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.
Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok. Touchdown in tropical Thailand! Meet your guide and the rest of your group and learn all about the incredible adventures we’ve got in store as well as Thailand’s culture and customs! Then head out to neon lit Khao San Road.
Day 2: Bangkok Tour. Start the day with a boat ride down the city’s canals. Glide past saffron-robed monks and vendors selling exotic delicacies. Stop at Wat Arun and Wat Pho to see the reclining Buddha. Tonight, cosy down on the sleeper bus to Chiang Mai.
Day 3: Chiang Mai to the Elephant Project. Wake up in Chiang Mai before transferring to an ethical elephant camp. You’ll help feed them before spending tonight in an authentic homestay. What an amazing day!
Day 4: Hill Trek. Spend the next couple of days hiking through spectacular scenery. We’ll walk through some epic landscapes today, stopping at a secret waterfall, and spending the night in an authentic hill tribe village where we’ll enjoy a jungle party and a meal under the stars.
Day 5: Hill Trek and Chiang Mai. We’ll continue our trek this morning before jumping on bamboo rafts and drifting down the river. You might get a wet bum but it’s all part of the fun! After, we’ll share a delicious lunch before transferring back to Chiang Mai.
Day 6: Chiang Mai Cookery Class. Today we’ll make traditional Thai dishes at a cooking class, before tucking into what we’ve made! This evening, go bargain-hunting at the famous Chiang Mai night market.
Day 7: Koh Phi Phi: Fly down south to the beautiful island of Koh Phi Phi. Phi Phi is renowned for being a party destination and you’ll be staying right in the heart of the action. Think dancing on the sand with cocktail buckets in hand!
Day 8: Phi Phi Viewpoint. Spend today chilling on the beach, snorkelling around the bay, and picking up a few souvenirs. This afternoon we’ll take a hike up to the best viewpoint to see the island’s Instagram-worthy twin bays from above before partying under the stars tonight.
Day 9: Phi Phi boat trip. Head out on the ocean today. We’ll stop at several snorkelling points, swim at Shark Point, meet the cheeky residents of Monkey Beach, and visit the legendary Maya Bay by boat. Tonight, go wild at the hostel's pool party – what happens in Phi Phi, stays in Phi Phi!
Day 10: Phi Phi to Krabi. Transfer to the mainland, where we’ll be staying in lively Ao Nang. We’ll tickle our taste buds tonight with a guided street-food crawl. Chow down on fresh-from-the-pan pad thai and chicken skewers, before stopping for some ice-cold drinks.
Day 11: Krabi & Bor Thor Mangrove Forests. Kayak through the wildlife-rich mangrove forests of Bor Thor this morning. Glide through the water, looking for monkeys and birds, before stopping at a cave where we’ll see 3,000-year-old paintings!
Day 12: Tiger Cave and Emerald Pool. Hop in our private van and head to Tiger Cave. Work up a sweat climbing the 1,260 steps to the top, and gaze in awe at the view. Next up, it’s the aptly named Emerald Pool, where you’ll have time to splash about before a traditional Thai lunch.
Day 13: Ao Nang to Khao Sok. Leave the beach behind for a couple of days with an early minibus transfer to Khao Sok, just outside Khao Sok National Park. We’ll spend the night in jungle-style accommodation and visit a local market filled with artisan handicrafts and delicious street food.
Day 14: Khao Sok National Park. Head inland to this unspoilt paradise filled with thick jungle and shimmering lakes and rivers. This afternoon, we’ll explore this spectacular area on long-tail boats before spending the night in an amazing floating bungalow on Cheow Lan Lake!
Day 15: Khao Sok to Koh Samui. Wake up with the sounds of the jungle as the sun rises over the lake. If you’re up early, why not take an early boat safari to see wild elephants and maybe the elusive sun bear? Later we’ll transfer to Koh Samui, where we’ll check into our hostel before going out out in Chaweng!
Day 16: Koh Samui beach clean. Enjoy a morning on Samui’s golden sands, before doing your bit to make the world a better place, as we join a beach clean to help preserve this beautiful, natural environment.
Day 17: Ang Thong boat trip. Spend a heavenly day sailing around one of the world’s most beautiful marine parks, kayaking, cooling off in the crystal-clear sea and drinking in the mind-blowing scenery.
Day 18: Koh Samui to Koh Phangan. Today you take the ferry to Phangan, the original home of the Full Moon Party, and check into our beachside resort in Baan Tai.
Day 19: Koh Phangan. Phangan is a beach lover’s heaven. Spend your day soaking up the sun and snorkelling, have a traditional Thai massage on the sands, or join an optional full day island road trip. After the sun’s gone down, dance on the sands until the sun comes up.
If you want to join a trip where your time on Koh Phangan coincides with a Full Moon Party, please speak to a travel advisor.
Day 20: Koh Phangan to Koh Tao. Hop across to dinky little Koh Tao. Tao is as beautiful as Phangan, but the vibe is much more mellow - as the Thais say ‘same, same but different’! Drop your stuff at the hostel and stroll down to the beach to explore.
Day 21: Koh Tao free day. It’s your last few days on the Thai islands, so soak it up! Take one of the island’s world-class diving courses, hike into the lush coastal jungles, or simply hang out on the lovely beach. After dark, hit the beachside bars for a few drinks with your mates.
Day 22: Koh Tao boat trip. Today we’ll take a brilliant boat trip that loops around the entire island, with stops at all the best snorkelling spots in the area as well as the no-filter-needed island of Koh Nang Yuan. Sail back after the most amazing adventure, ready for a night in the beach bars.
Day 23: Koh Tao to Bangkok. We’re leaving Koh Tao behind today and travelling back to our old friend, Bangkok. Sit back and relax as the ferry and bus speed you back to the city. Check into your hostel before throwing yourself into the mad streets for one last time.
Day 24: Bang Krachao. Step out of the chaos of the city streets today as we head to Bang Krachao, a calming oasis known as the lungs of Bangkok due to its greenery. Explore the ponds, lakes, and temples of this beautiful area by bicycle, stopping at a local café and kayaking.
Day 25: Trip end. It’s time to pack your bags, swap numbers and hug your new friends goodbye – your amazing Thai Adventure has come to an end.
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.
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
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.
2nd and 3rd Year Working Holiday Visas
If you wish to stay and work in Australia for an additional year after your first visa expires then you just need to do 88 days of specified regional work during your first year in Australia. This programme can help you apply for regional jobs which would qualify you for the 2nd year and even 3rd year visas for Australia! Speak to a travel advisor 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.
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 in dorm share rooms. There are 5 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 7 dinners on the trip. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself.Thai food is generally very affordable and almost always extremely delicious, so it’s a great opportunity to get stuck into the local cuisine.
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 18-35 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 18-35 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 18-35 (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
It’s your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please do check visa requirements at the time of your trip.