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 £965.00

7 days

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

International Business Internship In Thailand

from £1,030.00

60 - 180 days

Thailand has become a thriving destination to pursue an international business internship with the endless amounts of opportunities available.

PR and Marketing Internships in Bangkok

from £2,000.00

30 - 180 days

Learn from successful PR & Marketing professionals in one of Asia's most influential countries, Thailand. Launch your career while discovering...

Diving & Marine Conservation in Thailand

from £1.00

7 days

As a volunteer, you’ll support the work of local conservationists and actively protect marine life. You’ll also take part in...

Elephant Care in Thailand

from £645.00

7 - 84 days

Work up close with elephants rescued from a life of abuse, live on site at a beautiful wildlife centre in...

Thai Islands: Hop, Skip & Jump

from £1,199.00

21 days

Thailand is the ultimate destination for young travellers, and the Thai Island Hop package includes a little bit of everything....

Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

from £739.00

7 - 84 days

Volunteer and enjoy a real hands-on experience as you help to rehabilitate over 400 rescued animals at this beautiful sanctuary...

Expedition Leader Program

from £7,700.00

90 days

Develop extensive guiding skills and qualifications specialising in altitude and steep terrain, learn wilderness medicine and get crucial developing world...

Teach English on a Tropical Island

from £1,395.00

42 days

Live in a beautiful beach resort on the tropical island of Koh Phangan and teach English. The best spot in...

International Internship In Thailand

from £1,030.00

60 - 180 days

Thailand has quickly become one of the top entrepreneurial hubs of Asia with ambitious international students looking to launch their...

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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.

Thailand Grand Palace

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.

Thailand beach karsts

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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