Thailand Experience

£1,179, 29 days, Thailand Trip code: THEX

  • Adventure 3 out of 5
  • Relaxation 4 out of 5
  • Culture 3 out of 5

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Bangkok’s vibrant streets
  • Bathe (and rave!) on the shores of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan
  • Experience a legendary Full Moon or Black Moon party!
  • Volunteer in local renovation projects
  • Trek in tropical Sangkhlaburi
  • Visit Thai temples and practice Buddhist meditation
  • Learn to cook tasty Thai recipes
  • Relax and recharge on Thailand’s stunning islands 

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Vibrant city streets, lush golden beaches and awe-inspiring temples. Thailand offers travellers the hedonistic mix of all this and more. Jump into our magical Thailand Experience, a 29 day adventure that will see you explore the bustling streets of Bangkok, take in the mystical mountains of Sangkhlaburi, shimmy beneath the shimmer of Koh Phangan’s full moon and more!


Enjoy the pull of Thailand’s culture, history and nightlife with your group of fellow travelers (you’ll soon find that waking up on a tropical paradise after that moon party is a brilliant way to cement new friendships!) and hop from city sights to island delights topping up your memories (and your tan!) with great friends. You’ll have plenty of time to discover the real Thailand and make your own mark on this dream-worthy tour of adventure and intrigue. Thailand is an amazing place to spend a Real Gap Experience and earn yourself some serious world wanderer kudos – so what are you waiting for? Get stuck in to tantalizing Thailand!


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What will I be doing?

  • Sawasdee Thailand! (Day 1 - 3)

  • Explore, Volunteer, Trek, Raft! (Day 4 - 11)

  • Waterfalls, Temples, Thai Cooking and Meditation (Day 12-14)

  • Koh Tao Beaches! (Days 16-21)

  • That Moon Party on Koh Phangan! (Day 22 - 29)

Sawasdee Thailand!: Day 1 - 3

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Destination info

If you’ve got the travel bug, Thailand is a must-see destination renowned for its varied landscape (the country combines dramatic mountain ranges with miles of uninterrupted beach, tangled city streets and stunning forests) and captivating collision of peaceful temples and buzzing party spots. This makes for a unique mix of the historical and the contemporary, and Thailand has earned a well deserved reputation as one of the most popular destinations for young travelers. It is the ideal location in which to spend a gap year, with an inexhaustible list of things to see and do, and enough uninterrupted terrain to ensure you’ll be able to beat the bustle and paint your own picture of Thailand.


Thailand has around 65,000,000 people and stretches more than 1,500KM from North to South, covering a range of landscapes and climates (although other than the mountain regions in the West and North it’s never very cold). Thailand’s currency is Thai Baht (THB) and the national language is Thai.


This trip will introduce you to Thailand with a magical spell in Bangkok, the captivating capital city. Established in 1782, the city has become the social, cultural and culinary capital of Thailand. Bangkok is home to glittering skyscrapers, colorful floating markets and dizzying nightlife, and has to be seen to be believed. With an approximate population of over 10 million people, you’ll be immersed in a whirlwind of hectic streets, so be ready to soak up the sights, sounds and sensations of non-stop Bangkok and its vibrant population. Culture vultures can visit inspiring temples to find their inner Buddha all while enjoying the irresistible lure of Bangkok’s cosmopolitan vibe. Bangkok has been dubbed ‘the city of angels’ by its inhabitants, and we’re sure you’ll find this incredible place to be a little slice of heaven!

  • Location: Bangkok

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arriving at Bangkok Airport (BKK) you’ll be met by your friendly guide team and transferred to your Bangkok accommodation. We advise you to arrive in the morning if possible so that you have plenty of time to recharge your batteries after your flight and get to know your fellow travellers. Once you’re settled, it’s well worth going for an early evening stroll down Khao San Road close to your accommodation to meet the locals and immerse yourself in the Bangkok bustle.



Day 2: Get to know Bangkok

You’ll meet with your group at 10:00am to begin your tour of Bangkok. Watch skyscrapers soar from a canal boat, on which you’ll journey through beautiful traditional communities for a unique glimpse of Bangkok and the people who call it home. Today’s tour will also include a visit to the ornate riverside Temple of the Dawn in Wat Arun, and a trip to Wat Pho to soak up the spiritualism of Bangkok’s Reclining Buddha. You’ll also get to see the dazzling Grand Palace, a stunning complex steeped in regal history. Please note that the entry fee to the Grand Palace is not included, and is currently 500THB per person, approximately £11.00.


Culinary connoisseurs will be excited to hear that once the tour is finished (usually around mid afternoon) you’ll head back to the guest house to freshen up and cool down before a ‘Welcome Meal’ in the evening. Bangkok food is known for its complex, mouth-watering flavours, so the ‘Welcome Meal’ will be sure to give you an impressive introduction to Thailand’s foodie fare!


Following your meal, you’ll have some free time. You may choose to head into the local area to check out a bustling Bangkok bar, and Khao San Road is a spot much loved by backpackers, so you’ve always got a chance to meet fellow explorers and share stories of your first days in Bangkok!


Day 3: Explore the ‘real’ Bangkok

Day 3 is your opportunity to explore the ‘real’ side of Bangkok on an adventure fuelled bicycle tour of the city. You’ll meet your bike tour guides (experienced navigators of Bangkok’s streets) at around 9:00am, and start by investigating the streets around your guest house. You’ll then head across the river for a laid back look at a more historical Bangkok, home to winding canals, markets and alleys. You’ll be on a comfortable high quality mountain bike and there’ll be plenty of time to disembark for those unmissable photo opportunities. If cycling isn’t for you, feel free to give it a miss and plan your own morning.


The tour will finish at around 1:00pm, and you’ll then have the afternoon to yourself. Revisit one of Bangkok’s thought provoking temples, take a tuk-tuk to the market or get another dose of that addictive Thai flavor with some Bangkok street food. For a relaxed afternoon, stay close to the guest house to sample Khao San Road’s covetable retail delights.


Please note that any activities you choose to do following your bike tour are optional extras, and you’ll be responsible for covering the cost of these yourself. 

Explore, Volunteer, Trek, Raft!: Day 4 - 11

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Destination info

You’ll spend 8 nights in Sangkhlaburi, a small town North West of Bangkok situated on the banks of a huge reservoir. This scenic town is home to rolling hills and lush forests, and the people living here are a diverse mix of Thai, Mon and Karen, so you’ll soon find the town to be a hub of culture and community. Although Sangkhlaburi is a region beloved by Thai people themselves, it is relatively lesser known and suitably off the backpacker’s beaten path. A fabulous place to trek and explore, and a must-visit destination for this once in a lifetime Thai experience. 

  • Location: Sangkhlaburi

Day 4: Travel to Sangkhlaburi

We feel that your Real Gap Experience should take you to both central Thai locales and more remote destinations, and so the lesser known town of Sangkhlaburi is the perfect place to visit. The town is set on the banks of the 50km long Khao Laem Reservoir, and the panoramic views will provide you with a new look at Thailand, completely different from the Bangkok buzz.


You’ll be transferred by coach, or minivan for smaller groups. Within a couple of hours the mind-blowing metropolis that is Bangkok will plateau into undulating hills and emerald rice paddies – a varied tapestry of Thailand’s stunning views. There’ll be a brief stop, during which you’ll change coach/minivan and re-energise with a quick snack. The journey then takes you through winding roads lined by Sangkhlaburi’s rolling hills. We’ll pass lustrous foliage, lakes, and mountain ranges, so be sure to drink in the breathtaking terrain.


You’ll check into a simple yet comfortable guest lodge, the ideal relaxed setting in which to rest and recuperate after your journey. If the sights have whet your appetite, however, feel free to dodge the lodge and get out amongst the locals. Sangkhlaburi has so much to offer, and you’ll be happy to call it home for the next 7 days. (Providing you can pronounce it!)


Day 5: The sights of Sangkhlaburi

You’ll spend today uncovering the hidden gem that is Sangkhlaburi, enjoying the town’s highlights and settling into its laid back lifestyle. Your tour will take you to the Burmese border at Three Pagodas Pass, a location steeped in history and spirituality as the pass at which Buddhist teachings are reported to have reached Thailand from India!


Once out and about in Sangkhlaburi you’ll quickly note that the town is a beautiful beacon of diversity, where the population is composed of not only Thai, but Karen, Mon, Lao and Burmese residents. This diversity is evident in the range of languages you’ll hear spoken through Sangkhlaburi’s streets, as well as in the enticing range of food on offer at the local markets!


At the end of your introduction to Sangkhlaburi you’ll be able to take a dip in the expansive lake, or simply sit back and watch the stunning sunset.


Days 6 and 7: Project work days

Now’s the time to jump in to the unique opportunity to be part of a rewarding community project. You’ll be focusing on building and renovation, and previous projects have included the redecoration of village schools, the renovation of local residential homes for the elderly, and the construction of community kitchens.

These projects usually take place 30-45 minutes away from Sangkhlaburi town. Your transfer to the site will be included, and working on the outskirts of the town is a great way to get a feel for some different areas in the region. You’ll join a local team who will direct you throughout the project, and you’ll also gain a close insight to the daily lives and customs of the communities in this remote area.


All project work is decided by the communities themselves, and so may not be confirmed until shortly before your arrival. You can expect to leave your accommodation each morning at around 8:00am and return between 2:00pm and 3:00pm, depending on the weather conditions. During the evenings you’ll be free to explore the town.


Days 8 and 9: Tropical Trekking Adventure

Over the next couple of days you’ll be getting up close and personal with the surrounding tropical terrain. You’ll first be transferred to the starting point of your trek where your walk through the lustrous forest will begin. You’ll always be accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, an expert ranger with a comprehensive knowledge of the paths who’ll ensure that your safety is always central to the trek and that you get the best experience of the forest. You’ll stay overnight in a remote rural village.


The trek on day 8 takes around 4 to 5 hours, and will be taken at a gentle pace to ensure that it’s suitable for all fitness levels. You’ll also have time to explore the forest’s rivers and caves – weather permitting!


At the end of this trek you will reach a welcoming village where you’ll stay overnight in tents at the headman’s house. To ensure that you stay warm, dry and insect free, tents will be set up indoors. You’ll feel instantly at home in the village – it’s not uncommon for travelling groups to spend the nights singing and drinking with the local community!


On day 9 you’ll trek through local countryside for between 2 and 4 hours. By now you’ll be a seasoned explorer and will relish another chance to experience the dazzling terrain first hand. You’ll be back in Sangkhlaburi town by mid to late afternoon on Day 9, so rest and recuperate with a much deserved refreshing beer...or two!


Day 10: Bamboo Rafting

Today we’ll head to a local river to enjoy a morning of leisurely rafting through the forest on traditional bamboo rafts for a real jungle experience. Wear something comfortable that you don’t mind getting wet!


In the afternoon you’ll have the chance to dry off and spend some time in the town. For recommended authentic local food head to the Night Market, or try the nameless ‘Mon food shop’. Little English is spoken here; English speakers simply look into the pots on offer to take your culinary pick!


Day 11: Free day

Today you’ll have the chance to experience any Sangkhlaburi must-dos before you head to Kanchanaburi tomorrow. If you’ve enjoyed the local delicacies, arrange a Thai cookery class, or even take some Thai language lessons. Houseboat excursions often run from Sangkhlaburi, and these are a great way to get back on the river and experience those stunning views by boat. Please note that a houseboat excursion is an optional extra, so you’ll need to cover the costs yourself if you choose to participate.


Most groups enjoy a visit the Nature Club Resort, a local adventure activity centre on the edge of town. Activities can be arranged for anyone who wishes to visit the centre for the day, and visitors get stuck into thrilling quad biking adventures, zip line rides or scenic kayaking trips! Top attractions also include Saphan Mon (Sangkhlaburi’s iconic wooden bridge), the striking temple of Wat Wang Wiwekaram and the Sangkhlaburi Cultural Center, a place dedicated to teaching local children about Karen, Mon and Thai culture.


This day is designed with you in mind, it’s your opportunity to be flexible and to ‘go with flow’ of the town, so you’ll have to cover the cost of any additional meals or optional activities. Activities such as quad biking, zip lining and kayaking at the Nature Club Resort cost between 300 and 350 THB (£7 - £8).

Waterfalls, Temples, Thai Cooking and Meditation : Day 12-14

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Destination info

Kanchanaburi is the capital town of Kanchanaburi province with around 30-40,000 people and is known to most overseas visitors as the home of ‘The Bridge over the River Kwai’. As the town is located at the point where two major rivers meet, it was the base for where the Japanese Army used local and POW labour to build the ‘Burma Railway’ during WWII. Because of this, Kanchanaburi is steeped in not only dazzling natural beauty, but a long and intriguing history. Kanchanaburi province is home to the beautiful Erawan National Park, where you can see crystalline waterfalls, and spot some of the wildlife the Park helps to conserve. The National Parks and forests are easily accessible from Kanchanaburi, making it the ideal base from which to explore.

  • Location: Kanchanaburi

Day 12: Goodbye Sangkhlaburi, hello Kanchanaburi!

Though we’re sure you’ll miss Sangkhlaburi, you’ll love Kanchanaburi, where waterfalls froth over rocks and the railway passes shimmering rivers.


The transfer from Sangkhlaburi to Kanchanaburi takes around 5-6 hours, and once you arrive you’ll be taken straight to your hotel for some rest and relaxation. There’s a swimming pool at your hotel so cool down and look forward to the days ahead!


In the evening you’ll have a tasty welcome dinner on rafts by the river, and your guide will go through the activities that are planned for the coming days.


Day 13: The waterfalls of Erawan National Park

Today you’ll fall in love with Erawan National Park’s ethereal waterfalls, named after the white elephant of Hindu mythology.  There are seven tiers of falls, and each runs into different pools – all of which you can swim in! How many tiers you walk up is up to you, and is of course dependent on weather conditions. A handy tip is that the best pool for swimming is on level 2, but due to its popularity it is usually the busiest, so you may like to seek out a lesser known pool for a more serene swim. The National Park is home to varied wildlife and beautiful caves and forests, and you’ll be surrounded by scenes of breathtaking natural beauty at every turn.


In the afternoon you’ll head back to the hotel to relax by the pool, or you may choose to take a 10-15 minute taxi ride to the town to grab a delicious Thai dinner or simply wander through Kanchanaburi’s vibrant streets.


Day 14: Free Day

Today you’ll have some time to build on your Kanchanaburi memories with a free day! A popular activity is a visit to a local elephant sanctuary committed to the rehabilitation of old, retired and rescued elephants. You can choose to watch the elephants bathe, and assist in the preparation and distribution of their meals. The elephant sanctuary in Kanchanaburi makes for a rewarding experience – and you’ll be pleased to know that the staff do not allow visitors to ride the elephants as their primary focus is on the health and wellbeing of these majestic animals. An excursion to the elephant sanctuary is an optional extra, so you’ll need to cover the costs. Expect to pay around £50 for this.


You may also choose to visit hilltop temple Wat Tham Sua, the centerpiece of which is an 18m tall Buddha decorated in gold mosaic! Stroll along Heritage Walking Street for a glimpse of the Kanchanaburi of a bygone age, home to a variety of architecture designed in Potugese, Thai and Vietnamese styles.


You can be as flexible as you like during this entirely free day, so it’s up to you to cover the cost of any meals and optional activities or excursions you might like to participate in. 


Day 15: Temple sights, culinary delights, party nights

Today you’ll visit some local temples to learn about (and practice the art of) meditation. Mindfulness and tranquility are key to meditation, and it’s a great way to relax and get closer to Buddhist culture. You’ll then take part in a cooking lesson covering some of the real staples of Thai food, ready to wow your friends and family back home with your impressive recipes! The day will end with a party in town. Stunning temples, a lively cooking demonstration and a night of partying – a unique snapshot of diverse Thailand!

Koh Tao Beaches!: Days 16-21

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Destination info

Koh Tao – the blissful beach base you’ll be calling home for four nights. Fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for young travelers, and with an official population of only 2,000 people the island has a leisurely vibe and you’ll easily find your pace. Not only will this stunning island likely be one of the most beautiful places you’ve witnessed first-hand, but it will soon become your playground. Kick back on a strip of uninterrupted beach, or dive in the island’s glittering waters. Get the lowdown on the highlife and experience tropical living first hand at one of Koh Tao’s many laid back beach bars. With an array of activities ranging from trekking to vibrant nightlife, you’ll quickly put your stamp on Koh Tao.

  • Location: Koh Tao

Day 16: Koh Tao here we come

Enjoy a leisurely start to the morning with a lie in and a dip in the pool. In the afternoon you’ll begin the overnight journey to Koh Tao – your very own slice of paradise. It’ll be a fairly long journey but it’ll give you the chance to sneak in one more nap after last night’s adventures!


Day 17: Koh Tao Arrival

Arriving on Koh Tao in the morning, you’ll be blown away by the natural beauty of this stunning island. Defined by crystal clear waters and lush green foliage, Koh Tao is an island paradise that you’ll have to see to believe.


You’ll check into your hotel (complete with pool!) and then have a free afternoon to explore or kick back and relax.


Days 18 – 21: Enjoy Koh Tao

You have the next four days to make yourself at home. Head out for a dive, explore the island, and take full advantage of the great nightlife – the opportunities are endless on this idyllic island. Make the ocean your playground with a dive or swim off the shores of one of the island’s many beaches and bays, or hike through the forest to take snaps of Koh Tao’s most incredible views. The island is renowned for its non-stop nightlife, so there’s always plenty to do after a busy day. Your guide will be on hand to advise you and help you to get the most out of Koh Tao.


Part of your time in Koh Tao includes a fun-filled snorkeling day trip, usually on Day 20, but this is subject to change if the weather isn’t ideal. You’ll take to the glittering waters as a group for a firsthand experience of the island’s magical marine life.


Koh Tao pulls in excited travelers from all over the world, so these four days will make for a once in a lifetime experience at a must-see destination. Apart from the snorkeling day trip, which is an included part of your itinerary, it’s up to you to choose and cover the costs of any optional extras you might like to experience.

That Moon Party on Koh Phangan!: Day 22 - 29

Destination info

Koh Phangan is Thailand’s 4th largest island with a population of around 12,000 people, though this increases depending on visitors and of course, party seasons! While it’s most famous for its legendary Full Moon parties, Koh Phangan has a host of other fantastic attractions for you to enjoy. Thousands of young thrill seekers flock to the island to party beneath the light of the moon, so get ready to don your day- glo paint and join them on the shores of Haad Rin beach. When not bathed in a sea of neon revelry, Koh Phangan is a serene spot in which to find some secluded bays, and there are plenty of small neighbouring islands to hop over to! 

  • Location: Koh Phangan

Day 22: Koh Phangan – Island idyll

Another day, another island! After a relaxed morning you’ll transfer to Koh Phangan by boat and then be taken to your beachside hotel in a local taxi. You’ll arrive by mid afternoon, giving you plenty of time to hang out by the hotel pool and watch an awesome Koh Phangan sunset. The island has so much to explore, so make yourself at home and get ready for your second dose of beachside bliss!

Days 23 – 27: Koh Phangan – Paradise and parties

The next 5 days are for you to tailor-make your Koh Phangan experience. Our trips are planned to coincide with either the Full Moon party or Black Moon party, so at least one of your days (and nights!) will be spent experiencing the epitome of Thailand’s epic nightlife. There are also regular Jungle parties and Shiva Moon parties, so you’re likely to get more than one opportunity to dance the night away! Koh Phangan parties are a whirlwind of light, colour and euphoria, and you’ll be among the partygoers flocking to the beach to make the most of Koh Phangan’s stunning scenery and neon nightlife!

We will also arrange an Island Tour for the group, and the day we do this will vary depending on the timing of the Moon party. The tour will take you to some of Koh Phangan’s most unbelievable locations, including Bottle Beach, Haad Salad and Koh Ma.

Your guide will be on hand throughout your time on the island to give you advice on the best places to go and help you to organise any optional extras you’re interested in.

Day 28: Rediscover the Bangkok buzz

We’ll leave Koh Phangan early on Day 28 to head back to Bangkok via taxi, minivan, ferry and coach, so make sure your halo’s firmly on before heading back to the ‘city of angels’! After arriving in Bangkok somewhere between early and mid-evening you’ll check into your guest house with enough time to freshen up and wind down, and maybe take one last stroll around Khao San Road to bid farewell to this spectacular city.


Day 29: Farewell

Today your Thai Experience comes to an end, but we’re sure this is only the beginning of your love for this amazing country. Make sure you’ve swapped numbers with your fellow travellers – you could be planning your next Real Gap Experience together very soon!

Check out will be at 11:00am and your guide will be on hand to assist with any of your travel plans.

Please note that our trips dates are always designed to coincide with a Full Moon  party or Black Moon party, however in rare cases there may be unforeseen circumstances outside of our control that result in the party not going ahead.


NOTE: We aim for all trips to coincide with a Full Moon or Black Moon party, and for some trips the order of the visits to Koh Tao and Koh Phangan will be swapped to accommodate for this. (In this instance travellers will transfer from Kanchanaburi to Koh Phangan and then to Koh Tao from Koh Phangan.)  All trips will visit both Koh Tao and Koh Phangan!

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What's included?

  • Airport pick up from Bangkok International Airport (BKK) and transfer to your Bangkok accommodation
  • Accommodation throughout your Real Gap Experience trip
  • All city to city and in country transfers
  • Breakfast throughout your Real Gap Experience trip and a Thai ‘Welcome Dinner’ on Day 2 of your trip
  • Lunch on Days 8 and 9 of your trip and dinner on Day 8
  • Guided canal boat tour of Bangkok
  • Guided bike tour of Bangkok
  • Guided tour of Sangkhlaburi
  • The guidance, supervision and materials required to participate in the volunteer project
  • A guided trek (water is included throughout the trek)
  • River rafting in Sangkhlaburi
  • Visit to the Erawan National Park waterfalls
  • Kanchanaburi temple and meditation visit
  • Thai cooking lesson
  • Snorkelling day trip in Koh Tao
  • Island tour day trip
  • The services of a fully qualified and registered Thai tour guide with you throughout your experience
  • 24/7 in-country emergency assistance phone line (staffed by native-English speakers)

What's not included?

  • Flights and travel to and from Thailand
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance, which is compulsory. We can provide you with some excellent policies to choose from
  • Meals unless specified otherwise
  • Transfer back to the airport and/or any onwards travel at the end of your trip
  • Entrance fees to the Moon Parties on Koh Phangan
  • Entrance fee to the Grand Palace during the Bangkok tour
  • Any optional extras, recreational activities and excursions not listed in the itinerary that you choose to experience during any free time

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

The minimum age for this trip is 18 years. 



You’ll stay in a range of different styles of accommodation throughout your Real Gap Experience. When choosing your accommodation we always consider the feedback of hundreds of previous travelers, and your safety and comfort is always our main priority.


In Bangkok you’ll stay in twin or triple shared rooms in simple, clean and well run Guest House only 5 minutes away from the vibrant Khao San Road. All rooms will have air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms complete with western style toilets and hot water showers, and Wi-Fi access. Please note that the Wi-Fi is unlikely to be as quick and reliable as you’re used to at home.


Your Guest House is situated on a busy street with some fantastic bars and restaurants for you to enjoy, so you’re in the perfect position to immerse yourself in Thailand’s backpacker hub.


In Sangkhlaburi you’ll again stay in twin and triple shared rooms in a guest house or hotel located in the heart of this beautiful town. You’ll be within 3 minutes of local convenience stores, and very close to the local markets. You’ll find great bars and restaurants only a 5 or 10 minute walk away, so you’re never far from the action. This hotel is perfectly placed, and has accommodated a number of our Real Gap Experience groups. All rooms have air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms with Western style toilets and hot water showers, and there is complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel reception, hotel restaurant, and hotel meeting area.


During your trek you’ll enjoy some authentic accommodation at a rural village. You’ll sleep in indoor tents at the headman’s house, complete with shared bathrooms and washing facilities. Please note that this night is very basic, but all the more fun for it! Wi-Fi isn’t usually available.


In Kanchanaburi you’ll be staying in a lovely hotel in shared twin or triple rooms, only a 10 minute local taxi ride from the centre of town. The hotel is situated on the banks of the river, providing you with a peaceful base for your activities. All the rooms have air-conditioning and en-suite facilities, and Wi-Fi will be available although the signal strength can vary. The hotel has a refreshing pool for you to enjoy after a fun day seeing the sights. The cost of local shared taxi’s from the hotel to the centre of Kanchanaburi varies  depending on the time of day and how many passengers there are, but you can expect to pay around 60-100THB each way, and your guide will help you to get the most reliable drivers and rates.


On Koh Tao you’ll stay in a great resort close to the beautiful Sairee Beach, the island’s main beach where you can enjoy a range of great bars and restaurants. All rooms are shared twin and triple, and have air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. The hotel has a lovely pool and often hosts pool parties! As with most other locations, Wi-Fi is available but the signal strength and reliability will vary.


On Koh Phangan you’ll be staying in the Ban Tai area in a fantastic resort right on the beach. This hotel has a restaurant where you can grab a tasty bite to eat, a swimming pool and direct access to the beach. Rooms will be on a shared twin, triple and quad basis, and all have air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. This is a superb base from which to enjoy and explore the island. To get from the resort base to Had Rin (home of the Full Moon Party) will take 15-20 minutes by local taxi (currently 100THB each way.) This location is very close to Had Rin, but relaxed enough that you can enjoy the island at your own pace. For those travelling during a Black Moon Party, you’ll be pleased to hear that it takes place right on your doorstep!


We will ensure that you share a room with a member of the group of the same sex and please remember to let us know if you are travelling with a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend and we will do all we can to ensure you are roomed together on the trip.



Meals listed in the itinerary are included. This covers breakfast during the majority of your experience, and some lunches and dinners. Any meals not included will be up to you to purchase, and this will be a fantastic opportunity to sample a range of Thailand’s culinary delights. Your guide will always be able to suggest different places to eat and we’d encourage you to be adventurous. Although food may look a little different to what you’re used to at home (and will be very different from any Thai takeaways you’ve had!) the flavours are phenomenal and it’s well worth eating some local authentic dishes.


You’ll find that eating out in Thailand is usually cheaper than eating out at home, but you’ll probably spend more if choosing Western dishes over local Thai cuisine. Noodle and rice based meals are easy to find and can be purchased from around 50THB – 75THB. Expect to pay around 75THB – 200THB for larger evening meals.


‘Western’ food in Thailand ranges in both price and quality. Usually you’ll ‘get what you pay for’, as cutting back on the cost of Western meals will usually compromise the quality. We suggest that you will be looking at anything from 150-200THB per meal up for Western style food.


We recommend some of these well-known (and more adventurous!) dishes to try during your stay:


·         Pad Thai: A well-known Thai noodle dish with zesty notes of lime. A must try for most travelers!

·         Khao Pad (fried rice): A rice staple that can be ordered with just about anything, from meaty chicken and pork dishes, to seafood and vegetable based dishes.

·         Massaman Curry: A mild yet rich, fragrant curry with complex and exciting flavours. Sangkhlaburi is famous for its tasty Massaman!

·         Moo Yang: Succulent grilled pork paired with a spicy dipping sauce

·         Gai Yang: A street food staple of perfectly marinated grilled chicken, often served with sticky rice.

·         Moo Gratha: This is the common term for Thai style BBQ eating. You can expect to pay anywhere between 150 and 250THB for delicious ‘all you can eat’ fare. Most places will offer a range of meats, shellfish, vegetables and more. As you cook everything yourself at your table, this is a fantastic and social way to experience Thai cuisine and culture.


We understand that everybody has personal food preferences and that some travelers may have allergies or intolerances, and our team in Thailand will always do their best to accommodate for this. Please do note, however, that not all preferences or intolerances are fully understood in Thailand, as Thai people tend not to suffer from the same set/level of allergies and intolerances that we do in the West. Of course, intolerances and allergies won’t hold you back from travelling, but while your guide will do all that they can to accommodate for this, we ask that you be patient and understanding of differences surrounding culture and food preparation. Please also be aware that foods may not be rigorously labelled. 


Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.




You have booked a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking.

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