Thai Adventure

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Duration: Up to 29 days

Trip code: THAN

See the best of Thailand on this action-packed group adventure! Delve into the glittering city streets of Bangkok, enjoy unforgettable wildlife encounters at an elephant park, trek through the dramatic northern foothills, relax on gorgeous white sand beaches, have a mini-volunteer experience, and plunge into the neon-soaked nightlife of the southern Thai islands! This tour is ideal for first-time travellers and those who want to meet great new people while exploring a beautiful part of Southeast Asia.

Please note: Between September 2017 and March 2018 there is a 22-day and 29-day option for this trip. From 15th March 2018 onwards the Thai Adventure has a brand new itinerary with 18-day and 29-day options.

Trip highlights

  • Join our fun-packed Thai Adventure for fantastic group travel around Thailand; get a buddy list before you go and connect with your fellow adventurers!
  • Feel the buzz of Bangkok with serene temple tours, colourful canal rides, and a night out on lively Khao San Road!
  • Get up close to elephants with an idyllic elephant park stay and bask in some breathtaking Thai scenery during a 2-day trek through the northern foothills
  • Visit gorgeous Thai Islands: Volunteer on Koh Samui, sunbathe on Koh Phi Phi, and party on Koh Phangan - seek out a famous Moon party!
  • Join the trip after 15th March 2018 for a fresh new itinerary full of new activities and inclusions!

Further trip information

Itinerary between September 2017 and March 2018

Itinerary between March and December 2018

Thai Adventure Itinerary - Until 14th March 2018

Day 1: Begin in the buzz of Bangkok. Touch down on Thailand’s tropical soil and be met by one of our trip guides who will transfer you to your guesthouse near Khao San Road. Meet your fellow travellers and enjoy your first night in Thailand!

Day 2: Explore Bangkok. 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: Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Enjoy a final day in Bangkok and then sit back, relax and prepare for the next stage of your Thai adventure on an overnight private bus transfer to Chiang Mai.

Day 4: Chiang Mai and Cookery Class. Arrive early in Chiang Mai and spend the day relaxing or exploring.  In the evening you’ll learn to cook delicious Thai dishes in a cookery class and sample what you make!

Day 5: Meet the Elephants. Journey into the stunning Thai countryside and spend a day at an incredible elephant home. Feed and bathe the elephants and then spend the night in huts next to the herd – fall asleep to the soft sound of elephant snores!

Day 6 & 7: Hill Trek. Head to the foothills of northern Thailand for two days of wild adventure trekking in spectacular scenery – a must do experience! Possibility of bamboo rafting adventure. Spend the evening of day 7 back at the Elephant Home.

Please note: Your luggage will be looked after for you during the trek, so you only need to carry a small daypack.

Day 8: Chiang Mai. Enjoy more time with the elephants in the morning before heading to Chiang Mai in the afternoon.

Day 9: Chiang Mai. Enjoy some free time in Thailand's second-largest city and add in some more exciting optional activities, plus enjoy a guided tour of Chiang Mai's famous night markets and some lofty temples. Explore the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and snap up some bargain souvenirs!

Day 10: Return to Bangkok. Hop back on the bus to the bright lights of Bangkok. Arrive early evening. Head out and hit the town to enjoy Bangkok’s legendary nightlife!

Day 11: Bangkok to Koh Samui. Make the most of a fun, free day to explore amazing Bangkok before boarding an overnight bus to the Thai island of Koh Samui.

Day 12: Koh Samui. Arrive on the wonderful island of Koh Samui and get settled in to your accommodation. 

Day 13: Dam! Take part in a community dam building project and make a difference to the ecology in Koh Samui's beautiful inland forests. Enjoy Koh Samui's vibrant nightlife.

Day 14: Chill on Koh Samui. A free day to laze on the beach, recover from the night before(!), and reflect on the adventure so far. 

Day 15: Angthong National Marine Park. Head over to beautiful Angthong for a day of kayaking and swimming around green islands, white beaches and turquoise waters.

Please note that the visit to Angthong Marine Park is weather dependent; if the day trip is unable to go ahead an alternative activity will be arranged.

Day 16-20: Koh Tao. Five days of beach break paradise, party time and snorkelling on the gorgeous shores of Thailand's pint-sized island, Koh Tao. Extra option to learn to scuba dive and gain a PADI qualification during your stay on Koh Tao.

PLEASE SPEAK TO A TRAVEL ADVISOR IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK THE LEARN TO DIVE ADD-ON.

Day 21: Depart Koh Tao.

22-day option – depart from Koh Tao and return to Bangkok for a final night of celebration! Please note: Depending on the season, this return trip to Bangkok may be unguided.

29-day option – Spend the day travelling to the party island of Koh Phangan! You'll arrive this evening ready to enjoy everything this awesome island has to offer!

Day 22: Bangkok (22-day trip only). 22-day trip comes to an end. Depart at any time.

Day 22-25: Koh Phangan (29-day trip). Laze your days away in a haze of sun, sea and sand, and take part in some amazing optional activities on this beautiful island. Live it up at a legendary Full, Black or Half Moon Party and stay in gorgeous beach-front accommodation!

About the Parties

The Full Moon Party is what Koh Phangan is most famous for. Anywhere between 10,000 and 30,000 people gather at Haad Rin beach and dance to everything from trance to reggae until the sun rises the next morning. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Black Moon Party hosts a night filled with the latest trance music from Thai and International residents, and guest DJs. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Half Moon Party is a more alternative music party on Koh Phangan, with top quality music and a unique atmosphere. Top DJs play fantastic sets and the forest setting creates a buzzing, intimate vibe. Entry costs approx. £20-25. Please contact a travel advisor to find out which start dates coincide with which party!

Please note: We try our best to plan our start dates to coincide with a legendary Moon Party but this is not always possible. There is no guarantee that your trip will coincide with a party and Gap 360 cannot take responsibility if your trip dates do not coincide with a Moon Party. Please contact a travel advisor to check that your planned trip coincides with a party.

Day 26: Transfer to Koh Phi Phi. Head across Thailand to the iconic Koh Phi Phi, an island of stunning beaches and sparkling blue seas. Prepare for three days in this perfect paradise!

Day 27-28: Koh Phi Phi. Free time to enjoy everything this fantastic island has to offer. Opt to relax on the sand, snorkel in the sea or party on the beach.

Day 29: Koh Phi Phi. 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. 

Visit Vietnam

Why not combine your Thai Adventure with our brilliant Vietnam Adventure? For more information on this incredible combo programme please check out our Vietnam & Thailand Adventure.

More Adventures

Fancy extending your adventure? Why not explore more of Southeast Asia and join our Bali Intro tour? Discover beautiful beaches, lush forests and epic parties - you’ll even get up close to some cheeky monkeys in Monkey Forest! Alternatively, why not head down to Australia and earn some cash in the sun! Our Absolute Oz Jobs package sets you up with everything you need to find a great job Down Under! 

 

Thai Adventure Itinerary - From 15th March 2018

Choose from two options:

  • Option 1: 18-day Thai Adventure ending on Koh Phangan
  • Option 2: 29-day Thai Adventure ending on Koh Tao

Day 1: Begin in the buzz of Bangkok. Touch down on Thailand’s tropical soil and be met by one of our trip guides who will transfer you to your guesthouse near Khao San Road. Meet your fellow travellers and enjoy your first night in Thailand!

Day 2: Explore Bangkok. Get to know the city streets on a Bangkok bicycle tour. Overnight bus or train to Chiang Mai.

Day 3: Chiang Mai and Cookery Class. Arrive early in Chiang Mai and spend the day relaxing or exploring.  In the evening, you’ll learn to cook delicious Thai dishes in a cookery class and sample what you make!

Day 4: Meet the Elephants. Journey into the stunning Thai countryside and spend a day at an incredible elephant home. Feed and bathe the elephants and then spend the night in huts next to the herd – fall asleep to the soft sound of elephant snores!

Day 5 & 6: Hill Trek. Head to the foothills of northern Thailand for two days of wild adventure trekking in spectacular scenery – a must do experience! Possibility of bamboo rafting adventure. Spend the evening of day 6 back at the Elephant Home.

Please note: Your luggage will be looked after for you during the trek, so you only need to carry a small daypack.

Day 7: Chiang Mai. Enjoy more time with the elephants in the morning before heading to Chiang Mai in the afternoon.

Day 8: Chiang Mai. Enjoy some free time in Thailand's second-largest city and add in some more exciting optional activities, plus enjoy a guided tour of Chiang Mai's famous night markets and some lofty temples. Explore the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and snap up some bargain souvenirs!

Day 9: Return to Bangkok. Hop on a short flight back to the bright lights of Bangkok. Arrive early evening. Head out and hit the town to enjoy Bangkok’s legendary nightlife!

Day 10: 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 11: Bangkok to Krabi. Fly down to the coastal paradise of Krabi. Enjoy sunset drinks on exquisite Railay Beach.

Day 12: Boat Trip around Railay Beach. Venture out onto the sparkling turquoise waters of Railay on an included boat trip. Discover atmospheric caves and beautiful islands.

Day 13: Transfer to Phi Phi. Head across to the iconic Koh Phi Phi, an island of stunning beaches and sparkling blue seas. Prepare for three days in this perfect paradise!

Day 14: Island Boat Trip. Enjoy a spectacular boat trip taking in the best parts of the island, including legendary Maya Bay. Tonight, hit up Phi Phi’s fantastic nightlife.

Day 15: Viewpoint Visit. After a relaxing morning, head up to a viewpoint that offers incredible views across the island.

Day 16: Transfer to Koh Phangan. Time to swap Koh Phi Phi for Koh Phangan. Transfer by boat, coach and boat again and prepare for 4 glorious days ahead.

Day 17-20: Koh Phangan Living/ 18-day Adventure ends. Enjoy a host of included activities, such as a traditional Thai massage, a visit to a secret beach and an island tour. Most trips also coincide with an epic Moon Party. The exact timing of the activities on these days will depend on when the Moon Party falls.

About the Parties

The Full Moon Party is what Koh Phangan is most famous for. Anywhere between 10,000 and 30,000 people gather at Haad Rin beach and dance to everything from trance to reggae until the sun rises the next morning. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Black Moon Party hosts a night filled with the latest trance music from Thai and International residents, and guest DJs. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Half Moon Party is a more alternative music party on Koh Phangan, with top quality music and a unique atmosphere. Top DJs play fantastic sets and the forest setting creates a buzzing, intimate vibe. Entry costs approx. £20-25. Please contact a travel advisor to find out which start dates coincide with which party!

Please Note: The 18-day Thai Adventure ends on the morning of day 18. Check out is at 11am. A return transfer is not included but is easy to arrange. Your guide will be on hand to help you organize onward travel. All 18-day trips will include the traditional Thai massage.

Day 21: Transfer to Koh Samui. Take a short ferry ride across to Koh Samui and check into your accommodation for the next four nights.

Day 22: Dam! Take part in a community dam building project and make a difference to the ecology in Koh Samui's beautiful inland forests. Enjoy Koh Samui's vibrant nightlife.

Day 23: Chill on Koh Samui. A free day to laze on the beach, recover from the night before(!), and reflect on the adventure so far.

Please note if a Moon Party falls when you are on Koh Samui it is very easy to get to the party location on Koh Phangnan. Most travellers usually go to the parties, and the guide is on hand to help you get there! The ferry transfer to and from Koh Phangnan is not included in the trip cost however tickets are normally around £5-10 each way. It is your responsibility to get to and from your accommodation to the Moon Party and tickets and entry to a Moon Party are not included as part of your Thai Adventure.

Day 24: Angthong National Marine Park. Head over to beautiful Angthong for a day of kayaking and swimming around green islands, white beaches and turquoise waters.

Please note that the visit to Angthong Marine Park is weather dependent; if the day trip is unable to go ahead an alternative activity will be arranged.

Day 25-28: Koh Tao. Five days of beach break paradise, party time and snorkelling on the gorgeous shores of Thailand's pint-sized island, Koh Tao.

Day 29: 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.

Optional Add-On: Learn to Dive on Koh Tao

Never been diving before? Koh Tao is the place to learn! Extend your time in Thailand and book our fantastic Learn to Dive programme! Combining a mixture of scuba theory lessons and 4 awesome open water dives you'll enjoy a whole host of aquatic adventures as you practice your new-found skill in the stunning oceans off Koh Tao. Find out more about our Learn to Dive Thailand Programme.

Visit Vietnam

Why not combine your Thai Adventure with our brilliant Vietnam Adventure? For more information on this incredible combo programme please check out our Vietnam & Thailand Adventure.

More Adventures

Fancy extending your adventure? Why not explore more of Southeast Asia and join our Bali Intro tour? Discover beautiful beaches, lush forests and epic parties - you’ll even get up close to some cheeky monkeys in Monkey Forest! Alternatively, why not head down to Australia and earn some cash in the sun! Our Absolute Oz Jobs package sets you up with everything you need to find a great job Down Under! 

 
Dates & booking
Please note there are currently 2 itineraries for the Thai Adventure - one for start dates between September and March, and one for start dates between March and December 2018. Please select from the booking drop down which option you would like to book for the applicable start dates.

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