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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: 38 days

Explore 3 Asian countries in 6 weeks
2 of our most popular Asian adventures
Loads of activities included

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.

Trip highlights

  • 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: relax on Koh Tao and party on 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!
What's included

Thai Adventure:

  • Arrival transfer
  • Access to a buddy list before you travel
  • 24 nights total accommodation
  • Meals during Hill Trek
  • An ethical elephant experience with lunch
  • Bamboo rafting
  • 2 days of trekking in the hills in Northern Thailand
  • Koh Phangan Temple Steam
  • Angthong National Marine Park visit
  • A Koh Tao island beach break
  • A stay on the famous island of Koh Phangan
  • Free time on Koh Phi Phi
  • Bangkok city tours
  • Chiang Mai night market & temple tour
  • Thai cookery class
  • Experienced guide
  • 24 hour support

Cambodia on a Shoestring:

  • Phnom Penh walking tour
  • Unique local Khmer meal experience
  • Street food crawl
  • Mekong Delta exploration
  • Guided tour of Angkor Wat
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Some meals (7 breakfasts & 2 dinners)
  • Experienced tour guide
  • All transport between included activities and destinations
  • 24/7 emergency support
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Travel from Phi Phi to Bangkok
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Minimum one night’s accommodation between tours
  • Some meals
  • Return transfer to Phnom Pehn airport
  • Optional activities
  • Entrance fees to the Grand Palace and temples in Bangkok (allow around £10-15)
Further trip information

Itinerary

Spend an incredible 25 days in Thailand followed by 10 days having fun in Cambodia on this amazing Asian combo tour.

Thai Adventure (25 days)

Day 1: Begin in the buzz of Bangkok. Fly into Bangkok where you’ll be met at the airport by one of our trip guides and transferred to your city accommodation. Meet your fellow travellers and enjoy your first night in Thailand!

Day 2: 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.

Please note: Entrance fees to the Grand Palace and the surrounding temples are not included in the trip price so you should budget around £10-15 today for these visits.

Day 3: Explore Bangkok. See the streets of Bangkok up close on a group bicycle tour. Tonight, head out for another crack at Bangkok’s legendary backpacker nightlife!

Please note: Nights out on this trip are organized by our trip guides but drinks and entrance fees are at your own cost.

Day 4: Chill and Transfer. Spend the day relaxing and exploring Bangkok at your own pace. Tonight, take an overnight bus or train to Chiang Mai.

Day 5: Chiang Mai and Cookery Class. Arrive early in Chiang Mai and spend the day relaxing or exploring. Learn to cook delicious Thai dishes during an included cookery class and enjoy a guided tour of the city and the vibrant night market.

Day 6 & 7: Meet the Elephants. Journey into the beautiful Thai countryside and spend 2 days at an incredible elephant home. Help feed the elephants and bathe them in a nearby stream. Then spend the night sleeping in traditional huts next to the herd!

Day 8 & 9: Hill Trek. Venture into the foothills of northern Thailand for two days of wild adventure trekking in spectacular scenery – a must do experience! Enjoy a bamboo rafting adventure on day 9 (weather dependent) and then head back to Chiang Mai.

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

Day 10: Chiang Mai to Krabi. Fly down to the coastal paradise of Krabi.

Day 11: Railay Beach Day. Enjoy a full day of sunbathing and swimming on Railay Beach, a stunning paradise of white sands and crystal clear waters.

Day 12: Transfer to Phi Phi. Head across to dreamy Koh Phi Phi and prepare for three days of bliss in this perfect paradise.

Day 13: Viewpoint Visit. After a relaxing morning, enjoy a group trek to a stunning viewpoint that offers incredible views across the island.

Day 14: Island Boat Trip. Embark on a blissful boat trip that ticks off the most beautiful parts of the island. Tonight, hit up Phi Phi’s fantastic nightlife.

Day 15: Transfer to Koh Samui. Take a combination of boats and buses across to Koh Samui and check into your island accommodation.

Day 16: Angthong National Marine Park. Head over to beautiful Angthong for a day of kayaking and swimming around green islands, white beaches and turquoise waters. Tonight, enjoy a night out at iconic Ark Bar.

Please note: 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 17: Koh Samui Beach Day. A free day to laze on the beach, recover from the night before(!), and reflect on the adventure so far.

Day 18: Transfer to Koh Phangan

It's time to swap Koh Samui for Koh Phangan. Transfer by boat and prepare for 3 glorious days ahead.

Day 19: Koh Phangan. Today is all about Southeast Asia’s most famous party island. Spend the day getting party ready: put on your party clothes, slap on the fluorescent paint and stretch off for a long night of dancing ahead!

Day 20: Koh Phangan Chill and Temple Steam. Enjoy a long lie in and then relax at a blissful Temple Steam. You’ll head to a tranquil temple and sit in the herb-infused steam of the temple sauna. This’ll relax your body, open your pores and allow the oil, toxins and alcohol out!  A truly blissful experience.

Day 21-24: Koh Tao. Four days of beach break paradise on the gorgeous shores of Thailand's pint-sized island, Koh Tao. Embark on an unforgettable snorkelling boat trip around the island on day 22.

Day 25: 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.

Cambodia on a Shoestring - 10 days

Please note: All itineraries are for guidance only and are subject to change.

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.

Please note: All itineraries are for guidance only and are subject to change.

Please note: 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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Arrival information

You will need to arrange your flights to arrive in to Bangkok, Thailand on day one. 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. This is really easy to arrange.

The Thai Adventure ends on Koh Tao which is just a departure day. When possible you will start your Cambodia on a Shoestring tour on the next day, which will allow you enough time to travel from the Koh Tao back to Bangkok (at your own cost). Due to start date availability there may be more than one day 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.

Accommodation & meals

Thai Adventure

All your accommodation is included on the Thai Adventure. For the majority of the trip your accommodation will be in twin or triple shared guesthouse rooms.

When in Bangkok, you will stay in a guesthouse close to Khao San Road, famed for its backpacker popularity and its position as a starting point for many Thai trekkers.

You will stay in authentic Thai accommodation at the elephant park, in dorm-style rooms with mosquito nets. This is basic, but comfortable. 

In Chiang Mai, you will stay at a lovely guesthouse which is a short walk from the night market and Tha Phae Gate area.

In Krabi you will stay in shared rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and Wi-Fi available.

On the tropical paradise that is Phi Phi, you will stay at a resort 10 minutes from the ferry port and beach with it's own pool!

On Koh Samui, you stay in a more chilled out area of Bangrak. If you wish to hit the main beach for some late night partying a tuktuk will take around 20 minutes. As the dam building project is located close by, you get to really experience a difference pace of Thai life.

On Koh Phangan the accommodation overlooks the white sands of Baan Tai Beach. Here you can chill out by the pool, grab a few drinks in the bar or enjoy a dip in the turquoise sea. If your trip coincides with a Full Moon Party, your accommodation is just a 20-minute taxi ride away from the party beach. Split between your group, the cost of this journey will be approximately £2 each! This means you can easily head out for an unforgettable night and then retreat to your chilled-out beach-front accommodation to recover. And if your trip coincides with a Half or Black Moon Party the festivities are right on your doorstep! You’re never far from the action on Koh Phangan!

Koh Tao is all about activities, you have plenty of free time to chill on the beach which is a few minutes walk from your accommodation or relax by the pool. For those who want some action there are a host of optional extra activities you can book locally.

Please note: In some of the hotels along the way, you may be asked to pay a security deposit of around £15 to £20, which is standard practice across Thailand. These deposits are fully refundable on departure, as long as there is no damage to your room.

Please note: All accommodation is subject to change dependent on group size, season and other factors.

The rooms that you will be staying in are typical backpacker-style accommodation so you can try out a taste of authentic Thailand - it's all part of the gap travel experience!  Thailand is beautifully hot and often humid all year round, meaning the lack of hot water in some Thai accommodation is no problem, as a cool shower will be just what's called for after a long day lazing on the beach or taking a hot hike in the Thai hills.

If you are travelling with friends or are in a couple, you are welcome to join this adventure. We can make sure you are in the same accommodation. Just let us know at time of booking who your travelling companions are.

Meals are not included, except lunch at the Elephant Home and meals during 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.

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!

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this Asian combo trip is 18.

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 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. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

Cambodia

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.

For more advice, for information regarding visa costs, or for help to obtain your visas, please contact us.

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