Thailand Gap Year

Thailand is an amazing destination for your gap year or other travel plans, and us from Xtreme Gap have the best programs! The weather is nice, the sea is beautiful, the food delicious, the Full Moon Party is something you should experience once in your life.

Some exciting Thailand Gap Year trip suggestions



Our most popular group travel trips are the Xtreme Thailand Experience, diving on Koh Tao, and Thailand Adventure. They are perfect for the first time traveler. Even if you are going alone, you will be matched up with a group. You can chat to other trip members before you go, with our online buddy list system! For all the other programs, please look below.

Thailand Experience 2020 -

Having trouble deciding which trip is best for you? This awesome itinerary takes you to see both the North and South of Thailand, making it the best value for money trip on the planet! From visiting temples to snorkeling boat trips, this trip has it all. Strap on your adventure helmet, because you are about to go on the ride of your life!!

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Tropical Fitness Bootcamp - From USD 989

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

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Thailand Entourage 2020 - From USD 1759

From rivers, waterfalls and ancient temples in central Thailand, to the jungles and mountains in the North, and the amazing lakes, islands and beaches of the South. This trip has something for everyone and is almost certainly the best full country group tour of Thailand around.

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Round the World South East Asia 2020 -

South East Asia is an Xtremely interesting, fun, safe and beautiful part of the world. It has a well-trodden backpacking route for good reason. This group trip will show you the best sites in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in six fun-filled weeks.

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Round The World Tropical Beaches -Thailand – Bali – Australia (2020) -

If you like beaches, this is YOUR trip! From island hopping in Thailand on to Bali and the Gili islands on to and awesome surf trip in Indonesia. Then Australia, all along the East Coast before rewarding yourself with some epic adventures in Cairns! Three awesome countries with loads of beachtime, activities and culture.

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Round The World Thailand & Australia (2020) - From USD 2609

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

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Thailand Epic Adventure 8 Days - From USD 0

The ideal way to start your adventure in Thailand and supercharge your selfies! Travel as a group from Bangkok to Khao Sok and Koh Phangan in 8 days. Think amazing locations for the gram! 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. Up your Instagram game with these locations!

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Personal Fitness Trainer Development Course - From USD 5019

To develop your career in Personal Training, one of the fastest growing professions in the health and fitness industry, it is important to have both practical and theoretical experience. We include both theoretical and practical skills to enable you to provide professional 1-on-1 or small-group training. You will learn to design and instruct personalized training programmes for clients of all levels and goals – enabling you to gain your qualifications with Europe Active and work as a PT any where in the world.

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Become a Divemaster Koh Tao Thailand - From USD 3219

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

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The Thailand Bucket List 16 Day Tour - From USD 1465

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!

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Thailand Ethical Elephant Project - From USD 799

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

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Thailand Adventure - From USD 1279

Are you looking for a great value fun and cultural trip where you meet loads of other travellers? Do you want to experience some amazing cultural adventures like trekking and visiting temples? You will be enchanted by Thai culture and eased into your travels on a great intro week, you can pick fun adventure options in week two, you'll have a cultural exchange experience in week three and finish up with some serious beach time week four. included are all transfers, accommodation, activities for 4 weeks, and 3 weeks of meals sorted!!

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Thailand Fitness Camp and Beaches - From USD 1309

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

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Double Fit – Bali Fitness Bootcamp & Thailand Fitness Bootcamp - From USD 2650

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

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Koh Tao Adventure - From USD 609

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

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Muay Thai Training In Thailand – Now With X-Fit Option - From USD 459

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

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Ultimate Fighter, Mixed Martial Arts Training Camp Thailand - From USD 1199

So you wanna learn MMA? Then learn with the best. Mixed Martial Arts is the ultimate fighting style, and you will discover the secrets, techniques and methods delivered by one of the worlds top MMA fighters. Beginners, Intermediates or Advanced, by training at the Xtreme Gap MMA camp you will become one serious bad ass.

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Freediving Course Thailand - From USD 599

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

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Learn To Dive In Koh Tao - From USD 449

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

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Thailand IDC Scuba Instructor Course - From USD 3329

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

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Thailand Gap Year Activities

People go on a Thailand gap year for many different reasons, but many choose to do the following exciting activities.

Diving on a Thailand gap year

Thailand is one of the best places to learn to dive on a gap year. Not only does it offer excellent value for money, but also the marine life in Thailand is good. Even snorkeling you can see tropical fish and a who plethora of Marine life. Many just opt to do their open water certification taking four days; many others go for their Divemaster qualification on their Thailand gap year. This enables them to find work in the diving industry ” perfect for earning money when travelling.

Getting Healthy On Your Thailand Gap Year

Due to the incredible lifestyle, you can enjoy on a gap year in Thailand, many choose to devote the time to improving their health and fitness. This can be achieved in several ways through Xtreme Gap: for the hard core the Thailand fitness bootcamp is a popular choice, others looking to improve their fitness choose to do a gap year yoga course or learn Muay Thai on their Thailand gap year. When this is combined with healthy food, lots of sunshine and stress-free living the benefits can be immense.

Backpacking On Your Thailand Gap Year

Xtreme Gappers on Koh Tao (20)Backpacking Thailand is a popular option for Thailand gap year travellers. The tourist industry is reasonably well developed enabling you to get around easily and at minimal expense. There are various tours and must see destinations all over Thailand. The verity of the country adding to the appeal. In the north near the golden triangle you have jungle trekking and hill tribes, in the south along the Malay peninsula, you have incredible beaches and water-based Thailand gap year activities like Freediving and scuba. Taking a Thailand gap year is also popular as Thailand is a good hub to explore other south-east Asia countries. Bangkok is highly accessible on around the world flight with major airlines servicing the airport offering excellent value flights. Overland travel is then easy once inside the country so are local flights on low-cost carriers like Air Asia.

Handy information about Thailand on your gap year

Thailand is located in South East Asia, bordering Malaysia, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia and Laos. The country is shaped like an elephants head, with its trunk – a huge peninsula attaching the north to Malaysia in the south. This is a major contributor to Thailand’s unique weather patterns and gives Thailand distinct “monsoon” seasons in other parts of the country at different times of the year. Meaning it is always a good idea to do a gap year in Thailand, no matter what time of season. Because if it is raining on one side of the country, generally speaking, it will be dry on the other side.

A Thailand gap year option has become hugely popular in recent years with tourism being one of its main exports, (rice being the other if you want to bore strangers on a train with your keen knowledge of useless facts). This despite a reasonably high level of unrest politically. There is a real gap between rich and poor within the country, which in turn has lead to recent political unrest. It seems that every couple of years, sometimes months, the general population get fed up with the government.

They are usually successful in booting them out of office, only to be replaced by an equally hated leadership who will face the wrath of the people several months later. On the whole, these coups are bloodless, and just cause a bit of noise on the streets (and if unlucky flight cancellations). All these things considered, it is still one of the most exciting gap year destinations you will visit.

Thai Culture

Thailand Filmmaker en stage (12)The religion in Thailand is mainly Buddhist, with a few Muslims in the South. This creates a very peaceful and respectful society based on respect and karma. It is a beautiful aspect of the country, and many are taken by surprise on their Thailand gap year by just how friendly people can be.

Another thing people are surprised to see on their Thailand gap year are the stark contrasts between various aspects of the Thai society. Thai culture is extremely reserved and respectful. This is hard to fathom, when you venture into one of the many red light areas in Bangkok or Pattaya and come face to face with the public face of Thailand prostitution – the go-go bar. This seedy aspect to Thailand, although visible in some parts does not have to cast a shadow on your Thailand gap year. You can easily avoid this if it makes you feel uncomfortable. On the other side, if you just go into one of these bars for a drink, and it does not matter whether you are a boy of a girl, it will give you a story to tell back home. With some luck you will meet a lady boy too, the other slightly uncomfortable yet completely accepted, yet strangely dark side to Thai culture.

Thailand is ruled by the King in principal, although it is mainly run behind the scenes by the all-powerful military. It is a very sound advice to respect the monarchy while you are on your Thailand gap year. The King is highly respected and it would cause great offense to make any negative or sarcastic comments about him. If you are thinking “like when would I do that?” you will soon realize after arriving on your Thailand gap year, that the king is quite literally everywhere. Pictures of the King adorn walls in homes, shops, lifts, taxis, tuk-tuks, on round about, bridges… You get the idea. If you add into this mix some potent Thai Whiskey (served in a bucket!), then a slip of the tongue could get you into a lot of sticky situations.

How you can get the most out of your Thailand Gap Year?

Many people like just to do their own thing on their Thailand gap year, and that is cool. If you think the same, perhaps we can tempt you into undertaking one of our Thailand gap year programmes. These are a great way of spending a couple of weeks, or months, getting to know about the country, the culture and making lots of new mates along the way.

The most popular Xtreme Thailand Gap Year programme is the Muay Thai Training programme. Based on the tropical island of Koh Tao, this is the ultimate in Martial arts fitness, combined with a laid-back cool tropical island lifestyle. Living minutes from the beach, you get to train every day working on your Muay Thai skills and becoming super fit. The real twist of adrenaline come at the end, where if you so choose, you can fight in a live fight, in front of a cheering, gambling and highly excited crowd.

Koh Tao the best place to learn to dive on your Thailand gap year

Thailand Fullmoon Party (10)Thailand is one of the best places to learn to dive on a gap year. Not only does it offer excellent value for money, but also the marine life in Thailand is good. Most of the diving takes place on a small island called Koh Tao, which is also where most of our Thailand gap year programmes are based. It offers the perfect setting to learn to dive and not only because staying there is exceptionally beautiful, but also, because it is one of the best value places to learn to dive in the world. There is something about the place that attracts backpackers and turns them into fully fledged Thailand fans. It is not uncommon for people to go there for four days and end up staying four years.
What you may not realise is that we also offer a freediving programme. Probably one of the oldest extreme sports. If you learn freediving on your Thailand gap year with us, you will be training with some of the world’s top professional freedivers at a dedicated freediving academy. It is an excellent way to do something different, while soaking up the tropical island lifestyle, both above and below the water.

If you are not into diving, you can still experience underwater Koh Tao, even snorkelling you can see tropical fish and a who plethora of Marine life. Many just opt to do their open water certification taking four days. Many others go for their Divemaster qualification on their Thailand gap year. This enables them to find work in the diving industry: perfect for earning money when travelling.

If you are considering a gap year Thailand as part of your year out or even just a short Thailand holiday, we have several cool trips, from laid back beach chill time to high adrenaline martial arts.

The Buddy List System

The Buddy List System is our online travellers meeting point. Once you book, you can chat to other Xtreme Gappers on your trip or join public forums to chat to other gappers thinking about heading to Thailand.

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