Thailand Backpacking

Thailand backpackingThailand backpacking trips from Xtreme Gap Year cram as much in to our exciting action packed itineraries as you could possibly handle! Thailand is probably the most popular backpacking destination, and it has many faces, the lush beach resorts, mountain hill Tribes, vibrant cities, seedy night life and of course Xtreme Gap programmes!

Some of our best backpacking trips are in Thailand, and we even have a base there. From exciting Thailand group backpacking tours, cultural experiences, the full moon parties, adrenaline inducing Martial Arts programmes (Muay Thai Kick boxing is the national sport), to Diving, freediving, rock climbing adventures. There is plenty on offer if you’re considering going backpacking in Thailand.

Discover the land of the smiles with our fun adventurous group trips, or get fit and healthy at our fitness camp. How much fun can you handle?

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      Experience Thailand with our top selling trip. Four adventure-filled weeks, that will take you from Bangkok to the heart of Thailand, to the tropical beaches of Koh Tao. Our included airport collection, Thai guides, guaranteed group numbers and jam-packed itinerary make this ideal for first time or solo travellers. Meet new people, make new friends, plus choose from 5 awesome activities for your 3rd week and have an unforgettable month-long journey.

      Are you longing to get really fit? If you spend time at the Xtreme Gap fitness bootcamp, set in a tropical Thai jungle paradise, then you really will. Industry leading professional personal trainers will get you in peak condition in no time. After your training take your new six pack for a walk on the beautiful tropical beaches of Phuket. Feel the burn!!

      The Koh Tao Divemaster course is an 8 or 12-week experience giving you plenty of opportunity to dive with whale sharks and thousands of tropical fish, like Nemo! Set on a tropical island paradise with white sandy beaches and crystal clear seas, this is the world’s number one spot to do your Divemaster. You will discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work in the scuba diving industry all over the world.

      An awesome combination of joining a Fitness Bootcamp and getting some well-deserved beach time in Thailand. Spend time focusing on your health and fitness by combining your fitness holiday with a lot of beach time on an awesome tropical paradise island in the Gulf of Thailand.

      This is the shorter version of our 4 week Thailand trip Xreme Thailand Experience our top-selling trip! The Thailand entourage is a 3 week trip through Thailand giving you a taste of culture, adventure, and stunning tropical beaches. An amazing itinerary showcasing the best this amazing country has to offer. Perfect for young solo travelers [...]

      Perfect trip for first-time travellers who would love to see 2 fantastic Asian destinations. You do not need a huge budget and it is a great way to meet people as you join our groups! Don’t worry about being alone, 85% of travellers travel solo. You will be joining a group of like minded travellers, once you book you have an online buddy list to chat to others before you go!

      You’ll see plenty of sights along the way including traditional Thai temples, a huge golden Buddha, street vendors, markets, beaches, waterfalls, elephants and every ingredient to make it a trip of a lifetime. The Thailand Escapade is an incredible adventure for amazing value! THAILAND ESCAPADE

      An unforgettable 18 day Thailand tour in the land of smiles. All transport, accommodation and activities are included in your epic Thailand trip of a lifetime, so you do not need to worry about anything. Simply get yourself here and we will take care of the rest! This trip takes in all of the major islands that you need to see.

      Are you ready for your ultimate fitness transformation? Sometimes work and life can get in the way of us achieving our goals, so it’s time to make some time for yourself to focus on your fitness and get an awesome bod at the same time! With our professional trainers and customised exercise plans set in a dream tropical locations, this trip combines 2 weeks at our Thailand Fitness Bootcamp and 2 weeks at our Bali Fitness bootcamp and is truly, a life-changing experience!

      This is not just any elephant programme. The Ethical Elephant project is one of the best out there, and that is why we offer it! This fantastic opportunity will see you working side by side with these majestic creatures, ensuring that they are fed, washed and kept happy the entire time you spend on the project.

      This trip is epic. Combining arguably two of the greatest backpacking routes in the world. You can immerse yourself in culture and good times in Southeast Asia. Prior to witnessing one of the most beautiful countries and adrenaline packed locations on the planet

      Starting in Phnom Penh and ending in Siem Reap, we take you on a 12 day adventure filled with culture, beauty and beaches. This trip offers amazing variety, stopping in the best locations that Cambodia has to offer, this trip really does have something for everyone. Beaches, islands, boat trips and parties in Sihanoukville and Koh Rong Samloem, fun water activities and riverside chilling in Kampot, history and nightlife in Phnom Penh, culture and temples in Siem Reap. If you want to make friends, have fun and experience Cambodia for all it's uniqueness, then this is the trip for you.

      Are you looking for a great value fun trip where you meet loads of other travellers? Do you want to experience some amazing adventures like trekking and visiting temples? You will be enchanted by Thai culture and eased into your travels on a great intro week, you can pick fun adventure options in week two, you'll have a cultural exchange experience in week three and finish up with some serious beach time week four. included are all transfers, accommodation, activities and 3 weeks of meals!

      So you want to do an amazing round the world trip, but not sure where to start? This is a pretty good option for you! The best parts of Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. All the must do activities, incredible places and incredible people await. From Thailand island hopping, to the East coast Australia and a mental few days in Queenstown, this is the perfect backpacking adventure.

      Step off the plane and into paradise, living on an incredible tropical island and getting paid for it! This once in a lifetime opportunity is not to be missed. Become an underwater videographer on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand, spending your days filming colourful and tropical scenes underwater, and your afternoons editing your footage into awesome movies! This is living!

      Thailand & Australia offer the perfect mixture when you want to go travelling. Stopping off in Thailand you will be blown away by the culture, beaches and stunning beauty of the country. Featuring a month long Trip you can really do it all, lazy days on tropical beaches. Partying in Bangkok, temples and action. Then it's on to Australia, where you will have an amazing first week followed by an exciting adventure up the East coast.

      Tropical beaches? Island paradises? Amazing adventure? Welcome to the trip of a lifetime; the ultimate bucket list journey through Thailand! If you love beaches, nature, adventure and a healthy dose of partying, then this is the trip for you! Amazing value, and perfect for first-time or solo travellers, you will instantly make a bunch of new friends in your travel group who will share amazing travel experiences with you.

      The ideal way to start your backpacking adventure in Thailand! Travel as a group from Bangkok to Koh Phangan in 8 days. We will take care of everything for you including accommodation, activities and transport, plus your group leader will be on hand all week to ensure you have an awesome and trouble free trip. See the best of this amazing country and meet new friends whilst enjoying the experience of a lifetime! The best value for money backpacker tour in Thailand - everything only £499!

      A flexible hop on hop off adventure taking in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, starting in the capital of Thailand Bangkok and ending in the capital of Vietnam Hanoi. With the recommended a trip time of 56 days (min 38), this is the perfect guided group backpacking adventure taking in four incredible Southeast Asia countries. All transport, loads of activities included.

      If you like the sound of die for beaches, superb nightlife and some incredible adventure activities with a cool group of travellers then the Koh Tao adventure is the trip for you. Each week has a new adventure. All you have to do is decide which activities to pick and how long you want to go for.

      Do you want to try the ultimate in personal fitness training? Muay Thai training Thailand gets you closer to the culture and action. Set on a gorgeous tropical island paradise. You will train hard in a stunning jungle gym up a sandy track minutes from the beach. But will you be ready to step in the ring? Now there is an exclusive Xtreme Gap Year CrossFit bolt on available for only £100 per month for unlimited daily training sessions

      Head round the world from West to East taking in the sites and sounds of South East Asia ´s Thailand and Laos, before heading to Australia and New Zealand for some serious action! Finish up in the USA completing an awesome road trip from LA to New York before flying home.

      Mastering advanced Freediving techniques will enable you to dive down 20 metres on a single breath of air in just 2 days! You can train at our worldclass Freediving school, set on a cool tropical island in Thailand. We will teach you the correct techniques, the physiology and science enabling you to do advance freediving. Either complete an eye opening beginner or advanced course, or participate in a full blown freediving master or even instructor programme!

      Learn to dive in Koh Tao on your gap year! Getting your PADI qualifications in Thailand is one of the must do activities when you go backpacking in Asia or as part of a round the world trip. Koh Tao is famous for diving, low prices and great experiences, and maybe even meet the Whale shark, the biggest and most amazing fish in the sea! Come join us and have a great time on Koh Tao.

      The Thailand Fullmoon party, one of the all-time top 10 must dos before you die. Awesome 13 day adventure around Thailand full guided with a group of fellow mentalists. The full moon party in Thailand is amazing. It's probably going to be the biggest and most fun night of your life. With extremes full moon party experience, You can join our groups and hit the full moon party in style. Don't worry about coming alone, most people do. You will meet loads of people, and experience the best party on earth in a safe group environment.

      Few things can change your life so drastically like a PADI scuba diving qualification, specifically PADI dive instructor. As a diving instructor you have a license to earn money in some of the most beautiful tropical destinations, and live a life of eternal fun, socialising and awesomeness of diving every day and doing something fun for a living. You will completely escape the rat race and have a smug sense of satisfaction that life really is awesome.

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The most popular Thailand backpacking trips.

backpack Experience Thailand (42)We have several very popular group Thailand backpacking tours, and these represents some of our most popular Thailand backpacking trips. The Xtreme Thailand experience is one of the most popular trips we run. It is a pretty comprehensive 25 day trip with plenty of different activities included, set over four different themed weeks. This means you get to spend quite a bit of time not only on the mainland discovering places off the backpacking trail, but you also have plenty of beach time on the tropical paradise island of Koh Tao. Because this is a popular group tour, it doesn’t matter if you’re planning on travelling on your own. We will make sure you have a good time and introduce you to other backpackers who will be travelling around with you during the month.

Another popular trip is the Thailand Xplorer This is less activity-based than the Xtreme Thailand experience, and goes to different places as well. For example the Thailand Xplorer heads to Koh Phi Phi where you can visit the beach, one of the most popular backpacking locations. Of course we are referring to the beach from the movie, not just any old beach it is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

If your travel budget is tight check out the Thailand adventure.

If your budget is going to be stretched, we have a great value option in the Thailand adventure, this is a cutdown version of the Thailand experience, you will still be in a group but there aren’t as many included activities. We are great believers in doing exciting activities as you travel, as we genuinely believe this makes the trip even more special, but we know that not everyone has the budget to go diving, or experience some of the more popular backpacking options.

Check out some of our videos to get inspired and see what happens on some of our Thailand trips.

Diving in Thailand a great place to get your PADI licence when you are backpacking.

One of the staple activities of most backpackers in Thailand is learning to dive.  Xtreme Gap Year has some superb diving programmes which you can do whilst you are travelling. Whether it’s going for your basic open water course or going all the way up to Divemaster Thailand is a great place to learn. Every year thousands of people had the island of Koh Tao, which is one of the top Thai island on the backpacking route, where they learn to dive in one of the many dive shops on the island. On Koh Tao we have an office and every month lots of backpackers join our groups to discover what it’s like 30 m below the ocean.

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Top locations to visit when backpacking in Thailand.

We are often asked where the best places to go to during a one-month tour of Thailand. Whilst many of our different group tours take you to some of these places you may want to research some other places as well.  The reality is there are so many different places to head to, some are popular for different reasons so a lot depends on what style of travel you are. There are some major backpacker hotspots though, that just keep attracting travellers again and again, so this is the Xtreme Gap Year guide to Thailand’s best backpacking locations.

Koh Phanang & Koh Tao and the islands.

Koh Tao Gap Year (13)The number one location for backpackers in Thailand is without a doubt on the islands around the Gulf of Thailand.  The legendary full moon party draws up to 40,000 people every month so if you are adding this to your itinerary, you are certain to be with thousands of other backpackers around that time. Most of our trips include the full moon party, although we also offer a shorter full moon party trip as well. Other popular places for Thailand backpacker’s include Phi Phi which is another island in the Andaman Sea (the other side of the elephants trunk-look at a map Thailand is said to look like an elephant with an elephant’s trunk).

Phuket and Phi Phi

The popular holiday destination of Phuket is not really that popular with backpackers, however it is the location of our Thailand fitness Bootcamp which is also a very popular activity. Many backpackers will head through Phuket on their way to Koh Phi Phi. This is definitely worth seeing as it is a great place to chill for a couple of days, although don’t stay any longer as it will get to you in the end! With lots of beach bars is definitely got a great atmosphere, needless to say amazing beaches and good night life.

Many people also head back through the coastal town of Krabi, the beach is not so nice here but it’s still an interesting place to be.

Chang Mai the Thailand backpacker jungle paradise

On the mainland if you had to the North be sure to visit Chang Mai which is a stopover on our Laos backpacking program, a great bolt on to add to any Thailand trip. The mood is very much a different affair in the north of Thailand, dominated by Hill tribe’s and jungles it is a stunning place to be. Many people also recommend Pai, the perfect tonic to the headonsim nightlife of the islands.


Bangkok is definitely on the list, whilst many will tell you two days is more than enough because of the hectic nature of it, it is definitely worth a visit. Boss most backpackers stay and go out in one particular area, the Khao San Road, there are attractions located all over this massive city. The secret to a successful Bangkok visit, is to get the timing right for the places you want to visit. For example if you want to check out the kings Palace, then it’s best to arrive in the morning, as it shuts in the afternoon.

One of the best ways to see the city, without breaking the bank or subjecting you to a knee shaking Tuk Tuk ride is to take the riverboat for a couple of cents which takes you past some of the most incredible temples and scenery in Bangkok.


What type of VISA is required if you’re going Thailand backpacking?

The answer to this depends on how long you intend to stay in Thailand, and also your nationality. Most nationalities who travel to Thailand backpacking are able to get a 28 day visa exemption certificate, also known as a VISA on arrival. This allows you to stay in Thailand for up to 28 days. This means if you are on our Xtreme Thailand experience, Thailand Explorer or Thailand adventure programme you are not actually required to prearrange a VISA. If you are travelling longer, then you will need to pre-arrange a visa before you travel, but are detailed predeparture packs give you all the advice and assistance you need. You can also read up on everything you need to know about travelling in Thailand on our blog.



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