Thailand Bangkok to Beaches 2014
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Trip code: THIN

  • Adventure 3 out of 5
  • Relaxation 5 out of 5
  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

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  • Explore the backpacking capital of Thailand - Khao San Road
  • Find a bargain in the bustling night markets of Cha Am 
  • Trek the soaring mountains of Sam Roi Yot National Park 
  • Snorkel in the clear waters off the sandy coastline of Koh Tao
  • Relax on some of the most stunning beaches in the world

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Kick-start your backpacking experience by joining our exciting 10 day tour introducing you to the wonders of Thailand. From bustling markets, to secluded tropical islands to ancient temples, you'll get a real taste for this fascinating country.

 

 

Starting with the chaos of historic Bangkok, you’ll venture to the tranquil island paradise of beautiful Koh Tao, making sure that you visit the highlights of Thailand along the way.  

 

Let our experienced Thai guides make all the arrangements and relax as they lead you from the night markets of Cha Am to the natural splendour of Sam Roi Yot national park. This great trip is the perfect introduction to start your Thailand chapter or a longer trip around Asia.

 

Read past Real Gapper Hannah's experience on the Bangkok to Beaches trip here...

 

Please note that this package is for all bookings departing up until 31 December, 2014. Looking to book Bangkok to Beaches in 2015? To check out our 2015 package click here 


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What will I be doing?

  • Bustling Bangkok (Days 1 to 2)

  • Time to haggle for a bargain (Days 3 to 4)

  • Welcome to paradise (Days 5 to 9)

  • Leave only your footprints (Day 10)

  • Learn to Scuba Dive (Up to 2 weeks)

Bustling Bangkok: Days 1 to 2

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Destination info

The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, 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 striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Bangkok

 

Day One: Arrive in Bangkok
On Saturday you'll be personally met on arrival at Bangkok airport by our friendly co-ordinators. They will take you to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you can relax or explore this exciting city. We will arrange a welcome dinner on Tuesday evening. This is a great opportunity to have fun, make friends with your fellow travellers and get to know the co-ordinators.
 
Overnight in Bangkok.
 
Day Two: Tour of Bangkok
Meet the staff at the hotel lobby at around 9am for a welcome chat and brief introduction of your experience. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow travelers and get those questions answered by our team. Once the talk has finished we will walk through bustling Bangkok to our first stop on the tour - the Grand Palace.
 
The Grand Palace is the most sacred of all landmarks in Thailand, all Thais must visit the Palace at least once in their life to pay respect to their most revered monarch, there is also a saying that you have never truly been to Thailand unless you go within the walls of the Grand Palace, so a great way to start your tour. The Grand Palace is not included in the tour and costs 350 baht. If you do not wish to go into the Palace there is a small market nearby selling all kinds of souvenirs and street food. After the Grand Palace you will stop for lunch for an hour or so before setting off towards Wat Arun or The Temple of Dawn which is a quick stop over the Chao Phraya river. This temple offers great views of the city – at a price, as the view requires a slight climb up some ancient steps!
 
Crossing the river again,  a short 5 minute walk will bring you to Wat Po or The Reclining Buddha. Here you can walk around the statue and partake in some of the rituals which are said to bring you lots of good luck. You will then head back towards Khao San Road and your hotel, to either rest or go shopping in and around the Khao San area where almost anything is sold and at very reasonable prices - just remember to meet your team around 8pm for your welcome meal and continued merry making within Khao Sans’ infamous night scene.
 
Overnight in Bangkok, breakfast included.
 
 

Time to haggle for a bargain: Days 3 to 4

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Destination info

The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, 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 striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Cha Am and Sam Roi Yot

 

Day Three: Cha Am
At around 10am you will leave your Bangkok hotel and make the two hour journey south to Cha Am, a resort boasting Thailand’s longest white sand beach, in Phetchaburi province. Here you will have the afternoon free to chill out on the beach.
 
In the evening your co-ordinator will take you to Cha Am’s busy night market which sells everything from noodles to puppies. The market begins to wind down just before midnight but many of the stalls selling food and drinks often stay open until dawn. 
 
Overnight in Cha Am.
 
Day Four: Sam Roi Yot
Get ready for a packed day’s activity in Khao Sam Roi Yot or “The Mountain of Three Hundred Peaks” -  a coastal national park around 60km South of Cha Am. The park is home to over 300 species of birds as well as the rare Serow, a goat/antelope like mammal that can sometimes be seen near the park headquarters.
The day will begin with a trek through the forests and caves that surround the Limestone Mountains rising from the Gulf of Thailand. You will also visit the mangrove forests and take a boat trip to view the mountains from the sea, and perhaps even see some of the dolphins that live in the waters of the park.
 
Overnight in Cha Am.
 
 

Welcome to paradise: Days 5 to 9

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Destination info

 

The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, 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 striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.
 
  • Location: Koh Tao

 

Day Five: Travel to Koh Tao
Expect an early start as the coach for Chumphon, from where the ferry leaves for Ko Tao, leaves at 8am. You should arrive in Koh Tao at around 2pm.
Koh Tao translates as “Turtle Island” and is situated between Suratthani and Chumpon in the Gulf of Thailand. Serving first as a stopping point for fishermen and later as a prison, the island did not begin to develop as a tourist destination until the 1980s and remains less developed than islands such as Koh Samui and Phuket. 
You will be staying on Sairee Beach, a 1.7km long stretch of soft white sand and shallow turquoise water. 
 
Overnight on Sairee Beach, Koh Tao.
 
Day Six: Island Tour
Today you will take a boat ride around Koh Tao with frequent stops for snorkelling in the clear waters. The Tour ends on the tranquil Koh Nangyaun, three tiny islands connected only by a strip of sand.
 
Overnight on Sairee Beach, Koh Tao.
 
Days Seven to Nine: Koh Tao
No activities are scheduled for these days so you have the freedom to enjoy the tropical island in your own way. Your coordinator will be able to advise you what to do in your free time.
 
Snorkelling is a favourite activity for many visitors to Koh Tao and, if you didn’t have enough of it on your boat trip, fins, snorkels and masks are readily available for hire all over the island and coast at a cost of around 100 Baht per day. Head East or North to explore the rocky coves and even a shipwreck or two. Visitors between March and May might be lucky enough to catch a rare glimpse of a visiting 40ft Whale Shark, but if not, the coral and tropical fish more than make up for it. If you want a more adventurous underwater experience many companies offer diving trips for beginners. Onshore there are numerous activities, such as yoga and hiking, open to visitors.
 
Two nights on Sairee Beach, Koh Tao.

Leave only your footprints: Day 10

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Destination info

The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, 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 striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Koh Tao

Day Ten: Tour Ends
Some may choose to stay on Koh Tao, travel on to other parts of Thailand or further afield while others will be heading back to Bangkok and home. Whatever your travel plans our local coordinator will be happy to advise you.

 

Please note: The trip finishes on Koh Tao and therefore any arrangements after this are at your own cost.

Learn to Scuba Dive: Up to 2 weeks

Destination info

The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, 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 striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Koh Tao

If you can't drag yourself away from Koh Tao's stunning beaches and want to continue living the dream for a week or two more, why not add a scuba diving course onto the end of your trip?

 

Our diving courses are based in Koh Tao, one of the best diving spots in the world and once you set foot in the crystal clear blue water you'll soon see why. Koh Tao has perfect diving conditions all year round so you're guaranteed to see all kinds of amazing coral and fish species. Whether you're a complete beginner or you've dived before, we have courses to suit all levels. You'll even go home with a PADI qualification!

 

This would definitely be the perfect end to your trip and gives you an excuse to stay in paradise a little longer! (How can you say no to that!?) 

 

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What's included?

  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • Bangkok tour
  • Transport to Cha Am
  • Trip to Cha Am night market
  • Sam Roi Yot tour
  • Transport to Koh Tao
  • Koh Tao tour

What's not included?

  • Tourist visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Meals
  • Grand Palace entrance fee (350 baht)
  • Onward transport from Koh Tao

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

18 years

 

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 several different locations. In Bangkok your hotel room will be twin share with air conditioning and breakfast included on Khao San Road. Throughout the rest of the trip hotel rooms will be twin share and equipped with a fan.

 

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. 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.

 

Meals

Breakfasts are generally not included but can be purchased for as little as 50p. 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. Eating out is very cheap in Thailand, and can cost as little as 25 pence though an average meal may set you back between £1- £1.50. 

 

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.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

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

 

 

FAQ

1. What is the average age of people on this trip?

The average age is usually between 18-30 years old.

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2. How much spending money would you recommend I take?

We generally recommend that you take around £80-£100 per week.

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3. What visa do I need?

When entering Thailand you will automatically receive a 30-day tourist visa. If you intend to stay longer than 30 days, you need to get the 60-day or 90 day visa before you go directly through the Thai Embassy.

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4. Is Thailand safe?

Absolutely, and you have co-ordinators with you at all times to ensure your safety.

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5. When is the best time to go?

Thailand is beautiful all year round!

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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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