You’ll be greeted at the airport by one of the awesome group leaders who will introduce you to the rest of the group, and be with you all week to ensure you have an amazing and trouble free trip! All of your accommodation, transport and activities will be taken care of, so you can just relax and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. From glistening temples to colourful markets, breathtaking national parks and stunning beaches – this is a fabulous introduction to the Land of Smiles!
TRIP ITINERARY: 8-Day Thailand Experience
DAY 1: Arrive in Bangkok and go out for drinks with new travel buddies
You will be met on arrival at Bangkok Airport by your group leader who will take you to your guesthouse and introduce you to the group that you’ll be travelling with for the next 8 days! The first day is kept pretty much free to relax and unwind after a long flight, as well as get to know the rest of your group. In the evening we go out on the infamous Khao San Road for drinks. and experience your first taste of Bangkok nightlife!
DAY 2: Bangkok river cruise & temples
See the capital by the water as we travel by long-tail boat along the Chao Phraya River, you’ll explore Bangkok and experience some of Thailand’s heritage. We visit two prestigious temples – Wat Arun and Wat Pho, to see the very impressive giant, gold reclining Buddha statue. Bangkok was once known as ‘Venice of the East’ and the best way to see the city is definitely by boat!
The rest of the day is free for exploring, so you may want to try some of the famous shopping in Bangkok as its known for being notoriously cheap. Remember to always try and barter with the street vendors, you can sometimes get as much as 50% off the original price! Then in the evening, we meet again for dinner, drinks and more group bonding back near the Khao San Road.
DAY 3: Thai massage and the overnight train
Today we check out of our Bangkok accommodation as we prepare for our journey down south. In the morning we will go to a local spa for a traditional Thai Massage, the perfect way to relax before the overnight train. You’ll have a few hours to shop on the Khao San Road before we meet late afternoon to head to the train station. You can either catch up on some sleep or take in the views of both Bangkok and the expanding Thai countryside as we travel south to our next destination. Tomorrow, we’ll have swapped the hustle and bustle of Bangkok for the tranquil lakes of Khao Sok National Park – situated in the Surat Thani province of Thailand.
DAY 4: Khao Sok National Park and floating bungalows
We arrive at Surat Thani in the early morning, where we are picked up and taken to Khao Sok National Park. Khao Sok is home to some of the most incredible scenery in the world! We travel by long-tail boat to reach our floating bungalows (where we’ll spend a unique night!), which are situated on a beautiful freshwater lake surrounded by mountains & rainforest. You can go kayaking, tubing, bamboo rafting, explore some caves or just relax and take in the stunning views.
DAY 5: Head to the beaches of Koh Phangan
We’ll wake up early on the lake and enjoy a spot of breakfast before we catch the ferry to Koh Phangan. When we arrive we go straight to a secluded paradise beach, Bottle Beach. It is quiet, amazingly beautiful, only accessible by boat and to make it better, we pretty much get the whole place to ourselves and stay in beach huts overlooking the ocean! Relax here for the rest of the afternoon, enjoy a bit of volleyball, sunbathing or swimming. In the evening you can enjoy dinner and some cocktails on the beach next to a campfire with your own private fire show. You will spend the evening in your own private beach bungalow and can wake up at your leisure to the sound of the waves breaking on the sand.
DAY 6: Beach fun, volleyball and Muay Thai boxing
Today you will have the morning to laze around on Bottle Beach, swim, play beach volleyball or football, build sandcastles, sunbathe, relax with a book or whatever else you want to do! Early afternoon, we’ll jump on a long-tail boat to a neighbouring beach, where you’ll get to take part in a traditional Muay Thai (Thai boxing) lesson! (For those of you who don’t fancy Muay Thai, yoga is available). Later we head to Haad Rin to check into our awesome accommodation at Echo Beach backpackers for the final two nights. You have some free time to explore or chill by the pool before we meet for dinner and possibly a few drinks on the famous Full Moon Party beach!
DAY 7: Boat trip, waterfall & farewell dinner
Today we embark on a voyage around Koh Phangan. We spend the day taking in the amazing tropical island scenery, stop for some snorkelling at the coolest hotspots and visit Than Sadet waterfall (seasonal). You might think it couldn’t get any better but it does, we have free drinks and food throughout the day with music and lots of fun! The last night we take you to the best restaurant in town for a slap up meal on us. It’s here where we prepare to say our goodbyes to our newest friends as our adventure draws to a close, so we hit the beach bars for one last boogie to cap off a great week.
DAY 8: Checkout day
Today, sadly, the tour comes to an end! You can either check out of our accommodation (by 11 am) and travel onward to your next destination (perhaps with some new travel buddies!) or stay on in Haad Rin to chill out or party. If you need to travel back to Bangkok on this last day, your group leader will be on hand to help you plan your next footsteps. Whether it is continuing your adventure or heading back to Bangkok to catch a flight, we will make sure you get to where you need to be.