Thai Adventure + Absolute Oz Jobs
Combine adventures in Thailand and paid work in Australia on this top trip!
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Group Size: Max 22
Trip code: THAU
Duration: Up to 12 months
This awesome combo trip pairs our top two gap travel programmes in one perfect package. It’s the ideal mix of adventures, touring, paid work, fun and partying! Begin this brilliant combo experience on our fun-packed Thai Adventure. Enjoy the buzz of Bangkok and Chiang Mai, go hill trekking and have an elephant experience, relax on Koh Tao and even party on the island of Koh Phangan! Hop across to Sydney, Australia to take part in our Absolute Oz Jobs programme. Starting with one week of fun and adventure in Sydney & Beach Camp, you’ll then get set for job hunting in Oz. Find a paid job and earn money Down Under on this epic work and travel experience!
- Get the best of both worlds and make new friends on this excellent combo trip in Thailand and Australia. Mix adventure travel with touring, fun, party time, culture, beach breaks and paid work!
- Experience buzzing Bangkok, chill in Chiang Mai, enjoy 2 days’ adventure trekking in Northern Thailand and have an elephant experience in Thailand
- Visit the idyllic Thai Islands: Chill out on Koh Samui, relax on Koh Tao and party on Koh Phangan and Koh Phi Phi!
- Have a week of Australian fun in the sun in stunning Sydney and at Beach Camp, including city tours, sandboarding and beach time!
- Once your fun intro week is over, find a paid job in Australia with expert assistance from the Sydney jobs team and 12 months of job support and advice – awesome!
Combine our two top selling trips in one incredible travel package! Kick off with our 25 day Thai Adventure, followed by our amazing Absolute Oz Jobs programme in Australia.
Thai Adventure: 25 days
Week 1: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Elephant Project & Hill Trekking
Kick off in vibrant Bangkok. Enjoy boat tours, temple visits and banging nights out. Travel to Chiang Mai overnight where you’ll take part in a cookery course, and spend time in an amazing elephant camp, helping to feed, bathe and care for the animals. Round off with a hike through the northern foothills, including bamboo rafting and a night in a rustic retreat.
Week 2: Koh Phi Phi, Mangrove Kayak Trip, Island Boat Tour & Khao Sok National Park
Fly to the glorious South, where we’ll spend 4 nights on beautiful Phi Phi. Chillax on the beach, party under the stars, and discover the surrounding islands on an epic boat trip. Transfer to Ao Nang where you’ll join a street food crawl, kayak through mangrove forests, and cruise to the paradise islands of Hong and Poda. Then head inland to the spectacular Khao Sok National Park where you’ll stay on the lake in a float-house!
Week 3: Koh Samui, Ang Thong Marine Park, & Koh Phangan
It’s back to the beach life with 3 nights on lovely Koh Samui. Bronze your bod, splash about in the sea and go ‘out out’ in Chaweng! Spend a blissful day kayaking and snorkelling in Ang Thong Marine Park, before cruising to the legendary party island of Ko Phangan. Beach, sleep, party, repeat!
Week 4: Koh Tao & Bangkok
Soak up the sun on Koh Tao for the next few days where you might opt to enjoy some of the world class diving. We’ll take a boat trip to the best snorkelling and kayaking spots as well as the stunning island of Koh Nang Yuan, before travelling back to good old Bangkok for a last night out before the Thai leg of your adventure comes to an end.
This is our 2020 Thai Adventure itinerary. If you are looking to travel in 2019 check out our Thai Adventure 2019 itinerary
Thailand to Australia: Flights from Thailand to Australia not included. Depending on your start date, there could be some independent travel time between your Thai Adventure ending and your Absolute Oz jobs programme beginning. If this is the case, accommodation will be at your own cost. We can advise you of suitable accommodation options in either location, please speak to a travel advisor for further details.
Absolute Oz: 8 days of fun in Sydney + Independent work/travel time in Australia
After your unforgettable weeks in Thailand it’s now time to explore Down Under in amazing Australia! Our Absolute Oz jobs programme is an essential package for those looking to earn money while they travel. This programme really has it all! It helps you set up all the essential stuff you need to get going on a job search in Australia. Plus you’ll enjoy an introductory week of fun in the sun!
Week 1: Sydney & Beach Camp
Before you begin your Aussie job search you’ll enjoy a week of amazing activities in Sydney and at Beach Camp:
Day 1: Arrive in Sydney.
Day 2: City walking tour and group dinner.
Day 3: Job orientation session. Boat party in Sydney Harbour and walk to Darling Harbour.
Day 4-6: 2-night Beach Camp adventure. Relax in this beachside escape surrounded by a total of six acres of rainforest. Includes 4x4 sand dune tour, sandboarding, bushwalks, boat cruise and more!
Day 7: Night out with entry to four city bars and clubs (plus 4 inclusive drinks!). You'll be provided with a party bus!
Day 8: Go on a Coogee to Bondi beach tour. Intro week ends this afternoon in Sydney.
Let the Job Hunt Begin!
Now it’s time to kick-start your Aussie job search. Our job support team will give you all the help and advice you’ll need in order to secure yourself a paid Aussie job. You also have a full 12 months of job support. The programme includes:
- 12 months access to the online jobs network and vacancies nationwide
- A CV review service
- An orientation
- Advice about setting up your own Australian bank account before you go
- An Aussie mobile phone SIM card
- A Tax File Number
- Access to free Wi-Fi
- A 12-month mail holding service
- Help and advice about long-term accommodation
- A hostel & travellers discount card
- An inclusive bar skills course
- A free, inclusive online RSA (Responsible Service Alcohol) course (valid in all territories except New South Wales or Victoria)
Using the job database you’ll have access to over 1000 job adverts at any one time, so the sky’s the limit when it comes to finding paid jobs in Oz! Wage rates will vary, but you can expect to earn around £10-£15 per hour.
You can choose how long you stay to do paid work in Australia (bear in mind that a Working Holiday Visa is valid for a maximum of 12 months). We suggest taking around 6-7 months to work and travel independently throughout Australia.
Australian Working Holiday Visa
We can also process your Australian Working Holiday visa on your behalf for an additional cost. Please speak to a travel advisor about this for more information, or see here for further details.
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You will need to arrange your flights to arrive in to Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok on day 1 of the Thai Adventure. Airport arrival transfers are only available between 6am and 10pm. Our local team will be waiting for you with a 'Gap 360' sign. They will take you to your hotel where you will be introduced to the rest of your group.
When your 25 day Thai Adventure is over, you will then fly on to Sydney, Australia. You’ll be met and taken to your hostel in Sydney to begin your introductory week of Aussie fun and adventure.
Accommodation is included during the trip. For the majority of the trip your accommodation will be modern backpacker hostels. Meals are not included, except lunch at the Elephant Home and meals during the Hill Trek. This means you will need to bring a little extra money to cover your costs.
Depending on your start date, there could be some independent travel time between your Thai Adventure ending and your Absolute Oz jobs programme beginning. If this is the case, accommodation will be at your own cost. We can advise you of suitable accommodation options in either location, please speak to a travel advisor for further details.
Accommodation for the first 7 nights of your stay is included, in a city centre hostel in Sydney during nights 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7, and in shared accommodation during your stay at beach camp on nights 4 and 5. In your hostel in Sydney, you’ll enjoy modern facilities in shared dorm accommodation with up to 10 people.
Some meals are included as a part of this trip. These fall on the following days:
- Monday: Welcome dinner and a drink
- Tuesday: Lunch
- Wednesday: Dinner (group pizza)
- Thursday: Breakfast, lunch and a BBQ dinner
- Friday: Breakfast
- Saturday: Entry to four bars – a drink in each bar!
Other meals are not included. With cooking facilities and the on-site restaurant/café at the hostel, plus all of Sydney’s great restaurants and bars within easy reach, you’ll never be far from your next good feed!
What do I do about accommodation after the first week in Australia?
After the first 7 days of accommodation some people decide to extend their stay in a hostel or to rent an apartment. The most popular option is to rent an apartment, and our team in Sydney can assist you with this. The advantage of renting is that it is the cheaper option and you get your own private room. Our customers often end up renting a place with the friends they meet in their first week on the programme. You can expect to pay £100-£150 per week. The minimum contract is normally 3 months but some agencies will ask you to commit to six months.
Alternatively you can extend your stay in a hostel. This is a great option for those that want to travel around quite a lot. Hostels offer cheaper rates for those that want a long term stay, for example for one month or more. It is really easy to book accommodation in hostels. You can often walk in and get a room that day but we recommend that you make a reservation the night before. Depending on where you stay in Australia, you can expect to pay around £140-£175 per week.
Please note that when you are working in Australia, you will earn enough to cover your living expenses like rent, food and bills. If you would like any more information, please contact us for more details.
Due to the restrictions on the Australian Working Holiday Visa, this trip is only available for 18-30 year olds.
The allowed duration of your trip varies depending upon how you plan to arrive into Thailand. Without a visa, British nationals arriving by air can remain in the country for a maximum of 30 days.
If you wish to extend your trip for more than 30 days you will need to apply for a 60 day tourist visa before you depart the UK.
Due to Working Holiday Visa (WH Visa) age restrictions, this trip is only available to 18-30 year olds. As you are planning to work in Australia whilst you’re here you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. To be eligible for the Working Holiday Visa, applicants need to meet the following requirements:
- Hold a passport issued by an eligible country or region (the UK is eligible)
- Be aged 18-30 (inclusive) at the time of applying
- Not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during their stay in Australia
- Meet health, character and financial requirements
- Not have previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (unless applying for a second visa)
- Be outside Australia when they apply and when their visa is granted
- Apply within 12 months of intended travel to Australia.
- Have sufficient funds to cover your expected living/trip costs during your stay
- Have funds for a return or onward ticket to depart Australia (or an actual ticket)
- Have health insurance