Thailand Entourage

Amazing guided trip through Thailand



This is the shorter version of our 4 week Thailand trip Xreme Thailand Experience our top-selling trip! The Thailand entourage is a 3 week trip through Thailand giving you a taste of culture, adventure, and stunning tropical beaches. An amazing itinerary showcasing the best this amazing country has to offer. Perfect for young solo travelers who love to travel Thailand in a fun group, with excellent guides.


Thailand Entourage: Trip Highlights


EXPLORATION

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.

ADVENTURE

ELEPHANTS. UNFORGETTABLE NATIONAL PARKS & MORE.

Includes an awesome ethical Elephant experience. Go bathing with Elephants, and get up close and personal with these majestic animals. Visit waterfalls and stunning rural towns.

BEACH

TOP OFF THE TAN WITH WELL-EARNED BEACH TIME.

Laze about on amazing tropical beaches. Visit beaches and discover a paradise island. join the adventure day! Party on the beach and munch on some delicious Thai food.

THAILAND ENTOURAGE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Safe & Fun! Fully guided Xtreme Gap Reps.
  • Discovering Thai culture, temples & cuisine on a mind-blowing cultural  experiences
  • Trekking through national parks & discovering cool waterfalls
  • Volunteering with Elephants and Mahouts
  • Exploring exciting Bangkok and stay in a fun backpackers hostel near the backpacking Mecca Khao San Road
  • Koh Phangan Adventure Day
  • Lots of chill time on Koh Phangan and beach parties to remember
  • Meet and chat to other Xtreme Gappers with an online Buddy list before you travel too!

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Itinerary


DAY 1: WARM WELCOME ON ARRIVAL

Arrival day the moment you have been waiting for! The start to an awesome life changing Thailand trip! First off, if you have not been travelling before… it will be ok. We make it a hassle free arrival, the Xtreme Team will collect you from Suvarnabhumi Airport (the international airport in Bangkok) and take you to your super convenient Bangkok accommodation, which is a stone’s throw from the famous Khao San Road. The accommodation has a movie room, 2 pool tables, free WIFI and lots of Xtreme Gappers awaiting to join the adventure.

You will have the rest of the day/evening, depending on when you arrive, to relax after a long flight and meet the rest of your group. If you arrive in time we head out for a delicious Thai meal (local payment about £3-8) and explore the buzzing Bangkok area!

Inclusions:

• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

DAY 2 : BANGKOK

This is where it all begins. Get ready to explore one of the most famous and iconic cities in the world? It’s on! led by your Xtreme Gap Year guide, who will be your leader, guide and mentor for the next four weeks we will explore old Bangkok through the ancient waterways.

Not only will you get to experience stunning traditional communities off the backpacker trail, but we will also take you to the majestic Wat Arun – The Temple of the Dawn, Wat Pho, which is home to the most important reclining Buddha in the whole of Thailand and Wat Phra Kaew –  The Grand Palace.

Expect an authentic look into traditional Bangkok and lets you see some of the most beautiful temples Thailand has to offer. The tour will last about 4 hours.

In the afternoon we head back to our guesthouse, just in time to freshen up and chill out before your ‘Welcome Dinner’ in the evening. After dinner, we are off to the infamous and exciting Khao San Road, the backpacker area of Bangkok,  where you will get a taste of the Thai night life. Just go easy on eating bugs and drinking snake blood 😉

 

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Guided tour of Bangkok
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water
DAY 3 : TRAVEL TO SURIN

Today were going to head close to the border of Cambodia to a town called Surin. It’s quite a long journey usually between six and seven hours, but this is all part of the adventure of travel. If you don’t make the effort you don’t see the best bits! The next couple of days will be an amazing experience at a rural elephant village. But first we put you in a nice hotel, to get a good night sleep.

Travel can be with either: Bus or train or sometimes when we have large group sizes, we use a  big private coach.

DAY 4 - 6 : ELEPHANT VILLAGE

Get up close and personal with magnificent Elephants! Washing bathing and caring for them!

After a comfortable nights sleep and breakfast, we will leave Surin Town and make our way to a rural ‘elephant village’ about 50km’s away. The main highlight of this trip and also a really unique opportunity is not only to spend time with elephants, but also to live in a small rural Thai community, which is something which is fast becoming more and more difficult to experience.

This is what backpacking and adventure is all about. Living like the locals and truly immersing yourself in the culture of the people and the land.

Our project has been vetted to ensure it is ethically run. There is absolutely NO elephant riding by our guests.

During these three days, you will get to:

Walk with the elephants to the local river and help the mahouts bathe them.

Help the mahouts clean the elephant areas.

Harvest / plant crops (depending on the season) for the elephants.

Kayak on the local river.

In the elephant village, you will get the awesome opportunity of living in a homestay, with the village headman and the members of his family, this is an absolute honour and is something that you will truly take back with you. And…you will be sleeping just a few metres away from elephants!  However please note as this is a homestay experience, you won’t be staying in luxury, but the experience makes it totally worth it.

In the afternoon of day 6 we will have to say goodbye to the elephants and new friends and head back to Surin town.

 

Inclusions:

  • Transfer to and from the elephant village
  • Elephant activities listed
  • Day 3- breakfast at the hotel in Surin, lunch, and dinner and the elephant village
  • Day 4-  breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
  • Day 5- breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
  • Day 3 and 4- basic accommodation in the elephant village, shared dorm style rooms with mattresses on the floor, mosquito nets, fans and shared toilet and washing facilities
  • Day 6– Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water
DAY 7 - 8: KHAO YAI

Khao Yai is absolutely stunning and one of Thailand’s most famous National Park’s, but is often left off of travellers itineraries in their anticipation to just head to the beach. But you won’t miss out! Khao Yai boasts ancient and majestic towering forests, wild elephants and tigers, a colourful array of bird life and a number of different species of monkeys. This is a fantastic place to get a feeling of how much of Thailand really used to be. You will get to experience more beautiful waterfalls, one of which Leo Di Caprio jumped off (or pretended too!) for the making of The Beach.
You will spend the day exploring the National Park with a specialist guide, where you will hopefully get to see wildlife, like the herds of wild elephants. A bit of simple forest trekking is also on the menu for today. It’s superb fun, and again, don’t forget your camera and GoPro’s, but also don’t forget to just enjoy this day of splendour in this impressive natural landscape.

Inclusions:

• Khao Yai Adventure day and all park entry fees
• Lunch during the Adventure Day
• Services of specialist National Park guide
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

DAY 9: TRANSFER TO KANCHANABURI

Today we will transfer to Kanchanburi north of Bangkok, it is a fairly long journey of about 6 – 7 hours.

Kanchanaburi is where the Kwae Yai and Kwae Noi rivers meet and is as picturesque as Thailand can get, with a magnificent backdrop of forested mountains stretching all the way to the Burmese border.

It’s famous for the film location of the movie ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ where thousands of prisoners of wars and local Thai’s were forced to build the ‘Burmese Railway’ during WWII, it is a historic setting, but today it has transformed into a fun, chilled-out riverside town and your path to some great activities and experiences.

There´s lots to do here. Visiting museums and temples, swimming in pools by waterfalls, kayaking the rivers, and checking out temples

Once we have arrived, we check you into the hotel, freshen up and there is time to explore the area, see the sights and learn about the history – and of course enjoy a Singha beer or two while trying out some more traditional Thai food.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Private transfer to Kanchanaburi
  • Overnight accommodation   in twin / triple shared rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, and hot water
DAY 10: KANCHANABURI KAYAKING & ADVENTURE

The river Kwae is a real paradise for Kayaking! After breakfast at our Guest House, we will take you out for a fun-filled day of adventure, where you will get to go kayaking on the river Kwae and also explore some of the highlights of the local area. You might even see some monkeys on the way! Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a professional for this, in fact, no prior experience is needed, the river is pretty easy to navigate, you will get to see and experience the surroundings from a completely unique perspective.

Don’t forget sun cream, you will get a tan when you’re out and about today! After your epic day of kayaking and exploring the local area, we will head back to the Guesthouse to freshen up and get ready for dinner, a chilled evening at the cool laid back bars and enjoy a few cold ones as we watch the river go by.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Kayak trip on the river Kwae
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water
Day 11: ERAWAN WATERFALL

Today you’ll visit the exquisite waterfalls in the Erawan National Park. These waterfalls are considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, the waterfalls are truly made of absolute wonder! You will get to explore the several levels of these magnificent falls, each filtering into the different pools below, which you can swim in.

The highlight here is a natural water slide that shoots you several meters down smooth stone into the emerald coloured water, so remember to have your GoPro’s and cameras charged! You are most definitely going to need them.

After your morning of photo shoots and an insane amount of fun and relaxation, you will head back to the hotel for the afternoon where you will have the chance to head into town and explore. Our guides are super knowledgeable of the area, so be sure to ask where all the best spots to eat, chill or party are.

Inclusions:

• Breakfast
• Erawan Waterfall day
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Note: Climbing the waterfalls is not recommended as they and can be dangerous and slippery.  We accept no responsibility if you ignore these recommendations.

Day 12: BANGKOK

Today we start heading back to Bangkok (by train, minivan or coach depending on group numbers) arriving back in the buzzing city of Bangkok around mid-afternoon if traffic is not too hectic.

You will check back into the same accommodation as at the start of the trip and you can have the evening to enjoy some shopping, exploring or partying …or why not just do all three?

Inclusions:

  • Transfer to Bangkok (usually by train)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water.
DAY 13 : BIKE TOUR

One of Bangkok´s most unforgettable experiences. Experience local life and Thai culture by bike. After winding our way through the back alleys and streets of Bangkok’s backpacker district we head across the river and through some of the oldest communities in the city.

Passing by ancient temples, fascinating communities that seem so far removed from the rest of the city and all the while following the course of the river and canals this really is a spectacular opportunity to see a side of the city that is so often missed by travellers.

The tour takes around 3 hours – but times can and do vary! – and in terms of distance is not very far (+/-10km). And with Bangkok being totally flat it’s perfect for anyone and everyone, whether you’re a regular rider or not!

Inclusions:

  • Behind the Scenes Bangkok Bike Tour
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water
  • Breakfast
  • Late check-out from the accommodation (11 am) – meaning you can store your bags and freshen up before you head on the coach
  • Overnight transfer from Bangkok to Koh Phangan (arriving the morning of Day 15)
DAY 14 : TO KOH PHANGAN IN THE EVENING!

Today you have a free day to spend with your new friends. There are plenty of options to keep you busy with the rest of the group. Ask our guide for suggestions! As this is the perfect place to go shopping prior to hitting the islands be sure to spend some time at the MBK shopping mall! It’s an experience and a great place to hunt for bargains! If you are feeling a little bit tired from all the fun and travelling, maybe a traditional Thai massage is the perfect antidote.

You’ve got most of today to do your own thing and explore a bit more of this fantastic city – just ask your guide for inspiration and they’ll help you see what you’d like to see.

Lots of people enjoy a lazy day today – we’re pretty sure you’ll have hit the bars and clubs last night – but if you want to get out and about why not do one of the following:

Give your body a treat and have a 2 hour Thai massage – trust us, you won’t regret it. There are loads of massage shops all around the Guest House with prices starting at +/- 250/300THB

Jump in a taxi and see the ‘other side’ of Bangkok – if you like a bit of retail therapy or even just window shopping then have a look at Siam Paragon, Siam Centre and Central World. All huge fancy shopping malls, great for people watching and even better if you’re craving a bit of comfort food from home. A taxi from your Guest House to Siam will cost around 150THB depending on the traffic!

If you’ve not had enough of boats and the river, then taking one of the boat ‘buses’ up the Chao Phraya is a brilliant way to spend a few hours. The ferry pier is only 10 mins amble from your Guest House and for the princely sum of between 15 and 19 THB you can head all the way to Nonthaburi pier taking in all the sights and sounds of the city. Once you’re at Nonthaburi, have an explore and take a look at Bang Kwang Prison (the infamous Bangkok Hilton) and get lost in the local markets. Then simply hop back on a ferry back to where you started. Probably the cheapest day out possible in Bangkok!

All these trips and more can be arranged by your guide – just tell then what you’d like to do and they’ll help you get everything sorted. Just make sure you’re back at the accommodation by 6pm to meet back us with your group and begin the journey to the islands!

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Late check-out from the accommodation (11 am) – meaning you can store your bags and freshen up before you head on the coach
  • Overnight transfer from Bangkok to Koh Phangan (arriving the morning of Day 15)

This evening we travel to Koh Phangan by luxury coach and fast boat.

DAY 15 -20 : KOH PHANGAN

Today, in the morning we arrive on Koh Phangan located in the Gulf of Thailand. This is an amazing place to hang out. Probably most famous for its legendary full moon party, but there is so much more to the island in that. Most of our trips coincide with the full moon party, so you know you will be joining up to 10,000 other party-goers on an epic beach for the night of your life during your time here.

The resort we stay has its own private beach! and we will be located close to the beach in Bantai during your time here.

We include an adventure day on Koh Phangan where we will take you to a stunning waterfall, a delicious lunch in Chalok Bay for (lunch not included), then we take a traditional long tail boat to Bottle Beach, Bottle beach is one of the most stunning beaches you see during your trip!

We allow plenty of free time to take part in lots of optional activities (paid locally see FAQ). For example you can do the slip and fly waterpark, visit viewpoints or learn to kite surf (in season). Just ask the guide for options to fill your days here.

Most however, want to soak up the sun and enjoy the amazing beaches and nightlife this island has to offer.

Included:

  • All accommodation in air-conditioned ensuite rooms 2-4 sharing)
  • Use of private beach at resort
  • introduction on the first evening
  • Guided adventure day including all transfers

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.

Koh Phangan Accommodation

The rooms are shared, same-sex ensuite rooms. Each room is shared with between 2-4 Xtreme Gappers.

Price

20 Days - Travel After June 2019

USD 1389

21 Days - Travel Before June 2019

USD 1389




What's Included?


FIRST 2 WEEKS

  • Personal meet & greet at the airport
  • Transfers to your hotel in Bangkok
  • Meet your other adventurers: Access to online buddy lists before you leave!
  • Unforgettable Bangkok city tour
  • Wat Arun, Wat Pho & Reclining Buddha
  • 13 nights total accommodation in high standard guesthouses and homestays
  • Breakfast
  • Some delicious meals included
  • A 2-day elephant experience with food  included
  • River rafting experience.
  • 2 days of trekking in a stunning national park
  • Night markets & Nights Out
  • Cookery class
  • 24-hour emergency support
  •  Maximum group size 26

WEEK ON  KOH PHANGAN

  • All Accommodation
  • Breakfast on arrival
  • Overnight Transfer to Koh Phangan
  • 5 nights accommodation in air-conditioned en-suite rooms 2-4 sharing)
  • Use of private beach at resort
  • Guided adventure day including all transfers
  • Free Wi-Fi at most of the accommodation
  • Koh Phangan adventure day which includes:
    • Boat around the island
    • Snorkelling in crystal clear waters around a tropical paradise island
    • Spectacular trek up to an incredible viewpoint
  • Back up & support second to none. Services of our tour leaders and English-speaking reps who are available and based locally  24/7.

What's Excluded?


  • Flights
  • Visas (if staying longer than 30 days this will cost approx GBP 40 for a 60 day visa)
  • Insurance
  • Return transfer from Koh Phangan to Airport or Bangkok (but can be arranged locally for approx Euro 15)
  • Meals  (Approx £6 – 15 per day)
  • Entrance Grand palace in Bangkok (around 12 GP)

Frequently Asked Questions



  • We offer airport pick up’s between 06:00 and 22:00 on arrival day and would encourage you to try to arrive at the airport by mid-afternoon so that you have time to freshen up, relax and then enjoy your first night in this amazing city.
    It takes about 45-90 min to get through customs, depending on how busy it is, if your flight is scheduled to arrived at 21:45, dont worry, there will still be someone waiting for you. Same applies if your flight arrives at 5am, just hangout at Exit 1 and your guide will be there at 6am.

    PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer transfers if you are flying into DMK (Don Mueang Airport 


  • If you are arriving outside these times (between 6am and 10pm) or are already in Thailand, then of course you are more than welcome to ‘make your own way’ to your first night’s accommodation in Bangkok, which is the group meeting point. Taxis are reasonably priced and easy to get from Bangkok International Airport


  • We have a private minivans or coaches for the majority of the trip. Super comfortable and much faster than taking public transport.


  • 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 Phangan , 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 Phangan to do enjoy more beach time.

    Returning back to Bangkok to meet your flight is very easy, transfers can be arranged on Koh Phangan with the help of your guide 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 in the 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 about 4pm 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 it will cost around £100-110 but it will go up if you book last minute. The flight time is approximately an hr.

    Option two would be to get the morning boat from Koh Phangan back to Bangkok via bus and boat, the transfer time is 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 booking your international flight until the following day. 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 30 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.


  • This is a hard question as age range does vary. On average, the ages are between 18 and 25.


  • Is this trip suitable for you? The average age on this trip is between 18 and 25. 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.


  • Optional stuff you could do on Koh Phangan (payable locally).

    Koh Phangan is a truly beautiful island. With stunning beaches galore, but there’s also plenty of other activities you can entertain yourself with during your time here. Some of our personal favourite things to do are as follows.

    Parties!

    You’ve probably heard of the full moon party, it’s the most famous party in the world. But there are plenty of other cool nightspots going on when the full moon party isn’t in full swing. There’s the black main party, half moon party and the lesser-known Eden Garden party held every Saturday and Tuesday. Think psychedelic body paint, pumping music and dancing the night away surrounded by the jungle.

    Slip and fly

    Possibly one of the longest and steepest waterslides in the world. You will get absolutely ridiculous the airborne off this thing! For those who aren’t quite brave enough, there are live DJs and bars to watch the action, plus some smaller less challenging waterslides. Definitely one for the adrenaline junkies.

    National parks

    Than Sadet waterfall is probably the most popular waterfall on the island. however if you wanted to venture further afield, the Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park is incredible. Think Leonardo DiCaprio’s, “the beach” and you have a pretty much the right idea. Incredible snorkelling opportunities due to over 40 protected marine areas, and rewarding hikes beaches and vistas.

    Sunsets!

    You get some of the best sunsets in Thailand here, possibly only beaten by Koh Tao. There are a whole plethora of sunset bars where you can chill and watch the sun setting through the water. We recommend Amsterdam bar, or take advantage of BlueRama’s infinity pool.

    Learn to kitesurf

    Bantai is the place to head for some kite surf action. Plenty of kite schools, can have you up on a board and finding a new addiction in no time.


Thailand Entourage Trip Dates


2019 – Start on Sunday end on Friday.

25 August 2019 – 13 September 2019
29 September 2019 – 18 October 2019
27 October 2019 – 15 November 2019

2020 start dates

Saturday 25 January – Thursday 13 February
Saturday 22 February – Thursday – 12 March
Saturday 07 March – Thursday – 26 March
Sunday 22 March – Friday -10 April
Sunday 05 April – Friday – 24 April
Sunday 19 April – Friday – 08 May
Sunday 17 May – Friday – 05 June
Sunday 21 June – Friday – 10 July
Sunday 05 July – Friday – 24 July
Saturday 18 July – Thursday – 06 August
Sunday 02 August – Friday – 21 August
Sunday 16 August – Friday – 04 September
Sunday 13 September – Friday – 02 October
Sunday 11 October – Friday – 30 October
Thursday 12 November – Tuesday – 01 December
Friday 11 December – Wednesday – 30 December

Easy to combine with Vietnam; starting 3 weeks before.

We can help you customise your trips, and give you tailored advise. Please ask.

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