Trip Type : Small Group Tour
8 Days Thai Experience tour

8 Days Thai Experience

TruTravels
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
8 days
From: $ 650 $ 81 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Two fun nights out on Khao San road
  • Relaxing Thai massage
  • Day visit to Bangkok’s most historic temples
  • Outdoor activities such as swimming, tubing, kayaking, cliff jumping, bamboo rafting, snorkelling, waterfalls, viewpoints, beaches
  • Day and night on magical, secluded Bottle Beach (sleep in beach bungalows just a few steps from the sea)
  • Day and night at the amazing Khao Sok National Park in floating bungalows
  • Boat trip around Phangan with snorkelling, beaches, waterfalls, free food and bar!
  • Muay Thai (Thai boxing) lesson
  • Thai cooking course and Wakeboarding session (optional extra but we hook you up discount rates)
  • Experience beach parties on Koh Phangan

Short Description

Discover the best parts of Thailand on our 8 day (7 nights) TruTravels Thai Experience tour. This group adventure is the ideal way to make the most of your first week in Thailand. All the worries you may have at the beginning of your travels will be taken care of by us. You’ll be greeted at the airport by one of our awesome Western group leaders who will introduce you to the rest of the group, and be with you all week to ensure you have an amazing and trouble free trip! We take care of all accommodation, transport & activities so you can just relax & enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

The adventure begins in Bangkok where you will experience the hustle and bustle of a modern Asian city as well as seeing behind the scenes of the old city from a private long tail boat. We visit historical temples, ride tuk tuks, relax with a Thai massage and experience the nightlife of the infamous & hedonistic backpacker haven of Khao San Road.

After Bangkok we head to the undiscovered paradise of Khao Sok National park where we stay in floating bamboo bungalows on a stunning fresh water lake surrounded by mountains and jungle, before heading over to the beautiful tropical island of Koh Phangan.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Bangkok
End City Koh Phangan

Trip Includes

Everything stated below is included in the price and there are no additional local payments. You get incredible value for money and get to see places you wouldn’t ordinarily go to as a solo traveller. We guarantee that you will not regret travelling with us. This is the best tour of it’s kind in South East Asia.

 

Transport included

  • Airport pickup and taxi to your Bangkok hotel
  • Taxis, tuk tuks, ferry & minibus trips between destinations
  • Overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thani
  • Chao Phraya River cruise on private longtail
  • Boat ride to Khao Sok National Park
  • Boat trip around Koh Phangan
  • Pick up truck ride through the Thai jungle to Bottle Beach & return to Haad Rin on long-tail boat

 

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Itinerary

Day 1

When you land, we pick you up at the airport, and take you directly to your hotel. You have a free day to get to know your group and get settled. In the evening we go out on the infamous Khao San Road for drinks.

Day 2: Temples & river cruise

Travelling in tuk-tuks then on a private longtail boat along the Chao Phraya River, you’ll explore Bangkok and experience some of Thailand’s heritage. We visit two prestigious temples – Wat Arun and Wat Pho, to see the very impressive giant, gold reclining Buddha statue.

The rest of the day is free for exploring, you may want to try some of the famous shopping in Bangkok as its known for being notoriously cheap. Remember to always try and barter with the street vendors, you can sometimes get as much as 50% off the original price! Then in the evening we meet again for dinner, drinks and more group bonding.

Day 3: Thai spa and overnight train

Try a traditional Thai massage before we travel overnight on the train down south, and swap the hustle and bustle of Bangkok for the tranquil lakes of Khao Sok National Park – situated in the Surat Thani province of Thailand.

Day 4: Khao Sok National Park

Head to our floating bungalows on a longtail boat whilst stopping along the way for a quick dip and dive. Try your hand at some kayaking or chill with a beer in a tube in front of the stunning backdrop of this limestone mountain range. We’ll be staying in floating bungalows on a fresh-water lake surrounded by rainforest which looks like something out of Jurassic Park! Watch our Khao Sok video here!

Day 5: Bottle beach

Travel to Koh Phangan by ferry and head straight to the stunning and secluded Bottle Beach. Relax here for the afternoon and enjoy a spot of volleyball early in the evening before our own private beach party & bonfire. You’ll also be treated to home-cooked, authentic Thai food, served to you right there on the beach along with fire show and music! We highly recommend the banana daiquiris and fritters. Video Here. We also now include WAKEBOARDING as an optional extra on Bottle Beach thanks to our mate Jamie at Wake Up, who drives the boat round just for us! How awesome is that?!

Day 6: Thai activities day

We jump on a longtail boat to a neighbouring beach -here you get to take part in a traditional Muay Thai (Thai boxing) lesson, before arriving in Haad Rin, home of the Full Moon party. Muay Thai Video Here.

Day 7: Boats, Beaches & Waterfalls

We explore Koh Phangan by boat, stop to snorkel at some of the best spots and visit some nice beaches and a waterfall. The boat also has free lunch, free bar and music so is always a great day out. In the evening we’ll go for a group farewell dinner (on us!) then head down to the beach for drinks and maybe a bit of a party.

Day 8: Today is checkout day…

For those who are continuing on with us, they will be checked into their new accommodation for the next leg of the adventure. For those who aren’t we can help you arrange onward travel or additional accommodation. Check out our Tru Top-Ups page here!

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Amazing 16 day tour of Thailand and Cambodia. Best experience of my life in beautiful places. Some of the views and sunsets/sunrises were mind blowing. The guides Ryan, Luke and Kyle were a great laugh and went above and beyond to make the trip the best experience possible. Can't recommend Tru Travels enough !!
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Where do I start?! I booked on with TruTravels on the 23 day Full Moon Party of Thailand, and I have to say it was the best 3 weeks of my life!! For the first time in my life I was travelling solo and was slightly apprehensive, however the TruTravel family welcomed me in straight away. Our guides Art, Andy and Shane were quality, really organised but at the same time down to earth and up for any party!! I'd never been over to the Far East before and I have to say Thailand blew my mind! Im so glad I chose TruTravels for the trip as all accommodation and transport was paid for, along with certain excursions. Favourite place has to be Echo Beach in Koh Phangan, unbelievable atmosphere and the guys there made us all feel at home. If you're thinking of either a couple weeks in Asia, or the beginning of an adventure, don't hesitate to check these guys out!!
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100% would recommend TruTravels to anyone! Went out there to make new friends and came back with a family, couldn't of asked to go on a better tour! Our group leader Drew was incredible, cared so much for our group and truly knew how to party with us! TruTravels is so organised, nothing went wrong, what more could you ask for? To not leave after the tour! Drew (Canadian dude with a shiny head!) for the winner!!
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Can't decide which part was the best part of the journey; the sleeper train adventure (better than The Darjeeling Limited), the amazing tour guides --all American, Canadian, and British, the Khao Sok National Park (water so blue, and so secret, it felt like The Beach), or the hookups at the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan. Everyone had a great time! Thanks Joe Fallon! You run a really tight ship!
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 24

From 8-20 travellers

Accomodations

Most of the accommodation on the tour is shared. If you’re travelling with a friend or a partner, let us know ahead of time, or let your tour guide know when you arrive. If you would prefer individual accommodation, let us know – this can also be arranged (at additional cost).

  • A clean, comfortable guest house near Khao San road, in the heart of Bangkok. The rooms are air-conditioned & have hot showers.
  • Floating bungalows at Khao Sok National Park
  • Beach bungalows at Bottle Beach (situated on the beach itself).
  • Air-conditioned, modern rooms with sea-view balconies and swimming pool in Haad Rin

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel your booking more than 30 days prior to the start date of your tour you will receive a full refund less the £100 deposit. No refunds will be available however if you cancel within 30 days of the start date of your tour. We will allow you to change dates once under the condition above. If you fail to make contact and have not arrived by the agreed start date, we are entitled to treat the tour as having been cancelled.

No cancellation fees will be waived as a result of the following:

  • Injury or sickness.
  • Delayed, rescheduled or missed flights.
  • Climatic, social or political problems.
  • Pandemics, Epidemics, Bird flu, Swine flu, SARS, Leprosy or ingrowing toenails.
  • Or any other form of ‘Force Majeure’

However, you may be able to have any cancellation fees refunded by your Travel Insurance company depending on their terms.

Additional Information:

Pre-Departure Pack

Once you have booked this tour, you will receive a pre-departure pack which contains all the information you need to know before you leave for Thailand.

This includes a Before-you-go check list, arrival information, meeting point directions, an itinerary overview and more useful travel tips.

Airport pickup

Your group leader will meet you at the airport if you arrive on or within two days of your start date. Any earlier arrivals will need to make their own way to our guest house in Bangkok (directions supplied). The best time to arrive in Bangkok is on the start date of your tour as we leave the day free for airport pickups and to let you settle in. In order to land on your specified start date, you will need to leave the day before.

Please make sure you do not book your flights to depart on your start date as you will miss part of the tour and we cannot guarantee your tour guide will be able to meet you at the airport.

If you arrive 3 or more days before your start date, your group leader may not be able to pick you up from the airport. However, we will arrange a taxi to our guesthouse and book you in for any extra nights. All you need to do is let us know and give us your flight details.

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Trip Excludes

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance (this is compulsory to come on the tours with us!)
  • Most accommodation is shared. Please let us know if you have any specific accommodation requests (like if you’re booking with a friend and want to share a room with them), or if you would like to book an individual room (at additional cost)
  • Note: meals which are not mentioned in the”Included” section above are not included in the tour price

Meals Included:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Khao Sok National Park

Free lunch & drinks on the boat in Koh Phangan during the Boat Cruise

An authentic Thai-Cuisine group dinner on last night

We leave most of meal choice to you, but we do take you to some amazing restaurants (both traditional and modern) so there is always something for everyone. Please note you will have to buy all your other meals, snacks, water etc., so do budget for this when planning your trip!

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