The trip begins in Bangkok and finishes in Phuket
This awesome itinerary takes you to see both the North and South of Thailand, making it a superb value for money trip!Start in Bangkok and finish in Phuket, as we take you to the south islands whilst seeing all the famous hot-spots and some less known favourites. From visiting temples to snorkeling boat trips, there are plenty of activities to enjoy on this trip. A great balance between culture, partying and island adventure!
EXPLORE THE MAGIC OF THAILAND AND ALL IT’S BEAUTY IN A GROUP TOUR!
- Duration: 27 Days / 26 Nights
- Starts: Bangkok
- Finishes: Phuket
Thailand Experience 2020: Trip Highlights
- Meet like-minded people and make friends for life
- Visit amazing floating markets
- River Cruise along the famous river Kwai
- Visit spectacular waterfalls
- Bike ride around Ayyuthaya temple ruins (UNESCO world heritage site)
- Experience a jungle trek with an overnight stay in a hill tribe village
- Zip lining
- Visit a real elephant Sanctuary
- Experience Thai Buddhist culture by visiting temples and Famous Buddha Sites
- Get cooking with an amazing Thai course and take home some of that Thai flavour for your family
- Treat your self to a Thai Massage
- Explore beautiful islands on an Island Boat Trip
- Spend time on some of the most picturesque beaches in the world
- Experience the epic night life of Thailand
- Plus much much more
Thailand Experience 2020 Photos
We will be there to greet you when you arrive and will take you straight to our hotel, just a stone’s throw away from the famous backpacker hotspot of Khao San road. Even if you arrive one or two days before the start of the trip we will still pick you up (must pre-book additional accommodation), will introduce you to any other early arrivals and give you some ideas for things to do and see in Bangkok before the tour starts.There are no activities planned for day one so you have time to get settled in, meet your new travel buddies and get ready for one of our best: The Northern Thailand and Beaches tour. In the evening we’ll take you to one of our favorite restaurants and then for a few drinks on Khao San road so we can all get to know each other over an ice cold beer (or two).
Leaving Bangkok in the morning by private mini bus, we’ll get a real taste of Thailand as our first stop is Taling Chan floating market, possibly one of the coolest sites to see around Bangkok. After a bit of sightseeing and shopping, we head on to Kanchanaburi where we take part in another water based activity as we jump on a boat and cruise down the river Kwai exploring your new surroundings. We head to the famous ‘Bridge Over the River Kwai’ for sunset.
Just an hour away from Kanchanaburi sits possibly Thailand’s most famous waterfall, and for a country that boast many waterfalls both big and small, that is no small claim. Erawan waterfall has seven tiers with different features and every one of them is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Make sure you bring a towel and your swimming costume because you will undoubtedly want to take a dip in the crystal clear water on some, if not all, of the levels as we trek from one to the next. When we arrive back at our guesthouse you will have a few hours to explore the town or chill by the pool before we catch up in the evening for dinner and a few drinks.
Enjoy a lie in or opt to explore the town this morning, before we make our way to the ancient capital, Ayutthaya, We’ll spend the day riding bikes around the city and exploring the ancient ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ll learn about the culture and history of the city before grabbing lunch, and then jumping aboard the overnight train to Chiang Mai.
After arriving in Chiang Mai, we’ll check into our new hotel. Choose to chill by the pool or explore the cities many famous temples. In the afternoon, we’ll make our way up to Chiang Mai’s most famous temple – Wat Pra Maha Doi Sutthep (or Doi Sutthep for short). It’s a stunningly beautiful golden temples situated high up on the mountainside, with incredible views of the city below and surrounding landscape.
Today we’re trekking into the jungle to meet some hill tribes, learn about about their culture, and we’ll even stay the night there. Get a real taste of what it’s like to live in a traditional hill tribe; their customs and traditions haven’t changed for generations. We’ll head back to Chiang Mai the following day on a bamboo raft (weather permitting); stopping off for a dip by a waterfall. Note: This trek doesn’t require a high level of fitness, but can be challenge in some places; you’ll have definitely earned that cold beer once you complete it though!
Today it’s time to get the adrenaline pumping as we take to the jungle, zip lining from treetop to treetop, 60m above the ground at speed. Throw in some rope bridges and abseiling for good measure and you’ve got an awesome day out! In the evening why not visit Chiang Mai’s famous food and gift markets.
It’s the day most people have been looking forward to since day one! Today we’ll head to an elephant sanctuary, where the elephants there have been rescued from tourist parks and the logging industry. Here we learn about the gentle giants, before feeding them and taking them down to the river for a bathe and swim. In the afternoon, we head out to Pai. A mountain town, famous for it’s chilled out backpacker vibes.
The surrounding countryside of Pai is full of delights and hidden gems. Our first stop is Thailand’s biggest cave – the Lod cave. We’ll wander through the caves main chambers and float through the river on bamboo rafts (weather permitting). Afterwards, we’ll head over to the local hot springs for a natural clay facial, visit a big buddha statue, and cool off in a waterfall before finishing the day with a beautiful sunset at the Pai Canyon. In the evening, we’ll head out for dinner and drinks, embracing Pai’s unique nightlife.
Enjoy a free morning to spend your time as you like. Relax by the pool, and in the afternoon we will take a short trip to the Chinese village. We will enjoy lunch by the riverside and explore Pai’s laid back town center which boasts great shopping and awesome street food.
After a relaxing couple of days in the mountains of Pai, it’s back to Chiang Mai. Today we’ll head to a local cooking school where we’ll learn all about Thai cuisine, and become a master at cooking up our favourite dishes. Some of the most delicious food in the country comes from the North, so with your new found skills, you can take the taste of Thailand home with you. Dinner is served as we enjoy our creations as a group with a beautiful scenery.
Today is spent at the Chiang Mai Canyon, a unused excavation site that’s been turned into a floating adult playground. Complete with inflatables, zip lines, cliff jumps, climbing walls, and much more. Great music, good vibes and fun times make for an awesome day out. In the evening we’ll head back to the city to celebrate our time in the north with dinner and drinks on our final night in Chiang Mai.
Spend the morning as you please; either enjoy an extra couple of hours in bed, or explore Chiang Mai’s markets and historic buildings. In the afternoon we’ll board the overnight train back to Bangkok.
We arrive in Bangkok bright and early and will check into our Bangkok accommodation where we’ll meet any new group members who may be joining us for the second leg of the trip. Board a long-tail boat and travel along the Chao Phraya River. Visit the historic & prestigious temples – Wat Arun and Wat Pho, to see the very impressive giant and gold reclining Buddha statue. You will have a free afternoon which is best spent shopping to find some awesome bargains and to try the delicious street food Bangkok has to offer. Then in the evening we meet again for dinner, drinks and more group bonding.
Enjoy a traditional Thai massage in the morning, before we travel overnight on the train down towards Khao Sok National Park. We leave the hustle and bustle of Bangkok behind us, and prepare to spend the next couple of days in the stunning Khao Sok National Park – situated in the Surat Thani province of Thailand.
Today you will arrive in paradise, and one of our favourite locations in Thailand. Travel to our floating bungalows on a long-tail boat, and spend the rest of the day diving into the fresh-water lake, trying out some kayaking or cracking open a cold beer in a tube. We will spend the evening chilling and then dinner in front of the stunning backdrop of a limestone mountain range.
Wake up fully relaxed in your floating bungalow; have a morning dip in the lake, then dig in for breakfast. Enjoy a chill morning here, before we make our way out to Koh Phangan. When we arrive, we go straight to Bottle Beach, a beautiful, secluded beach, that we pretty much all to ourselves. We stay in beachside bungalows metres away from the water. Settle in, relax on the beach, have a swim, or go for a wander around. In the evening, we’ll have a campfire on the beach, complete with our own private fire show.
Start your day to the sounds of waves lapping against the shore in your bungalow. Spend the morning as you see fit; top up the tan, play volleyball, go kayaking, go trekking to viewpoints or catch up on some sleep. In the afternoon we visit a local gym for a traditional Muay Thai boxing lesson – Thailand’s national sport. Work up a sweat, before quenching your thirst at the bar in the evening.
Spend the day on a boat cruising around Koh Phangan, stopping off at some epic spots for a swim and snorkel. Depending on the season, we’ll also visit the Than Sadet waterfall. We’ll include lunch, music and a free bucket (+ paid bar onboard)! Great day out on the ocean in the sun.
Catch the ferry across to Koh Tao where we’ll spend the next couple of nights. The island itself has a very chilled atmosphere, and you feel it as soon as you get off the ferry. We stay just a few minutes away from the beach, where we’ll spend the afternoon and then enjoy dinner and drinks in town.
Today we’ll hop over to the smaller island of Koh Nang Yuan, just off the coast. We’ll spend the day snorkelling in the crystal clear waters, and trek up to the viewpoint for the perfect postcard pic.
Enjoy the morning at your own pace. We’ll take a trip around to one of our personal favourite spots on the island – Tanote Bay, for those who are keen to enjoy the sunshine in tropical surroundings for the day. In the evening, we’ll board the overnight ferry over the mainland.
Upon arrival to the mainland, we’re transferred to Phi Phi by private mini bus and boat to the western Thai island of Koh Phi Phi. Once we arrive onto Phi Phi, we’ll settle into our accommodation, before heading up the stunning viewpoint of the island below.
Spend today on a boat cruising around all of the hotspots in the area, including Monkey Beach and the Viking Caves. We’ll stop at the entrance to Maya Bay, also known as The Beach – made famous in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie of the same name. We’ll snorkel and swim throughout the day, and lunch is included. Once we’re back on land, we’ll hit Phi Phi town for the lively backpacker party scene.
Our next and final stop is Phuket; the largest island of Thailand. We’ll do some shopping during the day and then in the evening, we’ll pay a visit to the infamous Bangla Road, the Khao San Road of the area. We’ll jump into tuk tuks to cap of the start of our final night as a group.
Today your Total Thailand trip comes to an end and you’ll say goodbye to your travel buddies. Our guides are on hand to help you organise a taxi to the airport, maybe stay a little longer in Phuket, or maybe even book another TruTravels trip.
26 Nights Accommodation: The accommodation for this trip is a mixture of twin share and private dorm rooms.
Airport pickup (Up to 2 days before tour – must pre-book any extra accommodation)
26 Nights Accommodation
All transport included
- Visit Taling Chan floating market
- River Cruise along the river Kwai
- Erawan Waterfalls day trip
- Bike ride around Ayyuthaya temple ruins (UNESCO world heritage site)
- Chiang Mai temples
- Jungle trek with overnight stay in hill tribe village
- Zip lining
- Elephant Sanctuary
- Lod Cave in Pai and Pai Circus school
- White Buddha Temple
- Pai Hot Springs
- Pai Canyon
- Cooking course
- Chiang Mai Canyon
- River Cruise & Temple day trip in Bangkok
- Thai Massage
- Overnight Train
- Khao Sok National Park (Floating Bungalows)
- Swimming, Kayaking, Cliff jumping
- Boat trip and snorkelling around Koh Phangan
- Beachside bungalows on Bottle Beach
- Muay Thai Class
- Island Boat Trip
- Koh Tao & Koh Nang Yuan day trip
- Phi Phi Islands boat trip
- Phuket Nightlife
- Travel insurance
- Most meals
Frequently Asked Questions
You will need to fly into Suvarnabhumi (BKK) which is the main international airport.
Phuket has an international airport and is the closest to your end destination.
Yes, lots of people come on our trips alone, its a great way to meet new people and you will never feel alone from the moment you arrive as you will instantly be travelling with an awesome group of like-minded people.
There no age limits on our trips however most of our travellers are between 18 and mid 30’s. Remember you’re only as old as you feel!
It depends on your nationality and which destination you are travelling to. For full visa information please check the Thai embassy website.
Everyone spends differently so it’s hard for us to give an exact amount but we usually recommend around £150 – £250 per week, which is sufficient for you to have an epic time. All your activities, transport and accommodation is covered by us so you just need to worry about what your food, drink and shopping which is usually pretty cheap in Asia. Please note we can not be held responsible if you start popping bottles of champagne on the first night and run out of money ?
Yes, your flight needs to land between 6am and 10pm on your start date.
Yes as long as you stay at our hotel and are arriving within 2 days of your start date. Once you have booked and we have received your flight details, we will be in touch to organise your extra nights.
For most of our destinations, you don’t need any specific vaccinations however its always good to check with your doctor to make sure you have an up to date tetanus jab. We also recommend paying a visit to a travel doctor, as they will have all the up-to-date info.
There are ATMs readily available in all of our destinations so we would recommend getting a travel card with good rates and withdrawing cash locally rather than carrying big amounts with you. If you are going to bring cash you would get a better rate if you exchanged in Asia so bring your home currency with you.
Thailand Experience 2020 Trip Dates