Complete Thai Experience
Keeping it simple, you'll just fly into and out of Bangkok on this complete gap year, but while you're there, why not travel around a bit and get to know this incredible corner of the world.
From Bangkok, head north and try something like this:
Day 1 Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok at any time.
Day 2Bangkok/Chiang Mai(1B)
Opt to visit Wat Po and the Grand Palace, or check out the city's klongs by boat. Board an overnight train to Chiang Mai (flight and extra night in Bangkok during monsoon season, depending on conditions). Enjoy one of two street food crawls with the group and CEO while in Chiang Mai.
Day 3Chiang Mai
Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, comb the night markets for souvenirs, or participate in a Thai cooking class.
Day 4Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok(1B, 1L, 1D)
Trek through rugged forests and experience the wonderful diversity of this region: each village has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. Drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where the trek will begin. After a few hours of hiking, reach the first village.
Day 5Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam(1B, 1L, 1D)
Trek 2-3 hrs and, after lunch, head to a Karen village to learn about traditional basket weaving and scarf-making. Continue trekking another few hours to the next village for the night.
Day 6Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai(1B, 1L)
After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.
Day 7Chiang Mai/Bangkok(1B)
Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Board an overnight train to Bangkok (flight and extra night in Chiang Mai during monsoon season, depending on conditions).
The trip ends on arrival at the Bangkok train station (or airport, depending on the season). Onward travel can be booked for 3pm or later.
And then from there, why fight temptation. Head to the islands and party before you have to head home:
Check out our sample itinerary below - based on 7 days, the minimum amount of time to get round. You have the option to extend the number of nights you spend in the islands for as long as you like (in multiples of 3) within the season's departure dates and can change your dates up to 10 days before you travel.
DAY 1: KOH SAMUI
Welcome to Coconut Island! Meet your guide and future friends at our recomended accomodation before we go on a quick orientation walk. This is one of Thailand’s largest islands so there’s no shortage of things to do. Gawk at the sexy beaches, lap up the cuisine, snorkel around or head to Koh Tan Island. Once you’ve finished exploring come meet us at our favourite local restaurant. It’s the ‘first night on tour’, which means: party!
DAY 2: KOH SAMUI
More time to explore the island. To mention just a few of these possibilities; you can visit the fisherman’s village, head to Silver Beach, go to an aqua park, kayak, do a treetop cable ride, or just read your book. There's no excuse to be bored here. We know we went out last night…but are you really going to refuse a few beachside cocktails?
DAY 3: KOH SAMUI TO KOH TAO
It’s an early start today. Complaining ain’t an option though, just look where you are! Paradise! We’re heading to the beautiful Koh Tao, so prepare yourself for the big decision; just how long will you stay for? It’s one of the best places to do scuba diving in the world. You can do one-off dives, or spend a bit some time getting an open water diving licence. If diving's not your thing, there are plenty of other things to do: explore the island, join a yoga class, Muay Thai, sunbake or just relax.
DAY 4: KOH TAO
This is a free day. Koh tao is a fantastic little island for hikes and has more remote little beaches than you’d care to know about. Take a taxi to the other side, or just go out and see if you can find some more beautiful little fishes. It may be a wise option to relax tonight. Tomorrow we head to the infamous party-island.
DAY 5: KOH TAO TO KOH PHANGAN
We hope you’re feeling good this morning! Hop on the short boat trip to Koh Phangan and feel that fresh sea breeze. After dropping your bags off in storage it’ll be time to teach you a little about the island. This island has two very different aspects; we suggest heading to some of the more secluded beaches of the north before heading to Haad Rin to party. Enjoy your dinner with your guide and fellow travellers in the evening. Then do what this island does best. Follow your nose to the fire throwers and dance to your hearts content.
DAY 6: KOH PHANGAN
Bleary eyed, mouth like a latrine, not too deft at movement. A bad feeling. But look out the window. ‘oh, hi there Thai Island!’. And boom! You’ll feel great again (at least mentally). Use this newfound energy to go out and explore. Get as far as the beach… But wait. Tonight. It’s the last night of the tour! So woop woop that means we need to party even harder tonight.
DAY 7: KOH PHANGAN TO KOH SAMUI
We depart the island midmorning and say our goodbyes.
Finally, make your way back to Bangkok, before picking up your flight home, exhausted, but alive like never before.
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