Thailand and Bali Experience

5-6 weeks from £1,699

Bali Beaches

An epic journey from Bangkok to Bali

An epic journey from Bangkok to Bali

Experience Thailand and Bali on a Gap Year
Reclining Buddha Thailand
Bali terraces

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Bangkok by canal, trek through tropical rainforest, and laze on the beaches of Koh Tao
  • Experience a legendary Full Moon Party or Black Moon Party on Koh Pha Ngan
  • Volunteer at local renovation projects to preserve Thailand’s precious landscape
  • Visit Bali’s temples, Monkey Forest, Ubud community, and famous rice terraces
  • Stay on the beautiful Gili Islands and snorkel through the crystal-clear waters with sea turtles
  • Extend your trip to stay on Lombok and get a rare glimpse into the lives of the Sasak tribe on the way

Trip Summary

Combining two incredible trips, the Thailand and Bali Experience will see you make an epic journey from Bangkok to Bali, covering over 5,000km. You’ll start with a 29-day adventure travelling through Thailand’s bustling city streets, rural villages, and tropical rainforests, visiting temples, trekking through rice paddies, and volunteering at community projects along the way. After some serious partying at one of Koh Pha Ngan’s famous moon parties, you’ll jet off to Indonesia to start the second leg of your trip in beautiful Bali.

Home to some of the world’s most heavenly beaches, Bali is a place to unwind in and let all of life’s little niggles melt away. But don’t think you’ll be sat doing nothing for the remainder of your travels – there’s lots to see and do! From spiritual temple tours, boat trips, snorkelling and surf sessions, forest treks, and beach parties, you’ll get a taste for every aspect of Balinese life.

All in, this is the adventure of a lifetime, with an itinerary packed to the brim with magical locations, so satisfy your wanderlust and discover Thailand and Bali with a whole group of fellow nomads.   


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Trip Info

Option 1: Thailand Experience and Bali Beaches

An immense five-week itinerary combining travel adventures through Thailand and Bali.

Week 1: Bangkok buzz and Sangkhlaburi sightseeing

Arriving in Bangkok, you’ll be met at the airport by your friendly guide to be taken to your accommodation near iconic backpacker hub, Khao San Road, where you’ll get to meet the rest of your group. At the beginning of the week you’ll get to enjoy a laidback tour of Bangkok by canal, visit the Temple of the Dawn and Wat Pho, wander through the grounds of the beautiful Grand Palace, and brave the busy streets of Bangkok by bike.

The second half of the week will be spent in the serene rural setting of Sangkhlaburi – think mountain ranges, rolling valleys, and emerald green rice paddies. During our stay we’ll visit local sites of interest, including the Three Pagodas Pass on the Burmese/Thai border, before spending two days getting stuck into a rewarding community volunteer project to help restore and generally improve Sangkhlaburi’s landscape.

Week 2: Trekking, rafting, and Erawan National Park

Get ready for some adventure in week two as you’ll be trekking through tropical terrain, exploring the rivers and caves of the forest, and spending the night in a tent at the house of a local village’s headman. You’ll spend a day on traditional river bamboo raft leisurely drifting through the jungle, and get to enjoy a bit of free time to discover the rest of Sangkhlaburi for yourself.    

On day 12 we’ll make our way to Kanchanaburi for a bit of rest and relaxation, poolside, before being mesmerised by the natural beauty of Erawan National Park. Home to wildlife, caves and forests, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking vistas at every turn – so take it all in; you could even take a refreshing dip in the ethereal waterfalls while admiring your surroundings. You’ll have some free time in Kanchanaburi as well, so check out the local elephant sanctuary, head to the hilltop temple Wat Tham Sua, or simply hang out with the team and a few cold drinks.

Week 3: Thai culture and Koh Tao

Channel your inner Buddha and immerse yourself in traditional Thai culture. In week three, you’ll get to practice the art of meditation at the local temples, take part in a traditional Thai cookery class, and party with the group before making the overnight journey to Koh Tao.

Arriving on the captivating tropical island of Koh Tao, you mightn’t believe your eyes as you take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful island paradise. You’ll have the opportunity to go diving, enjoy the neon nightlife, and hike through the forest for some incredible views. There’s a snorkelling day trip scheduled (usually on day 20) when you’ll take to the glittering waves for a firsthand experience of the island’s magical marine life.

Week 4: Koh Pha Ngan parties and island idyll

Week four sees us transferring to Koh Pha Ngan to soak up some sunshine on the beach, take to the waves with a spot of surfing, snorkelling, or scuba, and get together with the group to explore the colourful town. All trips are planned to coincide with a Full Moon Party or Black Moon Party, so prepare to dance the night away on the sands. There’s also an island tour planned, where you’ll get to visit Bottle Beach, Haad Salad and many more blissful bays.

At the end of the week, we’ll head back to bustling Bangkok by taxi, minivan, ferry and coach, to round off our journey in Thailand. Rest up, you’ll need plenty of energy for the next leg, which sees our adventure start up again in beautiful Bali.

Making your way from Thailand to Bali

When your Thai Experience comes to an end, you’ll need to jet over to Indonesia – the flight isn’t included in the trip, so you’ll need to arrange a flight to get you to 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, city sights 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 feel like doing when you book.      

Week 5: Bali sightseeing

Bali is an incredible place, with a whole lot to see and do. This week we’ll be taking in as much as we humanly can with visits to Tanah Lot Temple (one of the most photographed temples in Bali), Uluwata Temple, Monkey Forest (for a spot of lunch with the locals), a local school in Ubud to learn more about Balinese life, coffee plantations to find out how the world’s most expensive coffee is made, an active volcano, and striking emerald green rice terraces – and that’s between time spent on the beach, in the markets, and some fun water activities.

Hopefully you won’t be too knackered towards the end of the week, as you won’t want to miss out on our fantastic boat tour around the gorgeous Gili Islands. You can look forward to a night at a beachside hotel following a bicycle tour of the island and an epic beach party, and then a day cruising through the azure Balinese waters – jumping in to try out a bit of coral reef snorkelling if you fancy it, before sending off those leaving the trip in style with a big group meal and party.  

Option 2: Thailand Experience and Bali Beaches & Lombok Extension

Option two includes all five weeks as listed above, plus an extra five days to discover lovely Lombok.

Week 6: Lombok

Making our way to Kuta Lombok, we’ll stop off on the way for a rare opportunity to meet the Sasak tribe and have a look around the village. You’ll get to talk to members of the tribe and find out more about the traditional customs in their community while having a go at making a sarong. Once at Kuta, we’ll have fun on the beach with yoga and surfing sessions, and then enjoy a boat tour of the pristine bays of Mawun and Selong Belanak for sensational views and sunsets.

When we head back to Bali later on in the week, we’ll be making for the north of the island to chill out in laidback Lovina. We’ll get to sail alongside dolphins as they dive through the waves, take a closer look at the colourful marine life with a snorkelling session, and visit the hot springs and impressive Gitgit falls for a dip in the cool waters. At the end of the week we’ll bid our final farewells before departing on day 41.

Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change. 

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Whats Included

  • Airport transfer from BKK
  • Accommodation
  • Transport as per the itinerary
  • All breakfasts other than days between Thailand and Bangkok itineraries
  • Thai welcome dinner on day 2
  • Lunch on days 8 and 9
  • Dinner on day 8
  • Guided canal boat tour of Bangkok
  • Guided bike tour of Bangkok
  • Guided tour of Sangkhlaburi
  • The guidance, supervision and materials required to participate in the volunteer project
  • Guided trek
  • River rafting in Sangkhlaburi
  • Visit to Erawan National Park
  • Kanchanaburi temple and meditation visit
  • Thai cooking lesson
  • Snorkelling trip in Koh Tao
  • Island tour day trip
  • A fully qualified and registered tour guide throughout the trip
  • Airport transfer from DPS if arriving within one day of the itinerary start date
  • 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
  • Snorkelling
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Extended trip (in addition to the above): transport to Lombok, accommodation, Sasak tribe visit, yoga class, surf lesson, dolphin watching, snorkelling, trip to Banjar hot springs, cooking class, trip to Gitgit Waterfall, transfer back to Kuta

What's Not Included

  • All flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Return airport transfer
  • Meals not listed on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to the Moon Parties on Koh Pha Ngan
  • Entrance fee to the Grand Palace during the Bangkok tour
  • Optional activities
  • Extra accommodation between programmes



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Accommodation & Meals

You’ll stay in a variety of different types of accommodation throughout your trip, each having been selected with location, comfort, and safety in mind. 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 are travelling with a friend or partner let us know when you book so we can make sure you’re in a room together. All your accommodation in Bali will have air-conditioning and a swimming pool.

Most meals aren’t included on this trip, which offers you a fantastic opportunity to sample a range of Thailand’s and Bali’s delicious food. You won’t be short of places to choose from and your guide will always be able to suggest different places to eat – be adventurous and try out some of the local dishes. Do let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you book, and let your tour guide know if there’s anything specific you can’t eat.

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You’ll need to arrange your flights to arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) between 6am to 8pm on your Thailand Experience start date. Depending on the dates of your Thailand Experience ending (on day 29) and your Bali Beaches trip starting, 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.  

Your flight should be arranged from Bangkok to Denpasar International Airport (DPS). 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). 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.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this trip is 18.

Most countries require at least six months’ validity on your passport from your intended date of departure. British passport holders can enter Indonesia and Thailand for 30 days without a visa, but you may be asked for proof of onward travel. If you intend to stay for more than 30 days in either country, please ensure you apply for the necessary visas prior to your departure. If you choose to stay in Bangkok for a few days before travelling to Bali, you’ll need to apply for a 60 day tourist visa before departing the UK.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary visas and travel documents for your time away. Please contact your nearest Embassy or High Commission for the country that you are travelling to for the latest visa advice.


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.

I’m Not Doing The Lombok Extension – How Do I Get Back To The Airport?

If you’re booking option one, 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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