Thailand & Cambodia Adventure

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Duration: 38 days

Trip code: THCA

Explore two incredible Asian countries in one brilliant trip to Thailand and Cambodia! Enjoy our 29-day Thai Adventure: Visit Bangkok and Chiang Mai, go hill trekking, get up close to elephants, relax on 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 Sihanoukville on this extraordinary Asian combo tour around Thailand and Cambodia.

Please note: If you are travelling from 15th March 2018 onwards, you will follow a new updated Thai Adventure itinerary. Please see the further trip information for more details.

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: Volunteer on Koh Samui, relax or learn to dive 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 Sihanoukville!
  • 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!
Further trip information

Itinerary

Spend an incredible 29 days in Thailand followed by 10 days having fun in Cambodia on this amazing Asian combo tour.

Thai Adventure (29 days)

Day 1: Begin in the buzz of Bangkok. Touch down on Thailand’s tropical soil and be met by one of our trip guides who will transfer you to your guesthouse near Khao San Road. Meet your fellow travellers and enjoy your first night in Thailand!

Day 2: Explore Bangkok. 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.

Day 3: Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Enjoy a final day in Bangkok and then sit back, relax and prepare for the next stage of your Thai adventure on an overnight private bus transfer to Chiang Mai.

Day 4: Chiang Mai and Cookery Class. Arrive early in Chiang Mai and spend the day relaxing or exploring.  In the evening you’ll learn to cook delicious Thai dishes in a cookery class and sample what you make!

Day 5: Meet the Elephants. Journey into the stunning Thai countryside and spend a day at an incredible elephant home. Feed and bathe the elephants and then spend the night in huts next to the herd – fall asleep to the soft sound of elephant snores!

Day 6 & 7: Hill Trek. Head to the foothills of northern Thailand for two days of wild adventure trekking in spectacular scenery – a must do experience! Possibility of bamboo rafting adventure. Spend the evening of day 7 back at the Elephant Home.

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

Day 8: Chiang Mai. Enjoy more time with the elephants in the morning before heading to Chiang Mai in the afternoon.

Day 9: Chiang Mai. Enjoy some free time in Thailand's second-largest city and add in some more exciting optional activities, plus enjoy a guided tour of Chiang Mai's famous night markets and some lofty temples. Explore the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and snap up some bargain souvenirs!

Day 10: Return to Bangkok. Hop back on the bus to the bright lights of Bangkok. Arrive early evening. Head out and hit the town to enjoy Bangkok’s legendary nightlife!

Day 11: Bangkok to Koh Samui. Make the most of a fun, free day to explore amazing Bangkok before boarding an overnight bus to the Thai island of Koh Samui.

Day 12: Koh Samui. Arrive on the wonderful island of Koh Samui and get settled in to your accommodation.

Day 13: Dam! Take part in a community dam building project and make a difference to the ecology in Koh Samui's beautiful inland forests. Enjoy Koh Samui's vibrant nightlife.

Day 14: Chill on Koh Samui. A free day to laze on the beach, recover from the night before(!), and reflect on the adventure so far. 

Day 15: Angthong National Marine Park. Head over to beautiful Angthong for a day of kayaking and swimming around green islands, white beaches and turquoise waters.

Please note that 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 16-20: Koh Tao. Five days of beach break paradise, party time and snorkelling on the gorgeous shores of Thailand's pint-sized island, Koh Tao. Extra option to learn to scuba dive and gain a PADI qualification during your stay on Koh Tao.

Day 21: Depart Koh Tao. Head across to the party island of Koh Phangan! You'll arrive this evening ready to enjoy everything this awesome island has to offer!

Day 22-25: Koh Phangan. Laze your days away in a haze of sun, sea and sand, and take part in some amazing optional activities on this beautiful island. Live it up at a legendary Full, Black or Half Moon Party and stay in gorgeous beach-front accommodation!

About the Parties

The Full Moon Party is what Koh Phangan is most famous for. Anywhere between 10,000 and 30,000 people gather at Haad Rin beach and dance to everything from trance to reggae until the sun rises the next morning. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Black Moon Party hosts a night filled with the latest trance music from Thai and International residents, and guest DJs. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Half Moon Party is a more alternative music party on Koh Phangan, with top quality music and a unique atmosphere. Top DJs play fantastic sets and the forest setting creates a buzzing, intimate vibe. Entry costs approx. £20-25. Please contact a travel advisor to find out which start dates coincide with which party!

Please note: We try our best to plan our start dates to coincide with a legendary Moon Party but this is not always possible. There is no guarantee that your trip will coincide with a party and Gap 360 cannot take responsibility if your trip dates do not coincide with a Moon Party. Please contact a travel advisor to check that your planned trip coincides with a party.

Day 26: Transfer to Koh Phi Phi. Head across Thailand to the iconic Koh Phi Phi, an island of stunning beaches and sparkling blue seas. Prepare for three days in this perfect paradise!

Day 27-28: Koh Phi Phi. Free time to enjoy everything this fantastic island has to offer. Opt to relax on the sand, snorkel in the sea or party on the beach. 

Day 29: Koh Phi Phi. It’s time to say goodbye to this incredible Thai Adventure and head back to Bangkok to begin your Cambodia on a Shoestring experience. Return transfers to Bangkok are not included but are easy to arrange.

Please Note: On certain start dates there may be a few days spare between the end of your Thai Adventure and the beginning of your Cambodia on a Shoestring tour. This is a great opportunity for some more independent exploration of Thailand. Any extra accommodation required will be at your own cost. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

New Thai Adventure Itinerary

If you are travelling from 15th March 2018 onwards, you will follow an exciting new Thai Adventure itinerary.

Your trip will include a Bangkok bicycle tour, a Chiang Mai cookery class, an elephant experience, a 2-day hill trek, Krabi beach time, a Koh Phi Phi island boat trip and party time on Koh Phangan. You’ll also enjoy 4 days of volunteer experiences and adventure excursions on Koh Samui and 5 days of beach bliss on Koh Tao. The trip ends on Koh Tao on day 29.

You’ll also enjoy two included internal flights which will cut down the time you spend on the road and increase the time you spend exploring and relaxing!

For more information, please see the updated Thai Adventure information here.

Cambodia on a Shoestring - 10 days

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

Day 1: Bangkok. Make your way to your accommodation in time for a 6pm welcome meeting.

Day 2: Bangkok/Siem Reap. Cross the Cambodian border and travel to spectacular Siem Reap. Tuck into a delicious 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. Take a tour around this stunning complex of temples and statues. Spend the afternoon chilling out 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.  Board a local bus and journey on to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Once in the city, follow your guide on a brief orientation walk. Get ready for your first night of Cambodian city living!

Day 5: Phnom Penh. Enjoy a free day to explore Phnom Penh. Opt to visit the infamous S-21 prison or the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Alternatively, you could wander the busy Russian Market or see the Royal Palace.

Day 6: Phnom Penh/Sihanoukville. Head down to the gorgeous Cambodian coast. Enjoy a barbeque on the beach with your new travelling mates and then spend the night dancing in the sand at the beachside bars!

Day 7: Sihanoukville. Spend the day soaking up the sun on the sand or opt to join a snorkelling boat trip and discover a magical underwater world.

Day 8: Sihanoukville/Can Tho. Climb aboard a private vehicle and drive across the border into Vietnam. Tuck into an authentic homemade meal at a local village homestay.

Day 9: Can Tho/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 combo 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.

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