Explore Thailand

17-29 days from £799

Long Tail boats in Koh Phi Phi

Discover, explore and experience the best of Thailand

Discover, explore and experience the best of Thailand

Moon parties in Thailand
Delicious street food crawl in Thailand
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Cultural and temple tours in Thailand

Trip Highlights

  • Explore bustling Bangkok by canal and bike
  • Trek through the tropical rainforest of Sangkhlaburi
  • Laze on the glistening shores of idyllic Koh Tao and gorgeous Koh Phi Phi
  • Practice traditional Buddhist meditation techniques in Thailand’s beautiful temples
  • Experience a legendary Full Moon or Black Moon party on Koh Pha Ngan
  • Volunteer at local renovation projects to preserve Thailand’s precious landscape

Trip Summary

Take in everything Thailand has to offer with either a 17-day or 29-day adventure through vibrant city streets, emerald green rice paddies, tropical terrains, and blissful sandy beaches. You’ll get to explore Bangkok by canal, meditate at some of Thailand’s oldest temples, trek through the Sangkhlaburi rainforest, dance the night away at a Moon Party on Koh Pha Ngan, and chill out on the idyllic tropical paradise of Ko Phi Phi.  

As well as an itinerary packed to the brim with magical locations, you’ll get to take part in rewarding volunteer projects and help to renovate Sangkhlaburi’s precious landscape, you’ll camp in a friendly village following your trek through the rainforest, and you’ll get to learn about the history and culture of Thailand’s famous Buddhist community. Come and indulge your curiosity and discover this amazing country with a whole group of new friends.

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Trip Info

Day 1: Arrival

Arriving in Bangkok, you’ll be met at the airport by your friendly guide to be taken to your accommodation near iconic backpacker hub, Khao San Road. Once you’ve got settled in and met your fellow travellers, you’ll be able to head out to explore your colourful surroundings and enjoy some delicious Thai food.

Day 2: Get to know Bangkok

Enjoy a laidback tour of Bangkok today with a winding canal cruise through the quieter, more traditional areas of the city. Later we’ll head to the Temple of the Dawn and visit Wat Pho, one of Bangkok’s oldest temples, where you’ll see the famous reclining Buddha. Then we’ll take a wander through the grounds of the beautiful Grand Palace to learn a bit more about Thailand’s rich history and culture (please note the entrance fee to the Grand Palace isn’t included in the price of your trip – this costs roughly 500THB/£12). Once the tour is over you’ll enjoy a tasty welcome meal before enjoying some free time to explore or chill out as you like.

Day 3: Explore Bangkok

Today we’ll be braving the busy streets of Bangkok by bike. On our guided tour we’ll ride through the bustling markets and beside calmer canals as we explore the city’s best bits – don’t forget to bring your camera! Later on you’ll have some free time, so get together with the group and decide what you want to see and do – whether you fancy doing a bit more sightseeing, hitting the shops, or going and grabbing a bite to eat, it’s totally up to you.

Day 4: Travel to Sangkhlaburi

We’ll be hitting the road today and making our way to the serene rural setting of Sangkhlaburi – think mountain ranges, rolling valleys, and emerald green rice paddies. On arrival we’ll check into our guest lodge to relax after the journey, but feel free to roam the surrounding area to take a better look at the place and meet the locals.

Day 5: The sights of Sangkhlaburi

Today we’ll be heading to Three Pagodas Pass, a location on the Burmese/Thai border steeped in history and famed for being the pass at which Buddhist teachings may have reached Thailand. Known for its diversity, there are a number of different nationalities residing here, so don’t be surprised when you hear a range of languages being spoken in the town – and take advantage of the wide selection of delicious food on offer. At the end of your tour take a dip in the lake or sit back and watch the sunset.

Day 6–7: Project work days

Over the next couple of days you’ll be getting stuck into a rewarding community volunteer project. Once on site, you’ll be focusing on building, renovating, and generally improving Sangkhlaburi’s landscape. This is a fantastic way to get to know the locals and learn more about Thai culture and customs. You’ll finish between 2pm and 3pm each afternoon, when you can head out and explore the town at your leisure.

Day 8–9: Tropical trekking experience

Get ready for some adventure, because during the next two days you’ll be trekking tropical terrain, exploring the rivers and caves of the forest, and spending the night in a tent at the headman’s house. You’ll have an experienced guide with you to get you safely through the forest to the friendly local village, where the locals will keep you entertained in the evening with plenty of singing and drinking! The treks on both days will be at a gentle pace to give you the chance to feel fully immersed in Thailand’s stunning natural landscape.

Day 10:Bamboo rafting

We’ll take to the local river today and spend a day rafting leisurely through the forest on traditional bamboo rafts to give you a taste of a real jungle experience. In the afternoon you’ll have some free time, we suggest heading to the night market with your group to try some delicious local delicacies.

Day 11: Free day

You have a free day today, so head out and experience any Sangkhlaburi must-dos. Why not try out a cookery class, or visit the popular Nature Club Resort, where you can get stuck into adrenaline-fuelled adventure activities such as quad biking and zip lining? Or you might want to head to Saphan Mon, Sangkhlaburi’s iconic wooden bridge (the second longest in the world), or head out on a houseboat excursion.

Day 12: Goodbye Sangkhlaburi, hello Kanchanaburi

Today we’ll travel to Kanchanaburi. Once we arrive, it’s straight to the hotel for some rest and relaxation (there’s even a swimming pool on site!) before enjoying a peaceful welcome dinner on rafts by the river. This evening, your guide will run you through the brilliant activities planned for the next couple of days.

Day 13: Erawan National Park

Prepare to be mesmerised by the natural beauty of Erawan National Park today. Home to wildlife, caves and forests, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking vistas at every turn – so take it all in; you could even take a refreshing dip in the ethereal waterfalls while admiring your surroundings. Spend your free time exploring Kanchanaburi’s streets and eateries in the evening.

Day 14: Free day

You’ll have a free day in Kanchanaburi today. A popular excursion is a trip to a local elephant sanctuary committed to the rehabilitation of rescued elephants. You could also head to the hilltop temple Wat Tham Sua (also known as Tiger Cave Temple), which is one of the most sacred sites in the region, famed for its tiger paw prints and huge golden Buddhas. There are lots of things to see and do, so just let your guide know what you feel like doing and they’ll help you make it happen.

Day 15: Temple sights, culinary delights, party nights

Channel your inner Buddha as you practice the art of meditation at the local temples today. Afterwards, you’ll take part in a traditional Thai cookery class to learn the techniques and pick up some handy tips to impress your friends and family with when you get home, before rounding off the day with a vibrant party in town.

Day 16: Travel to Bangkok

Today we'll travel to Bangkok to arrive by mid-afternoon. We'll spend a pretty chilled afternoon in the capital, where you can choose to take it easy with a few drinks with your travel pals in one of the local bars, or really go to town and make a night of it for those who will be leaving the tour tomorrow.

Day 17: Farewell or travel on

If you're leaving the trip today, you can depart at any time as there are no planned activities. Getting to the airport from your guesthouse will be a cinch, but if you're unsure or would like help arranging transport, just ask your tour guide.

If you're staying on, you'll have a full day in Bangkok to explore and sightsee at your leisure. Be sure to fit in plenty of souvenir shopping and fill up on some strange and wonderful Thai street food (perhaps give the deep fried cockroach a miss!). In the evening we'll catch our overnight transfer to Koh Tao.

Day 18: Koh Tao arrival

Arriving on the captivating tropical island of Koh Tao this morning, you might want to rub the sleep from your eyes to take in the crystal clear waters and lush foliage of this beautiful island paradise. Checking into our hotel (complete with pool!) we’ll kick back and relax for the rest of the day.

Day 19–21: Enjoy Koh Tao

Over the next few days, Koh Tao is your picturesque playground! Head out for a dive, take advantage of the neon nightlife and hike through the forest for some incredible views. There’s a snorkelling day trip scheduled (usually on day 20) when you’ll take to the glittering waves for a firsthand experience of the island’s magical marine life. Your guide will be on hand to advise you on the best things to see and do.

Day 22: Koh Pha Ngan

Another day, another island! Today we’ll transfer to Koh Pha Ngan by boat and head to our blissful beachside hotel. This afternoon, hang out by the pool with the rest of the group and watch a glorious Koh Pha Ngan sunset.

Day 23–25: Koh Pha Ngan – Paradise and parties

Get to know this island idyll over the next few days. Soak up the sunshine while lazing on the beach and enjoy an included beachside massage, take to the waves with a spot of surfing, snorkelling, or scuba, and get your group together to go and explore the colourful town. All trips are planned to coincide with a Full Moon or Black Moon Party, so prepare to dance the night away on the sands. There’s also an island tour planned, where you’ll get to visit Bottle Beach, Haad Salad and many more blissful bays!

Day 26-28: Koh Phi Phi

On day 26 we'll make the journey to the idyllic tropical island of Koh Phi Phi. Breathtakingly beautiful, the island was chosen for this reason to shoot Leonardo Di Caprio film The Beach. Get settled in and familiarise yourself with your gorgeous island hideaway - you'll have the opportunity to go on optional island excursions to places like Maya Bay for an unbeatable snorkelling session, or simply spend your days topping up your tan on the warm white sand.

Day 29:Farewell

There are no activities planned for the last day of our tour, so you're free to leave Koh Phi Phi whenever you like - make sure you’ve swapped numbers with your group before you head off! Your tour guide will be more than happy to help you arrange travel back to Bangkok.

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 Pha Ngan will be swapped to accommodate this. In this instance travellers will transfer from Kanchanaburi to Koh Pha Ngan and then to Koh Tao from Koh Pha Ngan. Please be aware that in rare cases there may be unforeseen circumstances outside of our control that result in moon parties not going ahead.

Please note: Activities and itineraries are subject to change.

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Whats Included

  • Airport pick up from Bangkok International Airport (BKK) and transfer to your Bangkok accommodation
  • Accommodation 
  • Transport as per the itinerary
  • Breakfast whilst in Bangkok, Sangkhlaburi and Kanchanaburi
  • Thai welcome dinner on day 2
  • Lunch on days 8 and 9
  • 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 jungle trek (drinking 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
  • Beach massage in Koh Pha Ngan
  • The services of a fully qualified and registered Thai tour guide throughout your experience
  • 24/7 in-country emergency assistance phone line

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 Pha Ngan
  • Entrance fee to the Grand Palace during the Bangkok tour
  • Any optional activities and associated travel costs

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Accommodation & Meals

You’ll stay in a variety of different types of accommodation throughout your trip, each having been selected with location, comfort, and safety in mind. The majority of the places you stay in will be based on two to four people in the group sharing a room – you will always share with travellers of the same sex, but if you are travelling with a friend or partner let us know when you book so we can make sure you’re in a room together.

Most meals aren’t included on this trip, which offers you a fantastic opportunity to sample a range of Thailand’s delicious food. You won’t be short of places to choose from and your guide will always be able to suggest different places to eat – be adventurous and try out some of the local dishes. Do let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you book, and let your tour guide know if there’s anything specific you can’t eat while you’re in Thailand.

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Flights

Your flight to Thailand should arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on your programme start date.

To receive the included transfer from Bangkok airport to your accommodation your flight will need to arrive between 6am and 8pm on the programme start date.

The 17-day trip finishes in Bangkok on your programme end date (day 17), no activities are planned for this day and you are free to depart at any time, a return transfer is not included but it is very easy to arrange this locally. 

The 29-day trip finished on Koh Phi Phi on your programme end date (day 29). No activities are planned for this day and you are free to depart at any time. There are two options for returning to Bangkok. 

1) Book an all-inclusive travel ticket from the Koh Phi Phi Pier to Bangkok Don Muang Airport with a local airline such as AirAsia or NokAir. The ticket includes a ferry and flight to Don Muang Airport with guidance throughout. On arrival in Bangkok you will then need to make your way to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport by taking a taxi or bus. 

2) Take a short ferry crossing to Phuket or Krabi and fly home from either Phuket or Krabi Airport. Ferries depart from Koh Phi Phi regularly throughout the day so you can depart at a time that suits you. If you choose this option we strongly recommend that you arrange your flight our of Phuket or Krabi for the following day in case of poor weather and ferry delays.  

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this trip is 18.

British passport holders arriving by air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. Please ensure your passport is valid, with six months remaining on the date of your planned return, and that you hold a valid return flight ticket. If you plan to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days you will need to apply for a visa before departing the UK, which will be issued as a 60 day tourist visa so long as you’re not planning on taking paid work during your stay. 

Are Airport Transfers Included On This Trip?

Your airport transfer is included on arrival and your guide will meet you at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), but you’ll need to arrange your own transfer back to the airport from the hostel in Bangkok. The staff at the hostel can help you book or share a taxi to the airport for around £10-£15.

How Do I Extend My Visa If I Want To Stay In Thailand For A Longer Period?

You can apply for a 60 day visa if you’re planning on staying in Thailand for longer than one month, but you’ll need to obtain this before you travel to Thailand. You can apply by post or in person for around £28.

How Much Money Should I Bring With Me?

Whilst it's easy enough to get by on £150 a week, we know that half the fun of your trip in Thailand is experiencing different things, trying all sorts of different food and enjoying the party atmosphere. There are also lots of activities on offer during your free days, so we'd recommend that as a minimum you bring between £600-£850, and if you're planning on doing lots of shopping, partying and extra activities then perhaps budget a bit more.

I’m Travelling With A Friend, Can We Stay Together?

Yes! Let us know when you book and we’ll make sure you both get to stay in the same rooms.

Do I Need To Bring A Sleeping Bag With Me?

All bedding is provided so there’s no need to bring a sleeping bag with you for this trip.

Will There Be A Safe Or Safety Deposit Box Available?

Yes, there will be somewhere safe for you to keep your valuables at each location.

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