Thailand, Bali & Absolute Oz Jobs
An Asian-Australasian adventure combo!
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Group Size: Avg 10-20, max 22
Trip code: TBAZ
Duration: Up to 12 months
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!
- 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!
Travel around three incredible countries on an epic year-long adventure that’ll take you to Thailand, Bali, and Australia.
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, Elephant Project & Hill Trekking
Kick off in vibrant Bangkok. Enjoy boat tours, temple visits and banging nights out. Travel to Chiang Mai overnight where you’ll take part in a cookery course, and spend time in an amazing elephant camp, helping to feed, bathe and care for the animals. Round off with a hike through the northern foothills, including bamboo rafting and a night in a rustic retreat.
Week 2: Koh Phi Phi, Mangrove Kayak Trip, Island Boat Tour & Khao Sok National Park
Fly to the glorious South, where we’ll spend 4 nights on beautiful Phi Phi. Chillax on the beach, party under the stars, and discover the surrounding islands on an epic boat trip. Transfer to Ao Nang where you’ll join a street food crawl, kayak through mangrove forests, and cruise to the paradise islands of Hong and Poda. Then head inland to the spectacular Khao Sok National Park where you’ll stay on the lake in a float-house!
Week 3: Koh Samui, Ang Thong Marine Park, & Koh Phangan
It’s back to the beach life with 3 nights on lovely Koh Samui. Bronze your bod, splash about in the sea and go ‘out out’ in Chaweng! Spend a blissful day kayaking and snorkelling in Ang Thong Marine Park, before cruising to the legendary party island of Ko Phangan. Beach, sleep, party, repeat!
Week 4: Koh Tao & Bangkok
Soak up the sun on Koh Tao for the next few days where you might opt to enjoy some of the world class diving. We’ll take a boat trip to the best snorkelling and kayaking spots as well as the stunning island of Koh Nang Yuan, before travelling back to good old Bangkok for a last night out before the Thai leg of your adventure comes to an end.
Explore the best of Bali on this fantastic 12-day trip. Starting in Canggu, 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!
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!
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You will need to arrange your flights to arrive in to Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok between 6am and 10pm on day one of the Thai Adventure. Our local 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.
The Thai Adventure ends back in Bangkok on day 25. You will need to arrange your own 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 five 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Due to Australian Working Holiday Visa regulations, this trip is only available to those aged 18-30.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
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.