Thai Experience & Paid Work in Australia
12 months from £2,039
- 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 25 days in Thailand and travel the length of the country from Bangkok to Chiang Mai as well as Khao Sok, 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: Arrive in Bangkok.
Meet one of our team at the airport and head to your city-centre hostel where you’ll meet your new travel buddies and enjoy a night out on Khao San Road!
Day 2: Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
Discover the highlights of Bangkok on a long-tail boat tour with stops at the most famous temples and an optional stop at the Grand Palace. Travel to Chiang Mai.
Day 3: Chiang Mai.
Explore the leafy city this morning before sizzling up a storm at a traditional Thai cooking class. Then get haggling at the famous Chiang Mai Night Market.
Day 4: Chiang Mai to the Elephant Project.
Travel to the ethical elephant camp. Make vitamin cakes for the elephants, feed them and bathe them in the river before sleeping in a hut by the herd.
Day 5: Hill Trek.
Get off the beaten track with a 2 day jungle hike. Take in spectacular views over rice fields, waterfalls and misty mountains before spending the night in a rustic retreat.
Day 6: Hill Trek & Chiang Mai.
Trek for a couple of hours this morning then drift down the river on a bamboo raft. Enjoy a delicious lunch and head back to Chiang Mai.
Day 7: Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi.
Morning flight to the south followed by a ferry to Phi Phi. Check into your hostel and head down to the white sand beach for a cocktail as the sun goes down.
Day 8: Koh Phi Phi.
Today is yours to spend as you please. Mellow out in a hammock, strap on a snorkel or get a relaxing massage on the sands.
Day 9: Phi Phi Viewpoint.
Trek to the top of one of the highest points on the island for commanding views. Later, enjoy the island’s cracking nightlife with your friends.
Day 10: Phi Phi Boat Trip.
Board our boat for a snorkelling trip through the turquoise seas. Includes a stop at Monkey Island where you can make some furry friends!
Day 11: Phi Phi to Ao Nang.
Hop on the long-tail to Ao Nang. Treat your tum with a guided street-food crawl tonight – yum!
Day 12: Ao Nang & Bor Thor Mangrove Forests.
Paddle through the magical mangrove forests of Bor Thor today by kayak, with a stop in an ancient cave to see 3,000 year old paintings!
Day 13: Hong & Poda Island Boat Trip.
Head to the dazzling islands of Hong and Poda. Bronze yourself on deck, snorkel in the azure sea and wander through the island shallows.
Day 14: Ao Nang to Khao Sok.
Travel to Khao Sok National Park. Enjoy a long-tail boat tour and take in the sublime views, before making yourself at home in a ‘float-house’ on the lake.
Day 15: Khao Sok to Koh Samui.
Take a sunrise boat safari before heading to Koh Samui for beach fun and a night out in the pumping Chaweng area.
Day 16: Koh Samui Beach Day.
You’re a free agent today. Relax on the beach or if you’re after something more energetic, book an excursion into the island’s jungled interior.
Day 17: Ang Thong Marine Park.
Explore beautiful Ang Thong by boat. Snorkel, swim and kayak in the warm water, with the most incredible backdrop of limestone islands.
Day 18: Koh Samui to Koh Phangan.
Transfer to Phangan by ferry. Check into your hostel in the lively Ban Taai area and head out to explore.
Day 19: Free time on Koh Phangan.
There’s so much to do with a free day on the island. Take a long-tail to the remotest beaches, join a yoga class, or go paddle-boarding round the bay.
Day 20: Free time on Koh Phangan.
More free time on Phangan. Enjoy the lovely beach further before a night out – it’s your last on the island so make it a good one!
Day 21: Koh Phangan to Koh Tao.
We’re off to dinky little Koh Tao today for more beach action and the opportunity to enjoy some world-class diving or snorkelling.
Day 22: Koh Tao Boat Trip.
Take your last boat trip of the tour, with stops at all the best snorkelling spots and some time on the immaculate island of Koh Nang Yuan.
Day 23: Free Time on Koh Tao.
Enjoy a final day on Tao’s sandy shores. Will you just work on your tan or have you got something more active planned?
Day 24: Koh Tao to Bangkok.
Goodbye Koh Tao! We’re making our way back to the capital today by ferry then bus. Have a final night going bonkers in Bangkok!
Day 25: Trip End. This chapter of your trip has come to a close. Head back to Bangkok airport.
Please note: this is the 2020 itinerary for the Thai Experience. If you are travelling in 2019, or selected dates in 2020, you will be on a slightly different 2019 Thai Experience itinerary.
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 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.
- 24 night’s accommodation
- Some meals
- WhatsApp buddy list before you travel
- Airport transfer on arrival
- Bangkok city boat tour
- In-country transport (inc. internal flight)
- Cookery class in Chiang Mai
- Chiang Mai night market tour
- Ethical elephant experience
- Trekking in the northern foothills
- Bamboo rafting
- Koh Phi Phi viewpoint visit
- Phi Phi boat trip with snorkelling and kayaking
- Ao Nang street food crawl
- Bor Thor mangrove forests kayak trip
- Krabi boat trip including Hong and Poda islands
- Khao Sok long-tail boat trip
- Ang Thong National Marine Park visit
- Koh Tao Snorkel Boat Trip
- 24-hour emergency support
- For the 2019 itinerary inclusions please see Thai Experience 2019
- 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
24 nights of accommodation are included. Most nights will be spent in hostels. Rooms are a combination of single-sex and mixed-sex dorms. The accommodation is one of the key features of this trip, with a carefully chosen range of premium hostels to stay. Hostels have been selected with comfort and design in mind and are perfect for the young traveller, looking for a sociable atmosphere, without compromising on style.
The night we spend at the elephant camp will be in simple huts in the grounds, right next to the elephants’ sleeping quarters! Rooms are simple, but clean and comfortable with dorm-style beds and mosquito nets. On the overnight trek we’ll be staying in a rustic accommodation and in Khao Sok National Park, our home for the night is particularly unique – it’s a traditional Thai ‘float-house’, built on a raft and floated on Cheow Lan Lake. The facilities in these accommodations are more basic, but their setting more than makes up for it! Please note the above information is for the 2020 itinerary. Please contact a travel advisor for 2019 accommodation.
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. Please 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’ll 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. You’ll be met at the airport and taken to your accommodation.
Your tour in Thailand will finish back in Bangkok on your end date. You can depart at any time. Please note: If you are travelling in 2019 you will be on a different itinerary. Please speak to a Travel Advisor for more information.
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 5000AUD 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.