Sri Lanka Epic 12 Day

Sri Lanka Epic 12 Day

If you are the type of person who is looking for a slightly different adventure, then this trip is a no-brainer. With our Epic Sri Lanka tour, you will experience a 12-day fun filled package taking you through the green and luscious gem of the Indian Ocean, where the smells of spices, tea and delicious foods will spark your senses and send you into a mind-altering experience.

 

 

If you are the type of person who is looking for a slightly different adventure, then Sri Lanka is a no-brainer. This beautiful country is still reasonably untouched by the mad tourist rush and offers a spectacle of amazing experiences. The food, the people, the culture, the beaches and the beautiful landscapes are an absolute treat.

Sri Lanka Epic 12 Day

The Low Down

Ok, so looking at joining us in Lanka, what is this trip all about exactly?

Well, imagine travelling around one of the most beautiful countries in the world, staying at some of the best accommodations that Sri Lanka has to offer, all your transport taken care of, experiencing a spectacularly rich culture, eating delicious Sri Lankan cuisine, witnessing some of the most picturesque landscapes on our planet and meeting like-minded fun people while doing it. Sounds great right?

Starting in Negombo and ending in Colombo, this tour of Sri Lanka will take you up into the misty mountain tops and all the way down to the sun-kissed beaches. Also, we explore the national parks in search of elephants! With our Epic Sri Lanka tour, you will experience a 12-day fun filled package taking you through the green and luscious gem of the Indian Ocean, where the smells of spices, tea and delicious foods will spark your senses and send you into a mind-altering experience.

Some of the highlights that you can expect

  • Piece of mind – Airport collection on arrival
  • Meet like-minded solo travellers in your group!
  • Visit the most beautiful temples you will ever see
  • Learn to surf!
  • Go on a safari and spot elephants monkeys, birds of prey and possibly even crocodiles!
  • Camping in a national park, surrounded by wildlife
  • Learn to make the perfect curry!
  • Enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in the world!
  • Witness some beautiful South Asian sunsets!
  • Go Whale spotting!
  • Visit a Turtle sanctuary!
  • Local guide who can tell you about Sri Lanka

 

PHOTOS

Full Details

Arrive on day one and be greeted at the airport by your tour guide, who will load your luggage into a tuk tuk as you ride through the tree-lined and sunbaked streets of Negombo to your first hotel. Today is your day, explore the canals, the lagoons or get your base tan on the beach, for in the evening we meet as a group and hit the town for your welcome dinner and drinks.

Fill up on a delicious breakfast in the hotel before we hop on our private bus to take a quick tour around Negombo’s famous market and lagoon. Your local tour guide will amaze you with tales and secret information of Sri Lanka so you can really feed your sense of wonder. We then drive into the heart of the island, stop off for a delicious buffet lunch before checking into your stunning hotel in Sigiriya, the jewel of the Cultural Triangle. Take the afternoon to dip in the pool or walk the dusty streets, before we meet in the evening to explore the magnificent Dambulla Caves. History and religion bounce off every painted wall and stone Buddha statue, leaving you with a unrivalled sense of spirituality.

DAY 3 – SIGIRIYA ROCK

An early wake-up time today as we put on our hiking shoes, grab our camera and head out to climb the incredible Sigiriya Rock. Protruding proudly out of the earth, ruins of a grand palace provide evidence all around the grounds of a once violent and noble Sri Lankan history. View the ancient wall paintings, the sanskript marked mirror wall and the huge stone lion paws guarding the ascent to the summit. The views from the top are unrivalled as you travel through time examining the ruins. After descending we then head over to the quiet Buddhist monastery of Pidurangula to get an open and unobstructed shot of the rock you have just climbed. From here you can view the national parks of Minneriya and Kaudulla where elephants and leopards patrol the land and where you have the option to go explore in the afternoon. To fill those hungry bellies, we stop by a local family who prepare a traditional feast for us before taking a well-deserved rest on a lounger in the afternoon sun.

Today we say goodbye to Sigiryia and embark on our travels down south towards Sri Lanka’s second largest city, Kandy. We will stop at a spice garden on the way to learn about where our favourite spices come from. Here we traverse the hills that provide a stunning view of the artificial but now notoriously beautiful Kandy Lake. We will stay in a funky and modern hostel. In the afternoon we head to a village to have a cooking class and learn the secret to a perfect Sri Lankan curry. Here, our local chef, will teach you how to make 4 different curries, as well as poppadoms and coconut sambal (only for those who dare!). In the evening we will stroll around the lake and take the sights and sounds of this bustling city.

Eat your breakfast overlooking the hills of Kandy before we head into town to visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth. This is a religious shrine which is said to house the tooth of Buddha himself. We then jump on the bus and travel through the mountainous region of the hill country. The hills are ablaze with small green tea plants which Sri Lanka is famous for. We stop by a functioning tea factory to learn how the tea is processed and ends up in your cup at home, whilst actually learning how 7 different types of tea are made all from the same plant! A trip to Sri Lanka is not complete without experiencing life on the train and the journey from Nuwara Eliya to Ella is dubbed as the best journey in the world. 180 degree views of tea plantations, waterfalls, lakes and local villages pass on by as your train traverses the tracks cut into the mountainside. Try the sweet milk tea on board, converse with friendly locals and take pictures to make you the envy of all your friends back home. After we check into our hotel, we’ll head into Ella for dinner and drinks in everyone’s favourite mountainous town.

The morning is yours to do as you so please. Ella plays host to some of the best Ayurveda massage parlours in Sri Lanka. A thousand year old technique which removes any aches or pains you may have, or simply as an excellent way to relax. We will meet in the afternoon to explore the hidden gems of Ella, such as the 9 Arch Bridge, Ella Gap and then hike up Little Adam’s peak for sunset. We recommend bringing a drink or two, you’ll see why when we get to the top.

Today we continue our way down South and check into our campsite, 45 minutes away from the stunning Uda Walawe National Park. Our hosts will greet us with welcome drinks and cook us a delicious Sri Lankan buffet lunch whilst you take a well earned dip in the river. After lunch we jump into jeeps and go on safari, searching the wilderness for herds of elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, monkeys, eagles, hawks, peacocks, mongoose and if you’re lucky, leopards. Truly a once in a lifetime experience, your day in the national park will be a tough one to beat. After driving round the park, we’ll head back to camp where our hosts will have a BBQ dinner waiting for us, best way to end an amazing day.

Wake up early to take a walk on the wild side with your personal local guide. He will teach you all about the flora and fauna in the area, whilst the campsite dogs follow you through the fields. Monkeys, elephants and peacocks roam the fields around the campsite, so be sure to be on the lookout. After breakfast we’ll drive to the South West Coast, arriving at the stunning beach side town of Mirissa. A place where the world class waves hit the sand, where turtles inhabit the water, and where the beer is ice cold. After a week in the hill country, this is exactly what you need.

Today we wake up early and head to the beautiful golden sand beach. We jump on board one of THE best boats in the area to view the largest animals in the world. Watch as blue whales, jump, swim and dive around you and be blown away by their size. After an hour or two on the boat, we head back to relax for a while before heading to our second spectacular beach destination; Hikkaduwa!

After breakfast by the beach, we’ll drive down the stunning Galle Fort. A city encased in walls, with Dutch, Portuguese and British Colonial buildings still stand proud. The cobbled streets lead to the sea, where crazy Sri Lankan locals swan dive into the ocean. We start our bike ride through some beautiful local villages and rice fields, stopping to learn about how coconut rope is made, and drink a fresh king coconut in a secluded tropical garden. Afterwards, we’ll give you some time to take photos of the area or to buy souvenirs from one of the many boutique and unique stores. The perfect place to write a postcard and send it home with tales of your incredible time over the past 11 days.

After your breakfast, we will pack up our things for the 2 hour drive along the coast to the bustling capital city of Colombo. On the way we stop off at small turtle sanctuary, where baby turtles learn to take that first swim and injured adults are rehabilitated back into the wild. Across the road we’ll view the humbling 2004 Tsunami Memorial, where you can listen to survival tales and view pictures of the event. We then arrive into Colombo and check into our boutique hostel, you’ll have some free time to visit the national museum or art gallery close by, or take a tuk tuk and run around the manic streets of the Pattah Markets for some final souvenir shopping. We’ll then meet together in the evening for a final dinner together before partying the night away on one of the cities glitziest rooftop bars.

Time to say our final goodbyes with the friends you have just made over the course of an incredible 12 days. For some of you, this means continuing your holiday in Sri Lanka, for others, it’s either back home or to continue your travels. Whatever your next destination may be, we hope we have educated you on a country that provides so much, that possess incredible variation in exploration and we hope we have inspired you to explore more.

Accommodation

We know that the quality of your accommodation can have a huge influence on the overall enjoyment of your trip! So that’s why Xtreme have sourced some of the best accommodation in Sri Lanka – We have personally stayed at all of our accommodations and found some brilliant places to recharge our (and now your) batteries. From sleeping under the stars in a jungle camp deep inside a national park, to luxury beachfront properties in a quaint surf town, we have the perfect mix of hand-picked properties ready for you.

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*rooms are triples, twins, and 2 nights in boutique hostels

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

 

You need to fly into Colombo Airport, also known as Bandaranaike International Airport, where we will collect you and take you to your accommodation. This is only if you arrive on your start date.
You will always need a visa to visit Sri Lanka and it must be organised before you arrive. Sri Lanka tourist visa charges USD $30 per person for NON SAARC countries & USD $15 for SAARC countries, can be obtained directly via this site. Payments can be done easily online and you’ll receive confirmation within 48hrs. Easy! Just remember – your passport has to be valid for at least six months from the day of arrival. You will also need to have proof of onward travel (flight tickets out of the country).

We advise you to check with your local Sri Lankan consulate or embassy to get the most up-to-date conditions. Xtreme cannot apply for your visa for you, so please make sure you have sorted it by the time you arrive!

The currency in Sri Lanka is the Rupee and AUD$1 is roughly R115. When you join an Xtreme trip, we like to keep extra costs to a minimum and include as much as possible to make it easier for you to budget. Luckily, Sri Lanka is a cheap country for most things! You will be able to feast on the freshest seafood and homemade curries for just a few dollars and buy fresh coconuts on the beach for pennies. An average local meal of rice and various curries will set you back around AUD$4. The local beer called Lion is delicious and costs around AUD $2 per pint.

Spending money all depends on the kind of person you are. Each person knows their own likes/dislikes and spending habits. You may like to drink cocktails in hip lounges by the beach, or crack open a local beer under a palm tree on the sand.

Tips are expected in Sri Lanka. They are not compulsory, but there is very much a tipping culture for hotels and restaurants for around 10% of the bill. We usually find it easier if your group leader says how much the tip should be and everyone can pitch in together.

You have nothing to worry about, in fact, most of our customers are solo or even first-time travellers. Our guide is always around for you and you have 24-hour support.
Well, the trip ends in Colombo, if you haven’t decided to stay longer and ad-on the Maldives extension, then your guide can help you organise a taxi or tuk-tuk back to the airport (own cost) in time for your flight home.

PRICE

Duration Option Price  
12 (Days)GBP 1179 GBP 1061 (SALE! 10% Off!)Book Now

INCLUDED

  • Airport pickups*
  • Legendary group leader
  • All accommodation. From fancy hotels, hip hostels, local guesthouses, and safari camps
  • All transport including private vans, tuk-tuks, and buses
  • Welcome dinner
  • Climb the UNESCO World Heritage Sigiriya rock fortress
  • See the Buddhas of Dambulla
  • Visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
  • Trip on the ‘most beautiful train journey in the world’**
  • Explore the spectacular tea plantations and pick some of your own with the locals
  • Climb Little Adam’s Peak
  • Stand at the Edge of the World in Horton Plains (option – own cost)
  • Discover a spice garden in the mountains
  • Learn the secrets of making the perfect curry in a local village
  • Camp in Udawalawe National Park surrounded by wildlife
  • Catch some waves in a surf lesson
  • Get up close with elephants and wild life on a private safari
  • Learn about baby turtles at a turtle sanctuary
  • Party on tropical beaches
  • Good times!

*Pickups available on day 1 only
**subject to availability

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Drinks
  • Some Meals
  • Travel insurance

Dates

Starts in Negombo; Sri Lanka / Ends in Colombo; Sri Lanka

2017 Start Dates

Thursday; 23 November 2017 – Monday; 4 December 2017

Monday; 11 December 2017 – Friday; 22 December 2017

2018 Start Dates

Sunday; 14 January 2018 – Thursday; 25 January 2018

Wednesday; 31 January 2018 – Sunday; 11 February 2018

Saturday; 17 February 2018 – Wednesday; 28 February 2018

Monday; 5 March 2018 – Friday; 16 March 2018

Thursday; 22 March 2018 – Monday; 2 April 2018

Friday; 20 April 2018 – Tuesday; 1 May 2018

Tuesday; 8 May 2018 – Saturday; 19 May 2018

Wednesday; 30 May 2018 – Sunday; 10 June 2018

Saturday; 16 June 2018 – Wednesday; 27 June 2018

Wednesday; 4 July 2018 – Sunday; 15 July 2018

Saturday; 21 July 2018 – Wednesday; 1 August 2018

Thursday; 9 August 2018 – Monday; 20 August 2018

Monday; 27 August 2018 – Friday; 7 September 2018

Thursday; 13 September 2018 – Monday; 24 September 2018

Sunday; 30 September 2018 – Thursday; 11 October 2018

Tuesday; 16 October 2018 – Saturday; 27 October 2018

Thursday; 1 November 2018 – Monday; 12 November 2018

Saturday; 17 November 2018 – Wednesday; 28 November 2018

Tuesday; 4 December 2018 – Saturday; 15 December 2018

Thursday; 20 December 2018 – Monday; 31 December 2018

 

Thailand Fitness & Beaches

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.

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An awesome combination of fitness and relaxation. First focus on your fitness in Thailand before heading to another tropical island for some serious beach time to show off your new body!

Thailand Fitness & Beaches Adventure

Combining Fitness and Relaxation on Stunning Beaches in Thailand

Whilst joining us at bootcamp for a week or two to focus on your health might be your main priority, it is great to know that you are able to see and do that much more by adding on another adventure after your training with us. We have a bunch of amazing trips that are easy to combine with the bootcamp, which will give you the chance to experience the best of Thailand. On this page, we focus on adding an extra beach week on Koh Tao. Who wouldn’t want to show off their new ripped beach body, while exploring the most beautiful beaches in the world?

HIGHLIGHTS

Thailand  Fitness Bootcamp

  • Most guests travel to the boot camp travelling solo so don´t be afraid to come alone. You will not be alone. We hook you up on Facebook before arrival so you can meet others at the camp.
  • See your fitness improving efficiently with a personal training mentor session every week.
  • You will be amazed at how much fitter and better you feel with lots of varied group fitness training sessions that actually work.
  • Discover how motivated you get when training in a group, you will be amazed at what you can achieve.
  • There is nothing stopping you from reaching your fitness goals with access to comprehensive gym and training equipment.
  • Improve fitness faster and more efficiently with proven advanced fitness techniques, taught to you by top fitness professionals.
  • This part of the trip is about you and improving your personal fitness with a plan based on your level and fitness goals in a supportive group environment.
  • You don´t have to worry about what you eat, we have designed and include a meal plan devised by nutritionists to help compliment your goals.
  • Discover new ways to stay fit trying other sports as well, like Muay Thai & Yoga (no extra costs).
  • There is no limit to how much you can train with Unlimited Gym Access 6 days a week.
  • You will get out and about and hit the beach with beach training sessions.

Beach Time on Koh Tao:

  • Beachtime
  • Exploring stunning beaches
  • Enjoining lovely dinners on the beach
  • Beach parties
  • Dancing on the beach

 

Photos of the Tropical Fitness Bootcamp

 

Photos of the Next Thailand Beach Adventure

Fancy Learning to Dive?

We can easily add on a dive course for you on Koh Tao. We work with the best diveschools on Koh tao and you can join a Open Water or Advanced Open water dive course for you. talk to us about your plans, and we make it happen!

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ACCOMMODATION AT TROPICAL FITNESS BOOTCAMP

If your budget doesn’t stretch to the luxury options, we have now got standard ensuite accommodation. Set in another resort, you have a clean comfortable room with air conditioning, private bathroom, fridge, desk, wifi, cable tv. This modern resort hotel has free high-speed internet, a nice pool and clean and comfy ensuite rooms.

 

ACCOMMODATION ON KOH TAO BEACH WEEK

The location of our accommodation on Koh tao is perfect! A 2-minute walk from the beach you will find your beautiful new, safe and clean home from home.

Our accommodation is one of the few places on the island with a swimming pool, which in 30 degrees heat is a godsend. Your room, basic but spacious and comfortable, will have an en-suite and there is a maid service. There is a laundry service (approx £3 per big bag load) as well. Linen and towels are provided.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Our bootcamp is in Phuket, so you need to arrange your flights to arrive there.
the trip is on Koh Tao, we will help you plan and arrange it all.
Remember, you have a week or two of training, then off on your next tour. The climate will stay the same all year round which will be in the mid 30´s so light clothing will be best. It will also help if you use a backpack rather than a suitcase as it will be more comfortable for you to travel around with but don’t worry, your pre-departure pack has a packing list too.
Yes, of course, you can. We will put you in touch with other group members shortly before your tour. You can also join our Facebook page to interact with your group and others, see pictures etc.
Book your flights to land on your start date if you can. Do not book your flights until you have booked with us and received a confirmation invoice. Let us know if you need some help planning it all.
It is recommended that you do take malaria pills in some parts of Thailand and the surrounding countries. The areas that we visit during the tour are generally considered malaria free, however, this can change so always speak to your GP before you travel and if you are going to other areas of Thailand and S.E. Asia it is very likely that you will need some. You can also consult the CDC website for more info
The Thai new year is celebrated on the 13 and 14th of April! it’s an amazing event, waterfest! We have classes at 11.00 and 19.00 (times can change) for the customers who do want to get in a bit of training. The missed out meals will be served before and after Songkran.

Koh Tao is a tiny tropical island with great beaches and bays in the Gulf of Thailand
you can book extra activities locally with our rep on the island. She can book you on to Muay Thai sessions, a dive course, yoga sessions and island tours, like a boat trip around the island.

PRICE

Duration Option Price  
13 (Days)1 Week Fit & BeachGBP 1029Book Now

 

 

INCLUDED TROPICAL FITNESS BOOTCAMP

  • Pre departure information
  • Airport Pick Up from Phuket
  • Introduction orientation session by our Rep
  • Meal Plan, 2 meals a day
  • Access to all training equipment and gym (also on Sunday)
  • Weekly personal training session 1 to 1
  • All group body fit training sessions 6 days a week
  • All group weights training sessions 6 days a week
  • Option for yoga sessions, no extra charges
  • Beach front runs and workout sessions
  • Option to join Muay Thai Classes 2 sessions a week
  • Accommodation
  • Brand new abs on departure!

EXCLUDED TROPICAL FITNESS BOOTCAMP

 

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Taxi back to airport
  • One meal a day and meals on Sunday (2 meals included in meal plan).*
  • Drinks
  • Extra personal training sessions (1 per week included)

INCLUDED ON KOH TAO

  • 6 nights of accommodation on Koh Tao
  • Pick up from the pier on Koh Tao
  • Introduction by our rep
  • Dinner on arrival day
  • Optional upgrades – scuba diving, Muay Thai sessions, Yoga. Can be booked locally.

 

EXCLUDED FOR COMBINATION TRIP

  • Travel Insurance
  • Most Meals
  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Return transfer to airport

 

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Xtreme Vietnam Experience

Take an epic three week road trip throughout Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. New friends on new adventures along the way, in truly one of the most breathtaking Southeast Asian countries. Fully guided full on bring it on! Insanely good value as well.

Discover Vietnam’s epic highlights on this exciting 3 week group adventure from North to South! Hang out in Hanoi, learn about the war torn history of Vietnam, get to know Vietnamese culture, go trekking enjoy a cool beach week checking out the world famous Halong Bay. Finish up with an all-encompassing road trip south to Ho Chi Minh city via Hoi Ann and Na Trang.

 

Xtreme Vietnam Experience

Vietnam experience SapaVietnam Experience Highlights Include:

  • Fancy going somewhere completely different? You will love Vietnam.
  • Explore the vibrant 1,000 year old of historic city of Hanoi during the first week.
  • Learn about Buddhism and Meditation, explore interesting Vietnamese places including Pagodas and temples in the second week.
  • Go trek the amazing Sapa mountain and learn about the culture here, visit markets.
  • Discover Ho Chi Minh City
  • No worries about going it alone, this trip has a buddy list so you can chat to other people on the trip before you go!

Incredible Experiences In An Incredible Country

Vietnam is blessed with natural beauty. It has it all. Mountains, lowlands, a huge coastline blessed with beaches, national parks that are the envy of the world like Sapa and Halong Bay, and a culturally rich and troubled history that makes visiting Vietnam such a unique and interesting experience, it will be more than your average holiday.

This trip is about showing you all the best sites and attractions in Vietnam, whilst offering you lots of cultural interaction in a group and leaving you happy in the knowledge that you will be well looked after during your stay.

Group Sizes

Our group sizes for Vietnam are small, and an average age between 18 to 22 years old, this is the ideal trip to book if you are dead keen on seeing Vietnam and want personalised action and intimate groups.

 

 

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Details

The 3 week Itinerary

First Week

Day 1, Arrival Day

Arriving on Sunday or start your adventure in the all some ancient capital of North Vietnam Hanoi. This is it! The beginning of your 3-week adventure that is full of excitement, culture, history, a road trip and great times with new friends. With an airport pick up included you settle into your accommodation in Hanoi, you´ll get a chance to meet up with your fellow backpackers and find out about everyone you´ll be spending the next few weeks with.

Most people on our Vietnam Experience are in the same boat, i.e. they are travelling solo, so there is no need to be nervous. You´ll be far too busy to worry about that!

Day 2 Hanoi old quarter

Xtreme Gap Vietnam experienceTo new visitors, Hanoi is a fantastic city bustling with crazy drivers, overloaded bicycles, colourful markets and street food stalls selling local dishes, some of which aren´t always identifiable (and yes, they are partial to chomping on a bit of Fido!).

Luckily you have a guide to help you through that initial culture shock, allowing you to absorb it with a bit of help. You´ll visit the 12th century Temple of Literature, see a local music performance and have lunch in the Old Quarter when your guide will take the opportunity to tell you all about what the next four weeks has in store. In the evening, you´ll have dinner and see a performance at the world famous water puppet theatre.

By the end of today, the sensory overload will either have you sleeping like a log or wide awake with wonder! Check out this gallery on our blog for more photos!

Day 3

Halong BayToday we are heading to Halong City gateway to the world heritage site of Halong Bay.

Halong Bay, which means ´Bay of the Descending Dragon´, is approximately 170km north of Hanoi and is famous for its surreal and somewhat eerie landscape of over 3000 limestone monoliths that rise imposingly from the ocean.

Just make sure that you get those all important emails addresses from your trip mates so that you can swap photos and keep each other up-to-date with any more adventures you do. Believe us, this trip will leave you wanting more. There is no vaccination for the travel bug!!

Day 4 and 5

Vietnam is full of epic landscapes, Giao Xuan is a stunning little village that will not disappoint. Today we’ll learn everything there is to know about Vietnamese culture. You will be learning some basic trying your hand Vietnamese cooking, and we will even take you to a local market where you can haggle for some ingredients for a major feast later that day.

Day 6 Quintessential Vietnam paddy fields caves and temples

Vietnam gap yearToday involves a relaxing boat trip around Tam Coc and Dinh Cac Pier, which has a stunning landscape of towering karst islets and vast expanses of paddy fields. You´ll also float through three impressive natural caves, which is what the name Tam Coc means, ´three caves´. This whole area epitomizes rural Vietnam, and you´ll want to make sure your camera is charged.

After lunch, you can cycle to the village and onto Thai Vi Temple and Bich Dong Pagoda, which dates back to 1428 and is located on Ngu Nhac Mountain.

Day 7 and 8 (Sat & Sun)

Its weekend! You have a couple of days ´off´ at this point in the trip – that is you are free to explore at your own pace and see what you and your adventuring friends can find. Meet up in the evenings and swap stories and photos with the whole group, while soaking up the atmosphere and thinking about everything you’ve seen and done so far. Typically the groups head out to Cuc Phuong National Park, the picturesque waterfall, and temples of the 11th c former capital, Hoa Lu. Our guides can offer you advise on what’s best to see in the area.

Second Week:

Day 9 (Mon) Sapa

A local village, hill tribes and beautiful scenery are on the agenda today. Cat Cat Village is about 1km from Sapa, located at the bottom of the Muong Hoa Valley and as you walk there you´ll see the breathtaking mountains, over 3000m high, and the green rice terraces that drop almost 1000m below. You´ll also pass the sparkling Cat Cat waterfall. The village itself is home to the H´Mong tribe, who retain many of the old customs and traditions, some of which you can see, such as hand weaving and dying of materials to make textiles. Have you still got room for souvenirs?!

Locals and villages

We hope you´re feeling well rested for today as there is a 10km trek through the hills, past the streams and into the valley of Muong Hoa to visit Ta Van village, where you’ll stay overnight with a local family. This gives you the chance to experience firsthand the lifestyle and culture of the people living in this area. After the long trek, the pool is bound to look appealing to soothe those aching muscles! You also have the chance to pitch in and help to cook dinner (you might even get to use some of the skills you learnt in your cookery class) before settling down for a peaceful night with your local hosts.

Day 10 (Tue) trekking
Bring your trekking boots because we are going on an epic journey. 10 hours of trekking through hills, paddy fields and classic Asian scenery until we hit Ta Van village. Take a dip in the pool there because you have deserved it.

Day 11 (Wed) Waterfalls and landscapes and trekking

You´ll have been glad for a peaceful night as today is an amazing seven hour round trip trekking to a waterfall and passing through some stunning landscapes along the way something that you´ll probably be getting used to now, given how beautiful the country is. Anyway, you´re young and fit so no slacking, you can handle it!

Day 12 (Thu) Sapa

Back to Sapa and a well earned rest. Kick back and sip a 666 Vietnamese beer. Super cheap and very tasty!

Sapa town

Sapa  is perfect for a well-earned rest. You´re more than halfway through your adventure so you can sit back, chill out and reflect on all the places you’ve been, things you see and people you´ve met so far. We reckon by this point you´ll realize this is one of the best things you’ve ever done!

If you are up for it check out the beautiful orchid gardens on the Ham Rong Mountain. Located in Sapa town, you don´t have far to travel to admire the panoramic views, gardens and unusual rock formations. It is well worth the effort of walking to the top as once you get there, and along the way, you´ll be rewarded with some great photo opportunities.

Day 13 (Fri) Market

Today you’ll visit the beautiful local market and beautiful old Sapa church in the morning.  You’ll have free time for the rest of the day until your bus back to Hanoi.

 

Day 14 and 15 (Sat & Sun) Hanoi craziness free time

Yes weekend again :). You’ve had quite a number of days admiring the beautiful Vietnam countryside and now it´s back to crazy Hanoi. You have a couple of days to explore more of the city, after which time you can decide whether you love it or hate it, it´s a bit like Marmite! Your guide will be able to give you the lowdown on the best places to visit and where to eat and drink.

You then have two days to explore the incredible city of Hanoi – our guides can give you some great suggestions of places to go, although often the group will have their own ideas there is only things you can see and do it will be hard to cram it all in. Stock up on snacks and charge your smartphone batteries because the following night you will be doing a very long bus trip which takes us to Hoi an.

Third Week 3: Days 16 – 21

Day 16 Hoi An is awesome

You will arrival to Hoi An in the afternoon and have time to visit Hoi An Old Quarter.  It has a distinctly French colonial flare, and it’s also an awesome place to get any type of clothing tailor-made for you!

You could spend time exploring the town and its many alleyways of cute shops, cafes and extensive food market or maybe hire a scooter and head out to the gorgeous local beaches.

Day 17 Ancient Ruins

You will visit the ancient ruins of the Cham dynasty in My Son. Ancient ruined temples two massive towers a really special place.

We will join the bus to transfer to Nha Trang tonight.

Day 18 & 19 Beach time

Na Trang has fantastic beaches and great nightlife. Nha Trang’s golden beaches are yours for the taking, alternatively, take a boat trip to nearby islands or sample sumptuous seafood.

Day 20 Saigon/ Ho Chi Minh

It’s been a huge epic journey but finally, we’ve made it to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Sai Gon)! Arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam, it has a distinctively different feel to Hanoi.

Day 21 (Sat) Saying goodbyes

On day 24 you will stay in Sai Gon where it will be time to say goodbye to your travel buddies. Lifelong friendships will have been formed, incredible time is had by all, in a truly stunning country. At the end of an amazing trip before continuing with your onward travels

Meals

Only breakfast is included throughout the programme. But you can get a nice (and cheap) meal on every corner of every street. Meals are about 1 to 3 GBP per meal.

Vietnamese meals consist of rice or noodles accompanied by fish or meat and a vegetable dish or soup. But in many places, you can also get Western food like pizza!

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The winter months are December, January and February. It can be quite cold as you also go up to the north is Sapa, which is in the mountains. In January, there is no start date but in December there is. Be aware that you can not sunbathe.
Vietnam is a very safe country to travel in. You will also have a co-ordinator with you at all times.

No! You can get away with taking about 100 per week, and that will go a long way! A beer on the street in Hanoi is about 7p.

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Included

  • Pre-departure information
  • Airport transfer on arrival to make it easy for you!
  • Fully guided with local knowledgeable English speaking Guides
  • Trip to the Water Puppet Theatre
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh Memorial (optional)
  • 20 nights’ accommodation
  • Most Breakfasts
  • Overnight in rural village homestay
  • Black H’Mong hill tribes and scenic waterfalls
  • Guided jungle trek in Cuc Phuong National Park and visit to Muong ethnic community  (Optional extra)
  • Boat trip in Tam Coc
  • Stunning boat trip in Halong Bay
  • Experience a Vietnamese floating village
  • Adventure Kayaking in Lan Ha Bay
  • Hanoi city tour
  • Overnight Bus to Hoi An
  • Walking tour of Hoi Ans beautiful waterways
  • Cham dynasty  temples in My Son
  • Adventure Trek to Cat Cat Village
  • 2 Glorious days by the beach in Nha Trang
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Access to buddy lists before you go

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Extra activities not on itinerary
  • Tourist Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Return airport transfer
  • Drinks
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Breakfasts during travel days
  • Extra night if needed at the end of the trip in Ho Chi Minh

Dates

Starts on a Sunday ends on a Saturday

2017

16 July 2017 – 05 August 2017
13 August 2017 – 02 September 2017
10 September 2017 – 30 September 2017
22 October 2017 – 11 November 2017
19 November 2017 – 09 December 2017
24 December 2017 – 13 January 2018

2018

14 January 2018 – 03 February 2018
18 February 2018 – 10 March 2018
18 March 2018 – 07 April 2018
15 April 2018 – 05 May 2018
17 June 2018 – 07 July 2018
15 July 2018 – 04 August 2018
16 September 2018- 06 October 2018
11 November 2018 – 01 December 2018

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10 Day Epic Philippines

Looking for something different, then this is the trip for you!!! 10 Epic days of pure Philippino culture and adventure. Explore untouched beaches, make new friends and feel at ease with our fully guided tour including airport transfers.

Welcome to the Philippines! See amazing sights, explore stunning beaches, splash around in underwater rivers,  snorkel the crystal clear waters, discover the Filipino culture and enjoy the best sunsets of your life. Meet the locals, kayak through caves, indulge in delicious food and party the night away.

Epic Philippines 10 Day Tour

The Philippines is consistently rated to have some of the best beaches and most spectacular islands in the world, a natural beauty only rivalled by the friendliness of its people and fascinating culture. We show you the best of the Palawan islands, an area largely untouched by tourism. You will explore jungles and cities, discover the Puerto Princesa Underground River, greet the rising sun from a private beach camp, island hop on a private boat, climb for your own coconuts, snorkel the starfish fields, and loads more!
For those wanting to continue their adventure and visit Boracay or swim with the whale sharks in Cebu*, we also offer optional self-guided packages after your 10 day tour has finished (flights not included). Join us and walk the path less traveled!

 

Explore the Magic of The Philippines in A Group

 

DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN MANILA! LETS GO!
DAY 2 – PALAWAN HERE WE COME!
DAY 3 – UNDERGROUND RIVER EXPLORATION!
DAY 4/5 – THE CASTAWAY EXPERIENCE – PRIVATE BEACH CAMP!
DAY 6 – BOUND FOR EL NIDO PARADISE
DAY 7 – ISLAND HOPPING
DAY 8 – EL NIDO TOWN
DAY 9 – CULTURAL DAY
DAY 10 – TIME TO SAY GOODBYE!

PHOTOS

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 – Manila
In and around Manila

Arrive at any time on day 1 and your guide will be there to meet you at the airport. Weave through the streets of one of Asia’s most frenetic cities straight to your accommodation. Time to settle in and meet the group! If you arrive earlier in the day, you can use your time to explore the city and do some last-minute shopping. In the evening we get together for a BBQ on the roof terrace overlooking the city, and then on to experience some Manila nightlife!

Day 2 – Puerto Princesa
Palawan here we come! Today we take a short flight to the southern end of the Palawan Islands. We check in to our guest house and then head to the Iwahig Prison. This is a strange ‘prison without walls’, where inmates control how the prison functions. They even have a mayor! Meet and interact with some inmates and hear their stories. We then take you to the Bay Walk, where you can try all different kinds of famous Filipino food in small food stalls lining the water. Later in the evening we head out for some more fun!

Day 3 – Underground River & Port Barton
After a quick breakfast, we head to the famous Underground River. We go by boat through the incredible subterranean river system. In the afternoon we make our way from Puerto Princesa to the stunning fishing village of Port Barton. This is when you will truly feel like you’ve arrived in paradise but trust us, it gets better! Spend your evening sipping fresh coconuts on white sand while listening to some island reggae in the background. Tonight we stay in traditional Filipino beachfront bungalows. Accommodation here is basic but comfortable and in a great location.

Days 4 and 5 – Island camping with the locals
Jump on a local fishing boat to take you to our tropical island beach camp. Tucked away on a secluded beach, the camp has everything we need. Snorkel with turtles, explore the island, or catch fish to grill by the beach over a couple of beers. This is your time to truly experience idyllic island life. We have our own boat, which allows us to explore the surrounding islands and experience how the local island communities live. In the evening, we get together around the fire by our own little beach ‘bar’ and watch the spectacular sunset that this area is famous for. Perfect! For the more adventurous, we visit a secret rainforest waterfall for a dip on the second day to wash off all that sand and salt. Don’t worry about food either, our local guides will be catching fish during the day while we explore the area and cook up feasts for us! Condition permitting, we will visit one of the small schools on neighboring islands to meet the kids and find out what it’s like to grow up in a remote area of the Philippines.

Day 6 – Bound for El Nido
In the morning we all jump into a bus and we are on our way to El Nido! When we arrive, you will see why Palawan was named the most beautiful island group in the world. Surrounded by islands and cliffs, El Nido is a secret paradise we are lucky enough to share. Once you pick your jaws up off the ground, we will check in to the funkiest hostel in Palawan. Exclusive to Xtreme, this slick hostel looks more like a boutique hotel than a backpackers! Settle in, then head out to one of our favourite beach bars in the evening for food and fun.

Day 7 – Island hopping
Today we set sail on the most (in)famous boat in El Nido!  This custom built boat will take us on an island hopping adventure to secret beaches and pristine reefs. Go kayaking over the emerald waters or jump in and snorkel over coral teaming with life. The awesome crew will take care of all your food, and include all your beer, rum, and cocktails in the afternoon. So go on, you’ve earned a drink! We have music on board, chill-out areas, and a freshly cooked buffet including of the best seafood you can get. Before we set sail back to El Nido, get some pictures of you doing a backflip off the boat with the sun setting in the background, or just relax on deck listening to the music on board.

Day 8 – El Nido town
In the morning, we climb up to the top of one of the cliffs surrounding El Nido bay and get the most spectacular views in the area! After the big morning, we feel you’ll need some chill out time. We include a traditional Filipino massage to ease those muscle aches. Take your time today to relax and soak up your surroundings, or explore the surrounding area. Ask your guide where the coolest spots are, or just discover them for yourself!

Day 9 – Cultural experiences and zipline at Las Cabanas
We spend today outside El Nido in small villages with the local people. We try a little fishing in traditional boats, learn about the many uses they have for coconuts, discover the secret for cooking a perfect ‘Adobo’ (national dish of the Philippines), try your hand at weaving with palm leaves, and finish with a Halo-Halo (Filipino iced dessert). When you are feeling brave enough, it’s time to take a hike up to the top of the mountain overlooking the beach. Why? Because this is your time to know how it feels to fly across the ocean between two islands over beaches and corals reefs. Once you finish your zipline on Snake Island, wade across the water and join the crew on the beach! In the evening we all head into town for one final farewell dinner.

Day 10 – Good Bye!
Sadly all good things must come to an end! For those of you who booked their onward journey, this is where we must say our goodbyes. The rest of us jump in a minivan back to Puerto Princesa where we finish our trip. We also help with any onward travel. Want to visit Cebu? Party on the white sand beaches in Boracay? Just let us know and we’ll make it happen!
*We are an adventure tour company and include more than any other company in our itinerary. We are committed to showing our guests the most beautiful and untouched areas of Palawan. This means that sometimes the facilities in these more remote areas may be rather limited. Embrace it as part of the adventure!

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CEBU 5 DAY WHALE SHARKS & WATERFALLS

Welcome to Cebu City, Queen City of the Philippines, known to many as the second capital of the country. The Island of Cebu is known the world over for world class waterfalls, incredible diving and snorkelling and acts as a central transport hub to other areas in The Philippines. Conde Nast Traveler Magazine named Cebu the 4th best island destination in the world, so you know its going to be phenomenal. Your personal driver, will be waiting for you in the airport as you land to transfer you directly to your hostel in the bustling centre of the city. Once you get there, you can take the rest of the day to explore this wonderful city and treat yourself to some famous Cebu Lechon!
Gorge yourself on the huge breakfast in the guesthouse before meeting your driver outside who will transfer you to the Ceres South Bus Station. Hop on the plush air conditioned bus, sit back and relax whilst enjoying the stunning Cebu scenery as you whizz through its centre. After a couple of hours you’ll arrive in the town of Moalboal where your hostel will pick you up and transfer you to your room. After which, you have the chance to explore Panagsama Beach, grab a devious burger in Chilli’s or throw on a snorkel and swim with the millions of sardines swimming just off the coast, the choice is yours.
This is your free day to explore the area around Moalboal, our recommendation is to head to Kawasan Falls. This stunning 2 tiered waterfall is a popular destination for tourists around the world and always makes it onto any Philippine Travel Video. The water is powerade blue and the lush greenery to flanks the flowing whitewash make a heck of a profile picture. If you’re feeling adventurous you can book a canyoneering tour through your hostel and jump, slide and rope swing your way downstream.
Make sure you get an early night as your driver will be arriving to pick you up at 4am in the morning. The reason for this is that today is your day to swim with the biggest fish in the ocean, the whale sharks. A truly mind-blowing and unforgettable experience as you spend 30 minutes surrounded by these friendly giants just off the coast, make sure you charge that GoPro! After your swim, you’ll be directed to your breakfast spot before getting back in the car to head down the cost to Aguinid Waterfalls. Aguinid Falls is smaller version of Kawasan but nevertheless still a spectacular 5 tiered waterfall. Once you’ve finished posing for photos under the falls, your driver will then take you to your last spot, Tumalog Falls. This majestic and quiet waterfall is the perfect spot for some relaxation and reflection after a busy morning. You’ll then be transferred back to Cebu City to your original hostel where you can finally pinch yourself after a day to remember.
Xtreme will provide you with a handy Cebu city guide which you can use to aid you in your DIY tour around the City. Cebu city is one of the oldest and proudest cities in the Philippines with a rich colonial and religious history to sink your teeth into. Some of the oldest cathedrals in the country are here and prime for you to explore. Cebu is also the food capital of the country with some incredible eateries detailed on your guide, make sure you attempt to try them all! When you’re ready to leave, you’re driver will be waiting for you 2 hours before your flight at your hostel to take you to the airport. We hope you enjoyed your time in Cebu and have some incredible pictures to prove it!

BOROCAY 5 DAY PARTY PACK

Welcome to Boracay, one of the top-rated beach destinations in the world! It is known as the Ibiza of Asia, with its powdery white sand beach lined with some of the most exciting bars filled with travelers ready to party. You’ll arrive in Caticlan Airport, where you’ll be picked up and led into a bus that will take you to the Caticlan Jetty Port. From here, you will be taken to the outrigger boat that will bring you to your shuttle on Boracay Island. You’ll be dropped off by the shuttle at Second Wind Bed Bunk & Breakfast or MNL Hostel. Take this time to explore on your own and get to know your new destination!
Hop on a tricycle and make your way to Ariel’s House. Make sure to be there BEFORE 10:30AM for your pre-departure registration. At 11:15AM, you’ll go on a boat cruise on a traditional Filipino outrigger boat known as a banca beyond the shorts of Boracay. A stark contrast to the famous White Beach, you’ll see the coastline comprised of lush forests, deserted beaches, and volcanic rock. The boat ride lasts 35- 45 minutes, depending on the type of boat used, and is the perfect time to make new friends and enjoy the start of your open bar! Get your day officially started with some heart-stopping, death defying cliff diving. Huffington Post named Ariel’s Point as the perfect place to check cliff diving off your bucket list. With five different diving boards and platforms ranging from 3-15 meters, it’s not hard to believe. If you’re not yet ready for this, it’s okay. There’s a bamboo ladder and floating dock, for simply chilling out. Ariel’s Point’s protected location makes it the perfect area for kayaking along the unspoiled shoreline of Buruanga, a small coastal village on the island of Panay. Enjoy paddling to nearby deserted beaches or use your sit-on-top kayak as a mobile platform for cliff diving and nature photography. You might even encounter some flying fish or start a conversation with the local fishermen. Both single (one-person) and tandem (two-person) kayaks are available. Life jackets are provided and must be worn at all times. The beautiful seas of the Philippines are teeming with marine life. The coastline around Ariel’s Point is no exception. Clownfish, damselfish, starfish, and sea anemones are just a few of the fascinating species you might encounter during your underwater adventure. Some guests have even spotted sea turtles and dolphins visiting the area. Snorkels, masks, and life jackets are provided. Of course, you won’t go hungry! Enjoy a delicious buffet that includes fresh and traditional dishes such as grilled fish, grilled pork, barbecue chicken, longaniza sausages, pancit noodles (vegetarian), eggplant salad (vegetarian), herb potatoes (vegetarian), steamed rice (vegetarian), prawn crackers, and an assortment of fruits (vegetarian). The package also includes a late afternoon snack or merienda such as caramelized bananas or local sweet potatoes. Don’t forget! You can enjoy unlimited drinks during you visit to Ariel’s Point.
Boracay is known for its unholy never-ending happy hours, but the happiest of hours happen with a classic Boracay Pubcrawl! Hop through five bars and clubs and take advantage of the crazy Pubcrawl special discounts. Your Pubcrawl Party Captain will lead the way, and take you through some fun and funny get-to-know games. You’ll get your own Pubcrawl Shirt, a shot glass, and a baller band to take as a souvenir. Objective: Party with an awesome group with VIP treatment!
Time to nurse your aching head! Your whole night partying will definitely have you feeling a bit tired. Take this day to relax and chill out. Grab a fresh mango shake at Jonah’s, pick up a choriburger (chorizo burger) and just lie on the beach. You’ll find plenty of locals offering you a massage or a paraw (sailboat) ride, if you feel like doing a little bit more.
Time to bid farewell to your white sand party island! You’ll be picked up at Second Wind Bed Bunk & Breakfast or MNL Hostel to start your journey back to the airport. Just make sure to confirm with the receptionist at your hostel your flight details, so they can advise you on the best time that you can be picked up according to your flight. As your flight takes off and flies over Boracay Island, relax in your seat, and look out the window, and bid adieu to your home for what was hopefully some of the best 5 days!

Arrival Details

You will need to fly into Manila International Airport.  Airport transfers are included in the cost of the tour on the start day of the tour only. If you arrive any earlier, you can book an extra night in the Z Hostel and make your own way. Taxis are easy to arrange from the airport.

Your tour ends in Puerto Princessa on day 10. Return airport transfer (to Manila) is not included as part of the tour.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

When booking flights after the tour, we suggest booking your onwards flight to leave early evening (6pm local time) on the last day in Puerto Princesa then you have plenty of time to get to the airport from Palawan  to Manila.
The main way to get back to Manila is by flight.

 If you are flying out of El Nido airport then you can book the flight to Cebu for any time. If you are flying out of Puerto Princesa airport then it should be at 3pm or later. 
You will need to book flights for the last day of your 10 day tour to either Cebu or Boracay, depending on which add-on you have chosen.
  • Return airport transfers to/from Caticlan Airport
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 nights accommodation 5min from the famous white sand beach of Boracay
  • Ticket to join the famous Boracay Pub Crawl (biggest and best crawl on the island!
  • Day at Ariel’s Point for partying, cliff jumping, kayaking and loads more
  • Return airport transfers to/from Cebu Airport
  • 4 nights of central accommodation
  • Guide to Cebu City
  • Transfers to and from activities
  • Trip to swim with the whale sharks of Oslobl
  • Visit to Tumalog Waterfalls
  • All breakfasts and 1 lunch

 

Duration Option Price  
10 (Days)Multi ShareGBP 869Book Now
14 (Days)With Cebu Extention Waterfalls & Whalesharks (Dorm)GBP 1159Book Now
14 (Days)With Borocay Extention (Dorm)GBP 1159Book Now

INCLUDED

  • Private western guide throughout
  • Airport pickup on day 1
  • All accommodation
  • All transportation & transfers including vans, flights, boats, taxis, and tricycles
  • Welcome dinner and drinks overlooking the Manila skyline
  • Guest-list entry to some of the best clubs in Manila
  • Visit to the world famous Puerto Princesa Underground River
  • Visit to the Iwahig Prison, a bizarre prison without walls
  • Private island beach camp adventure (including all food)
  • Rainforest walks to take a dip in a waterfall
  • Island kayaking through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world
  • Snorkeling coral reefs
  • Paddle boarding
  • Island hopping on the best boat in Palawan (including food and drinks!)
  • Beach picnics
  • Zip-lining between islands over beaches and ocean (PHP500 local payment)
  • Guided climb to the top of the cliffs overlooking El Nido for the most stunning view on the island
  • Local cultural experiences including cooking class and making coconut oil
  • Good times and memories to last a life time!
  • Please note some activities listed are weather dependent and subject to change.

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Internal Flights for add-ons
  • Drinks
  • Some Meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfer back to Manila

Dates

Start dates 2017

November: 5; 12;16; 23
December: 3; 14; 18; 28

Start dates 2018
January: 10; 17; 23; 30
February: 5; 12; 19; 26
March: 5; 11; 18; 24
April: 1; 8; 14; 27
May: 1; 8; 14; 26
June: 8; 20
September: 1; 9; 14; 27
October: 5; 9; 20; 31
November: 5; 12; 19; 23
December: 3; 14; 18; 28

Bali Fitness & Beach Adventure

This trip combines two of our best experiences in Bali; our Bali bootcamp and our awesome 10 day Bali Epic. If you are looking to give your health and fitness a good boost and still have an adventure holiday, then this is the perfect combination for you.

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Bali Fitness & Beaches Adventure

Combining two of our best experiences in Bali, Indonesia

This trip combines two of our best experiences in Bali; The Bali Fitness bootcamp and our awesome 10 day Bali Epic trip. Whilst joining us at bootcamp for a week or two to focus on your health might be your main priority, it is great to know that you are able to see and do that much more by adding on a 10-day adventure and really get the chance to experience the best of Bali. Besides, who wouldn’t want to show off their new Bali body, while exploring the rest of this beautiful place and visiting the pristine golden beaches that coat the island!?

HIGHLIGHTS

Bali Fitness Bootcamp

  • A new lease of life, improved fitness and new friends in paradise!
  • Motivation guaranteed! Train with fun, like-minded people and professional trainers! (don’t worry we are certainly not all in great shape :))
  • Great nutrition with a healthy meal plan with an energy boosting menu
  • Gorgeous luxury resort stay in Our Fitness Villa or Deluxe resort
  • Find a new addiction! One surf lesson in Bali included
  • Awesome excursion to Uluwatu temple and sunset beach!

10 Day Epic Bali Trip

  • Explore Majestic temples
  • Discover beautiful waterfalls
  • Visit the locals at the Monkey Forest
  • Spend 3 nights on the stunning island of Gili Trawangan
  • Experience Bali’s night-life at its finest.

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ACCOMMODATION AT BOOT CAMP

The training can take it out of you, so to relax after a hard session you stay in comfortable accommodation. There are two options for accommodation on the Bali Fitness Bootcamp. Both options are close the beach and to everything else as well, so you have plenty of opportunities to go explore. Taxis are cheap in Bali, and there are plenty of areas of interest you to visit including temples, resorts, beaches and areas of cultural interest. Day trips can be booked through our Bali team.

Boutique Shared Villa Accommodation

With a stunning pool and a shared room in our stunning Fitness Villa you are in the midst of the action. Its a fun set up with roof top jacuzzi overlooking the ocean and a pool and communal living area on the ground floor. The villa is 150 metersthe the most stunning bay in Bali.  The perfect set up to relax, meet other bootcampers and feel right at home. This is the social hub of the bootcamp but also large and private enough to have important relax and down time.

The sleeping arrangements are based on airconditioned, shared ensuite mini dorms with max. 2 – 4 persons (mixed gender).  Airconditioning operates from 7 pm to 7 am ensuring you get a comfortable nights sleep.

Deluxe Resort Accommodation

If you do not wish to share and would like even more luxury, your fitness training will be complemented perfectly by a stay in our beautiful deluxe hotel option. Located right next to the best  beach in Bali, you can relax in between training sessions on the white sands of Jimbaran, or at the stunning pool of the hotel. The luxury deluxe option is located 5 minute walk to the training camp and is the epitome of luxury. This exclusive resort is brand new in 2016 and caters to those with higher budgets.

Complete with stunning pool and roof top lounge with unrivaled views of Jimberan bay it is a lovely place to stay if you can afford the extra expense.

The Surrounding Area

Our stunning bootcamp is set in an exclusive quieter area of Bali called Jimberan. The perfect beach with views stunning rollers, its the perfect location for a mental and physical reset. You can also venture down to the traditional markets, enjoy fine dining with a selection of lovely restaurants or sunbathe on a white sandy beach. The beach and the hotel are separated by road, and along the road, there are local Seafood Cafés.

The location is rewarded by some of the best sunsets in Bali, with temples and plenty of points of interest nearby.

 ACCOMMODATION ON 10 DAY EPIC

Your 9 nights accommodation is fully included for this part of your trip and is a combination of some awesome hostels and surf hotels. The rooms are twins or doubles and you will share with the same sex unless you specify.To make it just that much better, all the spots you stay in have a pool. Which is always great to chill and relax by after a fun day of exploring.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The camp is located in Jimbaran right by the beach. This is located on a massive Bay with a white sandy beach, 15 minutes from the airport. It’s away from the typically touristy areas, and a little bit quieter which is more conducive to fitness training and relaxation. Yet at the same time, it is easily accessible to some of the hotspots and more lively areas. 
You have nothing to worry about, our expert Group Leaders will help you book everything you need in order to get to where you’re heading, whether that be on to some more islands or back to the airport to catch a flight.
If you arrive a day early, accommodation is not included. Check in is only on Sunday. Airport pick up is included, all day at anytime but only on Sunday. If you arrive early you have to arrange your own transfer to the accommodation at the training camp.

At bootcamp, this depends on your own spending choices, but as 2 meals (breakfast and lunch) are covered per day, will not need much while you are training. Meals are not included on Sundays.

For your epic 10 day trip, We would recommend between £120 and £180 for the 10 days. Bali is very good value for money, so it really depends on how much you want to spend.

Yes! 90% of our clients who join the boot camp and our group trips are solo travellers. In fact far from this being a problem, we would encourage people to do so. It’s a very social environment and you will make friends very quickly.

High season is the dry season. Between April and September Bali is typically busier than usual. While temperatures are pretty constant all year round, it’s rainfall that can make the difference between the months.

The rainy season, which usually falls between December and Jan you can expect downpours happening mainly at night. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be constantly raining all the time, you can have some heavy rains, and then it is sunny again. It’s also cooler to train during rainy season. Can be more humid, however the training facility is airconditioned and the rooms are also airconditioned at night time. The boot camp runs all year, come rain or shine anyway.

You will need to fly into Bali Denpasar International Airport. After booking, you are asked to provide your flight details and we will meet you in arrivals outside of the airport. We will then transfer you to your accommodation by taxi. 
Our local rep can help you book a taxi, it is a short 45min ride from Jimbaran to Canggu.

PRICE

Duration Option Price  
18 (Days)Bootcamp Villa option & 10 Day TourGBP 1159Book Now
18 (Days)Bootcamp Deluxe option & 10 Day TourGBP 1459Book Now
25 (Days)Bootcamp Villa option & 10 Day TourGBP 1559Book Now
25 (Days)Bootcamp Deluxe option & 10 Day TourGBP 2499Book Now

INCLUDED

General

  • Pre departure information
  • Access to online buddy system, meet others online before travelling
  • Airport pick up
  • Introduction by our rep

Bootcamp

  • Access to all training equipment and gym
  • Weekly personalised training session 1 to 1*
  • Access to online UF fitness App
  • All group cross fit training sessions
  • Bodyfit sessions (timetable dependent)
  • Use of Volleyball, Basketball and Soccer fields
  • Air-conditioned rooms in accommodation (Ac works at night time and evenings only)
  • All accommodation of choice for the duration
  • Meal plan with 2 meals per day, 6 days a week (breakfast and lunch – excluding Sundays)
  • Five Yoga sessions a week
  • One surf lesson per stay
  • One amazing excursion per stay to temples and beaches
  • Tranfer advise to get to the 10 day Epic Bali trip

EPIC BALI 10 DAY

  • All Transport
  • 9 Nights accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts (lunch and dinners at own expense)
  • Support & Advice for onward travel around South East Asia.

 

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Transfer to Canggu by Taxi (local payment £15)
  • Local payment for 1st night of Epic Bali (£30)
  • Transfer back to Bali from Gili at the end of the tour
  • PLEASE NOTE: No lunch, dinner or drinks are included for the 10 day Epic. This at your own expense.

Dates

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Bali Surf n Stay

Waves, waves and more waves. Considered the Mecca of surfing, Indonesia has some of the best surf breaks in the world. Our Surf n’ Stay is the perfect intro to your Bali surf experience.

Bali Surf n’ Stay

On our awesome Bali Surf n’ Stay pack, the perfect intro to your Bali surf experience. You will be based in Bali’s hotspot. A really cool, chilled out, ‘surfy’ village on the west coast of Bali. You will stay in a private villa (which has an amazing lush garden & funky plunge pool!) with a choice of 3 accommodation options, where you will meet loads of like-minded travellers and surfers. We cater for all levels of surfing, so even if you’re  a beginner or an advanced surfer, we will make sure that you develop and work towards improving your surfing and knowledge of the ocean.

WHY JOIN?

  • You fancy going somewhere completely different? You will love our chilled surf camp!
  • Explore Bali and its famous surf locations!
  • Experience an Authentic Balinese Lifestyle
  • Improve your surfing, we take you out surfing daily
  • Improve your fitness
  • Experience sandy beaches as your office, like we do!
  • Stay in our private villa which includes breakfast every morning
  • Includes your Surf Gear Rental
  • Meet like-minded travellers from all over the world!

Of course, you are here for surfing, but that is definitely not all that Bali has to offer! During your stay here you can expect to make friends for life. Because you will be based with us for a week, it allows you to experience Bali and Indonesia from a completely different perspective than the average tourist.
Your new home from home is a place with sandy beach parties, lush green rice paddies, heaps of cool and interesting people, even cooler locals… and the food is to die for!

To be able to really connect and interact with the local people, we also provide weekly Bahasa lessons. This is the national Language of Indonesia.

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What Will my Time in Indonesia Look like?

It’s all about surf, with daily surf lessons, surf safaris and surf guiding. Every Sunday we have a ‘restday’, on these days you’re free to do whatever you want,
maybe even more surfing!

During your stay here we want to make sure you become a well-rounded surfer, so we offer as much support and advice as we can. To assure this we make use of the amazing waves that Indonesia has on offer. We will take you on surf safaris and even offer weekly surf video analysing evenings.

One of the best ways to learn to surf is not only by doing it as much as possible but also seeing yourself surf and to be able to understand potential mistakes you’re making. So during your training, you will be filmed and photographed a lot so we can work on your personal development.

Accommodation

Our boutique-style surf villas with 2 plunge pools offer high standard bedrooms with A/C & private bathrooms, you will share with max. 2 other surfers.  It’s a great place to hang out after your surf session and share your Bali adventures.

There are several terrific communal areas, and one of the best positioned yoga studios out there with views over the surrounding greenery.

There are 2 accommodation types to choose from:

  • SHARED ROOM – Flatscreen TV | Closet | Safe | Mini Fridge | Wifi -The shared room is a 30 m2 quadruple bedroom with en-suite bathroom. One of the two shared rooms has two single beds and one bunk bed. The other one has four single beds. Both rooms have a private bathroom equipped with a toilet, shower and towels. A ceiling fan and air-conditioner are installed to keep your room at the right temperature at all times. The room contains a wardrobe for your clothes and a fridge. Free Wi-Fi is available in your room and throughout the house.
  • DELUXE ROOM – Private bathroom | Bathtub | Flatscreen TV | Closet | Safe | Mini Fridge | Wifi

Meals

Only breakfast is included while you are staying with us, but you can get a nice (and cheap) meal on every corner of every street. Meals are about 3 to 8 GBP per meal in a restuarant. For streetfood you pay even less, and its amazing!

Breakfast is a choice of:

  • Pancakes with palm sugar syrup, bacon & fruits
  • Eggs scrambled, fried or omelette (with bacon and/or grilled veggies if you like)
  • Exotic fruit salad with yoghurt & granola
  • Local, Nasi or Mie Goreng with egg
  • Juice and or tea, coffee, cappuccino

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The Indonesian currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). 1 euro is approximately 15000 Rupiah.

The safest way to travel in Bali is by taxi.  Scooter is the main transport and fastest way to get around. Walking is possible but not very ideal. Experience is required for driving a scooter, and we do not recommend it as its super busy and dangerous.

Yes you can. We offer insurance for just 25 euro a week that covers any damage or loss to our equipment (surfboards & leashes) while surfing.

Bali is a developed island. It is not necessary to take Rupiah from your home country. There are plenty of ATM`s around. In the airport, you will definitely find 2 or 3 ATM`s.  A good starting amount is 1 Million Rupiah that is equal to about 65 euro.

Don`t forget to take out your card from the ATM. The ATM provides money first then usually it will ask for another transaction before it will return your card.

Bali surfing conditions are excellent all year round! One of the best surfing locations in the world and offers year-round the best surf you will find on the planet. If we have to give an indication when the swell is absolutely world class, then it is during the dry-season months: May till late October. Basically for all levels of surfer Bali is good all year round.

The weather in Bali is very consistent temperature wise and offers a lot of beach time. It is day and night warm with temperatures always above 23C – 26C during the night and day above 26C to 32C. Bali knows two seasons: Dry-Season and Wet-Season. Dry-Season: May till October and Wet-Season: November till April. Wet season is the hottest time of the year as well and is still good for Holidays. The rain will feel like an outdoor lukewarm shower. It hardly rains all day and the rain starts usually early in the morning and late in the afternoon. During the day it is mostly hot and sunny. Also in wet-season, there are weeks that there is hardly any rain at all. So Bali offers year-round good weather conditions with a very very nice temperature throughout the year.

Dengue fever is one of the most common mosquito-borne diseases in Indonesia. These mosquitoes commonly breed in warm, humid weather and in stagnant water. Unlike most mosquitoes, dengue-causing mosquitoes bite during the day. Dengue infection along with other acute viral illness pose similar features: fever, bone and joint pain with or without skin rash. There is no vaccine for Dengue fever and there is no cure either. Dengue Fever can be prevented with precautions such as mosquito nets at bedtime and mosquito repellents.

This is just advice, please consult your Doctor at home. The recommended vaccines for travelling to Indonesia based on the Centers for Disease Control are: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Typhoid, Rabies, Tetanus, and Yellow Fever (only if you come from a Yellow Fever region). Ideally, you should get the vaccinations 4-6 weeks before travel, as some vaccinations require multiple doses and an immune reaction time.

  • Summer clothes
  • Bikini/board shorts
  • Flip flops
  • Sunscreen with high protection
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Beach towel
  • Camera/GoPro
  • Leggings (some people get surf rash from rubbing against the surfboard or get bad sunburns. The simple solution is either a wetsuit or leggings)

If you are already in Bali we have several pick-up and drop-off options. If you are in Kuta or Seminyak our driver will pick you up or drop you off for free. If you want to be picked up or dropped off in Ubud the price is 250.000 IDR, the price for a pick-up or drop-off in Sanur is 150.000 IDR. If you are in a different part of Bali you will have to organise your own transport.

 As soon as the sun comes up you can get a board and go surfing, although most have breakfast between 8-10. After breakfast, our instructors take you to the best breaks in our minivans,  that’s where you will have your surf lessons for the day.

After the lessons you can get a board and surf again, never go alone, there are plenty of other travellers to join you!

 

Prices

Duration Option Price  
1 (Week)Dorm accommodationGBP 319Book Now
1 (Week)Deluxe own ensuite accommodationGBP 359Book Now
2 (Week)Dorm accommodationGBP 635Book Now
2 (Week)Deluxe own ensuite accommodationGBP 715Book Now

Included

  • Breakfast (vegetarian – gluten & lactose-free available)
  • Private bathrooms only
  • Towels service (not for the beach)
  • Wifi
  • Bar
  • Outdoor Cinema
  • Plunge pool
  • Massage service (in-house)
  • Airconditioned Rooms
  • Daily cleaned rooms
  • 24/7 Surf house team onsite
  • Arrival on any day and time

THE SURF

  • Daily surf safari (all level)*
  • Daily surf guiding (intermediate & advanced)*
  • Dusk till Dawn sessions (intermediate & advanced)*
  • Daily board & lycra rash vest rental
  • Daily surf lessons, ± 2Hrs*
  • Daily free surfing ± 4Hrs*
    *Sunday is day off

THE YOGA

  • Vinyasa style/ surf Yoga (all levels)
  • Daily morning Yoga 07.30 – 08.30*
  • Daily evening Yoga 17.00 – 18.00*
    *Sunday is day off

EXTRA’S

  • Weekly surf video analysing evening
  • Weekly surf & wave theory evening
  • Daily scooter rental with boardrack

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Extra activities not on itinerary
  • Meals other than Breakfast
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Return airport transfer
  • Drinks

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Thailand Entourage

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 who love to travel Thailand in a fun group, with excellent guides.

The 3 Week Thailand Entourage

3 AWESOME THEMED WEEKS!

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Adventure

Beach

Beach Week

Settle in and discover Thailand.

Easy arrival with an airport pickup. Make new friends as you meet other people in the group. Learn about Thailand its culture and history. Stay on the mainland and visit lots of different temples, cultural heritage sites and cities.

Elephants. Unforgettable National PArks & More.

Includes an awesome ethical Elephant experience. Go bathing with Elephants, and get up close and personal with these majestic animals. Visit waterfalls and stunning rural towns. 

 

Top off the tan with well-earned beach time.

Laze about on amazing tropical beaches. Hit the beach. Discover a paradise island. join the adventure day! Party on the beach and munch on some delicious Thai food.

Thailand Entourage Highlights Include:

  • Safe & Fun! Fully guided Xtreme Gap Reps.
  • Discovering Thai culture, temples & cuisine on a mind-blowing cultural  experiences
  • Trekking through national parks & discovering cool waterfalls
  • Volunteering with Elephants and Mahouts
  • Exploring exciting Bangkok and stay in a fun backpackers hostel near the backpacking Mecca Khao San Road
  • Koh Tao adventure day with longtail boat, snorkelling, paradise islands and view points.
  • Lots of chill time on Koh Tao and beach parties to remember
  • Meet and chat to other Xtreme Gappers with an online Buddy list before you travel too!

PHOTOS

ITINERARY

Just about everything you could want out of a trip to Thailand in 3 weeks!

Day 1: WARM WELCOME ON ARRIVAL

Arrival day, the moment you have been waiting for! The start to an awesome life changing Thailand trip! First off, if you have not been travelling before… it will be ok. We make it a hassle free arrival, the Xtreme Team will collect you from Suvarnabhumi Airport (the international airport in Bangkok) and take you to your super convenient Bangkok accommodation, which is a stone’s throw from the famous Khao San Road. The accommodation has a movie room, 2 pool tables, free WIFI and lots of Xtreme Gappers awaiting to join the adventure.

You will have the rest of the day/evening, depending on when you arrive, to relax after a long flight and meet the rest of your group. If you arrive in time we head out for a delicious Thai meal (local payment about £3-8) and explore the buzzing Bangkok area!

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 2: WELCOME ORIENTATION AND EXPLORE BANGKOK

We will take it easy and all meet up at around 10:00 am to start a “real exploration” of Bangkok. This will be lead by our group leader, who will be with you for the next 2 weeks.

Prepare to see incredible things as we include an awesome boat trip through the ancient water ways of Bangkok. Not only will you get to experience stunning traditional communities off the backpacker trail, but we will also take you to the majestic Wat Arun – The Temple of the Dawn, Wat Pho, which is home to the most important reclining Buddha in the whole of Thailand and Wat Phra Kaew –  The Grand Palace.

watt arun thailandExpect an authentic look into traditional Bangkok and lets you see some of the most beautiful temples Thailand has to offer. The tour will last about 4 hours.

In the afternoon we head back to our guesthouse, just in time to freshen up and chill out before your ‘Welcome Dinner’ in the evening. After dinner, we are off to the infamous and exciting Khao San Road, the backpacker area of Bangkok,  where you will get a taste of the Thai night life.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Welcome Dinner
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 3:  KANCHANABURI RIVER ADVENTURES!

After a relaxing morning, and hopefully a full recovery from a fun night out in Bangkok, we arrange a private minivan to gorgeous Kanchanaburi north of Bangkok, which usually takes about 3 hours, depending on the Bangkok traffic!

Kanchanaburi is where the Kwae Yai and Kwae Noi rivers meet and is as picturesque as Thailand can get, with a magnificent backdrop of forested mountains stretching all the way to the Burmese border.

It’s famous for the film location of the movie ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ where thousands of prisoners of wars and local Thai’s were forced to build the ‘Burmese Railway’ during WWII, it is a historic setting, but today it has transformed into a fun, chilled-out riverside town and your path to some great activities and experiences.

There´s lots to do here. Visiting museums and temples, swimming in pools by waterfalls, kayaking the rivers, and checking out temples

Once we have arrived, we check you into the hotel, freshen up and there is time to explore the area, see the sights and learn about the history – and of course enjoy a Singha beer or two while trying out some more traditional Thai food.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Private transfer to Kanchanaburi
• Overnight accommodation in twin / triple shared rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 4: BATHE IN STUNNING WATERFALLS

waterfallToday you’ll visit the exquisite waterfalls in the Erawan National Park. These waterfalls are considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, the waterfalls are truly made of absolute wonder! You will get to explore the several levels of these magnificent falls, each filtering into the different pools below, which you can swim in. How high you go, is of course up to you. The highlight here is a natural water slide that shoots you several metres down smooth stone into the emerald coloured water, so remember to have your GoPro’s and cameras charged! You are most definitely going to need them.

After your morning of photo shoots and an insane amount of fun and relaxation, you will head back to the hotel for the afternoon where you will have the chance to head into town and explore. Our guides are super knowledgeable of the area, so be sure to ask where all the best spots to eat, chill or party are.

 

  • Breakfast
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning , en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 5: KAYAKING ON THE RIVER KWAE AND EXPLORING THE LOCAL AREA

The river Kwae is a real paradise for Kayaking! After breakfast at our Guest House, we will take you out for a fun-filled day of adventure, where you will get to go kayaking on the river Kwae and also explore some of the highlights of the local area. You might even see some monkeys on the way! Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a professional for this, in fact, no prior experience is needed, the river is pretty easy to navigate, you will get to see and experience the surroundings from a completely unique perspective.

Don’t forget sun cream, you will get a tan when you’re out and about today! After your epic day of kayaking and exploring the local area, we will head back to the Guesthouse to freshen up and get ready for dinner, a chilled evening at the cool laid back bars and enjoy a few cold ones as we watch the river go by.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Kayak trip on the river Kwae
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 6: EXPLORE THE HEART OF THAILAND

Today we take you into the ‘heart’ of Thailand, the North East, known in Thailand as Isaan (Surin). If you ever wondered why Thailand is known as the ‘Land of Smiles’ wonder no more, you are now surrounded by one of the friendliest groups of people on the face of our planet. Surin is by far, one of the more ‘off the beaten track’ areas of Thailand and by the time you arrive you will have experienced the overwhelming and humbling friendliness from the local villagers.

The area is renowned for the best rice and you will be an absolute expert by the time you leave. They are also well known for its mixture of Thai, Khmer and Gwi people, it’s insanely awesome food (loads of chilli) and it’s elephants, who have played a major role in the communities here for centuries.

Once again, we have arranged a private vehicles and while the journey is around 8-9 hours, we will stop for lunch and we make the odd stop to stretch your legs. Tip: take some music with you, as nothing is better than to listen to good music, gaze out of the window and see the palm trees and rice paddies.

When you arrive, we check into your hotel for tonight, a fantastic place in Surin town, where you can freshen up before we take you out to the night market to find the best places to eat. The food in Surin town is so delicious, so don’t be afraid to get out there and explore, our recommendation, foodie lovers, is the night market – Best chow in town.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Private transfer from Kanchanaburi to Surin
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Days 7-9:  ELEPHANTS & CULTURE!

thailand elephantLooking after Elephants is on the cards for the next three days. After a bite to eat in the morning, we will leave Surin Town and make our way to a rural ‘elephant village’ about 50km’s away. The main highlight of this trip and also a really unique opportunity is not only to spend time with elephants, but also to live in a small rural Thai community, which is something which is fast becoming more and more difficult to experience. This is what backpacking and adventure is all about. Living like the locals and truly immersing yourself in the culture of the people and the land.

Our project has been vetted to ensure it is ethically run. There is absolutely NO elephant riding by our guests.

During these three days, you will get to:

  • During these three days, you will get to:
    • Walk with the elephants to the local river and help the mahouts bathe them
    • Help the mahouts clean the elephant areas
    • Harvest / plant crops (depending on the season) for the elephants
    • Kayak on the local river
    • Learn how to make simple but great Thai food

     

    In the elephant village, you will get the awesome opportunity of living in a homestay, with the village headman and the members of his family, this is an Absolute honour and is something that you will truly take back with you. And…you will be sleeping just a few metres away from elephants.

    Note: On day 7 we’ll have lunch and dinner in the elephant village, on day 8 we’ll have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the village and on day 9, breakfast and lunch. All a great opportunity to cook alongside the local team and learn a few new foodie tricks – great to take home and show off to friends and family.

    Day 9 In the afternoon we will have to say goodbye to the elephants and new friends and head back to Surin town, staying overnight at the same hotel as on Day 6.

    Inclusions

    • Transfer to and from the elephant village
    • Elephant activities listed
    • Day 7- breakfast at the hotel in Surin, lunch, and dinner and the elephant village
    • Day 8-  breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 9- breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 7 and 8- basic accommodation in the elephant village, shared dorm style rooms with mattresses on the floor, mosquito nets, fans and shared toilet and washing facilities
    • Day 9 – Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 10: KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK DAY

Today we leave for Khao Yai National Park, this is the 3rd largest national park in Thailand. This rainforest is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. The journey (by minivan or train, depending on the group size) will take roughly 3-4 hours and once you arrive in Pak Chong (the gateway to the National Park). We will check you into your base for the next 2 nights.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer by minivan / coach or train to Pak Chong (depending on group size)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning , en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 11: TREKKING AND FOREST ENCOUNTERS

Khao Yai is absolutely stunning and one of Thailand’s most famous National Parks, but is often left off of travellers itineraries in their anticipation to just head to the beach. But you won’t miss out! Khao Yai boasts ancient and majestic towering forests, wild elephants and tigers, a colourful array of bird life and a number of different species of monkeys. This is a fantastic place to get a feeling of how much of Thailand really used to be. You will get to experience more beautiful waterfalls, one of which Leo Di Caprio jumped off (or pretended too!) for the making of The Beach.

You will spend the day exploring the National Park with a specialist guide, where you will hopefully get to see wildlife, like the herds of wild elephants. A bit of simple forest trekking is also on the menu for today. It’s superb fun, and again, don’t forget your camera and GoPro’s, but also don’t forget to just enjoy this day of splendour in this impressive natural landscape.

Inclusions

  • Khao Yai Adventure day and all park entry fees
  • Lunch during the Adventure Day
  • Services of specialist National Park guide
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 12:  R & R IN BANGKOK       

Today we start heading back to Bangkok (by train, minivan or coach depending on group numbers) arriving back in the buzzing city of Bangkok around mid-afternoon if traffic is not too hectic.

You will check back into the same accommodation as at the start of the trip and you can have the evening to enjoy some shopping, exploring or partying …or why not just do all three?

Inclusions:

  • Transfer to Bangkok (usually by train)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 13:  BANGKOK CYCLE TOUR

One of Bangkok´s most unforgettable experiences. Experience local life and Thai culture by bike. After winding our way through the back alleys and streets of Bangkok’s backpacker district we head across the river and through some of the oldest communities in the city.

Passing by ancient temples, fascinating communities that seem so far removed from the rest of the city and all the while following the course of the river and canals this really is a spectacular opportunity to see a side of the city that is so often missed by travellers.

The tour takes around 3 hours – but times can and do vary! – and in terms of distance is not very far (+/-10km). And with Bangkok being totally flat it’s perfect for anyone and everyone, whether you’re a regular rider or not!

Inclusions:

  • Behind the Scenes Bangkok Bike Tour
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

 

Day 14: BANGKOK, IT IS ALL YOURS!

Today  you have a free day to spend with your new friends. There are plenty of options to keep you busy with the rest of the group. Ask your guide for suggestions! As this is the perfect place to go shopping prior to hitting the islands be sure to spend some time at the MBK shopping mall! It’s an experience and a great place to hunt for bargains! If you are feeling a little bit tired from all the fun and travelling, maybe a traditional Thai massage is the perfect antidote.

  • You’ve got most of today to do your own thing and explore a bit more of this fantastic city – just ask your guide for inspiration and they’ll help you see what you’d like to see.
  • Lots of people enjoy a lazy day today – we’re pretty sure you’ll have hit the bars and clubs last night – but if you want to get out and about why not do one of the following:
  • Give your body a treat and have a 2 hour Thai massage – trust us, you won’t regret it. There are loads of massage shops all around the Guest House with prices starting at +/- 250/300THB
  • Jump in a taxi and see the ‘other side’ of Bangkok – if you like a bit of retail therapy or even just window shopping then have a look at Siam Paragon, Siam Centre and Central World. All huge fancy shopping malls, great for people watching and even better if you’re craving a bit of comfort food from home. A taxi from your Guest House to Siam will cost around 150THB depending on the traffic!
  •  If you’ve not had enough of boats and the river, then taking one of the boat ‘buses’ up the Chao Phraya is a brilliant way to spend a few hours. The ferry pier is only 10 mins amble from your Guest House and for the princely sum of between 15 and 19THB you can head all the way to Nonthaburi pier taking in all the sights and sounds of the city. Once you’re at Nonthaburi, have an explore and take a look at Bang Kwang Prison (the infamous Bangkok Hilton) and get lost in the local markets. Then simply hop back on a ferry back to where you started. Probably the cheapest day out possible in Bangkok!

All these trips and more can be arranged by your guide – just tell then what you’d like to do and they’ll help you get everything sorted. Just make sure you’re back at the accommodation by 6pm to meet back us with your group and begin the journey to the beach.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Late check out from the accommodation – meaning you can store your bags and freshen up before you head on the coach
• Overnight transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao (arriving the morning of Day 15)

This evening we travel to Koh Tao by luxury coach and fast boat, arriving on Koh Tao the next morning.

Please note the guide will not accompany you to Koh Tao, the group will be put on the bus and met at the other end by our rep in Koh Tao. Whilst your guide from this part of the trip won’t be travelling to the islands with you, don’t worry, they will ensure that you know exactly what the plan and that you have all the contact numbers you need. They will then walk with you all to the check in for the transfer to Koh Tao and stay with you until you’re all safely aboard the overnight coach heading to the islands. Not long now until you see one of the most stunning islands in South East Asia!

Day 15: ARRIVAL PARADISE ISLAND KOH TAO

On arrival, you will have a full introduction from our resident rep who will settle you into the island life and it will go like this:

    • IMG_1904You arrive by night bus and boat on Sunday morning where you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation where breakfast is served!
    • Once you are checked in, you have time to relax, jump in the pool at your resort and freshen up.
    • In the afternoon around 4, our Rep Miss Jai will meet you and the rest of the group at the bar and give you an intro to Koh Tao. She will show you around, tell you the essentials and show you where everything is, like ATMs, pharmacies, beaches and activity locations. She is on hand throughout the week if you need her too.
    • You will then go out for dinner (on us) with the rest of the group, expect a tasty Thai curry! The next day you will be taken by miss Jai to start your activity, depending on the option you have picked.
    • Your Koh Tao itinerary will be explained to you locally. Where and when you have to be will be put up on the Xtreme Gap notice board at the resort.

Day 16-21: BEACH WEEK

Koh Tao! Here you can enjoy some serious beach time. 7 days/ 6 nights to chill and party. You will also have your Xtreme Adventure Day where we take you snorkelling and we visit Koh Nang Yuang by longtail boat, a stunning little island of the coast of Koh Tao.

TROPICAL ISLAND PARADISE…WOW!

Xtreme Gappers (38)Koh Tao has some of the best beaches in Thailand, it is also one of the most popular backpacker hubs in South East Asia, but not ruined like some of the other islands, there is a great community and vibe to the place you are going to love spending time here.

We have many Xtreme Gappers resident on the Island as we run lots of different trips there so there is lots going on. It is also a great place to learn to dive as well, so you can take advantage of getting your PADI Open water while you are there as well.

This part of the trip is all about being social and having fun, you can take long tail boat trips round the island, enjoy amazing Thai food and stay up all night in some of the best beach clubs and bars in Asia. After a few days of chill, you will want to pick up the pace again, so we finish the trip with the action week! The Koh Tao adventure day is the perfect end to the week.

FOOD & EATING OUT

Please note we include 1 breakfast and 2 meals on Koh Tao. There are plenty of restaurants serving delicious and healthy Thai food as little as one pound per meal and there is a restaurant the resort also.

We do not include food because it’s such a sociable atmosphere with so many great places to eat and explore you will want to go off and eat out with lots of new friends. Including food would really limit your options and detract from the whole experience. Bear in mind though we do include food for the first two weeks of this programme (Most other gap year companies ´s Thailand programmes do not) so you have already saved over £250 worth of spending money by booking with Xtreme.

You will receive a welcome breakfast, a lovely Thai meal on your first evening in Koh Tao and a BBQ after the Beach Clean up day though.

THE ADVENTURE DAY

The adventure day is just that an adventure, so sometimes we mix it up. But below is a summary of what you can expect.

Everyone meets at the Xtreme Gap Resort for a breakdown of the days activities.  Expect to be taken to a pretty amazing viewpoint on the neighbouring paradise island of Koh Nangyuan. Even the ride itself is a lot of fun, open air on a longtail boat with spectacular views of Sairee beach.

There will be plenty of time to explore the island, swim with tropical fish and chill on in this piece of perfection.

NIGHTLIFE & BEACH TIME & ACTIVITIES

Koh Tao is not only famous for its great diving and beautiful beaches, there is quite a party scene there too! Picture cool beach bars, fire shows, awesome night clubs like Fizz bar within easily stumbling distance to your accommodation. If you want to have some serious fun after the sun sets, you will not be disappointed.

This is a great way to finish up on your trip, after experiencing the culture its time to party. Speaking of which…

Beach Clean up day: Not on all departure dates.

Ecodave Xtreme GapWe do not control the dates, but if you are lucky you can join our beach clean up. At Xtreme Gap year we strongly believe in leaving a positive impact on the locations we visit. Mass tourism does take its toll on the environment. This is especially true on small tropical islands like Koh Tao. We strongly feel  it is everyone’s responsibility to make a contribution to maintaining, and improving the places that we visit. We have partnered with Koh Tao’s leading conservation organisations and every trip we run makes a financial contribution to Eco-conservation efforts.

So as part of our trips to Koh Tao trip, we co-host an eco-day. This is split into two parts. A lecture by leading conservationists, on marine conservation, and a hands-on beach clean-up so you can make a physical real difference during your trip. The aim is to provide you with information so you can make people aware of the issues. As well as physically helping out with marine conservation efforts.

It’s a fun day out, it’s a great way to see lots of out of the way beaches on Koh Tao, and feel good about yourself whilst making a positive difference on the island. In the evening we finish up with a barbecue, in one of Koh Tao’s hotspots by way of saying thanks for your efforts.

If you have completed your open water is part of this program, you can be involved in underwater clean-ups, if not its land-based conservation which is just as, or if not even more vital to marine conservation efforts. 80% of trash entering the waters comes from land-based sources.

End of your trip> Transfer Back to Bangkok

We do not include the transfer back in the price as there are a few options. Some of our travellers stay on the island or travel on in Thailand and Asia, some will take the boat and bus service back to Bangkok and some will prefer to go by plane from the next door island Koh Samui. read about the options in the frequently asked questions section below. Most will take the boat and bus option which our rep can arrange for you. Its super easy and will costs about 20 GBP.

Changes to Itinerary

Please note this is a flexible itinerary. Due to local conditions, changes can and often do happen at local level,  which means the above itinerary, and things listed in the included section,  is meant as a reference guide as to what might happen not as a contractual obligation as to everything included. Sometimes we add additional things into the itinerary, sometimes we do not do all the things listed due to group members wanting to do other activities instead.

ACCOMMODATION

Because you stay in various different locations throughout the trip accommodation does vary, however, expect to stay in comfortable and clean and secure accommodation. On the islands, you will stay in a luxury resort, with a swimming pool set in beautiful Thai Gardens just a short walk from the beach and bars and restaurants.

It’s the main resort Xtreme Gap uses in Thailand, Xtreme Gappers to hang out with and share adventures. Accommodation is shared on a twin share in a Fan Room. Upgrades to Aircon rooms are only possible on Koh Tao and only upon booking.

The accommodation in the resort in Koh Tao is the basic fan option at a great resort, perfect for your stay in paradise. A short stroll through a lovely street with little shops and some restaurants and just 5 min from the beach will get you to this perfectly located resort. A beautiful and laid back resort with a swimming pool, bar and restaurant set in tropical Thai gardens. The fan rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, have an en-suite and there is a maid service twice a week and a laundry service (approx. £1.50 per big bag load) located next door.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the benefits of booking your trip on Koh Tao with Xtreme Gap Year is not only do you get to do this awesome activity, but you will become part of the Xtreme gap family on Koh Tao. We will pick you up from the pier and give you a warm welcome at our stunning resort. On your first night, our resident representative will take you out for a gorgeous Thai meal annual get to know all of the other members of the group. When you are booking a trip with us it is not just about the activity so please bear this in mind if you are comparing prices to other companies. No other company has such a big presence in Koh Tao, runs groups of like-minded travellers so booking a trip with us is as much about the friends you make as well as the experiences you will have.
We offer airport pick up’s between 06:00 and 22:00 on arrival day and would encourage you to try to arrive at the airport by mid-afternoon so that you have time to freshen up, relax and then enjoy your first night in this amazing city.
It takes about 45-90 min to get through customs, depending on how busy it is, if your flight is scheduled to arrived at 21:45, dont worry, there will still be someone waiting for you. Same applies if your flight arrives at 5am, just hangout at Exit 1 and your guide will be there at 6am.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer transfers if you are flying into DMK (Don Mueang Airport 

If you are arriving outside these times (between 6am and 10pm) or are already in Thailand, then of course you are more than welcome to ‘make your own way’ to your first night’s accommodation in Bangkok, which is the group meeting point. Taxis are reasonably priced and easy to get from Bangkok International Airport
We have a private minivans or coaches for the majority of the trip. Super comfortable and much faster than taking public transport.

No, most of our travellers are solo travellers. You will meet lots of people on the different weeks. With group start dates and lots of group activities, you will make new friends really easy.

The trip ends in Koh Tao on Saturday, please note return transfer is not included in the price of the trip. This is because many people choose to travel onwards to other locations or stay in Koh Tao to do further programmes.

Returning back to Bangkok to meet your flight is very easy, transfers can be arranged on Koh Tao through rep and the cost is approximately £15. If you’re flying out straight after the trip ends, you have two options to meet your flight in Bangkok.

Our recommended option is to fly from Koh Samui directly to Bangkok airport, rep can organise your bus tickets to Samui airport, this will involve catching the boat late Saturday morning and arriving in Koh Samui at around three o’clock. Transfers are provided from the pier direct to the airport and are complimentary.

Please ensure that your flights are not booked any earlier than this and do allow for delays, so we would recommend not booking a flight back to Bangkok until the afternoon which also allows time to check in at the airport as well. Check Bangkok Airways the cheap flights booked ahead this should not cost you any more than £30 the flight time is approximately 40 min.

Option two would be to get the morning boat from Koh Tao back to Bangkok via bus and boat, the transfer time between six and eight hours typically you will get back into Bangkok about 10 o’clock in the evening. This would require an extra night stay in Bangkok, and if you are to pursue this option we do not recommend you do not organise your international flight until Sunday. Again the cost for this transfer is about £15.

If you are planning on travelling to Thailand for 30 days or less and you have British, Dutch or USA passport you can get a Visa exemption on arrival. This is valid for 30 days and cannot be extended in Thailand. If you are planning on being in Thailand longer than 28 days you will need to pre-arrange a Visa. You can prearrange a visa for 60 days which you can extend to 90 days in Thailand.

There are two ways of arranging your visa. When you are from the UK. You can either go in person to the Thai embassy in London, or you can post your passport along with the necessary documentation and fee to one of the Thai Consulates. In general this works the same for the other countries like The Netherlands and United States too, but please contact the nearest Thai Consulate for visa inquiries.

Some of our customers prefer a bigger room or an aircon room. We can arrange this, but it needs to be done at the time of booking, as the resort often fills up. If you are on the programme and still want to arrange it, you would have to arrange that with reception at the resort, and pay for accommodation again. So best to let us know at time of booking.

This is a hard question as age range does vary. On the groups that join the intro and culture weeks the average age is between 18 and 25. On Koh Tao with the Koh Tao Adventure (which are the last 2 weeks of this programme) the average age tends to be in the twenties.

Is this trip suitable for you? The average age on this trip is between 18 and 25. Although it is open to all. The makeup of the groups is usually 75% female to 25% male, just going to show, girls really are braver than boys! So come on lads, what are you waiting for? Prove us wrong!

The final week finishes on the Saturday morning, so you can arrange your transfer back to Bangkok with Miss Jai via boat and Bus (12 hours) or book a flight from Koh Samui to Bangkok (2 hour boat and 45 minute flight). This is the preferred option for most of our travellers as this gets you straight in to the international airport for a smooth flight connection back home.

Remember lots of details are in pre-departure pack you receive after booking. You will also be hooked up with your buddy lists then.

FINALLY

We can also send you loads of information on this trip and the locations so get trip notes for more details!

Full details on your options to get back to Bangkok are included in a very detailed pre-departure pack, which we send you after booking. You will also be set up with an online buddy list so you can chat to other members of the group in Koh Tao. The trip ends on the Saturday morning in Koh Tao. Check the FAQ section for details on how to get back to the airport.

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This can be a very popular trip so make sure you get booked up ASAP! You can secure your spot for only £100 by submitting a booking form. Do it now! So now you have read about the trip, you might want to check out where you will be staying or a breakdown of everything included.

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The First 2 weeks

INCLUDED

First 2 weeks

  • Personal meet & greet at the airport
  • Transfers to your hotel in Bangkok
  • Meet your other adventurers: Access to online buddy lists before you leave!
  • Unforgettable Bangkok city tour
  • Wat Arun, Wat Pho & Reclining Buddha
  • 13 nights total accommodation in high standard guesthouses and homestays
  • Breakfast
  • Some delicious meals included
  • A 2 day elephant experience with food  included
  • River rafting experience.
  •  2 days of trekking in a stunning national park
  • Night markets & Nights Out
  • Cookery class
  • 24 hour emergency support
  •  Maximum group size 26

Week on Koh Tao

  • All Accommodation
  • Breakfast on arrival on Koh Tao
  • Overnight Transfer to Koh Tao
  • 6 nights accommodation in standard fan room in Koh Tao at our luxury resort
  • Free Wi-Fi at most of the accommodation
  • Pick up from the boat and transfer to the resort in Koh Tao by taxi
  • Koh Tao adventure day which includes:
    • Boat around the island
    • Snorkelling in crystal clear waters round a tropical paradise island
    • Spectacular trek up to an incredible view point
  • Back up & support second to none. Services of our tour leaders and English-speaking reps who are available and based locally  24/7.

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas (if staying longer than 30 days this will cost approx GBP 40 for a 60 day visa)
  • Insurance
  • Return transfer from Koh Tao (but can be arranged locally for approx Euro 15)
  • Meals  (Approx £6 – 15 per day)
  • Entrance Grand palace in Bangkok (around 12 GP)
  • Entrance Fee for Koh Nanguang (100 Baht approx £2)

Dates

2017 Start on Sunday end on Saturday

12 November 2017 – 02 December 2017 (Full)
19 November 2017 – 09 December
10 December 2017 – 30 December 2017

2018 Start on Sunday end on Saturday

14 January 2018 – 03 February 2018
04 February 2018 – 24 February 2018
11 March 2018 – 31 March 2018
08 April 2018 – 28 April 2018
06 May 2018 – 26 May 2018
03 June 2018 – 23 June 2018
08 July 2018 – 28 July 2018
05 August 2018 – 25 August 2018
02 September 2018 – 22 September 2018
30 September 2018 – 20 October 2018
28 October 2018 – 17 November 2018
02 December 2018 – 22 December 2018

Easy to combine with Vietnam; starting 3 weeks before.

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Vietnam & Thailand Unleashed!

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!

 

If this is your first set into travelling. Make it an awesome trip! Enjoy the best of  Vietnam and Thailand on this superb combined group travel adventure! Starting of in Vietnam for a 3 week experience followed by 3 weeks in stunning Thailand!

Vietnam & Thailand Unleashed

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!

    3 Weeks Vietnam  Highlights:

  • Fancy going somewhere completely different? You will love Vietnam travel through the entire country and soak it in!
  • Explore the vibrant 1,000 year old of the historic city of Hanoi during the first week, stay outy on Halong bay. Epic!
  • New fun and new friends. It´s about the journey with superb landscapes, mountains and coastlines
  • Go trek the amazing Sapa mountain and learn about the culture here, visit markets
  • Discover Ho Chi Minh City and dwell on the history of Vietnam
  • No worries about going it alone, this trip has a buddy list so you can chat to other people on the trip before you go!
  • 3 Weeks Thailand  Highlights:

    Squeeze out the most fun! This 3-week trip has been tailored for you: Introduction in Bangkok, visiting temples and other cultural sites, live among elephants, bathe in waterfalls, trek through national parks, adventure day on a paradise island,  beach parties and lots of beach time.

  • Trekking through national parks & discovering cool waterfalls
  • Volunteering with Elephants and Mahouts
  • Exploring exciting Bangkok and stay in a fun backpackers hostel near the backpacking Mecca Khao San Road
  • Koh Tao adventure day with boats, snorkelling, paradise islands and viewpoints
  • Lots of Chill time on Koh Tao and beach parties to remember
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Vietnam

Thailand

Starting In Vietnam

Vietnam is blessed with natural beauty. It has it all. Mountains, lowlands, a huge coastline coated in beaches, national parks that are the envy of the world like Sapa and Halong Bay, and a culturally rich and troubled history that makes visiting Vietnam such a unique and interesting experience, it will be more than your average holiday.

This trip is about showing you all the best sites and attractions in Vietnam, whilst offering you lots of cultural interaction in a group and leaving you happy in the knowledge that you will be well looked after during your stay.

After 3 weeks Vietnam it´s time for Thailand

This is our top-selling trip! Loaded with activities there is never a dull moment. A great way to travel Thailand safely in a group, you have a jam packed itinerary showcasing the best this amazing country has to offer. An intro week, an adventure week, and a beach week. You will be checking out Thailand in the best possible way and fully guided! Let the good times roll.

This is what happens: Check Full Itineraries

Please note this is a flexible itinerary. Due to local conditions, changes can and often do happen at local level,  which means the above itinerary, and things listed in the included section,  is meant as a reference guide as to what might happen not as a contractual obligation as to everything included. Sometimes we add additional things into the itinerary, sometimes we do not do all the things listed due to group members wanting to do other activities instead.

FIRST WEEK

Day 1, Arrival Day

Arriving on Sunday or start your adventure in the all some ancient capital of North Vietnam Hanoi. This is it! The beginning of your 3-week adventure that is full of excitement, culture, history, a road trip and great times with new friends. With an airport pick up included you settle into your accommodation in Hanoi, you´ll get a chance to meet up with your fellow backpackers and find out about everyone you´ll be spending the next few weeks with.

Most people on our Vietnam Experience are in the same boat, i.e. they are travelling solo, so there is no need to be nervous. You´ll be far too busy to worry about that!

Day 2 Hanoi old quarter

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (70)To new visitors, Hanoi is a fantastic city bustling with crazy drivers, overloaded bicycles, colourful markets and street food stalls selling local dishes, some of which aren´t always identifiable (and yes, they are partial to chomping on a bit of Fido!).

Luckily you have a guide to help you through that initial culture shock, allowing you to absorb it with a bit of help. You´ll visit the 12th century Temple of Literature, see a local music performance and have lunch in the Old Quarter when your guide will take the opportunity to tell you all about what the next four weeks have in store. In the evening, you´ll have dinner and see a performance at the world famous water puppet theatre.

By the end of today, the sensory overload will either have you sleeping like a log or wide awake with wonder! Check out this gallery on our blog for more photos!

Day 3

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (63)Today we are heading to Halong City gateway to the world heritage site of Halong Bay.

Halong Bay, which means ´Bay of the Descending Dragon´, is approximately 170km north of Hanoi and is famous for its surreal and somewhat eerie landscape of over 3000 limestone monoliths that rise imposingly from the ocean.

Just make sure that you get those all important emails addresses from your trip mates so that you can swap photos and keep each other up-to-date with any more adventures you do. Believe us, this trip will leave you wanting more. There is no vaccination for the travel bug!!

Day 4 and 5

Vietnam is full of epic landscapes, Giao Xuan is a stunning little village that will not disappoint. Today we’ll learn everything there is to know about Vietnamese culture. You will be learning some basic trying your hand Vietnamese cooking, and we will even take you to a local market where you can haggle for some ingredients for a major feast later that day.

Day 6 Quintessential Vietnam paddy fields caves and temples

Vietnam gap yearToday involves a relaxing boat trip around Tam Coc and Dinh Cac Pier, which has a stunning landscape of towering karst islets and vast expanses of paddy fields. You´ll also float through three impressive natural caves, which is what the name Tam Coc means, ´three caves´. This whole area epitomizes rural Vietnam, and you´ll want to make sure your camera is charged.

After lunch, you can cycle to the village and onto Thai Vi Temple and Bich Dong Pagoda, which dates back to 1428 and is located on Ngu Nhac Mountain.

Day 7 and 8 (Sat & Sun)

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (66)Its weekend! You have a couple of days ´off´ at this point in the trip – that is you are free to explore at your own pace and see what you and your adventuring friends can find. Meet up in the evenings and swap stories and photos with the whole group, while soaking up the atmosphere and thinking about everything you’ve seen and done so far. Typically the groups head out to Cuc Phuong National Park, the picturesque waterfall, and temples of the 11th c former capital, Hoa Lu. Our guides can offer you advice on what’s best to see in the area.

SECOND WEEK:

DAY 9 (MON) SAPA

A local village, hill tribes and beautiful scenery are on the agenda today. Cat Cat Village is about 1km from Sapa, located at the bottom of the Muong Hoa Valley and as you walk there you´ll see the breathtaking mountains, over 3000m high, and the green rice terraces that drop almost 1000m below. You´ll also pass the sparkling Cat Cat waterfall. The village itself is home to the H´Mong tribe, who retain many of the old customs and traditions, some of which you can see, such as hand weaving and dying of materials to make textiles. Have you still got room for souvenirs?!

Locals and villages

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (115)We hope you´re feeling well rested for today as there is a 10km trek through the hills, past the streams and into the valley of Muong Hoa to visit Ta Van village, where you’ll stay overnight with a local family. This gives you the chance to experience firsthand the lifestyle and culture of the people living in this area. After the long trek, the pool is bound to look appealing to soothe those aching muscles! You also have the chance to pitch in and help to cook dinner (you might even get to use some of the skills you learnt in your cookery class) before settling down for a peaceful night with your local hosts.

Day 10 (Tue) trekking
Bring your trekking boots because we are going on an epic journey. 10 hours of trekking through hills, paddy fields and classic Asian scenery until we hit Ta Van village. Take a dip in the pool there because you have deserved it.

Day 11 (Wed) Waterfalls and landscapes and trekking

You´ll have been glad for a peaceful night as today is an amazing seven hour round trip trekking to a waterfall and passing through some stunning landscapes along the way something that you´ll probably be getting used to now, given how beautiful the country is. Anyway, you´re young and fit so no slacking, you can handle it!

Day 12 (Thu) Sapa

Back to Sapa and a well-earned rest. Kick back and sip a 666 Vietnamese beer. Super cheap and very tasty!

Sapa town

Sapa  is perfect for a well-earned rest. You´re more than halfway through your adventure so you can sit back, chill out and reflect on all the places you’ve been, things you see and people you´ve met so far. We reckon by this point you´ll realize this is one of the best things you’ve ever done!

If you are up for it check out the beautiful orchid gardens on the Ham Rong Mountain. Located in Sapa town, you don´t have far to travel to admire the panoramic views, gardens and unusual rock formations. It is well worth the effort of walking to the top as once you get there, and along the way, you´ll be rewarded with some great photo opportunities.

Day 13 (Fri) Market

Today you’ll visit the beautiful local market and beautiful old Sapa church in the morning.  You’ll have free time for the rest of the day until your bus back to Hanoi.

Day 14 and 15 (Sat & Sun) Hanoi craziness free time

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (146)Yes weekend again :). You’ve had quite a number of days admiring the beautiful Vietnam countryside and now it´s back to crazy Hanoi. You have a couple of days to explore more of the city, after which time you can decide whether you love it or hate it, it´s a bit like Marmite! Your guide will be able to give you the low down on the best places to visit and where to eat and drink.

You then have two days to explore the incredible city of Hanoi – our guides can give you some great suggestions of places to go, although often the group will have their own ideas there is only things you can see and do it will be hard to cram it all in. Stock up on snacks and charge your smartphone batteries because the following night you will be doing a very long bus trip which takes us to Hoi an.

THIRD WEEK 3: DAYS 16 – 21

Day 16 Hoi An is awesome

You will arrival to Hoi An in the afternoon and have time to visit Hoi An Old Quarter.  It has a distinctly French colonial flare, and it’s also an awesome place to get any type of clothing tailor-made for you!

You could spend time exploring the town and its many alleyways of cute shops, cafes and extensive food market or maybe hire a scooter and head out to the gorgeous local beaches.

Day 17 Ancient Ruins

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (143)You will visit the ancient ruins of the Cham dynasty in My Son. Ancient ruined temples two massive towers a really special place.

We will join the bus to transfer to Nha Trang tonight.

Day 18 & 19 Beach time

Na Trang has fantastic beaches and great nightlife. Nha Trang’s golden beaches are yours for the taking, alternatively, take a boat trip to nearby islands or sample sumptuous seafood.

Day 20 Saigon/ Ho Chi Minh

It’s been a huge epic journey but finally, we’ve made it to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Sai Gon)! Arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam, it has a distinctively different feel to Hanoi.

Day 21 (Sat) Saying goodbyes

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (23)On day 24 you will stay in Sai Gon where it will be time to say goodbye to your travel buddies. Lifelong friendships will have been formed, incredible time is had by all, in a truly stunning country. At the end of an amazing trip before continuing with your onward travels

This evening we travel to Koh Tao by bus and boat, arriving on Koh Tao the next morning.

Day 1: WARM WELCOME ON ARRIVAL

Arrival day the moment you have been waiting for! The start to an awesome life changing Thailand trip! First off, if you have not been travelling before… it will be ok. We make it a a hassle free arrival, the Xtreme Team will collect you from Suvarnabhumi Airport (the international airport in Bangkok) and take you to your super convenient Bangkok accommodation, which is a stone’s throw from the famous Khao San Road. The accommodation has a movie room, 2 pool tables, free WIFI and lots of Xtreme Gappers awaiting to join the adventure.

You will have the rest of the day/evening, depending on when you arrive, to relax after a long flight and meet the rest of your group. If you arrive in time we head out for a delicious Thai meal (local payment about £3-8) and explore the buzzing Bangkok area!

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 2: WELCOME ORIENTATION AND EXPLORE BANGKOK

We will take it easy and all meet up at around 10:00 am to start a “real exploration” of Bangkok. This will be lead by our group leader, who will be with you for the next 2 weeks.

Prepare to see incredible things as we include an awesome boat trip through the ancient water ways of Bangkok. Not only will you get to experience stunning traditional communities off the backpacker trail, but we will also take you to the majestic Wat Arun – The Temple of the Dawn, Wat Pho, which is home to the most important reclining Buddha in the whole of Thailand and Wat Phra Kaew –  The Grand Palace.

watt arun thailandExpect an authentic look into traditional Bangkok and lets you see some of the most beautiful temples Thailand has to offer. The tour will last about 4 hours.

In the afternoon we head back to our guesthouse, just in time to freshen up and chill out before your ‘Welcome Dinner’ in the evening. After dinner, we are off to the infamous and exciting Khao San Road, the backpacker area of Bangkok,  where you will get a taste of the Thai nightlife.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Welcome Dinner
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 3:  KANCHANABURI RIVER ADVENTURES!

After a relaxing morning, and hopefully a full recovery from a fun night out in Bangkok, we arrange a private minivan to gorgeous Kanchanaburi north of Bangkok, which usually takes about 3 hours, depending on the Bangkok traffic!

Kanchanaburi is where the Kwae Yai and Kwae Noi rivers meet and is as picturesque as Thailand can get, with a magnificent backdrop of forested mountains stretching all the way to the Burmese border.

It’s famous for the film location of the movie ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ where thousands of prisoners of wars and local Thai’s were forced to build the ‘Burmese Railway’ during WWII, it is a historic setting, but today it has transformed into a fun, chilled-out riverside town and your path to some great activities and experiences.

There´s lots to do here. Visiting museums and temples, swimming in pools by waterfalls, kayaking the rivers, and checking out temples

Once we have arrived, we check you into the hotel, freshen up and there is time to explore the area, see the sights and learn about the history – and of course enjoy a Singha beer or two while trying out some more traditional Thai food.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Private transfer to Kanchanaburi
• Overnight accommodation in twin / triple shared rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 4: BATHE IN STUNNING WATERFALLS

waterfallToday you’ll visit the exquisite waterfalls in the Erawan National Park. These waterfalls are considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, the waterfalls are truly made of absolute wonder! You will get to explore the several levels of these magnificent falls, each filtering into the different pools below, which you can swim in. How high you go, is of course up to you. The highlight here is a natural water slide that shoots you several metres down smooth stone into the emerald coloured water, so remember to have your GoPro’s and cameras charged! You are most definitely going to need them.

After your morning of photo shoots and an insane amount of fun and relaxation, you will head back to the hotel for the afternoon where you will have the chance to head into town and explore. Our guides are super knowledgeable of the area, so be sure to ask where all the best spots to eat, chill or party are.

Inclusions
• Breakfast
• Erawan Waterfall day
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 5: KAYAKING ON THE RIVER KWAE AND EXPLORING THE LOCAL AREA

The river Kwae is a real paradise for Kayaking! After breakfast at our Guest House, we will take you out for a fun-filled day of adventure, where you will get to go kayaking on the river Kwae and also explore some of the highlights of the local area. You might even see some monkeys on the way! Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a professional for this, in fact, no prior experience is needed, the river is pretty easy to navigate, you will get to see and experience the surroundings from a completely unique perspective.

Don’t forget sun cream, you will get a tan when you’re out and about today! After your epic day of kayaking and exploring the local area, we will head back to the Guesthouse to freshen up and get ready for dinner, a chilled evening at the cool laid back bars and enjoy a few cold ones as we watch the river go by.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Kayak trip on the river Kwae
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 6: EXPLORE THE HEART OF THAILAND

Today we take you into the ‘heart’ of Thailand, the North East, known in Thailand as Isaan (Surin). If you ever wondered why Thailand is known as the ‘Land of Smiles’ wonder no more, you are now surrounded by one of the friendliest groups of people on the face of our planet. Surin is by far, one of the more ‘off the beaten track’ areas of Thailand and by the time you arrive you will have experienced the overwhelming and humbling friendliness from the local villagers.

The area is renowned for the best rice and you will be an absolute expert by the time you leave. They are also well known for its mixture of Thai, Khmer and Gwi people, it’s insanely awesome food (loads of chilli) and it’s elephants, who have played a major role in the communities here for centuries.

Once again, we have arranged a private vehicles and while the journey is around 8-9 hours, we will stop for lunch and we make the odd stop to stretch your legs. Tip: take some music with you, as nothing is better than to listen to good music, gaze out of the window and see the palm trees and rice paddies.

When you arrive, we check into your hotel for tonight, a fantastic place in Surin town, where you can freshen up before we take you out to the night market to find the best places to eat. The food in Surin town is so delicious, so don’t be afraid to get out there and explore, our recommendation, foodie lovers, is the night market – Best chow in town.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Private transfer from Kanchanaburi to Surin
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Days 7-9:  ELEPHANTS & CULTURE!

thailand elephantLooking after Elephants is on the cards for the next three days. After a bite to eat in the morning, we will leave Surin Town and make our way to a rural ‘elephant village’ about 50km’s away. The main highlight of this trip and also a really unique opportunity is not only to spend time with elephants, but also to live in a small rural Thai community, which is something which is fast becoming more and more difficult to experience. This is what backpacking and adventure is all about. Living like the locals and truly immersing yourself in the culture of the people and the land.

Our project has been vetted to ensure it is ethically run. There is absolutely NO elephant riding by our guests.

During these three days, you will get to:

  • During these three days, you will get to:
    • Walk with the elephants to the local river and help the mahouts bathe them
    • Help the mahouts clean the elephant areas
    • Harvest / plant crops (depending on the season) for the elephants
    • Kayak on the local river
    • Learn how to make simple but great Thai food

     

    In the elephant village, you will get the awesome opportunity of living in a homestay, with the village headman and the members of his family, this is an Absolute honour and is something that you will truly take back with you. And…you will be sleeping just a few metres away from elephants.

    Note: On day 7 we’ll have lunch and dinner in the elephant village, on day 8 we’ll have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the village and on day 9, breakfast and lunch. All a great opportunity to cook alongside the local team and learn a few new foodie tricks – great to take home and show off to friends and family.

    Day 9 In the afternoon we will have to say goodbye to the elephants and new friends and head back to Surin town, staying overnight at the same hotel as on Day 6.

    Inclusions

    • Transfer to and from the elephant village
    • Elephant activities listed
    • Day 7- breakfast at the hotel in Surin, lunch, and dinner and the elephant village
    • Day 8-  breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 9- breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 7 and 8- basic accommodation in the elephant village, shared dorm style rooms with mattresses on the floor, mosquito nets, fans and shared toilet and washing facilities
    • Day 9 – Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 10: KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK DAY

Today we leave for Khao Yai National Park, this is the 3rd largest national park in Thailand. This rainforest is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. The journey (by minivan or train, depending on the group size) will take roughly 3-4 hours and once you arrive in Pak Chong (the gateway to the National Park). We will check you into your base for the next 2 nights.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer by minivan / coach or train to Pak Chong (depending on group size)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning , en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 11: TREKKING AND FOREST ENCOUNTERS

Khao Yai is absolutely stunning and one of Thailand’s most famous National Parks, but is often left off of travellers itineraries in their anticipation to just head to the beach. But you won’t miss out! Khao Yai boasts ancient and majestic towering forests, wild elephants and tigers, a colourful array of bird life and a number of different species of monkeys. This is a fantastic place to get a feeling of how much of Thailand really used to be. You will get to experience more beautiful waterfalls, one of which Leo Di Caprio jumped off (or pretended too!) for the making of The Beach.

You will spend the day exploring the National Park with a specialist guide, where you will hopefully get to see wildlife, like the herds of wild elephants. A bit of simple forest trekking is also on the menu for today. It’s superb fun, and again, don’t forget your camera and GoPro’s, but also don’t forget to just enjoy this day of splendour in this impressive natural landscape.

Inclusions

  • Khao Yai Adventure day and all park entry fees
  • Lunch during the Adventure Day
  • Services of specialist National Park guide
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 12:  R & R IN BANGKOK       

Today we start heading back to Bangkok (by train, minivan or coach depending on group numbers) arriving back in the buzzing city of Bangkok around mid-afternoon if traffic is not too hectic.

You will check back into the same accommodation as at the start of the trip and you can have the evening to enjoy some shopping, exploring or partying …or why not just do all three?

Inclusions:

  • Transfer to Bangkok (usually by train)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 13:  BANGKOK CYCLE TOUR

One of Bangkok´s most unforgettable experiences. Experience local life and Thai culture by bike. After winding our way through the back alleys and streets of Bangkok’s backpacker district we head across the river and through some of the oldest communities in the city.

Passing by ancient temples, fascinating communities that seem so far removed from the rest of the city and all the while following the course of the river and canals this really is a spectacular opportunity to see a side of the city that is so often missed by travellers.

The tour takes around 3 hours – but times can and do vary! – and in terms of distance is not very far (+/-10km). And with Bangkok being totally flat it’s perfect for anyone and everyone, whether you’re a regular rider or not!

Inclusions:

  • Behind the Scenes Bangkok Bike Tour
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 14: BANGKOK, IT IS ALL YOURS!

Today you have a free day to spend with your new friends. There are plenty of options to keep you busy with the rest of the group. Ask your guide for suggestions! As this is the perfect place to go shopping prior to hitting the islands be sure to spend some time at the MBK shopping mall! It’s an experience and a great place to hunt for bargains! If you are feeling a little bit tired from all the fun and travelling, maybe a traditional Thai massage is the perfect antidote.

  • You’ve got most of today to do your own thing and explore a bit more of this fantastic city – just ask your guide for inspiration and they’ll help you see what you’d like to see.
  • Lots of people enjoy a lazy day today – we’re pretty sure you’ll have hit the bars and clubs last night – but if you want to get out and about why not do one of the following:
  • Give your body a treat and have a 2 hour Thai massage – trust us, you won’t regret it. There are loads of massage shops all around the Guest House with prices starting at +/- 250/300THB
  • Jump in a taxi and see the ‘other side’ of Bangkok – if you like a bit of retail therapy or even just window shopping then have a look at Siam Paragon, Siam Centre and Central World. All huge fancy shopping malls, great for people watching and even better if you’re craving a bit of comfort food from home. A taxi from your Guest House to Siam will cost around 150THB depending on the traffic!
  •  If you’ve not had enough of boats and the river, then taking one of the boat ‘buses’ up the Chao Phraya is a brilliant way to spend a few hours. The ferry pier is only 10 mins amble from your Guest House and for the princely sum of between 15 and 19THB you can head all the way to Nonthaburi pier taking in all the sights and sounds of the city. Once you’re at Nonthaburi, have an explore and take a look at Bang Kwang Prison (the infamous Bangkok Hilton) and get lost in the local markets. Then simply hop back on a ferry back to where you started. Probably the cheapest day out possible in Bangkok!

All these trips and more can be arranged by your guide – just tell then what you’d like to do and they’ll help you get everything sorted. Just make sure you’re back at the accommodation by 6pm to meet back us with your group and begin the journey to the beach.

Whilst your guide from this part of the trip won’t be travelling to the islands with you, don’t worry, they will ensure that you know exactly what the plan and that you have all the contact numbers you need. They will then walk with you all to the check in for the transfer to Koh Tao and stay with you until you’re all safely aboard the overnight coach heading to the islands. Not long now until you see one of the most stunning islands in South East Asia!

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Late check out from the accommodation – meaning you can store your bags and freshen up before you head on the coach
• Overnight transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao (arriving the morning of Day 15)

This evening we travel to Koh Tao by luxury coach and fast boat, arriving on Koh Tao the next morning.

Please note the guide will not accompany you to Koh Tao, the group will be put on the bus and met at the other end by our rep in Koh Tao.

Day 15: ARRIVAL PARADISE ISLAND KOH TAO

On arrival, you will have a full introduction from our resident rep who will settle you into the island life and it will go like this:

    • You arrive by night bus and boat on Sunday morning where you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation where breakfast is served!
    • Once you are checked in, you have time to relax, jump in the pool at your resort and freshen up.
    • In the afternoon around 4, our Rep Miss Jai will meet you and the rest of the group at the bar and give you an intro to Koh Tao. She will show you around, tell you the essentials and show you where everything is, like ATMs, pharmacies, beaches and activity locations. She is on hand throughout the week if you need her too.
    • You will then go out for dinner (on us) with the rest of the group, expect a tasty Thai curry! The next day you will be taken by miss Jai to start your activity, depending on the option you have picked.
    • Your Koh Tao itinerary will be explained to you locally. Where and when you have to be will be put up on the Xtreme Gap notice board at the resort.

Day 16-21: BEACH WEEK

IMG_1904The Koh Tao Beach is there so you can enjoy some serious beach time. 6 full days to chill and party and chill and party. You will also have your Xtreme Adventure Day where we take you snorkelling and we visit Koh Nang Yuang by longtail boat, a stunning little island of the coast of Koh Tao.

TROPICAL ISLAND PARADISE…WOW!

Koh Tao has some of the best beaches in Thailand, it is also one of the most popular backpacker hubs in South East Asia, but not ruined like some of the other islands, there is a great community and vibe to the place you are going to love spending time here.

We have many Xtreme Gappers resident on the Island as we run lots of different trips there so there is lots going on. It is also a great place to learn to dive as well, so you can take advantage of getting your PADI Open water while you are there as well.

This part of the trip is all about being social and having fun, you can take long tail boat trips round the island, enjoy amazing Thai food and stay up all night in some of the best beach clubs and bars in Asia. After a few days of chill, you will want to pick up the pace again, so we finish the trip with the action week! The Koh Tao adventure day is the perfect end to the week.

FOOD & EATING OUT

Please note we include 1 breakfast and 2 meals on Koh Tao. There are plenty of restaurants serving delicious and healthy Thai food as little as one pound per meal and there is a restaurant the resort also.

We do not include food because it’s such a sociable atmosphere with so many great places to eat and explore you will want to go off and eat out with lots of new friends. Including food would really limit your options and detract from the whole experience. Bear in mind though we do include food for the first two weeks of this programme (Most other gap year companies ´s Thailand programmes do not) so you have already saved over £250 worth of spending money by booking with Xtreme.

You will receive a welcome breakfast, a lovely Thai meal on your first evening in Koh Tao and a BBQ after the Beach Clean up day though.

THE ADVENTURE DAY

The adventure day is just that an adventure, so sometimes we mix it up. But below is a summary of what you can expect.

Everyone meets at the Xtreme Gap Resort for a breakdown of the days activities.  Expect to be taken to a pretty amazing viewpoint on the neighbouring paradise island of Koh Nangyuan. Even the ride itself is a lot of fun, open air on a longtail boat with spectacular views of Sairee beach.

There will be plenty of time to explore the island, swim with tropical fish and chill on in this piece of perfection.

NIGHTLIFE & BEACH TIME & ACTIVITIES

Koh Tao Adventure (6)
Koh Tao is not only famous for its great diving and beautiful beaches, there is quite a party scene there too! Picture cool beach bars, fire shows, awesome night clubs like Fizz bar within easily stumbling distance to your accommodation. If you want to have some serious fun after the sun sets, you will not be disappointed.

This is a great way to finish up on your trip, after experiencing the culture its time to party. Speaking of which…

Beach Clean up day: Not on all departure dates.

Ecodave Xtreme GapWe do not control the dates, but if you are lucky you can join our beach clean up. At Xtreme Gap year we strongly believe in leaving a positive impact on the locations we visit. Mass tourism does take its toll on the environment. This is especially true on small tropical islands like Koh Tao. We strongly feel  it is everyone’s responsibility to make a contribution to maintaining, and improving the places that we visit. We have partnered with Koh Tao’s leading conservation organisations and every trip we run makes a financial contribution to Eco-conservation efforts.

So as part of our trips to Koh Tao trip, we co-host an eco-day. This is split into two parts. A lecture by leading conservationists, on marine conservation, and a hands-on beach clean-up so you can make a physical real difference during your trip. The aim is to provide you with information so you can make people aware of the issues. As well as physically helping out with marine conservation efforts.

It’s a fun day out, it’s a great way to see lots of out of the way beaches on Koh Tao, and feel good about yourself whilst making a positive difference on the island. In the evening we finish up with a barbecue, in one of Koh Tao’s hotspots by way of saying thanks for your efforts.

If you have completed your open water is part of this program, you can be involved in underwater clean-ups, if not its land-based conservation which is just as, or if not even more vital to marine conservation efforts. 80% of trash entering the waters comes from land-based sources.

End of your trip> Transfer Back to Bangkok

We do not include the transfer back in the price as there are a few options. Some of our travellers stay on the island or travel on in Thailand and Asia, some will take the boat and bus service back to Bangkok and some will prefer to go by plane from the next door island Koh Samui. read about the options in the frequently asked questions section below. Most will take the boat and bus option which our rep can arrange for you. Its super easy and will costs about 20 GBP.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The trip ends in Koh Tao on Saturday, please note return transfer is not included in the price of the trip. This is because many people choose to travel onwards to other locations or stay in Koh Tao to do further programmes.

Returning back to Bangkok to meet your flight is very easy, transfers can be arranged on Koh Tao through rep and the cost is approximately £15. If you’re flying out straight after the trip ends, you have two options to meet your flight in Bangkok.

Our recommended option is to fly from Koh Samui directly to Bangkok airport, rep can organise your bus tickets to Samui airport, this will involve catching the boat late Saturday morning and arriving in Koh Samui at around three o’clock. Transfers are provided from the pier direct to the airport and are complimentary.

Please ensure that your flights are not booked any earlier than this and do allow for delays, so we would recommend not booking a flight back to Bangkok until the afternoon which also allows time to check in at the airport as well. Check Bangkok Airways the cheap flights booked ahead this should not cost you any more than £30 the flight time is approximately 40 min.

Option two would be to get the morning boat from Koh Tao back to Bangkok via bus and boat, the transfer time between six and eight hours typically you will get back into Bangkok about 10 o’clock in the evening. This would require an extra night stay in Bangkok, and if you are to pursue this option we do not recommend you do not organise your international flight until Sunday. Again the cost for this transfer is about £15.

Most of your transfers on this trip are in private vehicles (ie just for you and the group). Exactly what sort of vehicle depends on the group size.

Why is this important?

Whilst there is lots of public transport available in Thailand, much of it is very uncomfortable, there are very few regulations about safety (it’s not uncommon for drivers to be on the go for 18-24 hours plus) and also it’s almost impossible to guarantee to get a group of travellers together (with their bags) all in the same vehicle. On some routes you’re able to buy tickets in advance but on many other routes it’s a matter of hoping there is room on the bus or simply waiting for another.

Not the best way to spend your precious time.
By using private transfers we can:
• Guarantee the safety standards of the companies we use
• Ensure that drivers are assessed, do not drive too far in one go, are not drunk etc
• Ensure that all the group are in the same vehicle and that we’re not waiting ages for another bus to come
• Plan our trips to fit in what’s best for the traveller – rather than what’s best for a transport company!
What transport do we use?
For groups of 10 or less we use ‘luxury’ minivans. With comfortable seats, air-conditioning, good experienced drivers – and a decent sound system if you want to listen to some tunes – these are perfect. Of course they leave when we ask them to, we can stop en route where we want to and the whole travel experience is far better, far more comfortable and far safer than any ‘public’ minivan.

Additionally, as there’s no random stopping to drop people off / pick people up they are far quicker – even though we can ensure that speed limits are obeyed!
For long distances with larger groups we use private coaches. These have the same benefits as the private minivans along with, of course, more space. Depending on the size of the group we use either 30 or 40 seater coaches (we always make sure there’s enough room for baggage!) giving you great room to spread out a bit and relax.
The journey from Kanchanaburi to Surin in particular is a horrible one by public transport. As a group we would need to travel to either Ayutthya or Bangkok, then change to another bus or minivan (with all the waiting around that entails) and then head to Surin – not only adding a whole load of wasted time but also a whole load of elements that are then unplanned (what time with the minvan leave, will we all be able to get into the same minivan etc).
The journey from Surin to Pak Chong may, on occasion with smaller groups, use the train. Whilst the train is slower than a private minivan or coach, it can be fun and gives a very different travel experience to the group, provides different scenery and of course allows to you wander around.

All our guides are Thai, bi-lingual (Thai and English) and fully licensed and trained – as is required by Thai law. In fact it’s illegal to be a tour guide in Thailand if you’re not Thai and quite right too – after all Thai people know their own country better than anyone else, tend to speak much better Thai than anyone else (!) and also are simply the best people at making sure anyone in Thailand has a great time.

Thai’s are also some of, if not the world’s best problem solvers. Growing up in a country where the unexpected can and does tend to happen makes Thai people absolute experts at anything anyone can throw their way. And they still manage to sort out any issues with a smile on their face, not an easy thing!
After all, why come all the way to Thailand to be led around the country from someone from home? Thai’s do and will always know their own country best and understand everything about what’s going on as opposed to those from elsewhere who often think they understand, but don’t really!

Our guides know the locations you’re travelling to like the back of their hand. They know the coolest places (not necessarily the place that the guidebooks think are the coolest!), they know the places to avoid (not always easy to spot when you’re not from here) and they know how to have the most fun.

They’ve not just travelled here for a few months – they’ve lived here all their lives and you just can’t replace that sort of insider knowledge. They all work full-time with us and are constantly updating their knowledge from our network of guides (bars and clubs are always changing and why waste your time heading to a bar that is oh so last season?) and making sure they keep their fingers on the pulse of what’s going on.

Full-time guides are quite a rarity in Thailand – lots of companies prefer to use freelance guides to make sure they aren’t paying salaries in between tours – but we believe passionately in full-time employment for our team. This means that they can plan their lives and support families, they know that we will always look after them and, equally importantly, we can run on-going training and support programmes for our team. Simply put – full-time guides are way better at delivering tours than those who jump between different companies and different styles of travel.
We run on-going training for all of our guides to ensure their skills are top quality and they manage to combine huge amounts of laughs and fun with keeping everyone fit, healthy and safe. 

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Accommodation & Meals

Vietnam accommodation

In Vietnam 21 nights’ accommodation is included. Most nights, are spent in guesthouses where you share with doubles or triples. You will also spend 1 night in basic, shared accommodation in a rural village homestayand 2 nights on overnight busses. Where you stay is all part of the adventure!

During this programme you will be located in 3 different locations to get to know about different parts of Vietnam. All transfers will be taken care of (arrival transfer is also included providing your arrive on set start dates).

Thailand Accommodation

Because you stay in various different locations throughout the trip accommodation does vary, however, expect to stay in comfortable and clean and secure accommodation. On the islands, you will stay in a luxury resort, with a swimming pool set in beautiful Thai Gardens just a short walk from the beach and bars and restaurants.

It’s the main resort Xtreme Gap uses in Thailand, Xtreme Gappers to hang out with and share adventures. Accommodation is shared on a twin share in a Fan Room. Upgrades to Aircon rooms are only possible on Koh Tao and only upon booking.

The accommodation in the resort in Koh Tao is the basic fan option at a great resort, perfect for your stay in paradise. A short stroll through a lovely street with little shops and some restaurants and just 5 min from the beach will get you to this perfectly located resort. A beautiful and laid back resort with a swimming pool, bar and restaurant set in tropical Thai gardens. The fan rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, have an en-suite and there is a maid service twice a week and a laundry service (approx. £1.50 per big bag load) located next door.

 

Meals

In Vietnam you get all breakfast included. You will have to pay for your own meals for the rest of the time but don’t worry, there are plenty of cheap and great places to eat in Vietnam. The food is delicious! For Thailand no meals are included, but during your days with the elephants and on your arrival in Koh Tao. Again meals are cheap, and delicious.

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

For Vietnam you will certainly need a Visa please arrange this in good time prior to travel. The cost is around £50. You can arrange a Visa at the Vietnamese Embassy.

If you are planning on travelling to Thailand for 30 days or less and you have British, Dutch or USA passport you can get a Visa exemption on arrival. This is valid for 28 days and cannot be extended in Thailand. If you are planning on being in Thailand longer than 30 days you will need to pre-arrange a Visa. You can prearrange a visa for 60 days which you can extend to 90 days in Thailand.

There are two ways of arranging your visa. When you are from the UK. You can either go in person to the Thai embassy in London, or you can post your passport along with the necessary documentation and fee to one of the Thai Consulates. In general this works the same for the other countries like The Netherlands and United States too, but please contact the nearest Thai Consulate for visa inquiries.

Please note that you are responsible for arranging your own visa. Xtreme Gap cannot be held responsible if you fail to travel with the correct visa. So please check with your local embassy personally. The previous information is meant as a guide, but visa rules change often and frequently. So do not take this as the current law.

Take £100 a week and you will be living very well. Remember that a lot is included on this trip. Breakfast in Vietnam and also included is all accommodation, most transfers, airport pick up and loads of activities and adventures along the way are already paid for.

The groups are not massive, so you can experience the culture to the max! Usually, there is an average of 6-15 fellow travel mates on the trip, but it can be more or less on the Vietnam part.
The Vietnam trip ends on a Saturday. The flight from Vietnam to Bangkok is not included in the trip. Most people add on an extra night in Ho Chi Minh and fly on the Sunday to Bangkok (BKK Airport). That way you have your airport collection included when you arrive in Bangkok. The extra night costs around £20 and usually people share and split the cost.
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Included

Vietnam

  • Breakfasts and accommodation throughout programme
  • Airport transfer on arrival, to make it easy for you!
  • Fully guided
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Orientation by our rep
  • Vietnamese cooking lessons
  • Vietnamese language lessons
  • Jungle trekking or cultural immersion at local schools. Let us know at time of booking!
  • Access to buddy lists before you go

Thailand:

  • Airport pick up in Bangkok
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Meals during your days with the elephants, dinner out on arrival in Koh Tao
  • Breakfast during the first 2 weeks
  • Learn all about elephants
  • All accommodation through the tree weeks
  • All transfers (except transfer back to Bangkok)
  • Lots of fun stuff and amazing activities
  • Access to online buddy lists to chat to other members of the group

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Meals (included are breakfast in Vietnam and first 2 weeks in Thailand)
  • Extra spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Airport drop off (but its cheap and we help you!)

Dates

2017 start dates
Start Vietnam Sunday 22 Oct. 2017 End Thailand Saturday 02 December 2017
Start Vietnam Sunday 19 Nov. 2017 End Thailand Saturday 30 December 2018

2018 start dates
Start Vietnam Sunday 14 January 2018 End Thailand Saturday 24 February 2018
Start Vietnam Sunday 18 February 2018 End Thailand Saturday 31 March 2018
Start Vietnam Sunday 18 March 2018 End Thailand Saturday 28 April 2018
Start Vietnam Sunday 17 June 2018 End Thailand Saturday 28 July 2018
Start Vietnam Sunday 15 July 2018 End Thailand Saturday 25 August 2018
Start Vietnam Sunday 09 September End Thailand Saturday 20 October 2018
Start Vietnam Sunday 11 November 2018 End Thailand Saturday 22 December 2018

Thailand Escapade 14 days

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

ESCAPE TO THAILAND

If you are looking for an exciting, daring and beautiful adventure, look no further. Take in all the splendour of Thailand with our decadently designed two-week Thailand Escapade. Our fun groups travel under excellent guidance from the energetic and buzzing city of Bangkok, right through to the phenomenally natural beauty in the North East of Thailand and to Khao Yai National Park. Join our groups on an dream like adventure through Thailand, where you will get to experience absolutely all the best of Thailand.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Join our action packed group travel start dates every month, perfect for solo travellers. Buddy list provided to meet your travel mates before you go!
  • Explore delightful Bangkok, see golden temples & Grand Palace!
  • Kayaking on the famous River Kwae.
  • Hanging out in the backpacker hot spot of Katchanaburi
  • Two days at the breathtaking Elephant Village getting upclose and personal with elephants.
  • Explore  night markets and amazing food markets, best food you will ever taste!
  • Visit and bath in the stunning Erawan waterfalls!
  • Trekking Adventure in idyllic Khao Yai National Park!
  • Cycle tour through Bangkok
  • All accommodation and transfers sorted, starting and ending in Bangkok
  • Fully guided Safe Fun Adventure!

PHOTOS

A LITTLE THAI TASTE OF WHAT TO EXPECT

Day 1: WARM WELCOME ON ARRIVAL

Arrival day the moment you have been waiting for! The start to an awesome life changing Thailand trip! First off, if you have not been travelling before… it will be ok. We make it a a hassle free arrival, the Xtreme Team will collect you from Suvarnabhumi Airport (the international airport in Bangkok) and take you to your super convenient Bangkok accommodation, which is a stone’s throw from the famous Khao San Road. The accommodation has a movie room, 2 pool tables, free WIFI and lots of Xtreme Gappers awaiting to join the adventure.

You will have the rest of the day/evening, depending on when you arrive, to relax after a long flight and meet the rest of your group. If you arrive in time we head out for a delicious Thai meal (local payment about £3-8) and explore the buzzing Bangkok area!

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 2: WELCOME ORIENTATION AND EXPLORE BANGKOK

We will take it easy and all meet up at around 10:00 am to start a “real exploration” of Bangkok. This will be lead by our group leader, who will be with you for the next 2 weeks.

Prepare to see incredible things as we include an awesome boat trip through the ancient water ways of Bangkok. Not only will you get to experience stunning traditional communities off the backpacker trail, but we will also take you to the majestic Wat Arun – The Temple of the Dawn, Wat Pho, which is home to the most important reclining Buddha in the whole of Thailand and Wat Phra Kaew –  The Grand Palace.

watt arun thailandExpect an authentic look into traditional Bangkok and lets you see some of the most beautiful temples Thailand has to offer. The tour will last about 4 hours.

In the afternoon we head back to our guesthouse, just in time to freshen up and chill out before your ‘Welcome Dinner’ in the evening. After dinner, we are off to the infamous and exciting Khao San Road, the backpacker area of Bangkok,  where you will get a taste of the Thai night life.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Welcome Dinner
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 3:  KANCHANABURI RIVER ADVENTURES!

After a relaxing morning, and hopefully a full recovery from a fun night out in Bangkok, we arrange a private minivan to gorgeous Kanchanaburi north of Bangkok, which usually takes about 3 hours, depending on the Bangkok traffic!

Kanchanaburi is where the Kwae Yai and Kwae Noi rivers meet and is as picturesque as Thailand can get, with a magnificent backdrop of forested mountains stretching all the way to the Burmese border.

It’s famous for the film location of the movie ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ where thousands of prisoners of wars and local Thai’s were forced to build the ‘Burmese Railway’ during WWII, it is a historic setting, but today it has transformed into a fun, chilled-out riverside town and your path to some great activities and experiences.

There´s lots to do here. Visiting museums and temples, swimming in pools by waterfalls, kayaking the rivers, and checking out temples

Once we have arrived, we check you into the hotel, freshen up and there is time to explore the area, see the sights and learn about the history – and of course enjoy a Singha beer or two while trying out some more traditional Thai food.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Private transfer to Kanchanaburi
• Overnight accommodation in twin / triple shared rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 4: BATHE IN STUNNING WATERFALLS

waterfallToday you’ll visit the exquisite waterfalls in the Erawan National Park. These waterfalls are considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, the waterfalls are truly made of absolute wonder! You will get to explore the several levels of these magnificent falls, each filtering into the different pools below, which you can swim in. How high you go, is of course up to you. The highlight here is a natural water slide that shoots you several metres down smooth stone into the emerald coloured water, so remember to have your GoPro’s and cameras charged! You are most definitely going to need them.

After your morning of photo shoots and an insane amount of fun and relaxation, you will head back to the hotel for the afternoon where you will have the chance to head into town and explore. Our guides are super knowledgeable of the area, so be sure to ask where all the best spots to eat, chill or party are.

Inclusions
• Breakfast
• Erawan Waterfall day
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 5: KAYAKING ON THE RIVER KWAE AND EXPLORING THE LOCAL AREA

The river Kwae is a real paradise for Kayaking! After breakfast at our Guest House, we will take you out for a fun-filled day of adventure, where you will get to go kayaking on the river Kwae and also explore some of the highlights of the local area. You might even see some monkeys on the way! Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a professional for this, in fact, no prior experience is needed, the river is pretty easy to navigate, you will get to see and experience the surroundings from a completely unique perspective.

Don’t forget sun cream, you will get a tan when you’re out and about today! After your epic day of kayaking and exploring the local area, we will head back to the Guesthouse to freshen up and get ready for dinner, a chilled evening at the cool laid back bars and enjoy a few cold ones as we watch the river go by.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Kayak trip on the river Kwae
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 6: EXPLORE THE HEART OF THAILAND

Today we take you into the ‘heart’ of Thailand, the North East, known in Thailand as Isaan (Surin). If you ever wondered why Thailand is known as the ‘Land of Smiles’ wonder no more, you are now surrounded by one of the friendliest groups of people on the face of our planet. Surin is by far, one of the more ‘off the beaten track’ areas of Thailand and by the time you arrive you will have experienced the overwhelming and humbling friendliness from the local villagers.

The area is renowned for the best rice and you will be an absolute expert by the time you leave. They are also well known for its mixture of Thai, Khmer and Gwi people, it’s insanely awesome food (loads of chilli) and it’s elephants, who have played a major role in the communities here for centuries.

Once again, we have arranged a private vehicles and while the journey is around 8-9 hours, we will stop for lunch and we make the odd stop to stretch your legs. Tip: take some music with you, as nothing is better than to listen to good music, gaze out of the window and see the palm trees and rice paddies.

When you arrive, we check into your hotel for tonight, a fantastic place in Surin town, where you can freshen up before we take you out to the night market to find the best places to eat. The food in Surin town is so delicious, so don’t be afraid to get out there and explore, our recommendation, foodie lovers, is the night market – Best chow in town.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Private transfer from Kanchanaburi to Surin
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Days 7-9:  ELEPHANTS & CULTURE!

thailand elephantLooking after Elephants is on the cards for the next three days. After a bite to eat in the morning, we will leave Surin Town and make our way to a rural ‘elephant village’ about 50km’s away. The main highlight of this trip and also a really unique opportunity is not only to spend time with elephants, but also to live in a small rural Thai community, which is something which is fast becoming more and more difficult to experience. This is what backpacking and adventure is all about. Living like the locals and truly immersing yourself in the culture of the people and the land.

Our project has been vetted to ensure it is ethically run. There is absolutely NO elephant riding by our guests.

During these three days, you will get to:

  • During these three days, you will get to:
    • Walk with the elephants to the local river and help the mahouts bathe them
    • Help the mahouts clean the elephant areas
    • Harvest / plant crops (depending on the season) for the elephants
    • Kayak on the local river
    • Learn how to make simple but great Thai food

     

    In the elephant village, you will get the awesome opportunity of living in a homestay, with the village headman and the members of his family, this is an Absolute honour and is something that you will truly take back with you. And…you will be sleeping just a few metres away from elephants.

    Note: On day 7 we’ll have lunch and dinner in the elephant village, on day 8 we’ll have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the village and on day 9, breakfast and lunch. All a great opportunity to cook alongside the local team and learn a few new foodie tricks – great to take home and show off to friends and family.

    Day 9 In the afternoon we will have to say goodbye to the elephants and new friends and head back to Surin town, staying overnight at the same hotel as on Day 6.

    Inclusions

    • Transfer to and from the elephant village
    • Elephant activities listed
    • Day 7- breakfast at the hotel in Surin, lunch, and dinner and the elephant village
    • Day 8-  breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 9- breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 7 and 8- basic accommodation in the elephant village, shared dorm style rooms with mattresses on the floor, mosquito nets, fans and shared toilet and washing facilities
    • Day 9 – Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 10: KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK DAY

Today we leave for Khao Yai National Park, this is the 3rd largest national park in Thailand. This rainforest is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. The journey (by minivan or train, depending on the group size) will take roughly 3-4 hours and once you arrive in Pak Chong (the gateway to the National Park). We will check you into your base for the next 2 nights.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer by minivan / coach or train to Pak Chong (depending on group size)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning , en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 11: TREKKING AND FOREST ENCOUNTERS

Khao Yai is absolutely stunning and one of Thailand’s most famous National Parks, but is often left off of travellers itineraries in their anticipation to just head to the beach. But you won’t miss out! Khao Yai boasts ancient and majestic towering forests, wild elephants and tigers, a colourful array of bird life and a number of different species of monkeys. This is a fantastic place to get a feeling of how much of Thailand really used to be. You will get to experience more beautiful waterfalls, one of which Leo Di Caprio jumped off (or pretended too!) for the making of The Beach.

You will spend the day exploring the National Park with a specialist guide, where you will hopefully get to see wildlife, like the herds of wild elephants. A bit of simple forest trekking is also on the menu for today. It’s superb fun, and again, don’t forget your camera and GoPro’s, but also don’t forget to just enjoy this day of splendour in this impressive natural landscape.

Inclusions

  • Khao Yai Adventure day and all park entry fees
  • Lunch during the Adventure Day
  • Services of specialist National Park guide
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 12:  R & R IN BANGKOK       

Today we start heading back to Bangkok (by train, minivan or coach depending on group numbers) arriving back in the buzzing city of Bangkok around mid-afternoon if traffic is not too hectic.

You will check back into the same accommodation as at the start of the trip and you can have the evening to enjoy some shopping, exploring or partying …or why not just do all three?

Inclusions:

  • Transfer to Bangkok (usually by train)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 13:  BANGKOK CYCLE TOUR

One of Bangkok´s most unforgettable experiences. Experience local life and Thai culture by bike. After winding our way through the back alleys and streets of Bangkok’s backpacker district we head across the river and through some of the oldest communities in the city.

Passing by ancient temples, fascinating communities that seem so far removed from the rest of the city and all the while following the course of the river and canals this really is a spectacular opportunity to see a side of the city that is so often missed by travellers.

The tour takes around 3 hours – but times can and do vary! – and in terms of distance is not very far (+/-10km). And with Bangkok being totally flat it’s perfect for anyone and everyone, whether you’re a regular rider or not!

Inclusions:

  • Behind the Scenes Bangkok Bike Tour
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

This is the perfect place to go shopping prior to hitting the islands be sure to spend some time at the MBK shopping mall! It’s an experience and a great place to hunt for bargains! If you are feeling a little bit tired from all the fun and travelling, maybe a traditional Thai massage is the perfect antidote.

  • You’ve got most of today to do your own thing and explore a bit more of this fantastic city – just ask your guide for inspiration and they’ll help you see what you’d like to see.
  • Lots of people enjoy a lazy day today – we’re pretty sure you’ll have hit the bars and clubs last night – but if you want to get out and about why not do one of the following:
  • A ‘behind the scenes’ bike tour exploring the backstreets and riverside communities of Bangkok – a great half day trip costing from 1,150THB
  • Give your body a treat and have a 2 hour Thai massage – trust us, you won’t regret it. There are loads of massage shops all around the Guest House with prices starting at +/- 250/300THB
  • Jump in a taxi and see the ‘other side’ of Bangkok – if you like a bit of retail therapy or even just window shopping then have a look at Siam Paragon, Siam Centre and Central World. All huge fancy shopping malls, great for people watching and even better if you’re craving a bit of comfort food from home. A taxi from your Guest House to Siam will cost around 150THB depending on the traffic!
  •  If you’ve not had enough of boats and the river, then taking one of the boat ‘buses’ up the Chao Phraya is a brilliant way to spend a few hours. The ferry pier is only 10 mins amble from your Guest House and for the princely sum of between 15 and 19THB you can head all the way to Nonthaburi pier taking in all the sights and sounds of the city. Once you’re at Nonthaburi, have an explore and take a look at Bang Kwang Prison (the infamous Bangkok Hilton) and get lost in the local markets. Then simply hop back on a ferry back to where you started. Probably the cheapest day out possible in Bangkok!

All these trips and more can be arranged by your guide – just tell then what you’d like to do and they’ll help you get everything sorted. Just make sure you’re back at the accommodation by 6pm to meet back us with your group and begin the journey to the beach.

Whilst your guide from this part of the trip won’t be travelling to the islands with you, don’t worry, they will ensure that you know exactly what the plan and that you have all the contact numbers you need. They will then walk with you all to the check in for the transfer to Koh Tao and stay with you until you’re all safely aboard the overnight coach heading to the islands. Not long now until you see one of the most stunning islands in South East Asia!

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Late check out (11 PM) from the accommodation, you can store your bags if you have a late flight out.

On the final day, we have a late check out and the trip ends. Return airport drop off is not included but a taxi will only cost £20.  You can do more if you wish, check out the Thailand Experience to head further south for much-needed beach time!

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

We offer airport pick up’s between 06:00 and 22:00 on arrival day and would encourage you to try to arrive at the airport by mid-afternoon so that you have time to freshen up, relax and then enjoy your first night in this amazing city.
It takes about 45-90 min to get through customs, depending on how busy it is, if your flight is scheduled to arrived at 21:45, dont worry, there will still be someone waiting for you. Same applies if your flight arrives at 5am, just hangout at Exit 1 and your guide will be there at 6am.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer transfers if you are flying into DMK (Don Meaung Airport 

If you are arriving outside these times (between 6am and 10pm) or are already in Thailand, then of course you are more than welcome to ‘make your own way’ to your first night’s accommodation in Bangkok, which is the group meeting point. Taxis are reasonably priced and easy to get from Bangkok International Airport
On day 2 we take you to Grand palace, please note that the entry fee to the Grand Palace is not included – currently 500THB per person)
We have a private minivans or coaches for the majority of the trip. Super comfortable and much faster than taking public transport.

No, most of our travellers are solo travellers. You will meet lots of people on the different weeks. With group start dates and lots of group activities, you will make new friends really easy.

If you are planning on travelling to Thailand for 30 days or less and you have British, Dutch or USA passport you can get a Visa exemption on arrival. This is valid for 30days and cannot be extended in Thailand. If you are planning on being in Thailand longer than 30 days you will need to pre-arrange a Visa. You can prearrange a visa for 60 days which you can extend to 90 days in Thailand.

There are two ways of arranging your visa. When you are from the UK. You can either go in person to the Thai embassy in London, or you can post your passport along with the necessary documentation and fee to one of the Thai Consulates. In general this works the same for the other countries like The Netherlands and United States too, but please contact the nearest Thai Consulate for visa inquiries.

This is a hard question as age range does vary. On the groups that join the intro and culture weeks the average age is between 18 and 22. On Koh Tao with the Koh Tao Adventure (which are the last 2 weeks of this programme) the average age tends to be in the twenties.

Is this trip suitable for you? The average age on this trip is between 18 and 22. Although it is open to all. The makeup of the groups is usually 75% female to 25% male, just going to show, girls really are braver than boys! So come on lads, what are you waiting for? Prove us wrong!

The final week finishes on the Saturday morning, so you can arrange your transfer back to Bangkok with Miss Jai via boat and Bus (12 hours) or book a flight from Koh Samui to Bangkok (2 hour boat and 45 minute flight). This is the preferred option for most of our travellers as this gets you straight in to the international airport for a smooth flight connection back home.

Remember lots of details are in pre-departure pack you receive after booking. You will also be hooked up with your buddy lists then.

PRICE

Duration Option Price  
14 (Days)GBP 729Book Now

INCLUDED

  • Personal meet & greet at the airport
  • Transfers to your hotel in Bangkok
  • Meet your other adventurers: Access to online buddy lists before you leave!
  • Unforgettable Bangkok city tour
  • Wat Arun, Wat Pho & Reclining Buddha
  • 13 nights total accommodation in high standard guesthouses and homestays
  • Breakfast
  • A 2 day elephant experience with food  included
  • River rafting experience
  •  2 days of trekking in a stunning national park
  • Night markets & Nights Out
  • Cookery class
  • 24 hour emergency support
  •  Maximum group size 26

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Most meals
  • Drinks
  • Travel Insurance

Dates

2017

12 November 2017 (Full)
19 November 2017
10 December 2017

2018

14 January 2018
04 February 2018
11 March 2018
08 April 2018
06 May 2018
03 June 2018
08 July 2018
05 August 2018
02 September 2018
30 September 2018
28 October 2018
02 December 2018

Australia Work & Travel East Coast

Work and travel along the East Coast of Australia! Travel and fun in the sun, exploring, sailing, cruising, off roading, amazing accommodation, fun transport, surf lessons and help to get ready to find a job in Australia… You name it. It is included! If you wish to find your luck In Australia for a while and travel and work in Australia, this is the trip for you. With lots of inclusions to make it super easy for you to have the best time ever!

 

This is your dream chance to work & travel along the social backpacker route: The East Coast of Australia and find a job in the process.

 This road trip along the east Coast of Australia runs from Sydney to Cairns and gives you lots of opportunities to find work. Plus, we include lots of amazing activities along the coast. With in no time you can be Surfing in Byron bay, Cruising on Fraser Island and Sailing the Whitsundays.

  Everything is arranged for you: arrival, transport, and awesome activities with new mates! It is flexible too, so you can spend up to 6 months completing it.

Australia Work & Travel East Coast

HOW THIS WORKS:

Hands down the most excitement you can cram into any Australia trip, plus work all along the East Coast! You will love it because you do everything, without worrying about running out of money on your travels, because all of the essential East Coast activities and experiences are included.

Highlights

  • Sydney work and travel assistance and help every step of the way with not one but 2 job placement services.
  • An action packed 3 days in Sydney with fun social activities.
  • New friends and new adventures in one of the coolest cities in the world.
  • Sail the stunning Whitsunday islands!
  • Go off roading on frazer island
  • Discover the amazing nightlife Sydney
  • After the first week we will help find you the perfect backpacking job so that you can earn big bucks in Australia. With minimum wage being about £9.75  in our many of our jobs from our job placement service come in at £15- £21 per hour*
  • Getting up to £1500 tax back on your return from Australia**

*Rate varies due to exchange-rate fluctuations and you are paid in Australian dollars.

**You will also qualify to get tax back at the end of the year meaning you can actually come home with cash in your bank account providing you have paid that in earnings!

 

Starting out with a superb arrival package Sydney where we set you up to be able to work in Australia, you travel the East coast. It is flexible so you can set your own pace allowing you to find a job in Australia.  It is a great laugh meeting loads of people on your travels and sharing insanely awesome adventures all along the East coast of Australia. We will take you from Sydney to Cairns. This really is the trip of a lifetime and one that we think is a life changer. You might leave home a nervous, first-time traveller, but you´ll return a daring adventurer with more friends than you could have imagined, and new stuff for on your CV!

As there are lots of activities included, a surf and stay in Byron Bay, a trip to Fraser island, where you go camping with a group on a stunning sand island and get a chance to drive the jeep too! Sailing on the great barrier reef and a few nights in Cairns, they are all with other travellers. Enough people to meet I would say!
Here are just some of the main highlights:

Earn as you travel! Work Section

On Arrival

Our Sydney 3 night work & travel arrival pack includes detailed predeparture support with arrival transfer details sent to you prior to your arrival and the following we have arranged for you on arrival.

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • 3nts dorm accommodation at or hostel in Sydney
  • Breakfast daily at the communal kitchen area in the hostel
  • Wi-fi
  • SIM Pack

On Monday (excludes public holidays and closed from Dec 23 to Jan 3) we arrange an orientation session for you. During this session we tell you all about what you can expect from the job service we include.

  • 12 Months membership with job search, our recruitment company specialising in jobs suitable to work & holiday makers only.
  • One-on-one Interview with JobSearch staff to conduct an assessment of qualification, experience as well as expectations in regards to employment
  • Resume building
  • Advice on permits, licences required for specific jobs (discounted RSA courses available)
  • Assistance with TFN ( tax file application)
  • Assistance with Medicare application (where applicable)
  • Assistance with Bank account application
  • Assistance with Tax Return and Superannuation
  • Access to JobSearch portal for 12 months
  • Assistance of Job Search staff in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane , Cairns and Auckland

JOBS IN AUSTRALIA & SUPPORT FINDING WORK

TAKING THE STRESS OUT OF FINDING A PAID JOB IN AUSTRALIA!

RSA1After an amazing arrival in Sydney we will help you get a job.  Great so you have made loads of mates and now you’re going to make loads of dough!

You can arrange appointments with our job finding service online. We are constantly recruiting for work and travel positions all over Australia. So when you are ready to commit to finding work abroad in Australia It is really easy for you.

There are thousands of amazing jobs on offer for backpackers in Australia. You are pretty much only limited by your imagination, you can find work in the cities, in surfer towns, the mountains or outback. It really takes the pressure off knowing that there is a team dedicated to help you apply and setup job interviews.

Even though you may not be looking to find paid work in Australia for the entire year, the job support service lasts an 12 months. That’s great because you never know way Australia adventure will take you.  A large percentage of people on a working holiday Visa, do extend to a second year.

One of the great things about this program is that the Australia job support service is totally flexible around you.  That means you can go after the jobs that inspire you, after all your Australia trip is more about fun but working. That worklife balance is completely in your control. With plenty of access to loads of Australian jobs, it can really make your trip amazing. Work for a couple of weeks in one location, and then move onto another having more money saved up then you started with!

How much can I expect to earn?

Wages vary depending on where you are and what you are doing obviously.  On average people earn up to £15 per hour.  Now this is a huge improvement on the UK minimum wage, but the Australian dollar is strong and wages are good.  Also the economy is very strong at this point in Australia.

Will you help me out with tax?

We will sort out your tax file number, and your employers will be dealing with your tax as you earn.  It works on a very similar systems the UK.  Whilst tax is a necessary evil, it’s nice to know you can claim much of it back when you leave Australia, with some refunds being up to $3000 on average!  That’s a great way to head home knowingly have plenty of money still in your bank account.

When should I book and when can I start looking for jobs?

Almost immediately. Although the best jobs get taken very quickly, so it’s better to sign up sooner rather than later before heading to Australia.  We do have limited availability on this program, so make sure you book early.  We will need a least two weeks to get everything together and usually the working holiday Visa comes through in two days. On average people book six months ahead because it gives them peace of mind that their places secured on this unrivalled job finding service.

Where can I go in Australia?

Anywhere you want!  Although after your first week in Sydney you may want to hang around for a bit as it is an amazing city you don’t have to do.  Are so many places to visit in Australia, and loads of jobs all over the place.  Where takes your fancy you can head there knowing that you have the full backup and support of our jobs team to help find you a job at a moments notice.

How long do I have to stay in Australia?

The working holiday Visa is valid for one year from the point of entry.  You do not have to stay for one year however.  In fact there is no minimum amount of time.  There are some restrictions, you are not allowed to work for one employer for more than three months.  If you want to stay for two years you can do that but you need to do agricultural work for a minimum of three months.

WHAT YOU GET WITH THE JOB SUPPORT PROGRAMME:

  • An entire year’s access to an exclusive online jobs database and job finding service.
  • A CV review service.  You will be amazed how a few changes can mean more job offers.  Our team are experts in reviewing Australia work travel Cvs
  • The best advice about living working in travelling around Australia from expert mentors.
  • Help with your own Australian bank account set up online for you to enable you to manage your finances easily.
  • We will set you up with an Australian telephone (mobile) number.  You will pick up your Sim card in Sydney but your mobile phone number will be e-mailed to you before you leave.  That means before you even enter Australia you can get contacted by employers offering interviews!
  • A Tax File Number – To receive an income in Australia you need to have a Tax File Number And without it you would get taxed heavily. The moment you arrive we will sort this out for you.
  • Help getting your refund tax back.  On average we get people nearly $3000 ( Australian) or £1500 of tax back prior to coming home. Now that’s enough to kill those travel blues.
  • Medicare Arranged.  This means you could get health cover on an Australian national health service equivalent.  This is a reciprocal agreement between the UK and Australian authorities but it needs to be set up on arrival.
  • We will give you all the help and advice you need about finding long-term accommodation the duration of your stay.
  • We also arrange discounts which can save you loads of money on hostels, tours and travel products all over Australia.
  • If you are looking to work in hospitality: we will set you up with an inclusive bar skills course for a small additional fee.
  • The Australia job finding service is pretty amazing.  It helps sort you out on arrival, and covers pretty much everything you need.  It genuinely can help you get a job in Australia from the very start.  Please note it is just a job finding service, your employment contract is between you and your end employers.  We are not responsible for what happens during your employment.

The Travel Section

Fully Guided Travel Oz Experience Pass Included (Bruce Pass)

Transport On The Greyhound Australia

Bruce passGetting around after the intro in Sydney is a breeze as we include a flexible bus pass to take you from Sydney to Cairns and everywhere in between. Its a great way to travel safely with other travellers.

The distance is pretty big,  it is 3150 kilometres from Sydney to Cairns! Thats alot of adventure on the open road!

With our Hop On Hop Off passes, you can get on and off as many times as you like, as long as you continue to travel in one direction. Each pass is valid for 6 months once travel commences, so you have loads of time to experience the beauty of Australia!

So you can go to places like:

Byron Bay

Then it is onto the cool town of Byron Bay where you have a surf and Stay included in this cool surf town. Its easy to book extra nights here, or in any other location locally.

 

The Whitsunday islands make up part of a stunning Marine Park, home to the world famous Whitehaven beach, probably the most beautiful beach in the entire world. Gorgeous white sands bordering Great Barrier Reef with lush tropical jungles make this one of the highlights of the trip.
Frazer island is one big adventure playground. It is the world’s largest sand bar island stretching over 100 miles, and is the only place in the world where a rainforest grows directly out of the sand. It’s a big place so you need wheels to get around. You will join a self-drive group and you will be equipped with a 4×4, like a land cruiser or Land Rover and then you’re off to go camping on the island for a couple of days. There is so much to see and do here, plenty of fresh water lakes to cool off in, with lots of interesting wildlife all around you including plenty of dingoes (Australian wild dogs).

As Frazer island is quintessentially one big beach is the ultimate place to get a suntanned there are plenty of places you want to check out along the way like the Moreno shipwreck, big sand dunes and Lake McKenzie.

Your trip ends in Cairns!

 

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The Details for Work & Travel in Australia

What you’re in for!

  • Don’t worry about going alone, you might be a little anxious about going the other side of the world, will you meet people? You can relax… Everything is taken care of for you an easy landing a warm welcome into Australia.
  • You can set your own pace, fully flexible trip so you can keep to your own itinerary, include work & travel
  • Great value and you really do a lot, as activities are prepaid so no worries about running out of money.
  • You do not have to take on the massive task of navigating all the way up the coast, Australia is huge but we take care of all of your transport from Sydney to Cairns
  • All the help on arrival in Sydney to earn som money along the east Coast of Australia (tax file number, bank account number, sim card, job board, you name it!)
  • You will probably never experienced this much adventure in one trip again, with lots of once-in-a-lifetime activities included you will have plenty to write home about.
  • You really will get to experience the incredible locations including Byron Bay, the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, Whitsundays, the East Coast best beaches, the Daintree rainforest, and vibrant cities like Sydney, Brisbane, and Cairns.
  • All your questions answered before you travel and en route. You will be taken care of all the way, with driver guides at your disposal and seriously detailed predeparture information.
  • You can sleep easy too, some of your accommodation is included additional nights are easy to book extra en route.

Cairns is a nice town, where you can expect to find a lot of adrenaline activities. If you like you can add on out Cairns Adrenaline overload. Five nights in Cairns. Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest with three adrenaline kicking activities included! A great final five days of adventure to finish off your trip, the Adrenaline Overload will provide you with some of your most memorable highs of your Aussie Adventure. It is also open dated so you can just turn up when your travels come to an end.

Itinerary (Flexible)

Arrival Day Sunday

Arrival in Sydney and the start of your adventure of a lifetime.As you come in to land at Sydney Airport you can gaze in awe as you see the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House for the first time. Your excitement levels will go through the roof as you think about the possibilities and excitement that await you in this vibrant city!

To help you get over the dreaded jet lag we have organized a fantastic three-night arrival pack, where we set you up to get ready to find work and it will help you to get settled in straight away at one of the coolest hostels in Sydney, right in the heart of the backpacker district, think comfy beds, wild nights out with new friends and all the essentials you need, such as internet access and daily breakfast . You don´t need to worry about a thing!

Day Two (Monday) Job Support

On Monday we include the introduction session, during which we go over the job support.

  • Bank account & Tax setup
  • Job and resume assistance
  • Access to Nomads Job Board for 12 months
  • Licence requirements, permits and courses advice
  • Assistance with interview preparation
  • 3 months Nomads job desk assistance

Day Three (Tuesday)

What else? Stroll around the many colourful markets, people-watch on famous Bondi Beach and visit the gorgeous little islands scattered around Port Jackson.

Day Four (Wednesday)

By now jetlag should be a distant memory, but after three action-packed days and nights in Sydney you´ll probably be glad to have a break from the big city lights and lie on a gorgeous beach instead. Well, you can. Its up to you now. When to jump on that bus leaving Sydney. Or will you hang out in Sydney for a while, or will you want to seek work and adventure elsewhere along the stunning east coast

Flexibility!

The hop on-hop off style bus can be booked a few days in advance for each of the following sectors.

Sydney to Byron Bay

Sydney

Sydney is the best, especially after you spend a couple of days here and get to know your way. There are some amazing restaurants, beaches, clubs. But watch your Australian Dollars. Your money will go quick here. So unless you find a nice job, it might be an idea to get on that bus and start exploring!

Byron Bay to Rainbow Beach Sector

Byron Bay

This section of the trip begins with some time spent in Byron Bay, chilling out and soaking up the bohemian lifestyle. However, if that sounds a little too sedate for you then you can take book in a  skydive at the travel desk of any hostel, it might only take a few minutes to get from 11,000 feet to the ground but the adrenaline rush will last so much longer! One night in Byron Bay is included at this point you will pick up all of your vouchers for the remaining activities awaiting you up the East coast.

Nimbin (optional not included)

The day trip to Nimbin is the perfect antidote to too much excitement (is that even possible?!). After being picked up from your accommodation, the Grasshoppers bus will take you through the stunning scenery of Byron Bay to the famous town of Nimbin, Australia´s ´alternative lifestyle´ capital. You´ll have around an hour to experience the hippie atmosphere and sample some special cakes before heading off to the explore rainforests and waterfalls, enjoy a pint in an historic Aussie pub and tuck into some food from the barbie.

It´s quite possible that you´ll get to see Koalas and Kookaburras during the trip, and that´s before the beer! Surfers Paradise The next part of the bus trip takes you from Byron Bay north to Surfers Paradise aptly named due to the 3km golden sand beach, right on the Pacific Ocean. There is something for everyone here, so if you need another shot of adrenaline there is bungy jumping and jet boating, if you´re the sporty type you can enjoy the surfing and beach volleyball, whilst those in need of some relaxation can chill out on the beach or in the cafes and parks of the Northside or West Quay districts.

Brisbane

The next stop for the bus is the city of Brisbane, capital of the ´Sunshine State´ of Queensland (but where isn’t sunny in Oz?). So, what can you expect here? A vibrant nightlife with the abundance of bars and clubs, a bit of culture at the City Hall and Parliament House and the chance to get up close with some of Australia´s most well known natives at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. There is so much indoor and outdoor stuff to do here that you´ll never be bored and being the biggest city in Queensland it can be a good place to stop off for some work.

Noosa

On the way from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach there is a stop off at the town of Noosa, to drop off old friends and pick up new ones. There is also a chance to have a wander around Wildhorse Mountain National Park, which provides some great photo opportunities of the gorgeous Sunshine Coast area yet something else to make those friends at home envious about!

Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island

Rainbow beach is a must-stop place to pick up the Fraser Island 4 x 4 tour. This unique site, the largest sand island in the world, will blow your mind with its beauty  pristine white sand beaches, freshwater lakes and the world´s only sand-dwelling rainforest. This is definitely one you can tick off the ´100 places to visit before you die´ list. Not only does the trip include two nights´ accommodation at Hervey Bay Backpackers, but also two nights camping under the stars, a chance to drive across the endless sands and the opportunity to meet some dingoes (human or canine depends on who is in your group!) Back at Rainbow Beach you can indulge in some more close encounters of the animal kind (we´re talking marine life here) with the opportunity to feed the dolphins. Plus you can meet some new trip recruits at the Hervey Bay hostel stop.

Rainbow Beach to 1770 Sector

After pick-ups and drop-offs at Hervey Bay the bus continues on to the towns of Childers and Bundaberg, which are the ideal place to stop off and replenish your dosh by doing some fruit picking. It´s pretty hard work but well worth it to make sure you’ve got enough funds for extra activities and partying. However, don´t go too mad on the Bundaberg Rum, or Bundy as it´s known, otherwise that fruit picking will be twice as hard! The next opportunity for stopping off and chilling out for a few days is the gorgeous little seaside village of 1770. If you want to spend a bit of time relaxing on golden sands and dipping your toes in the crystal clear turquoise water of the Coral Sea, then this is the place for you. There is still a ton of fun activities coming up on the trip so make sure you recharge your batteries so you can make the most of it! 1770 to Airlie Beach Sector

Airlie Beach a highlight of the trip  the Whitsundays cruise.

The three night package here includes two nights at the cool Nomads hostel and one night/two days sailing, giving you the chance to experience these unbelievable islands beaches, rainforest, unusual marine life and a party-to-remember. This will take you to Whitehaven beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!

Airlie Beach to Cairns Sector

Townsville

The beach theme continues in Townsville, where you´ll be staying at one of the best hostels (own expense), right on the gorgeous sand, or on stunning Magnetic Island just off the coast. This is the sunniest spot on the Queensland coast, so you can make the most of the outdoor activities swimming, snorkelling, hiking, koala spotting or just chilling out with your mates. There is plenty going on at the hostel and when it comes to night-time entertainment look out for the full moon parties definitely something to remember (or not!).

Mission Beach

White sand beaches, lush rainforest and activities galore await you at the paradise hideaway of Mission Beach. A few days here can be as sedate or adrenaline filled as you choose and if you didn’t take a skydive in Byron Bay, now´s your chance! You won´t get a better view of the area and long after you touch down on the ground your euphoria levels will still be sky high. Mission Beach is also home to the impressive Cassowary, a huge flightless bird with very big claws, a sharp beak and bad-ass attitude you might not want to get too close, but they are certainly a sight to see.

Cairns Adrenaline Overload

You wouldn´t be in Oz if the last part of your ultimate adventure didn´t finish with a bang and that´s exactly what you get with the five night Adrenaline Overload tour! You´ll start by checking in to your accommodation at the Cairns hostel and getting to know your dorm mates in the bar before finding out from your guide exactly what you´ll be up to over the next few days.

Jungle Tour

You could settle in with a relaxing tour of the Daintree Rainforest, river cruise and visit to Mossman Gorge. The rainforest is unique in that it grows right down to the water´s edge and is one of the most complex ecosystems on earth, containing an abundance of Australian plant and wildlife, including the Idiot Fruit (honestly, we´re not kidding!). Ok, biology lesson over.

Tully River

If you´ve been a bit shy getting to know your dorm mates then getting thrown around in an inflatable raft whilst being pounded with foamy water is the perfect way to break the ice! Your Tully River trip is a full day that includes hostel pick-up/drop off, BBQ lunch, highly experienced guides and up to 5 hours rafting, not to mention other activities such as rock jumping, rapid swimming, and raft surfing. You won´t go home dry but you will be on a high!

Great Barrier Reef

You can´t visit Oz and not visit the world famous Great Barrier Reef, and as trips go the Passions of Paradise tour is the best on offer. Dates are flexible and there are daily sailings, so you can fit this in when you choose. You may have seen images of this amazing natural attraction in books or on TV, but nothing can prepare you for seeing it in real life exotic marine life, colourful coral gardens, and stunning views all around will take your breath away almost as much as the skydiving! If snorkeling isn´t enough for you, you could always use some of your hard earned cash (or the bank of mum and Dad!) to take a diving trip.

Finally

The minimum amount of time you need to complete this trip is 5 weeks, but if you want to find some work along the coast allow yourself 8 weeks or longer.

One thing to remember is that drives are very long, Australia is enormous and the bus might not go every day, so double check the schedules and be prepared to supplement some of the Oz experience sectors with greyhounds if you are in a rush.

However you decide to do it this really is the trip of a lifetime and one that we think is a life changer you might leave home a nervous, first-time traveler, but you´ll return a daring adventurer with more friends than you could have imagined!

Accommodation

There is 14 Nights Accommodation included in the price of this trip.

  • 3 nights in Sydney in an awesome hostel in central Sydney
  • 1 night dorm accommodation at the surf and stay
  • 3 nights dorm accommodation at Nomads Noosa
  • 2 nights camping on Fraser Island Tour
  • 2 nights dorm accommodation at Nomads Airlie Beach
  • 1 night on board a Whitsunday Maxi Sailing
  • 2 nights dorm accommodation at Nomads Cairns

That ´s 14 nights of not having to find a bed for the night included in the price!

Most of our travellers travel alone, and are a bit anxious, so lets explain how this trip works:

We get it; you are nervous! But with your first 3 nights in Sydney arranged,including lots of activities, and a backpacker bus pass along the east coast including stop offs in the best places plus including quite a few nights for you… you will wonder why you were nervous. By this time you will have already made friends for life, it´s easy!

Remember 85% on the trip backpacks solo, so everyone is up for making new friends, but also everyone picks their own pace. After a few amazing days in Sydney, you get on the flexible backpacker bus and you can hop on and hop off where ever you like. People tend to travel together for a few days or weeks and then meet others again. As other travellers might have 6 weeks and you might be thinking of travel and work in Australia for 5 months. That is the deal with backpacking. It´s about meeting people, doing amazing stuff together and move on… but have memories for life!

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Yes this trip starts on a Sunday, every 1st and 3rd sunday of the month. This is the day you arrive in Sydney.

Lots of Xtreme Gappers combine this trip with working in Australia. Some even do the sailing course so they can work on a sailing boat on the Whitsundays straight after. A job is 89% guaranteed and helps you save up for some extra cash before you continue your trip again!

“The minimum amount of time you need to complete the route  is 5 weeks, which is ideal if you only have a short amount of time before college or university, but you can take up to six months if you want to make it more of a gap year travel a bit, work a bit, etc.

One thing to remember is that drives are very long, Australia is enormous and the bus might not go every day, so double check the schedules.

If time is really tight you can FastTrack your journey by using the Greyhound (your Oz experience pass is interchangeable with this).

Will there always be others on the tour?

Yes, there will, although you may not be travelling with exactly the same people that the entire duration of the journey. You start off with your 3 nights stay in Sydney. There are normally between 20 and 40 young travellers arriving in the hostel weekly. all young travellers probably on their first big trip alone. Also you have the travel desk and the job support there to help you out. on the surf trip. From then on you have 1 party night and accommodation in Byron Bay. In

The East coast of Australia is very social, so don’t worry you will make loads of new friends guaranteed.

 

Your first 3 nights accommodation are already arranged for you, after Sydney you are able to pre-book further accommodation or just see how you go. We recommend you book yourself in to the surf and stay in Byron Bay before you leave on the bus from Sydney to Byron Bay. Other than that, play it by ear because you will talk to others, get tips, read cool stuff, find deals etc on route.

No, 14 nights accommodation are included but you will need to book extra.

There is no need to take a lot of cash as there are ATM’s everywhere we stop. Payments can be done in cash or by card. during your arrival package assistance can be given the you to set up a bank account as well so you might want to transfer money into an Australian bank to save on international bank fees.

The amount of money you need depends on how long you go and if you wish to go out a lot etc.

Here we have listed some costs (prices are an indication and may vary due to change in currency rates).

Dorm accommodation will cost about £10 to £15.

Meals are about £5 to £15, but you always have the possibility to cook in the big kitchens of the hostels. This is also a fun way to get to know other people. You will be cooking side to side, most people make spaghetti 🙂

Drinks: a beer will be £2 and wine will be about £3 to £5. But there are always lots of backpacker bars and happy hours. We know what you like.

Money for extra activities along the way. Out of experience we know it is better to book all you definitely want to do up front, because otherwise you spend it on drinks and you will fail to be able to do all the exiting stuff.

You have 12 months to complete the trip and in total there are 14 nights of accommodation included in all the activities.

Duration Option Price  
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Included

Arrival pack includes:

Sydney Work & Travel Arrival pack includes:

  • Bank account & Tax setup
  • Job and resume assistance
  • Access to Nomads Job Board for 12 months
  • License requirements, permits and courses advice
  • Assistance with interview preparation
  • 3 months Nomads job desk assistance

Byron Bay Surf and Stay includes:

  • 1 night at a funky hostel in Byron bay
  • 1 Hour of Surf lessons

The Fraser Island 4×4 includes:

  • Flexible starting dates
  • Matched up with a group at time of confirmation
  • Guide, but you get the opportunity to drive your self too
  • 2 night camping with equipment
  • Swim in Crystal clear lakes Meet Dingo’s

Whitsundays Sailing Cruise Includes:

  • The worlds most photographed beach
  • Flexible starting date
  • 1 night and 2 days on the reef
  • Meals & Accommodation included.

2 Nights in Cairns Includes:

  • 2 Nights in out Hostel in Cairns
  • Breakfast
  • Atherton Tablelands Day Tour

Other miscellaneous inclusions

  • 2 for 1 Drink voucher at Nomads Noosa KB´s Bar
  • 2x breakfasts at Nomads Cairns
  • Detailed pre departure pack and guide to Australia
  • Access to Australia buddy lists to chat to other people before you leave

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visa
  • Accommodation other than stated above
  • Meals other than included in itinerary
  • Spending money
  • GREAT BARRIER REEF – Reef Levy $10 per person payable on arrival directly to the operator
  • Oz experience local payments totaling AU$105, please check their   terms and conditions the accuracy of local payments as these do change often.

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