Thailand and Bali Experience
5-6 weeks from £2,039
- Discover the magic of Bangkok’s history and culture and explore the city by long boat and bicycle
- Experience the tropical paradise of some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, from Koh Phi Phi and Koh Tao in Thailand, to Kuta and Gili Trawangan in Bali
- Get up close and personal with some incredible marine life on a snorkelling trip at Maya Bay
- Dance under the stars at some incredible beach parties, including an epic moon party on Koh Pha Ngan
- Swim beneath waterfalls, walk through coffee plantations and lunch beside an active volcano in Bali
- Stay on the gorgeous Gili Islands, and get underwater in some of Indonesia’s finest snorkel spots
Go on an adventure through Thailand and Bali and travel from places like Bangkok to Chiang Mai and then on to Koh Phi Phi and other southern isles in Thailand, and Ubud to Gili Trawangan in Bali for a trip that’s nothing short of a paradise getaway. The perfect trip for budding travellers and sun worshippers alike, this tour will give you a taste of laidback beach life and immersive culture in two very different countries. Of course, there’s more to travelling than simply lounging around in the sunshine, so we’ll be taking you on some incredible tours and day trips to give you a well-rounded experience; think temple visits, canal tours, caring for elephants, trekking through the jungle, snorkelling sessions, island cruises, and coffee plantation visits. You’ll even get to lunch beside an active volcano and meet some wonderful local communities on the way. It’s an incredible programme and opportunity to do as much or as little as you like.
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Day 1: Welcome to Thailand!
Welcome to Thailand! Meet the team and get acquainted with Khao San Road amid the bustling streets and the coolest bars in Bangkok.
Day 2: Bangkok
Head out on a city bicycle tour today and get a closer look at Bangkok's best bits. Afterwards, we’ll freshen up, ready to catch our overnight train or bus to Chiang Mai.
Day 3: Chiang Mai
Check out Chiang Mai centre and take part in a traditional cooking class to learn how to cook different Thai dishes, then sit down with the group to sample everyone's culinary creations. In the evening we'll head into the city to enjoy the nightlife.
Day 4: Elephant project
Making our way into the surrounding northern countryside, we’ll visit an incredible elephant project to spend the day helping make up food for the elephants, walking through the jungle with the herd, and giving them a good wash down in the local river.
Days 5-6: Hill Trekking
Set off on a two-day journey through the jungle on a trekking adventure that'll take us past some of the country's most breathtaking scenery. Hike across mountain terrain and through forests, passing waterfalls and rivers on the way, finishing the adventure with some traditional bamboo rafting.
*We recommend you pack a pair of sturdy trainers or walking boots for this part of the trip. Bamboo rafting will depend on weather conditions.
Days 7-8: Chiang Mai
Spend a final morning with the elephants before saying goodbye and making the journey back to Chiang Mai. The next day we’ll visit Doi Suthep to see Wat Phra That, and in the evening we’ll take a guided tour of Chiang Mai’s colourful night bazaar.
Days 9-10 Bangkok
Head to the airport to catch an included internal flight back to Bangkok and enjoy a night out in the city's best bars and clubs. The next day, we'll go on a long-tail boat tour along the canals and visit 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).
Days 11-12: Krabi to Railay Beach
Jumping on our second included internal flight, we'll head down to Krabi and then transfer to Railay Beach. In the evening, we’ll make our way to the beach for sunset drinks with the group. The next day we'll have fun exploring the area by boat.
Days 13-15: Koh Phi Phi
Our next stop is the undisputedly beautiful island of Koh Phi Phi – the island location used in the film The Beach. Chill out in true island style and enjoy soaking up the sunshine. The next day we'll hit the waves with an island boat tour, stopping for a snorkelling session before visiting the famous Maya Bay.
Days 16-17: Koh Pha Ngan
Heading to Thailand’s party isle, Koh Pha Ngan, you can expect a lively atmosphere as we get geared up for one of the island’s full moon, black moon, or half moon parties. Visit the secret beach and experience a traditional Thai massage for some ultimate relaxation. In the evening we'll paint on some day-glo body paint and party the night away on the beach.
*We aim to coincide our Koh Pha Ngan visit with one of the island’s full, half, or black moon parties, but we can’t always guarantee this as parties are arranged by the local authorities and unforeseen circumstances and cancellations are out of our control.
Days 18-20: Koh Pha Ngan
Spend the next couple of days taking island life at your own pace, go and visit the temple grounds and have a herbal sauna session at Wat Pho, or dip your toes in the cool waters of Nam Tok Phaeng waterfall. Your tour guide can help you plan activities.
Days 21-23: Koh Samui
Making our way to the gorgeous tropical island of Koh Samui on day 21, we'll head straight to the island's forest to take part in a dam-building project to help maintain the island's water systems. Your on-site supervisor will show you how to put together dam components using cement, sand, rocks, and pipe work. Spend the rest of your time in this beautiful place relaxing on the white sands and enjoying the local nightlife.
Day 24: Ang Thong National Marine Park
Set sail for Ang Thong National Marine Park and get to tour some of the 42 islets in this beautiful archipelago. You'll get the opportunity to swim through the tropic waters of the marine park, getting up close to some amazing marine life and getting full view of the spectacular and colourful surroundings.
Days 25-28: Koh Tao
Arriving on Koh Tao, we’ll head straight to our resort near Sairee Beach to get settled in before heading out to the beach or ordering a few drinks beside the pool. On day 27 we'll get to head out in the boat to visit scenic Koh Ngan Yuan, with some snorkelling and kayaking in between. Day 28 is yours to do as you like with.
Day 29: Thailand trip ends
Today is our last day in Thailand so, once you've checked out of the accommodation, make your own way back to Bangkok.
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.
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 couple of 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.
This section of the trip has two options. Please let us know which option you’d like to include when you book your trip, please note prices are based on the 8 day itinerary and the 13 day is available on selected dates only:
- 8-day Bali Beaches
- 13-day Bali Beaches + Lombok Experience
Day 1: Welcome to Kuta!
Welcome to beautiful Bali! Meet the rest of the group and your new guide at a welcome dinner and drinks in the evening.
Day 2: Uluwatu Temple
Visit the beautiful 11th-century Uluwatu Temple that looks out over the Indian Ocean. Afterwards, take a fun but chilled-out surfing lesson and spend some time riding the waves (weather dependent), before pulling out your glad rags for an evening enjoying Kuta's famous nightlife.
Day 3: Tanah Lot Temple & Monkey Forest
Today we'll visit Tanah Lot Temple – one of the most photographed temples in Bali. We’ll visit Monkey Forest afterwards to have lunch with the cheeky locals before unwinding in the afternoon and exploring the local markets and find out more about Bali’s culture and history.
Day 4: Ubud community & Tegenungan Waterfall
This morning we'll visit a local primary school, where you’ll spend time in class talking to some of the children and finding out about Balinese life. Afterwards we’ll visit the stunning Tegenungan Waterfall for a quick dip beneath the cascading water.
Day 5: Ubud coffee plantations & rice terraces
Today we'll take a trip to a nearby coffee plantation for a tour and to find out how the world’s most expensive coffee is made (you might be surprised!) before having lunch with views over an active volcano. Later, we’ll wander through the striking emerald rice terraces.
Day 6: Gili Trawangan
Boarding the boat to the gorgeous Gili islands, we’ll get settled into our beachside hotel on Gili Trawangan before checking out the rest of the island with a bicycle tour. In the evening we’ll watch the sun setting over the sea as we’re getting geared up for tonight’s beach party.
Day 7: Island hopping
Enjoy a day's island-hopping and get to try out some of the best snorkelling sites in Indonesia. The crystal-clear waters and tropical coral reefs are incredible climates for spotting and swimming with beautiful marine life. In the evening we’ll have dinner as a group and party the night away.
Day 8: Continue the adventure to Lombok or head home
If you’re booked on the extended tour, you’ll have a bit of chill out time today, so spend your downtime relaxing in the sunshine.
If you’re leaving the tour today, you’ll need to make travel arrangements to get back to Denpasar – see flight details or FAQs for further information.
Day 9: Kuta Lombok
This morning we’re making our way to Kuta Lombok, where we’ll meet a local Sasak tribe and learn about their traditional ways of life. We may even learn how to make sarongs! Following this cultural experience, we’ll top up our zen during an included yoga class. The rest of the evening is free to relax, stroll along the beach and have a few drinks with your group.
Day 10: Sun, Sea & Surf
Today it’s all about beautiful sun-drenched beaches as we cruise from Mawun beach in the morning to Selong Belanak beach in time for lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll take to the waves with our second surf lesson.
Day 11: Lovina
We’ll board the boat back to Bali today, arriving at our accommodation in Lovina in time for a bit of rest and relaxation before heading out for dinner and drinks in the evening.
Day 12: Marine life in Lovina
Back at sea for the morning, we’ll be setting sail early to watch the dolphins as they dive through the waves beside us. We’ll visit a natural beauty spot in the afternoon to see the Banjar hot springs before making our way to the impressive Gitgit falls for a refreshing dip.
Day 13: Farewell
We’ll make the journey back to Kuta on our final day in Bali before saying our goodbyes. If you want to ask about onward travels, now’s your chance.
Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.
More Trip Info
- Arrival transfer from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport on start date
- Bangkok city tour
- 28 or 17 nights’ accommodation
- In-country transport (including internal flights as per itinerary)
- 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
- Maya Bay boat trip with snorkelling and kayaking
- Thai massage
- 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
- Airport transfer on arrival
- Breakfast every day
- Visit to Tanah Lot temple
- Surf lesson
- Visit to Uluwatu temple
- Tegenungan Waterfall visit
- Trip to Monkey Forest
- Trip to local markets
- Local primary school visit
- Coffee plantation trip
- Volcano visit
- Trip to rice terraces
- Gili Islands boat trip
- Bike ride
- Beach party
- Experienced tour leader
- Sasak tribe visit (13-day option only)
- Yoga class (13-day option only)
- Surf lesson (13-day option only)
- Dolphin watching (13-day option only)
- Trip to Banjar hot springs (13-day option only)
- Cooking class (13-day option only)
- Trip to Gitgit Waterfall (13-day option only)
- Transfer back to Kuta (13-day option only)
- 24/7 emergency support
- 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
More Whats Included
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’re travelling with a friend or partner let us know when you book and we'll make sure you’re in a room together. All accommodation on this trip has Wifi access, and western-style bathroom facilities, and air-conditioned rooms, with the exception of your accommodation at the elephant project, which will be in basic, but comfortable shared huts on site. Two of the guesthouses have pools, which you’ll have full access to in your downtime.
Please note, some guesthouses and hostels might ask you to pay a security deposit of around £15 to £20, which is pretty standard across Thailand. These deposits are fully refundable on departure, as long as there is no damage to your room.
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.
You’ll be living in style during this trip – instead of hostels or backpacker dorms you’ll be staying in comfortable and welcoming hotels, each with air-conditioning and a swimming pool. You’ll be sharing a twin room with another group member of the same sex. Again, if you're travelling with a partner or friend, let us know when you book, so we can make sure you end up sharing the same room.
Breakfast will be provided every day. Lunch and dinner aren’t included, but you’ll have plenty of places to choose from to try out delicious Balinese food.
More Accommodation & Meals
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More Flights Info
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.
Your Thai Experience will finish on Koh Tao on your programme 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 of options for returning to Bangkok after your trip, the most common options 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 an international flight, we recommend arranging onward travel for the day after your programme end date to allow time for delays.
Depending on the dates of your Thailand trip ending and 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 a flight to Denpasar International Airport (DPS) to join your Bali Beaches trip. Please note, if you fly to Bali sooner than the day before the programme is due to start, we can arrange airport transfer and accommodation at a cost of 150,000IDR/£9 for the transfer, and 500,000IDR/£29 per night for accommodation (both payable locally). An airport transfer is included in the price of your trip if you arrive within one day of the start date of the Bali Beaches itinerary.
At the end of Bali Beaches and Lombok Extension, we recommend arranging a flight that departs after 8pm on your programme end date. Full details on arranging flights will be provided in your Online Account when your booking is confirmed.
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
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years. You will need to be able to swim to participate in the water activities.
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 on the date of your planned return, and that you hold a valid return flight, or 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 so long as you’re not planning on taking paid work during your stay.
Nationals of the EU, USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand don't require a visa to enter Bali, as long as you hold a valid passport (and a valid return ticket), you will be able to stay in Bali as a tourist for a period of up to 30 days. You should also ensure that your passport will still be in date for six months after your return.
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.
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