Thai Experience & Paid Work in Australia
Up to 12 months from £1,639 (was £1,689)
- Explore Thailand's bustling capital by boat, stopping off at some of Bangkok's most iconic sights
- Travel to northern Thailand and spend time at an incredible elephant project, go on an adventurous hill trek, and discover charming Chiang Mai
- Spend nine fun days in Sydney and Port Stephens going jet boating and learning to surf
- Earn an average of £15 per hour whilst working and travelling around Australia
- Spend up to twelve months living in and travelling around Australia
Spend either 18 or 25 days in Thailand and travel the length of the country from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and then down to the southern isles of Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, and Koh Tao. You'll get to sightsee in the city, help care for elephants, trek through the jungle, then hop from tropical island to tropical island in party paradise before jetting over to Australia. Down under, you'll spend nine days having fun in Sydney with a group of likeminded travellers, getting up to speed with finding work and accommodation from our expert team before then spending up to a year travelling the country, taking on paid work to fund your adventures.
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Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to Thailand! Meet our lovely team at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and head into the city centre to your accommodation in the famous Khao San Road area. Tonight you'll get to meet the rest of your group and try out some street food.
Day 2-4: Bangkok
Take to the canals and view the city on an awesome long-tail boat tour. We’ll visit some of the city’s best bits, including Wat Pho, and take an optional tour of the majestic Grand Palace before hitting Khao San’s best bars. The next day we’ll head out on a guided bicycle tour to explore the city on two wheels. On day four, you’ll have some free time to explore the city however you like before catching the overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Day 5: Chiang Mai
Arriving in Chiang Mai, we’ll first head to our guesthouse and either spend some time soaking up some sunshine beside the pool or head straight out to take a look around the city. In the afternoon, we'll take part in a traditional Thai cooking lesson and learn to cook between three and five different dishes, before heading into the city centre to peruse the night bazaar and enjoy a few drinks.
Day 6-7: Elephant stopover
Leaving Chiang Mai, we'll make our way over to a fantastic elephant project in the countryside. You'll learn about the fantastic work at the project and get to spend time helping to make up food for the elephants, walk through the forest with the herd, and then enjoy giving them a good scrub down in the local river. During your time here, you’ll be staying on site in simple huts and be surrounded by beautiful scenery. It’s an incredible part of the trip.
Day 8-9: Hill trekking
We'll go on a trekking experience through Thailand's beautiful jungles, hills, and forests over the next couple of days. Our expert guide will take us along beautiful country trails for five or six hours, until we get to our hidden hillside retreat for the night. The next day we’ll go on a traditional bamboo rafting adventure before completing the rest of our hike and then heading back to Chiang Mai.
Day 10: Head South
Today we'll make our way to the airport to jump on a flight down to Krabi – gateway to some of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches and islands. On arrival, we'll take the short trip to the beach, a fun tourist spot for soaking up sun and enjoying the more bustling side to beach life.
Day 11: Railay Beach
We'll head on over to Railay Beach today, for a more laid-back beach experience. Taking a boat ride to get there, we'll be met by exquisite white sand surrounded by limestone cliffs. Spend your time in the clear blue waters, snorkelling or simply splashing about.
Day 12-14: Koh Phi Phi
Next, we'll hop on a ferry to the outrageously beautiful island of Koh Phi Phi. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before heading out in the evening for drinks with the group. The next day, we'll go on a boat tour to stunning local bays and islands. On our way there, we'll stop off at some secluded beaches and quiet snorkelling spots.
Day 15: Koh Samui
Today we'll travel across to Koh Samui. Spend some time chilling out on the beach, swim in the sea, or go on a short walk through the island’s gorgeous inland forests. In the evening, enjoy drinks in town at an awesome party at the Ark Bar.
Day 16: Ang Thong National Park
We'll make our way out to the incredible Ang Thong Marine Park today to tour some of the 42 islands that make up this wonderful archipelago. Enjoy a final night in Samui before heading over to Koh Tao tomorrow.
Day 17: Free Time on Koh Samui
Today’s your chance to soak up some of Samui’s laid-back beach vibes and let your hair down with some free time to do whatever you like. Why not head for those clear blue waters and spend the day swimming and snorkelling? Or, if you’d rather keep your feet on dry land, you could take a wander up to the colourful temples of Wat Plai Laem or Wat Khao Chedi, book yourself onto an island safari, take a longtail to Koh Madsum, or spend the day at Crystal Beach.
Day 18: Farewell or travel on
If you’ve booked onto the 18-day Thai Experience trip, you’ll be saying your goodbyes today. You’ll need to check out of the accommodation by 11am and make your own arrangements for travel back to Bangkok. Your tour guide will be happy to help you arrange transport.
If you’ve booked onto our 25-day Thai Experience trip, you’ll head over to Koh Pha Ngan, where you can chill out for the rest of the day.
Day 19-20: Koh Pha Ngan
Well-known for its beach parties, Koh Pha Ngan is famously party-oriented and attracts thousands of people, including top DJs, every week – so expect a lively atmosphere while you're here. After some serious partying, you might want to chill out on the beach or by the pool. On day 20, we’ll treat you to a temple steam session, where you’ll get to sit in the herb-infused steam in the temple’s sauna.
Day 21-25: Koh Tao
Making our way to yet another gorgeous island idyll, we'll arrive on Koh Tao and take the opportunity to fit in some ultimate relaxation on the beach or by the pool. Spend the last night enjoying the nightlife and excellent party atmosphere with a fun-filled bar crawl along Sairee Beach. Day 25 is our last on the Thai Experience part of the trip, so once you've checked out of your accommodation, you'll need to make your own way back to Bangkok.
Please allow plenty of time for your travel back to Bangkok in order to catch your onward flight to Australia.
From Bangkok you'll need to fly to Sydney International Airport (SYD) to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary. You may have a few days gap between the two trips
Please note, that from January 2020, we will only be offering the most popular 25 day option of the Thai Experience.
Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.
Paid Work in Australia
Even though you'll be taking on paid work to help fund your travels around Australia, it won't all be work, work, work, so to get you started, you'll spend your first nine days having fun and trying out some awesome activities as well as getting the lowdown on living down under.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive at Sydney International, where one of our friendly team will meet you and take you to your accommodation. Depending on the time you get to Sydney, you might want to familiarise yourself with your surroundings before meeting the rest of your group this evening.
Day 2: Orientation & jet boating
Enjoy a full city orientation and find out more about the local area and the sorts of jobs on offer from the team. In the afternoon, go on a jet boating trip in Sydney Harbour.
Day 3: Bondi Beach
Spend some time chilling out on Bondi Beach before taking a walk along the coast to Coogee, snorkelling in the quiet waters on route. Enjoy beach games and an Aussie barbecue with a few cold beers later on.
Day 4: Sydney Harbour
Today the team will give you the lowdown on travelling around Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia so you can make the most out of living and working down under. In the afternoon the group will head out on a private cruise around Sydney Harbour.
Day 5: Port Stephens surfing
Today, we'll make our way to Port Stephens. We'll stop off for a surf lesson on the way and sit around a bonfire on the beach and enjoy another beach barbecue in the evening before getting a good night's rest in our bush bungalow accommodation.
Please note: in winter months (June, July, and August), we'll go on a brewery tour in Port Stephens rather than stopping for a surf lesson.
Day 6: Sand boarding & dolphin watching
Feed wild kangaroos and try to spot koalas before heading to some of the biggest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere for a boarding experience like no other! Afterwards, we'll grab a bite to eat before stepping aboard a private cruiser for a dolphin boating adventure.
Day 7: Setting up home
You'll have a pretty relaxing day today, so take the opportunity to chill out. Quiz the team on moving on and get them to help you make arrangements for setting up home outside of the hostel.
Day 8: Working in Oz seminar
Sit in on a seminar about finding work in Australia. Afterwards, sit down with our expert jobs team to discuss your options and find out where your skills and interests lay. They'll get you signed up to our excellent jobs database and you can start applying for jobs straight away. In the evening we'll pull on our glad rags and head out for dinner at Australia's highest revolving restaurant.
Day 9: Onwards and upwards
Day nine marks the end of your intro week in Sydney, but the start of your own independent adventures, albeit with full 24-hour support from our team for the duration of your stay.
Working in Australia
During your time in Australia, you'll find there are plenty of jobs available in all sorts of different industries, from farming to office work. Our expert team is there to help you find the jobs best suited to your skills, interests, and experience. Using our huge online jobs database, you’ll have access to over 1,500 vacancies at any one time, so you should find your perfect match pretty easily. The most common areas of employment are in:
Home help and au pair work
Labour and construction
Short and long term temping/office work
You might want to travel around as much of Australia as possible while you're there, so think about getting a travel pass before you set off, to save dipping into your wages each time you want to move on. Our Australia East Coast Travel Pass is valid for 12 months and doesn’t tie you to an itinerary, but will allow you to travel freely up or down Australia's east coast.
Please note activties and itineraries are subject to change.
- Buddy list prior to departure
- Airport pick up from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport
- 17 or 24 nights’ accommodation
- In-country transport (including internal flights)
- Bangkok city tour and long-tail boat ride
- Bangkok bicycle tour
- Some meals
- 2-day hill trek in Northern Thailand
- Bamboo rafting
- Chiang Mai night market and temple tour
- Cookery class in Chiang Mai
- Elephant home stopover
- Ko Phi Phi viewpoint visit
- Koh Phi Phi boat trip with snorkelling
- Ang Thong National Marine Park visit
- Koh Tao beach break (25-day option only)
- Koh Tao boat and snorkel trip (25-day option only)
- Koh Pha Ngan stay (25-day option only)
- Koh Pha Ngan temple steam (25-day option only)
- 24/7 emergency support
- Personal meet and greet at Sydney Airport with transfer on arrival
- 8 nights’ accommodation
- Welcome meeting
- The support of a friendly and helpful group leader
- Help and advice for preparing to live and work in Australia
- Assistance from our expert jobs team to perfect your CV and line up interviews for you
- Australian bank account set up, tax file number, Medicare card, and SIM card
- 12 months' online Oz Jobs access
- 12 months' job support and advice from local team
- Free Wifi
- BBQ on days 3 and 5, and lunch on day 6
- Full city orientation in Sydney
- Jet boating in Sydney Harbour
- Private Sydney Harbour cruise
- Transfers between all site visits included in the itinerary
- Bondi Beach to Coogee coastal walk and snorkelling
- Surfing lesson near Port Stephens
- Sand boarding at Port Stephens
- Kangaroo feeding
- Dolphin boat trip at Port Stephens
- Farewell dinner at revolving restaurant in Sydney
- Help with onward travel
- 24/7 emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Meals and drinks unless otherwise stated
- Return transfers
- Entry fee and transport to the Moon Party on Koh Pha Ngan (Thailand)
- Entry fee to the Grand Palace in Bangkok (Thailand)
- Optional activities
You’ll get to stay in a variety of different types of accommodation in Thailand, the majority of which will be based on two to four people of the same sex sharing a room. Let us know if you’re travelling with a friend or partner, so we can make sure you end up sharing a room. All accommodation on this trip has Wi-fi access, western-style bathroom facilities, and air-conditioned rooms, with the exception of your accommodation at the elephant park and on the hill trekking experience, which will be in basic, but comfortable shared huts. Two of the guesthouses have pools, which you’ll have full access to in your downtime.
Most meals aren’t included on this trip, other than meals at the elephant village and during the hill trek, which offers you a fantastic opportunity to sample a range of Thailand’s delicious food. Let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you book.
Your accommodation for the first eight nights in Sydney comes in the form of a lively backpacker’s hostel in the heart of the city. You’ll be sharing a mixed dorm with between seven and nine others, and have access to shared areas, Wifi, and your own locker. You’ll also get to spend one night in a unique Aussie bush bungalow in Port Stephens.
The majority of your food and drink isn't included while you're in Australia, but on days three and five you'll enjoy beach barbecues, with lunch included on day six. On day eight you’ll be treated to a delicious group dinner at Australia’s highest revolving restaurant.
After your first eight nights you can extend your stay at the hostel, or take up a house share with other travellers. Our in-country team will be able to help you arrange this and any other arrangements.
You will need to arrange your flight to Thailand to arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on your programme start date between the hours of 6am and 10pm; we recommend that you arrive before 3pm, if possible, so that you are able to join the first night out with the group.
If you choose the 18-day Thai Experience, your tour in Thailand will finish on Koh Pha Ngan on day 18. If you choose the 25-day trip, your tour in Thailand will finish on Koh Tao on your end date. Transfers back to Bangkok are not included in your trip but are easy to arrange and your local guide will be able to help you with this.
There are a few options for returning to Bangkok after the Thai Experience, the most common are a combination of a ferry and coach or a ferry and flight. Please allow plenty of time for your travel back to Bangkok in order to catch your onward flight to Sydney, Australia, we recommend arranging an extra night's accommodation in Thailand following the Thai Experience end date to allow time for travel and unexpected delays. There may be a few days between your programmes.
From Bangkok, you'll need to fly to Sydney International Airport (SYD) to arrive in time for the first day of your programme start date. You will be met by one of our friendly team at the airport who will take you to your accommodation in the centre of Sydney.
You will need to be aged 18-30 to take part in this programme due to Australian Working Holiday Visa regulations.
British passport holders arriving by air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. Please ensure your passport is valid, with six months' validity remaining from the date of your planned return, and that you hold a valid onward travel, 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.
You must apply for a Working Holiday Visa for the Australian leg of this programme, which you’ll need to obtain before leaving the UK. Your work type will be casual, where you’ll spend no more than six months working for one employer.
To be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa under this scheme you must:
- Be aged between 18 and 30 years old at the time of application.
- Hold a valid passport, with at least six months remaining following your return.
- Not be accompanied by children on your visit.
- Have not previously entered Australia on a working holiday visa.
- Meet the relevant health and character requirements.
- Be outside of Australia at the time of visa grant.
- Agree that your main reason for travelling to Australia is for a holiday.
- Not undertake studies or training for more than three months.
- Have plans to leave Australia following your authorised period in the country.
- Have sufficient funds to support yourself for the initial period of your stay – a minimum of 3,000AUD is regarded as sufficient – you might have to provide evidence of this in the form of a bank statement.
For peace of mind, we can include your Working Holiday Visa as part of your Paid Work in Australia package for an additional fee – ask us about this when you call to book.
Do I Need Any Vaccinations?
We’re not qualified to offer you medical advice, so you should visit your GP well ahead of time to find out what inoculations you might need. Remember to tell them exactly where you’re travelling to as vaccination and medication requirements vary between different Indian regions. You’ll also need to make sure you have enough of any prescribed medication to see you through the duration of your trip.
What’s The Difference Between A Full Moon, Black Moon, And Half Moon Party?
All of Koh Pha Ngan’s moon parties are pretty epic events, and you’ll be dancing on the island’s beaches from nightfall to sunrise if you like, but they’re all in slightly different settings and are separated mainly by the type of music played at each.
Full Moon Parties
are held at Haad Rin Beach (around a 20-minute tuk tuk ride from your accommodation – £2-3 per person each way if sharing) and you can expect anywhere upwards of 10,000 party goers all culminating on the beach! You’ll find everything from trance to reggae being played at these events. Entry costs approximately £2-3 per person.
Black Moon Parties
are thought of as one of the island’s best outdoor parties and consist of a night filled with the latest trance music from Thai and international DJs. Entry costs approximately £2-3.
Half Moon Parties
are pretty cool gigs and attract top DJs from all over the world. And set against the backdrop of the island’s forest gives these events an intimate, off-the-beaten-track vibe. Entry costs approx. £20-25.
What Do I Do About Accommodation After The First Nine Days In Sydney?
Most travellers choose to extend their stay at the hostel after the first week, but the staff there will be able to help you arrange a house share or accommodation in another part of the country if you’re moving on.
How Long Should I Stay In Each Job?
You’re allowed to stay for a maximum of six months with any one employer. How long a job lasts will depend on the type of job you’re doing, how you perform in that particular role, and whether or not you find the role suitable. An average traveller job tends to last between two to three months, but many people do the full six months.
Can I Extend My Australian Working Holiday Visa?
If you find you’re not ready to go home within 12 months, you can apply for an extension on your Working Holiday Visa for up to 24 months, but you’ll need to spend 88 days (3 months) carrying out specified work in a regional area of Australia, which is most easily achieved through farm/horticultural work or fruit picking. For a complete list of jobs that count as specified work, visit the Australian Visa Bureau.