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  • Relaxation 4 out of 5
  • Culture 5 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • See the best of Thailand; it's four weeks of pure adventure

  • Party in Bangkok!
  • Have a splash about in the waterfall pools in Erawan National Park
  • Learn to cook delicious Thai food
  • Volunteer in local day care centres or take part in renovation and building work
  • Kick back and relax in Koh Phangan for a week
  • Many of our trips overlap with the Full Moon parties; ace!

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Experience adventure travel in Thailand with all the best bits packed into just four weeks! You'll spend a full month getting to know Asia, Thailand, Thai food, Thai people and Thai landscapes!

 

We’ll take you to some of the best tourist spots in unspoilt Kanchanaburi and Sangklaburi and you’ll have a few days to get involved with worthwhile volunteer work or get a taste for adventure whilst trekking .

 

To round off your ultimate Thailand experience, the trip will end with an obligatory week hanging out on the beach on the island of Koh Phangan. Well someone's got to do it!

 

RG's Ben has 'experienced' this trip for himself, and over on the blog you can read his account!
 

 


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What will I be doing?

  • Arrive and see Bangkok (Days 1 - 3)

  • Waterfalls, Temples and Thai cooking! (Day 4 - 7)

  • Giving something back to the community (Days 8 - 14)

  • Time for trekking and hot springs (Days 15 - 21)

  • Beach time! (Days 22 - 29)

Arrive and see Bangkok: Days 1 - 3

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Destination info

A great place for adventure travel, Thailand has a population of 65 million, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including strikingly beautiful temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

 

Bangkok is an interesting and mad introduction to Thailand, it is a city that has to be experienced firsthand to truly understand it’s unique diversity. It has a mixture of the cosmopolitan, cultural and downright random areas, all of which are a tuktuk ride away.

 

Bangkok started life as a port town and has gradually grown outward to become Thailand’s cultural, political and economic capital and by far the country’s largest city. It’s not only the capital of Thailand, it is also the central hub for backpackers travelling around the whole of South East Asia.

 

Did you know, while the city is known as Bangkok by most foreigners, in Thai it actually has longest place name in the world; Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit, try saying that after a couple of Thai beers.

  • Location: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi

Day 1: Arrival into Bangkok
You'll be personally met on arrival at Bangkok airport by our friendly co-ordinators. They will take you to the youth hostel on Khao San Road. Depending on when you arrive, you can relax or explore this exciting capital. This is a great opportunity to have fun, make friends with your fellow travellers and get to know the co-ordinators. In the evening your local RG team will organise a night on Khao San Road, a great way to bond with your fellow Experience travellers.

 

Overnight in Bangkok.

 

Day 2: Explore Bangkok
A Bangkok tour is included. The tour will start around 10am and will include a visit to Grand Palace (entrance fee not included), Wat Po, Reclining Buddha, Wat Arun, a river trip and then finally Koh San Road.

 

In the morning your local team will meet with you to give an overview of your Real experience in Thailand. Once the talk has finished you will be given some time to prepare for the Bangkok tour. The tour starts with a canal boat trip showing an alternative side to the city away from the standard tourist trail. From the boat you will disembark on the main tourist area visiting: the Grand Palace, Wat Po, the so-called Reclining Buddha, Wat Arun and a river trip. Late afternoon you will head back towards the Khaosan Road and the hotel. Here you can either rest in preparation for a night out or go shopping in and around the Khaosan area. You will meet up with the group from around 8pm for the welcome meal and continue onto Khaosan’s infamous night scene.

 

Khoasan Road is the famous backpacker street in the Banglamphu area. This fascinating and lively hub of tourist activity is one of the most popular and intriguing parts of Bangkok. It has loads of bars, restaurants, internet cafes, shops and a few clubs. The sidewalks are lined with stalls selling cheap clothes, bags, shoes, music and souvenirs - the perfect place to practice your bargaining skills. Those that want to stay out late will need to make their own way back to the accommodation. Our co-ordinators can advise you on how to do this.

 

Overnight in Bangkok, breakfast included.

 

Day 3: Travel to Kanchanaburi
There is no rush today - have a lie in, have a lazy breakfast or do some last minute shopping. Around lunchtime, the group will travel by bus/train to Kanchanaburi. The journey will take around 2.5 hours. You will be shown to your guest house accommodation where you will spend the next five nights.

 

Kanchanaburi is a lovely town located 130km west of Bangkok. It is situated on the River Kwai and is the home of the famous Bridge on the River Kwai. There is a lot to do in this friendly town and plenty of restaurants and bars. We have a fun itinerary planned for you but there is also free time to do some optional extra activities.

 

There will be plenty of time to unpack, relax and you can even take a dip in the hotel swimming pool. The hotel is situated on the river, approx 5-10 minutes (by tuk tuk or taxi) outside of the town. The rooms are twin share and have air conditioning. Breakfast will be provided daily during your stay. We have arranged a fun evening with a meal on the banks of the River Kwai. The group will enjoy a tasty dinner whilst taking in the views of the River Kwai. After dinner you can visit the local town.

 

Overnight in Kanchanaburi, breakfast and dinner included.

Waterfalls, Temples and Thai cooking!: Day 4 - 7

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Destination info

A great place for adventure travel, Thailand has a population of 65 million, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including strikingly beautiful temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

 

Kanchanaburi is a lovely town located 130km west of Bangkok. It is situated on the River Kwai and is the home of the famous Bridge on the River Kwai. There is a lot to do in this friendly town and plenty of restaurants and bars.

  • Location: Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi,

Day 4: Erawan National Park and Waterfalls
You will visit the exquisite Erawan waterfalls in Erawan National Park. Pretty, beautiful and fun are just a few words that describe this lovely place. There are seven tiers of waterfalls, each feeding gorgeous, freshwater pools that you can swim in. You can also explore the falls by a series of tracks that lead you to the various falls across wooden footbridges. A useful tip to know is the best pool for swimming is level two (which gets the most crowded). 

 

Overnight in Kanchanaburi, breakfast included.

 

Day 5: Thai Cooking Lesson
In the morning, you will go to the market to buy some traditional Thai ingredients which you will need to make your dishes for lunch and dinner. You will then return to your accommodation and cook out in the open air.

 

Overnight in Kanchanaburi, breakfast included.

 

Day 6: Temple Tour

Today you will visit three different temples, two in the morning which have spectacular views and then after lunch you will go to the last temple where you will learn about Buddhism and have the opportunity to try and meditate.

 

Overnight in Kanchanaburi, breakfast included.

 

Day 7: Free Day
You can relax around the pool, enjoy a few drinks in the lively bars, do some sight-seeing, anything you want. Our co-ordinators will give you advice on what to do in the local area.

 

Overnight in Kanchanaburi, breakfast included 

Giving something back to the community: Days 8 - 14

Next Leg

Destination info

A great place for adventure travel, Thailand has a population of 65 million, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including strikingly beautiful temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

 

Sangklaburi is positioned on a 72 km long manmade lake fed by the numerous local rivers and waterfalls. The town is surrounded by mountains and creates a picturesque landscape, an idyllic location for travellers and volunteers.

There are so many local activities to enjoy from treks in the mountains through to floating down the river on tubes. The local community is a mix of Thai, Hill Tribe and Burmese people; this diversity is seen in the local dress, food and customs. Due to the local poverty and hill tribe and Burmese people are considered stateless, there is a great need for volunteers. The town itself benefits from many local restaurants, internet cafes, mini markets and one bar! It is a great setting to enjoy the best of Thailand; its people and its natural beauty. 

  • Location: Sangkhlaburi

Day 8: Travel to Sangkhlaburi
Today we leave Kanchanaburi and travel to Sangkhlaburi by minivan. This will take approximately three hours. On the way you will visit Hell Fire Pass - a Railway built in World War II, mainly by prisoners of war, and famed for the number of people that died during its construction. Sangkhlaburi is a beautiful and unspoilt area of Thailand. There are stunning views, friendly local people and there is plenty to do and see. The local town is very small that very few tourists get to visit, however has everything you need including shops, internet, bank, ATM, post office, bars, restaurants and a medical centre.

 

Overnight in Sangkhlaburi, breakfast included. 

 

Day 9: Sangkhlaburi
Today you will receive a detailed orientation. You will be introduced to Thailand and its people, culture, language, history, attitudes and customs. You will be shown around the local area and amenities. You will receive more information about the programme and more details about the project work available.

 

Overnight in Sangkhlaburi, breakfast included.

 

Days 10 – 14: Volunteer
This might be adventure travel in Thailand but you also have the chance to help with some much needed community work.

 

Those who choose the standard Thailand Experience will get stuck-in with short to medium term projects that will make a massive difference to the community. An example of a previous project is that Experience customers in 2011 built a 1km water pipe that now supplies water to a village of 400 people!

 

If you would like to get involved more with the local children why not choose the community option;

 

Community Option: These kids require volunteers to play, interact, organise games and simply help them have fun. Many of them simply want some attention. In return you will see their eyes light up, big smiles and you will be confident that your efforts are really appreciated. With so many children and so few carers these kids really need your help and attention. We take a holistic approach to childcare so in the afternoon’s, when the children are napping, our volunteers work to improve the surroundings, improve the health and safety, the grounds all to offer a better, safer and more hygienic day to day routine. From growing exotic fruits to common garden vegetables to small building projects or playing games with the children, whatever is needed at that time, you'll be helping to support the local community and children.

 

Overnight in Sangkhlaburi. Breakfast included. Some volunteer projects are a good distance from Sangklaburi town. You may be asked to spend a few nights in the local village to maximise your volunteer time.

Time for trekking and hot springs: Days 15 - 21

Next Leg

Destination info

A great place for adventure travel, Thailand has a population of 65 million, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including strikingly beautiful temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

 

Sangklaburi is positioned on a 72 km long manmade lake fed by the numerous local rivers and waterfalls. The town is surrounded by mountains and creates a picturesque landscape, an idyllic location for travellers and volunteers.

There are so many local activities to enjoy from treks in the mountains through to floating down the river on tubes. The local community is a mix of Thai, Hill Tribe and Burmese people; this diversity is seen in the local dress, food and customs. Due to the local poverty and hill tribe and Burmese people are considered stateless, there is a great need for volunteers. The town itself benefits from many local restaurants, internet cafes, mini markets and one bar! It is a great setting to enjoy the best of Thailand; its people and its natural beauty. 

  • Location: Sangkhlaburi, Koh Phangan

Days 15 and 16: Time to relax and explore Sangkhlaburi

After all the exertion of the last 14 days, and your volunteering, these couple of days are a great opportunity to rest up a bit, relax and enjoy exploring the local area. There are lots of things you can do from exploring markets and villages, to swimming and boating or simply kick back, take in the views and charge your batteries for the next stage of the trip. Optional activities may be made available to you, so if you'd like to get involved you'll be able to pay locally!

 

Overnight in Sangkhlaburi. Breakfast included.

 

17 and 18: Trekking and camping
The trekking will be in the hills of Sangkhlaburi with a number of different routes taking in rivers, forests and villages. You will trek with experienced local guides. There are two days trekking of about four to six hours each day and camping overnight. Camping equipment will be provided and carried for you, you will just need to set it up on arrival and you'll need to carry a day pack with lunch and water provided to you. Please note: where you camp is weather dependent. During the monsoon season, you may stay at base camp with indoor tents.

 

Overnight in a village community (in a tent!). FROM MARCH 2014 Lunch and dinner included on day 17, breakfast and lunch included on day 18.

 

Days 19: Mon Tribe Visit

Enjoy a walk across Sangkhlaburi’s famous wooded bridge to the Mon village. Visit the Mon temple and Golden Pagoda (fascinating places). After this, enjoy river rafting! Be prepared to get wet!

 

Overnight in Sangkhlaburi. Breakfast included.

 

Day 20: Waterfalls and Hot Springs

Today, we will visit hot springs. The hot spring is about 10 minutes away from the waterfall and you will stop here for a while. After the waterfalls you will have some free time before taking the overnight bus to Koh Pha Ngan. You will arrive at the port in the morning before taking a two-hour boat ride to the island.

 

Overnight bus, breakfast included.

 

Day 21: Arrival into Koh Pha Ngan

Free afternoon to settle into accommodation.

 

Overnight in Kho Pha Ngan.

Beach time!: Days 22 - 29

Destination info

A great place for adventure travel, Thailand has a population of 65 million, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including strikingly beautiful temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

 

Koh Phangan is the perfect place for both the laid back and adventure loving backpacker. For the more relaxed traveller the island has some stunning beaches perfect for topping up your tan. There is also plenty to keep the more adventurous entertained with lots of activities available across the island ranging from snorkelling, scuba diving and even Thai boxing lessons, plus much more.

 

You can’t talk about Koh Phangan and not mention the famous Full Moon parties that draw thousands of backpackers to the island every year, other places may have Full Moon parties but Koh Phangan is its spiritual home. As the name suggests these parties take place every month on the full moon, however don’t worry if you aren’t there on the full moon, there are now half moon, black moon, basically any moon parties.

  • Location: Koh Phangan, Bangkok

Days 22 to 27: Beach
Your last week will be spent on the beautiful, fun and chilled out island of Koh Phangan found on the Gulf Coast. This is free time for you to do what you want, when you want, but it's also during this week that you'll get to enjoy your elephant trek!

 

The island is famous for its full moon party which is held on full moon night every month. This famous beach party brings thousands of party lovers to the island each month. If you miss the full moon, don’t worry as the island has half moon parties and black moon parties! There is always some form of party going on! At all other times, the island is pretty chilled out. You can relax on the stunning white sand beaches, trek through the jungle or snorkel in the clear blue water.

 

There is also the opportunity for you to learn the art of Muay Thai boxing or learn to scuba dive, these extra activities are not included in the programme, however your project co-ordinator can help you arrange this for you.

 

Overnight on the south of the island, Baan Thai. Rooms will either be a hotel room or a beach hut and twin share.

 

Day 28: Leave Koh Pha Ngan

Today you will travel back to Bangkok where you will spend your final night of the programme. Please note that depending on the size of the group, this transfer may be on a public bus but will always be included in the cost. The accommodation will be at the same hostel where you stayed the first two nights of the programme.

 

Overnight in Bangkok.

 

Day 29: Departure

You will need to make your own arrangements to go to the airport or continue with your independent travel plans. Our co-ordinators can give you advice and assistance with regards to transport.

 

Please note: Activities and itineraries are subject to change.

 

Why not make the most of your Thailand Experience by adding on some extra weeks of volunteering in the Sangklaburi?

 

We have various volunteer options for you to choose from:

 

Building

Child Care
Community and Elephants
Teaching

 

Please contact us for prices for these volunteer extensions. If you have chosen to do extra volunteer work after the Thailand Experience programme, you will spend Friday night in Bangkok and then transfer to the volunteer project in Sangklaburi on Saturday. 

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What's included?

  • Personally met on arrival
  • Transfer from Bangkok airport to accommodation
  • All Accommodation
  • Bangkok tour
  • Some breakfasts
  • Tour of Kanchanaburi

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Tourist visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Some meals
  • Return transfer to airport

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years old. Recommended upper age limit of 30 years old.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

This trip requires minimum numbers to operate.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation will vary during your programme as you will be staying in four different locations.

 

Bangkok: Twin share accommodation in a hostel (two nights on arrival and one night on your last day).

 

Kanchanaburi: Twin share accommodation in a guesthouse with swimming pool.

 

Sangkhlaburi: Twin share accommodation in a hotel close to the market and shops.

 

Overnight bus: One night will be spent on an overnight bus when you travel from Sangkhlaburi to the island of Koh Phangan.

 

Koh Phangan: Twin share accommodation in a resort close to the beach. Please note the accommodation is a mixture of hotel rooms and beach huts.

 

You will share a room with a member of the group of the same sex. Depending on group dynamics, there may be occasions where you will share a triple room. There are fans in the bedrooms.

 

Please remember to inform us if you want to share a room with your friend or partner, so we can make sure you stay together throughout your trip.

 

The local co-ordinators will stay close by so you will easily be able to contact a member of staff should you need any assistance.

 

Meals

Breakfasts are included throughout your stay until your stay on Koh Phangan where they are not included. Most lunches and dinners are not included to allow you to enjoy eating out in local restaurants and bars and the opportunity to sample the local cuisine rather than eating at the accommodation all the time. Eating out is very cheap in Thailand, and you can eat out for as little as THB15 with an average meal out costing between THB 50 - THB 100. Please note certain volunteer projects will have lunch as they are in remote locations and some trips include lunch too.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24-hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.

 

Important note: We strongly recommend that our customers do not visit the Tiger Temple during your stay in Thailand. We do not feel that the safety or ethos of the temple should be supported and therefore we do not include it in any of our itineraries.

 

FAQ

1. The return airport transfer is not included how much should I take and how do I arrange this?

It’s easy to arrange you will be returned to Bangkok to the hostel on your last day, the hostel can help get you a taxi (or share a taxi) to the airport for around £10.

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2. If I decide to spend longer in Thailand after the trip by adding on one of your options who do I extend the visa?

To obtain the 60 day visa you must apply for this in the UK before you travel. You can apply by post or in person, it’s around £28.

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3. How much extra should I budget?

If you're good at being careful with your money then you should budget approximately £80 a week for food (maybe a little more during the beach week) plus extra for drinks and any shopping and extra activities that you may want to do. If you're planning to eat in western restaurants or you spend money like water then you'd probably do well to double this figure!

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4. I am looking to travel with my friend can we stay and travel together?

Yes the accommodation is twin bedded rooms we can book you on together.

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5. Are there any extra activities you can do?

During your free time, there may be other extra activities you can do. They're not part of your Real Gap trip and are discretionary, so if you do think you'll want to do extra things during your free time/days, please allow extra in your budget for this.

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6. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

All bedding is provided but if you wanted to take one as well then you can.

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7. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

This is up to you, they aren't provided but if you take care of the room and close the windows etc then you shouldn't need to take a net with you.

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8. Will there be a safe/safety deposit box available?

Yes, there will be somewhere for you to keep your valuables.

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The whole trip was the highlight. It was the best month of my life. Everywhere we went, everything we did, everyone we met, it was all just amazing! Our tour guides Bee and Aow were so so great, they weren't just our tour guides they were a part of the group which made it so much fun because we had such a laugh everywhere we went. Some particular highlights - Full moon party in koh phangan, along with all the other parties; waterfalls at Erawan national park; Toy's restaurant in Sangklaburi; tuk tuk rides around Bangkok.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Take a mosquito net. You will sleep so much easier if you have one of these, especially in Sangklaburi. Not only does it protect you from being eaten alive by mosquitoes, it protects you from everything else. Our room in Sangklaburi had a bit of a cockroach problem - I'm pretty sure they could smell my fear because our room seemed to be the worst hit by them but without my net I would not have slept, so I really recommend taking one. 2) Don't do the elephant trek in Koh Phangan. This was one of the most depressing experiences of my life especially after visiting the elephant sanctuary in Kanchanaburi where you could see a massive difference between the elephants in the two places. The place was so small and dirty and the trek was barely a trek - they walked us around where the elephants were kept then tied us up to a tree while the mahout (elephant rider) had a fag break. When the mahout got off the elephant we could see scars where the elephant had clearly been ridden too much, it was at this point we asked to go back because we felt so awful that we were taking part in the mistreatment of the animal. I think its really bad real gap still have this included in the trip. 3) Don't pack too much! I did, even after reading all the reviews of people saying 'don't take too much, you can get everything when you're there'. You really can, you can get any toiletries you need from 7eleven (which are everywhere), there are pharmacies in every town you visit so you can easily get hold of any medication you need if you start feeling ill, you will come home with a whole new wardrobe anyway because all the clothes there are so cool. So don't panic and buy everything you could possibly need before you leave because half of it you will never use anyway and anything you do use you can buy a lot cheaper out there.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

In Kanchanaburi, on one of our free days, a few of us arranged to go to the elephant sanctuary there which was the best day of my life! We got to spend the day with the elephants making their lunch, feeding them, swimming with them, etc. And the best part about it was that it was a sanctuary so you could see the elephants were being looked after and treated well. This should definitely be added to the itinerary and if its not go and do it anyway because it will be the funnest day of your life! Also I think more should be added to the itinerary during the beach week in Koh Phangan, even though its nice to have a week free to do what you want i feel like i wasted most of the week lying on the beach (which was lovely) but there were so many things I could have been doing there instead. We organised a snorkeling trip one day to Koh Nangyuan and Koh Tao which was amazing - the waters were so clear and it was so worth the money, so i would definitely recommend doing this during your week there.

Any other comments?

I Would Recommend Are Getting A Thai Sim Card, I Picked One Up For Free From The Reception In The Hotel We Stayed In In Bangkok Which I Could Then Top Up In Any 7eleven Store. It Was So So So Much Cheaper Then Using A UK Sim Card. I'd Also Recommend Getting A Caxton Card - Its Recommended By Real Gap And Is An International Debit Card. It's Super Easy To Set Up And You Can Top It Up Whenever You Need To. Its So Much Safer Then Carrying Around Loads Of Cash And The Exchange Rate Is So Much Better Out There So Dont Change All Your Money Here Before You Leave. At The ATM's In Thailand You Get Charged 180 Bhat (about £3) Every Time You Withdraw Money, With Normal Bank Cards You'd Get Charged By Your Bank On Top Of This, The Caxton Card Doesn't Charge You For Using It So You Only Get The Charge From The ATM Machine, Saving You Quite A Bit Of Money Over The Length Of Your Trip. I Took About £200 Worth Of Cash With Me Then Had £300 Loaded On My Card Before I Left, Throughout The Trip I Ended Up Spending About £600 Because The Cost Of Living Is So Cheap There Most Of Your Money Is Spent On Partying And Buying Things From All The Markets You Go To. Be Prepared To Spend Quite A Lot In Koh Phangan Because Its So Touristy The Prices Of Everything Shoot Up To Basically The Same As UK Prices, Which Is A Real Shock When You've Gotten Used To Having Dinner For Less Than £1 In Some Places! I Did The Trip With Two Other Friends From Home, But The Majority Of Our Group Was Made Up Of People Travelling On Their Own You Met Some Of The Most Amazing People During The Trip, Not Only The People On The Thailand Experience But All The Other Travelers You Meet Along The Way, You Will Definitely Make Friends For Life. It Was My First Proper Big Trip Away From Home So I Was Quite Nervous Before I Left, But I Really Didn't Need To Be, Because Everything Is All Organised And You Have Your Guides With You The Whole Time You Really Have Nothing To Worry About, If Anything Goes Wrong They Are So Lovely And Helpful They Will Do Their Best To Fix It For You. There's No Need To Be Nervous About Going Just Be Excited And Look Forward To It Because It Will Be The Best Month Of Your Life!

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Would you recommend us?

10

Aimee Walton - March 2014

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Every second was amazing. I really enjoyed the community week, working with the children was great fun and you also had the chance of doing some building work as when the children were sleeping we helped to build the wall to secure the nursery grounds.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) I know all reviews say it but it is true, buy the mass of your clothes in Bangkok, they are so cheap and will do you for your trip, even if you leave them behind, especially trousers, we got some very funky baggy bottoms for about £3 each and they were the best investment I made. Also you need a few tops that cover your shoulders and trousers to cover your knees when you go to any temples and believe me you will go to plenty. When shopping in Bangkok do not forget to barter, what ever price they give you at last half it!!! 2) Take a decent pair of trekking trainers/boots for the trek and trekking socks. Although it was only for two days, some people of the trip ended up in a lot of pain from wearing converses. I brought a cheap pair of trekking trainers for £25 and just left them behind in Sangkhlaburi as it was a very poor area and the people in the guest house were very grateful for them. Trekking socks may sound a little overkill but I am so grateful that I decided to take them as I was one of the lucky ones that did not have sore feet at the end of day two. 3) Insect repellent..... take LOADS of the stuff with you. I got eaten alive and I was always covered in the stuff. For myself I found that the Jungle formula with 70% deet was good. You can buy it out there too but personally it did not work for me.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

A few friends and I decided not to do the Thai cooking and to go to an Elephant sanctuary in Kanchanaburi which was absolutely amazing. The cost of this was 2000bht, including pick-up, lunch and drop off, as well as an amazing day feeding, bathing, prepping food for the elephants. I would highly recommend that this is put onto the itinerary or at least let the group know that this is available as it was only by chance that we see about this on the taxi one day.

Any other comments?

Our Guides Were Bee And Aow And They Both Were 'SO AMAZING' And The Most Loveliest People You Will Ever Meet. They Were Always There To Go Above And Beyond For Us And I Thank Them So Much For Making Our Trip The Best It Could Be. Bangkok - Now I Was Not Expecting To Feel At Home Straight Away But Koh San Road Really Is Something Else. Shopping Until Nearly 3am Was The Strangest Thing I Have Done But When In Bangkok. The People Are So Nice And Although Every Two Seconds You Were Asked If You Wanted A Tuk Tuk Or To Go The See A Ping Pong Show, If You Said No Thank You They Would Leave You Alone. Kanchanaburi - I Know That Real Gap Do Not Promote The Tiger Temple Because Of The Bad Reviews On How The Tigers Are Treated And The Fact That Someone Was Bitten Badly Last Year, But I Would Still Recommend It. It Was A Great Day Out And We Done The Experience Of Feeding The Baby Cubs Which Was So Amazing. A Few Of Us Even Come Away With A Couple Of Bite Mark Trophy's.... I Mean How Often Can You Say I Got Bit By A Tiger Right!!! Also As Stated Above I Would Highly Recommend Going To The Elephant Sanctuary Too As This Was An Experience That You Cannot Get Back Home. Check Out Their Site Before You Go And See What You Think, Also Take Some Info With You As Our Guides Had Not Heard About It Before And They Will Need To Help Book This For You We Had A Trip To Erwan Waterfalls (think That Was What It Was Called) And This Was A Great Day Out, We All Loved It And Wanted To Stay Longer, Not Sure If This Is Possible But Ask If You Are Able To Get There Earlier In The Morning As I Think We Left The Guest House About 11am And The Waterfalls Shut At 3. Absolutely Beautiful, Try And Make It To Tier 7, Unfortunately I Didn't As The Temptation To Just Get Into The Water Was Too Much For Me But Others Said It Was The Best. Watch Out For The Monkey As I Think He Works For A Collection Company, Taking Anything You Take Your Eye Off Of Haha. I Tied My Bag To A Tree When We Got In The Water Just To Be Safe. Sangkhlaburi - I Would Definitely Say To Go For Something To Eat In Toys, The Food Is Absolutely Gorgeous. My Friend And I Ordered 5 Meals To Try Out The Dishes And With Our Drinks It Come To £3.50... Bargain And Delicious. There Is Also An Icecream Cake Shop A Couple Of Doors Down From The Sian Bank Which Selling The Best Icecream Cakes Ever. Also Go To Tara's Spa, The Owner Is So Sweet And The Massages Are The Best. Nothing Better Than An Hours Full Body Thai Massage After A Day Of Children Climbing All Over You For A Bargain Price Of £4, We Went Everyday And Tried All The Treatments They Do, Plus The Tea Afterward Is The Best I Have Ever Tasted. On Your Free Day You Have The Choice To Go To The Nature Park, Which Is Inflatable On The Lake, Zip Wire And Zorbing, Personally My Friend And I Did Not Want To Do This So We Booked A Great Trip Down At P Guest House For 900bht Which Was A Long Tail Boat Ride Past The Broken Bridge And Floating Temple (no Covering Up Required) And Then Took Us To A Place Where We Trekked On The Back Of The Elephants Through Grassland And Lakes And Then Water Rafted Back. It Was A Great Day Out And Lunch Was Included. I Would Suggest This Rather Than The Elephant Trek That Is Included In Koh Phangan (explained Below). My Advise For What To Bring If You Are Doing The Community Work Option With The Children Is To Bring Stuff Like Colouring Pens/pencils/books, Blowing Bubbles, Balloons And Maybe Some New Alphabet Wall Posters And Number Poster As The Ones That Had At 'The Nil House' Nursery Were Very Battered And In Need Of Replacing. I Am Planning On Sending Some Stuff Over To Them Now That I Am Back. They Loved It When I Played The Music On My Phone And Danced With Them. Also When We Laid Down For Nap Time, They Loved To Play With Your Hair, Taking Out Their Bands To Tie Yours Up So I Brought Boxes Of Bands The Next Day For Them To Do My Hair And Their Faces Just Lit Up. The Jungle Trek... Okay, Well, In All Honestly This Was Not Quite What We Expected. As We Went In The Dry Season, The Waterfall That We Were Lead To Believe We Were Trekking To Didn't Actually Exist As It Had Dried Out, Don't Let This Put You Off, Just If You Go In The Dry Season, Do Not Look Forward To It Like We Did. At The End Of The Trek You Stay In The Village Leaders House, Well Camp In The Cabin To His Home, Make Sure You Sleep With Your Feet Pointing Away From Any Photos Of The King Or Royal Family As This Is Very Offensive. My Friend And I Thought It Would Be A Nice Idea (and Was Also Told That We Were One Of The First To Ever Suggest This) To Take A Gift Of Thanks To The Village Leader For Letting Us Stay At His Home. We Were Told That Bottle Of Hong Thong (think That Was The Name Of It) Would Be An Ideal Thing. So Heads Up If You Would Like To Make A Nice Gesture While You Are There, He Was Very Grateful For It. Also He And His Family Allowed You To Have A Party With The Music Pumping, Disco Ball Going And Drinks Flowing. Finally, If You Are Planning On Getting A Tattoo In Thailand Please Please Please Get It Done In Sangkhlaburi. There Is A Tattoo Place On The Same Road As 7/11, But The Starfish Team Will Show You. This Tattooist Is Amazing And The Prices Are Super Cheap, My Friend Had Two Thai Signs On Her Ribs And An Old Tattoo Redone On Her Are And The Total Was 2000bht. There Is The Option For A Bamboo Tattoo Which I Really Wanted Done, But Didn't Know What To Get And Didn't Want To Get A Tattoo For The Sake Of It. Because The Area Is So Rural There Is A Good Chance That You Will Encounter A Power Cut During Your Time There, Which If This Is Mid Way Through A Tattoo (like One Of The Guys On Our Trip) Fear Not As The Man Will Get The Candles Lit, Head Torch On And Continue With Bamboo Instead... Yes You Read That Correct, Now That Was Something I Have Not Seen Before. Koh Phangan - Then The Overnight Trip Begins, Do Not Worry There Will Be Plenty Of Stops At 7/11 (and It Will Not Take Long To Work Out That There Are 1000's In Thailand). This Is Your Beach Holiday And If You Are Lucky Like Us You Will Also Time It Right For The Full Moon Party, But Worry Not If You Don't As There Is Always Some Sort Of Moon Party Happening As Well As Waterfall, Pool, Jungle Parties To Name A Few. Allow Extra Money For Here As Breakfast Is Not Included And Although It Is Still Cheap, After Sangkhlaburi, It Is More Expensive. We Done A Couple Of Boat Trips Snorkelling (average 1500-2000bth Each). We Went To Angthong National Park Which Was Beautiful, There Was A Lagoon Which Was Stunning. We Also Done A Trip To Nangyuan Island And Koh Tao Which Was Out Of This World Beautiful. The Beaches Were White (stones Admittedly) The Water Was Clear And Just Bliss. It Is A Bit Of Hard Work In The Heat But Climb To The View Point As You Can Get Your Very Own Pano Photo Just Like The Post Cards And Totally Worth The Climb. We Also Done A Trip Over To Koh Samui Which Can Be Arranged At The Reception, Cost Was 700bht Which Included Your Taxi To The Ferry Port And Return Boat Over To The Island, Everything Else And What You Plan To Do It Your Choice. We Hired A Jeep For The Day For 900bht And You Get What You Pay For As It Was So Cronky But If You Ask At Reception They Sometimes Hire Out The Hotel Cars. This Day We Went To Travelled To The Other Side Of The Island Which A Straight Journey Would Only Take 45mins Max. On The Way We Stopped Off At Phangan Homemade Icecream Cafe Which Sold Amazing Icecream. Then Went Onto Phaeng Waterfall Which Once Again Was Just A Load Of Rocks As The Actual Waterfall Had Dried Up But In The Cafe Where You Can Have Some Lunch There Are Two Monkeys Which You Can Have Your Photo Taken With, Just Sit Down, Pay 50bth (£1) And The Baby Climbs All Over You. We Then Went To The Chinese Temple (covering Up Is Required, But A Sarong And Top Will Do) Then We Went Onto Salad Beach, Ao Chlokum Beach And Haad Mae Haad Beach Which Were All Gorgeous. We Ended The Day At The Amsterdam Bar To Watch The Sun Set With The Most Amazing Views. Here Is Also Where You Do Your Included Elephant Trek Which I Would Personally Refuse To Do As The Elephants Do Not Appear To Be Treated Well, They Have Cuts And Split Skin From The Chains And We See The Men Using The Hooks (meant For Guiding The Elephants) To Climb Up And To Hit Them. We Witnessed This And It Was Very Upsetting To Where Some Of The Group Refused To Take Part And One Girl Was In Tears. From The Sanctuary We Learnt That An Elephant Is Not Built To Carry More Than 100kg On Their Back And You Will Find That Trekking Camps Have Seats For People To Seat On Which Normally Weigh At Least 50kg So When Two People Are Also Added This Is Far Too Much Weight For The Elephant And Is Actually Painful For Them. If Ever You Trek On An Elephant, Ask To Sit On The Neck And This Is Where They Can Carry A Lot Of Weight And It Is More Kinder For Them. Well I Think I May Have Gone On For Quite A While But I Really Did Have The Most Amazing Time Of My Life And Met The Best Group Of People.I Have To Say That My Favourite Location Throughout The Trip Was Sangkhlaburi As I Felt That It Was Really Cultural With The Chance To Experience The Thai Life More. Plus The Fact That We Were Able To Help With The Community Work And Have A Massage And Icecream Cake Daily... Who Wouldn't :o) I Am So Pleased That I Decided To Join This Trip And Already Looking Into Booking My Next Venture. I Hope That This Has Helped Some Of You Make Up Your Mind On Choosing This Trip As You Really Will Not Regret It.

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James Clark - March 2014

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Best month ever! Amazing people, amazing experience, will never forget!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Nights out in Bangkok, Safari park, Volunteering, Waterfall trek and the final week in Koh Phangan!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Do not worry about travelling alone! i was so worried! but it was the best month of my life. Find out fully what you're paying for before paying because some times you didn't get what you thought you were paying for. Try everything and don't hold back!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Trips to other islands, more time in Bangkok and Kanchanaburi. Less time in Sangkhlaburi as we all felt we spent too much time here as we could have jammed more stuff into days instead of free time in an area where there was little to do.

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James Clark - March 2014

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Nights out in Bangkok, Safari park, Volunteering, Waterfall trek and the final week in Koh Phangan!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Do not worry about travelling alone! i was so worried! but it was the best month of my life. Find out fully what you're paying for before paying because some times you didn't get what you thought you were paying for. Try everything and don't hold back!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Trips to other islands, more time in Bangkok and Kanchanaburi. Less time in Sangkhlaburi as we all felt we spent too much time here as we could have jammed more stuff into days instead of free time in an area where there was little to do.

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Samantha Garrard - March 2014

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Most memorable adventure, met great people, loved it!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Elephant trekking, Jungle Trek, volunteering.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

If you're worried about going on your own, then go first with Real Gap Try everything at least once and enjoy every minute of it. Try to get involved in as much culture as you possibly can.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Day trips to other islands.

Any other comments?

I Was Disappointed With The British Starfish Staff We Came Into Contact With. They Were Unhelpful And Unenthusiastic. They Did Not Enhance The Volunteering Programme For Us. Also We Felt As A Group We Could Have Been More Informed Throughout The Trip, E.g. With Travel Schedules And What Was Available For Us To Do.

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Christine%20 Botha - February 2014

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Absolutely unbelievable experience, learnt alot about myself, & met AMAZING people!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything was a highlight for me. I had no idea what to expect so everything was a wonderful surprise!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

PACK LIGHT! Everything you need like T-shirts, long pants etc can be bought there & its very cheap! 100Baht for a pair of pants. Bring trekking shoes that are water proof as when you go to the Erawan water falls at some point you may need to walk through water so its handy having waterproof shoes on. Take advantage of every opportunity and so bring extra money (Debit card is fine. Alot of people on my trip had problems with their travel cards). Budget for about £200 a week.

Any other comments?

Good Starting Off Point For People Who Have Never Traveled Before & For Those Travelling On Their Own. BEST Way To Meet New People!! Dont Think About I.. Just DO IT!!

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Arianne Williams - February 2014

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New friends, unforgettable experience, rewarding, incredible memories, time of my life!

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Meeting all the gorgeous children at Dream House and the nurseries. They were so appreciative and made all the work we did worthwhile. Partying on Koh Phangan... Best night of my life! Meeting all the wonderful people - Friends for life :D

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) You don't need to take much with you, you can buy EVERYTHING on your travels round. (Clothes, toiletries, other bits & bobs) 2) Keep a diary each day. I kept all my tickets and wrote all the best bits and a year on, I am SO glad that I did it. 3) Book flexible return tickets - So many people in my group went on to travel on their own after so a flexible return is ideal for that

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Nope!

Any other comments?

Book It :D

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Danielle Hibbert - January 2014

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Amazing, beautiful, crazy, funny, surreal, YOLO, life changing, unforgettable, perfect.

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The whole trip was fantastic. Some of the highlights were going to the waterfalls, tiger temple, elephant trekking, Thai cooking lesson and seeing the beautiful beaches.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. You can never be too prepared. Take a first aid kit including plasters, tiger balm, paracetamol and sanitiser! 2. Take toilet roll as there is a very limited amount in the public places, though the hotels do have it. 3. Pack lightly when it comes to clothes, everything is so cheap. If I'd of known, id of bought nearly everything out there.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Possibly a visit to another island like Koh Samui would have been nice.

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Daisy Haley - January 2014

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AMAZING! no other word to describe the trip!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting the other guys on my trip and my awesome guide (Kung). Volunteering in Sangklaburi, and the waterfalls!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Personally I would probably take a suitcase next time as I am quite small and it hurt my back. Also I am a girly girl and took hairdryer, straightners etc you do not need them I used them once!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Maybe adding another Island to visit whilst there!

Any other comments?

Maybe Change The Place To Stay In Sangklaburi As We Had A Rat In Our Room And Had To Stay There For 12 Nights Which Wasn't Very Pleasant. Apart From That Overall The Most Amazing Thing I Have Ever Done And Wish I Had Done It Sooner! For Anybody Hesitating About Doing The Trip Or Travelling On Their Own, Don't Be You Are Well Looked After, And You Meet Friends For Life! Kung Our Tour Guide I Speak On Behalf Of All Of My Group, You Did A Great Job Always On Hand To Help And Had The Best Personality Ever!!!

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Emma Parkinson - January 2014

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Best month of my life, friends for life, Thailand rocks

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Far too many to mention but some highlights are: Partying on Khao San Road Having the most amazing group Having the most amazing guide, Som. She's amazing Volunteering Tiger temple Fancy dress night at sugar member All the starfish staff in sangkhlaburi, Amon, Tee, Wiwat Temples Water rafting Mac Bay resort on Koh Phangan Thai cooking River Kwai

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Throw yourself into everything Take a rucksack Be yourself

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Perhaps squeezing in another island or place

Any other comments?

Som Our Guide I Can't Thank You Enough! She's A Superstar And We Loved Her So Much. This Experience Was The Best Month Of My Life. Thailand Is Amazing And I Can't Wait To Go Back. It Was Phenomenal. Defiantly Planning Another Trip. I Now Have Friends For Life

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Alicia Crocker - January 2014

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Embrace everything Thailand has to offer and get stuck in!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting the amazing people on my tour, our rep (som) was amazing! Tiger temple and the waterfalls were incredible, koh phangang was the ultimate way to finish.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Bring more money (it was a lot more expensive than budgeted for taxis and a lot of the tours are not included in the trip ie tiger temple, museums and the breakfasts were quite poor I.e. Sangkhlaburi you had horrible tea/coffee and bread there was no toaster or butter and we were there for 12 days). Toasties (sausage and cheese) are amazing from 7/11. Embrace everything!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Spend longer in Bangkok, and spend less time in sangkhlaburi, maybe add another island?

Any other comments?

Our Tour Guide Som Was Amazing And So Good At What She Does I Will Miss Her Loads, She Is One In A Million! Change The Elephant Trek, We Visited The Elephants In Koh Phangang, They Had Awful Living Conditions Which Was Really Quite Sad And I Didn't Enjoy It.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Matthew Tetlow - January 2014

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Amazing culture and experiences, would recommend to anyone.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The volunteering was really good, and it was very nice to feel like i was living in the area in real Thailand and not just a tourist area. On one of the free days i also went to the tiger temple this was an absolutely amazing experience which i would recommend above anything else. I would strongly suggest that you put this back on the trip plan.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Long trousers and tops for temples. Budget £700 spending money for the trip. Do everything, every day trip possible, especially those recommended by guides.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Scuba diving or more arranged trips in Koh Pangan.

Any other comments?

Sugar Our Guide Was Ill For The First 2 Weeks So We Had Ben, Som, And Jip, Then Sugar. They Were All Absolutely Amazing And Really Did Make The Trip. It Wouldn't Of Been Half As Good Without Them, There Knowledge & Willingness To Teach And Help Was Amazing. The Only Negative Would Be A Few Bits Of Information Missing In The Per-departure Info, Like What To Wear In The Temples And The Volunteering.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Jess Knight - December 2013

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Best time of my life gave me the travel bug

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Sugar mumma bar and this night life in kanchaburi. The people on the trip and the people I met. The half moon party in koh phanang. Our guide goong, she was awesome!! The beautiful scenery! Bangkok.. Ok everything was a highlight. Because I had the most amazing time of my life!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Go to koh phi phi! It's literally the best place ever! Do not over pack, I bought so many clothes out there which I only wore, ended up posting stuff home which cost £70! Also get money out there as the currancy exchange rate is so so much better! Oh and don't bother with paying for tolietries because there is a boots in Bangkok so you can get stuff so much cheaper and still branded! Oh and don't take a suitcase of you are considering to go on traveling! Don't let hang overs ruin trips planned for the next day! I missed out on the bridge and tiger temple in kanchaburi because I was hung over!:( oh and prepare to cover your shoulders in sangklaburi every day until 6pm after then you can cover your knees or shoulders. Do everything, YOLO ;-)

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Going to the islands in Thailand like koh phi phi, I did this with my friend after the trip and it was the best few days I had in Thailand!

Any other comments?

I Recommend Only Real Gap Trips, Make Sure If You Book Any Other Ones Without Reviews Exactly What You Are Paying For And The Company That Is Doing The Trip!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Angela Mclay - December 2013

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Best month of my life!. Great company..great country!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The whole trip was an amazzing experience, my highlights were definately the waterfalls and the jungle trek.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Dont overpack as everything is so cheap over there, trousers are not essential you just need shorts that go past your knees and girls have to have shoulders cover and no short shorts till 6pm which real gap dont explain. Always carry tissue with you as there isnt always any in the toilets. Make sure your insect spray has high deet percent as you will get bit constantly, becareful what you eat off the markets.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Tiger temple should definately be added on the itinerary as its a huge life experience. I think less time in Sangkhlaburi and maybe spend few days exploring more of the island.

Any other comments?

Dont Expect To Follow Your Itinerary As Its Printed,.ours Got A Little Switched Around And Some Activities Were Even Cancelled, Real Gap Need To Update And Give More Advise On What Girls Can And Cant Wear. Bit Disappointed We Didnt Get An Orientation On Our First Day, I Was Glad When We Finally Got Our Original Guide After A Week Of Having 3 Different Guides. Take More Money Than Real Gap Recommend You Will Find Yourself Partying Every Night And Lots Of Taxi's, Be Sure To Go To Sugers Bar And Western Bar..our Favourite Bars! Make The Most Of It...experience Of A Lifetime!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Dawn-marie Williams - October 2013

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It showed me how strong I can be.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The first night in Khaosan Road was awesome. I was so excited and felt so well. After that, there are only a few moments, like having dinner with a few of the girls and getting a tattoo. There was no specific day that I loved, although I know had I been well, I would have. It still gave me an experience many people with M.E can only dream of, I experienced a whole new culture and became stronger in myself, and for that, I am grateful.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Accept you will get homesick. You will get used to the bugs. There is no need to buy clothes beforehand, as Bangkok is packed of cheap clothes.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Elephants! I'm arranging to go toa sanctuary next year for a week. I feel an elephant trek is too touristy.

Any other comments?

Has Your Team Ever Considered Organising A Trip For People With Chronic Illnesses/ Recovery/ Etc? A Thai Massage And The Constant Warmth Made All The Difference For Me, But The Pace Was Difficult. Travelling With Others In Similar Situations And Tour Guides With A Good Knowledge And Maybe A Nurse Is Something I Would Definitely Do. I Would Be More Than Happy To Help If This Is An Option You Want To Explore.

Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Steffen Nierobisch - October 2013

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Yes

Nastassja L - September 2013

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This experience will stay with me forever. The best!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

It was all brilliant but I did enjoy the activities involving animals!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Bring £150+ per week 2. Bring evening clothes 3. Enjoy!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More time in Bangkok

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Mark Mcnulty - September 2013

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The volunteer work at a local village teaching children English was a highlight for me, as it was a challenging but rewarding experience.

Any other comments?

Had A Great Time On The Thailand Experience. The Real Gap Team Were Extremely Helpful (especially Tom), And Answered All My Questions, Before I Left. The In-country Team Were Good.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Rebecca Wheadon - September 2013

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(9/10)
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Best month of my life, met the most incredible people and experienced things that i'm never lively to do again.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

It's hard to pinpoint what I especially enjoyed about the trip, because it was the best month of my life. Each place we went have it's bonuses. The atmosphere in Bangkok at night was fantastic and it had incredible street food and night shopping. We visited so many temples and the culture and architecture was amazing. The tiger temple in Kanchanaburi was fantastic getting up close and personal with the huge animals. Koh Phangan was an gorgeous island, great for partying, the best night I had was at the pool party! The elephant trekking was such fun also.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

For Sangklaburi take lots of tops that cover your shoulders and trousers/skirts to cover your knees. For trekking the ideal thing to wear is wellies because you'll walk through streams but you can buy them cheaply there. A suitcase would be just as good if not better than a rucksack.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

We spent nearly two weeks in Sangklaburi, however I feel the activities we carried out there could have been condensed into a week, which would have given the opportunity us to go another place, like Phuket or ChangMai. Real Gap could also have included taxi's during the time in Kanchanburi, the full/half moon party. A trip to the Tiger Temple should have been included too. Lunch during the trek should have been included also.

Any other comments?

It Would Be Very Useful For Real Gap To Give You Some More Information On The Trekking Prior To The Trip. The Beach Hut In Koh Phangan Was Vile-dirty, No Safe, Not Secure, Poor Lighting, One Small Mirror And Minimal Plugs, However We Were Charged £60 To Move Rooms. Management During Sangklaburi Was Questionable And There Are Some Room For Improvements There.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Laura Surrell - September 2013

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Would do it again in a heart beat, so good.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The waterfalls were stunning, Bangkok was crazy but brilliant, the elephant trek, and the time on the island was incredible.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Do everything!! T-shirts are all that's needed to cover your shoulders you'll need quite a lot. Go open minded.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I would have liked to have seen more of Bangkok.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Matthew Williams - September 2013

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(9/10)
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Brilliant experience, one of the best things I have ever done!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Our time in Bangkok, elephant trekking, tiger temple, half moon party.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take around £700 Don't worry, Thailand isn't what people make it out to be, it's very safe as long as you're careful. Make the most of your time in Thailand!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

A few more days in Bangkok

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Lauren Field - August 2013

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Tiger Temple, Elephant Trekking, Koh Phangan

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Don't bring a rucksack. You don't need to be able to carry your luggage and you can fit much more in a suitcase. 2. Bring lots of clothing that covers your knees and shoulders. 3. Bring a lot more money than recommended by Realgap

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More time on islands

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Thomas Burke - August 2013

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Great trip, Great tour guides, great people

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Kelly Warburton - August 2013

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Amazing friends! Bee and Kung our coordinators were absolutely amazing!!!!!!! Beautiful country! Street food! Full moon wooooooo Rain lol

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Tiger temple absolutely amazing (not included in price) ! Bangkok nights out take full advantage you only have two nights there !!!! Whole time on koh phangan is unreal and full moon party best night of my life

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't be scared of going on your own, I went on my own and I was so worried but I met the most amazing people and will be friends for life !!!!! Take ALOT more money than recommend ! I spent 800 pound and needed more! A lot of things arnt included ie taxis and some trips u can do. Take a suitcase not a backpack! U will regret taking a backpack and its so much easier with a suitcase

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Visiting more islands !!

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yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Joanna Dabinett - August 2013

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Amazing experience, would highly recommend to anyone, perfect for lone travelers

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Any other comments?

The Guides Were Amazing, Couldnt Have Asked For Better.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Joanna Lawrence - August 2013

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Made friends for life, life changing experience!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Being in a big group- making new friends for life that I can share memories with for the rest of my life. Visiting the waterfalls. Lots of other activities that unfortantly weren't included in the itiniary.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack some wellies for monsoon season Pack long sleved tops and keen lenght trousers- enough for a week! Make the most of everything you do!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Boat trip to other islands, Tiger temple, One day jungle trek, Visit to a Thai school

Any other comments?

The Intinary Needs Reviewing For Monsoon Season! Our Group Got Moved From Sangklaburi To Koh Samui Due To No Running Water And Floods In The Town- Slightly Ruined The Trip As Couldnt Wash Clothes And Damp Everywhere And Most Of Us Not Prepared For How Wet It Was!! Also Tour Guides Werent Brilliant- Didnt Feel Like I Learnt As Much As I Wanted.Luckily As A Group We All Got On So Well Which Made The Experience For Me!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

No

Sonja Salzmann - August 2013

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amazing experience with great people, that will change your life!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

volunteering! I loved the kids, and the mix between building and childcare was really good! trekking and erawan waterfalls, tiger temple, trip to the burmese boarder, everything was amazing!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

be open for everything, get to know other people and embrace thai culture you will love it! don't worry about packing, you can fill up your suitcase quite fast ;) buy all souvenirs in bangkok (thats the cheapest way)

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

maybe you could add chiang mai/chiang rai

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yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Meg%20 Riley%20 - August 2013

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Had a lot of fun, as well as a lot of life changing experiences.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The partying, playing with the kids at the orphanage and school, half moon party, canoeing to the sunken temple, Koh san road and elephant trekking.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Keep aside emergency medical funds. Although you can claim back on your insurance, you can end up completely skint for a few days if you fall ill like it did near the end of your trip. Take extra money for laundry and taxis (70-200 baht taxi journey which happens most evenings/ 40-150 baht for weekly washing) You will need a lot more money for your final week in Koh Pangan. The trips are worthwhile and I missed out due to money which i was disappointed with. BRING NICE CLOTHES FOR GOING OUT IN. If you are a party animal, there are opportunities to go out A LOT, so make sure you take going out clothes, make-up etc. Bring lots of t-shirts you are willing to get dirty. Bring practical footwear (especially if you are going in monsoon season) Rubber/foam flipflops are a safe bet as you have to take your shoes off in a lot of places as well. Then you can just chuck them at the end. Buy clothes in Bangkok when you get there.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Maybe a few hours of animal work. There was an oppertunity to work at the dog sanctuary for a few hours but it was never seen through.

Any other comments?

Throw Yourself In When It Comes To Socialising. Do As Much As You Possibly Can.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Alice Greenwood - August 2013

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(10/10)
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An amazing month with amazing people, great experiences, definitely worthwhile!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The building volunteer work in Sangkhlaburi, the waterfalls at Erawan National Park, the boat trip in Koh Phangan, Half Moon Party, making new friends and experiencing the culture!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1.Make sure you take t-shirts to cover your shoulders, and clothes to cover your knees, I didn't take enough. Shoulders and knees have to be covered most of the time in Sangkhlaburi. 2.Take enough money so you have enough for optional day trips, you also have to pay for a lot of taxis ect. which is not mentioned. I took £500 and it was just enough, most people took more. 3.Experience everything!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I was happy with the itinerary but would have seen more of Bangkok as not much time was spent there.

Any other comments?

The Optional Extra Of Going To Tiger Temple Is Not Worth The Risk, It Is Dangerous As Our Group Experienced First Hand. If You Are Going To Go, Do Not Do The 'cub Exercise'. Other Than That I Had A Brilliant Month And Would Recommend It To Anyone Who Is Thinking Of Going Traveling. Most People On The Trip Were There On Their Own So Don't Be Afraid To Go Alone You'll Make Friends When You're There!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Megan Nolloth - August 2013

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Brilliant experience, made friends for life! Set me up for independent travelling.

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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The Tiger Temple, Elephant trekking, Erawan waterfalls and volunteering week with all the children. Perfect opportunity to look after them and you do some building work in the afternoon on the school so you get to do a bit of everything. Amsterdam bar was nice to relax in on the last evening as well. Definitely go to koh samui if you can - beautiful beach and cheap shopping! Koh Nang yuan is the most beautiful bay ive ever seen and has amazing snorkelling areas!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

As long as you are sensible and careful around Koh Phangan you shouldnt have anything stolen. Don't take a bag out at night but take any money in your pockets in your shorts and on moon parties just take your money, we had no problems. Take plenty of evening clothes and layers for the day if you go in monsoon season - prepared to get very very wet! Although in certain areas (Sangkhlaburi) it rained non stop, it was hot everywhere else so you still get a good tan! I took walking boots as it was very slippery and they are perfect for Erawan waterfalls and the trekking (though I didnt end up doing it!) There is plenty of mosquito spray in thailand which is strong so dont spend a fortune on it here as its cheap and better out there. I spent £500 in total and had taken extra for emergencies. Most people spent around this with nights out as well so as long as you quickly learn what is expensive and what isnt then you will be fine! (TIP: Toys in Sangkhlaburi does great Thai Green curry for only 30BHT).

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

We spent a long time in Sangkhlaburi which then was too flooded to stay so we had to move, this should have been examined prior to the trip and there should be a second/back up option in case this happens again. (This does not include the option of rebuilding the mon bridge after it broke!) Also I think more taxis in Kanchanaburi should have been included in the price for days out which were prebooked. Be prepared to spend a bit on taxis in Koh Phangan as its 200 baht each time you want to get a taxi into town.

Any other comments?

After Reading Other Reviews About The Tiger Temple I Just Want To Note That Yes It Was Quite Scary, They Are Wild Animals Which Obviously Cannot Be 100% Tame But You Go There At Your Own Risk. Upon Entrance To The Temple You Sign A Contract Explaining This Therefore You Are Not Forced To Go But Do So At Your Own Will. This Is A Day Out Not Linked With Realgap But An Extra Day You Can Choose To Do On Your Own Which Personally Was My Favourite Day Of The Trip Therefore I Don't Think It Should Be Banned From The Trip Altogether As It Is Your Trip To Do As You Wish. Also Our Guide Sugar Was Awesome - Basically Did It All By Herself So She Definitely Needs To Get Noticed For That! Such A Lovely Person As Well, She Knew What People Wanted So Would Organise Different Things To Suit All Needs. This Is An Experience Which Suits People Who Havent Been Travelling Before, A Good Starter Before Going Off In The Future And Travelling On Your Own.

Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Jenny Pain - August 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Fun, exciting, busy, something for everyone, great company, worth it!

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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(7/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Elephant trek, snorkelling, Ang Thong marine park day trip, tiger temple, Erawan waterfalls (trek to the top level!) , half moon party, Bangkok temple tour,

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't be stingy with money- do all that you can or you'll regret it Bring tops that cover your shoulders for Sangklaburi Have a massage- sooo worth it!!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Spend less time in Sangklaburi, maybe include Chang Mai, full days of volunteering instead of only 9-12. Grand palace entry.

Any other comments?

Amazing Resort In Koh Phangan! It Was Sooooo Nice! Pay Smithy More- He Is An AWESOME Tour Guide We Love Him! Great Trip If You Don't Want To Travel Alone And Want To Make Great Friends And Keep Busy. Beware Of Tiger Temple Dangers!

Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Madeline Coldwell - August 2013

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(10/10)
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Once in a lifetime experience! Made some great friends and saw some amazing sights, definitely worthwhile.

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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(8/10)
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(6/10)
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(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

--The waterfalls at Erawan National Park --Doing building during the volunteering week- I thought this was more worthwhile than the childcare option as you gave back more to the community. --Elephant ride --Boat trip in Koh Pha Ngan. --Meeting lots of lovely people through the trip

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

--Take good walking shoes or boots for the jungle trek (they were also useful when building in volunteer week) and also take a rain coat. --Make sure you buy insect repellent with a high % of DEET as there are lots of mosquitos. --Dont take too many clothes, but make sure you have some tops that cover shoulders and skirts or trousers that cover knees. (Also you need to cover ankles when visiting temples)

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No, I felt that through all the activities we did and everything we saw during the trip, that I fully experienced Thailand.

Any other comments?

I Wouldn't Reccommend Going To Tiger Temple, As It Is Just Plain Unsafe And Dangerous. It Is Easy To Forget They Are Wild Animals And Just Think About How Good The Pictures You Get Will Look. Ultimately You Can't Tame A Tiger And They Will Always Have Their Instincts. If You Do Decide To Go However, Take Care And Don't Pay Extra For The "cub Exercise" As This Programme Is Particularly Dangerous And The "cubs" Are Not Cubs At All But Fully Grown Adults. Other Than That I Really Enjoyed The Overall Experience And Would Reccommend It, Especially If You Haven't Travelled Before. It Was The First Time I Have Travelled Without Family And It Has Definitely Given Me The Confidence To Travel Independently In The Future.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Rebecca Robinson - August 2013

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(9/10)
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Really fun, amazing experience, great group of new friends

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(7/10)
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(7/10)
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(7/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Waterfalls, elephant trekking, ko phangan

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take a bumbag for nights out as stuff gets stolen easily Wear lots of insect repellent Bring a raincoat or buy a poncho during monsoon season

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No

Any other comments?

Brilliant Experience, Well Worth The Money

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Hayley Bagley - August 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Best thing i have ever done, amazing experience!!

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Elephant trekking, nature club, half moon party, waterfalls, meeting new people!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Go with an open mind! Pack light and take toilet roll if your a girl!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Louise Lear - August 2013

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(10/10)
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Cultural, a experience I'll never forgot, making new friends, worth every penny

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The day trip to the marine park in koh phagan, the people I met and being able to experience the country in its purest form.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

You don't need to take a ruck sack. I took a suitcase it was so much easier. Be aware of the things you are actually doing, it's amazing being in a new place but remember that it can be very dangerous, but do everything! Take lots of money. I took £800 and it just about got me through. Also just go with the flow, you will be put into situations you would never have been in before, it's a very different country to ours so just be patient with it.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I would have liked to have spent more time on the island and saw more of Bangkok. I think less time could have been spent in sangkhlaburi, it was a beautiful place but there wasn't much to do there and I felt the second week was just a fill in. Where as we could have gone t I the island early and spent more time there. Also we only got to see one road in Bangkok which meant you didn't really see it.

Any other comments?

I Would Say If You Want To Go To Tiger Temple Do But Don't Do The Cub Exercise And Be Careful Of The Bigger Tigers As We Witnessed How Dangerous They Can Be, Getting Caught Up In The Moment Of Being With Tigers Meant That We Forgot That These Are Wild Animals. But I Would Still Do The Baby Tiger Feeding That Was Amazing Just Not The Cub Exercise.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Katie Gaskell - August 2013

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(8/10)
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Great fun, lots of new friends and an amazing country

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(9/10)
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(8/10)
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(9/10)
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(7/10)
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(6/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The trekking and overnight stay/party in the jungle, the restaurants and free time in Sangklhaburi, parties on Koh Phangan ( not just Full Moon but mainly those leadng up to it.)

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Travel light and shop there. Go with the flow. Try to stick to Thai food.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More time island hopping or simply on Koh Phangan, less time in Sanglhkla.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Nastassja Leamon - August 2013

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(10/10)
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The best experience ever! Nothing will compare!

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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

I cannot say just one, the whole trip was a highlight. It was well worth the money and the people in country were so caring and helpful!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack clothes suitable for temple - most of the trip you will need them for Make sure clothes are thin - it is very humid! Buy a high memory SD card for your camera - you take loooads of pics

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I do not think Tiger Temple should be taken off, despite a previous volunteers parent suggesting so. It is a worthwhile trip and knowing that was on the trip, they knew the risks and you can always say no to the trip.

Any other comments?

Our Guides Were Amazingly Helpful And Looked Out For Us The Whole Time, I Really Appreciate All Their Efforts Even While They Were Ill! (Som And Ben)

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Rachel Shadbolt - July 2013

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(8/10)
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Amazing experience, had a great time and made lifelong friends.

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(2/10)
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(5/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Volunteering with the children, erawan waterfalls, elephant ride and the last week in Koh Pangan.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take lots of long trousers/tops for the 12 days inSanghkliburi because you have to cover up the whole time you are there. Take more money than recomended because there are lots of extra things to pay for e.g. taxis. Make the most of every day because the month goes very quickly!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Nope :)

Any other comments?

Tour Guides (Kung And Bee) Were Amazing, Vey Friendly And Helpful. I Thoroughly Enjoyed The Overall Experience In Thailand However There Are A Few Things Which Could Be Improved. I Didn't Expect To Have So Many Extra Costs Whilst In Thailand, Should Have Been Told About These, For Example We Paid For Taxis Every Night In Kanchanaburi To Go To Town To Get Dinner. We Also Paid For A Lot Of Taxis In Koh Phangan Which We Did Not Expect. Also, The Itinerary Did Not Make It Clear How Long The Travel Would Be, For Example We Did Not Know That The Travel To Koh Phangan Would Take 24 Hours.

Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

No

Steph Waddle - July 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
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Made new friends, unforgettable experience and life long memories

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The highlights for me were meeting lots of new friends, learning a different culture, Tiger Temple ( an extra cost day trip) Burma day trip (another extra cost day trip) and river rafting

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack light- I only took a week's worth of clothes and just washed them out or there are laundry services at most of the hotels. Take too much money- There are so many hidden costs with this trip, Real Gap say you can live off £80 but that's if you don't do any day trips, drink or get taxi's. In Kanchanaburi and Koh Phangan the hotels are a taxi ride away from the main restaurants and bars so you need to get a taxi most nights. Budget between £100-£200 pound a week. I spent about £580 in the month but I didn't drink much. Grab every opportunity- You have quite a few free days so make the most of the day trips they offer. Tiger Temple is worth every penny, the tigers are not drugged up and they are looked after by monks so they are pretty well kept. In Sangkhlaburi I did a day trip to the Burmese border, doing caving and river tubing and that was one of my highlights so it is definitely worth doing.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I was happy with the itinerary but it would have been nice to stay on the other islands. After doing something everyday for 3 weeks, a week on the beach in Koh Phangan gets a bit boring though there are many day trips on offer.

Any other comments?

Our Guide, Kung, Was The Best. If You Get Her Then You Are So Lucky, She Was So Involved And Part Of The Group.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Steph Waddle - July 2013

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(9/10)
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Made new friends, unforgettable experience and life long memories

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The highlight for me were meeting lots of new friends, learning a different culture and doing Tiger Temple (an extra cost day trip)

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack light, take too much money and grab every opportunity

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No I was happy with the itinerary

Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Thea Macdonald - July 2013

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(8/10)
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Amazing for getting into travelling, ideal for first time travellers

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(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(8/10)
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(7/10)
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(9/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Everyday was so different so it's difficult to choose highlights, but the most memorable days for me were the Tiger temple, river rafting, and visiting the bridge over the river Kwai

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Bring lots of extra money, a lot more than you expect you need. I spent about £550 while I was out there and that was a lot less than most of the people in my group, because you need money for things you don't expect like taxis every day in kanchanaburi and koh phan gnan as well as paying for things to do on the free days. A backpack isn't really necessary, the only time I was glad I had one was when we were walking up and down the stairs on the ferry to and from koh phan gnan, but if you can carry your suitcase I would say bring that instead because it is such a hassle unpacking and repacking and repacking. And, if you get even the slightest bit travel sick, don't go on the speed boat trip snorkelling at koh Tao, I didn't even think I got travel sick but the journey to and from koh Tao takes 1 hour and a half and I saw at Least 3 people being sick on the boat, but I felt ill from it the whole day so couldn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. So if you want to visit the other islands, get the the ferry, it might be more expensive but at least you won't come off it feeling sea sick.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I would have liked to stay on koh Tao or koh samui for some of the last week, I don't think it was necessary to stay on koh phan gnan the whole week

Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Paige Holland-andrew - July 2013

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(10/10)
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best trip imaginable, experiences and memories to last a lifetime

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(10/10)
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(6/10)
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(10/10)
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(7/10)
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What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting an amazing group of like minded people with the best tour guides we could have asked for, there wasn't any single event which was the best everyday was and adventure and I enjoyed every aspect of the trip!! The waterfalls and volunteering as well as the beautiful lakes beaches and mountains that Thailand has just topped of an outstanding trip

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Get involved in everything you possibly can and make the most of your time there Enjoy the trip as much as possible and make friends with your group Don't take mosquito spray from the UK which is only 50% deet it doesn't repel the Mosquitos strongly enough out there best to buy 95% deet and citronella spray from the pharmacy when you get there

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Less time in sanklaburi and maybe a little island hopping at the end koh Tao is beautiful and would be amazing to go there as part of the trip

Any other comments?

Jib Our Tour Guide And Kevin MADE Our Trip They Were Amazing Went Above And Beyond There Job To Help Us Out Make Sure We Have Fun And Made Sure We Were All Safe

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Sian Wormald - July 2013

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(10/10)
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Amazing sights and experiences, brilliant friendships, memories to last a lifetime!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Tiger temple, Erawan Waterfalls, Elephant Treking and relaxing in Koh Phangan

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Girls take a lot of t-shirts that cover your shoulders, you will need them!!! 2. Take your smart phones etc. They will always be safe, and there is wifi everywhere. 3. Don't worry about going independently, it was the best and easiest way to make friends over there!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Tiger temple should be part of the pre-planned itinerary. More food tasting and recommended restaurants.

Any other comments?

I Chose This Trip Because I Liked The Fact That Everything Was Organised In Advance. It Really Suited Me, We Had Daily Meetings To Ensure That Everyone Knew What The Plan Was For Each Day, But There Was Also Enough Days/time For People To Do What They Want To Do. On Most 'free Days' There Is An Optional Activity To Take Part In, Do Them All, They're Worth It! There's Time To Relax In The Final Week So Keep Busy For Three Weeks! Be Prepared To Do Some Building/maintenance Work Even If You Pick The Community Option Because The Children Sleep In The Afternoons So It Is Likely You Will Do Work There In This Time. Enjoy Every Single Moment, It Will Be Over Before You Know It!!!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Harriet Kendall - July 2013

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(10/10)
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Made lots of friends, experienced things I'll never have the chance to do again, want to go back, loved it!

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(10/10)
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What were the highlights of your trip?

Volunteering was an amazing experience. Loved the tiger temple and boat trip in koh phangan although these were extras! Made some amazing friends and just had the best time!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't be scared to go alone, you'll meet so many people! Bring enough clothes to cover up, trousers and tshirts!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Maybe visit Chang Mai or another island, felt like we were in Sangkhlaburi for too long!

Any other comments?

Bring More Spending Money Than Real Gap Advises As There Are A Lot Of Taxi Fares And Extra Excursions That Aren't Included In The Price. The Cooking Lesson And The Elephant Trek Weren't As Described, Each Only Lasted For A Few Hours Not The Day Which Was Disappointing But Still Enjoyed It!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Nadia O'shaughnessy - July 2013

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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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What were the highlights of your trip?

Nights out on Koh Phangan and in Bangkok, volunteering with the children in Sangkhlaburi, day trip to the Burmese border, boat party at the end of a hard week's worth of volunteering, banana shakes on Koh Phangan and, of course, our amazing tour guides, Sugar and Puukii! The whole trip was one big highlight to be honest.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- Girls, take lots of clothes that cover knees and shoulders - you'll need to cover either one or the other throughout the entire 2 weeks in Sangkhlaburi. - Keep a travel journal. So much happens everyday, it's good to keep track of it all! - Budget extra for taxis (200 baht round trip if you want to go out on Koh Phangan, for example), for shopping in Bangkok and for all the extra optional trips offered throughout the month.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Some time on one of the other islands.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Lauren Brannen - July 2013

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(8/10)
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(9/10)
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What were the highlights of your trip?

The last week in Koh Phangan, Full Moon Party is unmissable. Tiger Temple and elephant trekking. Visiting the waterfalls and the boat parties.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Bring lots of trousers/long tops than you think you need for the temples as all of us had to buy extra and some places aren't as cheap as they have been made out to be. Bring a separate SD/USB to add your photos too during the trip as many of us lost our cameras/phones or just lost all our photos. Bring ALOT of antibacterial gel, cream, wipes, plasters and ALOT of deet, you will get bitten!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More island hopping.

Any other comments?

Don't Be Put Off Going On Your Own, I Did And Had Absolutely No Problems.

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yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Katie Macleod - July 2013

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If your even slightly thinking of going... JUST DO IT!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Koh Phangan's parties.. of course! The Tiger Temple. Meeting everyone. Trekking in the jungle. Nights out in Bangkok!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Way more money than they would recommend. Didn't think I would be going out as much as I did. Bring toilet paper everywhere you go and bring lots of trousers and t-shirts for the temples and volunteering.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More islands? And possibly include some of the "free day" activities into the original price as they are must do things but quite expensive so I didn't I did not bring enough money out with me.

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yes

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Yes

Jack Barker - July 2013

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Scott Thorley - July 2013

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Unforgettable experience, BOOK IT!!!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Volunteering in Sangkhalaburi, Massuman currys and Ang Thong national marine park

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Go to Ang Thong national park from Ko Pangan, budget for spending £200 on the final week and just embrace everything on the trip.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Would definitely like to visit chaiang mai.

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no

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Yes

Hannah Manning - June 2013

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Best month of my life, unforgettable, made friends for life!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Tiger temple, Elephant trek, river rafting and our self organised boat trip

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Have the same amount of clothes for going out as you do for volunteering and bring fancy dress! Don't be afraid about going on your own, it's the best decision i've ever made! Make the most of every opportunity thrown your way and embrace it!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Include tiger temple in the cost of the trip

Any other comments?

The Leaders Made The Trip What It Was, They Were So Helpful And Caring And Our Best Friends At The Same Time! If I Had Gone To Thailand For A Month By Myself I Wouldn't Have Had An Experience Anywhere Near As Incredible As The One With Real Gap. Highly Recommend!!

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yes

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Yes

Simone Conway - June 2013

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Bee and Smithy are the absolute best tour guides ever!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Kanchanaburi and Sangkhlaburi were amazing; jungle trekking and staying overnight in the jungle in tents; and the last week in Koh Phangan were all my highlights!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't listen to the estimated budget of 80 pounds a week because you definitely will spend more. There are quite a lot of additional costs which haven't been included. You'll save a lot of time and effort if you pack lots of T-shirts, because for the whole twelve days in Sangkhlaburi, you HAVE to cover your shoulders! Stay on after the trip to travel some more with everyone else carrying on after the tour... and bring a camera with a memory card with lotssssss of space!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Maybe for the final week, half the week in Koh Tao and half the week in Koh Samui... but there isn't anything I would specifically like to add as we were so busy the whole time!

Any other comments?

I Couldn't Have Imagined A Better Trip! Every Single Person I Met Was Absolutely Amazing And Everyone Gets So So Close After Spending A Whole Month Non-stop With One Another So Booking Onto This Tour By Yourself Is Not An Issue At All! There Were 36 Of Us On Our Tour And I Think About 95% Of Everyone Came By Themselves!

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yes

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Yes

Luke Edmonds - June 2013

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Made incredible friends, would recommend to anyone! Love realgap.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Very hard to pick out a single highlight. But something that did stand out to me was the guides from starfish were incredible and made the trip perfect. They was always there to help anyone out in any situation. Top marks!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack light, if you forget anything you can get it while your away. Don't be shy to talk to other travellers before you go.

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yes

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Yes

Liam Ellis - June 2013

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Fun experience, great guides, great group, worthwhile and totally unforgettable.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Visiting the Tiger Temple. Having the opportunity to feed tiger cubs was incredible!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Just to take part in everything's that's offered, you would be pleasantly surprised at what you enjoy!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

A boat trip in the last week on the island would've been nice.

Any other comments?

I Think Future People Taking Part In This Trip Need To Be Aware That A Lot Of Their Money Will Be Spent On Both Food And Taxis, So That They Are Better Prepared With Budgeting For The Trip.

Would you travel with our company again?

no

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Yes

Ranae Lambourne - June 2013

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The tiger temple was amazing! Koh tao was beautiful. The volunteering was good fun and the kids were so cute. It was the best month of ny life. I highly reccomend this trip!!

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yes

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Yes

Emily Jones - June 2013

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I WILL NEVER FORGET THIS LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE. 10/10!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

I absolutely loved the Tiger Temple in Kanchaniburi that you can visit on your free day. The elephant trek and of course the volunteering came a close second though! It's difficult to pin-point a favourite because in the month I did so many new things that it was all a highlight!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

GIRLS - TAKE MORE T-SHIRTS THAN VEST TOPS, and also remember lots of trousers. In Sangkhlaburi females have to cover up A LOT and also when you volunteer for a week. You'd be surprised how much you sweat too and have to wash. Take more cover up clothes than you think you'll need and less vest tops / hot pants!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Possibly longer in Bangkok. Because of a *stupidly* early flight (our own fault) we had no extra nights in Bangkok at the end of the trip.

Any other comments?

I Thought The Whole Trip Was Very Well Planned. It's Probably One Of The Best Ways To Do A Trip If You Haven't Been To A Country Before / Doing It By Yourself. Everyone On The Trip Is Lovely - And In The Same Boat As You! I Went With Two Friends From Home But We Made Friends With So Many New People On The Trip. Our Guides From Starfish Volunteers, Kung And Som Were Absolutely Fantastic. They Were Virtually Family By The End Of The Trip. LITERALLY IS A THAILAND EXPERIENCE. You See EVERYTHING There Is To See About Thailand. I'm Planning My Next Real Gap Trip As We Speak. PS: I Totally Realise I Have Bigged This Trip Up But Seriously It's Incredible. I Got Back Less Than A Week Ago So Speaking From First Hand Terms - BOOK IT.

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Yes

Natalie Pavey - June 2013

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Genuinely loved every single second and made friends for life

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The whole thing was absolutely amazing! Highlights though are definitely tiger temple, volunteering with the children and beach week. Biggest highlight though were our two amazing tour guides jib and sugar.. Would not have been the same without them!!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't be worried about going alone because you meet the most amazing people when you're out there! Bring a fair amount of stuff to cover your shoulders and knees for sangklahburi and temples although you can get stuff so cheap out there! Take extra money for koh pahnang to do the extra activities like boat trips and island hopping!! Just say yes to everything they offer!

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Yes

Elyse Gilbert - June 2013

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Best month of my life. Friends for life. Simply incredible.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Every single day! But the main highlights would be the Tiger Temple, riding elephants, partying in Koh Pha Ngan, volunteering at the orphanage, the fancy dress party in Kanchanaburi.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Girls, take light loose clothes that cover your shoulders because you need them a lot! 2. Happily take electric equipment because there are plugs in every place 3. take every opportunity that's offered to you, no matter how much money because you're only there once!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

no!

Any other comments?

Genuinely The Most Amazing Time Of My Life. Would Do It A Million Times Over. Thank You So Much For Such A Great Experience.

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yes

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Yes

Connie Chase - June 2013

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Good holiday for the first time traveller looking to party

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Volunteering and diving in Ko Phangan

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Dont bring a lot of clothes, you will be able to buy cheap stuff in Bangkok, take all the extra opportunities to explore the areas you stay in, as a girl bring enough long trousers/shoulder cover g tops for the whole of the time in sangkhlaburi.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Staying on Ko Tao/ Ko phi phi

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no

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Yes

Georgia Moore - June 2013

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gave me more confidence, made AMAZING friends, best month ever.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting the group, experiencing different parts and cultures of thailand. I loved absolutely everything.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

do as many extra activities as you possibly can, wear good shoes on the hike and take lots of washing detergent!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

tiger temple, being in koh panghan on a date where there was black/half/full moon party

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Harriet Fox - June 2013

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Best month of my life! New friends and unforgettable memories!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Working with children in the jungle was amazing and one of the most rewarding experiences of the whole trip! Tiger temple and the full moon party were also definite highlights for me! Another was meeting amazing people who I will stay friends with for a long time!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take more money than is estimated you will need so you can make the most of the trip and do all the extra activities. Take nice clothes for the evening aswell as clothes you can get ruined on your volunteering! Also bring more T shirts than you think as you need to cover up for the whole 2 weeks you are in Sangklaburi as well as day trips to temples!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I would like to of traveled around the islands a bit more instead of spending it all on Koh Phangan

Any other comments?

It Will Be The Best Month Of You Life If You Choose The Trip!! I Loved Ever Second Of The Thailand Experience!!

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yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Nicholas Smith - June 2013

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Awesome people, fun guides, great places, unforgettable experience. REAL GAP!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Probably the elephant trekking or Tiger Temple, or the beach week in Koh Pha Ngan - too many highlights to mention.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't pack too many clothes - you can buy cheap stuff just about everywhere. Bring plenty of spare money so you can do the extra optional trips. Go with an open mind and don't expect all your home comforts.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Not that I can think of

Any other comments?

Best Thing I've Ever Done In My Life. Great Value For Money And An Amazing Experience I'd Recommend To Anyone.

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yes

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Yes

Arianne Williams - May 2013

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Incredible country, fantastic new friends, BEST MONTH EVER!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The volunteer work was incredible - the children are so appreciative of all the help and fun you give them! ( Top tip: gold star stickers went down a storm in the nursery ) It is so hard to choose highlights as the whole trip was so good, but I did love the elephant riding and the half moon party and spending sunny afternoons in the lake!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Pack light - you can buy toiletries, clothes, everything in all of the places you stay on this trip ( Theres even a Boots in Bangkok! ) So take very very little with you! 2) Learn some Thai - all the locals seem to love it if you at least attempt to chat in Thai! Almost everyone speaks English though. 3) Take a diary - This made sure I didnt forget all the little things that happened, as well as the huge unforgettable events. Kept lots of ticket stubs and postcards in there too as souvenirs :)

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No - the itinerary is so jam packed with exciting things, and if there are any extras you want to do then a lot can be arranged on your free days.

Any other comments?

Everyone Will Love This Trip, Theres Such A Variety Of Activities And Trips :)

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yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Amie Briggs - May 2013

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Great fun, amazing support from the guides, would use again!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Definately the volunteering it was hard work building in the hot sun but when we went to the old orphanage (which we were replacing) you could see how much the project was helping the children. After that it has to be the erawan waterfalls, they were so lovely and needed after the climb to the top!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Budget more than 80 pound a week, I spent about 500ish in total, I did alot of the trips but didn't really buy anything extra. There was a lot of costs I didn't think about like taxis. 2. Bring toilet roll girls, they very rarely have it in public toilets, normally bum hoses - lovely. 3. DO EVERYTHING! I missed a few trips and really regretted it, after all your only there once!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More evening activities, like perhaps a boat tour particularly when in Sangkhlaburi as there was only one bar and I finished building at noon.

Any other comments?

In Koh Phangan There Was A 200bhat Taxi Fare To Get Into The Main Town, So Budget For That. Additionally, Girls Make Sure You Pack Plenty Of T-shirts And Cropped Trousers As The Whole Time In Sangkhlaburi You MUST Cover Your Knees And/or Shoulders (depending On The Time Of Day).

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yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Beth Pratt - May 2013

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Best time of my life, will never forget it!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The Tiger temple was amazing! definitely something everyone must go to whilst on the trip, the cubs were so cute. Also volunteering was so good, would recommend doing community option over the building because it was a great experience. Koh Phangan beach week was a great way to end the trip and really enjoyed snorkeling.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. if anyone thinks they can survive on £80 a week as real gap suggests, you are very wrong. bring double that in my opinion, there are a lot of extra costs they do not tell you about such as taxis. And Koh phangan is very expensive compared to the other places. i budgeted 125 quid a week and ran out! 2. Do everything they plan for you! don't miss out on any day trips, even if you're getting bored of the Temples. 3. Bring lots of cover up clothes. In Sangklaburi you have to cover shoulders and knees every day, however the trousers in Bangkok are very cheap and would recommend buying those!

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yes

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Yes

Emma Milliken - May 2013

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Made amazing friends, won't forget it.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Thailand experience was by far the most amazing month. My highlights definitely included visiting the dream house and also koh phagnan.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Bring more money than recommended by real gap. Many taxis aren't paid for and koh phagnan is unbelievably expensive. Bring loads of clothes that cover knees and shoulders as many areas are religious. Do everything that you can, don't waste opportunities!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I would have loved to visit a few more of the island and Chang Mai and possibly spent less time in sangkalaburi and more time in Bangkok.

Any other comments?

Don't Worry If You Are Going Alone. Majority Of People Are In The Same Boat And It Is So So Easy When You Get There. Bring Plenty Of Money And Be Open Minded.

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yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Pippa Webster - May 2013

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Amazing, hot, new best friends, unforgettable, new experiences, so much fun!!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Some of my highlights of the trip include tiger temple, spending times with the monks and feeding 6 week old tiger cubs. Elephant trekking was also amazing and we took some awesome photos. I also enjoyed lots of the sight seeing such as the 7 tiered waterfall even though it was a tough climb to the top which was stunning. The volunteering part of our trip was unforgettable working with adorable children who are so appreciative of everything you do for them. We played games like duck duck goose, drew and painted and even cooked for them. It was truly rewarding and I miss the children loads :( I was very lucky to be with an amazing group of people in Thailand including our amazing your guides Bee and Smithy who always looked after us. The whole trip was action packed and one of the best experiences of my life. I have made some amazing friends and miss everybody like crazy now I'm home. The last week in Koh Pengang was perfect, parties on the beach, sunbathing, chilling with friends and the total wipeout course :D

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

If your just sticking to the Thailand experience you can travel with a suitcase. I did and I found it more practical and it fit in more clothes and essentials than a back pack. Take more clothes to cover up with as for at least two weeks your knees and shoulders need to be covered all though the clothes in Thailand are really cheap and practical. Leave time to travel afterwards. I went straight home and really regret this as I would love to stay longer with my friends.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Lucy Megan Oakeshott - May 2013

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Best Friends Best guides Children were amazing Dreamhouse is amazing Temples are beautiful

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting so many amazing people, including Bee and Smith our guides. The volunteering in the village called Mathew was the best thing I have ever done, don't want to be home now, want to go back and work with Starfish.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack lots of clothes which are respectful, i.e. cover shoulders and knees. A backpack is not necessary, my friend had a suitcase and she coped better than me as I ran out of space. Take more than £80 a week if you drink as I spent a lot more than that on alcohol and I don't really drink that much.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Visit Ko Samui instead of Koh pagnagn as Koh pagnagn was quite dead when we were there.

Any other comments?

Bee And Smith Should Have Been Payed More, They Were Both Amazing People And Would Go All The Way Back Just To Purely See Them.

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yes

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Yes

Sophie Smith - May 2013

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Absolutely beautiful country, a fabulous experience with amazing people :)

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Eawan Falls in Kanchanaburi - incredible! The culture, the people, the volunteering!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be adventurous with your food, embrace the culture, have a go at everything that's available!

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Claire Shaw - May 2013

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Often surreal, very inspiring, incredibly beautiful, wonderful people and culture.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Visiting the Tiger Temple and Sugar Member bar in Kanchanaburi, trekking in the jungle, visiting Sangkhlaburi generally, going scuba diving in Koh Phangan. I felt very lucky to visit Sangkhlaburi in particular as it provided such a different perspective of Thailand, the activities and volunteer work there were very enjoyable and well managed, and it gave me a chance to properly interact with the local people.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Try everything, so long as it's safe; do whatever you can to interact with the local people and better understand their culture; bring your own toilet paper.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Perhaps a visit to Chang Mai or Koh Tao, or a stop that broke up the long journey between the North and Koh Phangan, as the bus journey both ways was very tiring.

Any other comments?

I'd Like To Particularly Praise The In-country Team That I Came Into Contact With During My Trip - Namely Lucy, Phum, Joe, Som And Goong. They Worked Very Hard And Were Incredibly Supportive, Especially When Accidents Happened As They Inevitably Do. They Made The Experience Very Enjoyable.

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yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Rachel Hayes - May 2013

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Eye-opening; breathtaking views; inspiring; amazing people; learnt so much (and not just about Thailand!)

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Optional extra tour to Anthong National marine park, off Koh phangan; half moon party.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Say YES to everything; DO NOT overpack (you really don't need that much!); take a durable camera, which you can take everywhere! And- don't worry about going on your own- you'll meet so many great people, who are all experiencing the same thing, just book it and worry about it later!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Replace some time in Sangkhlaburi, with a stop somewhere else in the South.

Any other comments?

Great Trip For First Time Travellers, Who Want The Security Of Being In A Group Or Just Want Someone Else To Do All The Organising!- Amazing Company.

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yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Roseanna Morrell - April 2013

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Unforgettable, eye-opening, life changing, unique, surreal, unpredictable, colourful, amazing!!!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Spending a day at Dream House, elephant trek and Half Moon Party

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take a camera everywhere you go and don't be afraid to ask to take photos of people Be open to new experiences Make the most of it!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

A tour of Koh Phangan

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Yes

Lorna Wythers - April 2013

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Great friends and guides, time of my life.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Songkran in Koh Phanagan. Elephant Ride, Erawan

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Budget in drinking out most nights. Pack plenty of mosquito repellent. Pack, repack and repack again to make sure you bring the minimum.

Any other comments?

Be Prepared About Drinking Most Nights And Extravagant Taxi Costs, E.g. 400 Tiger Temple, 300 In Koh Phangan.

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Yes

Charlotte Chenneour - March 2013

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Once in a lifetime, great team and friends made, fantastic memories !!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The trip had many highlights - the most memorable highlight was the visit to tiger temple. This was an incredible experience where we literally got to get right up close to the tigers and the cubs. The night outs were brilliant - are tour guides Jip and Smith made every night great from half moon parties to boat parties which were incredibly fun ! Would not have been the same without such great guides out there that helped us in all situations and sorted absolutely everything out for us!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- don't be worried about traveling alone everyone is in the same situation and you meet friends for life. I got to know everyone in the group really well and everyone in the group got on really well. - do everything - real gap offer extra activities such as tiger temple, island trips and Thai boxing - go for it as each activity is so much fun - just have fun !!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I would have like a possibility to extend the trip to see all the islands. Although real gap offer an optional trip to some of the islands out in Thailand a day trip was not enough and would like to have spent a few nights on some of the islands.

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yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Oli Walsh - February 2013

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Inspiring, fun, valuable, unforgettable, varied, new friends

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The people - this is why I booked with Real Gap - to be sure I'd meet like minded people while travelling by myself.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Travel light and take lots of money You make the experience - do everything Think less and book it

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Chang Mai and less time in Sangkaburi

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yes

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Yes

Nikki T - February 2013

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Amazing experience, couldn't have asked for a better tour guide (Meaw), great chance to meet new people.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Tiger temple, trekking with elephants, Meaw. JOOP JOOP

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Mosquito net for sangkhlaburi Bring more money than you think Make the most of it as it goes too quick!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Scuba diving instead of paying extra

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yes

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Yes

Diana Wrangham - January 2013

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Amazing people, beautiful places, missing it all so much!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

There were just so many! The full moon party was obviously amazing, but i think what made it so good was the group of people on the trip all going together because it was just such a fun group. Lying by the lake in Sangkhlaburi after a hard days building work was definitely a highlight! Meeting the children in the Dreamhouse also has to be well up there.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

-Pack light!! You can buy so much cheap and really nice clothing in Bangkok! And also don't pack to much cover up stuff for temples you only need to cover shoulders and legs. One pair of leggings and trousers is fine for girls. -Don't be scared to go alone- you will meet the most amazing people who will be friends for life! I'm 18 and I went straight after finishing high school and am so pleased I did it! -Just do it!! You won't regret it!!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

A better elephant trek- but think this was just because they had to move it to Koh Phangan because the one we were meant to do got cancelled.

Any other comments?

May And Bee, The Two People Working For Realgap Who Were With Us The Whole Trip Were The Reason The Trip Was So Amazing. Both Being Thai You Got Areal Insight Into Thai Life And They Literally Were Part Of The Group Since They Came Out With Us, Took Care Of Us In Any Situation And Were Just Such Fun And Lovely People.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Morgan Parker - November 2012

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The highlights of my Thailand Experience were definitely volunteering at the DREAMhouse orphanage and beach week on Koh Pha Ngan.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Bring a mix of nice clothes and clothes you're willing to ruin. We went out a lot but also got dirty during the jungle trek, volunteering, etc. I only brought old clothes and was wishing I had some nicer clothes when we went to bars and clubs. 2. Be prepared for a lot of extra costs, such as the Tiger Temple. A lot of things aren't included in the trip price so work a lot of spending money into your budget.

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Yes

Lauren Smith - November 2012

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1. Unforgettable 2. Amazing 3. Great friends 4. Amazing food 5. Brilliant coordinators 6. Eye-opening (orphanage) 7. Never boring 8. Exciting 9. Memories 10. Culture shock

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TIGER TEMPLE, ELEPHANT TREKKING, VOLUNTEERING AT THE ORPHANAGE WAS AMAZING AND TO TOP IT OFF BEACH WEEK AT KOH PHANGAN!! Meaw and Jib made the whole trip a lot more exciting and fun also!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Don't take lots of clothes, especially girls!!! There are soooo many clothes shops, markets etc to buy nice clothes from, plus you will NOT wear them all, you just end up wearing the same things! Also, one thing that we weren't informed of is that we had to cover our shoulders and knees all of the time that we were in Sangkhlaburi, which was where I had to purchase some more t-shirts! 2. CARRY TOILET ROLL WITH YOU AS THAI PEOPLE USE A BUM HOSE NOT TOILET PAPER!!! 3. Try everything and anything you can, everything you do is an experience and worthwhile :D

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I would have liked to visit Koh Phi Phi whilst I was in Thailand.

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yes

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Yes

Alison Travis - November 2012

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New friends, unforgettable, eye opener, most amazing month EVER, perfect

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The whole trip in general was amazing. Being home has been difficult as our group got extremely close and were not ready to leave. I loved every place we went. The orphanage was amazing and I was proud that I was able to contribute to building their future home for them. The island in the end was beautiful and was probably the most fun because of our ability to do most whatever we wanted. Overall, the whole trip was a highlight for me. Best month of my life.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't pack too much - buy so many good items like jewelry and clothes for super cheap. Let your guard down and just enjoy everyone! You'll meet some amazing people. At least I did. I traveled with 2 other friends and had a blast with them but don't be discouraged to travel alone. Majority of the people in our group of 23 were alone and it made no difference.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I did the community option, which was the manual labor. I only got to spend a few hours with the kids at the orphanage. I would have hoped to spend more time with them because that is what I was originally thinking I was signed up for.

Any other comments?

Meaw, Our Guide, Made Our Trip What It Was. She Always Made Us Laugh And I Couldn't Imagine Having A Better Person Show Us Around Her Beautiful Country. By Far One Of My Favorite People I Have Ever Met And Hope I Get To See Her Again.

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yes

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Yes

Shama Lalji - November 2012

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Amazing experience would do it all again in a heart beat!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Our tour guide May was amazing and made the trip for us! Highlights for me were volunteering at the DREAM project. I also loved the Elephant trek!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take a smart phone/laptop as there is wifi everywhere! Check your visas! And go with an open mind and you will love it!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Island hoping instead of just staying on Koh Phan Ngan

Any other comments?

Amazing!! Thank You Real Gap!

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yes

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Yes

Calum Taggart - October 2012

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Something I could do for the rest of my life!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The whole trip was amazing! Guides were great fun mainly due to the fact that they were Thai people. Spending a day with at the Dream House (Orphanage) and the Boat party were probably the highlights. Not to forget having a Full moon party.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack light, you spend the first two days in Bangkok where almost everything is available clothing wise for both males and females. Make the most of your time, there is so much to do and most are well worth experiencing. Practice your bargaining, Thailand has many markets where the price could be determined on your confidence and ability to 'haggle'.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

The Tiger temple was a must and should be integrated into the itinerary. Also the chance to jump off the longest wooden bridge we walked across in Sangklaburi after seeing pictures of people doing it.

Any other comments?

Don't Be Scared, Let Thailand Open Your Eyes To Something New And Amazing.

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Yes

Jess Denton - October 2012

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best thing ive ever done!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

tiger temple was amazing, volunteering was so much fun! (did the building in the jungle), elephant ride, beach week. the whole trip was amazing :)

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

dont pack too much buy it all in bangkok. take stuff for temples. hotels all have wifi, i didnt take a phone everyone else did!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

no there was more than enough to do!

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yes

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Ruth Johnston - September 2012

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Had the time of my life. Great people, great country.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The beach week was amazing and volunteering at the nursery

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take enough tops that cover your shoulders. Try everything. Take a good pair of shoes for trekking.

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Yes

Charley Barlow - August 2012

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fantastic tour, made friends for life, I'LL BE BACK!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

too many to count! Tiger Temple was incredible, as was volunteering (I did childcare). i really enjoyed the trekking part of the tour whilst others didn't though! The whole trip was fantastic, a great mixture of culture, relaxation, and of course, the massive Full Moon Party which ended the trip on a high note!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. take more than £100 a week- i ran out of money twice so i recommend £150-£200 a week. you underestimate how much youre going to spend, especially if you want to do everything on the trip. 2. take proper hiking boots for the waterfalls, volunteering (building and childcare) and the trek- my trainers were trashed! 3. do everything they offer, you'll regret it if you don't.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Possibly longer in Koh Phangan so we could have looked around the island and similiar islands near by.

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yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Holly Gilbert - August 2012

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Best month of my life, want to go back already!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Getting on so well with the entire group, elephant trekking, nights out at sugar member, how welcoming and friendly all the thai people were, visiting the stunning temples, trying new food, playing with the kids at the dreamhouse orphanage and having the best coordinators ever, bottle and mark!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Take loo roll EVERYWHERE! 2) Don't buy a thailand sim card before you travel, i did and got my phone unlocked and it didn't even work! 3) Go with an open mind and make the most out of every opportunity and activity.

Any other comments?

Don't Hesitate To Book Onto This Trip! You Will Not Regret It! :)

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Amy Telford - August 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Met amazing people, saw amazing sights and done amazing things.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(3/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The friendships I made, the sights I saw, experiencing a different culture. The photos taken at Tiger Temple, Koh Samui day trip, plenty of boat trips, my 21st celebrations in Kanchanaburi, DREAMHOUSE orphange, jungle trekking, EVERYTHING.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack t-shirts to cover your shoulders and trousers of knee length or lower. Visit Koh Samui within the last week. Take a fancy dress costume.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Maybe a few more places, e.g. Koh Samui.

Any other comments?

DO IT!!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Mary Beadle - July 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

amazing people, team leader (meaw) was great with us all, beautiful thai children, great food

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(6/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(1/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(5/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

tiger temple, waterfalls, nature park, childcare, beach parties

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Do everything you can, pack short sleeve tops, buy a waterproof cover for your bag when treking as it rained so much everything in my bag was soaked including my camera. oh and buy insect repellent out there, the english stuff doesn't work half as good as the thai ones.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

i would have liked elephant tracking to have been in the north rather than the small one in phangan but other than that it was spot on.

Any other comments?

I'd Hoped That The Teaching Would Have Been Better Organised By Starfish. All That Happened Was I Was Put Into A Class Of 5 Year Olds By Myself With No Idea What Was Expected Of Me And A Teacher That Couldn't Speak English.... I Got Used It Though, But The Briefing And Introduction Should Have Been More Detailed

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Florence Millard - June 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing, eye opening, unforgettable, great friendships, hilarious, challenging, lots of fun , fantastic experience, grow as a person, incredible, so hard to leave.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything meeting amazing people, tiger temple, waterfalls, amazing nights out on the beach, elephant trek and the day volunteering in the school and orphanages.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack lightly, take enough deet spray , take more money than told to cause you will need more for the extra options!!

Any other comments?

Go With An Open Mind, Do Everything You Can , Have Fun And Make The Most Of The Month , Its Goes Too Quick!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Emma Shaw - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Fantastic trip, everything I wanted, made some amazing new friends.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

I enjoyed every second of the trip it's too difficult to pick a highlight. Beach and party week was obviously fabulous as well as the elephant rides and water falls, but I would have to say the volunteering and the cultural experience found in Sanglabuhri was amazing. It really felt like our work made a difference to the lives of others and has really opened my eyes and made me more appreciative of what we have in the u.k. I have come away determined to do more fundraising so the money can be used at Dreamhouse.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take a travel diary. Be prepared to be moved by some experiences. Don't be scared of going on your own - friends are so easy to make on the trip.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Gareth Howell - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing, just do it!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(7/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Enjoyed almost all of it to be honest. The elephant riding and meeting loads of new people and making many new friends!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to pack and think of everything you will need. Dont leave it all to the last min

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Alice Francis - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

hilarious, amazing, life changing, unforgettable, action packed, exciting, cultured, perfect.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Ideally i'd like to say all of it, but in order to be helpful, I'd say my favourite day was when we went elephant trekking and then helped out in dreamhouse orphanage. That was a great day. Spending a few nights in the jungle was incredible too, we worked hard in the day building a chicken pen and farming the rice for the school, but we were rewarded with delicous home made food and were able to relax in the night with the help of the bar. I love that this trip has given me a real insight into thai life and especially the two weeks spent in Sangklaburi I really began to feel at home and settle into the culture. It was great being able to walk down to the lake here and just spend our free time all chilling out by this beautiful lakeside and everyone must get a banana shake up at the guest house!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Spending time at the orphanage and in the childcare centre have undoubtedly changed my outlook on everything, i know thats cliche to say but they really have. I feel way more aware of the variation between our systems and theirs and also just seeing the smiles on the childrens faces despite their past histories is amazing. Definitely do this. Another top tip is dont be afraid to go alone, I am 18, just come out of school and wanted to travel but had no friends who could come with me. And after possibly two/three days I felt like some of the people on the trip were old friends and this made the experience incredible. You dont need a lot of spending money because food, drink and most activities are really cheap. However, there are some things that youve got to pay for that you may not expect (this was never a problem but im just saying) so for example, some activities that you pay for in the package are planned but the actual transport may not be paid for so you'll have to pay for this. Or perhaps, lunch isnt included on a day trip so youll have to pay for this. One other tip, sorry i know you said three, but girls, id carry toilet roll around in your bags if you go on a day trip or for the 16 hour bus trip to koh phangan because thai toilets just dont have toilet paper!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Ben Murphy - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Best time of my life, made so many good friends!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Visiting the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

The money suggested to take is not enough if you want to make the most of your trip. Try to pack lightly At night stay in groups and take care of valuables.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

James Fox-carroll - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

friends for life stay with me forever you wont wnt to leave soak it all up!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

the tiger sanctuary, working on a house in the jungle for the village leader, the waterfalls, the various nights out, elephant riding and the most important thing was meeting life long friends

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

take a backpack. make sure you dont overpack on clothes because you will buy so much out there and most importantly give everything a try and seriously soak it all up!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Geoffrey Quiggin - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing culture, best coordinators, great friendships, partying but also rewarding

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The Tiger Temple, Spending a few nights in the jungle, visiting the dream orphanage, parties at Haadrin

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be flexible (the itinerary will change) Try everything on offer Have fun

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Rebecca Keen - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

best time of my life, made amazing people and lifelong friends!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(5/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Kanchanburi- sugar member bar, tiger temple. The food!! Full moon party, our travel coordinator

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Brings lots of extra money Wear lots of insect repellant and sunscreen Bargain bargain bargain!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Jennifer Rodaway - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Best month of my life! Totally worthwhile and unforgettable!!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(7/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Best bits were easily the project work in theParanoik jungle village. Loved it!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

-100% Deet no less -girls, pack more t shirts that cover shoulders for villages -Do ALL of the tiger temple, scary but worth it.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Ruth Burgess - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(7/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Hot, lovely country and amazing culture.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Elephant riding, learning to Scuba dive on Koh Phangnan and Staying right on the beach, partying on Hadrin beach.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Bring enough tops that cover your shoulders, don't bring a bag that's too heavy, make sure you have long light trousers for the trek through the jungle!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Melody Potts - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Tiger Temple Full Moon Party Dreamhouse Orphange - I learnt so many valuble lessons whilst working with orphans, never take your family for granted because you never know what is round the corner. Pond! Our group co-ordinator War Memorial and Cemetry

Carrie Louise Audritt - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Pond- He really made the trip for me. His energy and personality made the group bond and feel really comfortable. He was always there if you needed him for anything (even a hug). Lucy/ Meaw were brilliant too. Lucy was amazing for volunteering and Meaw was amazing in the first week. All the events that were organised.

Monna Patel - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Our tour rep - Puukkii was amazing and made the trip enjoyable for everyone. She is approachable, well organised and great to be around! I loved the tiger temple, erawan waterfalls, adventure option, Dreamhouse and all the amazing friends made

Michael Long - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

There were so many!!! My top 3 though have to be: 1) Elephant trekking- that was an amazing experience, even if it was in the rain!!! 2) DREAMHouse- going to the orphanage to help out was a humbling experience, these kids are amazing and so is the woman who runs it! 3) Erawan Waterfalls- It was beautiful, and the fact you get to swim in a waterfall like this makes it worthwhile!

Lauren Millar - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything, especially spending time in the dream house.

Sophie Brown - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Waterfalls, elephant trekking, water pipe building, half moon party.

Thomas Noel - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Seeing the caves in Kanchanaburi and helping build a new libary for a school , knowing i was doing something to help otherss. We had a really large group with all great personalities , so we had a great time doing the work but also partied hard !

Ellen Mcginley - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything was absolutely amazing, cannot fault the experience in any way. Everything was really well organised and i had such a good time, i especially loved Koh Phangan, the accomodation was amazing and had a really good time I want to give a massive thanks to May, Pond, Lucy and Meaw they were absolutely brilliant and it wouldnt have been the same without them.

Katherine Downie - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

There are too many!!! I loved the trekking, it rised above my expectations, and i wanted to do it for weeks on end! I really enjoyed all the visits to the temples, rafting, elephant trekking, and the volunteering was so rewarding!

Nina Staer Nathan - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

I loved trekking in the jungle- it is not something that many people can say. I also really liked seeing really Thai areas and communities, with nothing touristy about them, it felt authentic and I feel that I can say I really saw Thailand.

Kirstie Owens - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The highlights were visiting the orphanage, trekking in the jungle, visiting the tiger temple on our day off and Full Moon!!

Nathan Sribalasundaram - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The friends you meet, the leaders and Thailand is amazing for young travelers!!

Hannah Cherry - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The four locations we stayed at were amazing and really different! The people in our group were lovely and our co-ordinator Kai Jae was excellent!!! I loved the elephant trek and dreamhouse orphanage, as well as Koh Phangan!

Grace Fisher - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

There were numerous highlights! I absolutely loved going to the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi and the whole time there was amazing. Also, in Sanglaburi, I found the visits to the Dream House were so touching and really worthwhile. The elephant trek was also the experience of a lifetime and the day at the Nature Club was one of my favourite days. Our coordinator, Pond, absolutely made the trip for me - his personality had us laughing everyday and he kept me going through the volunteer work with his lighthearted attitude. Lucy was also excellent during our time in the jungle.

Jason Martin - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

tiger temple elephant trekking volunteer work

Chloe Fuller - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

All the great people i met, working with the orphans at Dreamhouse, Jungle trek and elephant trek, the Erawan Waterfalls, the Border Market and the Grand Palace. Kai Jae Waritsara Kaewkumla (our team leader) was amazing, especially considering it was her first ever group! 

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- Pack as lightly as you can, so you can take advantage of all the amazing shopping opportunities. - Never walk alone or in small groups at night, and only ever carry your valuables in money belts, not shoulder bags, one of my friends was mugged as she had a shoulder bag on and lost all her valuables. -Bring lots of mosquito repellent and sun cream, you will still burn badly even if its cloudy!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Rashida Tang - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

elephant trekking, dreamhouse, jungle trekking, haad rin beach, koh phangan as a whole!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

bring a suitcase instead of a backpack get a waterproof case for camera come with an open mind, charisma and willingness to help

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Laura Hind - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

I oved moving around from one place to another however i felt that 2 weeks in Sangkhlaburi was possibly too long, personally i enjoyed it there however i felt that we could have used some of the time spent there to see another place in Thailand. I loved getting to know the other people on my trip and i felt that we had ample opportunities to do so. I felt that our guides Katoon Meaw Lucy and Sasha were all really useful and more than willing to help us if we had any queries or problems. Overall, i loved the trip and would love to do a similar trip but in a different country again.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Everytime there is an optional extra, take it; its better to do everything and know what you enjoyed than to regret going all that way and not doing it!

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Nikita Vervelde - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

our tour guides, katoon and meow, were real good so its hard to choose one but i'd have to say the tiger temple was amazing experience as was teaching. I really enjoyed spending time at dreamhouse, while the last week on the beach was definitely fun as well.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

i recommend bring a backpack stick with it, do everything thats available, make the best out of it go out and have a good time, get to know the people in your group they're likely to be real cool.

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Francesca Tate - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

KATOON was by far the highlight of the whole trip! an amazing tour guide! apart from him, bangkok was amazing as was koh phangan.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

pack light, you buy alot. take old clothes to leave behind WEAR PROPER SHOES IF DOING ADV OPTION!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Wayne Brockie - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

There really were so many highlights, the whole experience was amazing. The elephant trekking was one of my favourites. The community placement was also a great experience, the whole group worked together to get as much done as we could, and although it was hard work, we felt that we'd made a difference and it was appreciated.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. You can never have enough repellant, but buy it when you get there because it's much cheaper than at home. 2. Try everything, it's what you are there for. 3. Each make it your responsibility to make the group work, and you will all enjoy it. By the end of the trip the group is like a family.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Hannah Mackay - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Tiger Temple has got to be one of the most amazing life changing things I have ever done. Had there been a bit mentioned about it in the itinerary eg. whilst in kanchanaburi there is tiger temple available, that would have made it easier to prepare for the cost of it. My co-ordinator Puuki was a highlight, seriously fantastic woman - could not have done enough for us! she was really ill during the last week but was still on top form!! Full Moon as well!!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Shaun Thacker - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(5/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Highlights were the elephant trek, erawan waterfall and the jungle trek!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Prepare for rain ( I didn't!) Don't take valuables out in Ko Phangan Keep an open mind

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Petros Spyrou - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

meeting new people and experiencing things that i never new about

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

do it do it do it

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Elizabeth (lizzie) Hingley - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

too many to say

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

just do it!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Oliver Heber - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Erawan waterfalls All of the time in Sangkhalburi Visiting DREAMHOUSE The co-ordinators; Meaw, Lucy, Pond, Jay and special mention for Katoon.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Sarah Bryant - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Orphanage work, elephant treck, waterfall trecks, the whole week in Koh Pa Ngan. The nature and attitude of the starfish group leaders; Wisan, Meaw and Lucy.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Nick Allcroft - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The tiger temple was along with the jungle trek, volunteering and the elephant rides.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Stephanie Black - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

I loved the community project of the adventure option in Sangkhlaburi and the jungle trek! The last week in Koh Phangan was a much needed break and there was still loads to do! The week in Kanchanaburi (week 1) was my favourite. We did loads of different activities and still had time to relax around the pool and party (loads). The best month of my life!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Lucia Giannini - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Kate Thacker - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
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(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(6/10)
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(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Seeing a lot of Thailand, the food! Volunteering with the kids, meeting new people.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Charlotte Rider - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
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(6/10)
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(9/10)
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(7/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

visiting dreamhouse, jungle water pipe work and trek, snorkelling and scuba diving, visiting temples etc, elephant ride, nature club.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Kate Goulding - July 2011

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(7/10)
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Adventure filled, wont forget this trip in a hurry!

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(7/10)
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(10/10)
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(5/10)
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(5/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Koh Phanghan, the Thai tour guides, meeting some cool people, elephant trekking, zorbing, being blessed by a monk!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Make the most of the time you have. 2) Be open minded. 3) Be sensible, if you wouldn't do it in the UK, don't do it in Thailand!

Rachael King - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
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Four weeks of giggles and awesome adventures!

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The people I met were fantastic and we had such a great time. I was a single traveller and everyone was so friendly! I miss them! Elephant trekking was out of this world and volunteering was brilliant, kids were amazing! Kanchanaburi hotel was mega!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't be scared if your on your own, you will make friends easily! Do everything you can, even if your tired and hungover as you are only there once and go to Jonny F***in bucket stand on Koh Phangan - he will give you good deals!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Lisa Patel - July 2011

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(9/10)
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Hot Unpredictable Make new friends Tolerating others Good experience

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(8/10)
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(8/10)
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(9/10)
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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Hot springs, thai cooking, the weather, and the beach week

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Ensure that you have the coordinators phone numbers as if you ever need any help or assistance and there is noone around to help you, you will need to contact them Keep hydrated, there is alot of walking involved to the erawan waterfalls!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Kate Fox - July 2011

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(9/10)
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Amazing people, beautiful country, memorable experiences, opens your mind!

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Our reps in the country were amazing and made it very entertaining! Making new friends along the way- starting off as strangers but being like a family by the end. The jungle trek was great fun and i loved going to meet the children at the orphanages.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Go with an open mind of trying new things. Pack light as there will be many things to buy along the way. Emerse yourself in the culture of the country.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Natalie Taylor - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Hot. Very Hot. Great Reps. Fantastic Trip.

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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Riding an elephant. Eating dinner on a boat. Meeting/Meditating with Monks Visting Temples. The truck rides.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Dont bother with a mosquito net. Buy plently of water from 7/11 (cheaper than others) every day. Do not compare lifestyles with that of England-have an open mind.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Rachel Wildman - July 2011

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(9/10)
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1- fantasic experience 2- made friends for life 3-unforgetabble 4-mozzy bites 5- pleanty of cheap booze 6-pleanty of cheap clothes 7- 7 eleven 8- tuk tuks 9- angry dogs 10- temples

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Erawan waterfalls, Elephant trekking working in the school and visitng house of hope were definatley the highlights of my trip.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1- Pack lightley you can get everything u need on your travels especially in Bangkok. 2-Bring pleanty of sun cream with you as most of the suncream has whitener in it and when u find suncream without it it costs a fortune even pharmacys in non tourist areas dont sell suncream. 3- Remember your waterproofs even if its meant to be a dry season.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Eri Bertsou - July 2011

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(9/10)
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Fantastic experience: Buddhism, thai cooking and culture, contributing to the society and enjoying the natural beauties of the country.

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Volunteering in Sangklhaburi orphanage, Elephant treck and Tiger Temple

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Embrace Thai culture, get fully involved with the projects and enjoy!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Laura Morley - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Amazing time, made best friends, unforgettable, best guides ever!

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The in-country team in Thailand were the best ever. Everything was so well organised by them and all were friendly. I think the in-country team made the experience even better by getting involved and recommending so many options for us on our days off. Two of my highlights were the elephant trek and Tiger Temple, but the best part of the experience was definitly the volunteering at the Orphanage!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Make sure you bring Mosquito repellent, although they were not that bad when I went (Jan/ Feb time). 2.Have enough memory on your camera to take hundreds, even thousands of photos- there are so many beautiful camera opportunities. 3.Once you've packed, half the amount of clothes by half, and then take even more out! You will not need much, there are laundrys out there so you can always get your clothes washed. Also gives you more room for the massive amount of souverneirs you can buy!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

James Moran - July 2011

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(9/10)
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A great way to fit in as much as possible to your time travelling!

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(5/10)
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(7/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Erawan Waterfalls Thai Massages in Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple Thai Boxing in Sangkhla Teaching in Sangkhla Koh Pha Ngan - half moon party and Haad Rin

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Go to the Tiger Temple and pay to see the evening exercise programme - well worth it! Try Thai Boxing Don't waste to much timing sleeping in Koh Pha Ngan

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Will Laurenson - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Unforgettable, amazing, awesome people. I LOVE THAILAND!!

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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Rafting day, despite no White water. Thai boxing, beach week, the co-ordinators especially Lucy, pond, Meaw and may, they were amazing. Lucy did an incredible job of looking after everyone On the nights out on koh pangnan, I Dont know what we would have done without her!! The group was awesome, everyone wad up for everything. And the volunteering was great fun.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be prepared to say yes to anything and take every opportunity!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Sarah Penney - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(8/10)
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(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The people who I met out there, including Puukii and Pop the group leaders who were amazing throughout. The elephant trekking, white water rafting, and our trip to the tiger temple.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be open minded and patient, don't pack too many clothes because the shopping is very good and take up all opportunities offered.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Emma Mallett - July 2011

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(5/10)
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expensive, good way of meeting lots of people, badly organised

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(9/10)
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(3/10)
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(7/10)
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(2/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The predeparture info was good and I left feeling very well prepared. I liked the fact that we were picked up from the airport and appreciated the support travelling through realgap gave me.

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Ravinder Sandhu - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Will never forget this experience!!

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Everthing was great but the main highlight for me was meeting all the people in the group and also the staff in thailand, as they are the ones that make the trip, couldnt have asked for a better group, felt like we had all known each other for years.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Dont buy too many clothes before you go as clothes are really cheap in thailand and it save you carrying around all that weight. Dont book too many things in advanced like hoels and internal flights after you are done with your thailand experience as plans can change as you may make freinds with people on the group and decide to change some of your plans. Also go with an open mind and enjoy yourself (remember its your trip).

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Becky Wilkins - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Best month on my life, met some amazing people (staff and travellers)!

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(6/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The big group, the staff, the orphanages, the selection of places, koh phangan accomodation...

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

-clothing for temples and the orphanage -extra padlocks for rooms and valuables -open mind!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Katy Burton - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
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Fantastic trip with many unforgettable experiences and people.

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Erawan Waterfall, elephant trekking, orphanage volunteering, beach week in Koh Phangan.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't bring many clothes cos you'll end up buying loads. Bring a mac, even if it's supposed to be the dry season. Pack as lightly as possible cos you really won't miss the stuff you leave behind.

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Would you recommend us?

Yes

James Sumrall - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Exciting, unforgettable, laid-back, educational, adventurous, occupied, enjoyable, made new friends & learned more about a different country & culture.

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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(7/10)
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(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Everyday was an adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed nearly every aspect of the trip.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Have a budget planned. Pack only three days worth of clothes, carrying around excess clothes was the biggest annoyance. Don't be afraid to

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Denise Crayston - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
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Fun packed Amazing co-ordinators Friends for life Fantastic experience Unforgettable Dont actually think these words are doing justice to how much I loved this experience :)

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

I loved the Thailand Adventure option due to the fact that May and Pond and Pookie while she was working with our group(our co-ordinators) were absolutely fantastic and looked after us so well. They were the best 4 weeks of my life. They felt like friends rather than tour guides and were so welcoming. Im off to australia next and I will be amazed if it comes close to the time I had in Thailand. The volunteering is good and the staff are really friendly, although doesnt seem as organised and there are times when you dont really feel as though your making a huge difference to the school etc.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

I would definately recommend the Thailand experience. I had the time of my life. Enjoy every minute and make the most of an opportunity like this. Its amazing just what you get out of an experience like this.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Rosie Ellis - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
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Amazing time! Expensive but I felt secure but still adventurous!

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(9/10)
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(8/10)
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(6/10)
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(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Rafting, elephant trekking and feeding the cubs at tiger temple.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take LOTS of anti-bug spray (5/6 cans!?) Take lots of clothes, I didn't take enough really, or would have liked more! Don't forget to haggle....you can get things a lot cheaper than they first say in Thailand!!!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Sian Valentine - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Fantastic way to see the country.Truely unforgettable experience

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

All of it, the places and people are amazing and the team looking after you are fantastic

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

George Bartlett - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Best thing i've ever done, and met some incredible people.

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting everyone on the trip. The team leaders were all amazing especially Katoon and Meaw. Working at the Nun School in Sangkhalburi was amazing, the accomodation in Koh Phangan was as well. I really want to emphasise how brilliant the leaders were, so helpful all the time as well as being fun.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Enjoy yourselves all the time. Do things you normally wouldn't do,

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Claire Dalton - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
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(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(7/10)
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(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Elephant trekking was awesome as was the day out to the nature club and water parks...

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Do not leave your flip flops behind. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Be responsible in Koh Phan Gan

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Holly Pigache - July 2011

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(10/10)
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'Best decision of my life, incredible experiences, made new friends''

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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(6/10)
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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Elephant trek in Sangkhlaburi, Erawan Waterfalls in Kanchanaburi, Nature Club (zip wire, zorbing and quad biking) in Sangkhlaburi and Half Moon party on Koh Phanang

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack light!!!! Throw yourself into every experience. Always smile - you''ll make more friends!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Tim Urch - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Unforgettable Experience

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything, literally everything, Koh Phangan was crazy, but Sangkhlaburi was great too with the trekking and volunteering and Kanchanaburi was so relaxing and like a proper holiday! May, Pond, Meow and Lucy who were our coordinators were so great and made the trip for all of us, they made everything so much more fun because they're so quirky and outgoing! I'd do it all again just so i could see them for another month!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be prepared to spend much more money in Koh Phangan because it's so worth the extras Don't talk to the ladies in Bangkok who give you birdseed, they will pretty much rob you for your money Do a diary/journal/blog and write in it everyday because you'll forget everything you did

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Philip Anderson - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
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Certainly a trip I will never forget: I've made friends for life!

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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Kho San Road The Elephant Trek Volunteering in 'Dreamhouse' Mac Bay Resort May; Pond; Lucy

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1)Take advantage of every opportunity that is put to you from the coordinators - this is a once in a lifetime experience. 2)Remember to respect the culture, you are not at home!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

James Woodcock - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Amazing experience, great people and fantastic team leaders.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

All of it! Meeting new people. The leaders were fantastic, really helpful and helped make the trip even more fun.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Jennifer Middlebrook - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Best month of my life, met some great people!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
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(8/10)
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(8/10)
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(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting new people and learning about different aspects of the culture.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Always listen to your reps, take every oppourtunity you can whilst out there and have a great time!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Danielle Fletcher - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(7/10)
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(9/10)
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(7/10)
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(9/10)
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(5/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

staying in a beautiful resort in Kanchaniburi, elephant trekking and working with the children in Sangkhlaburi

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

dont pack all your western luxuries as you wont need them - and if you do you can buy them. learn a few thai phrases before you go as people respond much better if you're polite pay attention to local customs and be prepared to cover up if asked to without complaining.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Mehul Jivanji - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Amazing people, pad thai, full moon, beaches, best bars, cheese omlette sandwhiches, buckets, temples, coach journeys, the best memories.

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

1. The amazing people that you meet! I made such good friends out there and had so many unforgettable memories. Not forgetting my super coordinators - Puukii and Pop. 2. The full moon party and all the nights out throughout the trip! 25,000 people partying under the moon, neon paint and buckets everywhere, and every genre of music pumping through the speakers all night! 3. The crystal clear waters of Koh Pah Ngan's beaches and snorkelling. 4. The day at the Nature Club in Sangkhlaburi! Trying my hand at zorbing, the longest zip wire in Thailand and quad biking. Absolutely awesome. 5. The jungle trek on the adventure option. A really rewarding experience after a rigorous trek and living simply but the evening games were hillarious! 6. Elephant trekking. A truly awesome experience to ride an elephant and see children as young as 10 steering them. 7. Tiger Temple. Washing tigers, playing with them and seeing them jump 10 feet in the air in front of you! 8. The amazing food! You won't find food like this anywhere else. Nothing beats a tasty chicken fried rice lunch - except the delicious red Burmese curry in Sanghklaburi! Finally, the legendary Seven-Eleven supermarket ham and cheese toasties. 9. Three temple tour in Kanchanaburi. Climbing all 400 steps to the top of one of the temples and seeing the view was priceless. 10. Working on the development project at Dream House orphanage. It felt great to do my bit for the community and then be able to see what came out of the hard work I put in.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Bring a water-proof pouch to keep your passport, money and important documents in. 2. Bring two bottles of insect repellent. They run out very quickly. 3. Learn some haggling skills! You will be suprised how much you can bring the price down on anything you buy!

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Natasha Self - July 2011

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(9/10)
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Month of a lifetime doing amazing things with amazing people.

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(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(8/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Puuki and Pop (on the Thailand Experience) were incredible coordinators. They were constantly upbeat and enthusiastic and this rippled right through our (oversized) group. My highlights include zorbing, the kids at the orphanage, Haad Rin beach parties and the amazing people.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't book your flights too early - talk to other people on the trip to see what they're doing afterwards. If there's any way for you to stay longer, take that chance!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Nathanial Scott - July 2011

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(9/10)
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Absolutely incredible experience, made the best friends ever! Katoon's Amazing!

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(7/10)
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(8/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting everyone in my group Elephant Trekking Volunteering at the Nun School Amazing views and Beaches Night's out in Bangkok Great in country coordinators (especially team leader Katoon!)

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be confident and outgoing towards the other members of your group and your team leaders as they could become some of your best friends for life! Get Involved with as many different activities as possible (don't stay in your room!) Don't drink alcohol if you are on antibiotics!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Ceri Houldsworth - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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The best month of my life. Everyone should do it!

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(9/10)
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(7/10)
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(8/10)
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(2/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

First night, Tiger temple, elephant trekking, full moon party, making lots of new friends!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- Take lots of suncream and deodrant because everything is whitening so it is hard to find one that doesnt make your skin whiter! - Take trousers and warm clothes even if it says it is going to be hot, we ended up buying lots! - Try everything!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

James Snow - July 2011

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(10/10)
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absolutley amazing, unforgettable experience, best time of my life.

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

the water fights for thai new year, meeting new friends and the "real" team. katoon and meaw were brill, so funny, they made every day fun, no matter what you was doing

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Phoebe Mussett-harford - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Made friends for life and have unforgettable memories, loved it.

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Full moon party, tiger temple, volunteering at the orphanage.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't hold back on anything, take every opportunity given to you, take a lot of photos so you never forget

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Rosie Eaton - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Amazing experience, met some amazing people, trip I will never foget

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The whole month was really incredible. My highlights have to be going on the elephants, spending time at the orphanage, being in Thailand for Tai new year, and spending time on the island.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Kirsty Venables - July 2011

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(9/10)
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Exceeded my expectations, travelled with awesome like-minded people, unforgettable memories, fantastic trip, unbelieveable opportunities

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything was amazing, the team in Thailand are awesome and always ready to help in anyway they can. Big thanks to Katoon, Mai and Pon, for all their support and guidance. Loved elephant trekking, bamboo rafting, learning about Buddism, meeting monks and temples, Erawan waterfall was beautiful. Big highlight was my achievement of completing the overnight jungle trek, very hard but worth it. Loved learning Thai and cooking thai dishes, Tiger temple was brilliant and the volunteering was really good.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Try everything you can, especially if outside your comfort zone. Buy tiger balm for bug bites. Ask guides for local tips, eg in Bangkok always find a axi who will put on the meter, much cheaper!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Victoria Cook - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Absolutely fantastic, made the best friends ever and unforgettable experiences.

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Nym and Nay our Thai coordinators were absolutely fantastic and really made the trip as amazing as it was. It would not have been the same without them

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1.Remember you're in Thailand, it's not going to be, nor would you want it to be, 5 * luxury 2. Bangkok and Koh Phangan are a lot more expensive than rural areas. 3. Remember where you are and have a fantastic time!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Samantha Harvey - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Sounds cheesy but it is simply unforgettable.

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(7/10)
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(9/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The people, both the other Volunteers and the tour leaders! Also the tigers. elephants and lack of safety in Thailand!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Enjoy every minute - you'll miss it when home 2) Do everything - don't worry about how much your spending 3) Wear sun cream!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Daniel Wilkins - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Amazing experiences. Incredible journey. Fantastic Friends. Would do it again!

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(7/10)
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(8/10)
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(7/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Everyday was so different and so full that you could say everyday was a highlight. For me, every activity we did, from sightseeing, to volunteering, to elephant riding, bamboo rafting, zorbing and to sitting on a beach was amazing. And the people I was with made the trip. I loved every minute and everyone.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Make sure you know whether you need a visa or not. There was a lot of confusion in my group as we were all staying for different lengths and not everyone had the right one. 2. Don't worry about making friends. You definitely will. 3. Enjoy it! (Clich

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Donna Binyon - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Amazing, met some of the friendliest people and made some lovely new friends that Im still in touch with. Learned a lot about the culture as well as gained new qualities for myself, with lots of great memories.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
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(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

I loved the elephant trek and staying in the rural areas, experiencing what it is really like in some of the remote parts of thailand. as well as learning about the temples and the beach week, black moon party.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

take plenty insect repellent, only take clothes that are practical for the treks as well as do a bit of background reading about the culture to learn about some of the norms and values, helping you to respect it. Lastly take a camera with plenty of memory or keep a diary so that you can remember your experience.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Stephanie Benge - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
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great experience, love the country, now have the travel bug!

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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

too many to write, i even liked the monsoons!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

take sun cream and mosquito net, try as much food from their country as you can and enjoy every second.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Suzanne Zabel - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Amazing, unreal, met friends for a life time!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting the group that we travelled with, and sharing many great memories with them!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Stephen Head - July 2011

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(10/10)
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sensational experience, the group and the country were unforgettable

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

the locations of the hotels. the excellent co-ordinatirs, especially nom. the tiger temple day and many of the day trips then the beech week

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

do all optional activites. look after your health

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Emily Tilley - July 2011

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(10/10)
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emotional fun exciting relaxing hot great shopping amazing food great friends fun activities cheap unforgettable

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
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(8/10)
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(6/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

meeting a fantastic group of people, bamboo rafting and being able to organise our own trip to the phi phi islands.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

dont take too many clothes, buy a thai sim card for your mobile. definitely have a full thai body massage (

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Benjamin Edward (edd) Johnson - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Amazining trip, made so many friends, coordinators were amazing, trip planned so well..

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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Coordinators, the whoile round experience was amazing.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Jason Lovatt - July 2011

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(10/10)
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amazing, beautiful, great people, cards, tiger balm, tuk tuks, banter

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
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(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(5/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

tigers, elephants, bamboo rafting, house of hope orphanage, meeting all the new people, the partys, the real gap team we had who was, Num, May and Nay they were brilliant.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

get vacuum bags for your clothes it will keep them dry and clean. if you get alot of bites take alot of insect spray. dont over pack you can buy clothes flip flops and stuff in bangkok at cheap prices.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Natalie Ellam - July 2011

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(9/10)
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Great experience, great memories, great excursions, will never forget it.

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

elephant trekking & bamboo rafting grand palace bangkok thai cooking lesson temples in Kanchanburi The orphanage & schools The 2 day trek was fantastic. All of Kophangan

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Enjoy it all, your probably only there once Learn about their culture its very intresting Try everything

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Laurie Smith - July 2011

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(10/10)
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unforgettable great experinece best four weeks of my life

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(5/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Best four weeks of my life

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Go with and open mind Dont say no enjoy every minute of the trip

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Sally Griffiths - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Incredible month filled with "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunities everyday!

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(8/10)
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(9/10)
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(7/10)
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(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Elephant treakking, Koh Phangan beach week (inc. Fullmoon party!), The guides, The group!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Take enough money so you're not worried to pay for little extras or indulgences which aren't on the itinery. 2. Don't hold back - embrace every opportunity and they'll be the highlights that you never forget! 3. Read up on the culture in Thailand first; make sure you're aware of the differences, and make sure you're open to trying new things, e.g. different foods.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Dan Wright - July 2011

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(9/10)
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varied, cultural, relaxing, lots of free time, beautiful.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(7/10)
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(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The Beach week in Ko Pha nang.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Try to meet to as many people as possible! 2) Take loose cool clothes - it gets really hot! 3) Be prepared to spend more than you think you will!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Rebecca Webb - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Trip of a lifetime, best group ever, completely incredible!

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

All of it, Elephant trekking, volunteering, our group of amazing people were what made it!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

sleeping bag liners! take plenty of pictures! Dont have early nights!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Emma Benyon - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Unforgettable

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The amazing people in our group and the co-ordinators, elephant trekking and tiger temple, being part of the community in Sangklaburi and the half moon party on Koh Phangan

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be open to trying different foods, be patient with your co-ordinators and remember they're not there to hold your hand, before you go unlock your phone and buy a Thai sim card because they cost as little as 2p a minute to landlines

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Florence Walker - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Good food, amazing people, unforgettable experiences, falling in the mud, sunsets, sand, Sangsom, 'Sawatdekaa' - undoubtably the best 4 weeks ever!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(6/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

All of it!! The In country team, Starfish, were absolutely amazing and while we did have a few hiccups, the co-ordinators were there to help and support us and just made the trip so memorable! One of the many highlights was the volunteering at the orphanage in Sangkhlaburi. We got to take the kids to a nearby river a couple of times which was so rewarding to see how happy there were, just spending time with them put everything in persepctive. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who is looking to meet some amazing people, make friends for life, try new and different experiences and cultures and is willing to have fun and plenty of laughs!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

My top tips would be to drink plenty of water, remember the loo roll and have the most amazing time of your life!! I know I did!

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Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Jessica Pilkington - July 2011

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(10/10)
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ABSOLUTLY AMAZING! the people, culture, food, travellers, parties, simply incredible.

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(7/10)
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(10/10)
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(6/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Erawan Waterfalls, elephant trecking, Tiger Temple, meeting so many different people, party time on Ko Pagnan!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

dont forget loads of deet, beware of the dogs, buy a thai sim card out there, its definitly the cheapest option

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Katie Walters - July 2011

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(8/10)
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amazing experience, get to meet loads of people, have fun

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(8/10)
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(7/10)
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(4/10)
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(4/10)
Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

buy all toiletries out there no need to pack these things be prepared for the teaching, you get left to do everything

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Hayley Mcadam - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Unforgettable, amazing friends, fantastic coordinators, memories to keep forever.

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(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(8/10)
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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

My highlights were the first week of all the sight seeing and the elephant trekking and also the beach week.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Take cheap clothes then you have the option of leaving them on the way home!Bit of extra room! 2) Dont bother taking loads of jewellry as there is plenty to get out there. 3) Buying a sim and phone out there is easy and cheap.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Kirsty Goodwin - July 2011

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(9/10)
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Lifelong friends, experience of a life time, unforgettable, Thai protestors!

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(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(6/10)
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(3/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting some amazing people! Elephant trekking Jungle trek hard but worth it! Sense of achievement for travelling alone.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Dont pack too many clothes, do pack going out clothes as in many places there is lots of evening entertainment, Dont drink too much chang as its much stronger than our lager! Water all the way!! Take plenty of sun cream as it is very hot and very expensive in Thailand. Dont be afraid of being alone so is the majority "you are not alone"

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Nicola Furman-jones - July 2011

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(10/10)
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fantastic friends, great tour leaders, volenteering rewarding, best month of my life!!!

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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Absolutley everything, the volentering was very rewarding and the whole holiday was amazing

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

watch out for the wild dogs. bring mosquito repellent. have lots of fun

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Lucy Field - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Best month of my life thanks to Pond and May!

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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

I wanted to write this email because I had such an amazing time in Thailand. I'm travelling around Australia at the moment and have also done a Real Gap experience in Zimbabwe in 2007 but I can honestly say that this was the best month of my life so far! I loved it all and wouldn't change a single thing! Bangkok When I first arrived In Bangkok I was greeted by May and Pond they had both been backwards and forwards to the airport god knows how many times as my flight had been seriously delayed, bless them. When we arrived at the hotel Mark and Katoon greeted us and explained what was going to happen over the next month. It had some of the same information we had been given by Real Gap when we first booked the trip but with extra information which was great. We were informed about 7 eleven, cheese and ham toasties and again about the accomadation at Koh Phangun. It was really exciting to hear all the information and I couldn't wait for it all to begin. Visiting the Temples around Bangkok, they were beautiful completely amazing. Especially the Grand Palace! Walking around and learning about all the culture was such a great experience to have and having May and Pond was brilliant cause they could give us more information and help answer any questions we had. On the way back from the temples we got in a tuk tuk!! My first time it was wicked May and Pond came in it with us so we wouldn't get lost. That evening a buffet was laid on for us at Silk bar which I thought was really nice as it gave the group a chance to get to know eachother. I had been late to arrive as was

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Bring move clothes for covering up in the towns and temples long sleeved tops and longer trousers. Learn the local language and have respect for the Thai people. They really respect you if you speak their language Even though its cheap in Thailand bring lots of money as you will want to buy so much stuff

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Victoria Wilkins - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Fantastic, trip of a lifetime, many laughs, lots of fun, an experience, worth every penny, great people, beautiful food, always looked after, exciting

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(9/10)
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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The jungle trekking was amazing. The team were brill expecially jay and katoon.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Thailand is cheap and so pack light.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Tammy Cyngier - July 2011

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(10/10)
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amazing people, unforgetable experience, beutiful country, friends for life

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything- there were so many amazing aspects of the trip that to name a few highlights is impossible however the amazing people i met was awesome and the bond with the real gap co-ordinators out there are now friends fro life!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1- always be yourself 2- try new things 3- go with the flow

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Lauren Bradley - July 2011

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(8/10)
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great fun experience, made some great friends, definitely worth it!

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(7/10)
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(8/10)
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(8/10)
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(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

overall it was a great way of seeing the country of Thailand! met some great people on and off of the tour and the coordinators (in particular Num) were excellent and helpful. elephant trekking was my favourite experience but all was enjoyable.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

pack light and buy once you reach thailand and its much cheaper! if you have a couple of free days leave the tour and explore on your own or with friends e.g. i traveled back to bangkok on our free weekend! make the most of the days AND the nights as they're equally important!

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Kayley Rumball - July 2011

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(9/10)
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Awesome everyday, amazing experience,miss everyone, beautiful country, loved it.

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(9/10)
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(8/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The elephant trekking was amazing, the hotel in Kanchanaburi was well above expectations, the community project was awesome and going to the orphanages was a real eye opener, the kids were amazing. Our guides May and Pond made the whole trip a great experience.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take toilet paper on the day trips. Make the most and enjoy everyday, the time flew by. You dont need to take lots of clothes with you because you can get everything very cheap out there :-)

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Sophie Mcdonald - July 2011

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(9/10)
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amazing experience best memories that ill cherish forever i laughed so hard it hurt

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(7/10)
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(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(2/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The Koh Phanyan beach week the accommodation we stayed in the friendliness of the staff. the free weekend when we arranged to go zorbing quadbiking etc

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

its not the trip its the people you meet that make the trip

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Katrina Roberts - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(5/10)
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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The leaders of our trip Katoon and Puuki. Without them the trip would not have been as fun or organised. They made me feel happy in every location, answering all of my questions and helping everyone out at any time of day!

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Katie Chapman - July 2011

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(10/10)
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changed my life!

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(8/10)
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(9/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

the whole package but for me especially koh phangan

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

pack light always put ur chargers away when used so u dont forget to bring them home! have no regrets and write a journal for the memories!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Thomas Rosenfeld - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Brilliant,Awesome,Brillaint,Awesome, Brilliant,Awesome,Brilliant,Awesome Found Soul Mate!!!

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

What my highlight of my trip? Word can't explain cause everything is perfect!!!! I found my soul Mate! Tiger temple was amazing,Hotel in kanchanaburi was brilliant!!! But all is perfect! May and Pond done very brilliant!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

A/ /Don't book flight at the same day when you arrive to final days B Most the most of every day and don't sleep during the day! C/ Tiger Temple is a MUCH go

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Lauren Kneafsey - July 2011

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(7/10)
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Beautiful Country, Once in a life time oppurtunity, perfect break!

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(10/10)
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(6/10)
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(3/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

feeding tigers, riding elephants, zip lining through the jungle, volunteering!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

GIRLS- invest in a SHEWEE (outdoor weeing device) made my trip SO much easier. Comfy walking SHOES. dont bring to many clothes.

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Caitlin Dancox - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Brilliant new friendships made in spectacular surroundings.

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(8/10)
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(8/10)
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(5/10)
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(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

I enjoyed the full moon trip to koh phangan. Also our orientation and tour through Bangkok ws brilliant.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Look at what you have packed, and half it. Anything you are missing you will be able to purchase from the markets etc. dont forget a camera and have a spare battery with you.

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Would you recommend us?

Yes

William Cowley - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Best 4 weeks of my life. FACT.

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(6/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Visiting the Orphanage is Sangklhaburi. The Ang Thong Marine Park on Koh Pah Ngan was beautiful. Also, the Half Moon Party, the Nature Club in Sangklhaburi and the 10 Baht Bars in Kanchanabhuri.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Drink Lots of Red Bull and say YES

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Rose Hines - July 2011

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(7/10)
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Thailand is beautiful, there is loads to see and do!

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(7/10)
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(5/10)
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(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Elephants and Bamboo Rafting Visiting the local Orphanage Diving

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Prepare yourself for BASIC accomodation 2. Research the areas you are travelling to 3. Think about malaria tablets as you are literally on the Burmese border

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Bethan Griffiths - July 2011

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(8/10)
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I feel I experienced the Real Thailand and all the country has to offer.

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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(9/10)
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(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Trekking, Beach week, Cooking Lesson.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Bring some games (there is a lot of free time in the evenings, and there is only so many hours you can play cards. I wish I considered the board games on the packing list seriously) Get ready for Thai time, nothing runs on time, but there is no need to worry, your on holiday. Bring a select few DVD's for the long bus journeys.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Laura Bonafoux - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Best month of my life, amazing experience of real thailand aswell as all the tourist attractions, Do it.

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

elephants and bamboo rafting, and all the trekking

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1- deet mosquito repelent seems to attract mosquitoes not repell them. 2- just do everything 3-the nature club in kanchaburi is amazing.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Jennifer Rochford - July 2011

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(8/10)
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(7/10)
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(6/10)
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(6/10)
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(5/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

meeting new people as they made the experience amazing. the extras such as the tiger temple and learning mauy thai boxing were unbelienveable as was the bamboo rafting.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. take extra money there are lots of unexpected extras to pay for. 2. take lots of insect repellent 3. have fun

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

William Knight - July 2011

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(10/10)
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funny, exciting, eye-opening, inspirational, culture shock, independence, great friends, weird food, life changing, character building.

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Ko Phangan beach week was excellent, it was a great finish to the first 3 weeks we had had, it was great to relax a little and make the most of the beautiful Island that we were on. The elephant riding in Sangklaburi was great, and experience i will never forget. The temples of Bangkok were also great, as you really got a feel for the culture of the country.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Bring at least

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Jack Tilley - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Most amazing trip ever, made life-long friends, life changing experince!

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(8/10)
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(6/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

All of it was FANTASTIC!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take more money than reccomended. Book community option as its cheaper but you still do exactly the same thing. Go to 'house of hope'.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Arti Pau - July 2011

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(8/10)
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Amazing experience with many breath taking experiences, never forgotten

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(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

It was an amazing experience, we were able to do a lot more than we had expected. The elephant trekking and bamboo rafting were amazing experiences. I was able to meet so many wonderful people and definitely made some friends for life. The volunteering was so rewarding.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Be open minded about the places you visit, it isn't always how expect it to be. 2) Be flexible, timetables / schedules never work when travelling, things come up and you can't always be what you want. 3) Enjoy every moment, live in the moment don't think about what ifs, if you want to do it do it.

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Michelle Gilliam - July 2011

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(9/10)
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A great experience that i wont forget, plenty of memories

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(5/10)
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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

elephant trekking bangkok tour

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

bring extra money for travel into town. we were not told we would need to get taxis into town in Kanchanaburi or Koh Phagnan.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Eleanor Phipps - July 2011

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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

volunteering in childcare in sanklaburi, elephant treking bamboo aefting, treking and waterfalls, going to the tiger temple.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

William Powell - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
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Rare opportunities, best month of my life, fantastic memories, rewarding, diverse locations, stunning scenery, paradise, incredible, new friends, FUN

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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(5/10)
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(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Elephant Trekking ~ ask your co-ordinator Erawan Waterfalls Full Moon Party Zorbing, Zip-wiring and Quad Biking at the Nature Club in Sangkhlaburi. Getting to know the group and coordinators First night out in Bangkok at the club we were recommended

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

If you have time, get the rabies injections. Find someone to fly with using the Buddy List even if it's just 1 person ~ I did this and we became friends which made meeting the rest of the group less scary! Bring a waterproof bag liner (zip-lock plastic wallet - anything) ~ Phones and iPods get wet very fast in monsoons

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Hannah Davison - July 2011

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(9/10)
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4 fun packed weeks!

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(8/10)
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(7/10)
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(5/10)
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(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Hightlights included; thai cooking lesson, the waterfalls, visiting the dragon temple, the stay at the first hotel generally, trekking and also activities that werent included in the trip particularly the tiger temple and extra activities on the beach week.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Get yourself some tiger balm when your out there its just so handy! Don't take a travel card or travellers cheques if your only out for a month - the atms charge and are an inconvenience so just take cash! Write a diary - such a nice way to look back on the trip and a forever keep sake.

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Douglas Eggleton - July 2011

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(8/10)
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Good Experience, made new friends!

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting our guide Palmy, I have made a friend for life she is amazing! Also... elephant trekking, Muay Thai, Bamboo Rafting, Blackmoon Party and Quadbiking! I loved all of the tour guides! They really made the experience worthwhile.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Make the most of Bangkok! The stay there isn't long so go out every night! Muay Thai is a really great way to keep in shape for Beach Week! Do not book boxing through Real Gap - it's a rip off! Book it once your out their.

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Melissa Mcculloch - July 2011

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(9/10)
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Incredible place, fantastic group, top destination for a gap year!

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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(7/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Erawan Waterfalls. Elephant Trekking and Bamboo Rafting. The Temples in Kanchanaburi. The group and co-coordinators! Koh Phanghan Full Moon Party was amazing! Trekking and going out in Khao San Road.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Set a daily/weekly budget. You spend way less in Sangkhlaburi as its such a small town that things are so cheap, we ate out for 70p a meal and it was some of the best food I had during my stay there. Get a Thai Sim Card whilst your away. You can call a home phone in the UK for as little as 2p a min. Plus its the best way to keep in contact with the people in your group. Look after your belongings, especially on Koh Phangan. And especially when drinking. Even if you put something down for 2mins it can disappear. My friend lost her SLR camera in Sangkhlaburi which is such a rural place. So just be aware of your surroundings and belongings.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Jude Henderson - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Fun, Once in a lifetime trip, made great friends, opened up the world, was bitten by the travel bug...was also bitten by lots of Mosquito's, Temples, Waterfalls, Thai Buckets and Pancakes!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything! experiencing a mesmerizing country and culture, seeing and doing things that would be hard to achieve as an independent traveller - all with a great bunch of people. It was a perfect blend going from bustling Bangkok to the rural charm of Sangkhlaburi then onto the tropical paradise of Koh Phangan. I wish I could do it all again!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- try the local food and drink, Pad Siew and Chang Beer being my favourite - Take a good pair of walking shoes, epecially for climbing Erawan Waterfall - Meet the locals and practice your 'Sawatika!'

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Alison Avery - July 2011

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(9/10)
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amazing memories, unforgettable moments, great company :)

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(7/10)
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(6/10)
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(6/10)
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(4/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

elephant trekking, Songkram festival, helping at the orphanage, trekking

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

be well prepared before you go, be confident and make the most of every moment!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Gary Crispin - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
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An amazing time, made some friends for life!

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Eating insects on the first night in Bangkok. Spending a night in the jungle. Meeting the locals in Sangkhla Buri, exchanging gifts and joining them for a drink. Elephant trekking and Bamboo rafting was pretty incredible. Chilling out in Koh Penang.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Be careful at beach parties, lots of people had their stuff stolen while i was there (its the other tourists who are the least trustworthy). 2. Try and chat to the locals and be friendly. We had some great nights drinking with them. 3. Try to learn some of the basic language (i.e. counting, and asking how much). In the poorer regions its almost impossible to find English speakers.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Katy Sidell - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

memorable amazing new friends something to talk about

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(7/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(4/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

i was able to pay to join option B on the elephant trekking which was a fabulous day, the bamboo rafting was also equally enjoyable.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

make sure that you always lock valuables away in your bag when you are not in the room. do not compramise where you feel unsafe and unsecure. always have a disposable cameran to hand in case your digital one breaks.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Karl Duarte - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Great experience & got new ideas for further travelling.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Elephant trekking Learning to cook Thai Meal Relaxing at Kho Phag Ngan Meal on travelling boat across river Kwai Erawan Waterfalls Relaxing at P Guesthouse, Sangklaburi

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- Pace yourself: Don't try and do too much too quickly. - When doing anything in a group of at least several people or more be careful of pricing. Eg when ordering food, double check bill as there have been incidients when prices have been increased witho

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Laura Reader - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

an experience i'll never forget, so many dramas on our trip but a lesson to be learnt from each of them

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(7/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(6/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

meeting new people and friends for life, seeing some amazing sights, helping the kids at the schools learn english.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

enjoy everyday as it goes very quickly, try new things as much as possible, try new foods

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Carla Thompson - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Excellent time ,met some really nice people

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(5/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(7/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Elephant riding Bamboo Rafting Half moon party Ko pangyan

Annie Ferguson - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Always interesting, immensely varied, unique, made friends, an exceptional experience!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(7/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Experiencing Thailand in such varied, in-depth and interesting ways. I particularly enjoyed (among many things) the waterfalls, temple trips, elephant trekking, and more mundane things like visiting the markets and learning to barter! The Starfish volunteers were fantastic, they were a lot of fun and genuinely considerate, caring and always ensured you got the most from the experience. I found teaching quite challenging. As I had signed up for childcard and was not given this option I felt a bit misled by Real Gap.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1)Pack economically and strategically - & make sure that the luggage is appropriate for the trip. 2)Bring more than the minimum suggested money for emergencies and to get by comfortably 3)Enjoy it!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Abi Broughton - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Awesome experience, new friends including guides, will never forget it'

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(7/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The highlights of my trip are when we went elephant trekking, helping at the school in Sangklaburi, and the week ok Koh Phangan.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Learn simple language before you go, not told at the start of the trip which is what i thought would happen. Keep a record of how much you spend, Koh Phangan was quite expensive. If you need help ask for it, don't try and sort it yourself.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Angus Wyatt - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Loved the people, loved the country, loved the experience!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(5/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(6/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(7/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

I think the group was really good and there were some fantastic experiences, such as the teaching and the elephant trekking. This was offset nicely by the opportunity to relax in Koh Phangan.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Drink plenty of water! Dehydration can make you feel ill which will detract from the fun of the tour. 2. Take plenty of photos - never leave your camera behind - Thailand is a fantastic country and there are some beatiful sights which need to be snapped up. 3. Respect the culture - Thailand is steeped in it and you will enjoy your time more if you immerse yourself in it rather than alienating yourself from it.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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