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Thailand, Bali and Absolute Oz Jobs

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Group Size: Avg 10-20, max 22

Trip code: TBAZ

Duration: Up to 12 months

Guided group tours in Thailand and Bal
Find paid work in sunny Australia
Exclusive buddy lists before you travel

See the best of Thailand and Bali on two fantastic group tours, and then experience life Down Under on this epic combo package. Starting in bustling Bangkok, you’ll travel from Thailand’s hectic centre to the beautiful northern countryside and the southern Thai islands. Enjoy epic parties, wildlife-spotting, and cultural discovery before jetting over to beautiful Bali to explore the region’s temples, villages, and underwater worlds. Then, you’ll fly to Australia for up to 12 months of living like a local; travelling, working and living the dream – all with the support and guidance of our Aussie experts. Brilliant!

Trip highlights

  • Tour Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and party on paradise islands in Thailand
  • See stunning temples, learn to surf, feed wild monkeys, snorkel, and get off the beaten track in Bali
  • Enjoy a whole week of group adventures in stunning Sydney and at our beautiful Beach Camp
  • Find paid work in Australia with help and support from our expert jobs team
  • Make some awesome new buddies on this incredible group tour of Thailand, Bali, and Australia!
What's included

Thai Adventure

  • Arrival transfer
  • 24 nights accommodation
  • Transport, including an internal flight
  • Some meals
  • Elephant experience
  • 2-day hill trek
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Boat trip and snorkelling
  • Koh Phangan Temple Steam
  • Ang Thong Marine Park visit
  • Koh Tao island beach break
  • Traditional Thai massage on Koh Phangan
  • Free time on beautiful Koh Phi Phi
  • Bangkok city tours
  • Chiang Mai night market & temple tour
  • Thai cookery class
  • Experienced guide
  • 24-hour emergency support

Bali intro

  • Airport pickup
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • Transport
  • Some meals
  • Temple visits
  • Learn to surf experience in Canggu
  • Waterfall swim
  • Visit to a local village with bamboo basket weaving
  • Coffee plantation visit
  • Hand-feed wild monkeys
  • Dolphin boat trip
  • Explore Gili Island by bicycle
  • Boat Trip to all 3 Gili Islands
  • Snorkel with turtles
  • Sunrise Volcano trek
  • Monkey Forest visit
  • Traditional Balinese massage
  • Farewell dinner and beach party
  • 24-hour emergency support

Absolute Oz Jobs

  • 8 days of fun and adventure in Sydney and at Beach Camp
  • 12 months' job search assistance and support in Australia
  • Buddy list – get in touch with others in your group!
  • Accommodation assistance
  • Airport shuttle from Sydney airport to your hostel
  • 7 nights' accommodation in your first week
  • Some meals and drinks
  • A guided Sydney city tour
  • A Sydney Harbour cruise
  • 2-night trip to Beach Camp
  • A wild bottlenose dolphin cruise
  • A four-wheel drive sand dune tour
  • Sandboarding
  • National Park bushwalks
  • Australian mobile phone SIM card
  • A bar skills course
  • An RSA (Responsible Service Alcohol) course
  • 12 months' mail holding service
  • Free Wi-Fi access and use of the online jobs database
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Accommodation between tours
  • Travel insurance
  • Some airport transfers
  • Some meals
  • Entrance fees to the Grand Palace and temples in Bangkok
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Travel around three incredible countries on an epic year-long adventure that’ll take you to Thailand, Bali, and Australia.

Thai Adventure (25 days)

Enjoy 25 days of group exploration with an expert tour guide, immersed in the fascinating culture and beauty of Thailand. Uncover hidden city treasures in Bangkok, visit temples, explore National Parks, go adventure trekking, meet elephants, and laze on sun-drenched sands on idyllic islands. This experience is designed to show you all the sides of Thailand’s personality and is the ideal way to meet new people in amazing Asia.

Our travellers on this programme get access to a buddy list, so you can connect with other travellers going on the same trip and start to make friends before you go. Plus, all your accommodation and travel are included! Brilliant!

Week 1: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Elephant Home!

Kicking off in the buzzing city of Bangkok, you'll explore temples and palaces and take a boat ride in this lively Thai capital city, before enjoying a bus or train journey to Chiang Mai. Enjoy a Thai cookery class and 2 full days at an amazing elephant home, helping feed, bathe and care for these majestic creatures.

Week 2: Hill Trekking, Krabi and Koh Phi Phi

Next, head off into the Thai hills for an incredible two-day trek! Enjoy a bamboo rafting adventure and then fly down south and laze in the sunshine on the famous Railay Beach. Transfer over to the white-sands of Koh Phi Phi and enjoy awesome nightlife, a viewpoint hike, and a stunning island boat trip.

Week 3 Koh Samui and Koh Phangan

Journey east to Koh Samui and enjoy beach bliss and an excursion to beautiful Angthong National Marine Park. Then, transfer over to Koh Phangan. Enjoy the beach parties on this vibrant island. You’ll then enjoy a much-needed detox with a unique temple steam experience.

Week 4 (days 21-25): Koh Tao

Round off the adventure with a few amazing days on the beautiful Thai island of Koh Tao. Staying a stone’s throw from a beautiful beach, you’ll have all the best bars and restaurants on your doorstep during your stay on the island. The beaches and coastline hide a vast array of optional activities, such as snorkelling, quad biking, abseiling, cycling, rock climbing, kayaking and other water sports. You’ll also enjoy a spectacular included snorkeling boat trip around the island on day 22, before your tour comes to an end on day 25.

Please note: Optional activities will be at your own cost.

Bali Intro (12 days)

Explore the best of Bali on this fantastic 12-day trip. Starting in the party town of Kuta, you’ll journey along the coast, stopping at beautiful temples and gorgeous beach locations on the way. You’ll witness stunning sunsets, chill out on golden sands, learn to surf, bathe beneath waterfalls, wander through rice paddies, and jet across the sparkling sea to spot dolphins and go snorkelling – and that’s just in the first few days!

Next up, you’ll spend the night at a local homestay and learn traditional skills such as Balinese basket weaving. You’ll then transfer to the unspoilt Gili Islands and enjoy cycling, snorkelling and party nights galore! Your trip rounds off with 3 days on Ubud, where you’ll hand-feed wild monkeys, eat breakfast at sunrise on the slopes of a volcano, and relax with a traditional Indonesian massage. Does life get any better than this?

Your Bali Intro highlights include:

  • Surf lesson in Canggu
  • Dolphin spotting boat trip
  • Basket weaving skills at a local village
  • Sail around the Gili Islands
  • Visit Ubud’s Monkey Forest nature reserve and temple complex
  • A sunrise volcano trek & traditional massage
  • & more!

Absolute Oz Jobs (up to 12 months)

Spend up to 12 months living and travelling around Australia, taking on paid work to fund your travels. You’ll have all the resources you need to find a great job and full support to get you set up for life in Australia. You’ll have full access to an exclusive jobs database and a team of experts helping you with your awesome adventure. Whether you need help getting your next job, need some advice on accommodation, or want a recommendation for the best bars in town – our expert jobs team in on hand for it all!

As well as all the sensible stuff, you’ll have an entire week in Sydney to let your hair down and have some fun. You’ll get to know your fellow travellers during a beach camp getaway, and some fun excursions from Sydney Harbour. It’s the perfect way to get your adventure off to a great start!

Your Absolute Oz Jobs highlights include:

  • Boat tour of Sydney Harbour
  • Beach Camp stop-over
  • 4x4 sand dune tour and sandboarding
  • Bushwalk through Tomaree National Park
  • Party night in Sydney
  • 12 months’ expert job support
  • Bank account and tax number set-up
  • & more!

For more detailed itinerary information, please download the trip notes.

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Arrival information

Arrival information

Thai Adventure

You will need to arrange your flights to arrive in Bangkok on day one of the Thai Adventure. Our friendly 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.

Please note that airport transfers are only available between 6am and 10pm. If you arrive outside of these times, you will need to take a taxi to your hotel. The Thai Adventure ends on Koh Tao on day 29. You will need to arrange your own transport back to Bangkok in time to make your flight to Denpasar Airport in Bali. The cost of this flight is not included in the trip price.

Depending on your itinerary dates, there might be a bit of time between the Thailand and Bali parts of your trip. In this instance, most travellers will travel to Bali and spend some independent time there. You can arrive up to two days in advance of the Bali Intro start date and still take up the inclusive transfer if you book your extra accommodation through us. If you would like to arrive before your Bali start date, please let us know at time of booking.

Bali Intro

You will need to arrange your flight from Bangkok to Denpasar Airport to arrive in time for the first day of your Bali Intro itinerary. An airport transfer is included. Our team will collect you and take you to your accommodation in Kuta. Your trip will finish in the town of Ubud. 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 and costs approx. £5. We recommend you do not book an onward flight out of Bali until around 1pm at the earliest on the final day.

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 occasion, there might be days between where you will need to arrange your own accommodation. Please contact us for details.

Absolute Oz Jobs

You should arrange your flight from Denpasar to arrive in Sydney in time for the first day of your Absolute Oz Jobs itinerary. You will need to go to a pre-set meeting point at Sydney airport to catch the shuttle bus that’ll take you directly to your hostel to begin your first week of fun and adventure. If you want to arrive a few days earlier, we will be more than happy to help you organise any additional accommodation (at extra cost). Please contact us for further details.

Accommodation & meals

Thai Adventure

24 nights’ accommodation are included on the Thai Adventure. The majority of your accommodation will consist of twin or triple-share guesthouse rooms. Thailand has a warm climate, and can often be humid, so the lack of hot water in some Thai accommodation is no problem, as a cool shower will be just what you’re after following a long day on the beach or hiking in the Thai hills. Some accommodation will be more basic than you’re used to at home, but all the places we stay at during our Thai Adventure will be clean and comfortable, and in a great location.

Meals aren’t included, except lunch at the elephant home and meals on the hill trek. This means you will need to bring a little extra money to cover your food costs. You can expect to pay about £3-5 for an average meal.

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 an extra 2 nights’ accommodation in Kuta, Bali before the Bali Intro begins. Any extra accommodation is at your own cost, but we can help you book this in advance (approx cost £25 per night, payable locally). Please speak to a travel advisor for further details.

Bali Intro

11 nights’ accommodation are included. You’ll be staying in high-end backpacker accommodation and hotels on Bali, all of which include their own swimming pools, private bathrooms, air conditioning and hot water. Two nights will be spent in a gorgeous guesthouse with pool in Kuta, one night will be spent in a hotel in Canggu, two nights will be spent in a hostel in Lovina with spectacular mountain views and a pool, three nights will be spent in a hotel on the idyllic island of Gili Trawangan, and three nights will be spent in a hotel in the town of Ubud.

Two of the nights will be in multi-share, mixed dorm accommodation, with rooms sleeping 4-7 people. The rest of your accommodation will be in the form of twin or quad-share rooms. Free Wi-Fi is available in every location, and laundry services are available on all nights except 4 and 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.

Absolute Oz Jobs

Accommodation for the first seven nights of your stay in Australia 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.

Your hostel is equipped with modern facilities in dorm accommodation, which you’ll share with up to 10 people. There is an on-site café that serves breakfast and a kitchen with fridges and storage for your use. You’ll have access to all common areas, which includes a TV lounge. At beach camp, you may stay in multi-share dorm rooms or camp outside in tents under the stars!

After the first week, most of our travellers choose to rent an apartment, often sharing with the new friends they’ve made in the first week. Our team in Sydney will be able to help you explore possible accommodation options either in Sydney or elsewhere in Australia.

Some meals will be included in your first week, including a group welcome dinner of pizza on Monday, Beach Camp dinners (typical meals include pizza, fresh salads and wraps, steaks, sausages, chicken and pavlova or ice cream for dessert) and four free drinks on your Sydney bar cruise.

Minimum age & eligibility

Due to Australian Working Holiday Visa regulations, this trip is only available to those aged 18-30.

Visas

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 tourist visa before you depart the UK.

Bali

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. Please contact us for further details.

Australia

As you are planning to work in Australia whilst you’re here, you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. You can choose to book your Absolute Oz programme with the visa included.

Please note: If you have a criminal record, you are able to apply for a Working Holiday Visa, but due to the specific information required while filling out the application form we will not be able to process your visa for you, and this must be applied for individually.

To be eligible, applicants need to meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a passport issued by an eligible country or region
  • 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-year visa)
  • Be outside Australia on application and grant of Working Holiday Visa
  • 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

How to apply:

You can choose our inclusive visa booking option and we can process your Working Holiday Visa application for you, or you might want to apply for your own visa via Australian Immigration.

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