islands, white beaches and turquoise waters. Tonight, enjoy a night out at iconic Ark Bar.
Day 17: Koh Samui Beach Day. A free day to laze on the beach, recover from the night before(!), and reflect on the adventure so far.
Day 18: Transfer to Koh Phangan / 18-day Adventure ends.
If you are travelling on the 18-day adventure, your trip ends this morning on Koh Samui. A return transfer to Bangkok is not included but is easy to arrange.
If you’re travelling on the 25-day adventure, it’s time to swap Koh Samui for Koh Phangan. Transfer by boat and prepare for 3 glorious days ahead.
Day 19: Koh Phangan Living. Today is all about Southeast Asia’s famous party nights. Spend the day getting party ready: put on your party clothes, slap on the fluorescent paint and stretch off for a long night of dancing ahead! Please contact a travel advisor to find out which start dates coincide with which party!
Day 20: Koh Phangan Chill and Temple Steam. Enjoy a long lie in and then relax at a blissful Temple Steam. You’ll head to a tranquil temple and sit in the herb-infused steam of the temple sauna. This’ll relax your body, open your pores and allow the oil, toxins and alcohol out! A truly blissful experience.
Day 21-24: Koh Tao. Four days of beach break paradise on the gorgeous shores of Thailand's pint-sized island, Koh Tao. Embark on an unforgettable snorkelling boat trip around the island on day 22.
Day 25: Tour Ends. It’s time to say goodbye to this incredible Thai Adventure. Check out at 11am. Return airport transfers are not included but are easy to arrange. Speak to us for transfer advice.
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Arrange your flights to arrive in Bangkok on day 1 of your tour. You will be met at the airport by your group leader, who will take you to your hotel and introduce you to the rest of your group.
Please note that airport transfers are only available between 6am and 10pm and only from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). If you arrive outside of these hours (or at Bangkok’s other smaller airport (Don Muang (DMK)) you will need to take a taxi to your hotel, which is very easy to arrange.
- 18-day tour, your trip ends on day 18 on Koh Samui
- 25-day tour, your trip ends on day 25 on Koh Tao
Return transfers to Bangkok are not included as part of this trip but are easy to arrange.
The most common return transfer options are:
- Ferry/coach combination
- Ferry/flight combination
You can then fly home (or to your next destination) from Bangkok.
More detailed instructions will be provided after booking, and your guide will be on hand to give you information about return transfers once you arrive.
Accommodation is included for the full duration of the tour. For the majority of the trip your accommodation will be in twin or triple shared guesthouse rooms.
When in Bangkok, you will stay in a guesthouse close to Khao San Road, famed for its backpacker popularity and its position as a starting point for many Thai trekkers.
You will stay in authentic Thai accommodation at the elephant home, in dorm-style rooms with mosquito nets. This is basic, but comfortable.
In Chiang Mai, you will stay at a lovely guesthouse which is a short walk from the night market and Tha Phae Gate area.
In Krabi you will stay in shared rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and Wi-Fi available.
On Koh Phi Phi, you will stay at a resort 10 minutes from the ferry port and beach with its own pool!
On Koh Phangan the accommodation overlooks the white sands of Baan Tai Beach. Here you can chill out by the pool, grab a few drinks in the bar or enjoy a dip in the turquoise sea. If your trip coincides with a Full Moon Party, your accommodation is just a 20-minute taxi ride away from the party beach. Split between your group, the cost of this journey will be approximately £2 each! This means you can easily head out for an unforgettable night and then retreat to your chilled-out beach-front accommodation to recover. And if your trip coincides with a Half or Black Moon Party the festivities are right on your doorstep! You’re never far from the action on Koh Phangan!
On Koh Samui, you stay in a more chilled out area of Bangrak. If you wish to hit the main beach for some late night partying a tuktuk will take around 20 minutes.
On Koh Tao, you will stay a few minutes’ walk from the beach. For those who want some action there are a host of optional extra activities you can book locally.
Please note: In some of the hotels along the way, you may be asked to pay a security deposit of around £15 to £20, which is standard practice across Thailand. These deposits are fully refundable on departure, as long as there is no damage to your room.
Please note: All accommodation is subject to change dependent on group size, season and other factors.
Most meals and drinks are not included, except meals at the Elephant Home and during the Hill Trek. This provides an excellent opportunity to engage with local people at restaurants and market stalls and to sample authentic local cuisine. Food in Southeast Asia is very cheap so eating out won’t break the bank!
Nights out on this trip are organized by our trip guides but drinks and entrance fees are at your own cost.
The minimum age to join this tour is 18.
British nationals can enter Thailand without a visa for a stay of up to 30 days if arriving by air.
If you wish to extend your stay beyond these time boundaries then you will need to apply for a 60 day tourist visa before you depart the UK.
We will require a photo or scanned copy of your passport to be able to confirm your trip. This is due to internal flights being included on the trip.