Thai Experience & Paid Work in Australia

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Coastal walk around Bondi Beach in Sydney on your intro week to Oz

A Thai and Aussie travel adventure

A Thai and Aussie travel adventure

Island hopping in Thailand
Visiting temples in Bangkok, Thailand
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Meeting some Kangaroos

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Thailand's bustling capital by bike and 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
  • Hop on one of two included flights to Thailand's southern isles and hop from one tropical paradise to another
  • Spend nine fun days in Sydney and Port Stephens going jet boating and learning to surf as well as getting to grips with life in Australia and preparing for work
  • Earn an average of £15 per hour whilst working and travelling around Australia
  • Spend up to twelve months living in and travelling around Australia whilst funding your amazing adventure with fun paid work

Trip Summary

Spend either 18 or 29 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 Pha Ngan, Koh Samui, 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.

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Thai Experience

Day 1: Welcome to Thailand!

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: Guided tour of Bangkok

Today, we'll make our way into the city to enjoy a long-tail boat tour along the city's canals. We'll get to visit Wat Pho as well as taking a wander around the Grand Palace (please note the entrance fee to the Grand Palace isn’t included in the price of your trip – this costs roughly 500THB/£12).

Day 3: Explore Bangkok by bike

We'll head out into the city again today on a guided bicycle tour through Bangkok. Explore the city from the comfort of your saddle as you ride through the busy streets to get a better look at some iconic sights. Later we'll catch the overnight train to Chiang Mai.

Day 4: 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 enjoy a few drinks.

Day 5: Elephant stopover

Leaving Chiang Mai this morning, 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.

Days 6-7: 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 back to the elephant village.

Days 8-10: Chiang Mai

Spend a final morning with the elephants at the project before heading back to Chiang Mai. The next day we’ll get to visit Doi Suthep to see Wat Phra That, the region's most iconic temple. Later on, we'll go on a tour of Chiang Mai’s famous night bazaar. On day 10 you will have free time to get out and explore Chiang Mai some more, there are lots of optional excusions to choose from too, alternatively chill out and enjoy the hotel's pool!

Please note: any optional activities you choose to do in Chiang Mai are at your own cost.

Days 11-12: Travel on to Krabi and Railay Beach

On day 11 we'll board our flight from Chiang Mai to Krabi, this time heading south to Krabi to begin our tour of some of Thailand's most exquisite island locations. On our arrival, we'll make our way to Railay Beach. Relax this afternoon before joining the rest of the group for sunset drinks on the sands in the evening. The next day, we'll get to explore the area on a boat trip, stopping off to snorkel and check out the caves on the way.

Days 13-15: 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 Maya Bay – the gorgeous beach destination made famous by the film, The Beach. On our way there, we'll stop off at some secluded beaches and quiet snorkelling spots.

Important note: The authorities in Thailand may be restricting access to Maya Bay between June and October 2018. During these times, the included boat trip will take you to some other idyllic islands and bays in the area where you will also be able to swim and snorkel. 

Days 16-17: Koh Pha Ngan

Departing Koh Phi Phi, we'll make our way over to Thailand's party island, Koh Pha Ngan. Well-known for its moon 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. The next day we'll visit the secret beach!

Please note: we aim to time our Koh Pha Ngan visit to ensure you get to experience one of the island’s moon parties, but we can’t always guarantee this as parties are arranged by the local authorities and so unforeseen circumstances and cancellations are completely out of our control.

Day 18: Farewell or travel on

If you’ve booked onto our 18-day 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 29-day Thai Experience trip, you’ll spend another couple of days on Koh Pha Ngan, so chill out for the rest of the day.

Days 19-20: Koh Pha Ngan 

Spend the next couple of days at a leisurely pace on Koh Pha Ngan, chilling out beside the pool, or catching some rays on the beach. For those looking for something a little more cultural, you could always visit the Guanyin Temple.

Please note: any activities not included on the itinerary will be at your own cost. Your tour guide can help you plan activities and daytime excursions on Koh Pha Ngan if you're stuck for ideas.

Days 21-23: Koh Samui

On day 21 we'll head to beautiful Koh Samui, where we'll get to help out at a unique dam building project. Situated in the island's lush forest, you'll get to spend the day building dams, to help manage the island's water systems. Leave the project feeling satisfied at doing your bit to help out and enjoy some drinks with the group in the evening to celebrate the day's work. You're free to explore or relax on Koh Samui as you please over the next couple of days.

Day 24: 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.

Days 25-29: 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. On day 27 we'll go on a private boat tour to the very beautiful Koh Ngan Yuan, and enjoy some snorkelling and kayaking along the way. Spend the last night enjoying the nightlife and excellent party atmosphere with a fun-filled bar crawl along Sairee Beach. Day 29 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.

Thai Experience 2019 - If you are travelling in 2019 you will follow a slightly different itinerary for the Thai Experience. Your Thai Experience will last 25 days and end on Koh Tao. Contact a travel adviser 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 Paid Work in Australia package.

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: 

  • Hospitality
  • Home help and au pair work
  • Farm/seasonal 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 Bus 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 activities and itineraries are subject to change. 

More Trip Info

Thai Experience

  • Arrival transfer from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport
  • Bangkok city tour
  • 28 or 17 nights’ accommodation
  • In-country transport in Thailand (including internal flight)
  • Some meals
  • 2-day hill trek in Northern Thailand
  • Chiang Mai night market and temple tour
  • Cookery class in Chiang Mai 
  • Elephant home stopover
  • Canal boat tour
  • Tuk tuk ride
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Railay boat trip
  • Koh Phi Phi boat trip with snorkelling
  • Dam building project on Koh Samui (29-day option only)
  • Ang Thong National Park visit (29-day option only)
  • Koh Tao beach break (29-day option only)
  • 24/7 emergency support

Paid Work in Australia

  • 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

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • 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

More Whats Included

Thailand

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 Wifi 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.

Australia

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.

 

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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.

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 29-day trip, your tour in Thailand will finish on Koh Tao on day 29. 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.

From Bangkok, you'll need to fly to Sydney International Airport (SYD) to arrive on 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.

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.

More Arrival Info

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.

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