Thailand Experience is the perfect seven day introduction to Thailand and the best way to meet people and experience a mixture of Thai culture, stunning locations, adventure activities and awesome nightlife in one week. Explore bustling Bangkok before travelling south to the tropical island of Koh Phangan via Khao Sok National Park. The trip includes 7 nights’ accommodation as well as a wide range of activities from a river cruise, temple visits and a Thai massage in Bangkok to kayaking, bamboo rafting and staying in floating bungalows at Khao Sok, snorkelling, day trips and beach parties in Koh Phangan. You will experience so much and our awesome Group Leaders will be with you all week to provide you with information on everything from Thai culture and history to good places to get a cocktail! They are all experienced backpackers too, so can give you loads of info and advice on onward travel and other cool stuff to do in Thailand and South East Asia.
Airport pick up, meet and greet
You will be met on arrival in Bangkok by your group leader who will take you to your guesthouse and introduce you to the rest of your group. The first day is kept free to relax and unwind after a long flight before heading out to get to know the group over dinner and a few drinks.
Bangkok River Cruise and Temples
Today we explore Bangkok and experience some of Thailand’s history and culture. We feel the best view of the city is from our private longtail boat along the Chao Phraya River, taking some back canals along the way to show you the city from behind the scenes.
We stop at two of the most prestigious temples in Thailand: Wat Arun, which offers some stunning views of Bangkok and Wat Pho to see the very impressive giant, gold reclining Buddha statue. We then hop in a Tuk Tuk back to our guest house, something every traveller has to experience whilst in Thailand. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy Bangkok and we will meet for dinner and head to Khao San Road in the evening.
Thai Massage and Overnight Train
Today we check out of our Bangkok accommodation as we prepare for our journey down south. In the morning we will go to a local spa for a traditional Thai Massage, the perfect way to relax before the overnight train. You will have a few hours to shop on Khao San Road before we meet late afternoon to head to the train station. On the train, you can either catch up on some sleep on the full size beds, have a few beers and get to know your new travel buddies or take in the views of both Bangkok and the Thai countryside as we travel south to our next destination.
Khao Sok National Park
We arrive in Surat Thani early where our transport will be waiting to take us to the beautiful Khao Sok National Park. Khao Sok is just one of the highlights our tour has to offer and you’ll soon experience possibly the most breath taking scenery in Thailand.
We’ll be staying in floating bungalows on a fresh water lake surrounded by mountains and rain forest which looks like something out of Jurassic Park! We travel by long tail boat to our bamboo bungalows but before we arrive we’ll make a stop on the lake for some swimming and cliff jumping, the perfect chance to refresh from the long train journey.
Once we arrive at the bungalows the day is yours to enjoy paradise. Relax by the lake, float around with a beer, do some kayaking or tubing or join us on a boat ride to do some monkey spotting! The food here is awesome, authentic Thai cuisine which is all cooked fresh from the floating kitchen and is free! (Check out the pics of this place on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/trutravels - trust us, you will want to go there!)
Arrive in Koh Phangan - Bottle Beach
After Khao Sok we catch the ferry over to Koh Phangan and head to Bottle Beach, the journey of which is an experience itself as we travel by open pick-up truck through the jungle to the hidden beach. Bottle Beach (one of our favourite spots in Thailand) is a beautiful, secluded bay in the North of Koh Phangan where we can chill out on the white sandy beach, swim in the sea and have our own private beach party with some cocktails, a camp fire, lanterns and music. You will spend the evening in your own private beach bungalow and can wake up at your leisure to the sound of the waves breaking on the sand.
Bottle Beach, Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) lesson or a free afternoon
There’s nothing like waking up in paradise! In the morning you can step out of your bungalow straight onto the white sand with nothing but blue sea and sky in sight. You have the morning and afternoon to do with as you wish. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, soak up some rays, swim in the secluded bay or play some beach volley ball with your group, the choice is yours. In the early afternoon we jump on a taxi boat from Bottle Beach to the quaint fishing town of Chaloklum.
When we get to Haad Rin in the afternoon we will check into the accommodation where we spend the next 2 nights and you can either take part in a Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) Lesson or spend a relaxing afternoon by the pool, on the beach or exploring Koh Phangan. Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport and the intro lesson you will get form an experienced Muay Thai fighter is great fun & an excellent work out. Don’t worry, you won’t be getting in the ring this time, the trainer will adjust the lesson to your ability so you don’t have to worry if you have never done anything like it before. In the evening we will meet for dinner & possibly a few drinks on the famous Full Moon Party beach..
Boat trip, Farewell dinner and Beach party
Today we will take you on one of our two exciting boat trips, the only tough decision you have to make is which one! Our options include the Koh Nangyuan or Koh Phangan island boat tour. Both places are famous for having the most amazing snorkelling spots in Thailand so you will almost certainly see some tropical fish and coral reefs in the crystal waters.
We visit some beautiful beaches then we’ll head to the viewpoints/waterfalls to take in some of the islands’ stunning scenery and take some post card pics. On both boat trips a delicious Thai lunch and drinks will be provided free. In the evening we will go for a group farewell dinner (on us again!) then head down to the beach for some farewell fun and perhaps a bucket or two with your new friends to celebrate an awesome week!
Unfortunately our tour ends today but no need to be blue as your awesome tour leader is here to offer a helping hand with any of your onward travel plans or why not hang around with us in Haad Rin for a few more days to chill out or party? We also have a range of very cool bolt on packages to help you with your next steps in Thailand so have a look at our bolt ons page for info on those. We’re here for you the whole rest of your time away to offer any help or advice you may need to get in touch. You will also always be welcome to join us for dinner, drinks etc with other groups if you see us around Thailand on your travels!
Accommodation is based on sharing a twin room with a stranger of the same sex.
1st and 2nd nights are spent in our guesthouse in Bangkok (Mango Lagoon Place). This is clean and comfortable, all rooms are twins (unless double requested) and have air-con, en suite bathroom, TV and daily clean linen and towels.
3rd night is on overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thani - This is also comfortable and each passenger receives a full size, pull out bed in fan cooled carriages.
4th night is spent in the floating bungalows at Khao Sok National Park - this is the most basic accommodation of the week, however it is probably surrounded by the most spectacular scenery and is undoubtedly the most novel accommodation they will stay in during the week. The bungalows are simple bamboo constructions with little more than windows, mattress and mosquito net.
5th and 7th night are spent in Neptunes Villas in Haad Rin, Koh Phangan. This is located on Sunset beach and all of the rooms are modern bungalow style. All very nice and clean rooms with air con, en suite, TV, fridge, free tea and coffee facilities, just meters from the beach and a swimming pool with bar.
6th night is spent in beach bungalow on Bottle Beach
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Trip Name: Thailand Experience
Duration: 8 Days
From Price: £515
Supplier Tour ID: BKKTTE/158900
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