Thai & Bali Adventure
Discover Thailand and Bali on this brilliant combo adventure!
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Group Size: Avg 16, max 22
Trip code: THBL
Duration: 37 days or longer
Explore two incredible Asian countries in one brilliant trip to Thailand and Bali! Enjoy our awesome 25 day Thai Adventure: Visit Bangkok and Chiang Mai, go hill trekking, have an elephant experience, visit Khao Sok National park, relax on Koh Samui & Koh Tao and party on Koh Phangan. Hop across to beautiful Bali for 12 days of fun and relaxation: See Kuta, visit ancient temples, laze on stunning beaches, learn to surf, go snorkelling, swim in waterfalls, feed wild monkeys, relax on tropical islands, see dolphins and turtles and party on the beach in this slice of paradise. Don’t miss this extraordinary Asian combo tour in Thailand and Bali!
- Make new friends on this awesome group tour in Asia: Experience Thailand’s cities and islands as well as Bali’s beautiful beaches in one exciting trip
- Visit Bangkok and Chiang Mai, get up close to elephants, take a Thai cookery class and enjoy 2 days of wild adventure trekking in the hills of Northern Thailand
- Visit the idyllic Thai Islands: Chill out on Koh Samui, relax or scuba dive on Koh Tao and party on Koh Phangan!
- See stunning temples, learn to surf, hand feed wild monkeys, take a boat tour, spot wild dolphins and go off the beaten track in Bali
- Spend two days on Bali’s idyllic Gili Islands and then head to Ubud for a visit to Monkey Forest, a sunrise Volcano trek and a traditional Balinese massage to end your Asian adventures!
Discover two amazing Asian countries in one top tour on this Thailand & Bali adventure: Kick off with a 29 day adventure in Thailand and follow that with an unforgettable 12 days in beautiful Bali.
Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok. One of our team will meet you and take you to your hostel where you’ll meet the rest of your group and enjoy a first night out on Khao San Road!
Day 2: Bangkok to Chiang Mai. See the best of Bangkok with a long-tail boat tour including temple visits to Wat Arun and Wat Pho and an optional stop at the Grand Palace. Travel overnight to Chiang Mai.
Day 3: Chiang Mai. Arrive in Chiang Mai and explore the laid-back city before joining a Thai cooking class and going bargain-hunting at the famous Chiang Mai Night Market.
Day 4: Chiang Mai to the Elephant Project. Spend a night in an ethical elephant camp where you’ll get hands on with the animals, feeding and bathing them. Then sleep in a hut next to the herd!
Day 5: Hill Trek. Trek the spectacular mountains of Northern Thailand where you’ll see the most jaw-dropping views. Spend the night in a rustic retreat under a canopy of stars.
Day 6: Hill Trek & Chiang Mai. Trek for a couple of hours this morning before hopping on a traditional bamboo raft. Then transfer back to Chiang Mai.
Day 7: Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi. Fly to Krabi before getting the ferry to the tropical island of Phi Phi. Drop your bags before hitting the beach for a sun downer.
Day 8: Koh Phi Phi. Bliss out with free time in paradise today. Top up your tan, snorkel round the bay or treat yourself to a Thai massage on the sand.
Day 9: Phi Phi Viewpoint. Hike up to the best viewpoint on the island for the most amazing panorama across the island’s twin bays. Hit the bars tonight with your mates.
Day 10: Phi Phi Boat Trip. Cruise the crystal-clear waters round Phi Phi with lots of stops to swim and snorkel and a visit to Monkey Island to meet the cheeky residents.
Day 11: Phi Phi to Ao Nang. Transfer to Ao Nang. Tickle your taste buds tonight with a guided street-food crawl.
Day 12: Ao Nang & Bor Thor Mangrove Forests. Kayak through the mangrove forests of Bor Thor including a stop to see 3,000 year old cave paintings!
Day 13: Hong & Poda Island Boat Trip. Enjoy a boat trip today to the idyllic islands of Hong and Poda. Catch some rays, take some sea-selfies, or go snorkelling.
Day 14: Ao Nang to Khao Sok. Head inland to Khao Sok National Park where we’ll be taking a long-tail boat tour before spending the night in a ‘float-house’ on the lake.
Day 15: Khao Sok to Koh Samui. Opt to take an early boat safari in the Park before travelling to Koh Samui, where we’ll have some beach time before going out for a big one in Chaweng!
Day 16: Koh Samui Beach Day. Free time on Koh Samui! Catch up on some zzzzs, lie back on a lilo, or slurp a smoothie to detox after your big night out!
Day 17: Ang Thong Marine Park. Take a day trip into the shimmering waters of Ang Thong. Snorkel and swim in the crystal-clear sea. Don’t forget your camera!
Day 18: Koh Samui to Koh Phangan. Take the ferry to Koh Phangan where you’ll be staying in the lively Ban Taai area.
Day 19: Free time on Koh Phangan. Kick back on the beach today, or book yourself onto a yoga or Muay Thai class before experiencing the hedonistic nightlife of the island.
Day 20: Free time on Koh Phangan. Spend today recovering, or get active with some paddle-boarding or a hike into the jungled interior of the island. Tonight’s your last night in Koh Phangan so go large!
Day 21: Koh Phangan to Koh Tao. Hop across to Koh Tao where you’ll find white sand beaches, palm trees and world-class diving. Drop your bag at the hostel and head out to explore.
Day 22: Koh Tao Boat Trip. Board the boat for an awesome snorkelling trip, including a stop at Koh Nang Yuan with its slender beach that disappears under the sea at high tide.
Day 23: Free Time on Koh Tao. How will you spend your last day in heaven? Will you go diving, take a long-tail tour, play beach volleyball or just put the finishing touches to your tan?
Day 24: Koh Tao to Bangkok. Say farewell to Koh Tao – we’re heading back to Bangkok by ferry then bus. Head out for a final night under the neon lights of Khao San Road.
Day 25: Trip End. Head back to the airport - the Thai leg of your adventure has come to an end. Sawasdee-ka!!
Day 1: Arrive in Denpasar, Bali. Arriving into Denpasar Airport you’ll be picked up and taken to your gorgeous guesthouse to meet the rest of your group.
Day 2: Temples & Sunsets. Start today with a short drive to a stunning ancient temple. Enjoy dinner before heading back to Canggu for some serious nightlife!
Day 3: Learn to Surf. Enjoy the day in laid-back surfing spot of Canggu, famous for its volcanic sands. Learn how to surf in one of the world’s most exciting surfing destinations – awesome!
Day 4: Temples, Waterfalls & Rice Paddies. Stop off at two of Bali’s most amazing ancient temples before hand feeding wild monkeys. Stop to swim at an incredible waterfall, before arriving in the spectacular mountain surroundings of Lovina.
Day 5: Dolphins & Culture. Hop on board a traditional outrigger boat for some dolphin-spotting adventures. Visit a local homestay for some Balinese basket weaving and lunch with your hosts.
Day 6: Travel to the Gorgeous Gili Islands. A fast ferry takes you to the idyllic island of Gili Trawangan, a real slice of paradise. Enjoy some free time and then head out to make the most of the amazing island nightlife.
Day 7: Gili Island Bike Tour. Take a biking tour of this gem of an island, snapping photos of the breathtaking views and taking breaks to laze on white sand beaches.
Day 8: Snorkelling Boat Trip, Group Dinner & Party Night. Take a boat tour around all three gorgeous Gili Islands today. Tuck in to a delicious group dinner and then make the most of your last evening on the island and party in paradise!
Day 9: Travel on to Ubud. Jump on a ferry bound for Ubud.
Day 10: Monkey Forest. Visit Ubud’s most famous attraction, Monkey Forest, an incredible temple which is home to hundreds of mischievous wild monkeys. Enjoy Ubud and get out and about this evening with your newfound friends.
Day 11: Sunrise Volcano Trek & Massage. Head out early for an unforgettable sunrise Volcano trek, including a breakfast cooked using the natural heat from the Volcano. Hike back to Ubud, arriving mid morning and easing your muscles with an inclusive massage. The rest of the day is free.
Day 12: Trip Ends. Your amazing Asian adventure ends today in Ubud and it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends and head home. Your guide can help you arrange your travel back to Denpasar Airport (cost not included).
Please note: Although we try to run as many dates back to back, there may be independent travel time between the two trips. During this time accommodation is not included however we can advise you on arranging this.
All itineraries are for guidance only and are subject to change. This trip can be done the other way round if you wish: Bali first and Thailand afterwards.
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You will need to arrange your flights to arrive in to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand on day one of the Thai Adventure. If you land between 6am and 10pm our local team will be waiting for you with a 'Gap 360' sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will be introduced to the rest of your group.
The Thai Adventure ends in Bangkok on your end date. You can depart any time. Return transfer from your hostel to the airport is not included but your guide will help you arrange this locally.
We try to run as many of our start dates back-to-back, so your Bali Intro can begin as soon as your Thai Adventure ends. On occasional start dates there may be days inbetween where you will need to arrange your own accommodation. Please contact us for details.
Depending on the start dates there may be some time between the Thailand and Bali parts of your trip. If this is the case most travellers will travel to Bali and spend their independent time there. You can arrive in advance of the Bali Intro start date and still take up the inclusive transfer if you book extra night's accommodation through us. If you wish to arrive before the start date then please let us know this in advance.
On arrival in Bali an airport transfer is included and you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation. Your trip will finish in the town of Ubud and a return airport transfer is not included, but your guide can help arrange this for you. A transfer by minivan to Denpasar Airport takes around 1.5 hours. We recommend you do not book an onward flight out of Bali until around 1 p.m. at the earliest on the final day.
24 nights accommodation is included on your Thai Adventure. Most nights will be spent in hostels. Rooms are a combination of single-sex and mixed-sex dorms. We’ve hand-picked an incredible selection of hostel accommodation, perfect for young travellers looking for an upscale look and a sociable atmosphere. Rooms are dorm-style with a Thai-chic feel and all your creature comforts taken care of.
Accommodation at the elephant project is in simple huts in the grounds, so you’ll be sleeping right next to the elephants! Rooms are simple, but clean and comfortable with dorm-style beds and mosquito nets. On the overnight trek we’ll be staying in a rustic retreat and in Khao Sok National Park, we’ve got something really special lined up with a night in a ‘float-house’ – a Thai bungalow built on a raft! The facilities may be basic, but the setting is out of this world.
Please note: In some of the hotels 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.
Please note: We try to run as many of our start dates back-to-back, so your Bali Intro can begin as soon as your Thai Adventure ends. On occasional start dates you may be required to book some extra nights’ accommodation in Kuta, Bali before the Bali Intro begins. Even if you arrive early you will still have an inclusive transfer and will be met at the airport and taken to your accommodation in Kuta. Any extra accommodation is at your own cost and is paid locally when you check in, but we can help you book this in advance of travel. Please speak to a travel advisor for further details.
11 nights’ accommodation is included. The accommodation is of a great standard, with incredible swimming pools, private bathrooms, air conditioning and hot water. 3 nights are spent in a hotel in Canggu, 2 nights are spent in a hostel with spectacular mountain views and a pool in Lovina, 3 nights are spent in a hotel on the idyllic island of Gili Trawangan and 3 nights are spent in a hotel in the town of Ubud.
2 of the nights will be in multi-share, mixed dorm accommodation, with rooms sleeping 4-7 people. The rest of the nights will be twin or double share. Free Wi-Fi is available in every location, and laundry services are available on all nights except 4 & 5.
8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners are included on this tour. Other meals on the trip are at your own cost. Dietary requirements can be catered for but please inform us of these at the time of booking.
This trip is available to travellers aged 18-35.
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 then you will need to apply for a 60 day tourist visa before you depart the UK.
British visitors arriving in Bali (or anywhere in Indonesia) will be issued with a free visa on arrival, valid for a stay of up to 30 days. You must have a passport with at least 6 months validity from your arrival date.
If you wish to stay in Indonesia for longer than 30 days, you will no longer be able to extend your visa in-country, so you will need to apply for a 60 day tourist/social visa in advance of travel.
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.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.