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Thailand Fitness & Beaches

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.

 

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13 (Days)1 Week Fit & BeachUSD 1309Book Now

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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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The Thailand Bucket List 18 Day Tour

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


A great value arrival into Thailand, jam packed with exciting activities and excursions. Timed perfectly to give you a 18 day introduction, helps you meet people and get to know your surroundings and gives you a further 12 day ´s on the same 30 day visa (free upon arrival) to explore on your own steam if you want.

 Thailand Bucket List  18 Day  Tour

Untitled-10Thailand is the dream destination for any adventure-loving traveller itching to get out and see the beauty of the world, experience the kindness of people and have one of the most epic trips of a lifetime.

Thailand ticks all the boxes; sun, sea, sand, islands, adventure, nightlife, shopping, culture, history and friendly people. This tour is the perfect first-time trip for anyone looking to travel with a group of like-minded, similar aged people. Fully guided by English-speaking, Western guides, you´ll always feel safe, comfortable and at ease with the people around you.

Imagine yourself traveling through the bustling streets of Bangkok on a shaky tuk tuk, diving headfirst into crystal clear emerald water, partying on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, or riding an elephant through lush tropical rainforest. The exotic smells, breath-taking sights, mouth-watering tastes and new sounds of traveling through Thailand will live long on in your memory after the trip is over. The Xtreme Gap Thailand Bucket List takes in the very best of Thailand in 18 amazing, adventure-filled days, including plenty of down time on some of the most famous and beautiful beaches in the world!

So make memories to last a lifetime; visit Thailand and have the time of your life. There´ll never be a better time than now; Thailand is waiting for you!

Highlights Include:

  • 18 days in the land of the smiles for a price that will keep you grinning!
  • The excitement and hedonism of Khao San Rd
  • Tuk Tuk ride through Bangkok
  • Temples, palaces and markets and cruising down the Chao Praya river
  • Go Xtreme in the stunning Khao Sok National Park with bamboo rafting, kayaking tubing and cliff jumping.
  • You get to spend the night on amazing unique floating bungalows in an off the beaten track beautiful destination
  •  Amazing longtail boat trips and boat parties
  • Stay overnight on Bottle Beach one of the most secluded paradises in Thailand
  • 4 days on stunning Island Koh Tao
  • Eating some of the most amazing Thai food with the rest of the Xtreme Gap group in Koh Phangan
  • Stay a few nights on Koh Phangan. the party Island
  • Visit the famous Maya Bay on Phi Phi Island
  • Kayaking in Railay Beach, Krabi
  • Snorkelling boat trip in Phi Phi
  • Visit the little locals on Monkey Beach
  • Party Tuk Tuk in Patong, Phuket
  • Wicked laughs and fully guided with a trip leader
  • All accommodation, activities and transport included

 

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The Thailand Bucket List 18 Day Tour Itinerary

Tropical beaches? Island paradises? Amazing adventure? Welcome to the trip of a lifetime; the ultimate bucket list journey through Thailand! If you love beaches, nature, adventure and a healthy dose of partying, then this is the trip for you!

Amazing value, and perfect for first-time or solo travellers, you´ll instantly make a bunch of new friends in your travel group who will share amazing travel experiences with you.

From the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, to the remote hidden beaches and islands made famous by legend and movies, this tour packs in so much epicness and adventure in just 18  days!

Day 1: Arrive to the Land of Smiles!

You´re getting closer and closer to the greatest adventure of your life. Just 10 minutes from landing in Bangkok airport, you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach. A new friend is waiting for you on the other side, ready to take you through the crazy streets of Bangkok to your accommodation and a group of fellow travellers who will soon become close friends. Once you´ve taken some time to relax and unwind in the guesthouse after your flight, you´ll head out for dinner and drinks with your new friends and travel buddies on the iconic Khao San Road.

Welcome to the first day of your amazing Thai adventure! It only gets better from here!

Day 2: Exploring the In´s and Out´s of Bangkok

Bangkok is known as the ´Venice of the East´, so what better way to explore the city than taking to the rivers. Cruising along the Chao Phraya River, you´ll experience one of the most epic skylines in Asia, seeing how the modern metropolis has merged with the ancient temples to create one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

After the river cruise, you´ll visit two of the most important temples in Thailand, where you´ll get your first experience of the beauty and intrigue of Thai history and culture. Next, we´ll jump on a Tuk Tuk for a whirlwind ride through the city back to Khao San Road. If you´ve never been on a Tuk Tuk before, you´ll be laughing (and possibly screaming) all the way, as it swerves and dodges all sorts of traffic and obstacles imaginable. Who knew driving could be so adventurous!

Finish the day with an amazing lunch and dinner in one of the best eating spots in Bangkok, Khao San Road; cheap, authentic and delicious!

Day 3: Preparing to head South

Your final day in Bangkok sees you getting ready to head to the tropical south of the country. After checking out of your accommodation, you´ll have an opportunity to relax with a traditional Thai Massage in a local spa. This should keep you sufficiently chilled out during your overnight train journey to the south of the country. You´ll probably be so relaxed that you´ll fall asleep on the train. If not, make sure to check out the awesome views of the Thai countryside.

Don´t worry though, as you´ll have plenty of time to pick up some souvenirs and do a little shopping in the awesome Khao San Road before you depart from Bangkok.

Day 4: Visiting Paradise in Khao Sok National Park

Prepare to be in awe of the beauty of Khao Sok National Park. Arriving bright and early at 7am, after the overnight train, you´ll be taken direct to the stunning park. Your accommodation here just so happens to be floating on the Cheow Larn Lake. Yep, you read correctly! These cute wooden bungalows are situated on a beautiful turquoise lake, surrounded by mountains covered in lush evergreen rainforest. You can even sit right outside your bungalow door, cooling down by dangling your feet in the lake!

Swimming, kayaking, tubing, bamboo rafting and cave exploring are just some of the awesome adrenaline-pumping activities that can be enjoyed in the park, while surrounded by some of the most gorgeous scenery you´ll ever see. We´re sure you´ll never want to leave your temporary home floating on the lake. However, Thai beaches are waiting:and that´s a pretty good excuse to keep moving!

Day 5: Beaches, Waves and Cocktails

Today we leave Khao Sok National Park via ferry to Koh Phangan, one of the most iconic and beautiful areas in Thailand. You´ll spend the day on Bottle Beach, a postcard-perfect beach with bright white sand and turquoise blue water, often regarded as one of the best beaches in Thailand!

Swim, sunbathe, relax or snorkel during the day, while in the evening we´ll prepare an awesome private beach party for you and your travel buddies. Cocktails, a campfire, lanterns and music will make this evening one of the most memorable during your travels in Thailand.

After a few drinks and dances around the campfire, you won´t have very far to go for a good nights sleep. In fact, you´ll still be able to hear the sounds of the ocean as you stay in your own private beach bungalow just a few metres from the waves. Not a bad way to spend a day!

DAY 6: MUAY THAI TRAINING LESSON

Wake up in paradise and step out onto the soft sand of Bottle Beach. Today, you can spend the morning sleeping, swimming, getting your tan on, or taking selfies with the world´s best backdrop!

The afternoon is reserved for your Muay Thai boxing experience! Hopping in a taxi boat, we´ll head towards the fishing town of Chaloklum, where you´ll get picked up by open air taxi and travel back through the heart of Phangan to Haad Rinn. It is here where you will try your hand at a bit of Thai boxing. Over the course of an hour your will learn about the sport of Muay Thai, techniques of the national sport and experience a training session with a local fighter. After building up a sweat we check into our accommodation in Haad Rinn just in time for a shower and some sunset drinks in one of our favourite beach bars.

DAY 7: EXPLORING THE PHANGAN ISLANDS

Koh Phangan is one of the best snorkelling and diving spots in the world, and at 11am you´ll be on your way there to explore the water and island for the day. From bathing in a waterfall like a boss, to enjoying lunch on the beach and watching the sunset from the boat, your day in Koh Phangan will definitely be one for the scrapbook!

In the evening, back at the resort we´ll enjoy a dinner courtesy of the tour organizers. Of course no event is finished without some celebratory drinks to commemorate your first amazing week in paradise! On the beach, you´ll party, enjoy a famous Thai bucket or two, and dance the night away, preferably in your bare feet!

DAY 8-12: LIVING IT UP ON KOH TAO

The next four days will be spent on the beautiful Koh Tao Island just north of Koh Phangan. Here is where you can tailor make your adventure by adding in some optional activities.

You will be staying on the gorgeous Sairee beach where you can relax into laid-back island life and choose how you spend each day. If you want to experience the best adrenaline-pumping adventure, you can add in additional activities (at an extra cost) like scuba diving, rock climbing, abseiling, water skiing, wake boarding and free diving. You do not have to pre-book. Decide what you want to do when you arrive. The included activity during the four days will be a boat trip to Koh Nangyuan, one of the most picturesque spots in the world where you can take in the surroundings, top up the tan and even enjoy a spot of snorkelling.

This is Koh Tao:

Day 12-15: Heading West

You´ve come to the end of your stay on Koh Tao, but don´t worry; there are lots more beautiful beaches and islands waiting to be explored in Thailand. One of those beaches is Railay on the west coast of Thailand; one of the most remarkably beautiful beaches on earth.

Although Railay is on the mainland, it is only accessible by boat so you´ll still feel like you´re on a remote tropical island, surrounded by scenery that looks like it´s been taken straight from a postcard.

Here you can relax, play, drink, eat and enjoy your surroundings, in between more intensive activities such as snorkelling, sea kayaking and rock climbing. Make sure to climb up to the lagoon viewpoint for some of the most fantastic views in the country.

The nightlife in Railay is always buzzing, with fire shows a regular fixture of the nightly entertainment around the many bars and restaurants.

Day 15-17: Island Bliss

We´re sure you´ve heard about your next location; the absolutely beautiful Maya Bay; so good it even stole the limelight from Leonardo DiCaprio in the film The Beach!

You´ll get to spend two glorious days on Phi Phi Island, taking a sunset boat trip around the other islands including Maya Bay, Monkey Island and the Viking Caves. Free lunch will be served on the boat before continuing on for more snorkelling and swimming back in the emerald waters of Phi Phi Island.

In the evenings, hang out with the group, enjoy some drinks and the nightlife, or do some amazing night swimming among the ´glow in the dark´ plankton.

Day 17-18: Final Days in the Land of Smiles

In the morning, we take a trip to Thailand´s largest island; Phuket. Phuket is as you would expect of any of the Thai islands; beautiful and laid-back with lots of things to do. It´s the perfect place to spend your final night in Thailand before leaving the next day for home, or the next part of your journey.

Party all night in Patong town, the party capital of Phuket, experiencing the nightlife through amazing Party Tuk Tuks; the ultimate crazy way to end your epic 18-day trip through the most beautiful country on earth!

On day 18, we´ll help you organize everything you need to make it back to Bangkok for homeward bound flights, or whether you´re continuing your journey through Thailand and Southeast Asia.

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

During the trip you will stay in a variety of gorgeous cosy guesthouses, backpacker hostels and even in a floating resort. You share your accommodation With one other person of the same sex. We really go to town on the quality of accommodation as well for instance on the final night you will stay in a luxurious resorts.

 

Koh Sok National Park

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

It depends how long you are travelling for or if you are moving onto another country after but you will not need to pack much for SE Asia. 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.
Can I speak to other group members before I go? 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.
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
If you are susceptible to motion sickness then you may experience symptoms during a cruise/ferry, although symptoms tend to disappear as you adapt to the conditions in one or two days. Your Group Leader can help you pick up some medication that will help with this or you could look into getting some sea sickness bands which are now commonly available
Some meals are included so please make sure you let us know in good time if you have any special dietary requirements. Please click here to see the itinerary in full which will tell you what meals are included.
The Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) does recommendations vaccinations such as hepatitis A & B and Typhoid as well as being sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations. For more information, you can visit the CDC website but please remember that information surrounding vaccinations changes on a regular basis so always consult your GP before you travel.

The first day of your tour is mainly a check-in/meet and greet. It gives you the chance to chill out after a long haul flight. Day two is the start of your activities. Do I need to pay for any transport? All transport is included with the Experience within the week.

(Please note: If you arrive in Bangkok 3 days or more prior to your start date, you may have to arrange and pay for your own airport transfer.) and if you choose to go out in the evenings or take part in activities not included in the itinerary then you will need to pay for your own cabs etc…

Any time is a good time. The climate is relatively steady throughout the year and it depends where in Thailand you are going. It can rain more down South during October and November and there are some fluctuations in temperature but in most of the country it is guaranteed to be hot all year round! See our Weather page for more info. When will I meet my group leader? Your tour leader will greet you off your flight at Bangkok airport and take you to your guesthouse. If you have already arrived in Bangkok prior to your start date, then we will put you in touch and your Group Leader will arrange to meet you at the guesthouse when you arrive.
It differs from city to city but very rarely drops below 25 degrees Celsius. Bangkok is always around 35c and tends to have the odd down pour. Do not pay attention to the iphone weather app as it will always say thunderstorms in Bangkok. Not the case! On the islands it is less humid and averages around 33c all year round. They do have a brief rain season between October and November, however it usually only rains for about an hour or two with sunshine for the rest of the day. Check out our country info page for more info.
 Yes. The media has a tendency to report only the very worst news, which means that we can get quite a negative impression of a country and quite often we don’t hear anything about the very friendly, helpful people and extraordinary cultures in these amazing destinations.
Nearly 95% of Thailand’s population is Buddhist of the Theravada school, though Buddhism in this country has become integrated with folk beliefs such as ancestor worship as well as Chinese religions from the large Thai-Chinese population. Buddhist temples in Thailand are characterized by tall golden stupas, and the Buddhist architecture of Thailand is similar to that in other Southeast Asian countries, particularly Cambodia and Laos, with which Thailand shares cultural and historical heritage.
You will automatically be granted a 28 day tourist visa on entry to Thailand if you are from one of the countries on the exemption list (see our Visa page). If you are considering staying in Thailand for longer then you may need to arrange your own visa. Visit the Visa Info page on our website to find out all you need to know.
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. Generally people will arrive on that date or one or two days before hand. If you land much before or are already in Thailand just let us know and we will help you arrange a transfer and to meet at our accommodation.
Yes. Let us know via email if you are arriving early and your group leader will reserve a room for you at your guesthouse. All you would need to do is pay for the additional nights. Once your group starts,we will cover the rest.
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All transport, accommodation and activities are included in your epic Thailand trip of a lifetime, so you don´t need to worry about anything. Simply get yourself here and we´ll take care of the rest!

What else is included?

  • Airport pick-up
  • 17 Nights´ accommodation
  • Bangkok River Cruise
  • Visit two historical temples
  • Experience Bangkok nightlife
  • Tuk Tuk ride
  • Thai massage
  • Overnight train
  • Visit Khao Sok National Park
  • Go kayaking and explore caves
  • Stay in floating bungalows
  • Boat trip around Koh Phangan
  • Snorkel at some of Thailand´s best spots
  • Spend a day and night on Bottle Beach
  • Muay Thai Training lesson
  • Waterfall visit
  • Three evening meals and several lunches
  • Beach BBQ
  • Beach parties
  • 10 days of island hopping
  • Boat trips to Maya Bay (The Beach), around Phangan and Koh Tao
  • Viewpoint treks
  • Party Tuk Tuk night life tour of Phuket
  • All transport around and accommodation in Bangkok, Khao Sok, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Railay Beach, Koh Phi Phi & Phuket
  • Optional upgrades – scuba diving, rock climbing & water skiing/wake boarding (additional cost)

Excluded

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

Dates

Start Dates 2016

Start Dates 2017

03 Jan – 21st Jan
19th Jan – 5th Feb
9th Feb – 26th Feb
23rd Feb – 12th Mar
8th Mar – 25th Mar
25th Mar – 11th Apr
8th Apr – 25th Apr
23rd Apr – 10th May
8th May – 25thMay
24th May – 10th June
6th June – 23rd June
22nd June – 9th July
7th July – 24th July
21st July – 7th Aug
4th Aug – 21st Aug
13th Aug – 30th Aug
2nd Sept – 19th Sept
13th Sept – 30th Sept
3rd Oct – 20th Oct
14th Oct – 31st Oct
1st Nov – 18th Nov
15th Nov – 2nd Dec
1st Dec – 19th Dec

Round The World S.E. Asia & New Zealand

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

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

South East Asia & New Zealand

This exciting trip starts off in Bangkok, with the Xtreme Thailand Experience. A four week fully guided group trip to the best places in Thailand. Then we include a flexible hop on hop off pass trough the North of Thailand, the whole of stunning Laos, into Cambodia seeing sights like Angkor Wat and last but not least the whole of Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi (South to North and everything in between) before heading to New Zealand to enjoy the stunning nature, Kiwi hospitality and adrenaline activities in Queens Town! Men… this trip is Epic!

 

backpacking in south east asia (5)Some of the highlights include:

  • Meeting up online before you go travelling
  • Meeting new friends and sharing adventures
  • Immersing yourself in Thailand culture and parties on the Xtreme Thailand Experience
  • Tropical Islands and amazing beaches
  • Fullmoon Party
  • Staying at an elephant camp
  • Koh Tao Adventure options with diving, freediving, Muay Thai or yoga sessions
  • Amazing Adventure with boat ride and snorkelling plus viewpoint!
  • Try Out Scuba with an Xtreme Trial Scuba Experience
  • Bangkok, Hanoi, Vientiane and many more exciting cities
  • Street food and Asian flavours at every turn (tip avoid the squid jerky)
  • Tuk Tuks, Rickshaws and crazy traffic!
  • River tubing in Laos and stunning scenery
  • Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  • Enjoy the many water sports or kick back and relax in Sihanoukville
  • Learn about Cambodia’s history at the S21 Prison and Killing Fields
  • Learn about the history of the American and Vietnam War at sights and musea
  • Come face to face with monkeys, gibbons and other endangered species at the Primate Centre in Vietnam
  • Explore life in the old town of Hoi An, a picture perfect Vietnamese riverside town; listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Flexible travel in New Zealand
  • Learn all bout Maori  culture
  • Visit Lord of the Rings’ volcanoes
  • Majestic Franz Josef glacier with a free day to hike and explore it
  • Stunning sites and adrenaline activities in Queens Town

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Great Times on the Xtreme Thailand Experience

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Then Go Backpacking through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam

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Afterwards, Soak Up Breathtaking New Zealand

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  • Discovering Thai culture, temples & cuisine on mind-blowing 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
  • Adrenaline Action on Koh Tao like diving and freediving, kickboxing or cross fit. If you prefer to chill out a little, you can with a yoga course.
  • Koh Tao adventure day with longtail boat, snorkelling, paradise islands and view points.
  • Try Out Scuba with an Xtreme trial Scuba Experience and Stand Up Paddle

 

  • An amazing laugh all the way with fun group leaders to guide you and the rest of the group
  • Connect from Bangkok up to the Amazing North of Thailand on trains and traverse Laos from north to south in to Cambodia and from the south of Vietnam to the north ending up in Hanoi
  • ´Jump-on’ and ‘jump-off’ the bus anywhere that you want along the way around our comprehensive route
  • Go further off the beaten track for unique down-to-earth stops, local culture and amazing activities
  • Travel with like-minded people, our legendary guides and local drivers
  • We can organise guest houses, hostels, budget hotels, ecolodges and camping accommodation options enroute
  • Explore both islands (north and south) on a flexible itinerary
  • Orientation meeting the night before departure
  • Social back packer busses
  • Help with accommodation and activity bookings
  • Incredible scenery
  • Fun and social backpacker route
  • Awesome experiences can be booked throughout the trip
  • Staying off the beaten track places and learn more about this epic country
  • We can organise hostels options enroute

Fully guided trip throughout Southeast Asia & New Zealand with loads of activities and inclusions

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Frequently Asked Questions

For Thailand

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, please note return transfer is not included in the price of the trip.

Returning back to Bangkok to get on your next trip is easy, transfers can be arranged on Koh Tao through rep and the cost is approximately £20. If you’re flying out straight after the trip ends, you have two options to meet your flight in Bangkok.

You can fly or take the boat and bus.

Yes, for some parts of the trip (Vietnam) you do need a visa. For Thailand and Laos and Cambodia, you get on at the border. But please know that arranging a visa is totally up to you and not Xtreme´s responsibility.

Absolutely our guides will be there to meet you off your flight. If you are nervous about flying on your own, we also hook you up with a buddy list where you can chat to other people on your trip prior to booking your flights. That means you can coordinate your flights together and have a travel buddy as you go.

This is a hard question as age range does vary. Most people travelling with us are between 18 and 26

Is this trip suitable for you? The average age on this trip is between 18 and 26. Although it is open to all. The make up of the groups is usually 60% female to 40% male, just going to show, girls really are braver than boys! So come on lads, what are you waiting for? Prove us wrong!

Thailand is a very safe country in general, it does however get a lot of press due to the political situation. Comparatively you are more in danger in a big city in western Europe then you are backpacking in Thailand. We have a guide with you at all times, and there is a great support network available to you to help you out even for the little things like losing your bank card.

For Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam

Your driver/guide provides you with a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, and trivia as well as recommending and booking activities and accommodation for you around Asia. They are walking guidebooks, always there to help and entertain!
The average age of passengers is about 20 – 26. . No matter what the age we find we attract on-to-it people who want to meet other travellers, and get out there and further off the beaten track.
Our buses range from 14 seaters to 45 seaters with an average group of about 20. We keep them smaller so you can see and do more, and because we find that that groups of this size simply work better.
Its perfect for people travelling by themselves. Asia is relatively safe and our smaller group sizes means, you can meet more people and your driver is always there for any questions you may have.
Backpacks are recommended but suitcases are fine you don´t need to walk great distances with them (just between the accommodation and the bus). The majority of the time while you´re doing activities they will be stored away (on the bus or at your accommodation). We recommend you bring a good day pack (small backpack) or bag you can carry easily for water bottles, towels, cameras, sunblock etc.
You´ll need to bring a decent pair of sneakers/trainers that you can walk in comfortably. Hiking boots are good but not essential. In summer you´ll find flip flops/thongs are the favoured option!
We include free days (non-travel days) in key locations, so even if you´re completing your trip in the minimum days required you´ll have time to do activities and explore each of these areas.   We also have free mornings or afternoons in most places for you to do local activities, just relax or and do some necessary laundry!
Most accommodations and activities accept debit and credit cards, so you don´t have to carry too much cash with you. Some cash on the other hand, is advisable, because some accommodations may require a cash key deposit.
Your travel pass includes all land transport, guidance, free activities such as walks and the city orientations. Your driver will book accommodation for you if you like but the cost is not included in your pass (you´ll just need to pay as you go).
The bus guide helps you reserve accommodation in all our overnight stops. You´ll be guaranteed a bed with a range of accommodation levels, from hostel dorms to made up private rooms; our driver/guides will help you with this. You are free to book your own accommodation if you wish. You will need to book your own accommodation for the night before you start your trip and let us know where you are staying so we know where to pick you up from. We can recommend places for you to stay if you need help.

For New Zealand

Accommodation is not included in the New Zealand Xplorer.  Why?  Well let’s just think about this.  New Zealand is an incredible place with so much to see and do and has lots of places that you will want to stay for longer.   As this is not a set tour with specific day-to-day itinerary, you can stay longer in certain places should you wish.  So we do not include accommodation to allow the trip to be flexible.  That doesn’t mean you will be stranded, we can pre-book accommodation for you as you go (the guide will sort that out for you on the bus).
As a bare minimum you can do this in 25 days.  But that really is pushing it, we would recommend spending four weeks
Then you should definitely join.  Most of our travellers are solo travellers looking to join a group.  The New Zealand Xplorer is designed to help you meet people easily.  Backpacking in New Zealand is highly social, but this really makes it easy.
Most people start in Auckland although you can start in Christchurch as well.
We would work on the basis of about £30 per day.  You will need to cover your hostel bed for the night and food.  Also if you wish to do any adrenaline activities as you travel these can be fairly expensive, be sure to budget enough for some skydiving bungee-jumping!
Just talk to us, hit the e-mail button and send us your question, we are experts at sending people backpacking New Zealand.

Special payment conditions

On round the world bookings we can stage payment to make it easier to save, you can of course pay all at once.

  • Time of booking if travelling in more than 6 months -25% deposit of the balance
  • At 16 Weeks until departure ” 50% of the balance
  • 12 weeks before departure ” the remaining 25% balance.

This ensures you have enough time to save for your flights, spending money and insurance.

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Included

Thailand (first 4 weeks)

The 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 during the first 2 weeks
  • 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
  • Overnight Transfer to Koh Tao

On Koh Tao

  • 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
  • Koh Tao Extra Activities Included
    • Beach BBQ after beach Clean up day
    • Beach Clean up day
    • Stand Up Paddling
    • Xtreme Discover Scuba Dive
  • Koh Tao activity option Week inclusions (pick one option):
    • Get fit pack: 5 Muay Thai Sessions (5 hours), all equipment (for rent included) and training one on one with a Muay Thai Trainer
    • Get ripped pack: 4 Crossfit sessions. These 4 classes will teach you all the basic movements and techniques for CrossFit
    • Xtreme Freediving Pack: a 2 day beginner free diving course
    • Relax With Yoga: 5 yoga sessions spread out over 5 days
    • The learn to dive course includes a full PADI open water course, course materials, instruction and 4 dives
  • Full moon party
  • All Accommodation
  • Breakfast on arrival on Koh Tao
  • 12 nights accommodation in standard fan room in Koh Tao at our luxury resort
  • Free Wi-Fi at the accommodation
  • Pick up from the boat and transfer to the resort in Koh Tao by taxi
  • Back up & support second to none. Services of our tour leaders and English-speaking reps who are available and based locally  24/7.

Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam (56 days recommended)

  • Pre departure information
  • Pick up at different locations in Thailand and Laos
  • Reservations for extra tours and accommodation will be made by the guide
  • Flexible hop on hop off pass minimum travel time 56 days, taking you all the way from Bangkok to Hanoi
  • All Transportation, flexible itinerary
  • Services of the Tour Leader who can help with accommodation and activities

New Zealand (32 days recommended)

  • Pre departure information
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Private transportation throughout New Zealand
  • Driver guide showing you all the best places
  • Services of the Tour Leader who can help with accommodation and activities
  • Awesome hop on hop off flexible itinerary covering both islands

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals (in Thailand we do include a few!)
  • Accommodation in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam & New Zealand
  • Transport from Koh Tao to Bangkok

Dates

Start Dates 2017

23 July 2017
13 August 2017
10 September 2017
12 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
25 November 2018

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Xtreme South America Experience

Adventurous group gap travel at its best in South America. Join us on the 4 week Xtreme South America. Featuring two of the most epic backpacking destinations in the South American continent: Ecuador and Peru. Brush up on your Spanish and trek to Machu Picchu before getting involved in the jungle animal sanctuary.

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Adventurous group gap travel at its best in South America. Join us on the 4 week Xtreme South America.  Featuring two of the most epic backpacking destinations in the South American continent: Ecuador and Peru. Brush up on your Spanish and trek to Machu Picchu before getting involved in the jungle animal sanctuary. All the while you will be immersed in ancient Incan culture.  90% of our travellers travel alone so this is a great way to join a group travel programme in South America.

XTREME SOUTH AMERICA EXPERIENCE

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (6)Start your 4 week South America adventure with intensive Spanish lessons, this makes it easier to understand the culture and communicate with the locals. Then we challenge you on  a 4 day trek to the infamous Machu Picchu. Next spend a week travelling along the Northern beaches of Peru before entering Ecuador, where we spend a week at our animal sanctuary, an experience you’ll never forget.

 

Highlights:

  • Discovering hidden lost cities
  • Learning Spanish
  • Hanging out in the cool backpacker city of Cuzco
  • Living in the Amazon with the tribe for a week
  • Hanging 10 on awesome surf breaks in the Pacific Ocean
  • Trekking high in the Andes
  • Backpacking through Peru and Ecuador with an awesome group of new friends
  • Fully guided awesome fun and full on adventure

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THE XTREME SOUTH AMERICA EXPERIENCE ITINERARY

The Xtreme South America Experience is divided into different phases and they go like this:

On arrival

You need to fly into Cuzco airport in Peru.  This is the gateway to the Inca Trail as an incredibly beautiful old colonial city located high in the Andes.  On arrival an Xtreme Gap representative will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation.  You will then meet the rest of the group and be prepared for your welcome briefing and orientation.

Part 1: Learn Spanish and hang out in Cuzco

Location: Cuzco, 1 week 

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (1)The first part of the Xtreme South America Experience is a week in Cuzco. The perfect way to acclimatise and settle into the laid-back, South American way of life.
Set high in the mountains, Cuzco is a stunning location with an incredible blend of Spanish colonial and ancient Incan cultures.  It was the old capital city of the Incan empire, so as you would expect it’s pretty impressive.  In your first week you will have plenty of time to explore Cusco (and its great nightlife) plus learn some much-needed Spanish!

Spanish Lessons: 

We include loads of activities in your first week, and you will also have Spanish lessons for 4 hours per day, usually in the mornings, with plenty of time to practice what you’ve learned in the fantastic and quirky markets and many tourist sites around Cuzco.

A fantastic student teacher ratio will ensure you learn the essentials quickly and easily.  If you already have an understanding or even advanced level of Spanish it will certainly improve as all lessons are tailored to you.

Free Time:  

Throughout your first week, your afternoons will be free to explore the fascinating city streets, museums and local ruins with the rest of the group.  Cusco has incredible night life as well, as the main travellers hub to people about to start having completed the Inca Trail it attracts people from all over the world.  Nights out in night clubs like Mama Africa or even hanging out at the Cross Keys pub in the Placa De Armas you are sure to meet interesting people from all over the world.

Part 2: The trek to Machu Picchu

Peru Xtreme Gap (44)After the first week it’s time to begin trekking!  We leave early from Cusco by bus to the start of our trek, Mollepata.  This will be an incredible mind blowing experience.  The views of the Andes Mountains, with the associated steep valleys and jaw-dropping landscapes will remain with you for ever.  It’s no walk in the park however, you will be trekking at altitude for about 5 to 7 hours a day.

Snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, llamas and condors.  On the fourth day we will take the train to Aguas Calientes overnight.

Early in the morning, we take the bus to Machu Picchu, following steep mountain paths eventually arriving at the ancient lost city of Machu Picchu.  You can explore the site, and there is a lot to explore!  You will be surprised how advanced culturally the Incas were and there is plenty of evidence still left in the city.

You can visit the sun gate for the postcard picture and also an option to climb the famous hill of Huayna Picchu should you wish to (must be pre-booked in advance). In the afternoon, we return to Aguas Calientes where we catch the train back to Cusco.

Part 3: Northern Beaches Cuzco to Puyo 

Leaving Cuzco and the Andes mountains behind we set off on an exciting overland journey along the northern coastline of Peru into Ecuador! Our first stop will be the bustling Peruvian capital of Lima to discover the city’s streets, parks and plazas and get a feel for the rich history of the country.

Next we depart Lima and follow the coastline until we reach Huanchaco, once the capital of the ancient Peruvian Moche civilisation. Huanchaco is a small town with epic surf beaches. There are also a number of fascinating ruins to explore in the local area. Onward to Punta Sal for pure  beach chill time  where there are a number of optional activities to chose from or just kick back and relax  and hang out with the group.

From Punta Sal we cross the border into Ecuador for our first stop in Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest city.  It’s a global heritage site and a great place to explore.  From there we continue our journey inland past stunning scenery to the start point of your next phase of the expedition, Puyo.

Part  4: Amazon Rainforest  and wildlife conservation project

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (16)During this part of the programme you spend 1 week at the animal rescue centre in The Amazon. You get to interact with some of the incredible indigenous wildlife in South America.  Our Animal Rescue Centre helps wild animals that have been rescued from mistreatment and abuse and focuses on saving lives, helping them to recover and, if possible, letting them return to the wild.

You can expect the following types of animals there:   Capuchin, Wooly, Spider and Tamarind monkeys.  Ocelots and Margays, Kinkajous, Coatis and Tayras. Ant Eaters and Porcupines, White lipped Peccaries, Macaws and various parrots, Spectacled Caiman and Boa Constrictors.

There are different areas in need of help and the exact work you will be doing will depend on your personal interests but could include:   Preparing animals’ food, daily feeding and cleaning, assisting in construction and maintenance work to improve animal living conditions, providing care and support to animals, monitoring behaviour and reporting any unusual situations you notice regarding the animals to one of the supervisors.

ACCOMMODATION

Due to the diverse nature of this trip, the accommodation will vary throughout. For example, in towns and cities we use local hotels and guesthouses, camping on the Trek, in the Amazon we use a volunteer guesthouse and traditional stilted huts in the Shuar community.  In the Galapagos (optional)  you will be staying in hostels.

Meals

You will be provided with 3 meals a day and the food is typical South American fare. In towns and cities we eat at the guesthouse or local restaurants, cooks provide hearty meals on the trek and in the animal sanctuary volunteers go together to purchase groceries and take it in turns to prepare evening meals. Please note only breakfast is included on Galapagos.  Typical South American fare includes lots of rice, meat, beans, vegetables and fruit, regional dishes vary and local specialties will always be made available!

Support

Throughout the expedition you will have an Xtreme Gap representative and trip leader. On each project there will also be a dedicated project co-ordinator and team of staff who will work with the leader and volunteers to assign tasks. We also have a team of staff based in Quito to provide further back up.

Transportation

Transport to and from the airport, to each phase and for all tours on the itinerary will be included. Transport can vary from taxi, minibus and local buses depending on the journey. Any extra trips not included on the itinerary will be at each volunteers own cost.

Flights

Flights are always arriving to Cusco (arrive in the morning) and from Quito (leave in the afternoon)

Flights to Galapagos (for when you book the Bolt-on)  are from Quito – there is a flight around 9/9:30 am to Galapagos so to get that one.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of foreign nationals do not require a visa for Peru or Ecuador. However, those with criminal records in Ecuador may still be denied entry. On arrival in the country, the immigration police will normally allow a stay of up to 90 days

There is a National Park entrance fee to the Galapagos Islands of $110 for all foreign nationals. This fee is not included.

If possible, it would be best to get the flight arriving at 11:00.(Iberia/LAN from Lima to Cusco) So arrive on the start date of the trip at 11 am, or earlier in the morning, in Cusco.

You can arrive 1 day early if that’s more convenient, the price is £30 for an extra night (incl food)

The arrival airport is Cuzco (CUZ) and departure airport is Quito (UIO) You are responsible for booking your own flights/transport to the start point of the expedition (at the in-country airport). Information and advice about booking flights will be provided upon booking but please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance. Do not forget to upload your flights details on your personal pages before you go! Call us if you have any questions or need any advice.

You will also need to book return flights from Quito to the Galapagos Islands. These flights are approximately $450 USD and although not included, we can help you can book these flights for you.

Weather Ecuador: The highland dry season is June through until the end of September. In the Oriente, it rains during most months, but August and December through March are usually the driest. In the Galápagos, the wildlife is there year-round. The dry season (June to December) is also cool and often misty. On the coast, the wet season (roughly January to May) sees sunny days with daily afternoon downpours, but it’s the best beach weather. The dry season (roughly June to December) is cooler.

Peru: From June to August is the dry season in the mountains and altiplano (Andean plateau); the wettest months are from December to March. It rains all the time in the hot and humid rainforest, but the driest months there are from June to September. However, even during the wettest months from December to May, it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time.

Even though you will be provided with food and accommodation in-country, you will need money to do your own travelling if you wish and for any activities not on the itinerary. There will be plenty of things do! Depending on the duration of your stay, we advise you to budget for $60 – $80 or £40-£50 a week.

Upon booking you will be provided with a recommend kit list. You will also have a kit briefing before you go out on expedition and you are welcome to call us with any kit related queries before you go!

Don’t be! By joining our group you will be meeting loads of like-minded adventurers so don’t be put off travelling if you don’t have any mates to come with you.  You’re guaranteed to make loads of friends and have an incredible time on this adventure!

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DAY 1 BALTRA / SANTA CRUZ ISALAND / ISABELA ISLAND

You take a flight from Quito to the Airport of Baltra Island.

Our guides will take you over to Isabela Island.

Flamingo Lagoon which is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the grand majority of flamingos. Dinner and accommodation.

Highlights:           Flamingos, svelte birds.

Activities:            Hiking, walking

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Difficulty:             Moderate

DAY 2 ISABELA ISLAND

After breakfast our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Volcano.

The Sierra Negra Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10 km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

Highlights:           Basaltic caldera, stunning views, finches

Activities:             Hiking, horseback riding, walking

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Diffilcuty:             Moderate

Concha de Perla 

This is the perfect spot for those who love swimming or snorkeling! Concha de Perla is a shallow, calm bay with crystal clear water that allows you to enjoy the fascinating marine life of Galapagos. If you are lucky you will be able to swim with sea lions and penguins. Dinner and accommodation.

Highlights:           Sea lions and penguins.

Activities:             Snorkeling

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Diffilcuty:             Moderate

DAY 3 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (After breakfast Navigation to Santa Cruz)

Charles Darwin Station

The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Sub-species of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Tortuga Bay is another destinations to visit on your own on Santa Cruz with baby powder white sand, magic blue waters, marine iguanas, and sometimes flamingos. It is only 2.5 Km from Puerto Ayora on a nice brick path (about 30-45 minutes walking).

Highlights:           Giant Tortoises in captivation, marine iguanas.

Activities:             Walking

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Diffilcuty:             Easy

DAY 4 FLOREANA ISLAND

Post Office Bay is one of the few visitor sites that is visited for its human history. Whaling Captain James Colnett established the wooden post barrel in 1793. At this time whaling was a big industry, ships were typically gone for 2 years at a time. Floreana was a frequent stop for these ships. Outbound ships would drop off letters after rounding the cape and the ships returning home would pick the up and delivered in time by hand. Near Post Office Bay, we explore the north shore of Floreana along narrow channels teeming with life. Rays, turtles and sea lions can be seen gently swimming next to the panga.

Mirador de la Baronesa is a vista point on the northside of Floreana, in La Olla Bay. It is a basaltic rock formation between Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay. You will take a panga ride to reach this point. On the panga you can observe several marine species such as golden eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, mullets and eventually Galapagos penguins.

Mirador de la Baronesa is a good place for understanding the mangroves. The red mangrove is characterized by a hanging elongated fruit, which in reality is a new daughter plant that grows from the parent plant, a rarity in the plant kingdom. The red mangrove is a pioneer in the coasts and has a very hard and resistant wood.

This location has a history. It was known to be loved by Baroness Eloisa von Wagner, where she would spent hours watching ships and acquiring knowledge of vessels approaching the island. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as the House of the Baroness. Dinner and accommodation.

Highlights:           Post office barrel, nice sandy beach. View, sea turtles, history and          

                               Mystery…stories of the first inhabitants on Floreana

Activities:            Short hike, snorkeling

Type of Landing: Wet landing

Diffilcuty:             Easy

DAY 5 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Los Gemelos, or the Twin Craters, are located opposite each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

Transfer to the Baltra Airport

Highlights:                Pit craters, Scalesia forest

Activities:                Short hiking

Type of landing:       Dry landing

Difficulty:                  Moderate

NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to seasonal changes, inclement weather conditions, and adjustments of Galapagos National Park policy.

INCLUDED: transfers, tours, Complete Meals, Accommodation (private bathrooms – air conditioner – hot shower), Bilingual naturalist guide (Spanish-English); Transportation.

NOT INCLUDED: Entrance fee 100.00 usd; ingala immigration control card 20.00 usd, Fee port on Isabela Island $ 5 per person, tips. Water taxi $3, Snorkel equipment $ 5 (mask, tubing and flippers), Additional drinks and Personal expenses.

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INCLUDED

  • Pre-departure briefing and support (in London)
  • Airport pick-up
  • Welcome and orientation briefing
  • All accommodation
  • Spanish lessons
  • All tours on itinerary
  • Project donation
  • 3 meals per day
  • In-country support staff
  • Social activities
  • 24/7 UK emergency backup
  • Please note that due to the nature of expeditions, prices, dates and itinerary may vary.

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Spending money
  • Galapagos Bolt On

Dates

Start Dates and End Dates without Galapagos
17th Sept 2016 – 15th October

14th Jan 2017 – 11th Feb 2017
01st April 2017 – 29th April 2017
08th July 2017 – 05th August 2017
16th Sept 2017 – 14th October 2017

The Galapagos tour starts on a Monday after and ends on the Friday

 

Xtreme Mexico Experience

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An awesome three weeks in Mexico. The perfect blend of Action, Adventure and Cultural discovery. Join our groups and our guides will show you Mexico at its Xtreme best!

The Xtreme Mexico Experience is split into a Settle in & Spanish Week, a Mayan Culture & Party Week and an Xtreme Activity Week with many different options. The perfect blend for an excellent Caribbean Holiday full adventure and beach time! Expect adventures and good times with new friends.

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1: Settle in & Learn Spanish, 2: Mayan Culture & Party, 3: Xtreme Activity

 

 

1: Settle in & Learn Spanish

2: Mayan Culture & Party

3: Xtreme Activity

PHOTOS

 

Weekly Breakdown

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Week 1: Settle in & Spanish

Sunday Arrival Day

We will have morning and afternoon airport pickups. From Cancun airport its only a short 45-minute ride to our excellent hostel in Playa Del Carmen. You have some time to settle in and sip on a Corona, or enjoy a home brewed coffee while you get to know the others. In the evening, we include a Mexican welcome dinner, and our guide will tell you all about your trip and answer all questions you might have. After that,   we take you for a shorts stroll around town, so you know where you are and what is where! The perfect start!

Don ´t be a gringo. Speak the lingo

Monday morning: Start Spanish Lessons

Monday morning you will be taken to a gorgeous Spanish school. It is an open air set up with lots of fun activities thrown in so you will not feel like you are at a “school”. In reality, it is an excellent way to learn basic Spanish and do some cool activities. We have plenty planned for the week. Like Mexican cooking, day trips and salsa classes.

The lessons run in the morning, finishing at   1 pm, so you have plenty of time to hit the beach and explore with your new buddies.

  • Spanish Lessons: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm
  • Excursion: Coba Mayan Village
  • Mexican cooking classes
  • Salsa Classes
  • Beach Volleyball or Football on the Beach
  • Evening out at Social Cafe, Cocktail Night!
  • Certification

There will be plenty of free time to explore or hang out at the beach during the week, but you will also get involved in lots of different social activities in the afternoons and evening. This way you will get to know lots of people in Playa del Carmen, not just the people in the Xtreme Mexico Gap Year group. People from all over the world enrolled in the language school. It’s a really social environment, and you will make friends very quickly.

You will have Saturday and Sunday as free days to enjoy as you want. Need ideas? There are lots of extra activities you can book to upgrade your Mexico trip. Like scuba diving, stand up paddling, cultural experiences, whale shark snorkeling trips… you name it!

Week 2: Mayan Culture & Party Time

Nowhere else in the world boasts such a great mix of ancient civilizations and modern day playtime. On the second week you will have both.

Okay the first thing we should mention in this itinerary is that it can change depending on the season and the time you go. We substitute different activities during different months to get the most out of your time in Playa del Carmen. For example: The whale sharks are only around from 15 May to 15 September. When they are in town you definitely want to see them so we make sure it is included in your itinerary. No matter what, with us you know you’re going to have an incredible adventure with a group of like-minded travellers all up for having the best time of their lives.

 

Monday – Good morning with water sports

Xtreme Gap Playa del Carmen Mexico (113)Monday mornings: Most people hate them, but you won’t as you will be starting off   by greeting the sunrise with a stand-up paddle adventure. The beach is only 5 min walk from the hostel, and even if you have never tried stand-up paddle before, it’s great fun to get out on the water experience a true Mexican sunrise. If the wind is in you can have a go on our kite surf trainer kite, to see if you have the feel for what it takes to become a kite surfer. It may be an early start (6 am!) but it is worth it, and breakfast will be waiting back in the hostel.

Beach Club visit! Later that day we will take you to a stunning beach club. What else can you wish for Chillaxing and zipping cocktails in the Caribbean! The Parrot beach club is legendary, and gives you access to one of the most stunning beaches of Playa!

 

Tuesday – Chichen Itza

Yes! Its time to Explore the Mayan Ruins. The most famous Mayan ruins and global heritage site. Famed for its human sacrificial ceremonies, this day trip will blow your mind! Built to awe, the pyramid known as El Castillo has become the towering icon of Chichen Itza.

 

Wednesday – Whale sharks Or Mayan Xtreme!

Whale Sharks
From 15 May to 15 September Mexico is one of the best places in the world to see whale sharks. The can be up to 150 of them feeding and breeding off the peninsular. An early start we will transfer you in an air-conditioned van to the waiting fast boat. High horsepower engines will blast you through the aqua marine waters in search of whale sharks. When we find them you will be guided by our trained whale shark Marine guides. The experience of actually swimming with these incredible creatures, which can reach up to 18 feet is virtually impossible to describe. It’s just amazing.

Sian Kaan Adventure Day!
Between 16 September and 14 May we have the Mayan Xtreme Adventure for you in place called Sian Kaan. This epic day will have you speed boating, jungle trekking and drifting in crystal clear Mangroves. Mind blowing nature, jungle trekking and high speed adrenaline.

 

Thursday – Xtreme Maya Adventure Day. Cenotes, Ziplines and JungleXtreme Gap Playa del Carmen Mexico (61)

Be part of nature as you experience the most thrilling adventure ride

Immerse yourself in the perfect mix of adventure & nature. Fly 20 meters (60 feet) above the jungle canopy on the fastest zip line ride in the region!

Test your nerves as you rappel 20 meters (60 ft) down into the Mayan jungle. Afterwards, wind down and snorkel in the mystical waters of an underground river with crystal-clear waters and astounding rock formations. Finally, delight yourself by sampling authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine as the perfect finish.

Friday –   Beach Club & Bar Crawl

On Friday we head to the beach, with access to the blue parrot beach club with beach towels included. This is one of the top beach destinations in the world, so go out and enjoy! On Friday evening there is an optional bar crawl, and if you are up for a big night out we head to Cocobongo.

Tequila, Michael Jackson, shows and more tequila… after all its friday night

  • Other activities can include (local payment or bookable in advance):
    Chichen Itza Day trop 45 gbp
  • -Tulum- Coba- Cenote 50gbp – a really recommended tour mainly because you get a lot for what you pay – entrance to Tulum ruins, a cenote, lunch, mayan village, and coba ruins. 7am to 7pm.
  • Catamaran to Isla mujeres 55gbp – it is a day trip to Isala mujeres on a catamaran with alcohol. They visit the beach in Isla, go to the shops a little bit, go to snorkel, lunch
  • Bacalar – 2/3 days trip – 80gbp- we can organize a 2 day trip with a boat tour at the lagoon and a night or two at the hostel. It is an amazing place.
  • There is also a full week of activities at the hostel as well. (These activities and schedule may change but that is a general idea of what we have).
  • Monday – Guitar Night/ Open mic – free
    Thursday – Argentinian BBQ “All you can eat” – 9GBP
    Tuesday and Friday – Cenote tours – 15 GBP
    Saturday – Our Famous “Mojito Lesson” – 4GBP
    Sunday – Movie Night – FreeWe also organise 2 times a week “Donations Yoga” and Donations Salsa classes, we will soon add also Spanish lesson for donations also. There is always something going on!

 

Week 3  Xtreme Option Week

You pick your option at the Xtreme Activity week.

As its your trip, and we understand not everyone is the same you can pick your option. What ever suits you best let us know and we arrange it for you. You can choose between the options below (its all pretty amazing!)

  • Skydive
  • Kitesurfing beginner course
  • PADI Open Water Diving
  • Freediving beginner course
  • CrossFit sessions
  • Yoga sessions
  • Xtreme Reporter

Activities In Detail

Skydiving

While attached to your jumpmaster, you will exit the plane from 10,000 feet. After a 40 second freefall, you and your instructor will be suspended in a dual harness below an oversized ram-air canopy.

While under canopy, the instructor will assist you in guiding the canopy to a soft, on-target beach landing.

Beginner Kite surfing Course

The beginner kite surfing option includes a full learn to kite surf course consisting of several stages.

The course lasts approximately 12 hours covering the following

Learning to fly the kite, equipment harness and safety features (approximately 3 hours)
Body dragging. Prior to being able to stand up on the board it’s important to understand how to harness and control the power from the kite. Body dragging is undertaken in the water where you will use the kite to pull yourself over the waves at speed! (Approximately 3 hours)
Water start. Once you have mastered harnessing the power from the Kite you are ready to get up out of the water on the board. This is called water start you will have approximately 3 hours of instruction.

Important:

Different people progress at different speeds depending on how quickly you are able to master the different sections. You have 12 hours in total of instruction which can be completed at any time during the three weeks you are there. As kite surfing is wind dependent we will not leave this all until the last week.

Should there not be favourable kite surfing conditions and you are unable to complete any of your time allotted you have the option to do an alternative activity ( stand-up paddle – yoga – CrossFit – extra Spanish) but there will be no refunds on any time not used. We believe you will have plenty of opportunity to complete your training however.

Xtreme Extra Support

We will also provide you access to extracurricular training to help further assist your learning. You will have access to the progression kite surf training DVD and a training kite to be able to practice your kite surfing and kite flying prior to starting your lessons. The more practice you have with kite flying the quicker you will learn and master the basics. Approximately 80% of kite surfing in the beginning is getting to grips with flying the kite. It’s much like driving, once you know how to actually drive the car it becomes second nature. The same as with kiting. Prior to worrying about wind direction and how to control the board, you need to know how to fly the kite. With the kite surf options you will have access to the trainer kite and you can use it as and when you like. This will be unsupervised and at your own risk.

There is no sugarcoating it kite surfing is an expensive activity to learn, but once you have the instruction under your belt and have your own equipment you can have limitless fun at zero cost. By utilising a trainer kite you can make the most of your instructions time and develop at a much quicker pace.

PADI Open Water Course

Your open water course is a ticket to complete underwater freedom. Accredited with PADI you can complete this 2 1/2 day course which includes four dives in the ocean. You will be taken through the theory and safety aspects of diving through modular theory and practical-based learning. Prior to starting you will be required to undertake a medical.

The PADI open water course qualifies you to dive to 18 m. Should you wish you can also complete your advanced open water taking you down to 30 m and go really extreme with the bull shark dive! This course includes 4 boat dives!

Beginner Freediving Course

Free diving is about getting to grips with what you are really capable of underwater. It is about the complete freedom and flexibility Of being able to explore the underwater world without limits. Why is it called free diving? Because you are free, normal diving you are constrained by nitrogen in your bloodstream, with free diving you can change your depth as fast as you like. This is particularly awesome in Playa del Carmen due to the large whale shark population, and as they are surface feeders they tend to dive and rise very fast meaning you cannot keep up with them with scuba tanks. Do the free diving course, bring underwater camera and you will be sure to have the most amazing experiences. 2.5 day beginner freediving course.


CrossFit Training Sessions

Cross Fit MexicoCrossFit is taking the world by storm. Widely regarded as one of the most effective ways of building fitness fast. It works on functional movements in a supportive environment. CrossFit boxes are popping up everywhere for good reason. In Playa del Carmen we have connections with a fantastic CrossFit box which will help you get that perfect beach body to show off on the white Sands and turquoise seas. The CrossFit option gives you one weeks box access.

Yoga Sessions

One of our cool options If you want something a little more sedate try yoga.  Five sessions in the final week. The Yoga sessions are at the most famous gym in Playa, around the corner from the Hostel. We include 5 sessions, time tables change from time to time, so check with our rep when in Playa del Carmen.

 

Accommodation

Living in a Caribbean paradise naturally you want to be by the beach. Don’t worry we have you covered. 5 min from the beach, you will find the Xtreme Gap Year base in Mexico. It’s a really social hostel, with lots going on. Every night people are encouraged to get together and do fun activities.  If you want to take advantage of Playa Carmen’s amazing nightlife, it’s on your doorstep. But there are plenty of chill out areas as well. You can get involved as much as you like or relax after a busy day’s activities totally up to you.

The rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning! All guests have use of a big terrace where they can relax or just share travel tips with other guests. Its located in a great neighbourhood, everything is round the corner, oh and there is free WiFi!

Breakfast

We include breakfast for you. Breakfast is a buffet style and includes – coffee, tea, bread, butter, 4 types of jam, 2 types of cereal, milk and 2 types of fruits, so good start of the day!

Frequently Asked Questions

Its always a good time to come to Playa. Playa Del Carmen has a subtropical climate, so its weather ranges from warm to hot for most of the year. The average temperature over the year is about 27 ºC and the humidity is usually very high. The sea is almost always warm enough for a swim. Hurricane season is between August and October, with the peak activity generally being in early to mid September. But when we were there during this period…there was no hurricane at all, so do not let this stop you!

Yes there is! You can use the kitchen at the accommodation to prepare your meals. also in walking distance is a massive super market with beautiful food! So if you like preparing your own meals and you want to keep the costs down, this is a perfect option.
Anyone can join! super international crowd.

An open water course gains you the license to dive anywhere in the world. It is a full on PADI accredited scuba diving qualification.

Disclaimer: Please check yourself with your local consulate and do not take the below for granted!

The Government of Mexico requires that all travelers to present a valid passport to enter Mexico. Driver’s licenses, voter registration cards, affidavits and similar documents are not accepted.  
In Mexico VISA policy allows citizens of these countries to travel to Mexico without a visa: Andorra, Argentina. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, Cyprus, South Korea, Costa Rica, Denmark, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, USA, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, United Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Most of your activities, all of your accommodation plus breakfast is included in the price the trip however you will need some spending money. We estimate $5-$10 per meal per day. $500  per week should be more than enough to cover you for the duration of your stay. It off course depends on how much you like to party….
Plenty! You will be in one of the top destinations in Mexico, and whilst there is loads crammed into this itinerary you will also have plenty of beach time and extra time to explore and do optional extras. Our guides at the hostel can tell you all about it!
Duration Option Price
3 (Week) Yoga/ Crossfit £ 1399 £ 1189 (SALE! 15.00% Off!) Book Now
3 (Week) Sky Dive £ 1559 £ 1325 (SALE! 15.00% Off!) Book Now
3 (Week) Freediving course £ 1689 £ 1436 (SALE! 15.00% Off!) Book Now
3 (Week) PADI Open Water £ 1689 £ 1436 (SALE! 15.00% Off!) Book Now
3 (Week) Kite Surf £ 1899 £ 1614 (SALE! 15.00% Off!) Book Now

INCLUDED

  • Airport pickup Cancun
  • Transfer to Playa del Carmen from  Cancun
  • All accommodation (Dorm)
  • Xtreme Gap Year representative on-call
  • Welcome dinner on arrival
  • Walking tour of Playa del Carmen
  • Daily breakfasts at the hostel
  • Mexican cooking class
  • 20 hours of Spanish lessons
  • Whalesharks Safari in season (15 May to 15 October). Alternative is Sian Khan
  • Free diving/snorkelling in 3 different the Cenotes
  • Adventure day featuring the  highest Zip line in Latin America
  • Stalactite rivers
  • Underground rafting
  • speed boating, jungle trekking and drifting in crystal clear Mangroves.
  • One Xtreme activity option as per selection in week 3, take your pick between freediving, Open water, Crossfit, Skydive, Yoga,

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals unless stated
  • Extra spending money for drinks
  • Departure tax 50USD payable at the airport. ONLY USD!

DATES

 

The trip starts on the first Sunday of the month. The trip does not run in January

 

Xtreme Options In Week 3

 

Oktoberfest Party Munich

You may be wondering why Oktoberfest is held in such high regard by your previously well travelled friends. “What’s the big deal?” You say, “it’s just old fat drunk men singing unintelligible songs on tables and hugging each other.” Sounds like your best nightmare, or your worst high school sleepover, right? To you I contend that it is both, and much more, and also not quite that.

Be afraid, Bavaria-fraid of our favourite Xtreme festival and the most favourite public festival in the world. In Munich you arrive at the exact time beers will be served! When we arrive you can soak in the glory of our beautiful campsite for a few moments but then it´s time to get to business. Here´s the details: All accommodation, unlimited beer for only £10 a day, guides breakfast and a massive hangover. hmm?

Oktoberfest With Xtreme £65 a Day

Unlimited Beer | Accommodation | The Biggest Parties | Breakfast Included | Dinner Every Other Night.

 Free Unlimited Beer For Only €10 Per Day

You may be wondering why Oktoberfest is held in such high regard by your previously well-travelled friends. “What’s the big deal?” You say, “it’s just old fat drunk men singing unintelligible songs on tables and hugging each other.” Sounds like your best nightmare, or your worst high school sleepover, right? To you I contend that it is both, and much more, and also not quite that.

No camaraderie is as strong and breaks as many barriers as that of beer, that destroys whatever divides a drunken German man from singing with a proud androgynous teenage adult. Welcome to the rainbow of the human condition, amplified by ridiculous rides, slurring, good mateship and, I really just can’t emphasise this enough, singing on tables with beers while thousands watch you in good spirits. Lo, this be the good times.

The Book Of Oktoberfest a little history…

In the beginning, there was a wedding. And lo, this wedding, it was between Prince Ludwig and Princess Theresa. And they made a festival to celebrate and the festival happened in Theresa´s Field. And lo, did they bang in the field. Probably. And then, so it was. And on the next day there was an agricultural fair and they added some fair rides and beer stands: And lo, did Ludwig say, let there be beer and there was beer. And they said “lo damn. There be a lot of beer. And they looked upon their work and they saw that it was good, and it was good. And lo, Ludwig sayeth, “Let this henceforth be the Oktoberfest , though it´s day not be in Oktober and they were in September but they had drunk more than a few good German beers. “And let it be the party where the fat old drunk men are lo, the coolest guys in the party. And then they brought in some more beer tents: And lo, there be much more beer now. And on the seventh day they rested because they were pretty hungover. And now it´s the biggest festival in the world and more than 6 million people go. Lo, goddamn.
Be afraid, Bavaria-fraid of our favourite Xtreme festival and the most favourite public festival in the world. In Munich you arrive at the exact time beers will be served! When we arrive you can soak in the glory of our beautiful campsite for a few moments but then it´s time to get to business. Here´s the details:

PHOTOS

First Things First. Aint No Party Like An Xtreme Oktoberfest Party.

Every year we pack out the festival. Last year our partners partied with over 8000 people at Oktoberfest. We had by far the largest groups Oktoberfest, because we offer the best deal on the best parties there. Unlimited beer at the accommodation for only next £15 a day. How good is that?

All you have to do is turn up, after booking we will provide details of how to get there.

So what makes the Xtreme Ocktober fest so  special?

Oktoberfest Party Germany Xtreme Gap Year (7)Tentertainment. We really go to town to make sure you have the best Oktoberfest ever! That includes a massive party tent, ( Just so you know what to expect, last year the entrance was a massive hairy vagina. This year well you’ll have to wait and see.

When the Festival shuts down at the end of the day it continues with us. The campground exclusive to us has a capacity for several thousand, and we pack it out frequently. It’s only 20 min away from the festival so you know you’re going to party with people from all over the world and have the most incredible Octoberfest experience ever.

Be under no illusion know, this festival is all about drinking, so we look after you as well it’s nice to know you have a team who are experts in herding  drunk morons to and from the festival and ensuring everything goes swimmingly. We have lunatic guides who will look after you, and make sure you don’t end up in the back streets of Bavaria, but we cannot guarantee you wont be horrible offended    by some of the antics going on.


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ACCOMMODATION

Oktoberfest Party Germany Xtreme Gap Year (8)While sleeping will not be on your priority list during the Oktoberfest  it’s always good to know you have a place to pass out. We include all of your accommodation in pre-erected twin share tents, don’t worry about bringing any of the gear you need, we have it all for you. Ground mat sleeping bags it’s all there. Yes you can bring your hair dryers as well. This is Germany after all.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Fly, take the train or car or jump on your beer  scooter that’s up to you we will provide the address and details of the booking.

You can travel by bus to Munich from London, Paris and many other European cities. The largest bus operator from the UK to the continent is Eurolines, operating out of London’s centrally located Victoria Coach Station. In Paris, Eurolines is located on rue Malmaison, a 35-minute Metro ride from the centre. In Munich, bus services usually terminate at the Zentraler Busbahnhof, which you will find on the north side of the Hauptbahn

Coming from London?
We have buses coming from London to Munich every weekend of Oktoberfest, leaving Thursday evening and returning Monday morning.

Itinerary

ThursdayAnytime from 18:00: We meet for drinks at The Slug in Fulham.

  • 20:00: The bus leaves Fulham Broadway, then goes by London Bridge on the way.
  • 20:20: People should be at London Bridge for pickup.
  • Friday12:00 noon: We arrive in Munich.
  • Sunday18:30: The bus leaves Munich on Sunday afternoon arriving back in London for 9am.
  • Two drop off points, London bridge, then Fulham Broadway (approximately9.30am back in Fulham depending on traffic)

Coming from Amsterdam?

We have buses coming from The Hague via Amsterdam to Munich every weekend of Ofest, leaving Thursday evening and returning Monday morning.

Itinerary

Thursday 22:00: Festival Party Bus leaves from The Hague
Address: Waldrop straat (HS train station tunnel entrance)
Via Amsterdam to Munich. Estimated pickup time in Amsterdam: 23:00

Pick up address in Amsterdam: Amsterdam Amstel trainstation Julianaplein, Amsterdam

  • Friday08:00 Arrive at the awesome Munich toberfest Camping
  • Sunday 22:00 Leave back to the Hague via Amsterdam
  • 08:00: Arrive in The Hague, Waldorpstraat HS train station tunnel entrance.
Coming from Barcelona?
We have buses coming from Barcelona to Munich every weekend of Ofest, leaving Thursday evening and returning Monday morning.

Itinerary

  • Thursday  19:00: The buses leave from Plaza Catalunya in front of the Hard Rock Cafe.
  • Friday  12:00 noon: Arrive at camp
  • Sunday  12:00 noon: Depart campsite for Barcelona and arrive Monday morning around 7am.
If you haven’t already seen our Xtreme Passport check it out as this is one of the options on it.

 

Duration Option Price  
2 (Days)With unlimited beer and twin share tentUSD 199Book Now
3 (Days)With unlimited beer and twin share tentUSD 299Book Now
4 (Days)Weekend Trip From LondonUSD 381Book Now

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INCLUDED

On the standard trips (no transport)

  • Breakfast every morning
  • Dinner every other night
  • camping accommodation in pre-erected twin-share tents with sleeping bag and mattress
  • On camp supermarket / showers / bathrooms
  • Guide from Camp to Festival
  • Parties at night and night bar for socializing
  • A once in a life time experience!
  • Crazy loose party internationals from all across the world!
  • Unlimited beer & sangria (optional extra 10€/day payable locally)

On the transport inclusive trips:

  • Cooked Breakfast  Each day
  • Saturday night BBQ dinner
  • 2 nights camping accommodation in pre-erected twin-share tents with sleeping bag and mattress
  • On camp supermarket / showers / bathrooms
  • Guide from Camp to Festival
  • Parties at night and night bar for socializing
  • A once in a life time experience!
  • Crazy loose party internationals from all across the world!
  • Unlimited beer & sangria (optional extra 10€/day payable locally)

EXCLUDED

  • Drinks at the festival
  • Travel insurance

Dates

Meet Us There:
14th September – 3rd October
Travel With Us From London:

14th – 18th September
21st – 25th September
28th September – 2nd October

Travel With Us From Amsterdam:
14th – 18th September
21st – 25th September
28th September – 2nd October

New China Xplorer 18 Day China Backpacking Tour

An awesome 18 day loop around China starting and ending in Beijing. Shorter than the 27 day Xtreme China Experience put packs a punch of all the best locations. Mixing the old China with the new in the perfect cocktail of adventure and culture.

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18 Day China loop starting in Shanghai. An awesome round trip in the best part of China in 18 days. Join our groups to discover the real China. Loads of inclusions and plenty of optional extras. Bamboo rafting, panders, Kung Fu temples, ancient Chinese temples and some of the world’s largest and most modern cities.

 

Xtreme China Xplorer  – Guided China Group Tour

Highlights

  • Visit Shanghai, the biggest city in the world, with a population larger than that of Australia
  • Experience the largest bar crawl in China – the Drunken Dragon Pub Crawl
  • Explore beautiful karst scenery in Yangshuo
  • Visit Amazing sights like Tianfu Square to see the colossal statue of Chairman Mao, and visit the world’s largest statue of Buddha
  • Take an exhilarating bike ride atop the ancient city walls
  • Bamboo Rafting the Li River
  • See pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
  • See the Terracotta Army and stay on a mountain farm in Xi’an
  • Watch Kung Fu at its highest level at the Shaolin Temple
  • Hike the Great Wall then Camp on the Wall, watch the sunrise the next morning
  • Destinations connected by night train with fully flat beds, so no time is wasted travelling

PHOTOS

 

China Xplorer Itinerary

Day 1: Shanghai

Welcome to China! The tour begins in Shanghai one of the most exciting modern cities in the world.  On arrival day you will meet group at the rooftop bar of the Pheonix Hostel.  You have one day to explore Shanghai at your leisure, prior to heading on an overnight train to the stunning Guilin.
Transfer to Shanghai South Station to board a night train to Guilin.
One guide will put you on the train and another will collect you in Guilin.

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Please note, the China Xplorer is a variation of the more popular Xtreme China Experience.  Very Occasionally, you may have a journey from Shanghai to Yangzhou on your own on the first evening aboard an over night train before meeting the larger group. We will let you know if this is the case.

If you do not wish to do this you have the option of flying into Guilin Liangjiang International Airport and you can meet the group on day 2.

A note about sightseeing in Shanghai. The 1st day is a connection day to get you to the group in Guilin. If you want to spend more time exploring Shanghai, and we recommend do so, you may want to book additional nights at the end of the trip becasue you will be finishing up back in Shanghai.

Day 2-5: Yangshuo

img-30381Enjoy the ride through the ever-changing scenery until the karst mountains appearing in the distance mean you are nearly at your destination. This is a back-packing and climber´s paradise and some of the crags have some interesting names; Wine Bottle Cliff, Twin Gates, The Egg, Baby Frog, Low Mountain and Moon Hill. If you have a 20 yuan note handy the picture on the back was taken in Yangshuo.

Your first free activity in the afternoon is a ride down the River Li on a bamboo raft. As you drift down the river with the soaring mountains above you and the sun setting what could be a better introduction this beautiful place. Yangshuo is famous for its stunning scenery and there are some exciting optional activities.

Accommodation in Yangshou is at Monkey Jane´s Hostel which has a super terrace with great views of the surrounding mountains and river. It is the highest roof-top bar around so definitely the place to go for a few beers while the sun goes down. If you are feeling brave the bar sells snake liquor at 10RMB a shot.

The Li River is where some of the optional activities take place. Kayaking is something everyone knows about but what about deep water soloing. All you have to do is climb up a really high crag, no ropes, and jump off into deep water!

For more relaxing classes try learning Chinese or taking instruction in calligraphy. For a fun group activity the Golden Water caves are great. Cover each other in oozing river mud until you all resemble chocolate biscuits and then jump in the hot springs to rinse it off. This is great fun and great for your skin at the same time.

Forget fishing with rods or nets. Fishing in Yangshuo is done is a slightly different way as the men use birds to catch the fish. Specially trained cormorants dive from boats and catch the fish and come back and spit them out. A snare is placed round their necks so they can only swallow the smaller ones!

For a more unusual activity but relaxing at the same time opt for some Hot Cupping treatment. Heated bamboo or glass cups are placed on your back and as they tighten the impurities and tensions are drawn out of the skin. The Yangshuo farmers love it after a day at fields and who cares if you have up to 30 dark circles on your back for few days!

There is plenty of free time in Yangshuo right up until it is time to board the night train to Chengdu.

Day 6 – 8: Chengdu

Xtreme Gap Year China Xplorer (6)Around 14 million people live in the City of Brocade or City of Hibiscus as Chengdu is also known. Today there is time to get to know the city and maybe try the famous Sichuan Hot Pot. Pots of bubbling and spicy oil surrounded by a selection of meats and vegetables mean you can select your own and then cook them in the boiling pot. Beware the Sichuan Peppercorns, they can be mind-numbingly hot!

On the second day in Chengdu it is an early start and a ride out to the Panda Breeding Research Centre. Panda´s don´t do much but look adorable and search for food. Panda breakfast time is the best time to catch these black and white cuddly creatures tucking into their daily ration of about 20kg of bamboo.

When you get back to Chengdu there is the chance to try out a massage. The masseurs here are blind, or supposed to be, and as their touch is more sensitive than a sighted person they give some great massages. It might be better to avoid anywhere that offers you a ´happy ending´ though.

Once you are suitably relaxed it is time to get on the overnight train to Xi´an. The train ride is 500 miles and takes about 15 hours.

Day 9-10: Xi´an

In the morning you will be taken on a guided tour to see the number one attraction in Xi’an which has to be the Terracotta Warriors. Discovered by farmers in 1974 this is one of the most unforgettable sights of any trip to China. Only a few of the many thousands of the buried soldiers have been completely recovered so far along with 40,000 weapons. Each soldier has unique features and buried alongside them were their horses and chariots.   The First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, died in 210 BCE and the soldiers were to protect him in the after-life.

It takes a lot a top off the sight of all the Terracotta Warriors but if you fancy some exercise there is an optional bike ride round the city walls.

The Muslim Quarter in Xi´an is a lively bustling place where you can find the Beiyuanmen Muslim Market which is a great place for some lunch and to find some souvenirs of Shanghai. There are ten mosques in the area but the most famous is the Great Mosque with intricate carvings, colourful decorations, courtyards and gardens. The main Prayer Hall of the mosque can hold up to 1.000 people and is lavishly and ornately decorated. The grounds are open all day to people of all beliefs but non-Muslims are not allowed in the Prayer Hall.

For some night time entertainment check out Big Wild Goose Pagoda and sit and watch Asia´s biggest sound and light show. Afterwards, find one of the many karaoke bars and maybe have a group singsong. Karaoke or KTV as it is known is incredibly popular in China and even more so in Xi´an with nearly all the venues being night clubs combined with karaoke bars.

There are many homeless people in Xi´an and tonight there is the chance to give something back to this amazing country by helping out at a soup kitchen. Not just soup but pots of tea, noodles and steamed buns are provided by the volunteer organisations come rain or shine.

Day 11 –  12 Shaolin

Shaolin kung fu TempleAnother early start as we head northwest of Dengfeng out into the thickly wooded mountains. Reputed to be the ´Number One Temple Under Heaven´ not only is the temple the home of Shaolin Kung Fu but it also on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Established in 495AD the temple takes its name from the nearby Shaoshi Mountain and as well as Kung Fu it is where Chan Buddhism originated. The complex of the Shaolin Temple has 7 main halls and there are many interesting photo opportunities.

Day 13 – 16 : Beijing

The morning is for relaxing before heading off to the Great Wall for an overnight camping experience and to see one of the world´s most impressive feats of engineering. The journey out to the Great Wall of China is by bus and this takes about two hours, depending on the traffic out of Beijing. Once the bus is clear of the suburbs the scenery changes to mainly forests and mountains stretching as far as the eye can see.

Nothing can prepare you for the reality of the Great Wall of China. The sheer scale of this iconic structure snaking off into the distance will take your breath away as you stroll along the fortifications and wonder just how it was constructed. The locals call it the Wild Wall and after hiking a short distance you will find a deserted place to set up camp. Watching the sun go down over the Great Wall is a magical experience and one you will never forget.

Up early in time to catch the sun rise across the Great Wall and after some memorable photos it is time to return to Beijing. The rest of today and tomorrow are at leisure in Beijing to get to know the city better.

Xtreme Gap Year China Xplorer (9)For dinner Beijing style find the Night Market. There are food stalls with many recognisable dishes to try and some not quite so! Many of the offerings are on skewers and while strawberry-on-a-stick sounds delicious some of the more exotic ones might have the odd beetle, silk worm or scorpion on! The signs are in Mandarin Chinese and English so if you are not sure if it is a lizard or lamb kebab hopefully the signs will help. The skewers are displayed raw and then deep fried in large woks to order. This is a great fun activity in a group and will certainly sort out who has the strongest stomach!

If you are not feeling too queasy after all the weird and wonderful foods you have seen, and maybe eaten, there is an amazing acrobatic display at the Chaoyang Theatre. The award winning Beijing Acrobatic Troupe will astound you with their contortions, twists, turns and balancing acts.

Tiananmen Square is a must-see. Chairman Mao died in 1976 and has lain in state in his crystal coffin in the Mausoleum here ever since. He wanted to be cremated but his final wishes were ignored and he is visited every day by thousands of people. On the eastern side of Tiananmen Square is the National Museum for anyone that wants a whistle stop tour of Beijing history.

A few streets from Tiananmen Square is the Forbidden City which was home to many Emperors and their retinues from the 15th century onwards. Surrounded by a high wall and a deep moat the city is a fascinating place with about 9,000 rooms spread across 1,000 or so wooden buildings. The Palace Museum is also here with stunning treasures and works of art on display.

To see how the other half live, escape from Beijing city to the edge of the beautiful Kunming Lake to visit the Summer Palace. Spread over acres and acres of beautiful gardens there are pavilions, towers, bridges and other man-made ancient structures numbering well over 3,000. Two of the most interesting are the Marble Boat and the Seventeen-Arch Bridge.

Other notable places in Beijing are the Bird´s Nest Stadium from the 2008 Olympics and the Water Cube. They are both interesting to look at through the day by probably better viewed at night when they are lit up.

Day 17-18: Hangzhou & Moganshan

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A breath of fresh air between two major stops. Discover a stunning mountainous area that has accommodated Shanghai’s elite; from the old colonialists to Chairman Mao.

“In heaven there is paradise, on earth there is Hangzhou”. Once an ancient capital of China and rumored to have been visited by Macro Polo, Hangzhou is an eclectic mix of old and new, built on the stunning banks of West Lake. Famous throughout China for its beauty and culture, Hangzhou has become one of the most visited tourist cities in the world.

At the end of day 18 you will have covered Thousands of miles together and shared many experiences which will stay with you for a lifetime. But it is time start saying goodbyes as your group departs for home or maybe onto other exciting countries.

Optional Activities & Consise Itinerary

This tour is designed to allow you lots of freedom to explore and see the sights, and there are plenty of exciting optional activities on offer in each location along the route. Here is a breakdown of what happens each day with optional activities:

Day 1: Shanghai

  • Meet group at the rooftop bar of the Pheonix Hostel. leave luggage at the hostel if necessary.
  • Transfer to Shanghai South Station to board a night train to Guilin.
  • One guide will put you on the train and another will collect you in Guilin.

Day 2-5: Yangshuo

  • Try your hand at cooking up some traditional Chinese foods at this friendly and practical local cuisine institute
  • Group Lunch
  • Unmissable Activity: Cruise down the Yulong River on these Chinese style Gondolas.
  • – Bamboo Rafts! Bikes included riding around! (please make sure you wear a helmet at all times when you are riding your bike!)
  • Optional: Cormorant Fishing
  • Optional: Bike Ride to Moon Hill and a cave complex including mudbaths and hot springs
  • Optional: Enjoy Deep Water soloing or Rock- Climbing, both highly recommended!
  • Optional: Experience Chinese traditional therapies such as Hot Cupping
  • Optional: Enjoy kayaking on the Li River (must be back by 13.00!)
  • Optional: A true treat, experience what life is like on a farm by visiting your Adventure Leader’s home village
  • Board minibus to North Bus Station and then board your bus to Guilin
    Say goodbye to your second Adventure Leader and board train to Chengdu

Day 6-8: Chengdu

  • Arrive in Chengdu and meet your next Adventure Leader, before transferring by metro to your hostel.
  • Optional: Massage from blind Masseuse.
  • Mandarin Lesson 1: Have a Mandarin Lesson with your Adventure Leader
  • Optional: Watch a traditional Sichuan opera performance
  • Unmissable Activity: Gather up to go see the Pandas at the world’s main, and biggest, Giant Panda Breeding & Research Center.
  • Optional: Leave to Leshan to see the world’s largest stone Buddha.
  • Optional: Wander Jinli street and the Tibetan districts independently. (Chengdu is right next to Tibet, or Xizang in Mandarin, so there is a large ethnic community here).
  • Optional: Sample the famous Sichuan Hot Pot if you dare!(Legendary Spice!)
  • Have a night out in Chengdu
  • Optional:Visit Wenshu Monastery, Sichuan Province Museum, People’s Park and a traditional Tea House
  • Take bus or metro to Chengdu North Railway Station
  • Say goodbye to your Adventure Leader and board your train to Xian

Day 9-10: Xi’an

  • Arrive in Xi’an and meet your next Adventure Leader
  • Check-in to your hostel
  • Optional: Explore the Bell Drum towers, Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque to learn about the history of the Silk Road, towers , mosque and some local legends.
  • Enjoy a dinner of local street foods at the Muslim Quarter. Relax after dinner by visiting the local Silk Road market nearby.
  • Optional: Volunteer at a the Star Sun Home
  • Un-missable Attraction – Terracotta Warriors – Free
  • Optional: Bike Ride on Ming Dynasty City Walls. Please make sure you wear a helmet!

Day 11-12: Shaolin

  • Board a private minivan then a bus to DengFeng, the closest village to the Shaolin Temple
  • Arrive in DengFeng
  • Optional: Kungfu Lesson & Show at a local Children’s Home run by the Shaolin
  • Temple where the monks teach these children to be Kungfu masters. All proceeds go directly to the Children’s Home.
  • Dinner in the Guesthouse
  • Mandarin lesson: Have your second Mandarin lesson
  • Optional: Visit the flagship of Kung Fu, The Shaolin Temple
  • Optional: Hike to Dharma Cave, a spiritual spot for Buddhist pilgrims, and be rewarded by beautiful views of both the shrines/temples in the area and the views of the area
  • Have a late lunch at the guesthouse then pack and check out
  • Depart to Zhengzhou to board your train to Beijing
  • Arrive at the train station and have some food before your train leaves

Day 13-16: Beijing

Arrive Beijing and meet your next Adventure Leader. Transfer by minibus to hostel. ou won’t be staying the night here, so you won’t be able to get into rooms, but can use the shower rooms, and common areas to relax before heading to the Wall in the afternoon

  • Mandarin lesson: Have your 3rd Mandarin Lesson
  • It’s time for the Mandarin Challenge! Use your freshly learned Mandarin to complete challenges around Beijing’s ancient streets and alleyways. The winning team earns a prize.
  • Mandatory meal at a local farm to obtain permission to access the locals only sections of the unrestored Great Wall
  • Unmissable Attraction – Hike on totally unrestored sections of the Wall before setting up camp on a deserted section of the wall to watch the sunset on one of the Wonders of the World (Please note, due to cold weather before end of April and after September, we stay in a guest house near the Wall instead of camping, but still return to the Wall to watch sunrise in the morning)
  • Unmissable Attraction – Sunrise on the Wall
  • Return to Beijing
  • Optional: Visit the Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium designed by one of the most controversial figures in modern China
  • Optional:A stunning Chinese Acrobatics Performance performed by young talents recruited from around China
  • Enjoyed exclusively by royalty in ancient times, taste Beijing’s signature dish Peking Roast Duck
  • Optional: Take a walk through the globally recognized, Tiananmen Square
  • Optional: Visit the Forbidden City. The largest palatial complex in the world, the grounds boast 980 buildings, and a history of housing 24 different Chinese royalty
  • Optional: Go to Jingshan park for a bird’s eye view of the three palaces: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square.
  • Test your bargaining skills in the Fake Goods Market!
  • Push your taste buds to the limit at the WangFuJing night market where you can sample most foods you’ve never tried, like scorpion, dog, cat, bugs and more
    Optional: Go to the Temple of Heaven, the largest complex dedicated to heaven worship in the world and where ancient sacrifices were made to bring bountiful harvests
  • Board night train to Hangzhou

Day 17-18: Hangzhou & Moganshan

After breakfast the group will take a minivan from Hangzhou railway station to Moganshan, famed for it’s bamboo forests.

  • Optional: Hike to Moganshan PeakDinner
  • Dinner
  • Have breakfast then check-out, but you can leave your bags at the hostel
  • Unmissable Activity: Bike Trek
  • Lunch at the hostel
    Travel to Hangzhou East Train Station to take your bullet train to Shanghai
  • Arrive in Shanghai and transfer via metro to your hostel
  • Optional: Set off for the Shanghai Drunken Dragon Pub Crawl – a big favourite with our fun-loving travellers!

We often get asked how much extra activities cost. Below we have listed some of the additional activities you can do on this trip. Please note prices do change, and currencies do fluctuate so this is really just a guide it may not be hundred percent accurate, but it will give you a good indication of how much extra to allow for spending money.

  • Entrance to the Great Wall: 45CNY (approx £4.40)
  • Cable car at Great Wall: 55CNY each way (approx £5.35)
  • Toboggan at Great Wall: 45CNY (approx £4.40)
  • Beijing: Forbidden City: 60CNY (approx £5.85)
  • Beijing: Temple of Heaven: 35CNY (approx £3.40)
  • Beijing: Summer Palace: 50CNY (approx £4.85)
  • Beijing: Legend of Gongfu performance: 100CNY (approx £9.70)
  • Beijing or Shanghai: Acrobatic Performance: 100CNY (approx £9.70)
  • Beijing: Opera Performance: 180CNY (approx £17.50)
  • Beijing: Hutong Cycle Tour: 100 CNY (approx £9.70)
  • Shanghai: Yuyuan Garden: 40CNY (approx £3.90)
  • Shanghai: Jinmao Tower: 100CNY (approx £9.70)
  • Shanghai: Huangpu River night cruise: 70CNY (approx £6.80)
  • Shanghai: Oriental Pearl View deck 100 CNY (approx £9.70)
  • Xi’an: Terra Cotta Warriors Museum: 150CNY (approx £14.60)
  • Xi´an: Bell & Drum Towers: 40CNY (approx £3.90)
  • Xi´an: Great Mosque: 25CNY (approx £2.45)
  • Xi´an: City Wall South Gate: 40CNY (approx £3.90)
  • Xi´an: Big Wild Goose Pagoda: 50CNY (approx £4.85)
  • Xi´an: Dumpling Banquet: 80CNY (approx £7.80)
  • Yangtze River: Three Lesser Gorges: 220 CNY (approx £21.50)
  • Yangtze River: Three Gorges Dam: 120 CNY (approx £11.70)
  • Yangshuo: 40 min Calligraphy class: 30 CNY (approx £2.90)
  • Yangshuo: Chinese Language lesson: 40 CNY (approx £3.90)
  • Yangshuo: Impression Light Show: 188 CNY (approx £18.30)
  • Yangshuo: 1 hour Gongfu Lesson: 50 CNY (approx £4.85)
  • Yangshuo: Cooking School & market tour: 150CNY (approx £14.60)
  • Yangshuo: Bike rental: 20CNY (approx £1.95)
  • Yangshuo: Kayaking: 130CNY (approx £12.65)
  • Yangshuo: Li River Cruise: 80CNY (approx £7.80)

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

We include all of the accommodation during this China group tour. We usually use hostels based on shared rooms. There is the option to upgrade your own room at a cost of about £25 per night. Please give us a couple of weeks notice if that is your intention.

We regularly do check Hostels to Make Sure They Are Clean and Secure.

The idea of accommodation in China can send a shiver down your spine, but each hostel has modern showers washing facilities and Internet access.

Some of this trip is spent camping on the great Wall of China, you do not need to bring camping equipment it is all included for you. We spend one night on a traditional organic farm and you will also get the opportunity to sleep in a roundhouse as well.

We sleep on sleeper trains during some sections, this is a great way to travel because you wake up somewhere new without spending  your days on the move. Sleeper trains all have flat beds, and there are a lot of fun. If you wish you can upgrade to first class sleeper cabin on some routes.

Please note this trip does not include food. So you will need to budget approximately £10 per day to cover your meals. The guide will always suggest good places to eat, usually most people eat together. An average meal will cost around 30RMB (approx £3) per person.

If you want to go exceptionally cheap, you can always grab a bowl of noodles or fried rice for as little as 10RMB (approx £1).

You can also get Western food and most of the hostels where you stay and this will cost about three pounds, but hey you are in China take full advantage.

You will need a VISA for this trip. A tourist VISA can be obtained at the Chinese embassy relatively easily. You will need a letter of invitation, which we will send you after you have paid your final balance so we advise you to book early so you can arrange your VISA  in good time.
We usually run groups between 10 and 18 people,the minimum group size is 5. On the first day there may be a smaller group size.
Most of the time but not the same one. We use different guides in different cities. So sometimes you will be put on a train by one guide and picked up at the destination by another.
This trip is most popular with people between 18-25 but we get all ages travelling with us.
Please note, the Beijing to Beijing Loop is a variation of the 25 day HK to HK circuit. From Day 1 – 4 you will be with one group and a different one from Day  4– 18. Occasionally, you may have a journey from Beijing to Shanghai on your own on the first evening but we will let you know if this is the case. 
The group meets up at 4.30pm at the accommodation on the start day. You can arrive anytime before this. If you would like to arrive a day early we can help you book your extra nights accommodation.
The trip finishes at 10pm on the last day and most people spend an extra night before flying home. You will be in Beijing for the last two days so it is possible to fly out earlier but you will miss out on some activities.
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  • All transport
  • Detailed predeparture pack
  • Services of English-speaking local coordinators  &    guides
  • All accommodation
  • Fully guided group tour
  • bamboo rafting the Li River
  • Overnight trains
  • Propaganda Museum in Shanghai
  • Shop till you drop in the Nanjing Road
  • Stroll through the Bund checking out Shanghai skyline
  • Wallow in Chinese mud baths
  • Entry to the Panda breeding research centre
  • Entry to the terracotta Warriors
  • Qin ling Mountains excursion
  • A visit to the Shaolin Temple
  • Camping out on the great Wall of China
  • Tiananmen Square and  the forbidden city

EXCLUDED

  • Transfers to and from the airport (although this is very easy)
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Spending money
  • Optional activities
  • Meals

Dates

Start Dates 2017

12th Jun; 2017; 21st Jun; 2017; 28th Jun; 2017;
3rd Jul; 2017; 5th Jul; 2017; 10th Jul; 2017; 17th Jul; 2017; 19th Jul; 2017; 24th Jul; 2017; 26th Jul; 2017
2nd Aug; 2017; 7th Aug; 2017; 9th Aug; 2017; 16th Aug; 2017;23rd Aug; 2017; 30th Aug; 2017
4th Sep; 2017; 6th Sep; 2017;13th Sep; 2017; 18th Sep; 2017; 20th Sep; 2017; 27th Sep; 2017
2nd Oct; 2017; 4th Oct; 2017; 9th Oct; 2017; 11th Oct; 2017;18th Oct; 2017; 25th Oct; 2017;
1st Nov; 2017;

2018

7th Mar; 2018; 12th Mar; 2018; 14th Mar; 2018; 19th Mar; 2018; 21st Mar; 2018
2nd Apr; 2018; 4th Apr; 2018; 11th Apr; 2018; 16th Apr; 2018; 23rd Apr; 2018
2nd May; 2018; 9th May; 2018; 16th May; 2018; 21st May; 2018;
23rd May; 2018; 28th May; 2018; 30th May; 2018;
4th Jun; 2018; 6th Jun; 2018; 11th Jun; 2018; 20th Jun; 2018; 27th Jun; 2018
2nd Jul; 2018; 4th Jul; 2018; 9th Jul; 2018; 16th Jul; 2018; 18th Jul; 2018;
25th Jul; 2018; 1st Aug; 2018; 6th Aug; 2018; 8th Aug; 2018; 15th Aug; 2018; 22nd Aug; 2018; 29th Aug; 2018
3rd Sep; 2018; 5th Sep; 2018; 12th Sep; 2018; 17th Sep; 2018; 19th Sep; 2018; 26th Sep; 2018; 1st Oct; 2018; 3rd Oct; 2018; 8th Oct; 2018; 10th Oct; 2018; 17th Oct; 2018; 24th Oct; 2018;
31st Oct; 2018

Greek Islands Party Experience

Ouzo. It ´s a bastard. Perhaps the only drink that crystallises in your stomach, so the next day when you go to hydrate you get pissed again. That pretty much sums up the week ahead of you on the Xtreme Greek islands party experience. Well it’s not all plate smashing and drinking we throw in some extreme Quad safaris, boat trips and stay at a beautiful (if a little pink) resort as well. Should just about match your tan by the time you leave. A weeks pretty much all-inclusive less than £400? Bargain.

You’ve heard all about it, now it’s your turn to do Greece! A legendary week of pure hedonism in one of the most stunning Greek islands. Corfu! Staying at the hottest party resort this is THE place to come and go crazy for a week or two. Half board, toga parties, quad bike safaris and free club entry to the hottest nightclub in town.

 

 

 

 

Greek Island Party Experience

Xtreme-Gap-Greece-Party-Experience-(16)Highlights:

  • Gorgeous Greek Food Included in Half board: Cooked breakfast untill 10.30 am and large Greek Dinner
  • ATV safari to explore the island. It´s a great way to get around and discover the island and its secluded beaches!
  • Watch the sunset in Corfu one of the most memorable sunsets in Greece!
  • Crazy nights partying with people from all over Europe!
  • Stunning (private) beaches, crystal clear seas and amazing waters sports!
  • Boat trips and booze cruise including cliff jumping, beach hopping, swimming, snorkeling .
  • Kayaking safaris, great adventure, visit surrounded beaches and bat caves
  • Toga parties, Greek nights with Greek dancing
  • Long Happy Hours
  • if 24-hour bar a reception
  • Free safety deposit boxes

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The view from the terrace at the resort is  to die for. Endless miles of beach surrounds you. Welcome to your ultimate Greek island getaway. Located in Western Corfu, you can spend one or two weeks partying with people from all over the world whilst having an amazing Greek holiday. Half-board, so breakfast and dinner included, all you have to worry about is sunburn and hangovers!

Accommodation

We have double, triple and shared accommodation in mini dorms (sleeps up to 5 people) depending on whether you are solo traveller, coming with friends or putting together a group (contact us if you’re planning on bringing friends but multiple booking discounts).

balcony greeceEach room has unrivalled sea views, balconies from which to enjoy an incredible sunset, and you are less than 5 min from the beach. There are extensive facilities, four bars, private beach with free sunbeds and an amazing pool area. Linen and towels are provided.    There is a massive pool area and your own private beach to spend sun filled days living it up.

Meals

Breakfast and dinner is provided, food is plentiful and extremely tasty. Cooked breakfasts three course dinners washed down with Ouzo of course (at dinner not breakfast that would be ridiculous).

Xtreme-Gap-Greece-Party-Experience-(12)You will need to arrange your own lunch, however there are plenty of restaurants locally  restaurant that offer a large variety of low priced and quality Greek and international food. Eating lunch somewhere different each day  is nice for a bit of variety.  This way, you may stumble upon our favourite little spots: Tiny restaurants directly on the beach. The family owned restaurants will take you right in and make your Greek feast.

Often you don’t even have to look at the menu, they will just bring you out every single dish under the sun. Dolmades (grapevine leaves stuffed with rice and veggies), hummus and Feta. Hmmmm.

Getting Around

The first thing you should consider is whether you actually want to get around. Everything is available for you in resort, and there is a quaint beachside town within easy walking distance. If you do have itchy feet, there are several means of transportation for you in Corfu. Walking or ATV, scooters or you can opt for a minibus tour.

Quad biking around the island is fun but not necessary to explore the array of restaurants and shops directly below the resort.

Toga Party!

When in Greece Toga Toga Toga! Socrates has a lot to answer for.

Expect a huge, metallic pink sheet to configure into whatever style toga your hearts desire. The Toga party happens once a fortnight and is a great way to break the ice. Underpants are optional. Included in the price you have free club entry every single night to the hottest nightclub in town. There is plenty going on but there are also some chilled out options if you want a little bit of relaxation as well.

 

Boat trip & kayaking

gap year greece varenDuring your holiday you will get to go out on a boat trip, swimming, snorkelling cliff jumping and visiting Batcave just some of the highlights. The boat trip can turn into a bit of a boozy affair, so be warned!

You will get to do a couple of different activities throughout the week, as well as the boat trip you will also have access to Ocean kayaks, so one day you can go out and explore lots of hidden coves, secluded beaches and snorkel in Aqua Marine seas.

The Island

The island of Corfu is quite mountainous but is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque islands in Greece. Parts of the island are untouched by time. It is amazing to see the dozens of tiny villages where 70 year old Greek men sip coffee and play cards at the town cafe. If you make it to the top of the island you will be rewarded with the most beautiful view. It is truly an untouched island in the middle of Paradise.

Quad Safari

Another highlight this awesome week is that you will go out on all-terrain vehicles on an epic Quad Safari. Check out Corfu with your new buddies and get to explore other parts of the island that will take your breath away.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Breakfast and dinner are included in your stay. Breakfast consists of eggs, bread, Greek yogurt, and cereal, and often has some fruit, cheese, and meat options. Guests are treated to a 3 course meal of soup, salad, and a main dish. There is always a vegetarian option. You are seated at tables of 8 for dinner, which gives you the chance to meet people and have (semi) sober conversations before the partying begins.
The booze cruise is not for the faint hearted. Right from boarding (you have to wade out in chest-deep water to get on the boat), you know you´re in for a wild time. Shotgunning beers, climbing and jumping off cliffs (naked, if you want free drinks), swimming in a bat cave, and playing the beach game (you´ll see), are all a standard part of the booze cruise. If your group is a wild one, who knows what could happen? There are also the Quad and Kayak safaris (lunch included), which take place several times a week, and are a great way to check out the beautiful island of Corfu. For the quad safari, be aware that you need a driver´s license if you want to be a driver (otherwise you´ll be a passenger on one of the quads), and between 5 and 10 euros to use as gas money. You also stop at a bar at the end of the safari and get the chance to try metaxa and coke, definitely worth the extra couple of euros. The Ouzo Cup Volleyball tournament takes place on days when the other activities aren´t happening. It´s 10 euros, and includes all the beer you can drink while the game is going on. Depending on the staff running it, and the participants, the volleyball game can be anything from a regular volleyball game, to: well, you can imagine (or can´t, but we definitely suggest trying it!).
If you are not into drinking, perhaps don’t book this.  There are 4 bars at the resort. The reception bar is open 24 hours a day, and if you´re lucky, you´ll get the chance to hang out with Sue, the night time bartender. Upon arrival at the, all guests are given a shot of ouzo, the first of many. Happy Hour starts at reception bar at 5pm, with cheap beer, shots, and mixed drinks (if that first shot of ouzo tickles your fancy, try the Sue Special).

The drink deals continue down at the restaurant from 7-11, throughout dinner, so that you are nicely buzzed by the time the party starts.

The nightclub gets going after dinner, and stays open until all the guests have left. The theme changes, depending on the night- Cross dress night, ouzo circle, pyjama party, and flip cup, to name a few. The infamous toga party takes place on Saturday nights, and involves pink togas (underwear optional), ouzo shots, Greek dancing, and plate smashing. We´ll leave the rest up to your imagination. If the club atmosphere isn´t your thing, check out the brand new beach bar, with its view of the Aegean Sea. Open all day, until about 12-1am, the beach bar is a great place to have a margarita or quiet pint.

You will need to fly into Corfu, let us have your flight details prior to arrival and we will have you picked up and transferred to the resort. We will also drop you off at the airport to meet your flight on way home. Easy!
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  • Awesome cooked breakfast – eggs, yogurt, cereal, ham, cheese, bread/toast, coffee, tea until 10.30 am
  • Dinner: Guests are treated to a 3 course meal of soup, salad, and a main dish. There is always a vegetarian option
  • Pickup upon arrival from Corfu port/airport/bus station
  • Airport drop off
  • Free WiFi
  • 1 day quad safari
  • Booze Cruise
  • Kayaking trip
  • Day tour of Corfu
  • Access to our 24-hour bar with long happy hours and half price drinks!
  • Free access to the epic  24 Hour night club
  • Bedding and bath towels included
  • Free luggage storage
  • Safes in room
  • Daily Happy Hour
  • Kayaking Safari
  • Pool size Hot Tub
  • Free sun beds on the beach
  • Volley ball & basketball court
  • Ping Pong and Fooze ball tables.

Excluded

  • Flights to Corfu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches
  • Drinks unless they given to you free
  • A new liver after the holiday

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“So we got here…and you walk into an introduction about all the activities they do during the day, a few rules, and a shot of ouzo….yamas (cheers)!! The nights here are full of fun, great stories, great games, meeting amazing (and unique) people, and really just having a good time”
James, Australia
“You will definitely lose your mind and probably your clothes. Best week of my life.”
Anna J

Backpacking in South East Asia

Get off the beaten path and visit Laos! Let us take you off the beaten path on our backpacker trip in Laos. Starting in Bangkok Thailand, you can head through one of the most rewarding countries in South East Asia, and experience the joys of tubing, waterfalls and mind boggling scenery and beer Lao!

Get off the beaten path and visit Laos! Let us take you off the beaten path on our backpacker trip in Laos. Starting in Bangkok Thailand, you can head through one of the most rewarding countries in South East Asia, and experience the joys of tubing, waterfalls and mind boggling scenery and beer Lao!
 

Discover The Best Parts  of South East Asia

backpacking in south east asia (1)Backpacking in South East Asia´s incredible Laos, Cambodia and Thailand!
Discovering mountain villages, with incredible views and a country set back in time in Laos. Find out why people rave about Luang Prabang and Vientiane on our blog and not forgetting there is the awesome tubing experience, drifting down a river in an inner tire stopping off at bars and rope swings all the way down.
Cambodia will amaze and horrify you with an incredible history and people. See the horrifying S21 Genocide museum in Phnom Penh, relax on an undeveloped island in Koh Tunsay and speed down an abandon railway on a bamboo cart.

 

Backpacking in South East Asia Highlights:

  • backpacking in south east asia (5)Trek to mountain villages, see a way of life less known, and most of all be greeted by a heart warming “Sabaidee”
  • Travel on trains, buses, longboats and tuk tuks up Thailand and around Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, the friendliest and least discovered country in Asia!
  • This is the first guided bus travel network in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam! Connect from Thailand on trains and traverse Laos from north to south to Cambodia and then on to Vietnam, or choose a section that appeals to you.
  • We have an extensive range of South East Asian bus tours and travel passes for all time frames.
  • Your pass is valid for 12 months so take your time to explore!
  • ´Jump-on´ and ´jump-off´ the trip anywhere that you want along the way around our comprehensive route.
  • Go further off the beaten track and save money with unique down-to-earth stops, local culture and amazing activities.
  • Travel with like-minded people, and get guidance from our legendary guides and local drivers.
  • Our guides organise your accommodation at each overnight stop from guest houses, backpacker hostels, budget hotels, ecolodges and camping.
  • Backpacking in South East Asia trip time depends on the pass you take you can do it in 10 days or 3 weeks or even longer if you need. Starting in Bangkok, you can travel to Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, enjoying a free day in Chiang Mai, before meeting Xtreme Gap crew private boat in Huay Xai, Laos. A superb combination with any of our Thailand programs you can experience a whole different side to Asia.

Want more?

Make it a bigger trip!

By combining exciting programmes like the Xtreme Thailand Experience at the start and finishing with the Vietnam Experience you can turn these trip in to an epic adventure!

Add Vietnam!

Did you know you can add Vietnam to your itinerary with our South East Asia Xplorer? Check it out!
Vietnam is an assault on all the senses, breath in the amazing smell of the coffee plantations in Da Lat, Taste amazing Pho, see incredible locals at the Ban Ma Thout home stay, hear the incredible story of the Ho Chi Minh trail in Vin Moc and touch beautiful golden sand beaches and the finest silks in Hoi An.

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Hop On Hop Off  Backpacking Passes In Laos, Cambodia and Thailand

Discover why people are starting to discover Laos as an incredible backpacking destination. From tubing in Vang Vieng, to the stunning Luang prabang, sublime water falls, national parks, epic scenery. Fair warning though, this will make you want to book your flight and leave immediately!

backpacking in south east asia (23)Minimum Trip Times

  • Mekong Pass – min 36 days
  • Full Moon Pass – min 30 days
  • Dtui Noy Pass – min 17 days
  • Tom Yum Pass – min 16 days

 

Mekong Pass

DEPARTS:

  • Wet Season / Jun – Oct,  TUESDAYS, SATURDAYS,
  • Dry Season / Nov – May  TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS

A comprehensive trip through northern Thailand, Laos and Cambodia with the option to end in Bangkok, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh or Ho Chi Minh City.
For travellers who have 4 weeks or more and want to see as much of these amazing countries as possible.

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Bangkok, travel north via the amazing Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai, before meeting the  Bus at the Huay Xai border crossing in Laos.
Experience mountains and vibrant cultures in Northern Laos and amazing wilderness and wildlife in the South; follow narrow mountain roads to scenic rivers and waterfalls, hidden archaeological sites, communist caves and friendly remote villages.
Head into Cambodia to explore ancient temples, pagodas and palaces, snack on fried spiders or enjoy a local Khmer BBQ. Chill out in the beach sanctuary of Koh Tunsay, see the rare Irrawady Dolphins and visit the infamous Khmer Rouge S21 prison and killing fields. Cycle or trek the Bokor National Parks and get to know the locals in a remote village homestay.

backpacking in south east asia (15)Pass Highlights and Inclusions

  • Ayutthaya Temples
  • Pha Tok Cave
  • Pak Ou Cave
  • Tham Jang Cave
  • National Park Entry
  • Kong Lor Park Entry
  • Mahaxai Cave
  • Turtle Lake
  • Hotay Pitok Library
  • Tad Ngeuang
  • Wat Phu
  • S21 & Killing Fields
  • Udong
  • Bamboo Train

Mekong pass itinerary

Bangkok to Chiang Mai (Via Ayutthaya)

Your adventure kicks off 8am at the  Bangkok shop where you meet your guide and group. After a brief induction to how the pass works we depart for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. We arrive mid-morning, giving you plenty of time to explore the fascinating historical park by bike or enjoy a boat journey through the “Venice of the East”. We leave late evening to Chiang Mai.
Overnight train or bus (price included)
Non Travel Day: Arrival in Chiang Mai
We arrive into the train station between 8:00 11:00am. Chiang Mai is an amazing city with endless activity options. Some of our favourites are a tree top adventure with Flight of the Gibbon, trekking, rafting, and traditional cooking classes. For those looking for adrenalin try the down-hill mountain biking and traditional Muay Thai Boxing training! There’s also the famous night market, the Night Safari (Asia’s largest) and easy access to Pai village.
Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20
Non Travel Day: Chiang Mai

You have a full day to enjoy this historically rich city, or partake in one of the many adventure activities on offer. We suggest spending time to take in the ancient sights, including the old walled-city and the Tapae Gate, and some of the magnificent 300 Buddhist Temples.
Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20
Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong

Meet your group and guide at the Xtreme  preferred accommodation, before kicking off your Xtreme  journey. We leave at midday to visit the famous and intriguing White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), and then continue on to the border town of Chiang Khong to enjoy our last night in Thailand.
Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River USD20
Chiang Khong to Pakbeng

A short boat ride across the Mekong River whisks us away towards Huay Xai, Laos. This is where we clear customs before boarding the boat to Pakbeng. Sit back and soak up the incredible journey as the river winds through lush farmland, rugged mountains and jungle. You will spot water buffalo, mountain-side rice paddies, local fishermen, and kids splashing in the shallows. We arrive in the remote village of Pakbeng late afternoon and stay overnight by the river.
Guesthouse near boat ramp USD8 15
Pakbeng to Ban Lad Khammune (homestay)

Leaving Pakbeng early, we continue our journey down the Mekong to the secluded village of Ban Lad Khammune. Here you will experience traditional village life by staying with a local family in their home. Attend a Baci (welcoming) Ceremony and have a chance to wander around the village, watch the women weaving or try your luck in a friendly game of petanque in the square!
Homestay including accommodation, traditional Baci ceremony and meals USD $17
Ban Lad Khammune (homestay) to Luang Prabang

We wave goodbye to the village and jump back aboard our private boat downriver to the famous Pak Ou Caves. Here you will see thousands of Buddha images that were placed throughout the caves over a period of hundreds of years. A short trip takes us into the stunningly beautiful Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage town with a fusion of French colonial architecture and traditional Lao buildings. This is home to the famous Kuang Si waterfalls, a bear sanctuary, ancient Buddhist temples and many sacred sites.
Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market USD12-40
Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

It´s an early start as we head south through mountainous terrain, taking in the breathtaking views. Upon arrival into Vang Vieng there is plenty of time to go tubing, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, start partying or even kick back and watch re-runs of old TV shows playing at the bars around town!
Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action USD8-30
Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Today we cruise through to the capital of Laos and take a tour of the city´s main attractions: Putaxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam, the Presidential Palace, and the COPE centre a non-profit organisation that educates visitors and raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War. After check in at our centrally located accommodation, you are free to get a massage, go shopping at the night market, or watch the action from one of the local restaurants by the river.
Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI and breakfast USD20
Vientiane to Kong Lor (7 Km Cave)

An early escape this morning takes us away from the crowds and south to Kong Lor, and the Phu Hin Bun National Park. About an hour into the journey we visit Wat Prabat Phonsone, the “Buddha´s Footprint” temple, which has become an important pilgrimage site for local communities. There is time before sunset to explore the Kong Lor village and take in the stunning scenery of the surrounding rice paddies and limestone Karst Mountains.
Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views and just a short 10 minute walk from the cave USD10
Non Travel Day: Kong Lor (7 Km Cave)

This morning you´re free to head down to the Cave (or Tham Kong Lor to the locals) and venture deep into the 7km abyss! Ride in a traditional motorised canoe and take in the amazing rock formations, swim in the cool waters of the cave entrance. There may also be the option to travel to Ban Tabak village, to take a ride in a ‘bomb boat´ made from the metal fuel casings of B52 bombers, dumped on Laos during the Secret War (this is subject to availability on the day).
Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views of the Karst Mountains and just a short 10 minute walk from the cave USD10
Kong Lor (7 Km Cave) to Thakek

Today is a short travel day and includes a stop to view the “Great Wall of Tha Kek” before heading into town to check into our hotel on the banks of the Mekong River. This afternoon we´ll head out of town towards the Khammouane Protected Area, home to the Mahaxai Caves scattered amongst rugged limestone cliffs and pristine jungle scenery. We will stop at Tha Farang for an afternoon swim before returning to town to relax and enjoy a sunset over the Mekong River.
Mekong riverside Guesthouse USD12

Thakek to Xe Champhone (village stay)

This is what Xtreme is all about, getting totally off the beaten track! We head into Xe Champhone wetlands – an area so remote that occasionally our  buses can’t access it, so we have to jump on board an off-road truck! Along the way we visit Old Wat Taleow, a beautiful temple bombed in 1969, then onto Turtle Lake where you might spot soft-shell turtles. Our last stop for the day is the 200-year-old Hotay Pidok Buddhist library. Once here we spend the night with the friendly locals in the Monkey forest, a sacred place and home to hundreds of wild Rhesus Macaque monkeys.
Basic village stay including accommodation and meals USD17
Xe Champhone to Pakse

Driving south this morning we head for the bright lights of Pakse. From here, you can check out the Bolaven Plateau with its cool climate, coffee and tea plantations, and spectacular waterfalls. Paske is a great place to hop off the bus and experience the unforgettable Tree Top Explorer adventure. This an amazing experience that includes trekking though jungle, tree house accommodation, wildlife, thundering waterfalls, and a zip- line system that will have you flying through the tree-tops and across ravines.
Guesthouse with fan or air-conditioned rooms in the centre of town surrounded by everything you need USD8-10
Pakse to Don Det (4000 Islands)

An early start takes us to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer temple. We´ll explore the site and climb to the mountain top temple, before heading south to the 4000 Islands area to experience its laidback lifestyle and natural beauty. We arrive around lunchtime giving you time to cycle across to the neighbouring Don Khone Island and visit Li Phi waterfall or take a boat trip for a chance to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.
Rustic style guesthouse USD5-15
Don Det to Phnom Penh

Saying goodbye to Laos, we make an early start to join the public bus for the journey to Cambodia. A short drive will bring you to the Don Kralor Border where you will complete immigration procedures, then continue the journey into Cambodia, once again following the mighty Mekong River. We arrive in the majestic capital of Phnom Penh late evening, and you´ll get a chance to freshen up before meeting your new tour leader for dinner and drinks along the iconic waterfront.
Guesthouse near the main tourist area USD20
Phnom Penh to Koh Tunsay (Rabbit Island)

After a tour of the infamous Khmer Rouge S21 Prison and Killing Fields we head for the Cambodian coast, passing through the river town of Kampot. Kampot is famous for its pepper and salt farms and delicious seafood – your local guide will show you the best spot to taste some! From Kampot we head to the old French resort town of Kep where we board traditional Khmer wooden fishing boats for a 30 minute voyage to the island sanctuary of Koh Tunsay. Once on shore you can check out the island or just relax on the beach, and watch the sun go down.
Bungalows on the beach (sleep 4 people) USD25 per bungalow
Koh Tunsay (Rabbit Island) to Kampot

Tearing ourselves away from the beach, a short drive takes us back to the town of Kampot where you will have a free afternoon to visit the pepper and salt Farms, do some cycling or trekking in Bokor National Park or take a sunset cruise up the river.
Highly Recommended: Hop off here to head to Sihanoukville to enjoy the beach; local seafood and nightlife!
Guesthouse with dorm beds or private rooms USD6-15
Kampot to Battambang (homestay)

A full day today will take us to our village homestay near the provincial town of Battambang. En-route we will visit the 18th Century Khmer stronghold of Udong, where you can hike to the mountain top pagoda or relax in a hammock and enjoy a local Khmer BBQ! We pass through Kompong Chhnang (pronounced kom pong ch nang) with its bustling local market and floating villages along the river and delta area. Our homestay tonight will give you a taste of local family and community life in the village with its seasonal farming, fishing, temple gatherings and festivals.
Homestay in local village including meals USD18
Battambang to Siem Reap

After breakfast with our homestay family we drive into Battambang where we will take a ride on the Bamboo Train before an early lunch and drive to Siem Reap home of the incredible Angkor Temples. We recommend a free day to explore the magnificent Angkor Temples and take in some of Siem Reap´s vibrant markets and nightlife. Your guide will show you the best one to head to first!
Guesthouse with dorm beds or private rooms USD8-20
Non Travel Day: Siem Reap

Today is a free day for you to explore the magnificent Angkor Temples and take in some of Siem Reap´s vibrant markets and nightlife. Your guide will show you the best ones to head to first!
Guesthouse with dorm beds or private rooms USD8-20
Siem Reap to Bangkok or HCMC (via Phnom Penh)
If you are traveling to Bangkok you will be driven to the border town of Poipet. Here you will process through Thai immigration and change buses for the drive to Bangkok, arriving in the evening. Alternatively if you are travelling to HCMC you´ll board the bus from Phnom Penh and head to Moc Bai on the Vietnamese border, where you will be processed through immigration (you will need to organise your Visa in advance) and then driven on to Ho Chi Minh City arriving mid-afternoon.

 

Fullmoon Pass

backpacking in south east asia (21)Pass Highlights and Inclusions

  • Ayutthaya Temples
  • Pha Tok Cave
  • Pak Ou Cave
  • Tham Jang Cave
  • National Park Entry
  • Kong Lor Park Entry
  • Mahaxai Cave
  • Turtle Lake
  • Hotay Pitok Library
  • Tad Ngeuang
  • Wat Phu

DEPARTS:

  • Wet Season / Jun – Oct:  TUESDAY, SATURDAYS
  • Dry Season / Nov – May  TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS

A comprehensive trip through Northern Thailand and Laos, for those travellers who have two and a half weeks or more. By joining us in Bangkok, you can travel to Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, enjoying a free day in Chiang Mai, before meeting the  bus in Luang Prabang, Laos. Experience Laos from the mountains and vibrant cultures in the north to the islands and Mekong falls in the south. Return to Bangkok via local bus or train from Pakse to Ubon Ratchathani and train from there. We will get you closer to the action the whole way.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai (Via Ayutthaya)

Your adventure kicks off 8am at the  Bangkok shop where you meet your  guide and group. After a brief induction to how it works we depart for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. We arrive mid-morning, giving you plenty of time to explore the fascinating historical park by bike or enjoy a boat journey through the “Venice of the East”. We leave late evening to Chiang Mai.

Overnight train or bus (price included)

Non Travel Day: Arrival in Chiang Mai
We arrive into the train station between 8:00 11:00am. Chiang Mai is an amazing city with endless activity options. Some of our favourites are a tree top adventure with Flight of the Gibbon, trekking, rafting, and traditional cooking classes. For those looking for adrenalin try the down-hill mountain biking and traditional Muay Thai Boxing training! There’s also the famous night market, the Night Safari (Asia’s largest) and easy access to Pai village.
Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20

Non Travel Day: Chiang Mai
You have a full day to enjoy this historically rich city, or partake in one of the many adventure activities on offer. We suggest spending time to take in the ancient sights, including the old walled-city and the Tapae Gate, and some of the magnificent 300 Buddhist Temples.
Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20

Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong
After a chilled out morning, we depart after lunch and visit the famous and intriguing White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), then continue on to the border town of Chiang Khong to enjoy our last night in Thailand.
Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River USD20

Chiang Khong to Pakbeng
A short boat ride across the Mekong River whisks us away towards Huay Xai, Laos. This is where we clear customs before boarding the boat to Pakbeng. Sit back and soak up the incredible journey as the river winds through lush farmland, rugged mountains and jungle. You will spot water buffalo, mountain-side rice paddies, local fishermen, and kids splashing in the shallows. We arrive in the remote village of Pakbeng late afternoon and stay overnight by the river.
Guesthouse near boat ramp USD8 15

Pakbeng to Ban Lad Khammune
Leaving Pakbeng early, we continue our journey down the Mekong to the secluded village of Ban Lad Khammune. Here you will experience traditional village life by staying with a local family in their home. Attend a Baci (welcoming) Ceremony and have a chance to wander around the village, watch the women weaving or try your luck in a friendly game of petanque in the square!
Homestay including accommodation, traditional Baci ceremony and meals USD17

Ban Lad Khamoune to Luang Prabang
Our boat journey this morning takes us to the Pak Ou Caves where you will see thousands of Buddha images placed in the caves over hundreds of years. From the caves we have a short trip to Luang Prabang, arriving around midday into this world heritage town with French colonial architecture, temples and sacred sites.
Accommodation: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms clost to night market $12-40

Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
It´s an early start as we head south through mountainous terrain, taking in the breathtaking views. Upon arrival into Vang Vieng there is plenty of time to go tubing, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, start partying or even kick back and watch re-runs of old TV shows playing at the bars around town!
Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action USD8-30

Vang Vieng to Vientiane
Today we cruise through to the capital of Laos and take a tour of the city´s main attractions: Putaxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam, the Presidential Palace, and the COPE centre a non-profit organisation that educates visitors and raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War. After check in at our centrally located accommodation, you are free to get a massage, go shopping at the night market, or watch the action from one of the local restaurants by the river.
Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI and breakfast USD20

Vientiane to Kong Lor (7km Cave)

A comprehensive trip through Northern Thailand and Laos, for those travellers who have two and a half weeks or more. By joining us in Bangkok, you can travel to Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, enjoying a free day in Chiang Mai, before meeting the  bus in Luang Prabang, Laos. Experience Laos from the mountains and vibrant cultures in the north to the islands and Mekong falls in the south. Return to Bangkok via local bus or train from Pakse to Ubon Ratchathani and train from there. We will get you closer to the action the whole way.

This morning you´re free to head down to the Cave (or Tham Kong Lor to the locals) and venture deep into the 7 km abyss! Ride in a traditional motorised canoe and take in the amazing rock formations, swim in the cool waters of the cave entrance. You also have the chance to travel to Ban Tabak village and take a ride in a ‘bomb boat’! These are made from the metal fuel casings of B52 bombers, dumped on Laos during the Secret War.
Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views of the Karst Mountains and just a short 10 minute walk from the cave USD10

Kong Lor (7 Km Cave) to Thakek

Today is a short travel day, which includes a stop to view the “Great Wall of Thakek” before heading onto Pha Tam Kam, home of some of Southeast Asia´s best rock climbing and amazing lush, jungle scenery. For the adventurous crowd, there is the option to try out slack-lining or rock climbing, before heading back into town.
Mekong riverside Guesthouse USD12

Thakek to Xe Champhone (village stay)

This is what we are all about, getting totally off the beaten track! We head into Xe Champhone wetlands – an area so remote that occasionally our  buses can’t access it, so we have to jump on board an off-road truck! Along the way we visit Old Wat Taleow, a beautiful temple bombed in 1969, then onto Turtle Lake where you might spot soft-shell turtles. Our last stop for the day is the 200-year-old Hotay Pidok Buddhist library. Once here we spend the night with the friendly locals in the Monkey forest, a sacred place and home to hundreds of wild Rhesus Macaque monkeys.
Basic village stay including accommodation and meals USD17

Xe Champhone to Pakse

Driving south this morning we head for the bright lights of Pakse. From here, you can check out the Bolaven Plateau with its cool climate, coffee and tea plantations, and spectacular waterfalls. Paske is a great place to hop off the bus and experience the unforgettable Tree Top Explorer adventure. This an amazing experience that includes trekking though jungle, tree house accommodation, wildlife, thundering waterfalls, and a zip- line system that will have you flying through the tree-tops and across ravines.
Guesthouse with fan or air-conditioned rooms in the centre of town surrounded by everything you need USD8-10

Pakse to Don Det (4000 Islands)

An early start takes us to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer temple. We´ll explore the site and climb to the mountain top temple, before heading south to the 4000 Islands area to experience its laidback lifestyle and natural beauty. We arrive around lunchtime giving you time to cycle across to the neighbouring Don Khone Island and visit Li Phi waterfall or take a boat trip for a chance to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.
Rustic style guesthouse USD5-15

Don Det to Bangkok

We leave Don Det early by local mini-van towards Pakse and then on to the Thai border and Ubon Ratchathani, where you board the overnight bus. Your bus journey finishes when you arrive in Bangkok early the next morning.

 

Full moon pass

Dtui Noy Pass

DEPARTS:

  • Wet Season / Jun – Oct,  TUESDAYS, SATURDAYS,
  • Dry Season / Nov – May  TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS

Finishes Pakse (for Thailand) or Don Det (for Cambodia)

A comprehensive trip through Laos, for those travellers who have 2 weeks of more. Meet your  guide and group and head on the slow boat to Luang Prabang and experience Laos from the mountains, ethnic cultures and monastic traditions in the north to the natural beauty and laid-back lifestyle of the south. Hop off the  bus in 4000 Islands and continue on your own to Cambodia. Or hop off the  bus in Pakse and take a local bus to Ubon Ratchathani in eastern Thailand, where connections to trains, buses or planes are available to other Thai destinations.   You’ll want to hop-off and explore… the waterfalls, caves and jungles of Laos, and chill out on the idyllic island of Don Det)

Pass Highlights and Inclusions

  • Pha Tok Cave
  • Pak Ou Cave
  • Tham Jang Cave
  • National Park Entry
  • Kong Lor Park Entry
  • Mahaxai Cave
  • Turtle Lake
  • Hotay Pitok Library
  • Tad Ngeuang
  • Wat Phou

 

Dtui Noy pass itinerary

Chiang Khong to Pakbeng

A short boat ride across the Mekong River whisks us away towards Huay Xai, Laos. This is where we clear customs before boarding the boat to Pakbeng. Sit back and soak up the incredible journey as the river winds through lush farmland, rugged mountains and jungle. You will spot water buffalo, mountain-side rice paddies, local fishermen, and kids splashing in the shallows. We arrive in the remote village of Pakbeng late afternoon and stay overnight by the river.Guesthouse near boat ramp USD8 15

Pakbeng to Ban Lad Khammune (homestay)

Leaving Pakbeng early, we continue our journey down the Mekong to the secluded village of Ban Lad Khammune. Here you will experience traditional village life by staying with a local family in their home. Attend a Baci (welcoming) Ceremony and have a chance to wander around the village, watch the women weaving or try your luck in a friendly game of petanque in the square! Homestay including accommodation, traditional Baci ceremony and meals USD $17

Ban Lad Khammune (homestay) to Luang Prabang

We wave goodbye to the village and jump back aboard our private boat downriver to the famous Pak Ou Caves. Here you will see thousands of Buddha images that were placed throughout the caves over a period of hundreds of years. A short trip takes us into the stunningly beautiful Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage town with a fusion of French colonial architecture and traditional Lao buildings. This is home to the famous Kuang Si waterfalls, a bear sanctuary, ancient Buddhist temples and many sacred sites.
Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market USD12-40

Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

It´s an early start as we head south through mountainous terrain, taking in the breathtaking views. Upon arrival into Vang Vieng there is plenty of time to go tubing, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, start partying or even kick back and watch re-runs of old TV shows playing at the bars around town!
Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action USD8-30

Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Today we cruise through to the capital of Laos and take a tour of the city´s main attractions: Putaxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam, the Presidential Palace, and the COPE centre a non-profit organisation that educates visitors and raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War. After check in at our centrally located accommodation, you are free to get a massage, go shopping at the night market, or watch the action from one of the local restaurants by the river.

Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI and breakfast USD20

Vientiane to Kong Lor (7 Km Cave)

An early escape this morning takes us away from the crowds and south to Kong Lor, and the Phu Hin Bun National Park. About an hour into the journey we visit Wat Prabat Phonsone, the “Buddha´s Footprint” temple, which has become an important pilgrimage site for local communities. There is time before sunset to explore the Kong Lor village and take in the stunning scenery of the surrounding rice paddies and limestone Karst Mountains.
Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views and just a short 10 minute walk from the cave USD10

Non Travel Day: Kong Lor (7 Km Cave)

This morning you´re free to head down to the Cave (or Tham Kong Lor to the locals) and venture deep into the 7 km abyss! Ride in a traditional motorised canoe and take in the amazing rock formations, swim in the cool waters of the cave entrance. You also have the chance to travel to Ban Tabak village and take a ride in a ‘bomb boat’! These are made from the metal fuel casings of B52 bombers, dumped on Laos during the Secret War.
Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views of the Karst Mountains and just a short 10 minute walk from the cave USD10

Kong Lor (7 Km Cave) to Thakek

Today is a short travel day, which includes a stop to view the “Great Wall of Thakek” before heading onto Pha Tam Kam, home of some of Southeast Asia´s best rock climbing and amazing lush, jungle scenery. For the adventurous crowd, there is the option to try out slack-lining or rock climbing, before heading back into town.
Mekong riverside Guesthouse USD12

Thakek to Xe Champhone (village stay)

This is what we are all about, getting totally off the beaten track! We head into Xe Champhone wetlands – an area so remote that occasionally our  buses can’t access it, so we have to jump on board an off-road truck! Along the way we visit Old Wat Taleow, a beautiful temple bombed in 1969, then onto Turtle Lake where you might spot soft-shell turtles. Our last stop for the day is the 200-year-old Hotay Pidok Buddhist library. Once here we spend the night with the friendly locals in the Monkey forest, a sacred place and home to hundreds of wild Rhesus Macaque monkeys.
Basic village stay including accommodation and meals USD17

Xe Champhone to Pakse

Driving south this morning we head for the bright lights of Pakse. From here, you can check out the Bolaven Plateau with its cool climate, coffee and tea plantations, and spectacular waterfalls. Paske is a great place to hop off the bus and experience the unforgettable Tree Top Explorer adventure. This an amazing experience that includes trekking though jungle, tree house accommodation, wildlife, thundering waterfalls, and a zip- line system that will have you flying through the tree-tops and across ravines.
Guesthouse with fan or air-conditioned rooms in the centre of town surrounded by everything you need USD8-10

Pakse to Don Det (4000 Islands)

An early start takes us to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer temple. We´ll explore the site and climb to the mountain top temple, before heading south to the 4000 Islands area to experience its laidback lifestyle and natural beauty. We arrive around lunchtime giving you time to cycle across to the neighbouring Don Khone Island and visit Li Phi waterfall or take a boat trip for a chance to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins. Rustic style guesthouse USD5-15

 

Tom Yum Pass

backpacking in south east asia (4)Pass Highlights and Inclusions

  • Ayutthaya Temples
  • Pha Tok Cave
  • Pak Ou Cave
  • Tham Jang Cave

DEPARTS:  

  • Wet Season / Jun – Oct  TUESDAY, SATURDAYS
  • Dry Season / Nov – May  TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS

A comprehensive trip through Northern Thailand and Northern Laos for those with 10 days or more. Start in Bangkok, visit the ancient capitals of Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai enroute to the northern Laos. Once in Laos, join the  bus and encounter the magic of the northern provinces; Luang Namtha, trekking central (dry season); Pak Beng and Ban Lad Khammune riverside villages (wet season); Luang Prabang remote river villages and the monastic capital of the same name; Vang Vieng with its tubing and night life, and Vientiane, the country´s capital. Hop off the  bus in Vientiane for the overnight train or bus back to Bangkok.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai (Via Ayutthaya)
Your adventure kicks off 8am at the  Bangkok shop where you meet your  guide and group. After a brief induction to how it  works we depart for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. We arrive mid-morning, giving you plenty of time to explore the fascinating historical park by bike or enjoy a boat journey through the “Venice of the East”. We leave late evening to Chiang Mai.
Overnight train or bus (price included)

Non Travel Day: Arrival in Chiang Mai
We arrive into the train station between 8:00 11:00am. Chiang Mai is an amazing city with endless activity options. Some of our favourites are a tree top adventure with Flight of the Gibbon, trekking, rafting, and traditional cooking classes. For those looking for adrenalin try the down-hill mountain biking and traditional Muay Thai Boxing training! There’s also the famous night market, the Night Safari (Asia’s largest) and easy access to Pai village.
Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20

Non Travel Day: Chiang Mai
You have a full day to enjoy this historically rich city, or partake in one of the many adventure activities on offer. We suggest spending time to take in the ancient sights, including the old walled-city and the Tapae Gate, and some of the magnificent 300 Buddhist Temples.
Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20

Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong
After a chilled out morning, we depart after lunch and visit the famous and intriguing White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), then continue on to the border town of Chiang Khong to enjoy our last night in Thailand.
Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River USD20

Chiang Khong to Pakbeng
A short boat ride across the Mekong River whisks us away towards Huay Xai, Laos. This is where we clear customs before boarding the boat to Pakbeng. Sit back and soak up the incredible journey as the river winds through lush farmland, rugged mountains and jungle. You will spot water buffalo, mountain-side rice paddies, local fishermen, and kids splashing in the shallows. We arrive in the remote village of Pakbeng late afternoon and stay overnight by the river.
Guesthouse near boat ramp USD8 15

Pakbeng to Ban Lad Khammune
Leaving Pakbeng early, we continue our journey down the Mekong to the secluded village of Ban Lad Khammune. Here you will experience traditional village life by staying with a local family in their home. Attend a Baci (welcoming) Ceremony and have a chance to wander around the village, watch the women weaving or try your luck in a friendly game of petanque in the square!
Homestay including accommodation, traditional Baci ceremony and meals USD17

Ban Lad Khamoune to Luang Prabang
Our boat journey this morning takes us to the Pak Ou Caves where you will see thousands of Buddha images placed in the caves over hundreds of years. From the caves we have a short trip to Luang Prabang, arriving around midday into this world heritage town with French colonial architecture, temples and sacred sites.
Accommodation: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms clost to night market $12-40

Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
It´s an early start as we head south through mountainous terrain, taking in the breathtaking views. Upon arrival into Vang Vieng there is plenty of time to go tubing, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, start partying or even kick back and watch re-runs of old TV shows playing at the bars around town!
Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action USD8-30

Vang Vieng to Vientiane
Today we cruise through to the capital of Laos and take a tour of the city´s main attractions: Putaxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam, the Presidential Palace, and the COPE centre a non-profit organisation that educates visitors and raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War. After check in at our centrally located accommodation, you are free to get a massage, go shopping at the night market, or watch the action from one of the local restaurants by the river.
Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI and breakfast USD20

Vientiane to Bangkok
You´ll be collected from your guesthouse in Vientiane mid-afternoon and be taken by tuk tuk to Thanaleng Train Station. Here you clear Lao customs, pay your departure fee then board a connecting train which takes you over the Friendship Bridge to Nong Khai in Thailand. You complete Thai Immigration at the train station and have time for a meal or drink across the road before boarding the overnight train to Bangkok where your  adventure will end: until next time.

 

 

With our partners , you travel on trains, buses, longboats and tuk tuks up Thailand and around Laos and see the parts most people miss!

Connect from Thailand on trains and traverse Laos from north to south, or choose a section that appeals to you.

  • Jump-on’ and ‘jump-off’ the bus anywhere that you want along the way around our comprehensive route.
  • Go further off the beaten track for unique down-to-earth stops, local culture and amazing activities.
  • We have an extensive range of Thailand – Laos travel passes for all time frames.
  • Your pass is valid for 12 months so take your time to explore!
  • Travel with like-minded people, our legendary guides and local drivers
  • We can organise guest houses, hostels, budget hotels, ecolodges and camping accommodation options enroute.

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Accommodation

Actually there is none with this trip! The passes do not include accommodation because you can choose how long you want to stay in one place and where. If you want the tour leaders to book you a bed, it is no problem, you can do it on the bus as you travel. This way we make it easy for you and you do not have to look around in the hot sun to check out accommodation options and haggle on prices.

Light clothes for the wet season (May Oct) and something warm for the dry season (Nov Mar), especially for the north of Laos and Thailand; a good travel medical kit supplied by a doctor (for any inconveniences, dietary or otherwise); your travel insurance details; sunscreen; bug repellent (at least 30% deet content); girls – a sarong for swimming in remote areas, Lao culture requires modesty; a poncho or light raincoat (it can rain even in the dry season in the north), shoes/trainers for walking and a good sense of adventure!
The best (and easiest) way to carry gear around Laos is in a sturdy backpack. You can bring a suitcase with wheels but you may find yourself dragging it down a dirt track! Bring a smaller day pack so you can carry bug repellent, a camera, sunscreen and water.
things may change depending on the group, driver, season and local conditions. On our bus routes you can break your journey and spend longer anywhere along the way.
We pick up from selected locations in each town (specific accommodation places and our offices). You need to advise us before 5pm the day before you want to depart where you want to be picked up. Please login to your bookings to confirm your departure time and place. Please note we do not visit all departure points every day, only if we have confirmed pickups, so please ensure you let us know where you will be waiting.
Western food is sparse outside the main centres of Laos so be prepared and open minded about eating local food. At our stops we recommend tasty restaurants but when you get into local villages and home stays be prepared to eat simple local fare, with maybe the odd wildcard ingredient (which is part of the fun). Supermarkets are not the norm but we will point out places where you can stock up on food for the day. Please note vegetarian meal options are not always available but excellent fruit and vegetables are plentiful at the local markets.
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Terms: $250 USD deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

Included

  • Pre departure information
  • Pick up at different locations in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia
  • Reservations for extra tours and accommodation will be made by the guide
  • Flexible hop on hop off Tour Pass
  • All Transportation
  • Services of the Tour Leader

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Activities

A guide to inclusions

So what’s included in your backpacker bus pass? The following inclusions listed below explain many of the activities involved on most of these passes. Please refer to the individual pass itinerary to see which inclusions are valid for that particular pass.

Thailand

Ayutthaya Temples The ancient former Thai capital of Ayutthaya was founded in the early 1300s and quickly became one of world´s largest trading ports. History tells of a lavish city, laden with golden palaces, huge monasteries and temples. The city was burnt almost to the ground in 1767 when the Burmese invaded, and today only a fraction of the impressive city remains. In 1991 the significant cultural value of this historic city´s ruins were recognised when it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Laos

  • Pha Tok Cave– The Pha Tok Caves were used by the Laos people as a secret stronghold and hideaway from the America bombings during the second Indochina War in the 1960s and 70s. The cave was accessed by a long bamboo ladder, of which the remains can still be seen today.
  • Pak Ou Cave – Located on the convergence of the Mekong and Ou Rivers north of Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Cave is an ancient pilgrimage site containing thousands of Buddha images placed there over hundreds of years.
  • Tham Jang Cave Tham Jang Cave is one of many limestone caves located near Vang Vieng in central Laos. The cave was used as a bunker during the war in the early 1900s and is now a popular sacred site for the locals. A crystal clear spring is located deep inside the cave, which is a popular swimming spot.
  • Tad Leuk Waterfall – Tad Leuk Waterfall is a popular but uncrowded swimming spot situated inside a national park. The picturesque flat, sandstone waterfall is surrounded by native flora and fauna and lots of bush walks.
  • Kong Lor Cave Situated underneath tall karst mountains, the 7 kilometre long Kong Lor Cave is lined with beautiful limestone stalic tights and stalic mights. Travel through the pitch black, windy cave by guided narrow boat using headlamps to see. The river is also popular for swimming in.
  • Mahaxai Caves – located 12kms west of the town of Thakek in southern Laos, Mahaxai is a complex of caves in the surrounding limestone mountains. This is also a popular mountain climbing region and eco tourism site.
  • Turtle Lake or Hong Dao – Located on the Xe Champhone Wetlands in south, central Laos is a large lake important in local mythology because of the many turtles that live in the lake. These turtles are considered sacred.
  • Hotay Pitok Library – located on the Xe Champhone wetlands is an old Buddhist Repository where thousands of Buddhist manuscripts written on reeds and bamboo are stored.
  • Tad Ngeuang – This waterfall is located on the Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos. It is one of the highest waterfalls in the region and you can take a refreshing swim in the pools.
  • Wat Phu – located in Champassak Province in southern Laos was the capital of the Khmer Empire before it was moved to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
  • Vieng Thong Hot Springs – located in western Laos these natural hot springs are popular with the locals for the treatment of all sorts of ailments. You can take a bath with the locals or cook an egg in the boiling waters at the spring source.
  • Vieng Xai Caves – located in western Laos near the Vietnamese border this complex of caves was the stronghold and head quarters of the Phathet Lao during the Secret War during the 60’s and 70’s.
  • Plain of Jars – located around Phonsavanh in western Laos, these giant stone jars litter the countryside around the township. No one really knows their origin or use but there are a number of local legends shedding light on the story of the jars.

Cambodia

  • Preah Vihear – located on the Thai/Cambodia border in northern Cambodia, this ancient temple is a source of ongoing territorial disputes between the two countries. Located on the top of a mountain it has stunning views across both countries.
  • S21 & Killing Fields – these two sites located in and around Phnom Penh were used during the Khmer Rouge era to imprison, torture and kill anyone who was considered a threat to the regime. They have become a museum and shrine in modern day Cambodia.
  • Udong – located just northeast of Phnom Penh, ancient Udong was a Khmer stronghold when Cambodia was under siege from Thailand in the 16th century. Today it is a popular sacred site for the locals who come to make offerings at the mountain top pagodas and picnic at the hammock restaurant at the base of the mountain.
  • Bamboo Train – located outside Battambang in eastern Cambodia the bamboo train is what is left of the rail system built by the French and destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. Locals use it as simple form of transport between villages and tourists are welcome to take a ride.

Dates

Starts 2 times per week. Mostly Tuesday and Saturday.

Epic Thailand 12 Days

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

A great value arrival into Thailand, jam packed with exciting activities and excursions. Timed perfectly to give you a eight day introduction, helps you meet people and get to know your surroundings and gives you a further 16 day ´s with a visa on arrival to explore on your own steam if you want.

 

 Epic Thailand 12 Day  Tour

Thailand is the dream destination for any adventure-loving traveller itching to get out and see the beauty of the world, experience the kindness of people and have one of the most epic trips of a lifetime.

Thailand ticks all the boxes; sun, sea, sand, islands, adventure, nightlife, shopping, culture, history and friendly people. This tour is the perfect first-time trip for anyone looking to travel with a group of like-minded, similar aged people. Fully guided by English-speaking, Western guides, you´ll always feel safe, comfortable and at ease with the people around you.

Imagine yourself traveling through the bustling streets of Bangkok on a shaky tuk tuk, diving headfirst into crystal clear emerald water, partying on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, or riding an elephant through lush tropical rainforest. The exotic smells, breath-taking sights, mouth-watering tastes and new sounds of traveling through Thailand will live long on in your memory after the trip is over. 12 Epic days in Thailand , adventure-filled, including plenty of down time on some of the most famous and beautiful beaches in the world!

So make memories to last a lifetime; visit Thailand and have the time of your life. There´ll never be a better time than now; Thailand is waiting for you!

Highlights Include:

  • 12 days in the land of the smiles for a price that will keep you grinning!
  • The excitement and hedonism of Khao San Rd
  • Tuk Tuk ride through Bangkok
  • Temples, palaces and markets and cruising down the Chao Praya river
  • Go Xtreme in the stunning Khao Sok National Park with bamboo rafting, kayaking tubing and cliff jumping.
  • You get to spend the night on amazing unique floating bungalows in an off the beaten track beautiful destination
  •  Amazing longtail boat trips and boat parties
  • Stay overnight on Bottle Beach one of the most secluded paradises in Thailand
  • 4 days on stunning Island Koh Tao (optional upgrades for dive course)
  • Eating some of the most amazing Thai food with the rest of the Xtreme Gap group in Koh Phangan
  • Stay a few nights on Koh Phangan. the party Island
  • Wicked laughs and fully guided with a trip leader
  • All accommodation, activities and transport included

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Epic Thailand Itinerary

Untitled-121Tropical beaches? Island paradises? Amazing adventure? Welcome to the trip of a lifetime; the ultimate bucket list journey through Thailand! If you love beaches, nature, adventure and a healthy dose of partying, then this is the trip for you!

Amazing value, and perfect for first-time or solo travellers, you´ll instantly make a bunch of new friends in your travel group who will share amazing travel experiences with you.

From the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, to the remote hidden beaches and islands made famous by legend and movies, this tour packs in so much epicness and adventure in just 12  days!

Day 1: Arrive to the Land of Smiles!

You´re getting closer and closer to the greatest adventure of your life. Just 10 minutes from landing in Bangkok airport, you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach. A new friend is waiting for you on the other side, ready to take you through the crazy streets of Bangkok to your accommodation and a group of fellow travellers who will soon become close friends. Once you´ve taken some time to relax and unwind in the guesthouse after your flight, you´ll head out for dinner and drinks with your new friends and travel buddies on the iconic Khao San Road.

Welcome to the first day of your amazing Thai adventure! It only gets better from here!

Day 2: Exploring Bangkok

Bangkok is known as the ´Venice of the East´, so what better way to explore the city than taking to the rivers. Cruising along the Chao Phraya River, you´ll experience one of the most epic skylines in Asia, seeing how the modern metropolis has merged with the ancient temples to create one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

After the river cruise, you´ll visit two of the most important temples in Thailand, where you´ll get your first experience of the beauty and intrigue of Thai history and culture. Next, we´ll jump on a Tuk Tuk for a whirlwind ride through the city back to Khao San Road. If you´ve never been on a Tuk Tuk before, you´ll be laughing (and possibly screaming) all the way, as it swerves and dodges all sorts of traffic and obstacles imaginable. Who knew driving could be so adventurous!

Finish the day with an amazing lunch and dinner in one of the best eating spots in Bangkok, Khao San Road; cheap, authentic and delicious!

Day 3: Preparing to head South

Your final day in Bangkok sees you getting ready to head to the tropical south of the country. After checking out of your accommodation, you´ll have an opportunity to relax with a traditional Thai Massage in a local spa. This should keep you sufficiently chilled out during your overnight train journey to the south of the country. You´ll probably be so relaxed that you´ll fall asleep on the train. If not, make sure to check out the awesome views of the Thai countryside.

Don´t worry though, as you´ll have plenty of time to pick up some souvenirs and do a little shopping in the awesome Khao San Road before you depart from Bangkok.

Day 4: Visiting Paradise in Khao Sok National Park

Prepare to be in awe of the beauty of Khao Sok National Park. Arriving bright and early at 7am, after the overnight train, you´ll be taken direct to the stunning park. Your accommodation here just so happens to be floating on the Cheow Larn Lake. Yep, you read correctly! These cute wooden bungalows are situated on a beautiful turquoise lake, surrounded by mountains covered in lush evergreen rainforest. You can even sit right outside your bungalow door, cooling down by dangling your feet in the lake!

Swimming, kayaking, tubing, bamboo rafting and cave exploring are just some of the awesome adrenaline-pumping activities that can be enjoyed in the park, while surrounded by some of the most gorgeous scenery you´ll ever see. We´re sure you´ll never want to leave your temporary home floating on the lake. However, Thai beaches are waiting:and that´s a pretty good excuse to keep moving!

Day 5: Beaches, Waves and Cocktails

Today we leave Khao Sok National Park via ferry to Koh Phangan, one of the most iconic and beautiful areas in Thailand. You´ll spend the day on Bottle Beach, a postcard-perfect beach with bright white sand and turquoise blue water, often regarded as one of the best beaches in Thailand!

Swim, sunbathe, relax or snorkel during the day, while in the evening we´ll prepare an awesome private beach party for you and your travel buddies. Cocktails, a campfire, lanterns and music will make this evening one of the most memorable during your travels in Thailand.

After a few drinks and dances around the campfire, you won´t have very far to go for a good nights sleep. In fact, you´ll still be able to hear the sounds of the ocean as you stay in your own private beach bungalow just a few metres from the waves. Not a bad way to spend a day!

DAY 6: MUAY THAI TRAINING LESSON

Wake up in paradise and step out onto the soft sand of Bottle Beach. Today, you can spend the morning sleeping, swimming, getting your tan on, or taking selfies with the world´s best backdrop!

The afternoon is reserved for your Muay Thai boxing experience! Hopping in a taxi boat, we´ll head towards the fishing town of Chaloklum, where you´ll get picked up by open air taxi and travel back through the heart of Phangan to Haad Rinn. It is here where you will try your hand at a bit of Thai boxing. Over the course of an hour your will learn about the sport of Muay Thai, techniques of the national sport and experience a training session with a local fighter. After building up a sweat we check into our accommodation in Haad Rinn just in time for a shower and some sunset drinks in one of our favourite beach bars.

DAY 7: EXPLORING THE PHANGAN ISLANDS

Koh Phangan is one of the best snorkelling and diving spots in the world, and at 11am you´ll be on your way there to explore the water and island for the day. From bathing in a waterfall like a boss, to enjoying lunch on the beach and watching the sunset from the boat, your day in Koh Phangan will definitely be one for the scrapbook!

In the evening, back at the resort we´ll enjoy a dinner courtesy of the tour organizers. Of course no event is finished without some celebratory drinks to commemorate your first amazing week in paradise! On the beach, you´ll party, enjoy a famous Thai bucket or two, and dance the night away, preferably in your bare feet!

DAY 8-12: LIVING IT UP ON KOH TAO

The next four days will be spent on the beautiful Koh Tao Island just north of Koh Phangan. Here is where you can tailor make your adventure by adding in some optional activities.

You will be staying on the gorgeous Sairee beach where you can relax into laid-back island life and choose how you spend each day. If you want to experience the best adrenaline-pumping adventure, you can add in additional activities (at an extra cost) like scuba diving, rock climbing, abseiling, water skiing, wake boarding and free diving. You do not have to pre-book. Decide what you want to do when you arrive. The included activity during the four days will be a boat trip to Koh Nangyuan, one of the most picturesque spots in the world where you can take in the surroundings, top up the tan and even enjoy a spot of snorkelling.

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.

On day 12, can help you organize everything you need to make it back to Bangkok for homeward-bound flights, or whether you´re continuing your journey through Thailand and Southeast Asia.

Prefer To Spend Longer?

Short trips like this are great to kick start your travels, but the long trips are better value with more inclusions. The 18 Day Thai Buck list Tour for longer versions of this trip.  Don ´t miss out on the opportunity of the Koh Tao Adventure though, a superb bolt on to this trip.

Accommodation

During the trip you will stay in a variety of gorgeous cosy guesthouses, backpacker hostels and even in a floating resort. You share your accommodation With one other person of the same sex. We really go to town on the quality of accommodation as well for instance on the final night you will stay in a luxurious resorts.

 

Koh Sok National Park

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

It depends how long you are travelling for or if you are moving onto another country after but you will not need to pack much for SE Asia. 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.
Can I speak to other group members before I go? 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.
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
If you are susceptible to motion sickness then you may experience symptoms during a cruise/ferry, although symptoms tend to disappear as you adapt to the conditions in one or two days. Your Group Leader can help you pick up some medication that will help with this or you could look into getting some sea sickness bands which are now commonly available
Some meals are included so please make sure you let us know in good time if you have any special dietary requirements. Please click here to see the itinerary in full which will tell you what meals are included.
The Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) does recommendations vaccinations such as hepatitis A & B and Typhoid as well as being sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations. For more information you can visit the CDC website but please remember that information surrounding vaccinations changes on a regular basis so always consult your GP before you travel.

The first day of your tour is mainly a check-in/meet and greet. It gives you the chance to chill out after a long haul flight. Day two is the start of your activities. Do I need to pay for any transport? All transport is included with the Experience within the week.

(Please note: If you arrive in Bangkok 3 days or more prior to your start date, you may have to arrange and pay for your own airport transfer.) and if you choose to go out in the evenings or take part in activities not included in the itinerary then you will need to pay for your own cabs etc…

Any time is a good time. The climate is relatively steady throughout the year and it depends where in Thailand you are going. It can rain more down South during October and November and there are some fluctuations in temperature but in most of the country it is guaranteed to be hot all year round! See our Weather page for more info. When will I meet my group leader? Your tour leader will greet you off your flight at Bangkok airport and take you to your guesthouse. If you have already arrived in Bangkok prior to your start date, then we will put you in touch and your Group Leader will arrange to meet you at the guesthouse when you arrive.
It differs from city to city but very rarely drops below 25 degrees Celsius. Bangkok is always around 35c and tends to have the odd down pour. Do not pay attention to the iphone weather app as it will always say thunderstorms in Bangkok. Not the case! On the islands it is less humid and averages around 33c all year round. They do have a brief rain season between October and November, however it usually only rains for about an hour or two with sunshine for the rest of the day. Check out our country info page for more info.
 Yes. The media has a tendency to report only the very worst news, which means that we can get quite a negative impression of a country and quite often we don’t hear anything about the very friendly, helpful people and extraordinary cultures in these amazing destinations.
Nearly 95% of Thailand’s population is Buddhist of the Theravada school, though Buddhism in this country has become integrated with folk beliefs such as ancestor worship as well as Chinese religions from the large Thai-Chinese population. Buddhist temples in Thailand are characterized by tall golden stupas, and the Buddhist architecture of Thailand is similar to that in other Southeast Asian countries, particularly Cambodia and Laos, with which Thailand shares cultural and historical heritage.
You will automatically be granted a 28 day tourist visa on entry to Thailand if you are from one of the countries on the exemption list (see our Visa page). If you are considering staying in Thailand for longer then you may need to arrange your own visa. Visit the Visa Info page on our website to find out all you need to know.
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. Generally people will arrive on that date or one or two days before hand. If you land much before or are already in Thailand just let us know and we will help you arrange a transfer and to meet at our accommodation.
Yes. Let us know via email if you are arriving early and your group leader will reserve a room for you at your guesthouse. All you would need to do is pay for the additional nights. Once your group starts,we will cover the rest.
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Included

  • Airport pick-up
  • 11 Nights´ accommodation
  • Bangkok River Cruise
  • Visit two historical temples
  • Experience Bangkok nightlife
  • Tuk Tuk ride
  • Thai massage
  • Overnight train
  • Visit Khao Sok National Park
  • Go kayaking and explore caves
  • Stay in floating bungalows
  • Boat trip around Koh Phangan
  • Snorkel at some of Thailand´s best spots
  • Spend a day and night on Bottle Beach
  • Muay Thai Training lesson
  • Waterfall visit
  • Three evening meals and several lunches
  • Beach BBQ
  • Beach parties
  • All transport around and accommodation in Bangkok, Khao Sok, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao
  • Optional upgrades – scuba diving, rock climbing & water skiing/wake boarding (additional cost)

Excluded

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

Dates

2016

17th August FULL
26th August 2 spaces left
14th September
23rd September
13th October
22nd October
12th November
26th November 4 spaces left

2017
11th Jan
19th Jan
9th Feb
23rd Feb
8th Mar
25th Mar
8th Apr
23rd Apr
8th May
24th May
6th June
22nd June
7th July
21st July
4th Aug
13th Aug
2nd Sept
13th Sept
3rd Oct
14th Oct
1st Nov
15th Nov

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