Xtreme Thailand Experience X

The most popular trip with loads of inclusions and maximum fun.



This is our top-selling trip! Loaded with activities there is never a dull moment. A great way to travel Thailand safely in a group, you have a jam-packed itinerary showcasing the best this amazing country has to offer. An intro week, an adventure week, an action week and a beach week. On top of that, you choose your activities. You will be checking out Thailand in the best possible way and fully guided! Let the good times roll.

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Xtreme Thailand Experience X: Trip Highlights


  • Safe & Fun! Fully guided Xtreme Gap Tour Leader
  • Discovering Thai culture, temples, cuisine & mind-blowing cultural experiences
  • Trekking through National Parks & discovering cool waterfalls
  • Volunteering with Elephants and Mahouts in Surin
  • Exploring exciting Bangkok and stay in a fun backpackers hostel near the backpacking Mecca Khao San Road
  • Lots of Chill time on Koh Phangan &  beach parties to remember. Including the Fullmoon or Black moon party on most dates
  • Adventure day on Koh Phangan including waterfalls and Bottle beach!
  • Adrenaline action on Koh Tao with diving or freediving options, kickboxing or cross fit. If you prefer to chill out a little, you can with a yoga course
  • Koh Tao adventure day with longtail boat, snorkelling, paradise islands and viewpoints
  • Try Out Scuba with an Xtreme trial Scuba Experience
  • SUP! Stand Up Paddle try out
  • Meet & chat with other Xtreme Gappers with an online Buddy list before you travel too!

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.

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.

CHILL ON STUNNING BEACHES

During your time on Koh Phangan, you have time to chill on many of the long white-sand beaches and dance till dawn at the beach parties. Most start dates include the full moon party!

CHOOSE THE PERFECT ACTION WEEK ACTIVITY!

Get the perfect beach body with Crossfit, learn Muay Thai or increase your well-being with a jungle yoga package. Learn free diving or learn how to dive, it’s up to you! PLUS: Take part in an action-packed adventure day!

TOP OFF THE TAN WITH WELL-EARNED BEACH TIME.

Again on Koh Tao, there are amazing tropical beaches. Discover a paradise island by our try scuba dive & stand up paddle day.


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Xtreme Thailand Experience X: Full Details


Koh Tao Activity Options

At the time of booking you do need to choose which option you will take  (some options are cheaper than others)  so please refer to the prices section to see how this influences the price of the trip. Check out this brochure to read more about these activities or read about them in the itinerary section. Please note these are not transferable or changeable after booking.

There are plenty of activities included throughout the trip, but if you want more check out this upgradeable option.


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:
• Meet and Greet with the guide and the group
• Group Dinner (own expense)
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

DAY 2: GRAND PALACE & KHAO SAN ROAD

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: TRANSFER TO SURIN

Today we are going to head close to the border of Cambodia to a town called Surin.  The next couple of days will be an amazing experience at a rural elephant village.

Travel can be with either: Bus or train or sometimes when we 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 home-stay, 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 meters away from elephants! However please note as this is a home-stay 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 NATIONAL PARK

Khao Yai is absolutely stunning and one of Thailand’s most famous National Parks, 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.

The transfer will be approximately 4.5 hours, on day 7 with activities in the park on day 8.

On day 8 we 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

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- 14: BANGKOK BIKE TOURS & SHOPPING

Day 12 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
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water.

 

Day 13

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
DAY 14: TO THE ISLANDS!

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 –  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 20THB 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 beach.
DAY 15 -19: 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 conditioned ensuite rooms 2-4 sharing)
  • Use of private beach at resort
  • introduction on the first evening
  • Guided adventure day including all transfers
  • Transfer to Koh Tao on Day 20
  • Full moon party on selected dates
DAY 20 -28: KOH TAO

On arrival, we will transfer you to your new island base at Asia divers resort. Koh Tao is a magical island, with a large beautiful white sandy beach and plenty of activities to keep you entertained during your time there. Think amazing tropical island nightlife, crystal clear seas and palm trees everywhere.

On the first evening, we head out to a group dinner (payable locally) to experience your first stunning Koh Tao sunset. You are located just a short 5-minute walk from Sairee beach in a beautiful resort with swimming pool.

On day 21, your guide will take you to meet your instructors depending on which activity you pick. The next several days will be spent either learning Muay Thai, learning to freedive (swimming underwater holding your breath), doing yoga, cross fit, or learning to dive. If you’re booked on the light option you can take advantage of the amazing beaches Koh Tao has to offer.

TRIAL DIVE AND SUP

Another exciting activity we include and have planned for you is you get to do a trial dive with our legendary PADI qualified instructors. If you’ve ever been curious about what it’s like to try scuba gear, and perhaps find a new addiction you’re going to love this experience. The trial dive happens in a pool under the watchful eyes of our qualified instructors.

On the same day as the trial dive, you also get to try some stand-up paddle. We will split the group, and whilst summer in the pool doing the training, the others will be by the beach catching some rays, and gliding over the crystal clear seas!

FOOD & EATING OUT

There are plenty of restaurants serving delicious and healthy Thai food as little as two pounds per meal and there is a restaurant the resort also.

We do not include food because it’s such a sociable atmosphere with so many great places to eat and explore you will want to go off and eat out with lots of new friends. Including food would really limit your options and detract from the whole experience.

Nightlife.

Koh Tao is not only famous for its great diving and beautiful beaches, there is quite a party scene there too! Picture cool beach bars, fire shows, awesome sunset beach bars like Fizz bar within easy walking distance to your accommodation. If you want to have some serious fun after the sun sets, you will not be disappointed either.

This is a great way to finish up on your trip.

Included on Koh Tao:

  • Koh Tao 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
  • Koh Tao Extra Activities Included
    • Stand Up Paddling
    • Xtreme Scuba Trial Dive
  • Koh Tao activity option as per selection
  • All accommodation in ensuite fan rooms (2 pax same sex)
  • Pick up from the boat and transfer to the resort in Koh Tao by taxi

 

DAY 21: ADVENTURE DAY

Everyone meets at the Xtreme Gap Resort for a breakdown of the days activities.  Expect to be taken to a pretty amazing viewpoint on the neighbouring paradise island of Koh Nangyuan. Even the ride itself is a lot of fun, open air on a longtail boat with spectacular views of Sairee beach.

There will be plenty of time to explore the island, swim with tropical fish and chill on in this piece of perfection.

Bring your phones charged as this is Instagram heaven!

MORE ON KOH TAO ACTIVITY OPTION: CROSS FIT

Crossfit Option

So when you are lying on a dreamy white sandy beach, in a paradise setting wouldn’t it be nice to have the body to match. With our CrossFit package you can! Four full on CrossFit sessions, with professional accredited Cross fitness trainers will whip you into shape so you will not feel guilty about lazing on the beach, and dipping into the Gulf of Thailand will be so much more rewarding.

If you are not familiar with the concept of CrossFit, you can join the 4 Foundation classes. These 4 classes will teach you all the basic movements and techniques for CrossFit, so that they are able to do the movements safely and effectively. These classes are similar to personal training as our coach will spend lots of time helping them with the movements.

We run the Foundation classes every day at 10.15am and so they can easily do the Foundation classes in a week.

Please also check out the video below it is the latest fitness craze that has become huge. It’s highly effective high-intensity WODS (work out of the day) mixes hundreds of different techniques and every day is always different. With this option is the perfect way to get into excellent physical shape and get that perfect beach body!

MORE ON KOH TAO ACTIVITY OPTION: MUAY THAI

The Muay Thai package is the most popular option. It includes 5 Muay Thai sessions taken over five days. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before, learning the national sport of Thailand in a cool jungle gym is an awesome experience. It is a great way to try something new, get really fit and learn much more about the culture of Thailand.

You will under go a modified non-contact training regime in the camp that host monthly Muay Thai fights, a really authentic and cool experience!

Some like to do it in the morning and then hit the beach others like the cooler evening training times.

MORE ON KOH TAO ACTIVITY OPTION: YOGA

Probably one of our most chilled out options, you have five sessions working on your well-being, and flexibility with a fantastic yoga package. Set in landscaped gardens surrounded by coconut groves there’s a special feeling about the place.

Just a short stroll from the ocean, you will find a gorgeous yoga Sala, where we have included five sessions are you to get into yoga spirituality and hopefully find Nirvana.

Even if you’ve never tried yoga before this is the perfect place to do it, as everyone is welcome to come and give it a go and it is the perfect activity to take if you want to turn your Koh Tao experience into the ultimate chilled out beach time.

MORE ON KOH TAO ACTIVITY OPTION: DIVING OPTION

This is a full blow PADI Open Water course worth over £200. The course lasts 3/4 days and includes 4 dives in the beautiful Gulf of Thailand. Afterwards, you have your PADI Open Water license and can dive anywhere in the world! Not sure about this option? You can always add it on while you are out there with us in Thailand.

MORE ON KOH TAO ACTIVITY OPTION: FREEDIVING

This is probably the most Xtreme option, and one of the most rewarding! Our professional freediver instructors will teach you the basics of Freediving, and accompany you down to depths of 12 metres!

The actual course itself lasts 2 days and included theory and water based instruction. Free diving is about breath holds diving, so no use scuba equipment. This means you are not limited by nitrogen in your blood or depth limits. It takes mental and physical training to become an expert free diver, but our course will certainly get you well on your way there. With beautiful Marine life, soft and hard corals it’s a great way to train yourself to experience the best that the underwater environment has to offer in Koh Tao.

If you’re really lucky you may even get a free diving the whale shark!

DAY 28: TRIP ENDS

The trip ends on day 28 in Koh Tao. Some people choose to stay on, or travel with us further on the Round the World Southeast Asia programme.

If you are heading home, our guide can help assist you booked your bus and boat tickets back to Bangkok. We do recommend you consider taking a flight from Koh Samui directly to the airport as this is inexpensive, and gets you straight into the airport to meet your international transfer home.

: FLEXIBLE ITINERARY

Please note this is a flexible itinerary. Due to local conditions, changes can and often do happen at local level,  which means the above itinerary, and things listed in the included section,  is meant as a reference guide as to what might happen not as a contractual obligation as to everything included. Sometimes we add additional things into the itinerary, sometimes we do not do all the things listed due to group members wanting to do other activities instead.


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 beautiful resort, with a swimming pool set in beautiful Thai Gardens just a short walk from the beach and bars and restaurants. The rooms are fan cooled and located a couple of minutes walk from the beach.

Koh Tao Accommodation

 

Price

28 Days - Muay Thai Yoga Xfit

USD 1769

28 Days - Free Diving

USD 1949

28 Days - Open Water Diving

USD 2079




What's Included?


  • Personal meet & greet at the airport (only for those arriving on start day of the trip)
  • Transfers to your hotel in Bangkok
  • Meet your other adventurers: Access to online buddy lists before you leave!
  • Unforgettable Bangkok city tour guided
  • Wat Arun, Wat Pho & Reclining Buddha
  • Bangkok boat experience
  • 27 nights total accommodation in guesthouses, resorts and homestays
  • All transfers between places you stay
  • Breakfast during the first 2 weeks
  • Some delicious meals included
  • A 2-day elephant experience
  • River rafting experience
  • Trekking in a stunning national park
  • Night markets & Nights Out
  • Bike Tour in Bangkok
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Maximum group size 26
  • Overnight Transfer by bus and morning boat to Koh Phangan
  • Full moon party (on most start dates)
  • Koh Phangan Adventure day
  • Transfer from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao by boat (island hopping)
  • Koh Tao adventure day with amazing adventures
  • Stand Up paddle session
  • Xtreme Scuba Trial Dive
  • Koh Tao activity option Week inclusions (pick one option)
    • Muay Thai Sessions, Crossfit sessions, Freediving Pack, Relax With Yoga, learn to dive course
  • 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 Euro 30 for a 60 day visa)
  • Insurance
  • Return transfer to Bangkok at the end of the trip from Koh Tao (but can be arranged locally for approx Euro 15)
  • Most meals  (Approx £6 – 15 per day)
  • Entrance Grand Palace in Bangkok (around 12 GP)
  • Entrance Fee for Koh Nang Yuang (100 Baht approx £2)
  • On the Lite Option, we exclude the Muay Thai, Yoga, Crossfit or Freedive or Dive option. The itinerary is the same, just missing out on your action option on Koh Tao.

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 arrive at 21:45, don´t worry, there will still be someone waiting for you. Same applies if your flight arrives at 5am, just hang out at Exit 1 and your guide will be there at 6am.

    Bangkok Airport has free fast wifi so don´t forget to let your parents know you have arrived safely.

    PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer transfers if you are flying into DMK (Don Meaung Airport). Or if you are already in Thailand.


  • 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. All information will be available to you after booking.


  • Most of your transfers on this trip are in private vehicles (ie just for you and the group). Exactly what sort of vehicle, depends on the group size.

    Why is this important?

    Whilst there is lots of public transport available in Thailand, much of it is very uncomfortable, there are very few regulations about safety (it’s not uncommon for drivers to be on the go for 18-24 hours plus) and also it’s almost impossible to guarantee to get a group of travellers together (with their bags) all in the same vehicle. On some routes you’re able to buy tickets in advance but on many other routes it’s a matter of hoping there is room on the bus or simply waiting for another.

    Not the best way to spend your precious time.
    By using private transfers we can:
    • Guarantee the safety standards of the companies we use
    • Ensure that drivers are assessed, do not drive too far in one go, are not drunk etc
    • Ensure that all the group are in the same vehicle and that we’re not waiting ages for another bus to come
    • Plan our trips to fit in what’s best for the traveller – rather than what’s best for a transport company!
    What transport do we use?
    For groups of 10 or less we use ‘luxury’ minivans. With comfortable seats, air-conditioning, good experienced drivers – and a decent sound system if you want to listen to some tunes – these are perfect. Of course they leave when we ask them to, we can stop en route where we want to and the whole travel experience is far better, far more comfortable and far safer than any ‘public’ minivan.

    Additionally, as there’s no random stopping to drop people off / pick people up they are far quicker – even though we can ensure that speed limits are obeyed!
    For long distances with larger groups we use private coaches. These have the same benefits as the private minivans along with, of course, more space. Depending on the size of the group we use either 30 or 40 seater coaches (we always make sure there’s enough room for baggage!) giving you great room to spread out a bit and relax.
    The journey from Kanchanaburi to Surin in particular is a horrible one by public transport. As a group we would need to travel to either Ayutthya or Bangkok, then change to another bus or minivan (with all the waiting around that entails) and then head to Surin – not only adding a whole load of wasted time but also a whole load of elements that are then unplanned (what time with the minvan leave, will we all be able to get into the same minivan etc).
    The journey from Surin to Pak Chong may, on occasion with smaller groups, use the train. Whilst the train is slower than a private minivan or coach, it can be fun and gives a very different travel experience to the group, provides different scenery and of course allows to you wander around.


  • All our guides are Thai, bi-lingual (Thai and English) and fully licensed and trained – as is required by Thai law. In fact it’s illegal to be a tour guide in Thailand if you’re not Thai and quite right too – after all Thai people know their own country better than anyone else, tend to speak much better Thai than anyone else (!) and also are simply the best people at making sure anyone in Thailand has a great time.

    Thai’s are also some of, if not the world’s best problem solvers. Growing up in a country where the unexpected can and does tend to happen makes Thai people absolute experts at anything anyone can throw their way. And they still manage to sort out any issues with a smile on their face, not an easy thing!
    After all, why come all the way to Thailand to be led around the country from someone from home? Thai’s do and will always know their own country best and understand everything about what’s going on as opposed to those from elsewhere who often think they understand, but don’t really!

    Our guides know the locations you’re travelling to like the back of their hand. They know the coolest places (not necessarily the place that the guidebooks think are the coolest!), they know the places to avoid (not always easy to spot when you’re not from here) and they know how to have the most fun.

    They’ve not just travelled here for a few months – they’ve lived here all their lives and you just can’t replace that sort of insider knowledge. They all work full-time with us and are constantly updating their knowledge from our network of guides (bars and clubs are always changing and why waste your time heading to a bar that is oh so last season?) and making sure they keep their fingers on the pulse of what’s going on.

    Full-time guides are quite a rarity in Thailand – lots of companies prefer to use freelance guides to make sure they aren’t paying salaries in between tours – but we believe passionately in full-time employment for our team. This means that they can plan their lives and support families, they know that we will always look after them and, equally importantly, we can run on-going training and support programmes for our team. Simply put – full-time guides are way better at delivering tours than those who jump between different companies and different styles of travel.
    We run on-going training for all of our guides to ensure their skills are top quality and they manage to combine huge amounts of laughs and fun with keeping everyone fit, healthy and safe.


  • No, most of our travellers are solo travellers. With group start dates and lots of group activities, you will make new friends really easy.


  • The trip ends in Koh Tao on Saturday, 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 Tao to do further programmes.

    Returning back to Bangkok to meet your flight is very easy, transfers can be arranged on Koh Tao through rep and the cost is approximately £15 – £20. 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 late Saturday 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 this 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 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 you do not organise your international flight until Sunday. 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 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.


  • Some of our customers prefer a bigger room or an aircon room with hot shower. We can arrange this only on Koh Tao, but it needs to be done at the time of booking, as the resort often fills up. If you are on the programme and still want to arrange it, you would have to arrange that with the reception at the resort, and pay for accommodation again. So best to let us know at the time of booking. If you would like your own room in Koh Tao this is available for 100 GBP per week.


  • Average age is between 18 and 24.

    GROUP DEMOGRAPHICS

    Is this trip suitable for you?  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!


  • Unfortunately, this is not possible. As our groups tend to be fairly large, we arrange the logistics for our trips over a month ahead. This requires booking instructors time in advance making all activities non-refundable or changeable. If you are on the lite option and wish to add an activity this is possible depending space on that given activity.


  • You need to be a competent swimmer to opt for these activities. Please ensure you are able to swim 200 metres unassisted if booking these programmes. If you are not able to do so please do not book these options as refunds are not given if you are unfit to join the programme.


  • 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.


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02 June to 29 June
30 June to 27 July
14 July to 10 August
28 July to 24 August
25 August to 21 September
29 September to 26 October
27 October to 23 November
24 November to 21 December

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