Thailand Escapade 14 days

es·ca·pade: an act involving excitement, daring, or adventure.



You’ll see plenty of sights along the way including traditional Thai temples, a huge golden Buddha, street vendors, markets, beaches, waterfalls, elephants and every ingredient to make it a trip of a lifetime. The Thailand Escapade is an incredible adventure for amazing value!


Thailand Escapade 14 days: Trip Highlights


ESCAPE TO THAILAND

If you are looking for an exciting, daring and beautiful adventure, look no further. Take in all the splendour of Thailand with our decadently designed two-week Thailand Escapade. Our fun groups travel under excellent guidance from the energetic and buzzing city of Bangkok, right through to the phenomenally natural beauty in the North East of Thailand and to Khao Yai National Park. Join our groups on an dream like adventure through Thailand, where you will get to experience absolutely all the best of Thailand.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Join our action packed group travel start dates every month, perfect for solo travellers.
  • Meet your other adventurers: Access to WhatsApp Buddy list before you travel too!
  • Explore delightful Bangkok, see golden temples & Grand Palace!
  • Kayaking on the famous River Kwae.
  • Hanging out in the backpacker hot spot of Katchanaburi
  • Two days at the breathtaking Elephant Village getting upclose and personal with elephants.
  • Explore  night markets and amazing food markets, best food you will ever taste!
  • Visit and bath in the stunning Erawan waterfalls!
  • Trekking Adventure in idyllic Khao Yai National Park!
  • Cycle tour through Bangkok
  • All accommodation and transfers sorted, starting and ending in Bangkok
  • Fully guided Safe Fun Adventure!

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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 whe have large group sizes 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. How high you go, is of course up to you. The highlight here is a natural water slide that shoots you several metres 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
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
DAY 14: BANGKOK and CHECK-OUT DAY

Today is check out day, if you havent booked our 3 or 4 week add-on. Depending on what time your flight is, there are plenty of options to keep you busy. Ask your guide for suggestions! Maybe 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 even 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.

SOME OPTIONS:

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 them what you’d like to do and they’ll help you get everything sorted.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast

Late check-out from the accommodation (11 am) – meaning you can store your bags

Price

14 Days - 

USD 1159




What's Included?


INCLUDED

  • Personal meet & greet at the airport
  • Transfers to your hotel in Bangkok
  • Meet your other adventurers: Access to WhatsApp Buddy list before you travel too!
  • Unforgettable Bangkok city tour
  • Wat Arun, Wat Pho & Reclining Buddha
  • 13 nights total accommodation in high standard guesthouses and homestays
  • Breakfast
  • 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

What's Excluded?


  • Flights
  • Most meals
  • Drinks
  • Travel Insurance

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 Meaung 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


  • On day 2 we take you to Grand palace, please note that the entry fee to the Grand Palace is not included – currently 500THB per person)


  • 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.


  • 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 inquiries.


  • 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 whatsapp group a week before your departure.


Thailand Escapade 14 days Trip Dates


Start Dates 2019

29 September 2019 to 12 October
27 October 2019 to 09 November 2019
24 November to to 07 December

2020 start dates

Saturday 25 January – Friday 07 Feb
Saturday 22 February – Friday – 06 March

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