Thailand Entourage

The perfect mix of action, adventure, fullmoon parties and new mates in the best paradise Islands. This 4 week trip is a great way to see the many sides of Thailand whilst experiencing the varied nightlife, fun in the sun on some of the worlds best beaches and taking in stunning sites of Thailand. All of this with amazing guides and an epic group of new mates, perfect for solo and first time travellers.

Join our groups on an amazing four week travel adventure trough Thailand. An incredible insight into Thai culture followed by  Party, Action and Adventure on a life changing trip! A great way to see the many sides of Thailand whilst experiencing the varied nightlife, fun in the sun on some of the worlds best beaches, and taking in stunning sites of Thailand. All of this with amazing guides and an epic group of new mates.


The Thailand Entourage

4 Weeks of Incredible Adventures With New Mates!

Intro &
Culture

Adventure &
Party

Action &
Adrenaline

Action Week

Tropical Beach
& Sea

Beach Week

Settle in and discover Thailand.

Easy arrival with an airport pick-up and western guides. Make new friends as you meet other people in the group before you travel. Learn about Thailand its culture and history. Party on Khao San Road and shop till you drop in Bangkok. Also in the first week we stay overnight at a stunning national park, sleep in bamboo huts on the lake, stunning.

Head south backpacking to Paradise Islands.

The adventure and party week involves you backpacking to some of the most beautiful places in Thailand. With fun and adventure on the way, we take you to lookout points for stunning sunsets, slip and slide water parks, and cram in as much extreme adventures you can handle. We even take you to the full moon party.

Choose the perfect action week activity!

You can choose your activity, its up to you! Get the perfect beach body with Cross-Fit. Learn the National martial art Muay Thai. Increase your well-being with a jungle yoga package. Learn free diving. Learn how to scuba dive.  Plus with any pack: Take part in an action-packed adventure day!

Top off the tan with well-earned beach time.

Laze about on amazing tropical beaches. Go green and help save Koh Tao with the eco conservation day. Go Stand Up Paddling and join us on a boat trip to a stunning little island 20 min. of the coast of Koh Tao. 

Xtreme Entourage Highlights Include:

  • Exploring exciting Bangkok by the backpacking Mecca Khao San Road
  • Learning about Thailand’s culture, history and visit temples
  • Visit and stay overnight in Bamboo huts on the lake in Khao Sok National park
  • Xtreme Shipwrecked adventure with overnight stay on the beautiful and remote bottle beach
  • Action and adventure and big laughs on the slip and fly and wipe out courses!
  • Fully guided full moon party with pre warm up and post hangover care!
  • Adrenaline Adventures on Koh Tao like abseiling, snorkelling and diving and freediving, kick boxing and cross fit. If you prefer to chill out a little, you can with a yoga course
  • You can give something back and enrol the conservation day with free BBQ to say thanks! (if dates co-inside)
  • Xtreme Gap Year Thailand (1)Koh Tao Adventure day. Snorkelling and boatride to stunning tiny island
  • Free Stand up paddle and discover scuba dive morning!
  • Lots of chill time on Koh Tao, Koh Phan Ngan and beach parties to remember
  • Meet and chat to other Xtreme Gappers with an online Buddy list before you travel too!
  • Western guide who will be there for you and make this the best trip ever!

PHOTOS

Video Overviews:

Week 1 & 2:

Week 3 & 4


Thai Intro and Culture Week (1)

 This section of the itinerary is all about getting to know each other, and this incredible country. We want you to understand the cultures and customs of Thailand. Learn about the history and heritage and have a deeper experience than just your typical backpacker.

Day 1 – Airport pick up

Arriving into Bangkok will be an exciting moment. Your first step into a new world of adventure travel. Do not worry, our guides will be there to meet and greet you off your flight and take you to your guest-house in Bangkok. Here the rest of the group will be waiting for you, and you will be taken for welcome drinks in the evening when the ice will well and truly be broken.

Please note you can actually arrive up to 2 days early and still have your airport pick-up. You will have to pay for accommodation locally if you choose to take extra days.

Day 2 – River cruise, Temples & Tuk Tuk’s

Thailand group travel (4)We will start the day with a safety talk, and a welcome orientation session.  Your guide will give you a welcome orientation pack, and give you a breakdown of the itinerary. Now is your opportunity to ask any questions! We will discuss Thai culture, dos and don’ts and learn more about the history of this incredible country.

We then take a long tail boat down the Chao Phrya river as we head to two of the most famous temples in Bangkok Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha).

At Wat Pho we will have an English speaking Thai guide taking us around the grounds for an hour or so before heading back towards Khao San Road via Tuk Tuk. In the evening we will head out for our last night in Bangkok so buckets and street food will be in full flow.

Day 3 – Markets, Shopping and Train

Today we will check out of our guest-house in Bangkok (leaving bags safely locked up in the guest-house for the day). You can visit authentic Thai markets, or hit the modern MBK shopping centre and hunt for bargains! Pack light to Thailand, because clothes are cheap and you want to fill your bags with new wares! Sample some amazing Asian food, before we regroup and head to the train station in the evening after picking up our bags.

But before heading to the train station we will have time to hit the market stalls for some last minute bargains before heading down to the islands. We leave around 4pm to go to Hulampong train station to catch our overnight train.

Day 4 – Khao Sok National Park

Swap the hustle and bustle of Bangkok for the tranquil lakes of Khao Sok National Park. Early morning we disembark the train and head to our floating bungalows by longtail boat. Enroute we stop off at one of our favourite swimming spots before arriving at our destination.  You will have day to try some kayaking or chill with a beer in a tube in front of the stunning backdrop of this limestone mountain range. We’ll be staying in floating bungalows on a fresh-water lake surrounded by rainforest which looks like something out of Jurassic Park! Food is included.

Day 5 – Arrive in Phangan – Bottle Beach

Travel to Koh Phangan by ferry and head straight to a secluded paradise beach. Bottle Beach is our favorite beach in the world, and for good reason. It is quiet, amazingly beautiful, only accessible by boat and to make it even better, we pretty much get the whole place to ourselves.  Relax here for the afternoon and enjoy a spot of volleyball, pool, sunbathing or swimming. In the evening we can enjoy dinner and some cocktails on the beach next to a camp fire with fire show and then either  get an early one or party into the night with our own private beach party in paradise.

Adventure & Party Week (2)

This section of the itinerary turns up the adventure dial to Max! Loads of different activities unique to Xtreme! From shipwrecked adventures, to waterpark challenge courses epic sunsets and of course finishing with the ultimate full moon party experience.

Day 6 – Beaches and Muay Thai in Haad Rin!

Wake up in your own time to the sound of the waves rolling on to the beach or get up early and make the most of this amazing place. Kayak, play volleyball, sunbathe, swim or even do some optional wake boarding courtesy of our mate Jamie from Wake Up Wakeboarding who drives round in his boat just for us! (If conditions allow). We are picked up early afternoon and taken back to our main Koh Phangan accommodation via a local Muay Thai gym so you can try out a bit of Thailand’s national sport, Thai Boxing!

After we have checked in and showered, we will arrange a time for dinner , watch the sun go down from our beach side resort and then maybe head down to Haad Rin beach (or one of the islands many other awesome parties) for drinks and more good times!

Day 7 – Koh Phangan Island Boat Cruise

Today we embark on a voyage around Koh Phangan on board our big boat. Spend the day taking in the amazing tropical island scenery, stop for some snorkelling and to see a waterfall (seasonal), check out some beaches and relax or party on board. As if it couldn’t get any better, we have free drinks, food and booze all day.

Day 8 – Check In Full Moon Hostel

Today we move into our Full Moon accommodation for the last 5 days of activities and parties. Again, the hostel we use is right on the beach and is definitely the coolest hostel in Phangan, complete with tree house hammock station, boat lounge, puppy play pen, pool table, bar and restaurant.

Day 9- Phangan Challenge Lake and Bar pool party!

We take a drive up the West coast of Phangan to Laem Som lake where we will spend the afternoon attempting to tackle the famous Phangan Total Wipeout course, chilling by the lake and playing on the inflatables assault course. In the evening we will head up the hill to probably the best place you will ever watch a sunset from. It is a very, very cool bar with music, cocktails, beer, viewing deck from where you can see right out to sea and over to Samui and Ang Thong Marine Park. The bar even has a swimming pool which… Can it get any better? Read more here.

Day 10 – Slip n Fly

We head to one of Phangan’s newest adventures– The Slip n Fly, for some water fun on the gigantic slides with a chill out pool, volleyball, games and action. Today is all about having fun and laughs with your mates. Get ready for some serious good times.

 

Day 11 – Full Moon Party!

New Thailand Experience Fullmoon Party 2016 (5)Free day to recharge and prepare. We will meet in our hostel in the evening for pre party drinks and UV painting session before heading to the beach to do the Full Moon Party in Xtreme Gap Year style! Those of you hardcore enough to make it till sunrise, this is the best part as the sun will rise out of the sea onto the party beach. An incredible moment!

The full moon party is fully guided and safe as the guide is there for you, and done the party quite a few times… Our reps are on hand to make sure you have a good time and remember it for all the right reasons.

Day 12 – Recovery Day

Depending on what time you stumble in from the party you will probably need some of today to sleep and recover so the only activity planned for today is a nice Thai massage (included and the best massage in the world – especially on a hangover) and possibly a film at a local bar. Make sure you have an incredible tasty Thai banana shake as this will really help with your hangover.

Action & Adrenaline Week (3)

Day 13 – Koh Tao Bound

Xtreme Gappers (48)Hopefully, by now you have made a full recovery as it is time to head over to start the next part of your adventure: The legendary Koh Tao! We take the trip over on the boat, it’s a spectacular journey where you see emerald green palm trees coming closer into view and the two twin peaks of this stunning island rising over the horizon. This will be your new home away from home and a place you will never want to leave.

On arrival, you will be picked up from the pier, and transferred by car to your new resort with swimming pool. A nice breakfast is waiting for you. After that, we check you in and you can check out the resort, chill by the pool or take a short stroll to the beach. In the afternoon around 4 you will meet our Koh Tao guide at the bar of the resort and give you an intro to Koh Tao. We will show you around, tell you the essentials, show you where everything is like ATMs, pharmacies, beaches and activity locations. Your guide is on hand throughout the week.

We stop off in the nicest little Thai restaurant and have our first meal out together on Koh Tao.

Day 14 – 21  Koh Tao Action

IMG_1904

You can choose your own activity for your third week. You have to pick the activity you want to undertake at the time of booking, as this will affect the price of the trip. You have a nice mix of free time and activities arranged. We do not break down the day by day itinerary in this section, because it can change depending on what activities you pick.

Check out the amazing beaches, get involved in some cool adventures with your new friends and enjoy the epic nightlife. There will be plenty to do and certainly never a dull moment!

No matter what activity you pick you will be having a Koh Tao Adventure Day

THE ADVENTURE DAY

The Koh Tao adventure day with boats, snorkelling, paradise islands and stunning view point.

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

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

 

Beach For Sunset

On arrival at Sairee beach, we will pull up to Sunset Pool Bar, one of the biggest and best beach venues in Koh Tao.

Available Included Xtreme Activities On Koh Tao

Unlike the adventure week you do need to choose which option you will take at the time of booking (some options are cheaper than others)  so please refer to the prices section to see how this influences the price of the trip.

Take your pick, what activity would you like to include in week 3?

So when you are lying on a dreamy white sandy beach, in a paradise setting wouldn’t it be nice to have the body to match. With our cross fit package you can! Four full on cross fit sessions, with professional accredited Cross fitness trainers will whip you into shape so you will not feel guilty about lazing on the beach, and dipping into the Gulf of Thailand will be so much more rewarding.

If you are not familiar with the concept of cross fit, you can join the 4 Foundation classes. These 4 classes will teach you all the basic movements and techniques for CrossFit, so that they are able to do the movements safely and effectively. These classes are similar to personal training as our coach will spend lots of time helping them with the movements.

We run the Foundation classes every day at 10.15am and so they can easily do the Foundation classes in a week.

The fit package is the most popular option. It includes 5 Muay Thai sessions taken over five days. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before, learning the national sport of Thailand in a cool jungle gym is an awesome experience. It is a great way to try something new, get really fit and learn much more about the culture of Thailand.

You will undergo a modified non-contact training regime in the camp that host monthly Muay Thai fights, a really authentic and cool experience! Some like to do it in the morning and then hit the beach others like the cooler evening training times.

Probably one of our most chilled out options, you have five sessions working on your well-being, and flexibility with a fantastic yoga package. Set in landscaped gardens surrounded by coconut groves there’s a special feeling about the place.

Just a short stroll from the ocean you will find a gorgeous yoga Sala, where we have included five sessions are you to get into yoga spirituality and hopefully find Nirvana.

Even if you’ve never tried yoga before this is the perfect place to do it, as everyone is welcome to come and give it a go and it is the perfect activity to take if you want to turn your Koh Tao experience into the ultimate chilled out beach time.

This costs a little more but it is a full blow open water course worth over £250. The course lasts 3/4 days and includes 4 dives in the beautiful Gulf of Thailand. Afterwards, you have your PADI Open Water license and can dive anywhere in the world!

This is probably the most Xtreme option, and one of the most rewarding! Our professional freediver instructors will teach you the basics of Freediving, and accompany you down to depths of 12 metres!

The actual course itself lasts 2 days and included theory and water based instruction. Free diving is about breath holds diving, so no use scuba equipment. This means you are not limited by nitrogen in your blood or depth limits. It takes mental and physical training to become an expert free diver, but our course will certainly get you well on your way there. With beautiful Marine life, soft and hard corals it’s a great way to train yourself to experience the best that the underwater environment has to offer in Koh Tao.

If you’re really lucky you may even get a free diving the whale shark!

No matter what action week activity you pick you will also do the adventure day and there is plenty going on on the island as well and you have lots of chill time on some of the most amazing beaches! Not a day goes by where you will ever get bored especially when gazing at a bright orange sun setting into the Gulf of Thailand from a pristine white beach.

Beach & Chill week

Day 22 – 28  Koh Tao: Beach Time

You have a nice mix of free time and activities arranged.

Other Activities included? Yes there are more…

Xtreme Discover Scuba Dive & Stand Up Paddling

With crystal clear waters, water sports on Koh Tao are amazing! Included as part of the programme you get to try out scuba diving! Safely guiding you in a swimming pool, in a controlled environment. We will let you try out breathing underwater from scuba gear. It’s a great way to get a feel for diving, and an incredible experience is never done it before. If you do like it, you can always upgrade to doing an open water course and take full advantage of the fact that Koh Tao is one of the best places to learn to dive in the world. If diving really is not your thing, don’t worry you don’t have to do it but most people who try and not going for a full-blown ought course afterwards. It’s an amazing experience to explore and breathe underwater. This is just one of many extra additional inclusions we throw into the trip, where other companies would leave you to go “snorkelling”.

You can upgrade locally to do a full diving course, or pre book it with us.

Boat Trip Koh Koh Nang Yuan

This island just 20 min by boat from Koh Tao can not be missed. It is picture perfect. We take  up to an amazing look out point and  you have time to chill on the beach or go snorkelling (there is a local payment of about 2 GBP to gain access to the island)

Beach Clean up day (set dates, not always included)

Ecodave Xtreme GapAt Xtreme gap year we strongly believe in leaving a positive impact on the locations we visit. Mass tourism does take its toll on the environment. This is especially true on small tropical islands like Koh Tao. We strongly feel  it is everyone’s responsibility to make a contribution to maintaining, and improving the places that we visit. We have partnered with Koh Tao’s leading conservation organisations and every trip we run makes a financial contribution to Eco-conservation efforts.

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

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

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

 

More about Koh Tao

TROPICAL ISLAND PARADISE…WOW!

Xtreme Gappers (59)Koh Tao has some of the best beaches in Thailand, it is also one of the most popular backpacker hubs in South East Asia, but not ruined like some of the other islands, there is a great community and vibe to the place you are going to love spending time here.

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

FOOD & EATING OUT

Please note we do not include food during this trip, there are plenty of restaurants serving delicious and healthy Thai food as little as one – three pound per meal and there is a restaurant the resort also.

We do not include food because it’s such a sociable atmosphere with so many great places to eat and explore you will want to go off and eat out with lots of new friends. Including food would really limit your options and detract from the whole experience.

NIGHTLIFE & BEACH TIME

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

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

Your Accommodation on Koh Tao

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

It’s the main resort Xtreme Gap uses in Thailand, Xtreme Gappers to hang out with and share adventures. Accommodation is shared on a twin share in a Fan Room.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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. This is because many people choose to travel onwards to other locations or stay in Koh Tao to do further programmes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Absolutely our guides will be there to meet you off your flight. In fact, you can even arrive up to 2 days early will still provide airport pickup for you. 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. Is this trip suitable for you? The average age on this trip is between 19 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!

Its recommend you bringing £20 per day spending money. You can get away with less, but if you are a bit of a party animal you can certainly spend more. A beer in Thailand will cost you around 60p, and you can eat a very healthy tasty Thai meal for around 2 pounds. 1 pound will get all of your close laundered and dried for you. There is a lot of activities included in the programme, but you may wish to bring a bit more money for extra activities counter along the way.

The price of flights can vary greatly throughout the year, from as little as £400 return to Thailand up to £1000 peak season. The general rule is the sooner you book your flight the cheaper they are so book with us as soon as possible, in order to secure the best deals on flights. Please do not book your flights prior to booking your space on the programme, as we need to ensure a spot is free for you.

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.

FINALLY

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

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

Please do book early

This can be a very popular trip so make sure you get booked up ASAP! You can secure your spot for only £200 by submitting a booking form. Do it now! So now you have read about the trip, you might want to check out where you will be staying or a break down of everything included.

Duration Option Price  
4 (Week)Muay Thai OptionUSD 1299Book Now
4 (Week)Yoga OptionUSD 1459Book Now
4 (Week)Free diving OptionUSD 1499Book Now
4 (Week)Open Water OptionUSD 1659Book Now

Pricing Feedback

Great Value
Well Priced
Can´t Afford it right now

What makes this trip different from other companies tours in Thailand? A lot. Literally: we include way more in our trips than other companies. 

Xtreme Gap began on Koh Tao, and we are one of the only gap year companies to actually have a base and staff located there. We know the island we know the country and we know how to squeeze the most amount of fun out of 28 days. Compare this to other trips you will quickly discover that we have way more inclusions, and budget a lot more to make your trip as exciting and fun as possible. We can do this because we are an online company, we keep our overheads low enabling us to include more about trips without having to increase the price of our packages.

Included

The fun stuff

  • Exploring the history and culture of Bangkok by visiting various temples
  • The boat trip down the Chao Praya River
  • Legendary night out on Koh San Road
  • Staying over night in Khao Sok National park!
  • Shipwrecked adventure on bottle beach in Koh Pha Ngan
  • Breathtaking sunsets in the Amsterdam bar infinity pool
  • Guided full moon party, with a much-needed hangover day and free massage
  • Total wipeout course (also known as the lake challenge)
  • Plenty of beach time on one of the most beautiful tropical paradise islands of the world
  • Stand Up Paddling hour
  • Free Discover Scuba dive session
  • Round trip to Koh Nang Yuan island
  • Opportunity to give something back with with eco-conservation activities
  • Koh Tao adventure day which includes:
      • Koh Tao adventure day with boats, snorkelling, paradise islands and view points
  • Koh Tao activity option Week inclusions (pick one option and let us know by filling it out in the notes section when booking):
    • 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 worth £399!
    • 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 included! Its guided and awesome.

The Essentials

  • Personally met at the airport
  • Super nice Western guides
  • All Accommodation (27 nights)
  • Nights out (own expense but guided)
  • Transport taking you to different parts of Thailand
  • Breakfast on arrival in Koh Tao
  • Island introduction on Koh Tao: on arrival we will take you out for a gorgeous Thai meal and introduce you to other Xtreme Gappers  on the island. In Koh Tao there are plenty of Xtreme Gappers doing other programmes as well.
  • Free Wi-Fi at most resorts
  • Back up & support second to none. Services of our tour leaders and English-speaking reps who are available and based locally  24/7.

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas (if staying longer than 30 days there are small fees to obtain the correct visa)
  • Insurance
  • Return transfer from Koh Tao to BKK (but can be arranged locally for approx Euro 15)
  • Meals in Thailand (Approx £6 – 15 per day)

Dates

2017 Dates

03rd January – 30th January
2nd February- 28th March
01st March – 28th March
01st April – 28th April
01st May – 28th May
30th May – 26th June
30th June – 27th July Sold Out
1st July- 28th July
28th July – 24 Aug: Sold Out

new Thailand entourage running from 13 august 2017

Xtreme Thailand Experience 4 Weeks

Do you want see it all in one of the most exciting countries in the world? Join our guided Thailand group backpacking tour and have an incredible adventure. You choose your activities. An intro week, an adventure week, an action week and a beach week. You will be checking out the buzz in Bangkok with new mates and letting the good times roll.

 

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

The Xtreme Thailand Experience

4 AWESOME THEMED WEEKS!

IntroXtreme Thailand Experience (12)

Adventure

Action

Action Week

Beach & Eco

Beach Week

Settle in and discover Thailand.

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

Pick an adventure options in-country.

Do an awesome elephant week. Go trekking in the jungle. Explore Buddhism and meet monks with Temple stays. Have a night out in Bangkok and see the sites

Choose the perfect action week activity!

Get the perfect beach body with Crossfit. Learn Muay Thai, increase your well-being with a jungle yoga package. Learn free diving. Learn how to dive. PLUS: Take part in an action-packed adventure day!

Top off the tan with well-earned beach time.

Laze about on amazing tropical beaches. Hit the beach parties. Discover a paradise island by our discover scuba dive & stand up paddle day. Also you join our boat trip to a stunning island and help conservation efforts with the beach clean up and join the free Barbecue party night! Party on the beach and munch on some delicious Thai food.

Xtreme Thailand Experience Highlights Include:

  • Meeting monks & discovering Thai culture, temples & cuisine on a mind-blowing cultural and intro week
  • Trekking through national parks & discovering cool waterfalls are an exciting adventure week
  • Exploring historic Singburi to see life outside the cities and islands, meeting tribes
  • Volunteering with Elephants and Mahouts
  • First 2 weeks include all meals
  • Exploring exciting Bangkok and stay in a fun backpackers hostel in the backpacking Mecca Khao San Road
  • Adrenaline Adventures on Koh Tao like abseiling, snorkelling and 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 boats, snorkelling, paradise islands and view points.
  • Try Out Scuba with an Xtreme Trial Scuba Experience
  • SUP! Stand Up Paddle try out.
  • Become a conservation hero! We have partnered with the leading conservation organisation so you too can do your part. Beach clean ups and conservation talks included. Plus free sunset barbecue at the end of the day
  • Lots of Chill time on Koh Tao and beach parties to remember
  • Meet and chat to other Xtreme Gappers with an online Buddy list before you travel too!

PHOTOS

FIRST WEEK INTRO & CULTURE

Xtreme Thailand Experience (12)

Starting on the Sunday, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your new home in Singburi, a couple of hours from Bangkok, to embark upon a comprehensive introduction to Thailand.

The first week is all about getting to know everyone and doing lots of activities with The other members of the group. This is great if you have never travelled before, or you are travelling alone because you will be meeting other like-minded people and making friends very quickly and easily.

During the intro week you will learn more about Thailand, It will be an eye opening experience. With lots of day trips to get to know the local surrounding areas and places of interest. Emphasis will be placed on learning about Thai culture, Thai language and even try your hand at some Thai cooking.

You will also check out the famous Buddhist Temple: Wat Phranon Jaksi, the old capital of Ayutthaya (including a visit to the elephant village), Lopburi’s museum and pagoda, and even have a cruise along the river.

SECOND WEEK ADVENTURE OPTIONS

The second week you can choose from a range of activities depending on how adventurous your feeling.

Xtreme Thailand Experience

ELEPHANT WEEK

65567_560209413991451_700205998_n

TREKKING WEEK

tempels thailand

BUDDHISM & CULTURE WEEK

TAKE YOU PICK IN THAILAND!

If you do not know which option week you would like to be your second week do not worry, you can make that decision once you are out in Thailand. It might be that you want to hook up with some people if you have become friends with on the intro week and decide to join them on the trekking week, or maybe you rather join someone else who decided to do the Buddhism & Culture week. It is very easy to go with the flow! So let’s look at some of the options.

Elephant Week

With this adventure week option you will learn how to take care of the Elephants, head off through forests and around the camp with these majestic creatures (you even have a photo opportunity on the back of an elephant) , bath them and feed them. Even go swimming with them. This week is an unrivaled opportunity to learn about Elephants and connect with your very own. Just be warned you can ´t take it with you when your week is up!

Thai Elephant Experience in Umphang, Lak Province

Thailand Elephant Experience (7)

Umphang is about 8 hours from Bangkok, but the ride is worth it! From monolithic temple protrusions, to the living, breathing, legendary white elephant herds of the royal order, the faded beer vests of Khao San Road travellers, to the somewhat infamous, green and gold labels of ´Chang´, if there is one symbol that reverberates the mystical and multifarious character of this Eastern land more than any other, it is the Thai Elephant. Historically, the Thai people´s ally in work and war, at once both strong and placid, roaming the jungle smothered hills of a nation curiously similar in spirit and character to these colossal yet graceful beasts, the decline in wild elephant populations all over Southeast Asia has focused modern attention more vigorously than ever on the enduring character, survival and habitats of the Asian elephant.

We´re offering you the chance to really get stuck in; with our week-long Thai elephant experience package in Umphang, you´ll be surrounded by trunk and tree from begging to end, living and working ´at the coalface´ with these undeniably inspiring creatures. Nestled in the limestone valleys of Tak Province in North-central Thailand, amidst the low mists of rice paddies (the local labour staple), soaring Burmese mountain horizons to the west, and some of the most traditional, untouched, ´un-touristy´ Thai towns of yesteryear, where the local folk still cast curious glances at western visitors and sizzle up regional dishes from fiery track-side stalls.

Our elephant experience option runs from Monday to Saturday and aims to give you an encompassing introduction to what life is like working with these animals. We try to make sure you get the broadest possible experience by getting you working with elephants of all ages and genders, always in their natural habitat.

You will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities necessary to providing good care, whilst helping to ensure the stability of the elephants´ lives here.

With rich, thick, natural jungle terrain and forested hills typical to this region of Thailand, we are lucky to be able to maintain an environment very similar to that enjoyed by the remaining few thousand wild elephants in Southeast Asia, and, with only a few elephant sanctuaries so indelibly surrounded by nature, our ability to do this is largely unique throughout the country.

The elephant care at our sanctuary is comprehensive, and we like to get participants involved with all aspects of this. Washing the elephants in the natural lake (one of many in the areas surrounding Umphang) on our grounds, or perhaps, simply socialising with these animals, so strangely human in their own way, your responsibilities are wide ranging and aim to give a broad cross-section of elephant care experience.

In addition, with a diet of up to 180kg of vegetation daily, you can see how preparing the elephants´ intake of greens (usually a mixture of locally sourced sugarcane, banana plant or grasses) could represent one of your main daily tasks, while the routine evening ´trek of the elephants´ back to their forest sleeping areas as the pink Thai sun drops behind the distant hill vistas, is something to always look forward to.

You will work directly with experienced native mahouts (elephant carers) who have grown up with these creatures, training them and ensuring their continued survival. Consequently, there are perhaps no people more readily in tune with the elephant mind than native Thai mahouts, and no better people with whom to experience what life with an elephant is like.

Every group will be assigned their own English speaking tour coordinator, who will be able to answer any practical questions you have about the structure of the experience or the practicalities of staying in Thailand.

Other Activities

Thailand

Umphang is one of the few remaining untouched and remote, natural gems of Thailand. Like Kanchanaburi to the south, it retains the reputation as one of the ´jump-off points´ (no pun intended) for waterfall enthusiasts and, aside from the Thee Lor Sue on the Mae Klong (which is claimed to be Thailand´s biggest, a two day organised trek from Umphang), there are two local falls (Nam Tok Tharark and Nam Tok Pha), with fresh, cool water; a place to distress your post-work muscles and swap elephant stories with your fellow travellers.

You´ll also be able to tick off one of north Thailand´s must-do activities: Rafting. The local medium-speed rivers provide the perfect raft ride through remote jungle scenery, and it´s a great way to spend a day away from the project.

Accommodation during the week

Thailand just wouldn´t be Thailand without its bamboo, jungle shrouded cabins, looking like they´ve just popped up from the earth, just like the waxy banana plants and bending palms around them. During your stay here you´ll crash in one fully equipped with all the necessities of a rural Thai excursion: Mosquito nets, showers, and sun drenched decking for those cold Changs after a long day with the elephants.

You will receive three square meals a day, all healthy and packed full of the rich flavours Thai cuisine has become so famous for. We try and strike a nice balance between western styles and the spiced-up, aromatic local dishes of Umphang, to keep everything nice and varied.

Accommodation is shared with other experience participants, giving you a great opportunity to socialise with like-minded, elephant-loving people.

Elephant Experience Thailand (4)
During the second week you and other participants have the option to go trekking in the jungle and rainforest of the Phutoei National Park, a lush park not often visited by other tourists.

This again will be a unique experience. You will be roughing it, but in beautiful surroundings. After this experience, you will have a lot to boast about when you go home as you will be sleeping in tents and surviving with the basics – we´re sure you will have a lot of fun!

The trekking option is fully guided by trained national park rangers, so you will be in safe hands but it is certainly an adventure!

Please note this is not for the fainthearted, sorry roughing it and trekking is not for you do not pick this option!

Xtreme Thailand Experience (5)
It is quite a ride to get here from the location of the introduction week, but totally worth it! Your time will be spend in the Forest Resort, a luxury new resort and in a newly built dorm accommodation next to the ancient Thai temple.

If you choose the Buddhism & Culture week you will get to know a lot more about Buddhism and Thai culture. During this week you will visit temples, you have the opportunity to ask your questions about Buddhism to the monks, we will teach you about practising meditation and chanting in a quiet and spiritual environment. Our guide is very knowledgeable and will tell you all you need to know. If you have a real interest in Buddhism & Culture, this is the programme for you!

Remember you do not have to to decide which option you pick when you book, you can wait to see what takes your fancy when you are in Thailand.

BANGKOK STOP OVER

At the end of the second week (Saturday) you head to Bangkok

In between heading to Koh Tao and finishing your option weeks you have 1 or 2 full day in Bangkok (One if you are on the elephant option as you will arrive back in Bangkok quite late).

You will arrive at the bus station on the Saturday (the elephant option arrives on the Sunday morning) and need to make your own way to the hotel.

This is a £4 taxi ride from the bus station. There is no set itinerary for Bangkok, but there is plenty to do you can see and do. You will be staying next to the Khao San Road in a nice hostel, so you can chill, or visit many of the sites Bangkok has to offer. Most of our gappers will take a river cruise to see all of the ancient temples, spend some time hunting for bargains in the markets and sample some of the amazing nightlife on the Khao San road. The nightlife there is legendary, so fortunately you are just literally on the doorstep so you can fall back into the hotel. Breakfast is included which will help soak up the hangover too.

Staying the Saturday night for one night in Bangkok you then transfer to Koh Tao by night bus and boat on Sunday night, you need to get yourself to the bus departure point by this is very easy as shown in the video below.

This means you will arrive in Koh Tao first thing on the Monday morning (about 9 am) where we will pick you up off the boat. Our rep will be waiting for you and we include a welcome breakfast for you!

Onto Paradise

Itinerary For Beach and Action Weeks:

With multiple options available to you on Koh Tao we have created the following brochure to help clarify some of the exciting activities you can do. All of these are exclusive to Xtreme Gap Year. Online Brochure with activities on Koh Tao.

IMG_1904The Koh Tao beach week and action itinerary is flexible because it depends on the option you choose for the action week and the weather, but in general you have 12 days to check out the amazing beaches, get involved in some cool adventures with your new friends and enjoy the epic sunsets and nightlife.

You will also have your Xtreme Adventure Day so there will be plenty to do and certainly never a dull moment!

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

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

TROPICAL ISLAND PARADISE…WOW!

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

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

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

FOOD & EATING OUT

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

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

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

THE ADVENTURE DAY

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

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

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

Beach For Sunset

On arrival at Sairee beach, we will pull up to a pool bar so you can grab a sundowner and watch a spectacular sun set into the ocean.

Want even more action? you can book the following speedboat adventure day locally for an additional fee, please talk to our rep:

FINAL 2 WEEKS IN DETAIL:

ACTION OPTIONS, BEACH TIME, BEACH CLEAN UP DAY, XTREME DISCOVER SCUBA, STAND UP PADDLING, BOAT TRIP TO KOH NANG YUAN AND BEACH PARTIES.

We have lined up some really exciting activities for your final 12 days. This is one of the things that sets the Xtreme Thailand Experience apart from other gap year tours. With the sheer volume of inclusions you will never be bored. Pick one of the activities below for your final week.

Some are Xtreme and really get the blood pumping, others are devoted to health, fitness, and well-being and you can even be involved in a hands-on conservation project to try and help with the preservation of Koh Tao. There is truly something for everyone.

Available Included Xtreme Activities On Koh Tao

Unlike the adventure week you do need to choose which option you will take at the time of booking (some options are cheaper than others)  so please refer to the prices section to see how this influences the price of the trip.

Koh Tao cross that
So when you are lying on a dreamy white sandy beach, in a paradise setting wouldn’t it be nice to have the body to match. With our cross fit package you can! Four full on cross fit sessions, with professional accredited Cross fitness trainers will whip you into shape so you will not feel guilty about lazing on the beach, and dipping into the Gulf of Thailand will be so much more rewarding.

If you are not familiar with the concept of cross fit, you can join the 4 Foundation classes. These 4 classes will teach you all the basic movements and techniques for CrossFit, so that they are able to do the movements safely and effectively. These classes are similar to personal training as our coach will spend lots of time helping them with the movements.

We run the Foundation classes every day at 10.15am and so they can easily do the Foundation classes in a week.

Please also check out the video below it is the latest fitness craze that has become huge. It’s highly effective high-intensity WODS (work out of the day) mixes hundreds of different techniques and every day is always different. With this option is the perfect way to get into excellent physical shape and get that perfect beach body!

Thailand Muay thai Training (7)
The fit package is the most popular option. It includes 5 Muay Thai sessions taken over five days. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before, learning the national sport of Thailand in a cool jungle gym is an awesome experience. It is a great way to try something new, get really fit and learn much more about the culture of Thailand.

You will under go a modified non-contact training regime in the camp that host monthly Muay Thai fights, a really authentic and cool experience!

Some like to do it in the morning and then hit the beach others like the cooler evening training times.

Koh Tao yoga option
Probably one of our most chilled out options, you have five sessions working on your well-being, and flexibility with a fantastic yoga package. Set in landscaped gardens surrounded by coconut groves there’s a special feeling about the place.

Just a short stroll from the ocean, you will find a gorgeous yoga Sala, where we have included five sessions are you to get into yoga spirituality and hopefully find Nirvana.

Even if you’ve never tried yoga before this is the perfect place to do it, as everyone is welcome to come and give it a go and it is the perfect activity to take if you want to turn your Koh Tao experience into the ultimate chilled out beach time.

 

This is a full blow open water course worth over £200. The course lasts 3/4 days and includes 4 dives in the beautiful Gulf of Thailand. Afterwards, you have your PADI Open Water license and can dive anywhere in the world! Not sure about this option? You can always add it on while you are out there with us in Thailand.

5038_95966224575_7989959_n
This is probably the most Xtreme option, and one of the most rewarding! Our professional freediver instructors will teach you the basics of Freediving, and accompany you down to depths of 12 metres!

The actual course itself lasts 2 days and included theory and water based instruction. Free diving is about breath holds diving, so no use scuba equipment. This means you are not limited by nitrogen in your blood or depth limits. It takes mental and physical training to become an expert free diver, but our course will certainly get you well on your way there. With beautiful Marine life, soft and hard corals it’s a great way to train yourself to experience the best that the underwater environment has to offer in Koh Tao.

If you’re really lucky you may even get a free diving the whale shark!

 

 

NIGHTLIFE & BEACH TIME & ACTIVITIES

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

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

Other Activities included? Yes, there are more…

Beach Clean up day

Ecodave Xtreme GapAt Xtreme gap year we strongly believe in leaving a positive impact on the locations we visit. Mass tourism does take its toll on the environment. This is especially true on small tropical islands like Koh Tao. We strongly feel  it is everyone’s responsibility to make a contribution to maintaining, and improving the places that we visit. We have partnered with Koh Tao’s leading conservation organisations and every trip we run makes a financial contribution to Eco-conservation efforts.

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

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

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

Xtreme Discover Scuba Dive & Stand Up Paddling

With crystal clear waters, water sports on Koh Tao are amazing! Included as part of the programme you get to try out scuba diving! Safely guiding you in a swimming pool, in a controlled environment. We will let you try out breathing underwater from scuba gear. It’s a great way to get a feel for diving, and an incredible experience is never done it before. If you do like it, you can always upgrade to doing an open water course and take full advantage of the fact that Koh Tao is one of the best places to learn to dive in the world. If diving really is not your thing, don’t worry you don’t have to do it but most people who try and not going for a full-blown ought course afterwards. It’s an amazing experience to explore and breathe underwater. This is just one of many extra additional inclusions we throw into the trip, where other companies would leave you to go “snorkelling”.

You can upgrade locally to do a full diving course, or pre-book it with us.

End of your trip> Transfer Back to Bangkok

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

ACCOMMODATION

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

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

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

During the Intro Week:

P1180015
Your new home will be one of our 3 ”Eco Houses” in Singburi in central Thailand the Lemon House, the Twin House and the Brown House. Situated about 10 km from the town of Singburi and takes about 15 minutes from the eco- houses. In Singburi you will find all the amenities you could need i.e. internet, shops, swimming pool, hospital, pharmacy, banks and restaurants, and there are plenty of trips into Singburi or you can easily take a taxi.The houses sleep from 20 to 50 people.

All houses have single gender shared dorm rooms with the number of beds ranging from 3 to 12. All houses have western style toilets and one even as an Asian toilet! Each bathroom has a shower and the water is always cool nice and refreshing in the heat. All houses have a communal area where you can eat, relax and meet. Most of the houses are within walking distance of a local shop and a make shift bar provided by the friendly locals. The doors and windows are screened All food is included during your stay. The meals will be typical Thai fare, including plenty of rice dishes.

During the Elephant Week:

Thailand just would not be Thailand without its bamboo, jungle-shrouded cabins, looking like they´ve just popped up from the earth, just like the waxy banana plants and bending palms around them. During your stay here you´ll crash in one fully equipped with all the necessities of a rural Thai excursion: Mosquito nets, showers, and sun drenched decking for those cold Changs after a long day with the elephants.

You will receive three square meals a day, all healthy and packed full of the rich flavours Thai cuisine has become so famous for. We try and strike a nice balance between western styles and the spiced-up, aromatic local dishes of Umphang, to keep everything nice and varied.

Accommodation is shared with other experience participants, giving you a great opportunity to socialise with like-minded, elephant-loving people.

 

P1190125Wang Nam Khieow Accommodation

During the Buddhism and culture week you stay in another location called Wang Nam Khieow, it is a really beautiful area of Thailand. Cooler because it is further north and at high altitude, it is surrounded by national parks and beautiful scenery.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the benefits of booking your trip on Koh Tao with Xtreme Gap Year is not only do you get to do this awesome activity, but you will become part of the Xtreme gap family on Koh Tao. We will pick you up from the pier and give you a warm welcome at our stunning resort. On your first night, our resident representative will take you out for a gorgeous Thai meal annual get to know all of the other members of the group. When you are booking a trip with us it is not just about the activity so please bear this in mind if you are comparing prices to other companies. No other company has such a big presence in Koh Tao, runs groups of like-minded travellers so booking a trip with us is as much about the friends you make as well as the experiences you will have.
Your arrival day is always the Sunday (but you can arrive Saturday if flight prices work out better for you). Make sure when arriving on the Sunday this is before 3pm.

The end day is always a Saturday. The trip end on Koh Tao. There are 2 ways to get back to Bangkok international airport.

1. Take a boat at 10 am to the neighbouring island Koh Samui. there is an airport here. Book a flight for after 2 PM to be save. The flight takes about an hours. make sure you have at least 2 hours before your international flight home departs. Its a big airport and you need to check in 2 hours before.

2. Take the boat and bus to Bangkok. You leave Koh Tao at 10 am and arrive in Bangkok at 8 pm. the you need about an hour to get to the airport by taxi, depending traffic. Again keep in mind you need about 2 hours before the plane leaves.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Singburi is a province in the centre of Thailand. It has got a very nice and chilled atmosphere. You stay in eco houses in the shade of banana palms trees by the Noi Nam river. Sing Buri is rich of cultural history. The province houses many temples, museums, and historical sites. You can easily say it is the epic centre for Thai history and a great place to get under the skin of the country.

Yes, if you arrive during the weekend we will pick you up. When you arrive during a weekday we can still pick up at any time, but there is a £50 extra payment. If you wish a few extra days in Bangkok beforehand you will have to make your own way on the Sunday to the meeting point at the Royal Hotel. Meeting time is at 1pm.

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

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

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

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

FINALLY

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

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

Please do book early

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

HOW THE XTREME THAILAND EXPERIENCE WORKS

Duration Option Price  
4 (Week)Yoga OptionUSD 1299Book Now
4 (Week)Muay Thai OptionUSD 1299Book Now
4 (Week)X- Fit OptionUSD 1329Book Now
4 (Week)Freediving OptionUSD 1479Book Now
4 (Week)Diver Open WaterUSD 1629Book Now

Pricing Feedback

Great Value
Well Priced
Can´t Afford it right now

What makes this trip different from other companies tours in Thailand? A lot. Literally: we include way more in our trips than other companies. Take this programme for example we include all food for the first two weeks which if you had to add this on to your budget would come to over £300 more.

Xtreme Gap began on Koh Tao, and we are one of the only gap year companies to actually have a base and staff located there. We know the island we know the country and we know how to squeeze the most amount of fun out of 28 days. Compare this to other trips you will quickly discover that we have way more inclusions, and budget a lot more to make your trip as exciting and fun as possible. We can do this because we are an online company, we keep our overheads low enabling us to include more about trips without having to increase the price of our packages.

Included

The fun stuff

  • 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 depending on start date

On The Intro And Option Weeks

  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Thai Cooking lesson / Thai Language lessons
  • Tour of Ayutthaya Thailand historic second city
  • Dinner in a famous Thai BBQ restaurant
  • Tours of loads of temples and monuments and museums fully guided.
  • Visit to a Market
  • Temple Stay to meet Monks(If doing the cultural week)
  • Amazing five-day elephant experience (if the elephant option)
  • Trekking in Phutoei National Park, visits to waterfalls, caves, Hill tribes, (Trekking option)
  • 1 night in Bangkok luxury hotel before going to Koh Tao with breakfast right next to the Khao San Road

The Essentials

  • Personally met at the airport
  • All meals for the first two weeks – This will save you approximately £300 from your spending money budget!
  • Free Extra nights accommodation if arriving one day early (Saturday)
  • All Accommodation
  • All meals during the 1st 2 weeks
  • Breakfast on arrival on Koh Tao
  • Transport taking you to 4 different parts of Thailand.
  • Overnight Transfer to Koh Tao
  • 12 nights accommodation in standard fan room in Koh Tao at our luxury resort
  • Free Wi-Fi at our basic Koh Tao, and during your stay in the intro week and some option weeks.
  • 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.

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas (if staying longer than 30 days this will cost approx Euro 30 for a 60 day visa)
  • Insurance
  • Return transfer from Koh Tao (but can be arranged locally for approx Euro 15)
  • Meals on Koh Tao (Approx £6 – 15 per day)
  • Entrance Fee for Koh Nanguang (100 Baht approx £2)
  • Every extra option week on top of the standard 4 weeks £299.

 

Dates

2017 start dates

Sunday 01 January to Saturday 28th January 2017
Sunday 29 January to Saturday 25th February 2017
Sunday 26 February to Saturday 25th March 2017
Sunday 02 April to Saturday 29th April 2017
Sunday 30th April to Saturday 27t May 2017
Sunday 28th May to Saturday 24th June 2017
Sunday 02nd July to Saturday 29th July 2017
Sunday 30 July to Saturday 26th August 2017

New trip running from July 2017

Please contact us for dates after; combining trips and other travel ideas.

Xtreme TV

Learn more about this trip on video

video

 

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

PHOTOS

 

Full Details  

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.

Duration Option Price  
25 (Days)USD 1939Book Now
27 (Days)With two extra nights accommodation pre And postUSD 2099Book Now

Pricing Feedback

Great Value
Well Priced
Can´t Afford it right now

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

 

See more Details, Photos, Dates & Prices

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

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.

 

 

 

Day 12  After the week is up…On day 12, 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.

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.
Duration Option Price  
12 (Days)USD 999Book Now

Pricing Feedback

Great Value
Well Priced
Can´t Afford it right now

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

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.

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.

Duration Option Price  
8 (Days)USD 879Book Now

Pricing Feedback

Great Value
Well Priced
Can´t Afford it right now
Book 16 or more weeks up front to secure these deals.
Duration Option Price
8 (Days)USD 879 USD 774 (Early Bird)
Enquire here

Book today with a deposit and travel after 15 - Jul - 2017 to lock in the early bird price. "Hurry only limited early bird spots available !"

Terms: $250 USD 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 2016

Sep: 8th 14th 23rd
Oct: 9th 13th 22nd
Nov: 6th 12th 19th 26th
Dec: 6th 12th

Start Dates 2017

Jan: 4th 11th 14th 19th 28th
Feb:3rd 9th 12th 16th 23rd 27th
Mar: 3rd 8th 13th 19th 25th 30th
April: 3rd 8th 12th 15th 23rd 29th
May: 3rd 8th 14th 20th 24th 28th
June:1st 6th 11th 17th 22nd 28th
July: 2nd 7th 11th 17th 21st 25th
Aug: 4th 9th 13th 18th 23rd 28th
Sept: 2nd 9th 13th 20th 24th 28th
Oct: 3rd 8th 14th 18th 22nd 26th
Nov: 1st 8th 15th 21st 25th
Dec: 1st 5th 11th 15th