Beaches, culture, elephants, parties, trekking and more!
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Group Size: Max 22
Trip code: THAN
Duration: 18 or 25 days
Travel Thailand like a boss with this incredible group adventure, exclusive to Gap 360! Kick off in Bangkok with temple visits and neon-lit nights on Khao San Road. Then head north where you’ll get to know the eles at an awesome elephant project and spend two days trekking through hill tribe country. Southern Thailand is all about chilling out on sugar-white beaches, snorkelling, and partying under the stars on Koh Phi Phi, Samui, Phangan, and Tao, as well as an unforgettable night in a traditional floating bungalow in Khao Sok National Park. It’s the ULTIMATE Thai adventure!
- Help feed the elephants at an ethical elephant project
- Sleep on the water in a traditional Thai ‘float-house’ in Khao Sok National Park
- Go off-grid with a jungle trek and bamboo rafting in Northern Thailand
- Kayak through the atmospheric mangrove forests of Bor Thor
- Chill on the beach all day and party all night under the stars on Koh Phangan
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 (25 day tour only). If you’re on the 25 day tour, take the ferry to Phangan, the original home of the Full Moon Party, and check into our beachside resort in Baan Tai. If you’ve taken the 18 day option, your adventure ends here.
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.
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. See you next time!
On this trip you will have some free time to explore on your own or with others in your group. During your free time, you decide how to spend your time. Some travellers like to go out in the evenings for a meal and then carry on the party but there is no expectation to do so. If you prefer to chill and wake up with a clear head, then there are plenty of great options too!
If you’re travelling with us in 2023, you will follow the original itinerary which differs slightly to the 2024 itinerary below. You’ll spend one more night on Koh Phi Phi and Koh Phangan, and one less night in Khao Sok and Bangkok. On day 12, you’ll visit Phi Phi National Park instead of the Tiger Cave and Emerald Pool, and you won’t join the beach clean on Koh Samui, or visit Bang Krachao in Bangkok.
Moon Parties in Koh Phangan
Visit Koh Phangan at the right time and you can experience the legendary moon parties, like the Full Moon Party. Check out our guides and make sure they line up with your travel dates or speak to one of our expert travel advisors for help:
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Most expensive: £1,146 December, 2023
Arrive in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) where you’ll be met and taken to your starting accommodation in the city. There are no activities planned for today, apart from a welcome meeting this evening, so arrive whenever suits you best. However, please note that airport transfers are only available between 6am and 10pm on day 1. If you arrive outside these hours, or at Bangkok’s smaller airport (Don Muang), you will need to take a taxi to your hotel, which is very easy to arrange.
If you’re on the 25 day trip, your itinerary takes you on a full loop and ends in Bangkok, so the departure airport is the same as arrival. You can depart at any time on your end date. Return transfer from your Bangkok accommodation to the airport is not included however your guide can organise this for you if you like.
If you’ve taken the 18 day option, your trip ends on Koh Samui. You can fly direct from Samui to Bangkok, and this is easy to arrange. Ask one of our travel advisors for more information. If you’re staying on in Asia, we can also help with any onward travel.
Accommodation is included for the full duration of the tour (17 nights if you’re on the 18 day trip and 24 for the 25 day option). We’ve hand-picked an incredible selection of accommodation, perfect for travellers looking for a sociable atmosphere. Most nights will be spent in hostels. Rooms are a combination of single-sex and mixed-sex dorms (usually 4-12 per room). You’ll also spend one night on an overnight bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, one night in rustic huts at an elephant camp, and an unforgettable evening in a floating lake house in Khao Sok National Park! Please note all accommodation is subject to change.
- Bangkok: Samsen Street Hostel. Luxurious, minimal hostel within striking distance of Khao San Road, and all the major attractions, with stylish dorms, a large outdoor pool, restaurant, and poolside outdoor cinema!
- Chiang Mai: Elephant camp. Accommodation at the elephant project in simple huts with dorm-style beds and mosquito nets.
- Chiang Mai trek: Ban Huay Hoi Jungle Hut. Basic local accommodation in an authentic hill tribe village where we’ll stay in a jungle hut with a local family.
- Chiang Mai: DeCharm Hotel. Small hotel with restaurant and pool, close to Chiang Mai’s party area.
- Koh Phi Phi: Pier 519 Hostel. Centrally located hostel with pod-style bunks and shared bathrooms in the Ton Sai district.
- Krabi: Pop In Hostel. Brand new hostel with a funky design, massive communal area, and bar, just ten minutes’ walk from the beach.
- Khao Sok: Khao Sok Smiley Bungalows (Stone Bungalows). Rustic accommodation set in lush, tropical grounds, close to Khao Sok National Park.
- Khao Sok National Park: Smiley Bungalows (Lake House). Family-owned floating bungalows with private bathrooms in the most incredible lake setting.
- Koh Samui: SocialTel Chaweng Samui. Lively party hotel with a pink theme, modern rooms, and a huge pool area.
- Koh Phangan: MacBay Resort. Beachside resort with sun terrace, pool, and lounge, in the lively Baan Tai area.
- Koh Tao: Good Dream. Comfy hostel with fitness centre, close to Sairee Beach.
Please note: In some of the hostels along the way, you may be asked to pay a security deposit of £15 - £20. This is standard practice across Thailand. This is fully refundable on departure, as long as there’s no damage to your room.
4 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners are included on the 18 day trip, and 5 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 7 dinners on the 25 day trip. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself.
You must be at least 18 years old to join this trip. This trip is designed for 18-35 year olds.
British passport holders arriving by land or air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months following your date of entry to Thailand. Entry is usually refused if you have a passport which is damaged or has pages missing.
If you need to stay longer, it’s possible to extend your stay once, for up to 30 days. If you plan to stay in Thailand longer than 30 days you must get a 60 day tourist visa before you travel. Visa rules are subject to change and you should check the latest information with the embassy before you travel.