Thailand & Cambodia Adventure
Enjoy two of our unique Asian adventure tours in one epic trip!
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Group Size: Max 22
Trip code: THCA
Duration: 35 days or longer
Explore two incredible Asian countries in one brilliant trip to Thailand and Cambodia! Enjoy our Thai Adventure: Visit Bangkok and Chiang Mai, go hill trekking, get up close to elephants, Koh Samui, Koh Tao and party on Koh Phangan & Koh Phi Phi. Then hop across to Cambodia for 10 days of fun and adventure: See Phnom Penh & Siem Reap, be awed by amazing Angkor Wat, relax on beautiful beaches, and party in Koh Rong on this extraordinary Asian combo tour around Thailand and Cambodia.
- Make new friends on this awesome group tour in Asia: Experience the buzzing Thai cities of Bangkok & Chiang Mai as well as Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh and stunning Siem Reap
- Have an elephant experience, take a Thai cookery class and enjoy wild adventure trekking in the hills of Northern Thailand
- Visit idyllic Thai Islands: Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Phangan!
- Enjoy tours of the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, and soak up the sun on the glorious beaches of Koh Rong!
- Make friends with a bunch of like-minded travellers. You'll get buddy lists before you travel so you can start making connections before you go!
Thai Adventure (25 days)
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!!
Cambodia on a Shoestring - 10 days
Day 1: Bangkok. Arrive into Bangkok at any time and make your way to your accommodation in time for a 6pm welcome meeting.
Day 2: Bangkok/Siem Reap. Cross the Cambodian border and head for beautiful Siem Reap. Enjoy a tasty traditional meal at a local community project. Get to know the locals and enjoy a unique insight into Cambodian life.
Day 3: Siem Reap. Wake up early to watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat. Enjoy a guided tour around the temples and statues. Spend the afternoon relaxing in Siem Reap or choose from a range of optional activities, including a museum visit and a circus performance.
Day 4: Siem Reap/Phnom Penh. Jump aboard a local bus and travel to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Arrive in the city and follow your guide on a brief orientation walk. Get ready for your first night of Cambodian city living!
Day 5: Phnom Penh. Take advantage of a full free day of exploration. Opt to visit the infamous S-21 prison or the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Alternatively, you could delve into the busy Russian Market or take a look at the Royal Palace.
Day 6: Phnom Penh/Koh Rong. Head south to the stunning Cambodian coast and transfer to the paradise island of Koh Rong. Relax on your own private beach and enjoy a dip in the warm sea waters.
Day 7: Koh Rong. Spend the day chilling on the beach or opt to join a snorkelling boat trip and get up close to underwater wildlife.
Day 8: Koh Rong/Mekong Delta. Climb aboard a private vehicle and roll across the border into Vietnam. Tuck into an authentic homemade meal at a local village homestay.
Day 9: Mekong Delta/Ho Chi Minh City. Continue through the gorgeous Vietnamese countryside towards Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a street food crawl and then head out into the city for some independent exploration.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City. Your fantastic shoestring adventure comes to an end today! Say goodbye to group and head for the airport. Depart at any time.
Depending on your start date, there could be some independent travel time between your Thai Adventure ending and your Cambodia Adventure programme beginning. If this is the case, accommodation will be at your own cost. We can advise you of suitable accommodation options in either location, please speak to a travel advisor for further details.
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You will need to arrange your flights to arrive in to Suvarnabhumi airport between 6am and 10pm in Bangkok, Thailand on day one. 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 in Bangkok on day 25.
Your Cambodia on a Shoestring trip starts in Bangkok. Due to start date availability there may be some independent travel days between each part of your trip. If this is the case you will need to arrange accommodation at your own cost, which we can help you arrange.
Your Cambodia on a Shoestring tour ends in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on Day 10. A return airport transfer is not included. Speak to us about your onward travel plans and we can advise you about your best transfer options.
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.
Cambodia on a Shoestring
9 nights of multi-share accommodation are included. 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included on this trip.
You will be required to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is an excellent opportunity to throw yourself into local life and interact with local people at restaurants and food markets. Southeast Asian cuisine is delicious and mostly very cheap so eating out during your trip shouldn’t break the bank!
The minimum age to join this Asian combo trip is 18.
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 60 day tourist visa before you travel. Depending on start dates you may have a few days between the end of your Thai Adventure and the beginning of your Cambodia on a Shoestring tour. If this is the case you will be in Thailand for over 30 days and will need to apply for a visa in advance of travel.
You will need a visa in order to enter Cambodia. Cambodian visas can either be obtained online, or upon arrival at the border (where you would need to pay the USD 20 fee). If you are planning on extending your stay it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a valid visa for the duration of your stay, or obtain any necessary visa extensions while you are in Cambodia.
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.