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.
A great value arrival into Thailand, jam-packed with exciting activities and excursions. Planned perfectly to give you an unforgettable 16-day experience, combining an epic Full-Moon Party and Island hopping trip, this trip really offers the best of Thailand for those are on limited travel time. We help you meet people and get to know your surroundings and pack in some awesome activities while exploring this beautiful country.
Tropical beaches? Island paradises? Amazing adventures? 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 16 days!
The Thailand Bucket List 16 Day Tour: Trip Highlights
- 16 days in the land of the smiles for a price that will keep you grinning!
- The excitement and hedonism of Khao San Rd
- Tuk Tuk ride through Bangkok
- Temples, palaces and markets and cruising down the Chao Praya river
- Go Xtreme in the stunning Khao Sok National Park with bamboo rafting, kayaking tubing and cliff jumping.
- You get to spend the night on amazing unique floating bungalows in an off the beaten track beautiful destination
- Amazing longtail boat trips and boat parties
- Stay overnight on Bottle Beach one of the most secluded paradises in Thailand
- 4 days on stunning Island Koh Tao
- Eating some of the most amazing Thai food with the rest of the Xtreme Gap group in Koh Phangan
- Stay a few nights on Koh Phangan. The party Island
- Visit the famous Maya Bay on Phi Phi Island
- Kayaking in Railay Beach, Krabi
- Snorkelling boat trip in Phi Phi
- Visit the little locals on Monkey Beach
- Party Tuk Tuk in Patong, Phuket
- Wicked laughs and fully guided with a trip leader
- All accommodation, activities and transport included
The Thailand Bucket List 16 Day Tour Photos
The Thailand Bucket List 16 Day Tour: Full Details
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. The Xtreme Gap Thailand Bucket List takes in the very best of Thailand in 16 amazing, adventure-filled days, including plenty of down time on some of the most famous and beautiful beaches in the world!
So make memories to last a lifetime; visit Thailand and have the time of your life. There´ll never be a better time than now; Thailand is waiting for you
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 on your bare feet!
Take in the scenery of the West coast of Koh Phangan as we drive up to Laem Som lake, where we spend the day attempting to tackle the famous obstacles at the Phangan Challenge( a bit like total wipeout).
In the late afternoon meet back at our hostel for a UV painting session to get us ready for the big Full Moon party. We will take you to the coolest spots for some pre drinks before hitting up the full moon party itself in TruTravels style! Those of you hardcore enough to make it to sunrise (the best bit), may even get to join us at the after party which starts at 6am! No rest for the wicked.
Today is set aside for recovery. We felt you would probably want some chill time to recharge your batteries after the big night so the only planned activity today is a nice Thai massage and possibly a film at a local bar. Unless you are one of those crazy party animals that decided to join us at the after party!
Off we go to Koh Tao or ‘Turtle Island’ by ferry where we will spend the next 2 nights. (Recently voted ‘Best Island in S.E. Asia’ in a Trip Advisor survey). We stay in town, 5 mins from the beautiful Sairee beach.
During your time here, we grab a boat ride from Koh Tao across to the adjoining and amazingly beautiful island of Koh Nang Yuan. Here we can snorkel in the Japanese gardens and trek up to the incredible views to get some postcard-worthy pics of the adjoining beaches and bays. After we head back to Koh Tao we will have some free time before meeting for dinner and jumping on the famous Koh Tao Pub Crawl!
On Day 12, get active or soak up some rays on this free day. For those looking for a chilled out beach day, we can arrange a taxi around to Tanote Bay, one of our favourite spots on the island. In the evening, we will jump on the night ferry over to the mainland where we are picked up by our private minibus (with tunes & DVD player) and taken over to the West coast and our next stop, the famous Phi Phi Islands.
Once arriving into Phi Phi we will check in to our accommodation and take a trek up to the stunning viewpoint across the island before enjoying the epic beach nightlife. So worth the walk!
Today you will be lucky enough to take a sunset boat trip around the islands. We stop at the well known Maya Bay (Where they actually filmed ‘The Beach’), Monkey Island and the Viking caves, as well as some snorkelling in Phi Phi’s beautiful emerald waters. Lunch is included on the boat and after sunset, we go swimming with the phosphorescence (really cool glow in the dark plankton).
Today celebrates the final two nights of an awesome trip! We hop on the island boat over to Phuket, the largest of the Thai islands where we finish the trip. In the evening, we will explore the wonders of Phuket & Patong or take some party Tuk Tuks to continue the celebration.
Today we say farewell but don’t worry as we can help you sort out all of your onward travel from Phuket, whether it’s back to Bangkok for a flight home or the next leg of your Thailand adventure! Just let us know your plan and we can point you in the right direction!
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.
All transport, accommodation and activities are included in your epic Thailand trip of a lifetime, so you don´t need to worry about anything. Simply get yourself here and we´ll take care of the rest!
What else is included?
- Airport pickup (up to 2 days before the tour)
- 15 Nights’ accommodation transport included
- Bangkok river cruise & Temples
- Thai Massage & Overnight train
- Khao Sok National Park & floating bungalows
- Swimming, tubing, kayaking, cliff jumping
- Boat trip around Koh Phangan
- Snorkelling & waterfalls (seasonal)
- Bottle beach & Muay Thai lesson
- Phangan Challenge Lake
- Sunset pool party
- Full Moon party
- Koh Tao & Koh Nangyuan
- Phi Phi Island
- Maya Bay boat trip
- Travel Insurance
- Most Meals
- Return transfer to Bangkok
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I speak to other group members before I go? Yes of course you can. We will put you in touch with other group members shortly before your tour. You can also join our Facebook page to interact with your group and others, see pictures etc.
It is recommended that you do take malaria pills in some parts of Thailand and the surrounding countries. The areas that we visit during the tour are generally considered malaria free however this can change so always speak to your GP before you travel and if you are going to other areas of Thailand and S.E. Asia it is very likely that you will need some. You can also consult the CDC website for more info
If you are susceptible to motion sickness then you may experience symptoms during a cruise/ferry, although symptoms tend to disappear as you adapt to the conditions in one or two days. Your Group Leader can help you pick up some medication that will help with this or you could look into getting some sea sickness bands which are now commonly available
Some meals are included so please make sure you let us know in good time if you have any special dietary requirements. Please click here to see the itinerary in full which will tell you what meals are included.
The Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) does recommendations vaccinations such as hepatitis A & B and Typhoid as well as being sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations. For more information, you can visit the CDC website but please remember that information surrounding vaccinations changes on a regular basis so always consult your GP before you travel.
The first day of your tour is mainly a check-in/meet and greet. It gives you the chance to chill out after a long haul flight. Day two is the start of your activities. Do I need to pay for any transport? All transport is included with the Experience within the week.
(Please note: If you arrive in Bangkok 3 days or more prior to your start date, you may have to arrange and pay for your own airport transfer.) and if you choose to go out in the evenings or take part in activities not included in the itinerary then you will need to pay for your own cabs etc…
Any time is a good time. The climate is relatively steady throughout the year and it depends where in Thailand you are going. It can rain more down South during October and November and there are some fluctuations in temperature but in most of the country it is guaranteed to be hot all year round! See our Weather page for more info. When will I meet my group leader? Your tour leader will greet you off your flight at Bangkok airport and take you to your guesthouse. If you have already arrived in Bangkok prior to your start date, then we will put you in touch and your Group Leader will arrange to meet you at the guesthouse when you arrive.
It differs from city to city but very rarely drops below 25 degrees Celsius. Bangkok is always around 35c and tends to have the odd down pour. Do not pay attention to the iphone weather app as it will always say thunderstorms in Bangkok. Not the case! On the islands it is less humid and averages around 33c all year round. They do have a brief rain season between October and November, however it usually only rains for about an hour or two with sunshine for the rest of the day. Check out our country info page for more info.
Yes. The media has a tendency to report only the very worst news, which means that we can get quite a negative impression of a country and quite often we don’t hear anything about the very friendly, helpful people and extraordinary cultures in these amazing destinations.
Nearly 95% of Thailand’s population is Buddhist of the Theravada school, though Buddhism in this country has become integrated with folk beliefs such as ancestor worship as well as Chinese religions from the large Thai-Chinese population. Buddhist temples in Thailand are characterized by tall golden stupas, and the Buddhist architecture of Thailand is similar to that in other Southeast Asian countries, particularly Cambodia and Laos, with which Thailand shares cultural and historical heritage.
You will automatically be granted a 28 day tourist visa on entry to Thailand if you are from one of the countries on the exemption list (see our Visa page). If you are considering staying in Thailand for longer then you may need to arrange your own visa. Visit the Visa Info page on our website to find out all you need to know.
Book your flights to land on your start date if you can. Do not book your flights until you have booked with us and received a confirmation invoice. Generally people will arrive on that date or one or two days before hand. If you land much before or are already in Thailand just let us know and we will help you arrange a transfer and to meet at our accommodation.
Yes. Let us know via email if you are arriving early and your group leader will reserve a room for you at your guesthouse. All you would need to do is pay for the additional nights. Once your group starts,we will cover the rest.
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