- Feed and bathe elephants at our ethical elephant camp in northern Thailand
- Discover Bangkok’s rich history and culture on a magical long boat tour
- Snorkel with thousands of colourful fish on a boat trip round the Phi Phi islands.
- Spend a night on a unique ‘float house’ in Khao Sok National Park
- Swim beneath waterfalls, learn to surf, explore emerald-green rice terraces, and lunch beside a volcano in Bali
- Party under the stars on the gorgeous Gili Islands
The perfect trip for culture vultures and sun worshippers alike, this tour will give you a taste of laidback beach life,dynamic city living, and natural beauty, in two of Asia’s most exciting countries. We’ve packed the itinerary with incredible tours and excursions, from visits to sacred temples, city canal tours, jungle trekking, snorkelling trips, kayak sessions, bike adventures, beach parties, island-hopping cruises, surf lessons and a visit to an ethical elephant project. It’s everything you could want out of an Asian adventure and more.
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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. Transfer to Bangkok airport.
Thailand to Bali
When your Thai Experience tour comes to an end, you’ll need to get yourself over to Indonesia, arranging your flight into Denpasar Airport (DPS). In some cases, your Bali itinerary won’t begin for a few days, so you can either spend some free time in Thailand or get to Bali nice and early.
Either option is fine; staying in Bangkok you’ll get to do the touristy, sightseeing sorts of activities, not to mention the chance of picking up plenty of trinkets and holiday memorabilia to remind you of your trip, or if you want to wind down before embarking on further adventures, Bali is a pretty chilled place for a bit of beachside relaxation and self-bronzing.
We can talk you through the options, help you find accommodation, and sort out flights between the two destinations, just let us know what you want to do when you book.
Day 1: Canggu. Arrive in beautiful Bali. One of our friendly team will meet you and take you to our hotel in vibrantCanggu where you can kick back on the beach before meeting the rest of the group at a rooftop dinner tonight.
Day 2: Temple tours. Explore the island’s spiritual side today with a visit to two of its most famous temples - the spectacular sea temple of Tanah Lot and the beautifully landscaped Taman Ayun. This evening, enjoy a night out in Canggu with the group.
Day 3: Surf lesson on Kuta beach. Learn to hang ten like the locals today with a surf lesson on Kuta Beach. Practice your new skills, then relax by the rooftop pool, or on the beach before sundowners and dinner with the group.
Day 4: Waterfalls &Ubud. Head away from the coast today, to the veggie cafés, art galleries and ancient templesof Ubud. Stop on the way for a swim at stunningTegenungan Waterfall, before arriving in Ubud and heading out to explore.
Day 5: Markets, cooking class & Monkey Forest. Start your day in the local market, picking up some ingredients, before a cooking class with the Balinese Gordon Ramsey. Tuck into your delicious creations before an afternoon at Monkey Forest.
Day 6: Rice terraces & volcano lunch. We can’t visit Ubud without seeing the famous rice terraces. Stroll through the lush green landscape before enjoying lunch with views of Mt Batur, an active volcano.
Day 7: Gili Trawangan. We’re taking the ferry to paradise today – AKA Gili Trawanagan. Spend your afternoon by the pool or blissing out in the azure sea, ahead of a night partying under the stars.
Day 8: Gili Island boat trip. We’ll explore all three Gili Islands today on our amazing boat trip. See the best of Gili Meno and Gili Air and stop at all the top snorkelling spots. Cruise back to Gili T in time for sundowners.
Day 9: Gili T bike tour. Explore Gili T’s hidden highlights and secret beaches on a group bike tour, ahead of one final night partying with the sand between our toes.
Day 10: Trip end. Time to say your goodbyes and make your way back to the airport. See you again next time!
We try to run as many of our start dates back-to-back, but on occasions, there may be days between your Thai Experience and Bali Experience. Please contact a travel advisor for further details.
Please note activities 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 from Chiang Mai to Krabi)
- 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
- Drinking water on Krabi boat trip
- Khao Sok long-tail boat trip
- Ang Thong National Marine Park visit
- Koh Tao Snorkel Boat Trip
- 24-hour emergency support
- 9 nights’ accommodation
- 8 breakfasts and 1 lunch
- Tour guide
- Airport transfer on arrival
- All on-trip transport
- Tanah Lot & Taman Ayun temples
- Kuta surf lesson
- Tegenungan Waterfall
- Ubud Monkey Forest
- Balinese Cooking class
- Rice terraces
- Volcano viewpoint
- Ubud local markets
- Gili Islands boat & snorkelling trip
- Bike tour of Gili Trawangan
- Travel insurance
- Food and drinks
- Return transfer
- Entry fee to moon parties on Koh Pha Ngan
- Entry fee to the Grand Palace in Bangkok
- Optional activities
33 nights of accommodation are included on this trip.
Thai Experience (24 nights) - Most nights in Thailand will be spent in hostels. Rooms are a combination of single-sex and mixed-sex dorms. 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.
At the elephant camp, we’ll stay 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. We’ll also spend a night in a traditional Thai ‘float-house’, built on a raft and floated on Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok Park. The facilities in these accommodations are more basic, but their setting more than makes up for it.
Bali Experience (9 nights) - For this leg of the trip, you’ll be staying in a selection of accommodation with pools. All rooms are on a twin-share basis (apart from Ubud, which is quad-share).
Thai Experience – Meals at the elephant village, and during the hill trek
Bali Experience – 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch
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.
Your tour in Thailand will finish back in Bangkok on your end date. You can depart at any time.
Depending on the dates of your Thailand trip ending and your Bali trip starting, you may have a few days between the two trips. you’ll have the option of staying on in Bangkok or flying straight to Bali. However please note that for stays in Thailand of more than 30 days, you will need to obtain a 60 day visa for Thailand prior to departure through your nearest Thailand Embassy.
You should arrange to arrive in Denpasar International Airport (also known as Ngurah Rai International Airport) (DPS) for day 1 of the Bali Experience section of the trip. If you arrive on day 1, you’ll be met from the airport by one of our local team. The trip ends on day 10 of this leg, on Gili Trawangan. The return transfer isn’t included, but your local guide will be happy to help you organise it locally. It involves a boat, then a bus back to Kuta or Denpasar Airport (5 – 6 hours). Please note when booking a return flight that we recommend the earliest you can fly is around 7pm from Denpasar to allow for your journey back from Gili Trawangan.
The minimum age for this trip is 18. You will need to be able to swim to participate in the water activities.
Thailand: Citizens of the UK will automatically receive a 30-day tourist visa when entering Thailand.
Indonesia: Citizens of the UK are able to enter and remain in Indonesia without a visa, for a period of up to 30 days.
It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Travellers of all nationalities must carry a passport valid for the duration of the trip, and at least six months beyond the intended departure date, some countries require longer.
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?
It's easy enough to get by on £150 a week, but we know that half the fun of your trip will be experiencing different things, trying all sorts of exotic 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 £800-£1,000, 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.
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 regions. You’ll also need to make sure you have enough of any prescribed medication to see you through the duration of your trip.
Do I Need To Bring A Mosquito Net?
You can do if you like as nets won’t be provided at most places we stay in. Although if you keep windows and doors closed in your room you shouldn’t be bothered by mosquitoes.
Should I Take A Backpack Or A Suitcase?
We recommend you use a soft bag or frameless backpack, plus a small bag for excursions. Luggage is limited to one piece per person, with a maximum weight of 15kg.
How Do I Get To Bali For The Second Part Of The Trip?
You'll need to make your own way back to Bangkok on your programme end date to catch a flight to Denpasar Airport (DPS) in time for the first day of your programme itinerary. Your tour guide will be able to help you arrange transport. In some cases, your Bali itinerary won’t begin for a couple of days, so you can either spend some free time in Thailand, or get to Bali nice and early. Just bear in mind that if you stay in Thailand for more than 30 days, you'll need to have applied for a tourist visa. We can talk you through the options, help you find accommodation, and sort out flights between the two destinations, just let us know what you feel like doing when you book.
If I Opt To Do The Shorter Bali Beaches Trip, How Do I Get Back To The Airport From The Gili Islands?
If you’re booking the eight-day Bali trip, your last day will be on Gili Trawangan island. From there you’ll need to get a ferry back to Bali, and then a taxi to take you to Denpasar airport. It’s an easy journey, but your tour guide will be able to help you with times and bookings.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.