Xtreme China Experience

Explore China in 27 days on this Epic China Group Tour. Easy to get to and from as it starts and ends in Hong Kong. Taking in the best China has to offer by completing a loop you will see Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Macau en route. Big cities, to traditional China. Shaolin temples, great wall, jawdropping scenery and good times with new friends. Guided group gap year tour with an average of 12 people per trip. If you want to explore China then this is for you.

Start and finish this epic 27 day China Group Tour trip in Hong Kong. This awesome loop of China will have  Experiencing the best china has to offer Xtreme Gap style, with a group of like-minded fellow adventurers. The perfect blend of culture, action and adventure, you can discover China with our fully guided groups.

 Xtreme China Experience – Guided China Group Tour

china-exp-mapHighlights

  • Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong
  • Climb Hong Kong´s Victoria Peak
  • Bamboo raft in Yangshuo
  • See pandas in Chengdu
  • Terracotta Army in Xian
  • Have a Kung Fu lesson with Shaolin monks
  • Wake up to sunrise on the Great Wall
  • Visit Chairman Mao´s summer Palace
  • Sip Champagne on a skyscraper´s roof
  • Stay overnight in a Tulou with the Hakka people
  • Worlds Highest bungee jump
  • Sample Asian delicacies throughout

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Day 1: Arrive in Hong Kong

light-show-clearArriving into Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is an exciting and thrilling experience as the airport is virtually an island in its own right.  The airport is also known as Chek Lap Kok after the island it was built over and is to the north of Lantau Island just outside of Hong Kong city. It is one of the busiest airports in the world and state-of-the-art automated people-moving systems carry passengers between the different areas. You can catch the Airport Express train which will have you in Hong Kong city in around 30 minutes or take the slower Airport Bus and relax for an hour or so absorbing the sights of this fascinating country.

In the city you can settle into your hotel and then later on head for the waterfront where you will meet your guide and fellow travellers Who will be accompanied you on your China group tour. Down on the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui the Avenue of Stars pays tribute to the stars of Hong Kong´s film industry as well as being a huge tourist attraction.   From here there are panoramic views of the famous ´Symphony of Lights´ across Victoria Harbour. Every night, providing there are no cyclone warnings, more than 40 buildings dance to a synchronised spectacle of colour and light on both sides of the harbour. If you are not too jet-lagged head to the cobbled lanes of Lan Kwai Fong with your new friends, as this party central in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong

Day 2: Hong Kong to Yangshuo

Don´t miss the chance to take the optional tour across to Hong Long Island and up to the top of Victoria Peak. The easiest and cheapest way across the harbour is on the Star Ferry and about 70,000 people a day make the journey!

The island is on very steep and hilly terrain and a complicated system of moving pavements and escalators makes getting up and down much easier. Visitors can get from the bottom to the top in around 25 minutes simply by using these; the same journey by car would involve several zigzagging miles.

Bars Restaurants & Shop Till You  Drop

Go up the wok-shaped Peak Tower and from a lofty height of 1,300 feet above sea level the views are great. There are bars, restaurants and shopping centres, including the flagship store of the intriguingly named G.O.D. chain of shops.   Thrill-seekers can visit Ocean Park or for a more gentle experience visit Hong Kong´s Botanical Garden, one of the oldest in the world. If you fancy living on the Peak you will need deep pockets as the most expensive house sold for a cool £138 million.

You get a full day to explore all these fascinating places before meeting up with the rest of the group for crossing into mainland China. Relax on the overnight sleeper train as you head off to Yangshuo.

Day 3-6: Yangshuo

Yangshuo is surrounded by stunning karst mountains on three sides and the Li River on the fourth. The river is where you will spend your first afternoon in Yangshuo as you go on a bamboo raft ride. This is a dreamy ride along slow moving water and across a few small weirs as your guide steers you safely down the course of the river. The peaks of the mountains soar hundreds of feet above you and as the sun sets there is a sense of magic in the air as the sky turns from gold to purple.

Afterwards you can return to your hostel and enjoy a drink in the roof-top bar and share some travelling tales with the rest of the group.

The next two days are spent in and around Yangshuo and can be as hectic or as calm as you wish. There is a range of optional activities available or kick back and relax while absorbing the peace and quiet.

Optional Activities

  • Relaxing in mud baths in underground caves: extra cost of 65RMB (approx. £6.50)
    There are a lot of different caves to explore in the Yangshuo area and in some you can bathe in the natural harbour mud. The mud is soft and smooth with no impurities and you will come out looking like you have been dipped in milk chocolate! Don´t worry; there are natural springs and pools to clean up in.
  • Bike tour with amazing views and swimming stops: extra cost of 40RMB (approx. £4)
    There are countless paths and trails around the beautiful scenery in this part of South China and much of it is paradise for cyclists. There are trails through tiny villages, farmlands and across rivers and bridges with the spectacular karst mountains rising around you. There are some wonderful places to stop for a cooling swim in the river before you head back to Yangshuo.
  • Deep water soloing (rock climbing above a river without ropes)
    Yangshuo has become a world class climbing destination with around 500 climbs but this is slightly different. Deep water soloing is a new experience that many people will have never heard of, let alone tried. Basically it involves climbing up high rocks or crags over deep water, no ropes allowed, and leaping off into the water. Simple!
  • Watching traditional fishing using birds: extra cost of 45RMB (approx. £4.50)
    Don´t miss the opportunity to see the fishermen using birds instead of nets or rods in this traditional style of fishing. The cormorants the men use are specially trained and this kind of fishing has been around in China since 960AD. When the bird has caught a fish it comes back to the boat and spits the fish out! The neck of the cormorant is tied with a snare, not as cruel as it sounds, to prevent it swallowing the larger and more desirable fish.
  • Try a cupping treatment, where suction cups a placed on your back to withdraw impurities: 45RMB (approx. £4.50)
    If you fancy spending a few days with 30 or so dark circles on your back have a Hot Cupping treatment. Originally used by the farmers after a hard day´s work the idea is that the heated cups draw out the toxins and tensions from your body.

The idea is simple. Bamboo or glass cups are heated and then stuck on your back as you lie face down on the table. Once they are all on you have ten minutes or so to relax while the poisons in your body are pulled drawn out.  The removal of the cups is rather like having a sticky plaster pulled off but it is certainly an unusual and excellent way of getting rid of tension.

In the evening it is time to say goodbye to Yangshuo and catch the night train towards Chengdu.

Day 7 & 8: Chengdu

Chengdu is home to 14 million people and is also known as the City of Hibiscus or the Brocade City. After arriving from Yangshuo and freshening up it is time to explore the city which is home to many aspects of fascinating culture China and where some of the most important literature in the country comes from.

Sichuanese cuisine

This area of China is part of the Sichuan province and many of you will be familiar with the spicy flavours of Sichuanese cuisine. Now it is your chance to get together with your companions and try the traditional Sichuan Hotpot. Most of the people on our China group tours Take the opportunity to do this. There is a small additional charge of RMB80 (approx. £8) but the opportunity to dip meat strips in the spicy hot broth is great fun. Some of the meat will be easily recognisable but for the really curious some of the more exciting items to try are brain, eel, duck intestines, tripe and goose.

Another very prominent part of Sichuanese life is the traditional tea house which can be found on every corner. Tea can be priced from a few RMB to several hundred and some of the more extravagant tea houses put on small theatre performances and opera shows.

Panda Sanctuary

Day 8 is the day you will get to meet the most well-known of all China´s wildlife, the beautiful and cuddly Giant Panda. There are thought to be only about 1,500 left in the world and 80% of these are in Sichuan Province.

You visit to the Panda Breeding Research Centre is in the morning as this is the best time to see the Panda´s feeding. An adult Panda can eat up to about 20kg of bamboo a day, and the majority of their time is spent searching out food and eating it. Bamboo is relatively low in nutrients so vast quantities need to be eaten, sometimes 500 a stems per day. Luckily for the Panda´s at the Research Centre around 10,000 clumps of various bamboos have been planted so there is not likely to be a food shortage.

Pandas

A Blind Massage Option

In the afternoon why not try a blind massage? This optional traditional massage costs RMB40 (approx. £4) and there are massage parlours all over Chengdu. Just make sure you don´t go to one that offers a ´happy ending´! Blind people are said to be excellent at massage as their touch is more sensitive; however watch out as not all the masseurs are genuinely blind! Groups of friends can take part in a massage at the same time so ask your tour guide where he recommends.

Another unusual service you could seek out is taoerduo. A rough translation is ear cleaning and the People´s Park is a great place to go for this. For a small fee ´experts´ will use a varied selection of ´tools´ to dig astonishing amounts of gunk out of your ears! Afterwards you will be able to hear the musicians so much better and join in the dancing or sit down at the cafe with a refreshing cup of China tea.

Once you are suitably massaged and maybe had your ears poked and prodded it is time to board your night train and make tracks for Xi´an.

Day 9: Xi´an: The Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Warriors depicts the armies of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, and it has to be one of the most memorable attractions in China. Discovered in 1974 in Lintong District, Xi’an by farmers digging for water this has become one of the wonders of the ancient world. Thousands of clay soldiers, each one unique, and around 40,000 weapons have been uncovered so far across the 22 square mile site.

Stand in awe and gaze down on row upon row of soldiers, buried in 210 BC to protect their leader in the after-life. Not just the soldiers but their horses and chariots are all on display in this mind-blowing exhibition. Going to China and not seeing the Terracotta Army is like visiting Egypt and not seeing the Pyramids!

In the evening in Xi´an there is a super opportunity for the group to help out in the city and make a difference to the lives of the homeless people. This is more than just a soup kitchen and the volunteer organisations provide steamed buns, noodles and pots of hot tea as well as soup every week without fail.

Day 10: Xi´an

Enjoy a free day in this ancient city. There are optional bike tours at 90 RMB (approx. £9) around the city or team up with some of your new friends and head off to the Muslim Quarter. Wherever you and your friends do in the daytime make sure you are back at Big Wild Goose Pagoda in the evening for Asia´s biggest sound and light show. There is music from the largest-scale acoustic complex in the world and rows of long benches for sitting down and admiring the display of sound, light, colour and over 20 different styles of water fountains.

Afterwards head into the city to somewhere like the Bell Tower right in the centre where you can get a feel for the vibrant night-life. Karaoke is popular in Xi´an and nearly all the night-clubs will have locals and tourists belting out popular eastern and western songs. Xialudi KTV is one of the most popular clubs. If you fancy a meal out as a group go to the night market near the central mosque. Unusual and interesting foods can be sampled and there are loads of goodies with honey and sesame for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Day 11: QinLing Mountains

Up bright and early today and your minibus and guide will be waiting to take you deep into the beautiful QinLing Mountains. The mountains form a natural north and south divide in China and on the lush southern slopes the QinLing Fir and Chinese Yew trees tower over the colourful rhododendrons. Deeper into the forest the giant pandas feed on many types of bamboo.

Your tour into the mountains includes an overnight stay at a smallholding but on the journey there is plenty of time for some exciting river tubing or sunbathing for the less adventurous. There is also a hike up into the mountains and some amazing waterfalls to see before heading back to the farm and dinner. The food is all organic and will have more than likely been caught the same day. Swap notes and stories under the stars with your companions while enjoying some of the local Hans beer.

Day 12: Xi´an to Dengfeng

Hopefully not too many beers last night as you need to be up early to set off back to Xi´an. There is time to have some breakfast and freshen up at the city hostel before it is time to catch the train to Longmen. A local bus ride away from Longmen is the next destination of Dengfeng.

This is the closest town to the home of Kung Fu and the Shaolin Temple. In Dengfeng there is time to explore the local shops and market and stock up with gifts for visiting the orphanage later on that evening. If the entire group donate about 60RMB (approx. £6) each there is sufficient money to get the children some much needed stationary for their lessons as well as rice, oil, sweets and maybe half a pig.

All the children in the orphanage are trained in Kung Fu and they love nothing better than to put on a demonstration and show off their skills. The best reward you can give them is to help them practice their English or play a few ball games with them. For any would be Kung Fu experts there is an optional class for 150RMB (approx. £15) to learn some basic moves from a qualified teacher who trained in a Shaolin Monastery. All the proceeds go to the orphanage and it is a great way of seeing who is the fittest in the group and having a few laughs.

Shaolin kung fu Temple

Day 13: Dengfeng

This is your chance to relax and enjoy a day in Dengfeng. There is an optional visit to the Shaolin Temple at a cost of 100RMB (approx. £10).  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.

Dengfeng has many historical places to see and it was one of the earliest capitals of China. The area has strong associations with the centre of heaven and earth; and is the only place where astronomical observations are considered to be accurate. As dusk falls the group gather together and make the way to the station and another night train towards Beijing.

Day 14-16: Beijing and the Great Wall of China

There is time through the day to see some of the enchanting sights of Beijing either individually or with friends before meeting up with the rest of the group. Your destination this evening is the spectacular Great Wall of China. This world-famous landmark stretches for many thousands of miles and is actually made up of several walls. This activity is far more than just a few hours hiking along the wall; it is also going to be where your accommodation is for the night. On a deserted stretch of the wall you and your guides will set up camp and as night falls chill out and relax with dinner and a drink and watch the sun setting across the surrounding countryside.

Thousands of years of heroes and history, tales of legends and myths combined with stunning scenery in every direction make a night under canvas here unforgettable. Get up early to watch the sun rise before you break camp and head back to Beijing.

If you want to learn about the history and culture of Beijing the National Museum is a great place to start and entry is free. Afterwards find the food market where some of the delicacies on offer might sound less than appetising but worth a try. Be brave and try scorpion, cat, snake or dog and many other foods you will never find anywhere else in the world. If you are hungry but not daring, there are more ordinary items on the menu.

reflection-off-lense.jpg.1340x450_0_240_8224Mausoleum of Mao Zedong

In Tiananmen Square the embalmed body of Chairman Mao is on display in the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.  Mao died in 1976 and despite his wishes to be cremated he was preserved for all time. The story of the embalming process and the crystal coffin he is cocooned in make for some interesting reading.

Make time to see the Forbidden City. Built in the early 15th century it consists of nearly 1,000 wooden buildings and around 9,000 rooms. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 it was home to many Emperors and their households as well as being the political centre of the Chinese government.

Over a million workers were used in the construction of this walled city, complete with its impressive moat. Within the walls is the Palace Museum, home to more than one million rare and valuable objects and works of art. The extra cost is RMB60 (approx. £6) and is worth every penny.

From the very old of the Forbidden City to the very new and modern Bird´s Nest Stadium and the Beijing Water Cube. The two structures are next door each other and worth a visit after dark just to see the lighting displays. The Bird´s Nest Stadium is part of the 2008 Olympic Village and if you wish to go inside it costs 50RMB (approx. £5).

Another night time excursion is to the Chaoyang Theatre to watch the Beijing Acrobatic Troupe. This is an optional tour for 140RMB (approx. £14) but the gravity-defying and mind-blowing contortions of the acrobats has to be seen to be believed.

Day 17-19: Beijing – Hangzhou – Shanghai

Hop on the train in Beijing and few hours later arrive in Hangzhou, known as the most beautiful and scenic city in China. Hangzhou is famous for Xihu silk umbrellas, colour-glazed porcelain and Longjing tea among other things. The city was built around West Lake which is freshwater lake divided into various sections with artificial islands, pagodas, temples and causeways.

After some free time around the lake admiring the scenery your guide will take you into the bamboo forests of Moganshan. The afternoon can be spent relaxing surrounded by trees and tall waving bamboo or maybe having a splash around in the clear water of the mountain lagoon. Around 300 varieties of bamboo are grown in China, which is one fifth of the world´s production, and many of these can be seen in and around Moganshan.

Tonight you will be sleeping in a mountain lodge high up in the mountains surrounded by not just bamboo but pine trees and plum trees! All that plum sauce used in cooking has to come from somewhere!

After a good night´s sleep there is time for a hike up to the top of the Moganshan Mountain. On the way you will go past the house that Chairman Mao used as his summer home. He described it as his ´Home of the White Clouds and Yellow Cranes´ where the quiet atmosphere offered relief from his normal hectic life.

Leaving the Moganshan Mountain behind the tour heads onwards a to the north of Hangzhou Bay and into Shanghai. This is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan city´s in China and after settling into your accommodation it is time to hit the town!

For the bargain price of RMB100 (approx. £10) you can join in the optional bar crawl around some of the liveliest drinking, dancing and singing hotspots in the city. Your tour guides will take you where the food and drink flow freely, there are free shots and so many drinks specials that make meeting new friends easy and as night descends mayhem ensues!

Day 20 & 21: Shanghai

Hopefully hangovers are few and far between for those of you that went on the bar crawl and you will be ready to see some of the sights. Shanghai has been called the ´new New York´ and is a fast-paced mix of east meets west.

You are free to explore the city on your own or take one or more of the optional tours.

  • French Concession Walking Tour: 45RMB (approx. £4.50) including lunch.
    The French arrived in Shanghai in in 1846 and quickly established fine residential areas. This guided tour takes you round the corridors of quiet streets to admire the beautiful colonial mansions and historic buildings. Many of these have been restored to their former glory and are home to shops and restaurants.
  • Visit a skyscraper roof bar and sip champagne in a hot tub: 100RMB (approx. £10) There are many bars in Shanghai offering amazing views but not all of them offer the chance to sit in   Jacuzzi sipping champagne at the same time.. This popular spot offers almost 360 º panoramic vistas of the crowded Shanghai skyline and the historic Bund waterfront.

The Bund nowadays is a far cry from the days when it was just the muddy embankment where it gets its name from. The long promenade is a great place to watch the activity on the busy Huangpu River and see the magnificent old and new buildings standing shoulder to shoulder. It is a lovely place to stroll in the daytime but at night when the lights are on it is pretty spectacular.

Find People´s Square which is home to the Shanghai municipal government and it is from here that all distances are measured from in Shanghai. Originally the Shanghai racecourse it was to eventually become the People´s Square after horse racing and gambling were banned in 1949. Now it is home to various museums, the People´s Park and Shanghai Grand Theatre.

If you have the time and energy for shopping don´t miss Nanjing Road as this is one of the world´s busiest shopping streets. Covering nearly three and a half miles there is a shop for everything you could possibly want; and probably some things you don´t! Like so many major Chinese towns at night Nanjing Road becomes ablaze with a myriad of glowing neon lights, strip lights, fluorescent lights and more in all colours of the rainbow.

Day 22: Nanjing

Today the group heads from Shanghai to Nanjing. The bullet train whizzes along at 257 mph and before you know it you are in Fujian Province. This is one of Asia´s most picturesque areas and tonight you will be spending the night in a traditional roundhouse, known as a Tulou. In the south of the province there still about 30,000 of these houses that are home to the Hakka people.

This is a wonderful way to experience Hakka culture close-up. The locals are very friendly and the infrastructure for tourists is fairly minimal which all adds to this wonderful experience.

Day 23: Fujian Province

The Hakka people will prepare a serve a traditional breakfast before you set off with your guide to see the temples and other roundhouses. The area is famous for Chinese tea so there is time to take part in a traditional tea ceremony before having a refreshing dip in the local river.

Afterwards the tour heads up into the hills where the night is spent camping on a tea plantation. Fujian Province produces five different types of tea as well as 336 varieties of tea plant.

Day 24: Fujian Province to Guangzhou

Waking up on the tea plantation you will mix with the local community and be able to experience tea picking and plenty of tea drinking. Later on the takes a guided cycle ride to a very famous local village where a last dinner can be enjoyed. After dinner it is time to before board the night train to GuangzhoAnd heu.

Day 25: Macau

Leaving the train in Guangzhou you are taken on a drive towards Macau. Your route takes you through Zhuhai and when you arrive in Macau anyone looking for an adrenaline rush can try the world´s highest bungee jump! This is an optional activity and costs RMB2114 (approx. £210) The 750 foot jump takes place at the Macau Tower, which is home to many shops, cinemas and restaurants.

If bungee jumping isn´t for you try the thrilling Skywalk X round the viewing gallery. You can actually walk all the way round the edge of the tower on a platform with no barrier or handrail! Go on, I dare you!!!!!

portugese-squareThe former Portuguese colony of Macau is famous for its vibrant nightlife and glamorous casinos. Don´t miss the chance to gamble away some hard-earned cash at the Venetian in Macau. With cupolas covered in 24 carat gold and enough paintings and frescoes to make any museum jealous this impressive building is the size of seven and half football pitches. The slot machines and gaming tables stretch as far as the eye can see and it is bigger than the casino of the same name in Las Vegas.

Day 26: Macau

The following morning there is time to explore the older part of Macau with baroque style buildings and a sense of understated elegance. The downtown area is the busiest and from the main square of Largo de Senado alleyways radiate outwards. In these tiny streets there are dozens of shops to find some last-minute souvenirs of this magical trip to China.

All too soon it will be time to get on the high-speed ferry back to Hong Kong and your epic 3,392 mile trip round China will have nearly come to an end. Have a final night in the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong with friends old and new and join in the farewell pub crawl. For only RMB 100 (approx. £10) you can have a last night to remember before you all collapse into bed.

Day 27: Tour Ends in Hong Kong

Your incredible 27-day tour of China ends today in Hong Kong.

Please note: This itinerary is for guidance only and may vary.

Please note: This tour uses public transport to get to activities and to transfer between hostels and train stations. Most train journeys are accompanied, but occasionally, on longer train journeys, one guide will put you on the train and you will be met at the end by another guide.

 Please note the above itinerary as a guide only and can vary.

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.

Five of our nights we sleep on sleeper trains, 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 the following routes.

Yangshuo to Chengdu, Chengdu to Xian, Shaolin to Beijing, or Fujian to Macau. Each journey costs £30. Please let us know a couple of weeks prior to departure if you do wish to upgrade.

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, it might be you have a train section with less to meet up with the bigger group.
The cost of the room upgrade is $850 USD – for a single or twin or double room. The upgrade from a hard sleeper ticket on the trains to a soft sleeper ticket – for a more private compartment – is $190 USD.

This trip is most popular with people between 18-25 but we get all ages travelling with us.
This trip starts at 7am on the start day so most people arrive one day early. We start with a hike up Victoria Peak to see the view over Hong Kong. Then we return to the hostel to get our bags and leave Hong Kong at 11am. This is the latest you can arrive to join the trip.

If you choose the 27-day option you can arrive anytime. Check in to the accommodation is after 2pm but you can relax in the lounge if you arrive earlier. This trip starts at 7am on the start day so most people arrive one day early. We start with a hike up Victoria Peak to see the view over Hong Kong. Then we return to the hostel to get our bags and leave Hong Kong at 11am. This is the latest you can arrive to join the trip.

If you join the 25-day trip you need to meet the group at 7am.We start with a hike up Victoria Peak to see the view over Hong Kong. Then we return to the hostel to get our bags and leave Hong Kong at 11am. This is the latest you can arrive to join the trip.
The trip finishes on the last day with a trip to Macau. After this you will arrive back in Hong Kong for 10pm. If you wish to leave earlier, you can skip Macau and arrive back in Hong Kong for around 4pm. Most people book the extra nights accommodation and travel the next day.

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INCLUDED

  • Detailed predeparture support
  • Fully guided China group tour
  • Comprehensive introduction and orientation session
  • All accommodation in Guesthouses &  camping
  • Visit and overnight stay on an organic farm with  River tubing
  • A ride on the famous bullet train
  • One night in a traditional roundhouse
  • Transport and beds on night trains
  • All local transport
  • Mandarin tuition for beginners on the night trains
  • A combination of Western and Chinese English-speaking tour guides
  • Victoria Peak climb in Hong Kong
  • Traditional tea Plantation visit
  • Bamboo rafting on the Li River
  • Overnight hike on the great wall of China
  • A visit to the Terracotta Warriors
  • Panda visit in Chengdu
  • Orphanage visit in Shaolin With kung fu demonstration
  • Climb up Moganshan Mountain
  • All taxes and charges
  • 24 hour support

EXCLUDED

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

Dates

25 day trip dates (excluding pre and post accommodation)

2017
March 8; 13; 20; 22
April 3; 5; 12; 19; 24
May 3; 10; 17; 22; 24; 29; 31
June 5; 7; 12; 21; 28
July 3; 5; 10; 17; 19; 24; 26
August 7; 9; 16; 23; 30
September 4; 6; 13; 18; 20; 27
October 2; 4; 9; 11; 18; 25
November 1; 7; 12; 14; 19; 21

2018
April 2; 4; 11; 16; 23
May 9; 16; 21; 23; 28; 30
June 4; 6; 11; 20; 27
July 4; 9; 16 18; 23; 25
August 1; 6; 8; 15; 22; 29
September 3; 5; 12; 17; 19; 26
October 1; 3 8; 10; 17; 24; 31

 

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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

Photos

 

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

2017
4th Aug
13th Aug
18th Aug
2nd Sept
13th Sept
20th Sept
3rd Oct
8th Oct
14th Oct
1st Nov
8th Nov
15th Nov
1st Dec

Start Dates 2018
5th Jan
12th Jan
16th Jan
28th Jan
5th Feb
8th Feb
14th Feb
26th Feb
6th March
13th March
16th March
30th March
6th April
13th April
15th April
27th April
2nd May
7th May
11th May
15th May
27th May
06th June
12th June
26th June
30th June
7th July
10th July
13th July
27th July
06th Aug
9th Aug
27th Aug
3rd Sept
7th Sept
10th Sept
23rd Sept
28th Sept
2nd Oct
06th Oct
9th Oct –
26th Oct

Thailand Backpacker Experience 8 Days

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

A 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 20 day ´s with a visa on arrival to explore on your own steam if you want.

 Thailand Backpacker Experience

Exceptional value group backpacking experience!

You will meet loads of new friends as we explore bustling Bangkok and cruise the River before travelling south to Koh Phangan via Khao Sok National Park. Our awesome Group Leaders will be with you to help you stay safe and get the most out of your week and are all experienced backpackers so can give you loads of info and advice on onward travel if you need it. Consider it being like welcomes into a family, even after you finish travelling with us if you choose to travel elsewhere independently it’s good to know you have a team to backup and support you in Thailand. That’s exactly what you get on this trip.

It’s not just about where go it is who you are with.

We take all the common worries out of travelling alone or in an unfamiliar country and our aim is to give you the best week of your life. Our groups are made up of mostly solo travellers or people in twos and threes who are all looking to meet new travel buddies so you will quickly make friends to travel with after the tour.

Some of our groups are also timed to finish a few days before the famous Full Moon Party in Haad Rin and our resort is just a 5 minute walk from the action so perfect if you want to stay on for the party, Or head over to the neighbouring island Koh Tao where we have our own base to join the other Xtreme Gappers there.

We run tours all year round, however spaces on groups are limited so please book early to ensure you get a place on the start date that best suit your plans!

Highlights Include:

  • 8 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, 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
  • 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

 

Photos

Thailand Backpacking Experience 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 8  days!

Day 1: Arrive to the Land of Smiles!Day one Bangkok

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 two River cruiseDay 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!

MassageDay 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.

Kao Sok national ParkDay 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!

Koh PhanganDay 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.

elephant trekking

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 farewell 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 After the week is up…

neptunesWhen the week has finished it doesn’t mean the experience has to end. If you wish to stay in Haad Rin for the next Moon Party you are already in the perfect location and your Group Leader can arrange for you to stay on at the resort for as long as you like.  If you have to get back to Bangkok for an onward flight, we can help you arrange your transport.

Don ´t miss out on the opportunity of the Koh Tao Adventure though, a superb bolt on to this trip.

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.

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. Check out the 12 Day Epic Thailand, or the 18 Day Thai Buck list Tour for longer versions of this trip.

Accommodation

During the trip you will stay in a variety of gorgeous cosey 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 hepatitiis 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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8 (Days)GBP 589 GBP 518 (Early Bird)
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Book today with a deposit and travel after 11 - Feb - 2018 to lock in the early bird price. "Hurry only limited early bird spots available !"

Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

Included

  • Airport pick-up
  • 7 Nights´ accommodation
  • Bangkok River Cruise
  • Visit two historical temples
  • Experience Bangkok nightlife
  • Tuk Tuk ride
  • Thai massage
  • Overnight train
  • Visit Khao Sok National Park
  • All food included at Khao Sok National Park
  • Go kayaking and explore caves
  • Stay in floating bungalows
  • Boat trip around Koh Phangan (lunch provided)
  • Snorkel at some of Thailand´s best spots
  • Spend a day and night on Bottle Beach
  • Muay Thai Training lesson
  • Farewell Dinner & Beach party
  • All accommodation, activities and transport included.

Excluded

  • Travel Insurance
  • Most Meals
  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Return Transfer from Koh Phangan (can be organised easily through our rep)

Dates

Start Dates 2017

July: 26th 29th
Aug: 4th 9th 13th 18th 24th 26th 27th
Sept: 2nd 9th 13th 20th 24th 26th 27th
Oct: 3rd 8th 14th 22nd 24th 25th
Nov: 1st 8th 15th 21st 23rd 24th
Dec: 1st 5th 11th 15th

Start Dates 2018
Jan: 5th 7th 9th 12th 16th 19th 22nd 28th
Feb: 2nd 5th 8th 10th 14th 16th 18th 21st 26th 28th
March: 6th 10th 13th 16th 19th 30th
Apr: 6th 9th 13th 15th 17th 20th 27th
May: 2nd 7th 11th 15th 17th 20th 27th
June: 4th 6th 8th 10th 12th 15th 18th 26th 30th
July: 5th 7th 10th 13th 16th 19th 27th
Aug: 1st 4th 6th 9th 14th 17th 27th
Sep: 3rd 7th 10th 13th 16th 23rd 28th
Oct: 2nd 6th 9th 13th 16th 26th 30th
Nov: 2nd 4th 7th 10th 13th 21st 25th 28th 30th
Dec: 2nd 8th 10th