A Gap Year in Thailand

Why go backpacking in Thailand?

Backpacking in Thailand, one of the most popular countries in South East Asia, is just one of those things you have to do. The country is an absolute magnet for travellers and it’s easy to see why: paradise islands, exciting jungles, amazing food, phenomenal nightlife and an incredibly friendly population. Oh, and it’s cheap. Like, really cheap.

Whether you’re a first time traveller or an experienced backpacker who’s been through here numerous times before, you’ll always find something new to greet you in Thailand. It’s well-established tourist infrastructure makes it the perfect destination to begin a gap year, before moving on to the likes of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.

That’s if you can bring yourself to ever leave, of course.

Things to do in Thailand

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Elephant Conservation Volunteering in Thailand

from £965

7 days

Thailand

Help to give elephants a chance to live in the wild on this inspirational project in Thailand

Conservation Volunteering in Thailand

from £1125

14 days

Thailand

Join a marine conservation project on a remote Thai island. Far from the crowds of backpackers and tourists, experience real...

Backpacking Tour of Thailand and Laos

from £576

12 days

Laos, Thailand, Vietnam

Maximize your time in South East Asia on our 12-day tour of Thailand and Laos. The local and western guides...

Community Project in Thailand

from £410

14 days

Thailand

Work with young children while living with a group in a local community in Thailand

Safari Park Volunteer

from £170

3 days

Thailand

Our Mission - to educate our staff, add enrichment to our animals lives and ensure all visitors understand the importance...

Combined Course Phuket

from £1

10 days

Thailand

Join our 10-day combined TEFL course in Phuket and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

Combined TEFL Course Bangkok

from £1

10 days

Thailand

Join our 10-day combined TEFL course in Bangkok and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

General Team Safari Volunteer

from £170

3 days

Thailand

Help care for our rescue animals

South East Asia Highlights

from £1550

44 days

Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand...

From the hustle and bustle of some of South East Asia’s most dynamic and modern cities to tropical rainforests and...

China to Singapore Group Tour

from £2375

73 days

Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thaila...

Travel like a local and experience the wonders of South East Asia, from the hustel and bustle of its chaotic...

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The cities

Most international backpackers arrive in Thailand through Bangkok, a wild, hectic capital, which can be a bit overwhelming for the first time visitors to Asia, but people quickly learn to love it. The city has some of the most impressive architecture and cultural treasures in South East Asia, including the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho, home of the enormous reclining Buddha.

Almost every backpacker finds themselves around the Khao San Road area, a legendary hub full of bars, clubs, restaurants, street hawkers and cheap accommodation.

The other major city in Thailand is Chiang Mai, mainly used as a base for people going to trekking adventures into the surrounding mountains, but a city well worth some exploration in its own right. It has one of the best night markets in Asia and offers a much calmer experience than its southern counterpart.

The scenery

Thailand has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. In the south, the country tails off into a blissful haven of perfect beaches amidst stunning karst formations on islands so beautiful you simply have to see them to believe them.

In the north, the country rises up into impressive mountain scenery, where you’ll find traditional hill tribe villages, impressive waterfalls and fascinating wildlife.

There’s a reason Thailand is one of the most popular gap year destinations in the world. You really have to experience it for yourself.

For more inspiration, check out these 101 things you need to do in Thailand, or browse the articles below.

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