Round the World South East Asia

Round the World South East Asia

South East Asia is a very interesting, fun, safe and beautiful part of the world. It has a well-trodden backpacking route for good reason. This group trip will show you the best sites in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos in a whopping 9 weeks!

South East Asia is a very interesting, fun, safe and beautiful part of the world. It has a well-trodden backpacking route for good reason. This is a 9 week trip showing you the best sites in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos in a whopping 9 weeks! From bustling cities, to UNESCO sites and from stunning beaches and islands to lakes with dolphins. You can join three exciting group adventure trips in 3 different countries in Asia and see the best that this region has to offer.

Round The World South East Asia

This exciting trip starts off in amazing Vietnam, with the Vietnam Experience. Starting in the North of Vietnam, in Hanoi and ending all the way in the south in Ho Chi Minh. After that, we take you on a 4 week trip to all the best parts and beaches in Thailand. Then Laos, from the Capital of Thailand, Bangkok, we take you up to the north of Thailand into stunning Laos, and back to Bangkok (so no flights needed here). Wow, what a trip!

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (66)Some of the highlights include:

  • Including airport pick ups, English speaking guides
  • Meeting new friends and sharing adventures from day 1
  • Excellent guides who will be there for you and make this the best trip ever!
  • Explore bustling cities: Bangkok, Hanoi, Vientiane and many more exciting cities
  • Street food and Asian flavours at every turn (tip: avoid the squid jerky)
  • Stunning Halong Bay UNESCO site
  • Tuk Tuks, Rickshaws and crazy traffic!
  • Immersing yourself in Thai Culture
  • Full Moon Party
  • Tropical Islands and amazing beaches
  • Adventure options with Diving, Freediving, Muay Thai or Yoga
  • Discover Scuba diving, island trips and Stand up paddling
  • Get off the beaten track in Laos (flexible hop on hop off!)
  • River tubing in Laos (not to be missed!)
  • Meet and chat to other Xtreme Gappers with an online Buddy list before you travel too!

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Backpacking in Laos

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  • Explore the vibrant 1,000-year-old of historic city of Hanoi during the first week
  • Learn about Buddhism and Meditation, explore interesting Vietnamese places including Pagodas and temples in the second week
  • Trek the amazing Sapa mountain, visit markets and learn about the culture
  • Explore the colonial architecture and amazing beaches of Hoi Ann
  • Visit Nha Trang and its amazing beaches, beach time!
  • Amazing shopping in Hanoi
  • Visit Hoi Ann Old Quarter.  It has a distinctly French colonial flare
  • Finish with an epic road trip all the way down south to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Exploring exciting Bangkok by the backpacking Mecca Khao San Road
  • Learning about Thailand’s culture, history, and visit temples
  • Stay and work with elephants
  • Bathe in waterfalls
  • Full Moon Party
  • Adrenaline Adventures on Koh Tao like diving and freediving, Muay Thai, cross fit or yoga course.
  • Koh Tao adventure day. Get ready for some serious action on long tail boats, and snorkelling
  • Welcome dinner out on Koh Tao
  • Activities like SUP and Discover Scuba Dive
  • Lots of Chill time on Koh Tao, and beach parties to remember
  • An amazing laugh all the way with fun group leaders to guide you and the rest of the group
  • Connect from Bangkok up to the Amazing North of Thailand on trains and traverse Laos with our backpacker buses and guides.
  • Transfer back to Bangkok Included where you catch your flight to Hanoi
  • ´Jump-on’ and ‘jump-off’ the bus anywhere that you want along the way around our comprehensive route
  • Go further off the beaten track for unique down-to-earth stops
  • Enjoy local culture and amazing activities
  • Travel with like-minded people, our legendary guides and local drivers
  • We can organise guest houses, hostels, budget hotels, eco-lodges and camping accommodation options en route

Fully guided trip throughout Southeast Asia with loads of activities and inclusions

As this Round the World trip is built out of 3 trips, we would love to give you a lot more information on each trip. In the links below you will find all the information in much detail. but if you have questions you can, of course, email us, see the web form at the bottom of the page where you can leave your details and ask your question. We will get straight on it!

Check the full itineraries here

The order of the trip

  • Vietnam: 3 weeks
  • Thailand: 4 week
  • Laos: Flexible

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      Experience Thailand with our top selling trip. Four adventure-filled weeks, that will take you from Bangkok to the heart of Thailand, to the tropical beaches of Koh Tao. Our included airport collection, Thai guides, guaranteed group numbers and jam-packed itinerary make this ideal for first time or solo travellers. Meet new people, make new friends, plus choose from 5 awesome activities for your 3rd week and have an unforgettable month-long journey.


      Get off the beaten path and visit Laos! Let us take you off the beaten path on our backpacker trip in Laos. Starting in Bangkok Thailand, you can head through one of the most rewarding countries in South East Asia, and experience the joys of tubing, waterfalls and mind boggling scenery and beer Lao!


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Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The trip starts in Hanoi in Vietnam where you will be met at the airport. You then go to various different places via overland transport before ending back in Ho Chi Minh. You then need to arrange a flight from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok for the start of the Thailand Experience. Your Thailand trip ends in Koh Tao, but we help you get back to Bangkok for the start of your Laos trip which is a round trip through North Thailand, through Laos, back to Bangkok, where you can fly home from.
Asia is very cheap in general, and because there are a lot of inclusions you will not need much. In Thailand and Vietnam, for example, all of your accommodation is taking care of. During the whole of your trip, you will have transfers and guides included and lots of activities. We recommend people’s take between 10 and £20 per day you can get away with less. In Laos, you need to pay for accommodation so add on another £10 a day
People on this trip typically are 60% female 40% male and between the ages of 18 and 25. Although that is not necessarily a reason to exclude you if you do not fall into this age category.

Yes. Xtreme Gap Year has lots of different staff and reps throughout Asia, we have our own base on Koh Tao and throughout mainland Asia as well. Please note you will not be guided by the same person for the duration of the trip, in each different country we employ different guides, however, you will be looked after by our local representatives throughout the duration of the trip.
You can book your space on this trip for a small deposit and then 12 weeks prior to departure you will need to pay the balance in full.

Special payment conditions

On round the world bookings we can stage payment to make it easier to save, you can of course pay all at once.

Payment Schedule

  • Time of booking if travelling in more than 6 months -25% deposit of the balance
  • At 16 Weeks until departure ” 50% of the balance
  • 12 weeks before departure ” the remaining 25% balance.

This ensures you have enough time to save for your flights, spending money and insurance.

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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

Included

Vietnam

  • Breakfasts and accommodation throughout programme
  • Airport transfer on arrival, to make it easy for you!
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Orientation by our rep
  • Vietnamese cooking lessons
  • Vietnamese language lessons
  • Jungle trekking or cultural immersion at local schools. Let us know at time of booking!
  • Access to buddy lists before you go

Thailand

  • Personally met at the airport
  • Super nice and professional guides
  • All accommodation
  • All activities as per itinerary, elephants, waterfalls, nationalparkss, temples
  • Breakfast in the first 2 weeks
  • Nights out (own expense but guided)
  • Transport taking you to different parts of Thailand
  • Free Wi-Fi at most resorts
  • Exploring the history and culture of Bangkok by visiting various temples
  • Pick your own action pack during week 3. Yoga, Muay Thai, diving or free diving
  • Snorkeling in crystal clear waters around a tropical paradise island
  • Boat ride to stunning tiny island
  • Walk to stunning viewpoint
  • Full moon party ticket included! 

Laos

  • Pre departure information
  • Pick up at different locations in Thailand and Laos
  • Reservations for extra tours and accommodation will be made by the guide
  • Flexible hop on hop off Tour Pass, min 11 days needed, but we give you 2 weeks to complete it!
  • All Transportation
  • Services of the Tour Leader who can help with accommodation and activities

 

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Accommodation in Laos
  • Meals in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos (in Vietnam and first 2 weeks of Thailand we include breakfast)
  • Transport from Hanoi to Bangkok (Flight)

Dates

Route Vietnam/Thailand/Laos

Start Dates 2018

Start Vietnam Sunday 15 July 2018
Start Vietnam Sunday 07 October 2018
Start Vietnam Sunday 11 November 2018

Start Dates 2019

Start Vietnam Sunday 13 January 2019
Start Vietnam Sunday 10 February 2019
Start Vietnam Sunday 10 March 2019
Start Vietnam Sunday 07 April 2019
Start Vietnam Sunday 09 June 2019
Start Vietnam Sunday 07 July 2019
Start Vietnam Sunday 08 September 2019
Start Vietnam Sunday 03 November 2019

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Xtreme Thailand Experience

Experience Thailand with our top selling trip. Four adventure-filled weeks, that will take you from Bangkok to the heart of Thailand, to the tropical beaches of Koh Tao. Our included airport collection, Thai guides, guaranteed group numbers and jam-packed itinerary make this ideal for first time or solo travellers. Meet new people, make new friends, plus choose from 5 awesome activities for your 3rd week and have an unforgettable month-long journey.

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This is our top-selling trip! Loaded with activities there is never a dull moment. A great way to travel Thailand safely in a group, you have a jam packed itinerary showcasing the best this amazing country has to offer. You choose your activities. An intro week, an adventure week, an action week and a beach / conservation week. You will be checking out Thailand in the best possible way and fully guided! Let the good times roll.

The Xtreme Thailand Experience

4 AWESOME THEMED WEEKS!

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Adventure

Island Action

Action Week

Beach & Eco

Beach Week

Settle in and discover Thailand.

Easy arrival with an airport pickup. Make new friends as you meet other people in the group. Learn about Thailand its culture and history. Stay on the mainland and visit lots of different temples, cultural heritage sites and cities.

Elephants. Unforgettable National PArks & More.

Includes an awesome ethical Elephant experience. Go bathing with Elephants, and get up close and personal with these majestic animals. Visit waterfalls and stunning rural towns. 

Choose the perfect action week activity!

Get the perfect beach body with Crossfit. Learn Muay Thai, increase your well-being with a jungle yoga package. Learn free diving or learn how to dive, its up to you! PLUS: Take part in an action-packed adventure day!

Top off the tan with well-earned beach time.

Laze about on amazing tropical beaches. Hit the beach parties and don´t miss out on the Full Moon party. Discover a paradise island by our try scuba dive & stand up paddle day. Also help conservation efforts with the beach clean up and join the free Barbecue party night! Party on the beach and munch on some delicious Thai food.

Xtreme Thailand Experience Highlights Include:

  • Safe & Fun! Fully guided Xtreme Gap Reps.
  • Discovering Thai culture, temples & cuisine on a mind-blowing cultural  experiences.
  • Trekking through national parks & discovering cool waterfalls.
  • Volunteering with Elephants and Mahouts
  • Exploring exciting Bangkok and stay in a fun backpackers hostel near the backpacking Mecca Khao San Road
  • Adrenaline Action on Koh Tao like diving and freediving, kickboxing or cross fit. If you prefer to chill out a little, you can with a yoga course.
  • Koh Tao adventure day with longtail boat, snorkelling, paradise islands and view points.
  • Try Out Scuba with an Xtreme trial Scuba Experience
  • SUP! Stand Up Paddle try out.
  • Become a conservation hero! We have partnered with the leading conservation organisation so you too can do your part. Beach clean ups and conservation talks included. Plus free sunset barbecue at the end of the day
  • Lots of Chill time on Koh Tao and beach parties to remember
  • Meet and chat to other Xtreme Gappers with an online Buddy list before you travel too!

 


PHOTOS

ITINERARY

Just about everything you could want out of a trip to Thailand in 4 weeks!

Day 1: WARM WELCOME ON ARRIVAL

Arrival day the moment you have been waiting for! The start to an awesome life changing Thailand trip! First off, if you have not been travelling before… it will be ok. We make it a hassle free arrival, the Xtreme Team will collect you from Suvarnabhumi Airport (the international airport in Bangkok) and take you to your super convenient Bangkok accommodation, which is a stone’s throw from the famous Khao San Road. The accommodation has a movie room, 2 pool tables, free WIFI and lots of Xtreme Gappers awaiting to join the adventure.

You will have the rest of the day/evening, depending on when you arrive, to relax after a long flight and meet the rest of your group. If you arrive in time we head out for a delicious Thai meal (local payment about £3-8) and explore the buzzing Bangkok area!

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 2: WELCOME ORIENTATION AND EXPLORE BANGKOK

We will take it easy and all meet up at around 10:00 am to start a “real exploration” of Bangkok. This will be lead by our group leader, who will be with you for the next 2 weeks.

Prepare to see incredible things as we include an awesome boat trip through the ancient waterways of Bangkok. Not only will you get to experience stunning traditional communities off the backpacker trail, but we will also take you to the majestic Wat Arun – The Temple of the Dawn, Wat Pho, which is home to the most important reclining Buddha in the whole of Thailand and Wat Phra Kaew –  The Grand Palace.

watt arun thailandExpect an authentic look into traditional Bangkok and lets you see some of the most beautiful temples Thailand has to offer. The tour will last about 4 hours.

In the afternoon we head back to our guesthouse, just in time to freshen up and chill out before your ‘Welcome Dinner’ in the evening. After dinner, we are off to the infamous and exciting Khao San Road, the backpacker area of Bangkok,  where you will get a taste of the Thai night life.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Welcome Dinner
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 3:  KANCHANABURI RIVER ADVENTURES!

After a relaxing morning, and hopefully a full recovery from a fun night out in Bangkok, we arrange a private minivan to gorgeous Kanchanaburi north of Bangkok, which usually takes about 3 hours, depending on the Bangkok traffic!

Kanchanaburi is where the Kwae Yai and Kwae Noi rivers meet and is as picturesque as Thailand can get, with a magnificent backdrop of forested mountains stretching all the way to the Burmese border.

It’s famous for the film location of the movie ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ where thousands of prisoners of wars and local Thai’s were forced to build the ‘Burmese Railway’ during WWII, it is a historic setting, but today it has transformed into a fun, chilled-out riverside town and your path to some great activities and experiences.

There´s lots to do here. Visiting museums and temples, swimming in pools by waterfalls, kayaking the rivers, and checking out temples

Once we have arrived, we check you into the hotel, freshen up and there is time to explore the area, see the sights and learn about the history – and of course enjoy a Singha beer or two while trying out some more traditional Thai food.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Private transfer to Kanchanaburi
• Overnight accommodation in twin / triple shared rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, and hot water

Day 4: BATHE IN STUNNING WATERFALLS

waterfallToday you’ll visit the exquisite waterfalls in the Erawan National Park. These waterfalls are considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, the waterfalls are truly made of absolute wonder! You will get to explore the several levels of these magnificent falls, each filtering into the different pools below, which you can swim in. How high you go, is of course up to you. The highlight here is a natural water slide that shoots you several metres down smooth stone into the emerald coloured water, so remember to have your GoPro’s and cameras charged! You are most definitely going to need them.

After your morning of photo shoots and an insane amount of fun and relaxation, you will head back to the hotel for the afternoon where you will have the chance to head into town and explore. Our guides are super knowledgeable of the area, so be sure to ask where all the best spots to eat, chill or party are.

Inclusions
• Breakfast
• Erawan Waterfall day
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 5: KAYAKING ON THE RIVER KWAE AND EXPLORING THE LOCAL AREA

The river Kwae is a real paradise for Kayaking! After breakfast at our Guest House, we will take you out for a fun-filled day of adventure, where you will get to go kayaking on the river Kwae and also explore some of the highlights of the local area. You might even see some monkeys on the way! Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a professional for this, in fact, no prior experience is needed, the river is pretty easy to navigate, you will get to see and experience the surroundings from a completely unique perspective.

Don’t forget sun cream, you will get a tan when you’re out and about today! After your epic day of kayaking and exploring the local area, we will head back to the Guesthouse to freshen up and get ready for dinner, a chilled evening at the cool laid back bars and enjoy a few cold ones as we watch the river go by.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Kayak trip on the river Kwae
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 6: EXPLORE THE HEART OF THAILAND

Today we take you into the ‘heart’ of Thailand, the North East, known in Thailand as Isaan (Surin). If you ever wondered why Thailand is known as the ‘Land of Smiles’ wonder no more, you are now surrounded by one of the friendliest groups of people on the face of our planet. Surin is by far, one of the more ‘off the beaten track’ areas of Thailand and by the time you arrive you will have experienced the overwhelming and humbling friendliness from the local villagers.

The area is renowned for the best rice and you will be an absolute expert by the time you leave. They are also well known for its mixture of Thai, Khmer and Gwi people, it’s insanely awesome food (loads of chilli) and it’s elephants, who have played a major role in the communities here for centuries.

Once again, we have arranged a private vehicles and while the journey is around 8-9 hours, we will stop for lunch and we make the odd stop to stretch your legs. Tip: take some music with you, as nothing is better than to listen to good music, gaze out of the window and see the palm trees and rice paddies.

When you arrive, we check into your hotel for tonight, a fantastic place in Surin town, where you can freshen up before we take you out to the night market to find the best places to eat. The food in Surin town is so delicious, so don’t be afraid to get out there and explore, our recommendation, foodie lovers, is the night market – Best chow in town.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Private transfer from Kanchanaburi to Surin
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Days 7-9:  ELEPHANTS & CULTURE!

thailand elephantLooking after Elephants is on the cards for the next three days. After a bite to eat in the morning, we will leave Surin Town and make our way to a rural ‘elephant village’ about 50km’s away. The main highlight of this trip and also a really unique opportunity is not only to spend time with elephants, but also to live in a small rural Thai community, which is something which is fast becoming more and more difficult to experience. This is what backpacking and adventure is all about. Living like the locals and truly immersing yourself in the culture of the people and the land.

Our project has been vetted to ensure it is ethically run. There is absolutely NO elephant riding by our guests.

During these three days, you will get to:

  • During these three days, you will get to:
    • Walk with the elephants to the local river and help the mahouts bathe them
    • Help the mahouts clean the elephant areas
    • Harvest / plant crops (depending on the season) for the elephants
    • Kayak on the local river
    • Learn how to make simple but great Thai food

     

    In the elephant village, you will get the awesome opportunity of living in a homestay, with the village headman and the members of his family, this is an Absolute honour and is something that you will truly take back with you. And…you will be sleeping just a few metres away from elephants.

    Note: On day 7 we’ll have lunch and dinner in the elephant village, on day 8 we’ll have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the village and on day 9, breakfast and lunch. All a great opportunity to cook alongside the local team and learn a few new foodie tricks – great to take home and show off to friends and family.

    Day 9 In the afternoon we will have to say goodbye to the elephants and new friends and head back to Surin town, staying overnight at the same hotel as on Day 6.

    Inclusions

    • Transfer to and from the elephant village
    • Elephant activities listed
    • Day 7- breakfast at the hotel in Surin, lunch, and dinner and the elephant village
    • Day 8-  breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 9- breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 7 and 8- basic accommodation in the elephant village, shared dorm style rooms with mattresses on the floor, mosquito nets, fans and shared toilet and washing facilities
    • Day 9 – Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 10: KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK DAY

Today we leave for Khao Yai National Park, this is the 3rd largest national park in Thailand. This rainforest is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. The journey (by minivan or train, depending on the group size) will take roughly 3-4 hours and once you arrive in Pak Chong (the gateway to the National Park). We will check you into your base for the next 2 nights.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer by minivan / coach or train to Pak Chong (depending on group size)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning , en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 11: TREKKING AND FOREST ENCOUNTERS

Khao Yai is absolutely stunning and one of Thailand’s most famous National Parks, but is often left off of travellers itineraries in their anticipation to just head to the beach. But you won’t miss out! Khao Yai boasts ancient and majestic towering forests, wild elephants and tigers, a colourful array of bird life and a number of different species of monkeys. This is a fantastic place to get a feeling of how much of Thailand really used to be. You will get to experience more beautiful waterfalls, one of which Leo Di Caprio jumped off (or pretended too!) for the making of The Beach.

You will spend the day exploring the National Park with a specialist guide, where you will hopefully get to see wildlife, like the herds of wild elephants. A bit of simple forest trekking is also on the menu for today. It’s superb fun, and again, don’t forget your camera and GoPro’s, but also don’t forget to just enjoy this day of splendour in this impressive natural landscape.

Inclusions

  • Khao Yai Adventure day and all park entry fees
  • Lunch during the Adventure Day
  • Services of specialist National Park guide
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 12:  R & R IN BANGKOK       

Today we start heading back to Bangkok (by train, minivan or coach depending on group numbers) arriving back in the buzzing city of Bangkok around mid-afternoon if traffic is not too hectic.

You will check back into the same accommodation as at the start of the trip and you can have the evening to enjoy some shopping, exploring or partying …or why not just do all three?

Inclusions:

  • Transfer to Bangkok (usually by train)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 13:  BANGKOK CYCLE TOUR

One of Bangkok´s most unforgettable experiences. Experience local life and Thai culture by bike. After winding our way through the back alleys and streets of Bangkok’s backpacker district we head across the river and through some of the oldest communities in the city.

Passing by ancient temples, fascinating communities that seem so far removed from the rest of the city and all the while following the course of the river and canals this really is a spectacular opportunity to see a side of the city that is so often missed by travellers.

The tour takes around 3 hours – but times can and do vary! – and in terms of distance is not very far (+/-10km). And with Bangkok being totally flat it’s perfect for anyone and everyone, whether you’re a regular rider or not!

Inclusions:

  • Behind the Scenes Bangkok Bike Tour
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 14: BANGKOK, IT IS ALL YOURS!

Today you have a free day to spend with your new friends. There are plenty of options to keep you busy with the rest of the group. Ask our guide for suggestions! As this is the perfect place to go shopping prior to hitting the islands be sure to spend some time at the MBK shopping mall! It’s an experience and a great place to hunt for bargains! If you are feeling a little bit tired from all the fun and travelling, maybe a traditional Thai massage is the perfect antidote.

  • You’ve got most of today to do your own thing and explore a bit more of this fantastic city – just ask your guide for inspiration and they’ll help you see what you’d like to see.
  • Lots of people enjoy a lazy day today – we’re pretty sure you’ll have hit the bars and clubs last night – but if you want to get out and about why not do one of the following:
  • Give your body a treat and have a 2 hour Thai massage – trust us, you won’t regret it. There are loads of massage shops all around the Guest House with prices starting at +/- 250/300THB
  • Jump in a taxi and see the ‘other side’ of Bangkok – if you like a bit of retail therapy or even just window shopping then have a look at Siam Paragon, Siam Centre and Central World. All huge fancy shopping malls, great for people watching and even better if you’re craving a bit of comfort food from home. A taxi from your Guest House to Siam will cost around 150THB depending on the traffic!
  • If you’ve not had enough of boats and the river, then taking one of the boat ‘buses’ up the Chao Phraya is a brilliant way to spend a few hours. The ferry pier is only 10 mins amble from your Guest House and for the princely sum of between 15 and 19THB you can head all the way to Nonthaburi pier taking in all the sights and sounds of the city. Once you’re at Nonthaburi, have an explore and take a look at Bang Kwang Prison (the infamous Bangkok Hilton) and get lost in the local markets. Then simply hop back on a ferry back to where you started. Probably the cheapest day out possible in Bangkok!

All these trips and more can be arranged by your guide – just tell then what you’d like to do and they’ll help you get everything sorted. Just make sure you’re back at the accommodation by 6pm to meet back us with your group and begin the journey to the beach.

Whilst your guide from this part of the trip won’t be travelling to the islands with you, don’t worry, they will ensure that you know exactly what the plan and that you have all the contact numbers you need. They will then walk with you all to the check in for the transfer to Koh Tao and stay with you until you’re all safely aboard the overnight coach heading to the islands. Not long now until you see one of the most stunning islands in South East Asia!

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Late check-out from the accommodation (11 am) – meaning you can store your bags and freshen up before you head on the coach
• Overnight transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao (arriving the morning of Day 15)

This evening we travel to Koh Tao by luxury coach and fast boat, arriving on Koh Tao the next morning.

Please note the guide will not accompany you to Koh Tao, the group will be put on the bus and met at the other end by our rep in Koh Tao.

Day 15: ARRIVAL IN PARADISE KOH TAO

Xtreme Gappers (58)On arrival, you will have a full introduction from our resident rep who will settle you into the island life and it will go like this:

    • You arrive by night bus and boat on Sunday morning where you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation where breakfast is served!
    • Once you are checked in, you have time to relax, jump in the pool at your resort and freshen up.
    • In the afternoon around 4, our Rep Miss Jai will meet you and the rest of the group at the bar and give you an intro to Koh Tao. She will show you around, tell you the essentials and show you where everything is, like ATMs, pharmacies, beaches and activity locations. She is on hand throughout the week if you need her too.
    • You will then go out for dinner (on us) with the rest of the group, expect a tasty Thai curry! The next day you will be taken by miss Jai to start your activity, depending on the option you have picked.
    • Your Koh Tao itinerary will be explained to you locally. Where and when you have to be will be put up on the Xtreme Gap notice board at the resort.

Day 16-28: ACTION WEEK & BEACH WEEK

Up on booking your Thailand trip you can choose from a range of activities depending on how adventurous your feeling.

With multiple options available to you on Koh Tao we have created the following brochure to help clarify some of the exciting activities you can do. All of these are exclusive to Xtreme Gap Year. Online Brochure with activities on Koh Tao.

IMG_1904The Koh Tao Action and Beach week itinerary are flexible because it depends on the option you choose for the action week and the weather, but in general you have 13 days to check out the amazing beaches, get involved in some cool adventures with your new friends and enjoy the epic sunsets and nightlife.

You will also have your Xtreme Adventure Day so there will be plenty to do and certainly never a dull moment!

TROPICAL ISLAND PARADISE…WOW!

Koh Tao has some of the best beaches in Thailand, it is also one of the most popular backpacker hubs in South East Asia, but not ruined like some of the other islands, there is a great community and vibe to the place you are going to love spending time here.

We have many Xtreme Gappers resident on the Island as we run lots of different trips there so there is lots going on. It is also a great place to learn to dive as well, so you can take advantage of getting your PADI Open Water while you are there as well.

This part of the trip is all about being social and having fun, you can take long tail boat trips around the island, enjoy amazing Thai food and stay up all night in some of the best beach clubs and bars in Asia. After a few days of chill, you will want to pick up the pace again, so we finish the trip with the action week! The Koh Tao adventure day is the perfect end to the week.

FOOD & EATING OUT

Please note we include 1 breakfast and 2 meals on Koh Tao. There are plenty of restaurants serving delicious and healthy Thai food as little as one pound per meal and there is a restaurant the resort also.

We do not include food because it’s such a sociable atmosphere with so many great places to eat and explore you will want to go off and eat out with lots of new friends. Including food would really limit your options and detract from the whole experience. Bear in mind though we do include food for the first two weeks of this programme (Most other gap year companies ´s Thailand programmes do not) so you have already saved over £250 worth of spending money by booking with Xtreme.

You will receive a welcome breakfast, a lovely Thai meal on your first evening in Koh Tao and a BBQ after the Beach Clean up day though.

THE ADVENTURE DAY

The adventure day is just that an adventure, so sometimes we mix it up. But below is a summary of what you can expect.

Everyone meets at the Xtreme Gap Resort for a breakdown of the days activities.  Expect to be taken to a pretty amazing viewpoint on the neighbouring paradise island of Koh Nangyuan. Even the ride itself is a lot of fun, open air on a longtail boat with spectacular views of Sairee beach.

There will be plenty of time to explore the island, swim with tropical fish and chill on in this piece of perfection.

Beach For Sunset

On arrival at Sairee beach, we will pull up to a pool bar so you can grab a sundowner and watch a spectacular sun set into the ocean.

Want even more action? you can book the following speedboat adventure day locally for an additional fee, please talk to our rep:

FINAL 2 WEEKS IN DETAIL:

ACTION OPTIONS, BEACH TIME, BEACH CLEAN UP DAY, XTREME DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING TRIAL, STAND UP PADDLING, BOAT TRIP TO KOH NANG YUAN AND BEACH PARTIES.

We have lined up some really exciting activities for your final 13 days. This is one of the things that sets the Xtreme Thailand Experience apart from other gap year tours. With the sheer volume of inclusions, you will never be bored. Pick one of the activities below for your final week.

Some are Xtreme and really get the blood pumping, others are devoted to health, fitness, and well-being and you can even be involved in a hands-on conservation project to try and help with the preservation of Koh Tao. There is truly something for everyone.

Available Included Xtreme Activities On Koh Tao

Unlike the adventure week you do need to choose which option you will take at the time of booking (some options are cheaper than others)  so please refer to the prices section to see how this influences the price of the trip.

Koh Tao cross that
So when you are lying on a dreamy white sandy beach, in a paradise setting wouldn’t it be nice to have the body to match. With our cross fit package you can! Four full on cross fit sessions, with professional accredited Cross fitness trainers will whip you into shape so you will not feel guilty about lazing on the beach, and dipping into the Gulf of Thailand will be so much more rewarding.

If you are not familiar with the concept of cross fit, you can join the 4 Foundation classes. These 4 classes will teach you all the basic movements and techniques for CrossFit, so that they are able to do the movements safely and effectively. These classes are similar to personal training as our coach will spend lots of time helping them with the movements.

We run the Foundation classes every day at 10.15am and so they can easily do the Foundation classes in a week.

Please also check out the video below it is the latest fitness craze that has become huge. It’s highly effective high-intensity WODS (work out of the day) mixes hundreds of different techniques and every day is always different. With this option is the perfect way to get into excellent physical shape and get that perfect beach body!

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The fit package is the most popular option. It includes 5 Muay Thai sessions taken over five days. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before, learning the national sport of Thailand in a cool jungle gym is an awesome experience. It is a great way to try something new, get really fit and learn much more about the culture of Thailand.

You will under go a modified non-contact training regime in the camp that host monthly Muay Thai fights, a really authentic and cool experience!

Some like to do it in the morning and then hit the beach others like the cooler evening training times.

Koh Tao yoga option
Probably one of our most chilled out options, you have five sessions working on your well-being, and flexibility with a fantastic yoga package. Set in landscaped gardens surrounded by coconut groves there’s a special feeling about the place.

Just a short stroll from the ocean, you will find a gorgeous yoga Sala, where we have included five sessions are you to get into yoga spirituality and hopefully find Nirvana.

Even if you’ve never tried yoga before this is the perfect place to do it, as everyone is welcome to come and give it a go and it is the perfect activity to take if you want to turn your Koh Tao experience into the ultimate chilled out beach time.

This is a full blow PADI Open Water course worth over £200. The course lasts 3/4 days and includes 4 dives in the beautiful Gulf of Thailand. Afterwards, you have your PADI Open Water license and can dive anywhere in the world! Not sure about this option? You can always add it on while you are out there with us in Thailand.

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This is probably the most Xtreme option, and one of the most rewarding! Our professional freediver instructors will teach you the basics of Freediving, and accompany you down to depths of 12 metres!

The actual course itself lasts 2 days and included theory and water based instruction. Free diving is about breath holds diving, so no use scuba equipment. This means you are not limited by nitrogen in your blood or depth limits. It takes mental and physical training to become an expert free diver, but our course will certainly get you well on your way there. With beautiful Marine life, soft and hard corals it’s a great way to train yourself to experience the best that the underwater environment has to offer in Koh Tao.

If you’re really lucky you may even get a free diving the whale shark!

NIGHTLIFE & BEACH TIME & ACTIVITIES

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Koh Tao is not only famous for its great diving and beautiful beaches, there is quite a party scene there too! Picture cool beach bars, fire shows, awesome night clubs like Fizz bar within easily stumbling distance to your accommodation. If you want to have some serious fun after the sun sets, you will not be disappointed.

This is a great way to finish up on your trip, after experiencing the culture its time to party. Speaking of which…

Other Activities included? Yes, there are more…

Beach Clean up day

Ecodave Xtreme GapAt Xtreme gap year we strongly believe in leaving a positive impact on the locations we visit. Mass tourism does take its toll on the environment. This is especially true on small tropical islands like Koh Tao. We strongly feel  it is everyone’s responsibility to make a contribution to maintaining, and improving the places that we visit. We have partnered with Koh Tao’s leading conservation organisations and every trip we run makes a financial contribution to Eco-conservation efforts.

So as part of this trip, we co-host an eco-day. This is split into two parts. A lecture by leading conservationists, on marine conservation, and a hands-on beach clean-up so you can make a physical real difference during your trip. The aim is to provide you with information so you can make people aware of the issues. As well as physically helping out with marine conservation efforts.

It’s a fun day out, it’s a great way to see lots of out of the way beaches on Koh Tao, and feel good about yourself whilst making a positive difference on the island. In the evening we finish up with a barbecue, in one of Koh Tao’s hotspots by way of saying thanks for your efforts.

If you have completed your Open Water diving course as part of this programme, you can be involved in underwater clean-ups, if not its land-based conservation which is just as, or if not even more vital to marine conservation efforts. 80% of trash entering the waters comes from land-based sources.

Trial Scuba Dive & Stand Up Paddling

With crystal clear waters, water sports on Koh Tao are amazing! Included as part of the programme you get to try out scuba diving! Safely guiding you in a swimming pool, in a controlled environment. We will let you try out breathing underwater from scuba gear. It’s a great way to get a feel for diving, and an incredible experience is never done it before. If you do like it, you can always upgrade to doing an Open Water course and take full advantage of the fact that Koh Tao is one of the best places to learn to dive in the world. If diving really is not your thing, don’t worry you don’t have to do it but most people who try, end up going for a full-blown Open Water scuba dive course afterwards. It’s an amazing experience to explore and breathe underwater. This is just one of many extra additional inclusions we throw into the trip, where other companies would leave you to go “snorkelling”.

You can upgrade locally to do a full diving course, or pre-book it with us.

End of your trip> Transfer Back to Bangkok

We do not include the transfer back in the price as there are a few options. Some of our travellers stay on the island or travel on in Thailand and Asia, some will take the boat and bus service back to Bangkok and some will prefer to go by plane from the next door island Koh Samui. read about the options in the frequently asked questions section below. Most will take the boat and bus option which our rep can arrange for you. Its super easy and will costs about 20 GBP.

Flexible Itinerary

Please note this is a flexible itinerary. Due to local conditions, changes can and often do happen at local level,  which means the above itinerary, and things listed in the included section,  is meant as a reference guide as to what might happen not as a contractual obligation as to everything included. Sometimes we add additional things into the itinerary, sometimes we do not do all the things listed due to group members wanting to do other activities instead.

ACCOMMODATION

Because you stay in various different locations throughout the trip accommodation does vary, however, expect to stay in comfortable and clean and secure accommodation. On the islands, you will stay in a luxury resort, with a swimming pool set in beautiful Thai Gardens just a short walk from the beach and bars and restaurants.

The accommodation in the resort in Koh Tao is the basic fan option at a great resort, perfect for your stay in paradise. It’s the main resort Xtreme Gap uses in Thailand, Xtreme Gappers to hang out with and share adventures. Accommodation is shared on a twin share in a Fan Room. Upgrades to Aircon rooms are only possible on Koh Tao and only upon booking. A short stroll through a lovely street with little shops and some restaurants and just 5 min from the beach will get you to this perfectly located resort. A beautiful and laid back resort with a swimming pool, bar and restaurant set in tropical Thai gardens. The fan rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, have an en-suite and there is a maid service twice a week and a laundry service (approx. £1.50 per big bag load) located next door.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the benefits of booking your trip on Koh Tao with Xtreme Gap Year is not only do you get to do this awesome activity, but you will become part of the Xtreme gap family on Koh Tao. We will pick you up from the pier and give you a warm welcome at our stunning resort. On your first night, our resident representative will take you out for a gorgeous Thai meal annual get to know all of the other members of the group. When you are booking a trip with us it is not just about the activity so please bear this in mind if you are comparing prices to other companies. No other company has such a big presence in Koh Tao, runs groups of like-minded travellers so booking a trip with us is as much about the friends you make as well as the experiences you will have.
We offer airport pick up’s between 06:00 and 22:00 on arrival day and would encourage you to try to arrive at the airport by mid-afternoon so that you have time to freshen up, relax and then enjoy your first night in this amazing city.
It takes about 45-90 min to get through customs, depending on how busy it is, if your flight is scheduled to arrived at 21:45, dont worry, there will still be someone waiting for you. Same applies if your flight arrives at 5am, just hangout at Exit 1 and your guide will be there at 6am.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer transfers if you are flying into DMK (Don Meaung Airport 

If you are arriving outside these times (between 6am and 10pm) or are already in Thailand, then of course you are more than welcome to ‘make your own way’ to your first night’s accommodation in Bangkok, which is the group meeting point. Taxis are reasonably priced and easy to get from Bangkok International Airport

Most of your transfers on this trip are in private vehicles (ie just for you and the group). Exactly what sort of vehicle, depends on the group size.

Why is this important?

Whilst there is lots of public transport available in Thailand, much of it is very uncomfortable, there are very few regulations about safety (it’s not uncommon for drivers to be on the go for 18-24 hours plus) and also it’s almost impossible to guarantee to get a group of travellers together (with their bags) all in the same vehicle. On some routes you’re able to buy tickets in advance but on many other routes it’s a matter of hoping there is room on the bus or simply waiting for another.

Not the best way to spend your precious time.
By using private transfers we can:
• Guarantee the safety standards of the companies we use
• Ensure that drivers are assessed, do not drive too far in one go, are not drunk etc
• Ensure that all the group are in the same vehicle and that we’re not waiting ages for another bus to come
• Plan our trips to fit in what’s best for the traveller – rather than what’s best for a transport company!
What transport do we use?
For groups of 10 or less we use ‘luxury’ minivans. With comfortable seats, air-conditioning, good experienced drivers – and a decent sound system if you want to listen to some tunes – these are perfect. Of course they leave when we ask them to, we can stop en route where we want to and the whole travel experience is far better, far more comfortable and far safer than any ‘public’ minivan.

Additionally, as there’s no random stopping to drop people off / pick people up they are far quicker – even though we can ensure that speed limits are obeyed!
For long distances with larger groups we use private coaches. These have the same benefits as the private minivans along with, of course, more space. Depending on the size of the group we use either 30 or 40 seater coaches (we always make sure there’s enough room for baggage!) giving you great room to spread out a bit and relax.
The journey from Kanchanaburi to Surin in particular is a horrible one by public transport. As a group we would need to travel to either Ayutthya or Bangkok, then change to another bus or minivan (with all the waiting around that entails) and then head to Surin – not only adding a whole load of wasted time but also a whole load of elements that are then unplanned (what time with the minvan leave, will we all be able to get into the same minivan etc).
The journey from Surin to Pak Chong may, on occasion with smaller groups, use the train. Whilst the train is slower than a private minivan or coach, it can be fun and gives a very different travel experience to the group, provides different scenery and of course allows to you wander around.

All our guides are Thai, bi-lingual (Thai and English) and fully licensed and trained – as is required by Thai law. In fact it’s illegal to be a tour guide in Thailand if you’re not Thai and quite right too – after all Thai people know their own country better than anyone else, tend to speak much better Thai than anyone else (!) and also are simply the best people at making sure anyone in Thailand has a great time.

Thai’s are also some of, if not the world’s best problem solvers. Growing up in a country where the unexpected can and does tend to happen makes Thai people absolute experts at anything anyone can throw their way. And they still manage to sort out any issues with a smile on their face, not an easy thing!
After all, why come all the way to Thailand to be led around the country from someone from home? Thai’s do and will always know their own country best and understand everything about what’s going on as opposed to those from elsewhere who often think they understand, but don’t really!

Our guides know the locations you’re travelling to like the back of their hand. They know the coolest places (not necessarily the place that the guidebooks think are the coolest!), they know the places to avoid (not always easy to spot when you’re not from here) and they know how to have the most fun.

They’ve not just travelled here for a few months – they’ve lived here all their lives and you just can’t replace that sort of insider knowledge. They all work full-time with us and are constantly updating their knowledge from our network of guides (bars and clubs are always changing and why waste your time heading to a bar that is oh so last season?) and making sure they keep their fingers on the pulse of what’s going on.

Full-time guides are quite a rarity in Thailand – lots of companies prefer to use freelance guides to make sure they aren’t paying salaries in between tours – but we believe passionately in full-time employment for our team. This means that they can plan their lives and support families, they know that we will always look after them and, equally importantly, we can run on-going training and support programmes for our team. Simply put – full-time guides are way better at delivering tours than those who jump between different companies and different styles of travel.
We run on-going training for all of our guides to ensure their skills are top quality and they manage to combine huge amounts of laughs and fun with keeping everyone fit, healthy and safe. 

No, most of our travellers are solo travellers. You will meet lots of people on the different weeks. With group start dates and lots of group activities, you will make new friends really easy.

The trip ends in Koh Tao on Saturday, please note return transfer is not included in the price of the trip. This is because many people choose to travel onwards to other locations or stay in Koh Tao to do further programmes.

Returning back to Bangkok to meet your flight is very easy, transfers can be arranged on Koh Tao through rep and the cost is approximately £15. If you’re flying out straight after the trip ends, you have two options to meet your flight in Bangkok.

Our recommended option is to fly from Koh Samui directly to Bangkok airport, rep can organise your bus tickets to Samui airport, this will involve catching the boat late Saturday morning and arriving in Koh Samui at around three o’clock. Transfers are provided from the pier direct to the airport and are complimentary.

Please ensure that your flights are not booked any earlier than this and do allow for delays, so we would recommend not booking a flight back to Bangkok until the afternoon which also allows time to check in at the airport as well. Check Bangkok Airways the cheap flights booked ahead this should not cost you any more than £30 the flight time is approximately 40 min.

Option two would be to get the morning boat from Koh Tao back to Bangkok via bus and boat, the transfer time between six and eight hours typically you will get back into Bangkok about 10 o’clock in the evening. This would require an extra night stay in Bangkok, and if you are to pursue this option we do not recommend you do not organise your international flight until Sunday. Again the cost for this transfer is about £15.

If you are planning on travelling to Thailand for 28 days or less and you have British, Dutch or USA passport you can get a Visa exemption on arrival. This is valid for 28 days and cannot be extended in Thailand. If you are planning on being in Thailand longer than 28 days you will need to pre-arrange a Visa. You can prearrange a visa for 60 days which you can extend to 90 days in Thailand.

There are two ways of arranging your visa. When you are from the UK. You can either go in person to the Thai embassy in London, or you can post your passport along with the necessary documentation and fee to one of the Thai Consulates. In general this works the same for the other countries like The Netherlands and United States too, but please contact the nearest Thai Consulate for visa inquiries.

Some of our customers prefer a bigger room or an aircon room. We can arrange this, but it needs to be done at the time of booking, as the resort often fills up. If you are on the programme and still want to arrange it, you would have to arrange that with reception at the resort, and pay for accommodation again. So best to let us know at time of booking.

This is a hard question as age range does vary. On the groups that join the intro and culture weeks the average age is between 18 and 22. On Koh Tao with the Koh Tao Adventure (which are the last 2 weeks of this programme) the average age tends to be in the twenties.

Is this trip suitable for you? The average age on this trip is between 18 and 22. Although it is open to all. The makeup of the groups is usually 75% female to 25% male, just going to show, girls really are braver than boys! So come on lads, what are you waiting for? Prove us wrong!

The final week finishes on the Saturday morning, so you can arrange your transfer back to Bangkok with Miss Jai via boat and Bus (12 hours) or book a flight from Koh Samui to Bangkok (2 hour boat and 45 minute flight). This is the preferred option for most of our travellers as this gets you straight in to the international airport for a smooth flight connection back home.

Remember lots of details are in pre-departure pack you receive after booking. You will also be hooked up with your buddy lists then.

FINALLY

We can also send you loads of information on this trip and the locations so get trip notes for more details!

Full details on your options to get back to Bangkok are included in a very detailed pre-departure pack, which we send you after booking. You will also be set up with an online buddy list so you can chat to other members of the group in Koh Tao. The trip ends on the Saturday morning in Koh Tao. Check the FAQ section for details on how to get back to the airport.

Please do book early

This can be a very popular trip so make sure you get booked up ASAP! You can secure your spot for only £100 by submitting a booking form. Do it now! So now you have read about the trip, you might want to check out where you will be staying or a breakdown of everything included.

HOW THE XTREME THAILAND EXPERIENCE WORKS

Duration Option Price  
28 (Days)Lite Option (See Exclusions)GBP 1289Book Now
28 (Days)Muay Thai Yoga XfitGBP 1369Book Now
28 (Days)Free DivingGBP 1479Book Now
28 (Days)Open Water DivingGBP 1499Book Now
Book 16 or more weeks up front to secure these deals.
Duration Option Price
28 (Days)Muay Thai Yoga XfitGBP 1369 GBP 1301 (Early Bird)
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28 (Days)Free DivingGBP 1479 GBP 1405 (Early Bird)
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28 (Days)Open Water DivingGBP 1499 GBP 1469 (Early Bird)
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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

What makes this trip different from other companies tours in Thailand? A lot. Literally: we include way more in our trips than other companies.

Xtreme Gap began on Koh Tao, and we are one of the only gap year companies to actually have a base and staff located there. We know the island we know the country and we know how to squeeze the most amount of fun out of 28 days. Compare this to other trips you will quickly discover that we have way more inclusions, and budget a lot more to make your trip as exciting and fun as possible. We can do this because we are an online company, we keep our overheads low enabling us to include more about trips without having to increase the price of our packages.

INCLUDED

The First 2 weeks

  • Personal meet & greet at the airport (only for those arriving on their start day)
  • Transfers to your hotel in Bangkok
  • Meet your other adventurers: Access to online buddy lists before you leave!
  • Unforgettable Bangkok city tour
  • Wat Arun, Wat Pho & Reclining Buddha
  • 13 nights total accommodation in high standard guesthouses and homestays
  • Breakfast during the first 2 weeks
  • Some delicious meals included
  • A 2 day elephant experience with food  included
  • River rafting experience
  •  2 days of trekking in a stunning national park
  • Night markets & Nights Out
  • Cookery class
  • 24 hour emergency support
  •  Maximum group size 26
  • Overnight Transfer to Koh Tao

On Koh Tao

  • Koh Tao adventure day which includes:
    • Boat around the island
    • Snorkelling in crystal clear waters round a tropical paradise island
    • Spectacular trek up to an incredible view point
  • Koh Tao Extra Activities Included
    • Beach BBQ after beach Clean up day
    • Beach Clean up Day
    • Stand Up Paddling
    • Xtreme Scuba Trial Dive
  • Koh Tao activity option Week inclusions (pick one option):
    • Get fit pack: 5 Muay Thai Sessions (5 hours), all equipment (for rent included) and training one on one with a Muay Thai Trainer
    • Get ripped pack: 4 Crossfit sessions. These 4 classes will teach you all the basic movements and techniques for CrossFit
    • Xtreme Freediving Pack: a 2 day beginner free diving course
    • Relax With Yoga: 5 yoga sessions spread out over 5 days
    • The learn to dive course: includes a 3 to 4 day full PADI Open Water course, course materials, instruction and 4 dives
  • Full moon party
  • All Accommodation
  • Breakfast on arrival on Koh Tao
  • 12 nights accommodation in standard fan room in Koh Tao at our luxury resort
  • Free Wi-Fi at the accommodation
  • Pick up from the boat and transfer to the resort in Koh Tao by taxi
  • Back up & support second to none. Services of our tour leaders and English-speaking reps who are available and based locally  24/7.

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas (if staying longer than 30 days this will cost approx Euro 30 for a 60 day visa)
  • Insurance
  • Return transfer from Koh Tao (but can be arranged locally for approx Euro 15)
  • Most meals  (Approx £6 – 15 per day)
  • Entrance Grand palace in Bangkok (around 12 GP)
  • Entrance Fee for Koh Nanguang (100 Baht approx £2)
  • On the Lite Option, we exclude the Muay Thai, Yoga, Crossfit or Freedive or Dive option. The itinerary is the same, just missing out on your action option on Koh Tao.

Dates

Start day is Sunday end day is Saturday

2018

30 September 2018 – 27 October 2018
28 October 2018 – 24 November 2018
02 December 2018 – 29 December 2018

2019

06 January 2019 – 02 February 2019
03 February 2019 – 02 March 2019
03 March 2019 – 30 March 2019
31 March 2019 – 27 April 2019
28 April 2019 – 25 May 2019
02 June 2019 – 29 June 2019
30 June 2019 – 27 July 2019
28 July 2019 – 24 August 2019
25 August 2019 – 21 September 2019
29 Sept 2019 – 26 October 2019
27 Oct 2019 – 23 November 2019
24 Nov 2019 – 21 December 2019

Great to combine with 3 weeks Vietnam before! or Australia after! Also not bad 🙂

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Learn more about this trip on video

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Bali Turtle Conservation

Immerse yourself in our exciting new turtle conservation project. Get involved with turtle nesting sites, helping out at our great rehabilitation centre and caring for turtles on this unspoiled island, you will be sure to leave knowing that you made a positive and important impact. Welcome to Indonesia!

 Dive into an amazing cultural intro week in a rural village near Ubud. Then get ‘hands on’ on the beautiful island of Nusa Penida by immersing yourself in our exciting turtle conservation project. By involving yourself with turtle nesting sites, helping out at our great rehabilitation centre and caring for turtles on this unspoiled island, you will be sure to leave knowing that you made a positive and important impact. Get involved with the community too, by teaching English to local kids, while you stay near a stunning beach off the beaten track!

 

Bali Turtle Conservation

Everything on the island is fantastic.  The palm trees, golden sandy beaches. Stars you have probably never seen before. Most of our travellers are constantly taken aback by the fact that it’s all real and that they are really there!

This exciting program is 2 or 3-weeks  and starts off with a cultural introduction week on Bali, near Ubud followed by a stay on a tropical island. You can expect a true conservation adventure, where you get to experience true Balinese culture and make a positive impact while spending your time in Indonesia.

  • An intro week: Learn about the popular culture of Bali, day trips, cultural excursions and of course getting to know the rest of the group followed by
  • Turtle conservation week (you can join 1 or 2 weeks)

Some Highlights

  • Get started and well informed during the introduction week
  • Visit ‘Monkey Forest’ in Ubud, experience a traditional Balinese dance show, visit some amazing spots while stopping off at ancient temples along the way
  • Help with turtle conservation on a beautiful Balinese island
  • Care for and rehabilitate turtle, plus help release them back into their natural habitat
  • There is a possibility you may get to help with nesting sites, eggs or hatchlings – May-September is turtle breeding season.
  • Stay near one of the most picturesque beaches on an untouched island and soak up all the sun you want.
  • Help teach English to kids in the local community and even help out with community and environmental projects

The Bali turtle conservation trip is designed to give you a real taste of Bali, taking you to places that you wouldn’t normally see on your typical backpacker tourist trail, whilst giving you the opportunity to give back and make a real difference.

This trip combines well with a trip to the Gili Islands, or our 10 day Bali trip if you want to try some diving, freediving or chill out on golden sandy beaches.

Perfect for First-time travellers or if you want to visit Bali in a group. For people who want to give back and make a meaningful difference. Fully guided we have locally based Xtreme Gap representatives on hand to settle you in and show you the best that Bali has to offer.

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Itinerary Bali Turtle Conservation

This awesome 2 or 3-week Bali trip and is filled with culture, Conservation projects, and adventures in Bali!  With one week’s cultural introduction in Ubud, followed by 1 or 2 weeks on an amazing island to help with our turtle project.

Week 1: Cultural Introduction Week

Sunday

The introduction and orientation starts every Monday and you need to arrive in Bali on the Sunday before orientation, Sunday you check in and relax before the introduction and orientation on Monday.

Of course, we include a pick-up. When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and he will make sure you get to your accommodation in lovely Ubud.

Monday

On Monday, you will have breakfast and then get an introduction to the Bali traditions and culture.

You will get to know the Balinese families in the surrounding area and learn about their culture. Also, we will take you on an amazing walking tour of the popular Monkey street is to follow and a visit to Ubud market to shop for some special Balinese gifts to take home. After the visit, you will have lunch and then join a class on introduction to Balinese culture. We will have an early dinner, followed by a traditional Balinese dance show… before ending off Day 1 of your adventure!

Tuesday

8.00 Breakfast
9:30 Balinese Language Class. It’s always fun to learn a few words like hello, “thank you” and “a coffee, please”. This simply adds to your cultural experience and might even help along the way.
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Village Walking Tour. You will finally get to see the stunning rice terraces with your own eyes, plus walk through the arty village and surroundings of Ubud. It’s truly stunning over here.
17:30 Dinner

Wednesday

8:00 Breakfast
9:30 Balinese Language Class
12:00 Lunch
13.00 Batik painting class. Batik is an amazing and ancient method of colour dyeing, and you will get to learn how to do this.
17:30 Dinner

Thursday

8:00 Breakfast
09:30 Cooking class
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Balinese flower offering Class
18:30 Dinner

Friday

8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Spiritual Tour: we go to visit the famous temple ” Pura Tirta Empul ” the holy water temple and you can enjoy a shower with the Holy Water. The temple is a stunningly beautiful place, full of flowers and life.
13:00 Late Lunch at the house /Possible to get some snack or drink in the temple
15.00 Project meeting, we go over what you can expect the next coming week with the turtles, yeah! not long now.
17:30 Dinner

Saturday & Sunday:

Once your cultural orientation week is over you will then be driven with our coordinator for 40 minutes to Sanur on the coast, it’s a beautiful drive. In Sanur you will hop on board a 40-minute speedboat ride to the remote and unspoiled island of Nusa Penida where the turtle conservation project is based.

Week 2 (and 3): Volunteer Week at Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

You will go over to your next stop, the turtle rehabilitation project on Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is small, there are few people here, almost no tourists, and it’s absolutely amazing. Your accommodation is located about 10 minutes away from the harbour, and the beach is a two-minute walk away.  Volunteering will take place from Monday-Friday, with Saturday and Sunday free days. A typical volunteer week looks something like this:

Monday

On Monday, after having breakfast, you will start feeding the turtles, cleaning their tanks and collecting seaweed. Then, time will be allocated to welcome new arrivals. After that, you will have your lunch and receive a briefing and a short introduction on the beach in order to familiarize you to this new exciting setting. This will be followed by a short introduction about Nusa Penida, particularly, about the supermarket, ATM facilities, and the Nusa Penida Center. In the evening, you will be able to feed the turtles which would be an amazing experience for those who haven’t done it before.

Tuesday to Wednesday

After having breakfast on Tuesday, you will start cleaning the tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed. Then you will be given some time to prepare for lessons as you will be teaching at a local school on this day. After lunch, you will depart to the local school where you will get the opportunity to interact with local students. Finally, you would call it a day by feeding the turtles after you come back from teaching the school children.

Thursday

On Thursday, you will have your breakfast and start cleaning tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed as usual.

 

Then you will have lunch and visit an amazing location called the Crystal Bay which has a breathtaking view. Finally, you will be feeding turtles and enjoy a dinner by a Bonfire at the beach.

Friday

On Friday, after having breakfast, you will feed the turtles and get an amazing opportunity to release turtles into the sea. After having lunch, you can start cleaning up the beach in order to make sure that the beach area is safe from pollution. The final activity for the day would be feeding the turtles in the evening.

After having lunch, you can start cleaning up the beach in order to make sure that the beach area is safe from pollution. The final activity for the day would be feeding the turtles in the evening.

 

Accommodation and Location

Intro Week

We take care of all your accommodation for you during the programme. In your first week, you will be in a shared guesthouses in the village of Pejeng, about 15-minute drive from Ubud. It is proper Bali and is a beautiful rural, unspoilt village which is off the beaten track, surrounded by picturesque rice paddies. The village will offer you a true cultural immersion into Balinese culture.

You and your new friends will be staying in a traditional Balinese style property and will be living right next door to local families. It’s the most authentic way to experience Balinese culture and to meet the extremely friendly locals.

The accommodation will be in single-sex dorm rooms, sleeping between 4-8 per room. The house has 12 dorm rooms.

Although the accommodation is basic. it has everything you need, with comfortable bunk beds and a fan in each room. There is a great communal area and a basic shared kitchen with a fridge in each house. Mosquito nets are not provided in the accommodation so you may want to bring one with you. A local laundry service is also usually available for around USD5 per load.

The Bathrooms are shared, but don’t worry, they are western style toilets and there is hot water. Quick note: Some of the showers have traditional open ceilings and do not offer much privacy so you may want to bring swimming gear with you.

Ubud is just a quick drive away and we offer a shuttle service into town for anyone who needs bits n bobs, snacks etc… Plus there are ATM’s in town too.

There is also a nearby swimming pool that the volunteers can use, which is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from the accommodation.

Please note:  Since you will be living fairly close to local families, alcohol is not permitted in the volunteer houses.

Meals during these weeks are included. The food is traditional Balinese for 3 meals/day on weekdays, weekends (2 meals/ day).

Turtle Week

Once again, we got you covered, all your accommodation is provided for you during the programme, also in shared guesthouses on the unspoilt island of Nusa Penida. You have to be prepared for a more basic standard of living on the island, with less access to shops and tourist attractions, but remember, you are now in a real tropical, with the most beautiful beach practically on your doorstep. This little slice of heaven offers a completely unique cultural captivation into the Balinese way of life and you don’t get better than this!

The accommodation is basic but still comfortable with bunkbeds and a fan in each room. Mosquito nets are not provided here either, so keep that in mind. Bathrooms are shared and have western toilets and hot water.

The accommodation has curtains rather than doors due to the warm weather and the safe island location. We recommend you bring a padlock with you to lock your suitcase. You should also bring a torch with you to find your way around after dark.

There is no Wi-Fi internet access and it is super difficult to get a mobile signal on the island, but that’s part of the reason why we are here, to get away from it all.There is a hotel 20 minutes walk from the accommodation, which has internet access, a pool and a restaurant. You may want to bring books, dvds etc. to enjoy in your free time.

If you do wish to travel back to the mainland on the weekends, during your free time, then a speedboat ride costs around £6-7.

Meals

Three meals a day are included on weekdays and 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) on the weekends for the full three week programme. Indonesian food is amazingly delicious and diverse. Most dishes include sate ayam (chicken or pork skewers with satay sauce), mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables) or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soy beans). Other dietary requirements may also be catered for.

Arrival Details

You should arrange your arrival into Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar International Airport) in Bali on a Sunday. Transfers are available if you arrive between the hours of 6.00am and 6.00pm.

When you arrive you will need to go to the visa desk and obtain your 30-day visa (you will need to have USD25 in cash with you to pay for this). It may take a little time for you to get through customs. You will be met in the arrivals hall by a representative and driven to your accommodation in the village of Penestanan Kaja. The airport transfer takes about 1 hour and is included in the trip price.

Sunday is an arrivals day only and participants from all around the world will be arriving throughout the day. No food or activities are included today, you can just take some free time to settle in and get to know the others in your group.

Departure day is Saturday. A return transfer is not included but the local co-ordinators can help you arrange a taxi for a cost of 200,000 Indonesian Rupiah (approx £10).

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, We have. There are a mosquito net in the Fan room. The A/C room no need the mosquito net. Want to know more about Indonesia and Bali? Check out our Indonesia Blog for further details.

Yes, for this trip you need to arrange a social visa for Indonesia.

Regarding pick up every arrival is on Sunday from 6.00-18.00 any earlier or later  it will be extra charge for 60 EUR pay on arrival. If you already are in Bali we can arrange a pick up at no extra cost:

  • Ubud Starbucks (Jalan Raya, Ubud next to cafe lotus) at 13.00
  • Bintang Super market (Jl. Raya Seminyak) in Legian at 13.00
  • Denpasar airport, at the international arrival flight information center at 14.00
Yes, We have. There is the local internet access in the house centre. Participants should bring their Laptop. The Internet is for free off charge and good enough for Email,Facebook, Blog etc. There are many restaurants and coffee shops nearby 2 minute walk with free Wi-fi as well.

If you´re here for a short time, and only staying in Ubud, you can easily get along by walking everywhere : this is one of the charms of Ubud. (Just watch out for uncovered sections of sidewalks, and please do your best to avoid stepping on the offerings the Balinese leave at the entrances to their family compounds and businesses!)

If you´re here for longer and wish to do some independent island exploration, bicycles are available for rent. Make sure you get a good helmet : roads are narrow, often full of pot holes, dogs are everywhere, and the Balinese like to drive like stock car racers! While driving, repeat this mantra: Slow and Go, Slow and Go There are plenty of drivers ready and willing to take you anywhere. Walking is still the best choices for you.

If you visit between November and April a rain poncho or umbrella will come in handy, and both can be purchased inexpensively here. As this time is Bali´s summer, the rains tend to be warm and humid, but a light jacket can be useful for evenings. May through October is typically dry season and winter. Comfortable sandals are a must, and should be easy to take off as most Balinese do not wear shoes indoors. Same day laundry service is inexpensive and plentiful, so you´re better off to pack light. Don´t forget your bathing trunks!

Anytime you go into a temple for a ceremony or tourist attraction you MUST wear a long sleeve shirt, pants or preferably sarong that cover your knees. Women and men have separate requirements.

It is recommended that you visit your GP, personal physician or a travel health clinic 4 to 8 weeks before your departure to Indonesia. Recommended vaccinations often include hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and polio. Bali is not a high-risk area for malaria and the tablets can be considered controversial, we recommend that you do some research and make your own decision on this. Dengue fever is another mosquito borne illness to be made aware of.

You might want to bring a prescription of Keflex, or another type of oral antibiotic that can help with stomach ailments. Even though you will be eating in good restaurants, there is always a chance that you can get Bali Belly – a mild dysentery that passes in a few days.

You will probably want to! If you would like to stay more than 30 days, you can apply for a 60-day tourist visa at the Consulate of Indonesia closest to you. You will likely have to show proof of a ticket to leave the country.

Yes, a visa is required for Indonesia. A visa-upon-arrival system is in place for most countries including Australia, Canada, US & EU citizens. When you arrive at the airport in Denpasar you will enter the Visa-on-arrival line, where you will be asked for U$25.00 and your passport will be stamped for 30 days from the date of arrival. Upon leaving, a 150,000 rupiah departure tax will be assessed.

N.B. ” If your passport is due to expire within 6 months, we advise you renew. On occasion, Indonesia has not allowed tourists into the country, and your airline might not allow you on the plane.

Duration Option Price  
2 (Week)Intro week & 1 Turtle weekGBP 529Book Now
3 (Week)Intro week & 2 Turtle weeksGBP 999Book Now

Included

  • Comprehensive pre departure information pack
  • Airport Pick Up
  • All accommodation
  • Great healthy all meals in the first three weeks
  • Optional Island Tour (Ubud, monkey forest, rice field terrace, barong/kecak fire dance, Kintamani volcano) or a / beach trip (Uluwatu, bukit, padang2, nusa dua, jimbaran)
  • Yoga session or Massage
  • Locally-based English-speaking coordinator
  • Comprehensive intro week
  • walking tour of monkey Street and Ubud
  • Balinese traditional dance show
  • Balinese language classes
  • Indonesian cooking classes
  • Visiting rice paddies and exploring Bali’s epic scenery
  • Meeting the locals during Village walking tours
  • Batik painting class
  • Visits to temples and spiritual sites
  • Five-day cultural immersion week with activities based in the local community
  • Day trip to southern Bali beaches and Turtle Island
  • Cycling tour visiting the volcanoes seeing beautiful landscapes and spice plantations
  • Bicycle hire included
  • Whitewater rafting the Ayung River
  • Breakfast at Mount Batur
  • Traditional Balinese massage

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Spending Money
  • Return Airport Drop Off
  • Entrance Fees to attractions if applicable

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Become a Divemaster Koh Tao Thailand

The Koh Tao Divemaster course is an 8 or 12-week experience giving you plenty of opportunity to dive with whale sharks and thousands of tropical fish, like Nemo! Set on a tropical island paradise with white sandy beaches and crystal clear seas, this is the world’s number one spot to do your Divemaster. You will discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work in the scuba diving industry all over the world.

Divemaster Course in Koh Tao, the perfect paradise location

The Xtreme Gap Year Divemaster course plus internship on Koh Tao: Live the life on a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand. The Koh Tao Divemaster course means living on an incredible tropical island, chilling, partying and diving every day for 8 or 12 weeks, accommodation and equipment included. You will be living the life with the best office in the world! Discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work and get paid in the scuba diving industry all over the world.

Discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work and get paid in the scuba diving industry all over the world.

Freedom, fun and sub-aqua adventure in paradise

The Koh Tao Divemaster course is an 8 or 12 week trip giving you the best lifestyle possible. You will have unlimited diving included, meaning you can dive every day of the week up to 4 times a day and discover the most incredible marine life, reef sharks, whale sharks and thousands of tropical fish, like Nemo! Set on a tropical island paradise, with stunning beaches, crystal clear seas and plenty of parties, this is the worlds number one spot to do your Divemaster. After the course, you will be qualified as a dive master, which is

Set on a tropical island paradise, with stunning beaches, crystal clear seas and plenty of parties, this is the worlds number one spot to do your Divemaster. After the course, you will be qualified as a dive master, which is recognised worldwide, and can even start to earn your own money while travelling!

 

1003918_677652538925437_432893910_nThailand Divemaster Highlights

  • Diving every day in superb dive sites with unlimited diving*
  • Living on one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands
  • Awesome nightlife & cool island community atmosphere
  • Professional and fun training from western PADI instructors
  • Divemaster course plus internship to get hands-on experience
  • Qualify to work in the dive industry all over the world
  • Plenty of chill time and great beaches to hang out
  • Amazing stay at a resort on Koh Tao with swimming pool, bar, ensuite accommodation and just a 5 min walk to the dive school
  • Anyone can join, even if it’s just for the amazing life style for a few months

*You can dive 4 times per day for the duration of the DM and also a night dive every other night. Many other Divemaster programmes offer only 60 dives in total.

Some Great Reasons To Join

  • Super social great way to meet people and you join our big groups on Koh Tao
  • Everything is prearranged for you, from all of your diving, accommodation and, transfers
  • Lots of backup and support on Koh Tao with representatives on call 24/7
  • Completing this will demonstrate something constructive with your time out which is good for university and CV
  • A great way of extending your travels over a couple of months
  • Gain a qualification that enables you to work worldwide (in the best ´offices´)
  • Opportunities to get a job abroad to further increase your earning potential
  • Gaining experience in a position of responsibility, as a valued staff member you can get some great working experience with a really fun job

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The Koh Tao Divemaster

Zero to Hero Dive Instructor Thailand (10)This programme is not just about the diving, you will develop leadership skills and social skills.  You will be trained in reacting to and dealing with emergencies (EFR). Helping distressed divers and learning about the physics, physiology, and theory of diving. All the while you will be living on Koh Tao, a tropical paradise island with a chilled cosmopolitan social scene and indescribable natural beauty.

Just imagine living in a tropical paradise with fun-filled days and exciting nights. Experience the freedom and happiness and change your life. Should you wish to stay after during your Divemaster training, you will be qualified to gain paid work as a Divemaster at one of the many dive resorts located in Koh Tao. Or perhaps follow a Technical diving (wreck hunter) course or even become a Dive instructor.

You can also add on an Underwater videography course if you further wish to extend your interest in diving or subsidise your travels as this is a paid internship.

DIVEMASTERS! LOVING THE LIFESTYLE!

Hundreds of travellers come to Thailand and Koh Tao each year with the intention of doing a scuba diving course. For many the open water and advanced course is their intention, however, Koh Tao has an addictive atmosphere. The lifestyle and setting offer an incredible experience. People become so enthralled by the scuba diving and the lifestyle on offer that they end up prolonging their stay to train up to Divemaster level and sometime Scuba diving instructor. The Divemaster course brings you a slice of this amazing lifestyle. You get to enjoy your days and nights, enjoying what you enjoy doing: Scuba diving and living on a paradise Island, making lots of friends and feeling good! Cost of living is cheap in Koh Tao, luxuries are affordable and fun on the island is forever present. Imagine never having to cook or do your laundry, all you have to think about is how to get the most amount of fun out of your day. With the Xtreme Gap Koh Tao Divemaster course, you can stay a while in a tropical paradise not only gaining more diving experience but thoroughly enjoying life.

The Divemaster course brings you a slice of this amazing lifestyle. You get to enjoy your days and nights, enjoying what you enjoy doing: Scuba diving and living on a paradise Island, making lots of friends and feeling good! Cost of living is cheap in Koh Tao, luxuries are affordable and fun on the island is forever present. Imagine never having to cook or do your laundry, all you have to think about is how to get the most amount of fun out of your day. With the Xtreme Gap Koh Tao Divemaster course, you can stay a while in a tropical paradise not only gaining more diving experience but thoroughly enjoying life.

Should you wish to stay after during your Divemaster training, you will be qualified to gain paid work as a Divemaster at one of the many dive resorts located in Koh Tao.

Xtreme Gap works with one of Southeast Asia´s most respected Divemaster training schools. The school has an impeccable safety record and maintains very high standards on all Scuba dive courses, equipment, and staff.

There will be three active instructor trainers with over 30 years of dive experience guiding your education. You will be trained by experienced professionals who go above and beyond in all aspects of teaching. You’ll also be assisting the instructor team as they teach real customers.

Lost of extra´s

You will also get to participate in the monthly Eco Day events offered by our rep on the island. the eco day is a day of beach clean ups, reef-cleaning dives and an underwater coral health watch. You’ll feel great making a difference and keeping the island clean. We end the day in classic Koh Tao style…Team BBQ, volleyball, sunset and beers.
The idea is to make you the best possible dive professional you can be while still having the time of your life.

Unlike other Divemaster training courses, you will not be expected to spend time hanging around a shop working, giving you more time to enjoy your Thailand experience. The accommodation in the resort in Koh Tao is also of a very high standard complimenting your stay in paradise perfectly.

 

Varied Dive Sites

During your Divemaster training, you will discover a mix of hard and soft corals and abundant marine life from sharks to turtles and thousands of fish. The sites vary in depth from just a few meters down to 40 meters, there is little current and the water temperature is always warm, ranging from about 27C to 32C offering amazing conditions to dive every day of your Divemaster course!

The qualifications and accreditation

For our Koh Tao Divemaster courses, we use the PADI training accreditation. PADI is widely considered to be one of the top dive training agencies in the dive industry.

Going from zero to hero means you will gain the following PADI dive accreditation.

  • Open water
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Rescue Diver / EFR
  • Divemaster

Accommodation

Koh Tao Gap Year (2)A 2-minute walk from the beach you will find your beautiful new, safe and clean home from home.

Our accommodation is one of the few places on the island with a swimming pool, which in 30 degrees heat is a godsend after training. Your room, basic but spacious and comfortable, will have an en-suite and there is a maid service. There is a laundry service (approx £2.5 per big bag load) as well. Linen and towels are provided.

Room options

Please note the standard fan room is the default room we provide unless upgrading room class.

Standard Fan Room, prices show in price tab

Recommended!!! Our most basic standard of accommodation, with An ensuite bathroom, satellite television, twin beds, ceiling fan and private terrace to enjoy the garden view and socialising.

  • Fan
  • Satellite TV
  • Internet WiFi
  • Balcony
  • Ensuite bathroom

Please know all rooms are shared (twin share with one other person of the same sex) You can upgrade to your own room for £75 per month.

Comfort Fan Room, contact us for prices

Our newest rooms, recently built they are beautifully decorated and furnished for your relaxation. Larger than our Standard Room range, they are very close to our swimming pool and sunbathing area.

  • Satellite TV
  • Internet WiFi
  • Balcony
  • Your own Shower and toilet

Please know all rooms are shared (twin share with one other person of the same sex) You can upgrade to your own room For £75 per month.

Standard Airconditioning Room, contact us for prices

Basic accommodation, with your own bathroom, satellite television, twin beds, air-conditioning and private terrace to enjoy the garden view and socialising.

  • Airconditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Hot shower
  • Internet WiFi
  • Balcony
  • Your own Shower & Toilet

Please know all rooms are shared (twin share with one other person of the same sex) You can upgrade to your own room For £75 per month.

More Accommodation Information

Follow this link to our Blog post with more details and pictures regarding the  accommodation on Koh Tao.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The Koh Tao Divemaster course begins in Bangkok and includes an night in a luxury hotel near the Khao San Road and your transfer to Koh Tao. If you would like assistance with your flights, we can assist with sourcing the best value flight options, just indicate on your booking form. We ensure you have enough time to relax and enjoy Bangkok before heading to Koh Tao. We will also provide with an extensive pre-departure kit to get the most out of your time in Bangkok. You can explore temples, cruise down the river and check out the sites and sounds of the Khao San Road backpacker area, located seconds away from your  hotel, included in the price.
To train on the Koh Tao Divemaster course you will need to fill in a medical statement and pass a medical exam. You will definitely notice that your fitness levels improve significantly as you advance through the Koh Tao Divemaster course. Bear in mind that you will be swimming for up to 4 hours, this has a great impact on your fitness and health. However, before beginning the course you need to be reasonably fit and healthy. You will also need to pass a Divemaster swim
There are some jobs available like working in a bar. It might be difficult to find one. Besides that, the wages are really low in Thailand. For an entire night hard work in a bar you will earn up to £10
On Koh Tao there are around 70 dive schools. They all need Divemasters, so there are many opportunities. A job is not guaranteed, but very likely. It depends on your own hard work and how much you want it really. If you go for it 100% you will probably find a job as a Dive Master.
Yes, the Koh Tao Divemaster course is adaptable. For example, we can shorten your trip if you have existing qualifications when you start your  Divemaster course.
Our blog has loads of further reading on Koh Tao you can also see a dedicated FAQ section inf FAQ section (see the  resources  menu at the top of the page)
Not necessarily. But Koh Tao Divemasters are better looking and more fun though.
One of the benefits of booking your trip on Koh Tao with Xtreme Gap Year is not only do you get to do this awesome activity, but you will become part of the Xtreme Gap family on Koh Tao. We will pick you up from the pier and give you a warm welcome at our stunning resort. On your first night, our resident representative will take you out for a gorgeous Thai meal annual get to know all of the other members of the group. When you are booking a trip with us it is not just about the activity so please bear this in mind if you are comparing prices to other companies. No other company has such a big presence in Koh Tao, runs groups of like-minded travellers so booking a trip with us is as much about the friends you make as well as the experiences you will have.

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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

Included

  • Unlimited diving (4x day)
  • Night dives
  • Breakfast on the boat (Fruit, Tea and Coffee)
  • Travel advice prior to departure to Thailand
  • Hotel in Bangkok on the night before leaving for paradise
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao in Thailand
  • In-country representative to meet you off the boat
  • Comfortable and clean accommodation: up to 12 weeks
  • Island introduction and orientation and dinner party on arrival
  • Organized monthly night out for Xtreme Gappers

PADI Divemaster course in Koh Tao including unlimited diving:

  • Open water,  Advanced Open Water,  Rescue and EFR,  Divemaster
  • Dedicated diving instructor
  • Open Water, Advanced Open Water, EFR and Rescue books included
  • Divemaster kit pack (for you to keep)
  • Use of dive equipment during the full duration of the Divemaster course
  • Qualification certificates for all courses (not for dm part)
  • Substantial discounts on retail prices for all diving equipment

Excluded

  • Flight tickets to and from Bangkok (although we can assist)
  • Food and drinks
  • Costs for visa’s
  • Divemaster registration and annual subscription fees
  • Dive computer (can be bought locally, about GBP 200)
  • Safety sausage and dive knife (can be bought locally)
  • Travel insurance and diving insurance
  • Transfer ticket back from Koh Tao to Bangkok. Our rep can help you sorting this out once you are on the island.
  • Additional Speciality courses: you will have the option to study additional dive specialities. These are not necessary to pass your DM but if you want to take them they are optional extras.

Please note this programme does not include meals, we are often asked why and the answer is simple. You can eat out in Thailand for as little as £2-5. If we included all of your food, you would have to eat in the same place all the time. We feel that there is so much amazing food to discover in Thailand, that you should be able to choose where to eat and when to eat. Going out for dinner is also a social event, you will discover that during the day everyone is training, and you meet in the evening for a nice Thai Curry somewhere. Our rep can tell you all about the nice places to eat.

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Thailand Entourage

This is the shorter version of our 4 week Thailand trip Xreme Thailand Experience our top-selling trip! The Thailand entourage is a 3 week trip through Thailand giving you a taste of culture, adventure, and stunning tropical beaches. An amazing itinerary showcasing the best this amazing country has to offer. Perfect for young solo travelers who love to travel Thailand in a fun group, with excellent guides.

The 3 Week Thailand Entourage

3 AWESOME THEMED WEEKS!

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Adventure

Beach

Beach Week

Settle in and discover Thailand.

Easy arrival with an airport pickup. Make new friends as you meet other people in the group. Learn about Thailand its culture and history. Stay on the mainland and visit lots of different temples, cultural heritage sites and cities.

Elephants. Unforgettable National PArks & More.

Includes an awesome ethical Elephant experience. Go bathing with Elephants, and get up close and personal with these majestic animals. Visit waterfalls and stunning rural towns. 

 

Top off the tan with well-earned beach time.

Laze about on amazing tropical beaches. Hit the beach. Discover a paradise island. join the adventure day! Party on the beach and munch on some delicious Thai food.

Thailand Entourage Highlights Include:

  • Safe & Fun! Fully guided Xtreme Gap Reps.
  • Discovering Thai culture, temples & cuisine on a mind-blowing cultural  experiences
  • Trekking through national parks & discovering cool waterfalls
  • Volunteering with Elephants and Mahouts
  • Exploring exciting Bangkok and stay in a fun backpackers hostel near the backpacking Mecca Khao San Road
  • Koh Tao adventure day with longtail boat, snorkelling, paradise islands and view points.
  • Lots of chill time on Koh Tao and beach parties to remember
  • Meet and chat to other Xtreme Gappers with an online Buddy list before you travel too!

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Just about everything you could want out of a trip to Thailand in 3 weeks!

Day 1: WARM WELCOME ON ARRIVAL

Arrival day, the moment you have been waiting for! The start to an awesome life changing Thailand trip! First off, if you have not been travelling before… it will be ok. We make it a hassle free arrival, the Xtreme Team will collect you from Suvarnabhumi Airport (the international airport in Bangkok) and take you to your super convenient Bangkok accommodation, which is a stone’s throw from the famous Khao San Road. The accommodation has a movie room, 2 pool tables, free WIFI and lots of Xtreme Gappers awaiting to join the adventure.

You will have the rest of the day/evening, depending on when you arrive, to relax after a long flight and meet the rest of your group. If you arrive in time we head out for a delicious Thai meal (local payment about £3-8) and explore the buzzing Bangkok area!

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 2: WELCOME ORIENTATION AND EXPLORE BANGKOK

We will take it easy and all meet up at around 10:00 am to start a “real exploration” of Bangkok. This will be lead by our group leader, who will be with you for the next 2 weeks.

Prepare to see incredible things as we include an awesome boat trip through the ancient water ways of Bangkok. Not only will you get to experience stunning traditional communities off the backpacker trail, but we will also take you to the majestic Wat Arun – The Temple of the Dawn, Wat Pho, which is home to the most important reclining Buddha in the whole of Thailand and Wat Phra Kaew –  The Grand Palace.

watt arun thailandExpect an authentic look into traditional Bangkok and lets you see some of the most beautiful temples Thailand has to offer. The tour will last about 4 hours.

In the afternoon we head back to our guesthouse, just in time to freshen up and chill out before your ‘Welcome Dinner’ in the evening. After dinner, we are off to the infamous and exciting Khao San Road, the backpacker area of Bangkok,  where you will get a taste of the Thai night life.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Welcome Dinner
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 3:  KANCHANABURI RIVER ADVENTURES!

After a relaxing morning, and hopefully a full recovery from a fun night out in Bangkok, we arrange a private minivan to gorgeous Kanchanaburi north of Bangkok, which usually takes about 3 hours, depending on the Bangkok traffic!

Kanchanaburi is where the Kwae Yai and Kwae Noi rivers meet and is as picturesque as Thailand can get, with a magnificent backdrop of forested mountains stretching all the way to the Burmese border.

It’s famous for the film location of the movie ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ where thousands of prisoners of wars and local Thai’s were forced to build the ‘Burmese Railway’ during WWII, it is a historic setting, but today it has transformed into a fun, chilled-out riverside town and your path to some great activities and experiences.

There´s lots to do here. Visiting museums and temples, swimming in pools by waterfalls, kayaking the rivers, and checking out temples

Once we have arrived, we check you into the hotel, freshen up and there is time to explore the area, see the sights and learn about the history – and of course enjoy a Singha beer or two while trying out some more traditional Thai food.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Private transfer to Kanchanaburi
• Overnight accommodation in twin / triple shared rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 4: BATHE IN STUNNING WATERFALLS

waterfallToday you’ll visit the exquisite waterfalls in the Erawan National Park. These waterfalls are considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, the waterfalls are truly made of absolute wonder! You will get to explore the several levels of these magnificent falls, each filtering into the different pools below, which you can swim in. How high you go, is of course up to you. The highlight here is a natural water slide that shoots you several metres down smooth stone into the emerald coloured water, so remember to have your GoPro’s and cameras charged! You are most definitely going to need them.

After your morning of photo shoots and an insane amount of fun and relaxation, you will head back to the hotel for the afternoon where you will have the chance to head into town and explore. Our guides are super knowledgeable of the area, so be sure to ask where all the best spots to eat, chill or party are.

 

  • Breakfast
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning , en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 5: KAYAKING ON THE RIVER KWAE AND EXPLORING THE LOCAL AREA

The river Kwae is a real paradise for Kayaking! After breakfast at our Guest House, we will take you out for a fun-filled day of adventure, where you will get to go kayaking on the river Kwae and also explore some of the highlights of the local area. You might even see some monkeys on the way! Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a professional for this, in fact, no prior experience is needed, the river is pretty easy to navigate, you will get to see and experience the surroundings from a completely unique perspective.

Don’t forget sun cream, you will get a tan when you’re out and about today! After your epic day of kayaking and exploring the local area, we will head back to the Guesthouse to freshen up and get ready for dinner, a chilled evening at the cool laid back bars and enjoy a few cold ones as we watch the river go by.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Kayak trip on the river Kwae
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 6: EXPLORE THE HEART OF THAILAND

Today we take you into the ‘heart’ of Thailand, the North East, known in Thailand as Isaan (Surin). If you ever wondered why Thailand is known as the ‘Land of Smiles’ wonder no more, you are now surrounded by one of the friendliest groups of people on the face of our planet. Surin is by far, one of the more ‘off the beaten track’ areas of Thailand and by the time you arrive you will have experienced the overwhelming and humbling friendliness from the local villagers.

The area is renowned for the best rice and you will be an absolute expert by the time you leave. They are also well known for its mixture of Thai, Khmer and Gwi people, it’s insanely awesome food (loads of chilli) and it’s elephants, who have played a major role in the communities here for centuries.

Once again, we have arranged a private vehicles and while the journey is around 8-9 hours, we will stop for lunch and we make the odd stop to stretch your legs. Tip: take some music with you, as nothing is better than to listen to good music, gaze out of the window and see the palm trees and rice paddies.

When you arrive, we check into your hotel for tonight, a fantastic place in Surin town, where you can freshen up before we take you out to the night market to find the best places to eat. The food in Surin town is so delicious, so don’t be afraid to get out there and explore, our recommendation, foodie lovers, is the night market – Best chow in town.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Private transfer from Kanchanaburi to Surin
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Days 7-9:  ELEPHANTS & CULTURE!

thailand elephantLooking after Elephants is on the cards for the next three days. After a bite to eat in the morning, we will leave Surin Town and make our way to a rural ‘elephant village’ about 50km’s away. The main highlight of this trip and also a really unique opportunity is not only to spend time with elephants, but also to live in a small rural Thai community, which is something which is fast becoming more and more difficult to experience. This is what backpacking and adventure is all about. Living like the locals and truly immersing yourself in the culture of the people and the land.

Our project has been vetted to ensure it is ethically run. There is absolutely NO elephant riding by our guests.

During these three days, you will get to:

  • During these three days, you will get to:
    • Walk with the elephants to the local river and help the mahouts bathe them
    • Help the mahouts clean the elephant areas
    • Harvest / plant crops (depending on the season) for the elephants
    • Kayak on the local river
    • Learn how to make simple but great Thai food

     

    In the elephant village, you will get the awesome opportunity of living in a homestay, with the village headman and the members of his family, this is an Absolute honour and is something that you will truly take back with you. And…you will be sleeping just a few metres away from elephants.

    Note: On day 7 we’ll have lunch and dinner in the elephant village, on day 8 we’ll have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the village and on day 9, breakfast and lunch. All a great opportunity to cook alongside the local team and learn a few new foodie tricks – great to take home and show off to friends and family.

    Day 9 In the afternoon we will have to say goodbye to the elephants and new friends and head back to Surin town, staying overnight at the same hotel as on Day 6.

    Inclusions

    • Transfer to and from the elephant village
    • Elephant activities listed
    • Day 7- breakfast at the hotel in Surin, lunch, and dinner and the elephant village
    • Day 8-  breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 9- breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 7 and 8- basic accommodation in the elephant village, shared dorm style rooms with mattresses on the floor, mosquito nets, fans and shared toilet and washing facilities
    • Day 9 – Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 10: KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK DAY

Today we leave for Khao Yai National Park, this is the 3rd largest national park in Thailand. This rainforest is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. The journey (by minivan or train, depending on the group size) will take roughly 3-4 hours and once you arrive in Pak Chong (the gateway to the National Park). We will check you into your base for the next 2 nights.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer by minivan / coach or train to Pak Chong (depending on group size)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning , en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 11: TREKKING AND FOREST ENCOUNTERS

Khao Yai is absolutely stunning and one of Thailand’s most famous National Parks, but is often left off of travellers itineraries in their anticipation to just head to the beach. But you won’t miss out! Khao Yai boasts ancient and majestic towering forests, wild elephants and tigers, a colourful array of bird life and a number of different species of monkeys. This is a fantastic place to get a feeling of how much of Thailand really used to be. You will get to experience more beautiful waterfalls, one of which Leo Di Caprio jumped off (or pretended too!) for the making of The Beach.

You will spend the day exploring the National Park with a specialist guide, where you will hopefully get to see wildlife, like the herds of wild elephants. A bit of simple forest trekking is also on the menu for today. It’s superb fun, and again, don’t forget your camera and GoPro’s, but also don’t forget to just enjoy this day of splendour in this impressive natural landscape.

Inclusions

  • Khao Yai Adventure day and all park entry fees
  • Lunch during the Adventure Day
  • Services of specialist National Park guide
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 12:  R & R IN BANGKOK       

Today we start heading back to Bangkok (by train, minivan or coach depending on group numbers) arriving back in the buzzing city of Bangkok around mid-afternoon if traffic is not too hectic.

You will check back into the same accommodation as at the start of the trip and you can have the evening to enjoy some shopping, exploring or partying …or why not just do all three?

Inclusions:

  • Transfer to Bangkok (usually by train)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 13:  BANGKOK CYCLE TOUR

One of Bangkok´s most unforgettable experiences. Experience local life and Thai culture by bike. After winding our way through the back alleys and streets of Bangkok’s backpacker district we head across the river and through some of the oldest communities in the city.

Passing by ancient temples, fascinating communities that seem so far removed from the rest of the city and all the while following the course of the river and canals this really is a spectacular opportunity to see a side of the city that is so often missed by travellers.

The tour takes around 3 hours – but times can and do vary! – and in terms of distance is not very far (+/-10km). And with Bangkok being totally flat it’s perfect for anyone and everyone, whether you’re a regular rider or not!

Inclusions:

  • Behind the Scenes Bangkok Bike Tour
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

 

Day 14: BANGKOK, IT IS ALL YOURS!

Today  you have a free day to spend with your new friends. There are plenty of options to keep you busy with the rest of the group. Ask your guide for suggestions! As this is the perfect place to go shopping prior to hitting the islands be sure to spend some time at the MBK shopping mall! It’s an experience and a great place to hunt for bargains! If you are feeling a little bit tired from all the fun and travelling, maybe a traditional Thai massage is the perfect antidote.

  • You’ve got most of today to do your own thing and explore a bit more of this fantastic city – just ask your guide for inspiration and they’ll help you see what you’d like to see.
  • Lots of people enjoy a lazy day today – we’re pretty sure you’ll have hit the bars and clubs last night – but if you want to get out and about why not do one of the following:
  • Give your body a treat and have a 2 hour Thai massage – trust us, you won’t regret it. There are loads of massage shops all around the Guest House with prices starting at +/- 250/300THB
  • Jump in a taxi and see the ‘other side’ of Bangkok – if you like a bit of retail therapy or even just window shopping then have a look at Siam Paragon, Siam Centre and Central World. All huge fancy shopping malls, great for people watching and even better if you’re craving a bit of comfort food from home. A taxi from your Guest House to Siam will cost around 150THB depending on the traffic!
  •  If you’ve not had enough of boats and the river, then taking one of the boat ‘buses’ up the Chao Phraya is a brilliant way to spend a few hours. The ferry pier is only 10 mins amble from your Guest House and for the princely sum of between 15 and 19THB you can head all the way to Nonthaburi pier taking in all the sights and sounds of the city. Once you’re at Nonthaburi, have an explore and take a look at Bang Kwang Prison (the infamous Bangkok Hilton) and get lost in the local markets. Then simply hop back on a ferry back to where you started. Probably the cheapest day out possible in Bangkok!

All these trips and more can be arranged by your guide – just tell then what you’d like to do and they’ll help you get everything sorted. Just make sure you’re back at the accommodation by 6pm to meet back us with your group and begin the journey to the beach.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Late check out from the accommodation – meaning you can store your bags and freshen up before you head on the coach
• Overnight transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao (arriving the morning of Day 15)

This evening we travel to Koh Tao by luxury coach and fast boat, arriving on Koh Tao the next morning.

Please note the guide will not accompany you to Koh Tao, the group will be put on the bus and met at the other end by our rep in Koh Tao. Whilst your guide from this part of the trip won’t be travelling to the islands with you, don’t worry, they will ensure that you know exactly what the plan and that you have all the contact numbers you need. They will then walk with you all to the check in for the transfer to Koh Tao and stay with you until you’re all safely aboard the overnight coach heading to the islands. Not long now until you see one of the most stunning islands in South East Asia!

Day 15: ARRIVAL PARADISE ISLAND KOH TAO

On arrival, you will have a full introduction from our resident rep who will settle you into the island life and it will go like this:

    • IMG_1904You arrive by night bus and boat on Sunday morning where you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation where breakfast is served!
    • Once you are checked in, you have time to relax, jump in the pool at your resort and freshen up.
    • In the afternoon around 4, our Rep Miss Jai will meet you and the rest of the group at the bar and give you an intro to Koh Tao. She will show you around, tell you the essentials and show you where everything is, like ATMs, pharmacies, beaches and activity locations. She is on hand throughout the week if you need her too.
    • You will then go out for dinner (on us) with the rest of the group, expect a tasty Thai curry! The next day you will be taken by miss Jai to start your activity, depending on the option you have picked.
    • Your Koh Tao itinerary will be explained to you locally. Where and when you have to be will be put up on the Xtreme Gap notice board at the resort.

Day 16-21: BEACH WEEK

Koh Tao! Here you can enjoy some serious beach time. 7 days/ 6 nights to chill and party. You will also have your Xtreme Adventure Day where we take you snorkelling and we visit Koh Nang Yuang by longtail boat, a stunning little island of the coast of Koh Tao.

TROPICAL ISLAND PARADISE…WOW!

Xtreme Gappers (38)Koh Tao has some of the best beaches in Thailand, it is also one of the most popular backpacker hubs in South East Asia, but not ruined like some of the other islands, there is a great community and vibe to the place you are going to love spending time here.

We have many Xtreme Gappers resident on the Island as we run lots of different trips there so there is lots going on. It is also a great place to learn to dive as well, so you can take advantage of getting your PADI Open water while you are there as well.

This part of the trip is all about being social and having fun, you can take long tail boat trips round the island, enjoy amazing Thai food and stay up all night in some of the best beach clubs and bars in Asia. After a few days of chill, you will want to pick up the pace again, so we finish the trip with the action week! The Koh Tao adventure day is the perfect end to the week.

FOOD & EATING OUT

Please note we include 1 breakfast and 2 meals on Koh Tao. There are plenty of restaurants serving delicious and healthy Thai food as little as one pound per meal and there is a restaurant the resort also.

We do not include food because it’s such a sociable atmosphere with so many great places to eat and explore you will want to go off and eat out with lots of new friends. Including food would really limit your options and detract from the whole experience. Bear in mind though we do include food for the first two weeks of this programme (Most other gap year companies ´s Thailand programmes do not) so you have already saved over £250 worth of spending money by booking with Xtreme.

You will receive a welcome breakfast, a lovely Thai meal on your first evening in Koh Tao and a BBQ after the Beach Clean up day though.

THE ADVENTURE DAY

The adventure day is just that an adventure, so sometimes we mix it up. But below is a summary of what you can expect.

Everyone meets at the Xtreme Gap Resort for a breakdown of the days activities.  Expect to be taken to a pretty amazing viewpoint on the neighbouring paradise island of Koh Nangyuan. Even the ride itself is a lot of fun, open air on a longtail boat with spectacular views of Sairee beach.

There will be plenty of time to explore the island, swim with tropical fish and chill on in this piece of perfection.

NIGHTLIFE & BEACH TIME & ACTIVITIES

Koh Tao is not only famous for its great diving and beautiful beaches, there is quite a party scene there too! Picture cool beach bars, fire shows, awesome night clubs like Fizz bar within easily stumbling distance to your accommodation. If you want to have some serious fun after the sun sets, you will not be disappointed.

This is a great way to finish up on your trip, after experiencing the culture its time to party. Speaking of which…

Beach Clean up day: Not on all departure dates.

Ecodave Xtreme GapWe do not control the dates, but if you are lucky you can join our beach clean up. At Xtreme Gap year we strongly believe in leaving a positive impact on the locations we visit. Mass tourism does take its toll on the environment. This is especially true on small tropical islands like Koh Tao. We strongly feel  it is everyone’s responsibility to make a contribution to maintaining, and improving the places that we visit. We have partnered with Koh Tao’s leading conservation organisations and every trip we run makes a financial contribution to Eco-conservation efforts.

So as part of our trips to Koh Tao trip, we co-host an eco-day. This is split into two parts. A lecture by leading conservationists, on marine conservation, and a hands-on beach clean-up so you can make a physical real difference during your trip. The aim is to provide you with information so you can make people aware of the issues. As well as physically helping out with marine conservation efforts.

It’s a fun day out, it’s a great way to see lots of out of the way beaches on Koh Tao, and feel good about yourself whilst making a positive difference on the island. In the evening we finish up with a barbecue, in one of Koh Tao’s hotspots by way of saying thanks for your efforts.

If you have completed your open water is part of this program, you can be involved in underwater clean-ups, if not its land-based conservation which is just as, or if not even more vital to marine conservation efforts. 80% of trash entering the waters comes from land-based sources.

End of your trip> Transfer Back to Bangkok

We do not include the transfer back in the price as there are a few options. Some of our travellers stay on the island or travel on in Thailand and Asia, some will take the boat and bus service back to Bangkok and some will prefer to go by plane from the next door island Koh Samui. read about the options in the frequently asked questions section below. Most will take the boat and bus option which our rep can arrange for you. Its super easy and will costs about 20 GBP.

Changes to Itinerary

Please note this is a flexible itinerary. Due to local conditions, changes can and often do happen at local level,  which means the above itinerary, and things listed in the included section,  is meant as a reference guide as to what might happen not as a contractual obligation as to everything included. Sometimes we add additional things into the itinerary, sometimes we do not do all the things listed due to group members wanting to do other activities instead.

ACCOMMODATION

Because you stay in various different locations throughout the trip accommodation does vary, however, expect to stay in comfortable and clean and secure accommodation. On the islands, you will stay in a luxury resort, with a swimming pool set in beautiful Thai Gardens just a short walk from the beach and bars and restaurants.

It’s the main resort Xtreme Gap uses in Thailand, Xtreme Gappers to hang out with and share adventures. Accommodation is shared on a twin share in a Fan Room. Upgrades to Aircon rooms are only possible on Koh Tao and only upon booking.

The accommodation in the resort in Koh Tao is the basic fan option at a great resort, perfect for your stay in paradise. A short stroll through a lovely street with little shops and some restaurants and just 5 min from the beach will get you to this perfectly located resort. A beautiful and laid back resort with a swimming pool, bar and restaurant set in tropical Thai gardens. The fan rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, have an en-suite and there is a maid service twice a week and a laundry service (approx. £1.50 per big bag load) located next door.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the benefits of booking your trip on Koh Tao with Xtreme Gap Year is not only do you get to do this awesome activity, but you will become part of the Xtreme gap family on Koh Tao. We will pick you up from the pier and give you a warm welcome at our stunning resort. On your first night, our resident representative will take you out for a gorgeous Thai meal annual get to know all of the other members of the group. When you are booking a trip with us it is not just about the activity so please bear this in mind if you are comparing prices to other companies. No other company has such a big presence in Koh Tao, runs groups of like-minded travellers so booking a trip with us is as much about the friends you make as well as the experiences you will have.
We offer airport pick up’s between 06:00 and 22:00 on arrival day and would encourage you to try to arrive at the airport by mid-afternoon so that you have time to freshen up, relax and then enjoy your first night in this amazing city.
It takes about 45-90 min to get through customs, depending on how busy it is, if your flight is scheduled to arrived at 21:45, dont worry, there will still be someone waiting for you. Same applies if your flight arrives at 5am, just hangout at Exit 1 and your guide will be there at 6am.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer transfers if you are flying into DMK (Don Mueang Airport 

If you are arriving outside these times (between 6am and 10pm) or are already in Thailand, then of course you are more than welcome to ‘make your own way’ to your first night’s accommodation in Bangkok, which is the group meeting point. Taxis are reasonably priced and easy to get from Bangkok International Airport
We have a private minivans or coaches for the majority of the trip. Super comfortable and much faster than taking public transport.

No, most of our travellers are solo travellers. You will meet lots of people on the different weeks. With group start dates and lots of group activities, you will make new friends really easy.

The trip ends in Koh Tao on Saturday, please note return transfer is not included in the price of the trip. This is because many people choose to travel onwards to other locations or stay in Koh Tao to do further programmes.

Returning back to Bangkok to meet your flight is very easy, transfers can be arranged on Koh Tao through rep and the cost is approximately £15. If you’re flying out straight after the trip ends, you have two options to meet your flight in Bangkok.

Our recommended option is to fly from Koh Samui directly to Bangkok airport, rep can organise your bus tickets to Samui airport, this will involve catching the boat late Saturday morning and arriving in Koh Samui at around three o’clock. Transfers are provided from the pier direct to the airport and are complimentary.

Please ensure that your flights are not booked any earlier than this and do allow for delays, so we would recommend not booking a flight back to Bangkok until the afternoon which also allows time to check in at the airport as well. Check Bangkok Airways the cheap flights booked ahead this should not cost you any more than £30 the flight time is approximately 40 min.

Option two would be to get the morning boat from Koh Tao back to Bangkok via bus and boat, the transfer time between six and eight hours typically you will get back into Bangkok about 10 o’clock in the evening. This would require an extra night stay in Bangkok, and if you are to pursue this option we do not recommend you do not organise your international flight until Sunday. Again the cost for this transfer is about £15.

If you are planning on travelling to Thailand for 30 days or less and you have British, Dutch or USA passport you can get a Visa exemption on arrival. This is valid for 30 days and cannot be extended in Thailand. If you are planning on being in Thailand longer than 28 days you will need to pre-arrange a Visa. You can prearrange a visa for 60 days which you can extend to 90 days in Thailand.

There are two ways of arranging your visa. When you are from the UK. You can either go in person to the Thai embassy in London, or you can post your passport along with the necessary documentation and fee to one of the Thai Consulates. In general this works the same for the other countries like The Netherlands and United States too, but please contact the nearest Thai Consulate for visa inquiries.

Some of our customers prefer a bigger room or an aircon room. We can arrange this, but it needs to be done at the time of booking, as the resort often fills up. If you are on the programme and still want to arrange it, you would have to arrange that with reception at the resort, and pay for accommodation again. So best to let us know at time of booking.

This is a hard question as age range does vary. On the groups that join the intro and culture weeks the average age is between 18 and 25. On Koh Tao with the Koh Tao Adventure (which are the last 2 weeks of this programme) the average age tends to be in the twenties.

Is this trip suitable for you? The average age on this trip is between 18 and 25. Although it is open to all. The makeup of the groups is usually 75% female to 25% male, just going to show, girls really are braver than boys! So come on lads, what are you waiting for? Prove us wrong!

The final week finishes on the Saturday morning, so you can arrange your transfer back to Bangkok with Miss Jai via boat and Bus (12 hours) or book a flight from Koh Samui to Bangkok (2 hour boat and 45 minute flight). This is the preferred option for most of our travellers as this gets you straight in to the international airport for a smooth flight connection back home.

Remember lots of details are in pre-departure pack you receive after booking. You will also be hooked up with your buddy lists then.

FINALLY

We can also send you loads of information on this trip and the locations so get trip notes for more details!

Full details on your options to get back to Bangkok are included in a very detailed pre-departure pack, which we send you after booking. You will also be set up with an online buddy list so you can chat to other members of the group in Koh Tao. The trip ends on the Saturday morning in Koh Tao. Check the FAQ section for details on how to get back to the airport.

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The First 2 weeks

INCLUDED

First 2 weeks

  • Personal meet & greet at the airport
  • Transfers to your hotel in Bangkok
  • Meet your other adventurers: Access to online buddy lists before you leave!
  • Unforgettable Bangkok city tour
  • Wat Arun, Wat Pho & Reclining Buddha
  • 13 nights total accommodation in high standard guesthouses and homestays
  • Breakfast
  • Some delicious meals included
  • A 2 day elephant experience with food  included
  • River rafting experience.
  •  2 days of trekking in a stunning national park
  • Night markets & Nights Out
  • Cookery class
  • 24 hour emergency support
  •  Maximum group size 26

Week on Koh Tao

  • All Accommodation
  • Breakfast on arrival on Koh Tao
  • Overnight Transfer to Koh Tao
  • 6 nights accommodation in standard fan room in Koh Tao at our luxury resort
  • Free Wi-Fi at most of the accommodation
  • Pick up from the boat and transfer to the resort in Koh Tao by taxi
  • Koh Tao adventure day which includes:
    • Boat around the island
    • Snorkelling in crystal clear waters round a tropical paradise island
    • Spectacular trek up to an incredible view point
  • Back up & support second to none. Services of our tour leaders and English-speaking reps who are available and based locally  24/7.

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas (if staying longer than 30 days this will cost approx GBP 40 for a 60 day visa)
  • Insurance
  • Return transfer from Koh Tao (but can be arranged locally for approx Euro 15)
  • Meals  (Approx £6 – 15 per day)
  • Entrance Grand palace in Bangkok (around 12 GP)
  • Entrance Fee for Koh Nanguang (100 Baht approx £2)

Dates

2018 Start on Sunday end on Saturday

30 September 2018 – 20 October 2018
28 October 2018 – 17 November 2018
02 December 2018 – 22 December 2018

2019 Start on Sunday end on Saturday

06 January 2019 – 26 January 2019
03 February 2019 – 23 February 2019
03 March 2019 – 23 March 2019
31 March 2019 – 20 April 2019
28 April 2019 – 18 May 2019
02 June 2019 – 22 June 2019
30 June 2019 – 20 July 2019
28 July 2019 – 17 August 2019
25 August 2019 – 14 September 2019
29 September 2019 – 19 October 2019
27 October 2019 – 16 November 2019
24 November 2019 – 14 December 2019

Easy to combine with Vietnam; starting 3 weeks before.

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Vietnam & Thailand Unleashed!

Perfect trip for first-time travellers who would love to see 2 fantastic Asian destinations. You do not need a huge budget and it is a great way to meet people as you join our groups! Don’t worry about being alone, 85% of travellers travel solo. You will be joining a group of like minded travellers, once you book you have an online buddy list to chat to others before you go!

 

If this is your first set into travelling. Make it an awesome trip! Enjoy the best of  Vietnam and Thailand on this superb combined group travel adventure! Starting of in Vietnam for a 3 week experience followed by 3 weeks in stunning Thailand!

Vietnam & Thailand Unleashed

Perfect trip for first-time travellers who would love to see 2 fantastic Asian destinations. You do not need a huge budget and it is a great way to meet people as you join our groups! Don’t worry about being alone, 85% of travellers travel solo. You will be joining a group of like minded travellers, once you book you have an online buddy list to chat to others before you go!

    3 Weeks Vietnam  Highlights:

  • Fancy going somewhere completely different? You will love Vietnam travel through the entire country and soak it in!
  • Explore the vibrant 1,000 year old of the historic city of Hanoi during the first week, stay outy on Halong bay. Epic!
  • New fun and new friends. It´s about the journey with superb landscapes, mountains and coastlines
  • Go trek the amazing Sapa mountain and learn about the culture here, visit markets
  • Discover Ho Chi Minh City and dwell on the history of Vietnam
  • No worries about going it alone, this trip has a buddy list so you can chat to other people on the trip before you go!
  • 3 Weeks Thailand  Highlights:

    Squeeze out the most fun! This 3-week trip has been tailored for you: Introduction in Bangkok, visiting temples and other cultural sites, live among elephants, bathe in waterfalls, trek through national parks, adventure day on a paradise island,  beach parties and lots of beach time.

  • Trekking through national parks & discovering cool waterfalls
  • Volunteering with Elephants and Mahouts
  • Exploring exciting Bangkok and stay in a fun backpackers hostel near the backpacking Mecca Khao San Road
  • Koh Tao adventure day with boats, snorkelling, paradise islands and viewpoints
  • Lots of Chill time on Koh Tao and beach parties to remember
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Vietnam

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Starting In Vietnam

Vietnam is blessed with natural beauty. It has it all. Mountains, lowlands, a huge coastline coated in beaches, national parks that are the envy of the world like Sapa and Halong Bay, and a culturally rich and troubled history that makes visiting Vietnam such a unique and interesting experience, it will be more than your average holiday.

This trip is about showing you all the best sites and attractions in Vietnam, whilst offering you lots of cultural interaction in a group and leaving you happy in the knowledge that you will be well looked after during your stay.

After 3 weeks Vietnam it´s time for Thailand

This is our top-selling trip! Loaded with activities there is never a dull moment. A great way to travel Thailand safely in a group, you have a jam packed itinerary showcasing the best this amazing country has to offer. An intro week, an adventure week, and a beach week. You will be checking out Thailand in the best possible way and fully guided! Let the good times roll.

This is what happens: Check Full Itineraries

Please note this is a flexible itinerary. Due to local conditions, changes can and often do happen at local level,  which means the above itinerary, and things listed in the included section,  is meant as a reference guide as to what might happen not as a contractual obligation as to everything included. Sometimes we add additional things into the itinerary, sometimes we do not do all the things listed due to group members wanting to do other activities instead.

FIRST WEEK

Day 1, Arrival Day

Arriving on Sunday or start your adventure in the all some ancient capital of North Vietnam Hanoi. This is it! The beginning of your 3-week adventure that is full of excitement, culture, history, a road trip and great times with new friends. With an airport pick up included you settle into your accommodation in Hanoi, you´ll get a chance to meet up with your fellow backpackers and find out about everyone you´ll be spending the next few weeks with.

Most people on our Vietnam Experience are in the same boat, i.e. they are travelling solo, so there is no need to be nervous. You´ll be far too busy to worry about that!

Day 2 Hanoi old quarter

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (70)To new visitors, Hanoi is a fantastic city bustling with crazy drivers, overloaded bicycles, colourful markets and street food stalls selling local dishes, some of which aren´t always identifiable (and yes, they are partial to chomping on a bit of Fido!).

Luckily you have a guide to help you through that initial culture shock, allowing you to absorb it with a bit of help. You´ll visit the 12th century Temple of Literature, see a local music performance and have lunch in the Old Quarter when your guide will take the opportunity to tell you all about what the next four weeks have in store. In the evening, you´ll have dinner and see a performance at the world famous water puppet theatre.

By the end of today, the sensory overload will either have you sleeping like a log or wide awake with wonder! Check out this gallery on our blog for more photos!

Day 3

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (63)Today we are heading to Halong City gateway to the world heritage site of Halong Bay.

Halong Bay, which means ´Bay of the Descending Dragon´, is approximately 170km north of Hanoi and is famous for its surreal and somewhat eerie landscape of over 3000 limestone monoliths that rise imposingly from the ocean.

Just make sure that you get those all important emails addresses from your trip mates so that you can swap photos and keep each other up-to-date with any more adventures you do. Believe us, this trip will leave you wanting more. There is no vaccination for the travel bug!!

Day 4 and 5

Vietnam is full of epic landscapes, Giao Xuan is a stunning little village that will not disappoint. Today we’ll learn everything there is to know about Vietnamese culture. You will be learning some basic trying your hand Vietnamese cooking, and we will even take you to a local market where you can haggle for some ingredients for a major feast later that day.

Day 6 Quintessential Vietnam paddy fields caves and temples

Vietnam gap yearToday involves a relaxing boat trip around Tam Coc and Dinh Cac Pier, which has a stunning landscape of towering karst islets and vast expanses of paddy fields. You´ll also float through three impressive natural caves, which is what the name Tam Coc means, ´three caves´. This whole area epitomizes rural Vietnam, and you´ll want to make sure your camera is charged.

After lunch, you can cycle to the village and onto Thai Vi Temple and Bich Dong Pagoda, which dates back to 1428 and is located on Ngu Nhac Mountain.

Day 7 and 8 (Sat & Sun)

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (66)Its weekend! You have a couple of days ´off´ at this point in the trip – that is you are free to explore at your own pace and see what you and your adventuring friends can find. Meet up in the evenings and swap stories and photos with the whole group, while soaking up the atmosphere and thinking about everything you’ve seen and done so far. Typically the groups head out to Cuc Phuong National Park, the picturesque waterfall, and temples of the 11th c former capital, Hoa Lu. Our guides can offer you advice on what’s best to see in the area.

SECOND WEEK:

DAY 9 (MON) SAPA

A local village, hill tribes and beautiful scenery are on the agenda today. Cat Cat Village is about 1km from Sapa, located at the bottom of the Muong Hoa Valley and as you walk there you´ll see the breathtaking mountains, over 3000m high, and the green rice terraces that drop almost 1000m below. You´ll also pass the sparkling Cat Cat waterfall. The village itself is home to the H´Mong tribe, who retain many of the old customs and traditions, some of which you can see, such as hand weaving and dying of materials to make textiles. Have you still got room for souvenirs?!

Locals and villages

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (115)We hope you´re feeling well rested for today as there is a 10km trek through the hills, past the streams and into the valley of Muong Hoa to visit Ta Van village, where you’ll stay overnight with a local family. This gives you the chance to experience firsthand the lifestyle and culture of the people living in this area. After the long trek, the pool is bound to look appealing to soothe those aching muscles! You also have the chance to pitch in and help to cook dinner (you might even get to use some of the skills you learnt in your cookery class) before settling down for a peaceful night with your local hosts.

Day 10 (Tue) trekking
Bring your trekking boots because we are going on an epic journey. 10 hours of trekking through hills, paddy fields and classic Asian scenery until we hit Ta Van village. Take a dip in the pool there because you have deserved it.

Day 11 (Wed) Waterfalls and landscapes and trekking

You´ll have been glad for a peaceful night as today is an amazing seven hour round trip trekking to a waterfall and passing through some stunning landscapes along the way something that you´ll probably be getting used to now, given how beautiful the country is. Anyway, you´re young and fit so no slacking, you can handle it!

Day 12 (Thu) Sapa

Back to Sapa and a well-earned rest. Kick back and sip a 666 Vietnamese beer. Super cheap and very tasty!

Sapa town

Sapa  is perfect for a well-earned rest. You´re more than halfway through your adventure so you can sit back, chill out and reflect on all the places you’ve been, things you see and people you´ve met so far. We reckon by this point you´ll realize this is one of the best things you’ve ever done!

If you are up for it check out the beautiful orchid gardens on the Ham Rong Mountain. Located in Sapa town, you don´t have far to travel to admire the panoramic views, gardens and unusual rock formations. It is well worth the effort of walking to the top as once you get there, and along the way, you´ll be rewarded with some great photo opportunities.

Day 13 (Fri) Market

Today you’ll visit the beautiful local market and beautiful old Sapa church in the morning.  You’ll have free time for the rest of the day until your bus back to Hanoi.

Day 14 and 15 (Sat & Sun) Hanoi craziness free time

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (146)Yes weekend again :). You’ve had quite a number of days admiring the beautiful Vietnam countryside and now it´s back to crazy Hanoi. You have a couple of days to explore more of the city, after which time you can decide whether you love it or hate it, it´s a bit like Marmite! Your guide will be able to give you the low down on the best places to visit and where to eat and drink.

You then have two days to explore the incredible city of Hanoi – our guides can give you some great suggestions of places to go, although often the group will have their own ideas there is only things you can see and do it will be hard to cram it all in. Stock up on snacks and charge your smartphone batteries because the following night you will be doing a very long bus trip which takes us to Hoi an.

THIRD WEEK 3: DAYS 16 – 21

Day 16 Hoi An is awesome

You will arrival to Hoi An in the afternoon and have time to visit Hoi An Old Quarter.  It has a distinctly French colonial flare, and it’s also an awesome place to get any type of clothing tailor-made for you!

You could spend time exploring the town and its many alleyways of cute shops, cafes and extensive food market or maybe hire a scooter and head out to the gorgeous local beaches.

Day 17 Ancient Ruins

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (143)You will visit the ancient ruins of the Cham dynasty in My Son. Ancient ruined temples two massive towers a really special place.

We will join the bus to transfer to Nha Trang tonight.

Day 18 & 19 Beach time

Na Trang has fantastic beaches and great nightlife. Nha Trang’s golden beaches are yours for the taking, alternatively, take a boat trip to nearby islands or sample sumptuous seafood.

Day 20 Saigon/ Ho Chi Minh

It’s been a huge epic journey but finally, we’ve made it to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Sai Gon)! Arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam, it has a distinctively different feel to Hanoi.

Day 21 (Sat) Saying goodbyes

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (23)On day 24 you will stay in Sai Gon where it will be time to say goodbye to your travel buddies. Lifelong friendships will have been formed, incredible time is had by all, in a truly stunning country. At the end of an amazing trip before continuing with your onward travels

This evening we travel to Koh Tao by bus and boat, arriving on Koh Tao the next morning.

Day 1: WARM WELCOME ON ARRIVAL

Arrival day the moment you have been waiting for! The start to an awesome life changing Thailand trip! First off, if you have not been travelling before… it will be ok. We make it a a hassle free arrival, the Xtreme Team will collect you from Suvarnabhumi Airport (the international airport in Bangkok) and take you to your super convenient Bangkok accommodation, which is a stone’s throw from the famous Khao San Road. The accommodation has a movie room, 2 pool tables, free WIFI and lots of Xtreme Gappers awaiting to join the adventure.

You will have the rest of the day/evening, depending on when you arrive, to relax after a long flight and meet the rest of your group. If you arrive in time we head out for a delicious Thai meal (local payment about £3-8) and explore the buzzing Bangkok area!

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 2: WELCOME ORIENTATION AND EXPLORE BANGKOK

We will take it easy and all meet up at around 10:00 am to start a “real exploration” of Bangkok. This will be lead by our group leader, who will be with you for the next 2 weeks.

Prepare to see incredible things as we include an awesome boat trip through the ancient water ways of Bangkok. Not only will you get to experience stunning traditional communities off the backpacker trail, but we will also take you to the majestic Wat Arun – The Temple of the Dawn, Wat Pho, which is home to the most important reclining Buddha in the whole of Thailand and Wat Phra Kaew –  The Grand Palace.

watt arun thailandExpect an authentic look into traditional Bangkok and lets you see some of the most beautiful temples Thailand has to offer. The tour will last about 4 hours.

In the afternoon we head back to our guesthouse, just in time to freshen up and chill out before your ‘Welcome Dinner’ in the evening. After dinner, we are off to the infamous and exciting Khao San Road, the backpacker area of Bangkok,  where you will get a taste of the Thai nightlife.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Welcome Dinner
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 3:  KANCHANABURI RIVER ADVENTURES!

After a relaxing morning, and hopefully a full recovery from a fun night out in Bangkok, we arrange a private minivan to gorgeous Kanchanaburi north of Bangkok, which usually takes about 3 hours, depending on the Bangkok traffic!

Kanchanaburi is where the Kwae Yai and Kwae Noi rivers meet and is as picturesque as Thailand can get, with a magnificent backdrop of forested mountains stretching all the way to the Burmese border.

It’s famous for the film location of the movie ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ where thousands of prisoners of wars and local Thai’s were forced to build the ‘Burmese Railway’ during WWII, it is a historic setting, but today it has transformed into a fun, chilled-out riverside town and your path to some great activities and experiences.

There´s lots to do here. Visiting museums and temples, swimming in pools by waterfalls, kayaking the rivers, and checking out temples

Once we have arrived, we check you into the hotel, freshen up and there is time to explore the area, see the sights and learn about the history – and of course enjoy a Singha beer or two while trying out some more traditional Thai food.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Private transfer to Kanchanaburi
• Overnight accommodation in twin / triple shared rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 4: BATHE IN STUNNING WATERFALLS

waterfallToday you’ll visit the exquisite waterfalls in the Erawan National Park. These waterfalls are considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, the waterfalls are truly made of absolute wonder! You will get to explore the several levels of these magnificent falls, each filtering into the different pools below, which you can swim in. How high you go, is of course up to you. The highlight here is a natural water slide that shoots you several metres down smooth stone into the emerald coloured water, so remember to have your GoPro’s and cameras charged! You are most definitely going to need them.

After your morning of photo shoots and an insane amount of fun and relaxation, you will head back to the hotel for the afternoon where you will have the chance to head into town and explore. Our guides are super knowledgeable of the area, so be sure to ask where all the best spots to eat, chill or party are.

Inclusions
• Breakfast
• Erawan Waterfall day
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 5: KAYAKING ON THE RIVER KWAE AND EXPLORING THE LOCAL AREA

The river Kwae is a real paradise for Kayaking! After breakfast at our Guest House, we will take you out for a fun-filled day of adventure, where you will get to go kayaking on the river Kwae and also explore some of the highlights of the local area. You might even see some monkeys on the way! Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a professional for this, in fact, no prior experience is needed, the river is pretty easy to navigate, you will get to see and experience the surroundings from a completely unique perspective.

Don’t forget sun cream, you will get a tan when you’re out and about today! After your epic day of kayaking and exploring the local area, we will head back to the Guesthouse to freshen up and get ready for dinner, a chilled evening at the cool laid back bars and enjoy a few cold ones as we watch the river go by.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Kayak trip on the river Kwae
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 6: EXPLORE THE HEART OF THAILAND

Today we take you into the ‘heart’ of Thailand, the North East, known in Thailand as Isaan (Surin). If you ever wondered why Thailand is known as the ‘Land of Smiles’ wonder no more, you are now surrounded by one of the friendliest groups of people on the face of our planet. Surin is by far, one of the more ‘off the beaten track’ areas of Thailand and by the time you arrive you will have experienced the overwhelming and humbling friendliness from the local villagers.

The area is renowned for the best rice and you will be an absolute expert by the time you leave. They are also well known for its mixture of Thai, Khmer and Gwi people, it’s insanely awesome food (loads of chilli) and it’s elephants, who have played a major role in the communities here for centuries.

Once again, we have arranged a private vehicles and while the journey is around 8-9 hours, we will stop for lunch and we make the odd stop to stretch your legs. Tip: take some music with you, as nothing is better than to listen to good music, gaze out of the window and see the palm trees and rice paddies.

When you arrive, we check into your hotel for tonight, a fantastic place in Surin town, where you can freshen up before we take you out to the night market to find the best places to eat. The food in Surin town is so delicious, so don’t be afraid to get out there and explore, our recommendation, foodie lovers, is the night market – Best chow in town.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Private transfer from Kanchanaburi to Surin
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Days 7-9:  ELEPHANTS & CULTURE!

thailand elephantLooking after Elephants is on the cards for the next three days. After a bite to eat in the morning, we will leave Surin Town and make our way to a rural ‘elephant village’ about 50km’s away. The main highlight of this trip and also a really unique opportunity is not only to spend time with elephants, but also to live in a small rural Thai community, which is something which is fast becoming more and more difficult to experience. This is what backpacking and adventure is all about. Living like the locals and truly immersing yourself in the culture of the people and the land.

Our project has been vetted to ensure it is ethically run. There is absolutely NO elephant riding by our guests.

During these three days, you will get to:

  • During these three days, you will get to:
    • Walk with the elephants to the local river and help the mahouts bathe them
    • Help the mahouts clean the elephant areas
    • Harvest / plant crops (depending on the season) for the elephants
    • Kayak on the local river
    • Learn how to make simple but great Thai food

     

    In the elephant village, you will get the awesome opportunity of living in a homestay, with the village headman and the members of his family, this is an Absolute honour and is something that you will truly take back with you. And…you will be sleeping just a few metres away from elephants.

    Note: On day 7 we’ll have lunch and dinner in the elephant village, on day 8 we’ll have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the village and on day 9, breakfast and lunch. All a great opportunity to cook alongside the local team and learn a few new foodie tricks – great to take home and show off to friends and family.

    Day 9 In the afternoon we will have to say goodbye to the elephants and new friends and head back to Surin town, staying overnight at the same hotel as on Day 6.

    Inclusions

    • Transfer to and from the elephant village
    • Elephant activities listed
    • Day 7- breakfast at the hotel in Surin, lunch, and dinner and the elephant village
    • Day 8-  breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 9- breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 7 and 8- basic accommodation in the elephant village, shared dorm style rooms with mattresses on the floor, mosquito nets, fans and shared toilet and washing facilities
    • Day 9 – Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 10: KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK DAY

Today we leave for Khao Yai National Park, this is the 3rd largest national park in Thailand. This rainforest is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. The journey (by minivan or train, depending on the group size) will take roughly 3-4 hours and once you arrive in Pak Chong (the gateway to the National Park). We will check you into your base for the next 2 nights.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer by minivan / coach or train to Pak Chong (depending on group size)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning , en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 11: TREKKING AND FOREST ENCOUNTERS

Khao Yai is absolutely stunning and one of Thailand’s most famous National Parks, but is often left off of travellers itineraries in their anticipation to just head to the beach. But you won’t miss out! Khao Yai boasts ancient and majestic towering forests, wild elephants and tigers, a colourful array of bird life and a number of different species of monkeys. This is a fantastic place to get a feeling of how much of Thailand really used to be. You will get to experience more beautiful waterfalls, one of which Leo Di Caprio jumped off (or pretended too!) for the making of The Beach.

You will spend the day exploring the National Park with a specialist guide, where you will hopefully get to see wildlife, like the herds of wild elephants. A bit of simple forest trekking is also on the menu for today. It’s superb fun, and again, don’t forget your camera and GoPro’s, but also don’t forget to just enjoy this day of splendour in this impressive natural landscape.

Inclusions

  • Khao Yai Adventure day and all park entry fees
  • Lunch during the Adventure Day
  • Services of specialist National Park guide
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 12:  R & R IN BANGKOK       

Today we start heading back to Bangkok (by train, minivan or coach depending on group numbers) arriving back in the buzzing city of Bangkok around mid-afternoon if traffic is not too hectic.

You will check back into the same accommodation as at the start of the trip and you can have the evening to enjoy some shopping, exploring or partying …or why not just do all three?

Inclusions:

  • Transfer to Bangkok (usually by train)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 13:  BANGKOK CYCLE TOUR

One of Bangkok´s most unforgettable experiences. Experience local life and Thai culture by bike. After winding our way through the back alleys and streets of Bangkok’s backpacker district we head across the river and through some of the oldest communities in the city.

Passing by ancient temples, fascinating communities that seem so far removed from the rest of the city and all the while following the course of the river and canals this really is a spectacular opportunity to see a side of the city that is so often missed by travellers.

The tour takes around 3 hours – but times can and do vary! – and in terms of distance is not very far (+/-10km). And with Bangkok being totally flat it’s perfect for anyone and everyone, whether you’re a regular rider or not!

Inclusions:

  • Behind the Scenes Bangkok Bike Tour
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 14: BANGKOK, IT IS ALL YOURS!

Today you have a free day to spend with your new friends. There are plenty of options to keep you busy with the rest of the group. Ask your guide for suggestions! As this is the perfect place to go shopping prior to hitting the islands be sure to spend some time at the MBK shopping mall! It’s an experience and a great place to hunt for bargains! If you are feeling a little bit tired from all the fun and travelling, maybe a traditional Thai massage is the perfect antidote.

  • You’ve got most of today to do your own thing and explore a bit more of this fantastic city – just ask your guide for inspiration and they’ll help you see what you’d like to see.
  • Lots of people enjoy a lazy day today – we’re pretty sure you’ll have hit the bars and clubs last night – but if you want to get out and about why not do one of the following:
  • Give your body a treat and have a 2 hour Thai massage – trust us, you won’t regret it. There are loads of massage shops all around the Guest House with prices starting at +/- 250/300THB
  • Jump in a taxi and see the ‘other side’ of Bangkok – if you like a bit of retail therapy or even just window shopping then have a look at Siam Paragon, Siam Centre and Central World. All huge fancy shopping malls, great for people watching and even better if you’re craving a bit of comfort food from home. A taxi from your Guest House to Siam will cost around 150THB depending on the traffic!
  •  If you’ve not had enough of boats and the river, then taking one of the boat ‘buses’ up the Chao Phraya is a brilliant way to spend a few hours. The ferry pier is only 10 mins amble from your Guest House and for the princely sum of between 15 and 19THB you can head all the way to Nonthaburi pier taking in all the sights and sounds of the city. Once you’re at Nonthaburi, have an explore and take a look at Bang Kwang Prison (the infamous Bangkok Hilton) and get lost in the local markets. Then simply hop back on a ferry back to where you started. Probably the cheapest day out possible in Bangkok!

All these trips and more can be arranged by your guide – just tell then what you’d like to do and they’ll help you get everything sorted. Just make sure you’re back at the accommodation by 6pm to meet back us with your group and begin the journey to the beach.

Whilst your guide from this part of the trip won’t be travelling to the islands with you, don’t worry, they will ensure that you know exactly what the plan and that you have all the contact numbers you need. They will then walk with you all to the check in for the transfer to Koh Tao and stay with you until you’re all safely aboard the overnight coach heading to the islands. Not long now until you see one of the most stunning islands in South East Asia!

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Late check out from the accommodation – meaning you can store your bags and freshen up before you head on the coach
• Overnight transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao (arriving the morning of Day 15)

This evening we travel to Koh Tao by luxury coach and fast boat, arriving on Koh Tao the next morning.

Please note the guide will not accompany you to Koh Tao, the group will be put on the bus and met at the other end by our rep in Koh Tao.

Day 15: ARRIVAL PARADISE ISLAND KOH TAO

On arrival, you will have a full introduction from our resident rep who will settle you into the island life and it will go like this:

    • You arrive by night bus and boat on Sunday morning where you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation where breakfast is served!
    • Once you are checked in, you have time to relax, jump in the pool at your resort and freshen up.
    • In the afternoon around 4, our Rep Miss Jai will meet you and the rest of the group at the bar and give you an intro to Koh Tao. She will show you around, tell you the essentials and show you where everything is, like ATMs, pharmacies, beaches and activity locations. She is on hand throughout the week if you need her too.
    • You will then go out for dinner (on us) with the rest of the group, expect a tasty Thai curry! The next day you will be taken by miss Jai to start your activity, depending on the option you have picked.
    • Your Koh Tao itinerary will be explained to you locally. Where and when you have to be will be put up on the Xtreme Gap notice board at the resort.

Day 16-21: BEACH WEEK

IMG_1904The Koh Tao Beach is there so you can enjoy some serious beach time. 6 full days to chill and party and chill and party. You will also have your Xtreme Adventure Day where we take you snorkelling and we visit Koh Nang Yuang by longtail boat, a stunning little island of the coast of Koh Tao.

TROPICAL ISLAND PARADISE…WOW!

Koh Tao has some of the best beaches in Thailand, it is also one of the most popular backpacker hubs in South East Asia, but not ruined like some of the other islands, there is a great community and vibe to the place you are going to love spending time here.

We have many Xtreme Gappers resident on the Island as we run lots of different trips there so there is lots going on. It is also a great place to learn to dive as well, so you can take advantage of getting your PADI Open water while you are there as well.

This part of the trip is all about being social and having fun, you can take long tail boat trips round the island, enjoy amazing Thai food and stay up all night in some of the best beach clubs and bars in Asia. After a few days of chill, you will want to pick up the pace again, so we finish the trip with the action week! The Koh Tao adventure day is the perfect end to the week.

FOOD & EATING OUT

Please note we include 1 breakfast and 2 meals on Koh Tao. There are plenty of restaurants serving delicious and healthy Thai food as little as one pound per meal and there is a restaurant the resort also.

We do not include food because it’s such a sociable atmosphere with so many great places to eat and explore you will want to go off and eat out with lots of new friends. Including food would really limit your options and detract from the whole experience. Bear in mind though we do include food for the first two weeks of this programme (Most other gap year companies ´s Thailand programmes do not) so you have already saved over £250 worth of spending money by booking with Xtreme.

You will receive a welcome breakfast, a lovely Thai meal on your first evening in Koh Tao and a BBQ after the Beach Clean up day though.

THE ADVENTURE DAY

The adventure day is just that an adventure, so sometimes we mix it up. But below is a summary of what you can expect.

Everyone meets at the Xtreme Gap Resort for a breakdown of the days activities.  Expect to be taken to a pretty amazing viewpoint on the neighbouring paradise island of Koh Nangyuan. Even the ride itself is a lot of fun, open air on a longtail boat with spectacular views of Sairee beach.

There will be plenty of time to explore the island, swim with tropical fish and chill on in this piece of perfection.

NIGHTLIFE & BEACH TIME & ACTIVITIES

Koh Tao Adventure (6)
Koh Tao is not only famous for its great diving and beautiful beaches, there is quite a party scene there too! Picture cool beach bars, fire shows, awesome night clubs like Fizz bar within easily stumbling distance to your accommodation. If you want to have some serious fun after the sun sets, you will not be disappointed.

This is a great way to finish up on your trip, after experiencing the culture its time to party. Speaking of which…

Beach Clean up day: Not on all departure dates.

Ecodave Xtreme GapWe do not control the dates, but if you are lucky you can join our beach clean up. At Xtreme Gap year we strongly believe in leaving a positive impact on the locations we visit. Mass tourism does take its toll on the environment. This is especially true on small tropical islands like Koh Tao. We strongly feel  it is everyone’s responsibility to make a contribution to maintaining, and improving the places that we visit. We have partnered with Koh Tao’s leading conservation organisations and every trip we run makes a financial contribution to Eco-conservation efforts.

So as part of our trips to Koh Tao trip, we co-host an eco-day. This is split into two parts. A lecture by leading conservationists, on marine conservation, and a hands-on beach clean-up so you can make a physical real difference during your trip. The aim is to provide you with information so you can make people aware of the issues. As well as physically helping out with marine conservation efforts.

It’s a fun day out, it’s a great way to see lots of out of the way beaches on Koh Tao, and feel good about yourself whilst making a positive difference on the island. In the evening we finish up with a barbecue, in one of Koh Tao’s hotspots by way of saying thanks for your efforts.

If you have completed your open water is part of this program, you can be involved in underwater clean-ups, if not its land-based conservation which is just as, or if not even more vital to marine conservation efforts. 80% of trash entering the waters comes from land-based sources.

End of your trip> Transfer Back to Bangkok

We do not include the transfer back in the price as there are a few options. Some of our travellers stay on the island or travel on in Thailand and Asia, some will take the boat and bus service back to Bangkok and some will prefer to go by plane from the next door island Koh Samui. read about the options in the frequently asked questions section below. Most will take the boat and bus option which our rep can arrange for you. Its super easy and will costs about 20 GBP.

Frequently Asked Questions

The trip ends in Koh Tao on Saturday, please note return transfer is not included in the price of the trip. This is because many people choose to travel onwards to other locations or stay in Koh Tao to do further programmes.

Returning back to Bangkok to meet your flight is very easy, transfers can be arranged on Koh Tao through rep and the cost is approximately £15. If you’re flying out straight after the trip ends, you have two options to meet your flight in Bangkok.

Our recommended option is to fly from Koh Samui directly to Bangkok airport, rep can organise your bus tickets to Samui airport, this will involve catching the boat late Saturday morning and arriving in Koh Samui at around three o’clock. Transfers are provided from the pier direct to the airport and are complimentary.

Please ensure that your flights are not booked any earlier than this and do allow for delays, so we would recommend not booking a flight back to Bangkok until the afternoon which also allows time to check in at the airport as well. Check Bangkok Airways the cheap flights booked ahead this should not cost you any more than £30 the flight time is approximately 40 min.

Option two would be to get the morning boat from Koh Tao back to Bangkok via bus and boat, the transfer time between six and eight hours typically you will get back into Bangkok about 10 o’clock in the evening. This would require an extra night stay in Bangkok, and if you are to pursue this option we do not recommend you do not organise your international flight until Sunday. Again the cost for this transfer is about £15.

Most of your transfers on this trip are in private vehicles (ie just for you and the group). Exactly what sort of vehicle depends on the group size.

Why is this important?

Whilst there is lots of public transport available in Thailand, much of it is very uncomfortable, there are very few regulations about safety (it’s not uncommon for drivers to be on the go for 18-24 hours plus) and also it’s almost impossible to guarantee to get a group of travellers together (with their bags) all in the same vehicle. On some routes you’re able to buy tickets in advance but on many other routes it’s a matter of hoping there is room on the bus or simply waiting for another.

Not the best way to spend your precious time.
By using private transfers we can:
• Guarantee the safety standards of the companies we use
• Ensure that drivers are assessed, do not drive too far in one go, are not drunk etc
• Ensure that all the group are in the same vehicle and that we’re not waiting ages for another bus to come
• Plan our trips to fit in what’s best for the traveller – rather than what’s best for a transport company!
What transport do we use?
For groups of 10 or less we use ‘luxury’ minivans. With comfortable seats, air-conditioning, good experienced drivers – and a decent sound system if you want to listen to some tunes – these are perfect. Of course they leave when we ask them to, we can stop en route where we want to and the whole travel experience is far better, far more comfortable and far safer than any ‘public’ minivan.

Additionally, as there’s no random stopping to drop people off / pick people up they are far quicker – even though we can ensure that speed limits are obeyed!
For long distances with larger groups we use private coaches. These have the same benefits as the private minivans along with, of course, more space. Depending on the size of the group we use either 30 or 40 seater coaches (we always make sure there’s enough room for baggage!) giving you great room to spread out a bit and relax.
The journey from Kanchanaburi to Surin in particular is a horrible one by public transport. As a group we would need to travel to either Ayutthya or Bangkok, then change to another bus or minivan (with all the waiting around that entails) and then head to Surin – not only adding a whole load of wasted time but also a whole load of elements that are then unplanned (what time with the minivan leave, will we all be able to get into the same minivan etc).
The journey from Surin to Pak Chong may, on occasion with smaller groups, use the train. Whilst the train is slower than a private minivan or coach, it can be fun and gives a very different travel experience to the group, provides different scenery and of course allows to you wander around.

All our guides are Thai, bi-lingual (Thai and English) and fully licensed and trained – as is required by Thai law. In fact it’s illegal to be a tour guide in Thailand if you’re not Thai and quite right too – after all Thai people know their own country better than anyone else, tend to speak much better Thai than anyone else (!) and also are simply the best people at making sure anyone in Thailand has a great time.

Thai’s are also some of, if not the world’s best problem solvers. Growing up in a country where the unexpected can and does tend to happen makes Thai people absolute experts at anything anyone can throw their way. And they still manage to sort out any issues with a smile on their face, not an easy thing!
After all, why come all the way to Thailand to be led around the country from someone from home? Thai’s do and will always know their own country best and understand everything about what’s going on as opposed to those from elsewhere who often think they understand, but don’t really!

Our guides know the locations you’re travelling to like the back of their hand. They know the coolest places (not necessarily the place that the guidebooks think are the coolest!), they know the places to avoid (not always easy to spot when you’re not from here) and they know how to have the most fun.

They’ve not just travelled here for a few months – they’ve lived here all their lives and you just can’t replace that sort of insider knowledge. They all work full-time with us and are constantly updating their knowledge from our network of guides (bars and clubs are always changing and why waste your time heading to a bar that is oh so last season?) and making sure they keep their fingers on the pulse of what’s going on.

Full-time guides are quite a rarity in Thailand – lots of companies prefer to use freelance guides to make sure they aren’t paying salaries in between tours – but we believe passionately in full-time employment for our team. This means that they can plan their lives and support families, they know that we will always look after them and, equally importantly, we can run on-going training and support programmes for our team. Simply put – full-time guides are way better at delivering tours than those who jump between different companies and different styles of travel.
We run on-going training for all of our guides to ensure their skills are top quality and they manage to combine huge amounts of laughs and fun with keeping everyone fit, healthy and safe. 

Accommodation & Meals

Vietnam accommodation

In Vietnam 21 nights’ accommodation is included. Most nights, are spent in guesthouses where you share with doubles or triples. You will also spend 1 night in basic, shared accommodation in a rural village homestayand 2 nights on overnight busses. Where you stay is all part of the adventure!

During this programme you will be located in 3 different locations to get to know about different parts of Vietnam. All transfers will be taken care of (arrival transfer is also included providing your arrive on set start dates).

Thailand Accommodation

Because you stay in various different locations throughout the trip accommodation does vary, however, expect to stay in comfortable and clean and secure accommodation. On the islands, you will stay in a luxury resort, with a swimming pool set in beautiful Thai Gardens just a short walk from the beach and bars and restaurants.

It’s the main resort Xtreme Gap uses in Thailand, Xtreme Gappers to hang out with and share adventures. Accommodation is shared on a twin share in a Fan Room. Upgrades to Aircon rooms are only possible on Koh Tao and only upon booking.

The accommodation in the resort in Koh Tao is the basic fan option at a great resort, perfect for your stay in paradise. A short stroll through a lovely street with little shops and some restaurants and just 5 min from the beach will get you to this perfectly located resort. A beautiful and laid back resort with a swimming pool, bar and restaurant set in tropical Thai gardens. The fan rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, have an en-suite and there is a maid service twice a week and a laundry service (approx. £1.50 per big bag load) located next door.

 

Meals

In Vietnam you get all breakfast included. You will have to pay for your own meals for the rest of the time but don’t worry, there are plenty of cheap and great places to eat in Vietnam. The food is delicious! For Thailand no meals are included, but during your days with the elephants and on your arrival in Koh Tao. Again meals are cheap, and delicious.

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

For Vietnam you will certainly need a Visa please arrange this in good time prior to travel. The cost is around £50. You can arrange a Visa at the Vietnamese Embassy.

If you are planning on travelling to Thailand for 30 days or less and you have British, Dutch or USA passport you can get a Visa exemption on arrival. This is valid for 28 days and cannot be extended in Thailand. If you are planning on being in Thailand longer than 30 days you will need to pre-arrange a Visa. You can prearrange a visa for 60 days which you can extend to 90 days in Thailand.

There are two ways of arranging your visa. When you are from the UK. You can either go in person to the Thai embassy in London, or you can post your passport along with the necessary documentation and fee to one of the Thai Consulates. In general this works the same for the other countries like The Netherlands and United States too, but please contact the nearest Thai Consulate for visa inquiries.

Please note that you are responsible for arranging your own visa. Xtreme Gap cannot be held responsible if you fail to travel with the correct visa. So please check with your local embassy personally. The previous information is meant as a guide, but visa rules change often and frequently. So do not take this as the current law.

Take £100 a week and you will be living very well. Remember that a lot is included on this trip. Breakfast in Vietnam and also included is all accommodation, most transfers, airport pick up and loads of activities and adventures along the way are already paid for.

The groups are not massive, so you can experience the culture to the max! Usually, there is an average of 6-15 fellow travel mates on the trip, but it can be more or less on the Vietnam part.
The Vietnam trip ends on a Saturday. The flight from Vietnam to Bangkok is not included in the trip. Most people add on an extra night in Ho Chi Minh and fly on the Sunday to Bangkok (BKK Airport). That way you have your airport collection included when you arrive in Bangkok. The extra night costs around £20 and usually people share and split the cost.
Duration Option Price  
6 (Week)Vietnam & ThailandGBP 1789Book Now

Included

Vietnam

  • Breakfasts and accommodation throughout programme
  • Airport transfer on arrival, to make it easy for you!
  • Fully guided
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Orientation by our rep
  • Vietnamese cooking lessons
  • Vietnamese language lessons
  • Jungle trekking or cultural immersion at local schools. Let us know at time of booking!
  • Access to buddy lists before you go

Thailand:

  • Airport pick up in Bangkok
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Meals during your days with the elephants, dinner out on arrival in Koh Tao
  • Breakfast during the first 2 weeks
  • Learn all about elephants
  • All accommodation through the tree weeks
  • All transfers (except transfer back to Bangkok)
  • Lots of fun stuff and amazing activities
  • Access to online buddy lists to chat to other members of the group

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Meals (included are breakfast in Vietnam and first 2 weeks in Thailand)
  • Extra spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Airport drop off (but its cheap and we help you!)

Dates

Start Dates 2018

Start Vietnam Sunday 07 October 2018 End Thailand Saturday 17 November 2018
Start Vietnam Sunday 11 November 2018 End Thailand Saturday 22 December 2018

Start Dates 2019

Start Vietnam Sunday 13 January 2019 End Thailand Saturday 23 February 2019
Start Vietnam Sunday 10 February 2019 End Thailand Saturday 23 March 2019
Start Vietnam Sunday 10 March 2019 End Thailand Saturday 20 April 2019
Start Vietnam Sunday 07 April 2019 End Thailand Saturday 18 May 2019
Start Vietnam Sunday 09 June 2019 End Thailand Saturday 20 July 2019
Start Vietnam Sunday 07 July 2019 End Thailand Saturday 17 August 2019
Start Vietnam Sunday 08 September 2019 End Thailand Saturday 19 October 2019
Start Vietnam Sunday 03 November 2019 End Thailand Saturday 14 December 2019

Thailand Escapade 14 days

You’ll see plenty of sights along the way including traditional Thai temples, a huge golden Buddha, street vendors, markets, beaches, waterfalls, elephants and every ingredient to make it a trip of a lifetime. The Thailand Escapade is an incredible adventure for amazing value!

THAILAND ESCAPADE

ESCAPE TO THAILAND

If you are looking for an exciting, daring and beautiful adventure, look no further. Take in all the splendour of Thailand with our decadently designed two-week Thailand Escapade. Our fun groups travel under excellent guidance from the energetic and buzzing city of Bangkok, right through to the phenomenally natural beauty in the North East of Thailand and to Khao Yai National Park. Join our groups on an dream like adventure through Thailand, where you will get to experience absolutely all the best of Thailand.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Join our action packed group travel start dates every month, perfect for solo travellers. Buddy list provided to meet your travel mates before you go!
  • Explore delightful Bangkok, see golden temples & Grand Palace!
  • Kayaking on the famous River Kwae.
  • Hanging out in the backpacker hot spot of Katchanaburi
  • Two days at the breathtaking Elephant Village getting upclose and personal with elephants.
  • Explore  night markets and amazing food markets, best food you will ever taste!
  • Visit and bath in the stunning Erawan waterfalls!
  • Trekking Adventure in idyllic Khao Yai National Park!
  • Cycle tour through Bangkok
  • All accommodation and transfers sorted, starting and ending in Bangkok
  • Fully guided Safe Fun Adventure!

PHOTOS

A LITTLE THAI TASTE OF WHAT TO EXPECT

Day 1: WARM WELCOME ON ARRIVAL

Arrival day the moment you have been waiting for! The start to an awesome life changing Thailand trip! First off, if you have not been travelling before… it will be ok. We make it a a hassle free arrival, the Xtreme Team will collect you from Suvarnabhumi Airport (the international airport in Bangkok) and take you to your super convenient Bangkok accommodation, which is a stone’s throw from the famous Khao San Road. The accommodation has a movie room, 2 pool tables, free WIFI and lots of Xtreme Gappers awaiting to join the adventure.

You will have the rest of the day/evening, depending on when you arrive, to relax after a long flight and meet the rest of your group. If you arrive in time we head out for a delicious Thai meal (local payment about £3-8) and explore the buzzing Bangkok area!

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 2: WELCOME ORIENTATION AND EXPLORE BANGKOK

We will take it easy and all meet up at around 10:00 am to start a “real exploration” of Bangkok. This will be lead by our group leader, who will be with you for the next 2 weeks.

Prepare to see incredible things as we include an awesome boat trip through the ancient water ways of Bangkok. Not only will you get to experience stunning traditional communities off the backpacker trail, but we will also take you to the majestic Wat Arun – The Temple of the Dawn, Wat Pho, which is home to the most important reclining Buddha in the whole of Thailand and Wat Phra Kaew –  The Grand Palace.

watt arun thailandExpect an authentic look into traditional Bangkok and lets you see some of the most beautiful temples Thailand has to offer. The tour will last about 4 hours.

In the afternoon we head back to our guesthouse, just in time to freshen up and chill out before your ‘Welcome Dinner’ in the evening. After dinner, we are off to the infamous and exciting Khao San Road, the backpacker area of Bangkok,  where you will get a taste of the Thai night life.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Welcome Dinner
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 3:  KANCHANABURI RIVER ADVENTURES!

After a relaxing morning, and hopefully a full recovery from a fun night out in Bangkok, we arrange a private minivan to gorgeous Kanchanaburi north of Bangkok, which usually takes about 3 hours, depending on the Bangkok traffic!

Kanchanaburi is where the Kwae Yai and Kwae Noi rivers meet and is as picturesque as Thailand can get, with a magnificent backdrop of forested mountains stretching all the way to the Burmese border.

It’s famous for the film location of the movie ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ where thousands of prisoners of wars and local Thai’s were forced to build the ‘Burmese Railway’ during WWII, it is a historic setting, but today it has transformed into a fun, chilled-out riverside town and your path to some great activities and experiences.

There´s lots to do here. Visiting museums and temples, swimming in pools by waterfalls, kayaking the rivers, and checking out temples

Once we have arrived, we check you into the hotel, freshen up and there is time to explore the area, see the sights and learn about the history – and of course enjoy a Singha beer or two while trying out some more traditional Thai food.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Private transfer to Kanchanaburi
• Overnight accommodation in twin / triple shared rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 4: BATHE IN STUNNING WATERFALLS

waterfallToday you’ll visit the exquisite waterfalls in the Erawan National Park. These waterfalls are considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, the waterfalls are truly made of absolute wonder! You will get to explore the several levels of these magnificent falls, each filtering into the different pools below, which you can swim in. How high you go, is of course up to you. The highlight here is a natural water slide that shoots you several metres down smooth stone into the emerald coloured water, so remember to have your GoPro’s and cameras charged! You are most definitely going to need them.

After your morning of photo shoots and an insane amount of fun and relaxation, you will head back to the hotel for the afternoon where you will have the chance to head into town and explore. Our guides are super knowledgeable of the area, so be sure to ask where all the best spots to eat, chill or party are.

Inclusions
• Breakfast
• Erawan Waterfall day
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 5: KAYAKING ON THE RIVER KWAE AND EXPLORING THE LOCAL AREA

The river Kwae is a real paradise for Kayaking! After breakfast at our Guest House, we will take you out for a fun-filled day of adventure, where you will get to go kayaking on the river Kwae and also explore some of the highlights of the local area. You might even see some monkeys on the way! Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a professional for this, in fact, no prior experience is needed, the river is pretty easy to navigate, you will get to see and experience the surroundings from a completely unique perspective.

Don’t forget sun cream, you will get a tan when you’re out and about today! After your epic day of kayaking and exploring the local area, we will head back to the Guesthouse to freshen up and get ready for dinner, a chilled evening at the cool laid back bars and enjoy a few cold ones as we watch the river go by.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Kayak trip on the river Kwae
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 6: EXPLORE THE HEART OF THAILAND

Today we take you into the ‘heart’ of Thailand, the North East, known in Thailand as Isaan (Surin). If you ever wondered why Thailand is known as the ‘Land of Smiles’ wonder no more, you are now surrounded by one of the friendliest groups of people on the face of our planet. Surin is by far, one of the more ‘off the beaten track’ areas of Thailand and by the time you arrive you will have experienced the overwhelming and humbling friendliness from the local villagers.

The area is renowned for the best rice and you will be an absolute expert by the time you leave. They are also well known for its mixture of Thai, Khmer and Gwi people, it’s insanely awesome food (loads of chilli) and it’s elephants, who have played a major role in the communities here for centuries.

Once again, we have arranged a private vehicles and while the journey is around 8-9 hours, we will stop for lunch and we make the odd stop to stretch your legs. Tip: take some music with you, as nothing is better than to listen to good music, gaze out of the window and see the palm trees and rice paddies.

When you arrive, we check into your hotel for tonight, a fantastic place in Surin town, where you can freshen up before we take you out to the night market to find the best places to eat. The food in Surin town is so delicious, so don’t be afraid to get out there and explore, our recommendation, foodie lovers, is the night market – Best chow in town.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Private transfer from Kanchanaburi to Surin
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Days 7-9:  ELEPHANTS & CULTURE!

thailand elephantLooking after Elephants is on the cards for the next three days. After a bite to eat in the morning, we will leave Surin Town and make our way to a rural ‘elephant village’ about 50km’s away. The main highlight of this trip and also a really unique opportunity is not only to spend time with elephants, but also to live in a small rural Thai community, which is something which is fast becoming more and more difficult to experience. This is what backpacking and adventure is all about. Living like the locals and truly immersing yourself in the culture of the people and the land.

Our project has been vetted to ensure it is ethically run. There is absolutely NO elephant riding by our guests.

During these three days, you will get to:

  • During these three days, you will get to:
    • Walk with the elephants to the local river and help the mahouts bathe them
    • Help the mahouts clean the elephant areas
    • Harvest / plant crops (depending on the season) for the elephants
    • Kayak on the local river
    • Learn how to make simple but great Thai food

     

    In the elephant village, you will get the awesome opportunity of living in a homestay, with the village headman and the members of his family, this is an Absolute honour and is something that you will truly take back with you. And…you will be sleeping just a few metres away from elephants.

    Note: On day 7 we’ll have lunch and dinner in the elephant village, on day 8 we’ll have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the village and on day 9, breakfast and lunch. All a great opportunity to cook alongside the local team and learn a few new foodie tricks – great to take home and show off to friends and family.

    Day 9 In the afternoon we will have to say goodbye to the elephants and new friends and head back to Surin town, staying overnight at the same hotel as on Day 6.

    Inclusions

    • Transfer to and from the elephant village
    • Elephant activities listed
    • Day 7- breakfast at the hotel in Surin, lunch, and dinner and the elephant village
    • Day 8-  breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 9- breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 7 and 8- basic accommodation in the elephant village, shared dorm style rooms with mattresses on the floor, mosquito nets, fans and shared toilet and washing facilities
    • Day 9 – Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 10: KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK DAY

Today we leave for Khao Yai National Park, this is the 3rd largest national park in Thailand. This rainforest is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. The journey (by minivan or train, depending on the group size) will take roughly 3-4 hours and once you arrive in Pak Chong (the gateway to the National Park). We will check you into your base for the next 2 nights.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer by minivan / coach or train to Pak Chong (depending on group size)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning , en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 11: TREKKING AND FOREST ENCOUNTERS

Khao Yai is absolutely stunning and one of Thailand’s most famous National Parks, but is often left off of travellers itineraries in their anticipation to just head to the beach. But you won’t miss out! Khao Yai boasts ancient and majestic towering forests, wild elephants and tigers, a colourful array of bird life and a number of different species of monkeys. This is a fantastic place to get a feeling of how much of Thailand really used to be. You will get to experience more beautiful waterfalls, one of which Leo Di Caprio jumped off (or pretended too!) for the making of The Beach.

You will spend the day exploring the National Park with a specialist guide, where you will hopefully get to see wildlife, like the herds of wild elephants. A bit of simple forest trekking is also on the menu for today. It’s superb fun, and again, don’t forget your camera and GoPro’s, but also don’t forget to just enjoy this day of splendour in this impressive natural landscape.

Inclusions

  • Khao Yai Adventure day and all park entry fees
  • Lunch during the Adventure Day
  • Services of specialist National Park guide
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 12:  R & R IN BANGKOK       

Today we start heading back to Bangkok (by train, minivan or coach depending on group numbers) arriving back in the buzzing city of Bangkok around mid-afternoon if traffic is not too hectic.

You will check back into the same accommodation as at the start of the trip and you can have the evening to enjoy some shopping, exploring or partying …or why not just do all three?

Inclusions:

  • Transfer to Bangkok (usually by train)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 13:  BANGKOK CYCLE TOUR

One of Bangkok´s most unforgettable experiences. Experience local life and Thai culture by bike. After winding our way through the back alleys and streets of Bangkok’s backpacker district we head across the river and through some of the oldest communities in the city.

Passing by ancient temples, fascinating communities that seem so far removed from the rest of the city and all the while following the course of the river and canals this really is a spectacular opportunity to see a side of the city that is so often missed by travellers.

The tour takes around 3 hours – but times can and do vary! – and in terms of distance is not very far (+/-10km). And with Bangkok being totally flat it’s perfect for anyone and everyone, whether you’re a regular rider or not!

Inclusions:

  • Behind the Scenes Bangkok Bike Tour
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

This is the perfect place to go shopping prior to hitting the islands be sure to spend some time at the MBK shopping mall! It’s an experience and a great place to hunt for bargains! If you are feeling a little bit tired from all the fun and travelling, maybe a traditional Thai massage is the perfect antidote.

  • You’ve got most of today to do your own thing and explore a bit more of this fantastic city – just ask your guide for inspiration and they’ll help you see what you’d like to see.
  • Lots of people enjoy a lazy day today – we’re pretty sure you’ll have hit the bars and clubs last night – but if you want to get out and about why not do one of the following:
  • A ‘behind the scenes’ bike tour exploring the backstreets and riverside communities of Bangkok – a great half day trip costing from 1,150THB
  • Give your body a treat and have a 2 hour Thai massage – trust us, you won’t regret it. There are loads of massage shops all around the Guest House with prices starting at +/- 250/300THB
  • Jump in a taxi and see the ‘other side’ of Bangkok – if you like a bit of retail therapy or even just window shopping then have a look at Siam Paragon, Siam Centre and Central World. All huge fancy shopping malls, great for people watching and even better if you’re craving a bit of comfort food from home. A taxi from your Guest House to Siam will cost around 150THB depending on the traffic!
  •  If you’ve not had enough of boats and the river, then taking one of the boat ‘buses’ up the Chao Phraya is a brilliant way to spend a few hours. The ferry pier is only 10 mins amble from your Guest House and for the princely sum of between 15 and 19THB you can head all the way to Nonthaburi pier taking in all the sights and sounds of the city. Once you’re at Nonthaburi, have an explore and take a look at Bang Kwang Prison (the infamous Bangkok Hilton) and get lost in the local markets. Then simply hop back on a ferry back to where you started. Probably the cheapest day out possible in Bangkok!

All these trips and more can be arranged by your guide – just tell then what you’d like to do and they’ll help you get everything sorted. Just make sure you’re back at the accommodation by 6pm to meet back us with your group and begin the journey to the beach.

Whilst your guide from this part of the trip won’t be travelling to the islands with you, don’t worry, they will ensure that you know exactly what the plan and that you have all the contact numbers you need. They will then walk with you all to the check in for the transfer to Koh Tao and stay with you until you’re all safely aboard the overnight coach heading to the islands. Not long now until you see one of the most stunning islands in South East Asia!

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Late check out (11 PM) from the accommodation, you can store your bags if you have a late flight out.

On the final day, we have a late check out and the trip ends. Return airport drop off is not included but a taxi will only cost £20.  You can do more if you wish, check out the Thailand Experience to head further south for much-needed beach time!

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

We offer airport pick up’s between 06:00 and 22:00 on arrival day and would encourage you to try to arrive at the airport by mid-afternoon so that you have time to freshen up, relax and then enjoy your first night in this amazing city.
It takes about 45-90 min to get through customs, depending on how busy it is, if your flight is scheduled to arrived at 21:45, dont worry, there will still be someone waiting for you. Same applies if your flight arrives at 5am, just hangout at Exit 1 and your guide will be there at 6am.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer transfers if you are flying into DMK (Don Meaung Airport 

If you are arriving outside these times (between 6am and 10pm) or are already in Thailand, then of course you are more than welcome to ‘make your own way’ to your first night’s accommodation in Bangkok, which is the group meeting point. Taxis are reasonably priced and easy to get from Bangkok International Airport
On day 2 we take you to Grand palace, please note that the entry fee to the Grand Palace is not included – currently 500THB per person)
We have a private minivans or coaches for the majority of the trip. Super comfortable and much faster than taking public transport.

No, most of our travellers are solo travellers. You will meet lots of people on the different weeks. With group start dates and lots of group activities, you will make new friends really easy.

If you are planning on travelling to Thailand for 30 days or less and you have British, Dutch or USA passport you can get a Visa exemption on arrival. This is valid for 30days and cannot be extended in Thailand. If you are planning on being in Thailand longer than 30 days you will need to pre-arrange a Visa. You can prearrange a visa for 60 days which you can extend to 90 days in Thailand.

There are two ways of arranging your visa. When you are from the UK. You can either go in person to the Thai embassy in London, or you can post your passport along with the necessary documentation and fee to one of the Thai Consulates. In general this works the same for the other countries like The Netherlands and United States too, but please contact the nearest Thai Consulate for visa inquiries.

This is a hard question as age range does vary. On the groups that join the intro and culture weeks the average age is between 18 and 22. On Koh Tao with the Koh Tao Adventure (which are the last 2 weeks of this programme) the average age tends to be in the twenties.

Is this trip suitable for you? The average age on this trip is between 18 and 22. Although it is open to all. The makeup of the groups is usually 75% female to 25% male, just going to show, girls really are braver than boys! So come on lads, what are you waiting for? Prove us wrong!

The final week finishes on the Saturday morning, so you can arrange your transfer back to Bangkok with Miss Jai via boat and Bus (12 hours) or book a flight from Koh Samui to Bangkok (2 hour boat and 45 minute flight). This is the preferred option for most of our travellers as this gets you straight in to the international airport for a smooth flight connection back home.

Remember lots of details are in pre-departure pack you receive after booking. You will also be hooked up with your buddy lists then.

PRICE

Duration Option Price  
14 (Days)GBP 899Book Now

INCLUDED

  • Personal meet & greet at the airport
  • Transfers to your hotel in Bangkok
  • Meet your other adventurers: Access to online buddy lists before you leave!
  • Unforgettable Bangkok city tour
  • Wat Arun, Wat Pho & Reclining Buddha
  • 13 nights total accommodation in high standard guesthouses and homestays
  • Breakfast
  • A 2 day elephant experience with food  included
  • River rafting experience
  •  2 days of trekking in a stunning national park
  • Night markets & Nights Out
  • Cookery class
  • 24 hour emergency support
  •  Maximum group size 26

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Most meals
  • Drinks
  • Travel Insurance

Dates

Start Dates 2018

15 July 2018
05 August 2018
02 September 2018
30 September 2018
28 October 2018
02 December 2018

Start Dates 2019

06 January 2019
03 February 2019
03 March 2019
31 March 2019
28 April 2019
02 June 2019
30 June 2019
28 July 2019
25 August 2019
29 September 2019
27 October 2019
24 November 2019

Australia Work & Travel East Coast

Work and travel along the East Coast of Australia! Travel and fun in the sun, exploring, sailing, cruising, off roading, amazing accommodation, fun transport, surf lessons and help to get ready to find a job in Australia… You name it. It is included! If you wish to find your luck In Australia for a while and travel and work in Australia, this is the trip for you. With lots of inclusions to make it super easy for you to have the best time ever!

 

This is your dream chance to work & travel along the social backpacker route: The East Coast of Australia and find a job in the process.

 This road trip along the east Coast of Australia runs from Sydney to Cairns and gives you lots of opportunities to find work. Plus, we include lots of amazing activities along the coast. With in no time you can be Surfing in Byron bay, Cruising on Fraser Island and Sailing the Whitsundays.

  Everything is arranged for you: arrival, transport, and awesome activities with new mates! It is flexible too, so you can spend up to 6 months completing it.

Australia Work & Travel East Coast

HOW THIS WORKS:

Hands down the most excitement you can cram into any Australia trip, plus work all along the East Coast! You will love it because you do everything, without worrying about running out of money on your travels, because all of the essential East Coast activities and experiences are included.

Highlights

  • Sydney work and travel assistance and help every step of the way with not one but 2 job placement services.
  • An action packed 3 days in Sydney with fun social activities.
  • New friends and new adventures in one of the coolest cities in the world.
  • Sail the stunning Whitsunday islands!
  • Go off roading on frazer island
  • Discover the amazing nightlife Sydney
  • After the first week we will help find you the perfect backpacking job so that you can earn big bucks in Australia. With minimum wage being about £9.75  in our many of our jobs from our job placement service come in at £15- £21 per hour*
  • Getting up to £1500 tax back on your return from Australia**

*Rate varies due to exchange-rate fluctuations and you are paid in Australian dollars.

**You will also qualify to get tax back at the end of the year meaning you can actually come home with cash in your bank account providing you have paid that in earnings!

 


Starting out with a superb arrival package Sydney where we set you up to be able to work in Australia, you travel the East coast. It is flexible so you can set your own pace allowing you to find a job in Australia.  It is a great laugh meeting loads of people on your travels and sharing insanely awesome adventures all along the East coast of Australia. We will take you from Sydney to Cairns. This really is the trip of a lifetime and one that we think is a life changer. You might leave home a nervous, first-time traveller, but you´ll return a daring adventurer with more friends than you could have imagined, and new stuff for on your CV!

As there are lots of activities included, a surf and stay in Byron Bay, a trip to Fraser island, where you go camping with a group on a stunning sand island and get a chance to drive the jeep too! Sailing on the great barrier reef and a few nights in Cairns, they are all with other travellers. Enough people to meet I would say!
Here are just some of the main highlights:

Earn as you travel! Work Section

On Arrival

Our Sydney 3 night work & travel arrival pack includes detailed predeparture support with arrival transfer details sent to you prior to your arrival and the following we have arranged for you on arrival.

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • 3nts dorm accommodation at or hostel in Sydney
  • Breakfast daily at the communal kitchen area in the hostel
  • Wi-fi
  • SIM Pack

On Monday (excludes public holidays and closed from Dec 23 to Jan 3) we arrange an orientation session for you. During this session we tell you all about what you can expect from the job service we include.

  • 12 Months membership with job search, our recruitment company specialising in jobs suitable to work & holiday makers only.
  • One-on-one Interview with JobSearch staff to conduct an assessment of qualification, experience as well as expectations in regards to employment
  • Resume building
  • Advice on permits, licences required for specific jobs (discounted RSA courses available)
  • Assistance with TFN ( tax file application)
  • Assistance with Medicare application (where applicable)
  • Assistance with Bank account application
  • Assistance with Tax Return and Superannuation
  • Access to JobSearch portal for 12 months
  • Assistance of Job Search staff in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane , Cairns and Auckland

JOBS IN AUSTRALIA & SUPPORT FINDING WORK

TAKING THE STRESS OUT OF FINDING A PAID JOB IN AUSTRALIA!

RSA1After an amazing arrival in Sydney we will help you get a job.  Great so you have made loads of mates and now you’re going to make loads of dough!

You can arrange appointments with our job finding service online. We are constantly recruiting for work and travel positions all over Australia. So when you are ready to commit to finding work abroad in Australia It is really easy for you.

There are thousands of amazing jobs on offer for backpackers in Australia. You are pretty much only limited by your imagination, you can find work in the cities, in surfer towns, the mountains or outback. It really takes the pressure off knowing that there is a team dedicated to help you apply and setup job interviews.

Even though you may not be looking to find paid work in Australia for the entire year, the job support service lasts an 12 months. That’s great because you never know way Australia adventure will take you.  A large percentage of people on a working holiday Visa, do extend to a second year.

One of the great things about this program is that the Australia job support service is totally flexible around you.  That means you can go after the jobs that inspire you, after all your Australia trip is more about fun but working. That worklife balance is completely in your control. With plenty of access to loads of Australian jobs, it can really make your trip amazing. Work for a couple of weeks in one location, and then move onto another having more money saved up then you started with!

How much can I expect to earn?

Wages vary depending on where you are and what you are doing obviously.  On average people earn up to £15 per hour.  Now this is a huge improvement on the UK minimum wage, but the Australian dollar is strong and wages are good.  Also the economy is very strong at this point in Australia.

Will you help me out with tax?

We will sort out your tax file number, and your employers will be dealing with your tax as you earn.  It works on a very similar systems the UK.  Whilst tax is a necessary evil, it’s nice to know you can claim much of it back when you leave Australia, with some refunds being up to $3000 on average!  That’s a great way to head home knowingly have plenty of money still in your bank account.

When should I book and when can I start looking for jobs?

Almost immediately. Although the best jobs get taken very quickly, so it’s better to sign up sooner rather than later before heading to Australia.  We do have limited availability on this program, so make sure you book early.  We will need a least two weeks to get everything together and usually the working holiday Visa comes through in two days. On average people book six months ahead because it gives them peace of mind that their places secured on this unrivalled job finding service.

Where can I go in Australia?

Anywhere you want!  Although after your first week in Sydney you may want to hang around for a bit as it is an amazing city you don’t have to do.  Are so many places to visit in Australia, and loads of jobs all over the place.  Where takes your fancy you can head there knowing that you have the full backup and support of our jobs team to help find you a job at a moments notice.

How long do I have to stay in Australia?

The working holiday Visa is valid for one year from the point of entry.  You do not have to stay for one year however.  In fact there is no minimum amount of time.  There are some restrictions, you are not allowed to work for one employer for more than three months.  If you want to stay for two years you can do that but you need to do agricultural work for a minimum of three months.

WHAT YOU GET WITH THE JOB SUPPORT PROGRAMME:

  • An entire year’s access to an exclusive online jobs database and job finding service.
  • A CV review service.  You will be amazed how a few changes can mean more job offers.  Our team are experts in reviewing Australia work travel Cvs
  • The best advice about living working in travelling around Australia from expert mentors.
  • Help with your own Australian bank account set up online for you to enable you to manage your finances easily.
  • We will set you up with an Australian telephone (mobile) number.  You will pick up your Sim card in Sydney but your mobile phone number will be e-mailed to you before you leave.  That means before you even enter Australia you can get contacted by employers offering interviews!
  • A Tax File Number – To receive an income in Australia you need to have a Tax File Number And without it you would get taxed heavily. The moment you arrive we will sort this out for you.
  • Help getting your refund tax back.  On average we get people nearly $3000 ( Australian) or £1500 of tax back prior to coming home. Now that’s enough to kill those travel blues.
  • Medicare Arranged.  This means you could get health cover on an Australian national health service equivalent.  This is a reciprocal agreement between the UK and Australian authorities but it needs to be set up on arrival.
  • We will give you all the help and advice you need about finding long-term accommodation the duration of your stay.
  • We also arrange discounts which can save you loads of money on hostels, tours and travel products all over Australia.
  • If you are looking to work in hospitality: we will set you up with an inclusive bar skills course for a small additional fee.
  • The Australia job finding service is pretty amazing.  It helps sort you out on arrival, and covers pretty much everything you need.  It genuinely can help you get a job in Australia from the very start.  Please note it is just a job finding service, your employment contract is between you and your end employers.  We are not responsible for what happens during your employment.

The Travel Section

Fully Guided Travel Oz Experience Pass Included (Bruce Pass)

Transport On The Greyhound Australia

Bruce passGetting around after the intro in Sydney is a breeze as we include a flexible bus pass to take you from Sydney to Cairns and everywhere in between. Its a great way to travel safely with other travellers.

The distance is pretty big,  it is 3150 kilometres from Sydney to Cairns! Thats alot of adventure on the open road!

With our Hop On Hop Off passes, you can get on and off as many times as you like, as long as you continue to travel in one direction. Each pass is valid for 6 months once travel commences, so you have loads of time to experience the beauty of Australia!

So you can go to places like:

Byron Bay

Then it is onto the cool town of Byron Bay where you have a surf and Stay included in this cool surf town. Its easy to book extra nights here, or in any other location locally.

 

The Whitsunday islands make up part of a stunning Marine Park, home to the world famous Whitehaven beach, probably the most beautiful beach in the entire world. Gorgeous white sands bordering Great Barrier Reef with lush tropical jungles make this one of the highlights of the trip.
Frazer island is one big adventure playground. It is the world’s largest sand bar island stretching over 100 miles, and is the only place in the world where a rainforest grows directly out of the sand. It’s a big place so you need wheels to get around. You will join a self-drive group and you will be equipped with a 4×4, like a land cruiser or Land Rover and then you’re off to go camping on the island for a couple of days. There is so much to see and do here, plenty of fresh water lakes to cool off in, with lots of interesting wildlife all around you including plenty of dingoes (Australian wild dogs).

As Frazer island is quintessentially one big beach is the ultimate place to get a suntanned there are plenty of places you want to check out along the way like the Moreno shipwreck, big sand dunes and Lake McKenzie.

Your trip ends in Cairns!

 

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The Details for Work & Travel in Australia

What you’re in for!

  • Don’t worry about going alone, you might be a little anxious about going the other side of the world, will you meet people? You can relax… Everything is taken care of for you an easy landing a warm welcome into Australia.
  • You can set your own pace, fully flexible trip so you can keep to your own itinerary, include work & travel
  • Great value and you really do a lot, as activities are prepaid so no worries about running out of money.
  • You do not have to take on the massive task of navigating all the way up the coast, Australia is huge but we take care of all of your transport from Sydney to Cairns
  • All the help on arrival in Sydney to earn som money along the east Coast of Australia (tax file number, bank account number, sim card, job board, you name it!)
  • You will probably never experienced this much adventure in one trip again, with lots of once-in-a-lifetime activities included you will have plenty to write home about.
  • You really will get to experience the incredible locations including Byron Bay, the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, Whitsundays, the East Coast best beaches, the Daintree rainforest, and vibrant cities like Sydney, Brisbane, and Cairns.
  • All your questions answered before you travel and en route. You will be taken care of all the way, with driver guides at your disposal and seriously detailed predeparture information.
  • You can sleep easy too, some of your accommodation is included additional nights are easy to book extra en route.

Cairns is a nice town, where you can expect to find a lot of adrenaline activities. If you like you can add on out Cairns Adrenaline overload. Five nights in Cairns. Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest with three adrenaline kicking activities included! A great final five days of adventure to finish off your trip, the Adrenaline Overload will provide you with some of your most memorable highs of your Aussie Adventure. It is also open dated so you can just turn up when your travels come to an end.

Itinerary (Flexible)

Arrival Day Sunday

Arrival in Sydney and the start of your adventure of a lifetime.As you come in to land at Sydney Airport you can gaze in awe as you see the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House for the first time. Your excitement levels will go through the roof as you think about the possibilities and excitement that await you in this vibrant city!

To help you get over the dreaded jet lag we have organized a fantastic three-night arrival pack, where we set you up to get ready to find work and it will help you to get settled in straight away at one of the coolest hostels in Sydney, right in the heart of the backpacker district, think comfy beds, wild nights out with new friends and all the essentials you need, such as internet access and daily breakfast . You don´t need to worry about a thing!

Day Two (Monday) Job Support

On Monday we include the introduction session, during which we go over the job support.

  • Bank account & Tax setup
  • Job and resume assistance
  • Access to Nomads Job Board for 12 months
  • Licence requirements, permits and courses advice
  • Assistance with interview preparation
  • 3 months Nomads job desk assistance

Day Three (Tuesday)

What else? Stroll around the many colourful markets, people-watch on famous Bondi Beach and visit the gorgeous little islands scattered around Port Jackson.

Day Four (Wednesday)

By now jetlag should be a distant memory, but after three action-packed days and nights in Sydney you´ll probably be glad to have a break from the big city lights and lie on a gorgeous beach instead. Well, you can. Its up to you now. When to jump on that bus leaving Sydney. Or will you hang out in Sydney for a while, or will you want to seek work and adventure elsewhere along the stunning east coast

Flexibility!

The hop on-hop off style bus can be booked a few days in advance for each of the following sectors.

Sydney to Byron Bay

Sydney

Sydney is the best, especially after you spend a couple of days here and get to know your way. There are some amazing restaurants, beaches, clubs. But watch your Australian Dollars. Your money will go quick here. So unless you find a nice job, it might be an idea to get on that bus and start exploring!

Byron Bay to Rainbow Beach Sector

Byron Bay

This section of the trip begins with some time spent in Byron Bay, chilling out and soaking up the bohemian lifestyle. However, if that sounds a little too sedate for you then you can take book in a  skydive at the travel desk of any hostel, it might only take a few minutes to get from 11,000 feet to the ground but the adrenaline rush will last so much longer! One night in Byron Bay is included at this point you will pick up all of your vouchers for the remaining activities awaiting you up the East coast.

Nimbin (optional not included)

The day trip to Nimbin is the perfect antidote to too much excitement (is that even possible?!). After being picked up from your accommodation, the Grasshoppers bus will take you through the stunning scenery of Byron Bay to the famous town of Nimbin, Australia´s ´alternative lifestyle´ capital. You´ll have around an hour to experience the hippie atmosphere and sample some special cakes before heading off to the explore rainforests and waterfalls, enjoy a pint in an historic Aussie pub and tuck into some food from the barbie.

It´s quite possible that you´ll get to see Koalas and Kookaburras during the trip, and that´s before the beer! Surfers Paradise The next part of the bus trip takes you from Byron Bay north to Surfers Paradise aptly named due to the 3km golden sand beach, right on the Pacific Ocean. There is something for everyone here, so if you need another shot of adrenaline there is bungy jumping and jet boating, if you´re the sporty type you can enjoy the surfing and beach volleyball, whilst those in need of some relaxation can chill out on the beach or in the cafes and parks of the Northside or West Quay districts.

Brisbane

The next stop for the bus is the city of Brisbane, capital of the ´Sunshine State´ of Queensland (but where isn’t sunny in Oz?). So, what can you expect here? A vibrant nightlife with the abundance of bars and clubs, a bit of culture at the City Hall and Parliament House and the chance to get up close with some of Australia´s most well known natives at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. There is so much indoor and outdoor stuff to do here that you´ll never be bored and being the biggest city in Queensland it can be a good place to stop off for some work.

Noosa

On the way from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach there is a stop off at the town of Noosa, to drop off old friends and pick up new ones. There is also a chance to have a wander around Wildhorse Mountain National Park, which provides some great photo opportunities of the gorgeous Sunshine Coast area yet something else to make those friends at home envious about!

Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island

Rainbow beach is a must-stop place to pick up the Fraser Island 4 x 4 tour. This unique site, the largest sand island in the world, will blow your mind with its beauty  pristine white sand beaches, freshwater lakes and the world´s only sand-dwelling rainforest. This is definitely one you can tick off the ´100 places to visit before you die´ list. Not only does the trip include two nights´ accommodation at Hervey Bay Backpackers, but also two nights camping under the stars, a chance to drive across the endless sands and the opportunity to meet some dingoes (human or canine depends on who is in your group!) Back at Rainbow Beach you can indulge in some more close encounters of the animal kind (we´re talking marine life here) with the opportunity to feed the dolphins. Plus you can meet some new trip recruits at the Hervey Bay hostel stop.

Rainbow Beach to 1770 Sector

After pick-ups and drop-offs at Hervey Bay the bus continues on to the towns of Childers and Bundaberg, which are the ideal place to stop off and replenish your dosh by doing some fruit picking. It´s pretty hard work but well worth it to make sure you’ve got enough funds for extra activities and partying. However, don´t go too mad on the Bundaberg Rum, or Bundy as it´s known, otherwise that fruit picking will be twice as hard! The next opportunity for stopping off and chilling out for a few days is the gorgeous little seaside village of 1770. If you want to spend a bit of time relaxing on golden sands and dipping your toes in the crystal clear turquoise water of the Coral Sea, then this is the place for you. There is still a ton of fun activities coming up on the trip so make sure you recharge your batteries so you can make the most of it! 1770 to Airlie Beach Sector

Airlie Beach a highlight of the trip  the Whitsundays cruise.

The three night package here includes two nights at the cool Nomads hostel and one night/two days sailing, giving you the chance to experience these unbelievable islands beaches, rainforest, unusual marine life and a party-to-remember. This will take you to Whitehaven beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!

Airlie Beach to Cairns Sector

Townsville

The beach theme continues in Townsville, where you´ll be staying at one of the best hostels (own expense), right on the gorgeous sand, or on stunning Magnetic Island just off the coast. This is the sunniest spot on the Queensland coast, so you can make the most of the outdoor activities swimming, snorkelling, hiking, koala spotting or just chilling out with your mates. There is plenty going on at the hostel and when it comes to night-time entertainment look out for the full moon parties definitely something to remember (or not!).

Mission Beach

White sand beaches, lush rainforest and activities galore await you at the paradise hideaway of Mission Beach. A few days here can be as sedate or adrenaline filled as you choose and if you didn’t take a skydive in Byron Bay, now´s your chance! You won´t get a better view of the area and long after you touch down on the ground your euphoria levels will still be sky high. Mission Beach is also home to the impressive Cassowary, a huge flightless bird with very big claws, a sharp beak and bad-ass attitude you might not want to get too close, but they are certainly a sight to see.

Cairns Adrenaline Overload

You wouldn´t be in Oz if the last part of your ultimate adventure didn´t finish with a bang and that´s exactly what you get with the five night Adrenaline Overload tour! You´ll start by checking in to your accommodation at the Cairns hostel and getting to know your dorm mates in the bar before finding out from your guide exactly what you´ll be up to over the next few days.

Jungle Tour

You could settle in with a relaxing tour of the Daintree Rainforest, river cruise and visit to Mossman Gorge. The rainforest is unique in that it grows right down to the water´s edge and is one of the most complex ecosystems on earth, containing an abundance of Australian plant and wildlife, including the Idiot Fruit (honestly, we´re not kidding!). Ok, biology lesson over.

Tully River

If you´ve been a bit shy getting to know your dorm mates then getting thrown around in an inflatable raft whilst being pounded with foamy water is the perfect way to break the ice! Your Tully River trip is a full day that includes hostel pick-up/drop off, BBQ lunch, highly experienced guides and up to 5 hours rafting, not to mention other activities such as rock jumping, rapid swimming, and raft surfing. You won´t go home dry but you will be on a high!

Great Barrier Reef

You can´t visit Oz and not visit the world famous Great Barrier Reef, and as trips go the Passions of Paradise tour is the best on offer. Dates are flexible and there are daily sailings, so you can fit this in when you choose. You may have seen images of this amazing natural attraction in books or on TV, but nothing can prepare you for seeing it in real life exotic marine life, colourful coral gardens, and stunning views all around will take your breath away almost as much as the skydiving! If snorkeling isn´t enough for you, you could always use some of your hard earned cash (or the bank of mum and Dad!) to take a diving trip.

Finally

The minimum amount of time you need to complete this trip is 5 weeks, but if you want to find some work along the coast allow yourself 8 weeks or longer.

One thing to remember is that drives are very long, Australia is enormous and the bus might not go every day, so double check the schedules and be prepared to supplement some of the Oz experience sectors with greyhounds if you are in a rush.

However you decide to do it this really is the trip of a lifetime and one that we think is a life changer you might leave home a nervous, first-time traveler, but you´ll return a daring adventurer with more friends than you could have imagined!

Accommodation

There is 14 Nights Accommodation included in the price of this trip.

  • 3 nights in Sydney in an awesome hostel in central Sydney
  • 1 night dorm accommodation at the surf and stay
  • 3 nights dorm accommodation at Nomads Noosa
  • 2 nights camping on Fraser Island Tour
  • 2 nights dorm accommodation at Nomads Airlie Beach
  • 1 night on board a Whitsunday Maxi Sailing
  • 2 nights dorm accommodation at Nomads Cairns

That ´s 14 nights of not having to find a bed for the night included in the price!

Most of our travellers travel alone, and are a bit anxious, so lets explain how this trip works:

We get it; you are nervous! But with your first 3 nights in Sydney arranged,including lots of activities, and a backpacker bus pass along the east coast including stop offs in the best places plus including quite a few nights for you… you will wonder why you were nervous. By this time you will have already made friends for life, it´s easy!

Remember 85% on the trip backpacks solo, so everyone is up for making new friends, but also everyone picks their own pace. After a few amazing days in Sydney, you get on the flexible backpacker bus and you can hop on and hop off where ever you like. People tend to travel together for a few days or weeks and then meet others again. As other travellers might have 6 weeks and you might be thinking of travel and work in Australia for 5 months. That is the deal with backpacking. It´s about meeting people, doing amazing stuff together and move on… but have memories for life!

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Yes this trip starts on a Sunday, every 1st and 3rd sunday of the month. This is the day you arrive in Sydney.

Lots of Xtreme Gappers combine this trip with working in Australia. Some even do the sailing course so they can work on a sailing boat on the Whitsundays straight after. A job is 89% guaranteed and helps you save up for some extra cash before you continue your trip again!

“The minimum amount of time you need to complete the route  is 5 weeks, which is ideal if you only have a short amount of time before college or university, but you can take up to six months if you want to make it more of a gap year travel a bit, work a bit, etc.

One thing to remember is that drives are very long, Australia is enormous and the bus might not go every day, so double check the schedules.

If time is really tight you can FastTrack your journey by using the Greyhound (your Oz experience pass is interchangeable with this).

Will there always be others on the tour?

Yes, there will, although you may not be travelling with exactly the same people that the entire duration of the journey. You start off with your 3 nights stay in Sydney. There are normally between 20 and 40 young travellers arriving in the hostel weekly. all young travellers probably on their first big trip alone. Also you have the travel desk and the job support there to help you out. on the surf trip. From then on you have 1 party night and accommodation in Byron Bay. In

The East coast of Australia is very social, so don’t worry you will make loads of new friends guaranteed.

 

Your first 3 nights accommodation are already arranged for you, after Sydney you are able to pre-book further accommodation or just see how you go. We recommend you book yourself in to the surf and stay in Byron Bay before you leave on the bus from Sydney to Byron Bay. Other than that, play it by ear because you will talk to others, get tips, read cool stuff, find deals etc on route.

No, 14 nights accommodation are included but you will need to book extra.

There is no need to take a lot of cash as there are ATM’s everywhere we stop. Payments can be done in cash or by card. during your arrival package assistance can be given the you to set up a bank account as well so you might want to transfer money into an Australian bank to save on international bank fees.

The amount of money you need depends on how long you go and if you wish to go out a lot etc.

Here we have listed some costs (prices are an indication and may vary due to change in currency rates).

Dorm accommodation will cost about £10 to £15.

Meals are about £5 to £15, but you always have the possibility to cook in the big kitchens of the hostels. This is also a fun way to get to know other people. You will be cooking side to side, most people make spaghetti 🙂

Drinks: a beer will be £2 and wine will be about £3 to £5. But there are always lots of backpacker bars and happy hours. We know what you like.

Money for extra activities along the way. Out of experience we know it is better to book all you definitely want to do up front, because otherwise you spend it on drinks and you will fail to be able to do all the exiting stuff.

You have 12 months to complete the trip and in total there are 14 nights of accommodation included in all the activities.

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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

Included

Arrival pack includes:

Sydney Work & Travel Arrival pack includes:

  • Bank account & Tax setup
  • Job and resume assistance
  • Access to Nomads Job Board for 12 months
  • License requirements, permits and courses advice
  • Assistance with interview preparation
  • 3 months Nomads job desk assistance

Byron Bay Surf and Stay includes:

  • 1 night at a funky hostel in Byron bay
  • 1 Hour of Surf lessons

The Fraser Island 4×4 includes:

  • Flexible starting dates
  • Matched up with a group at time of confirmation
  • Guide, but you get the opportunity to drive your self too
  • 2 night camping with equipment
  • Swim in Crystal clear lakes Meet Dingo’s

Whitsundays Sailing Cruise Includes:

  • The worlds most photographed beach
  • Flexible starting date
  • 1 night and 2 days on the reef
  • Meals & Accommodation included.

2 Nights in Cairns Includes:

  • 2 Nights in out Hostel in Cairns
  • Breakfast
  • Atherton Tablelands Day Tour

Other miscellaneous inclusions

  • 2 for 1 Drink voucher at Nomads Noosa KB´s Bar
  • 2x breakfasts at Nomads Cairns
  • Detailed pre departure pack and guide to Australia
  • Access to Australia buddy lists to chat to other people before you leave

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visa
  • Accommodation other than stated above
  • Meals other than included in itinerary
  • Spending money
  • GREAT BARRIER REEF – Reef Levy $10 per person payable on arrival directly to the operator
  • Oz experience local payments totaling AU$105, please check their   terms and conditions the accuracy of local payments as these do change often.

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The Thailand Bucket List 18 Day Tour

An unforgettable 18 day Thailand tour in the land of smiles. All transport, accommodation and activities are included in your epic Thailand trip of a lifetime, so you do not need to worry about anything. Simply get yourself here and we will take care of the rest! This trip takes in all of the major islands that you need to see.


A great value arrival into Thailand, jam packed with exciting activities and excursions. Timed perfectly to give you a 18 day introduction, helps you meet people and get to know your surroundings and gives you a further 12 day ´s on the same 30 day visa (free upon arrival) to explore on your own steam if you want.

 Thailand Bucket List  18 Day  Tour

Untitled-10Thailand is the dream destination for any adventure-loving traveller itching to get out and see the beauty of the world, experience the kindness of people and have one of the most epic trips of a lifetime.

Thailand ticks all the boxes; sun, sea, sand, islands, adventure, nightlife, shopping, culture, history and friendly people. This tour is the perfect first-time trip for anyone looking to travel with a group of like-minded, similar aged people. Fully guided by English-speaking, Western guides, you´ll always feel safe, comfortable and at ease with the people around you.

Imagine yourself traveling through the bustling streets of Bangkok on a shaky tuk tuk, diving headfirst into crystal clear emerald water, partying on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, or riding an elephant through lush tropical rainforest. The exotic smells, breath-taking sights, mouth-watering tastes and new sounds of traveling through Thailand will live long on in your memory after the trip is over. The Xtreme Gap Thailand Bucket List takes in the very best of Thailand in 18 amazing, adventure-filled days, including plenty of down time on some of the most famous and beautiful beaches in the world!

So make memories to last a lifetime; visit Thailand and have the time of your life. There´ll never be a better time than now; Thailand is waiting for you!

Highlights Include:

  • 18 days in the land of the smiles for a price that will keep you grinning!
  • The excitement and hedonism of Khao San Rd
  • Tuk Tuk ride through Bangkok
  • Temples, palaces and markets and cruising down the Chao Praya river
  • Go Xtreme in the stunning Khao Sok National Park with bamboo rafting, kayaking tubing and cliff jumping.
  • You get to spend the night on amazing unique floating bungalows in an off the beaten track beautiful destination
  •  Amazing longtail boat trips and boat parties
  • Stay overnight on Bottle Beach one of the most secluded paradises in Thailand
  • 4 days on stunning Island Koh Tao
  • Eating some of the most amazing Thai food with the rest of the Xtreme Gap group in Koh Phangan
  • Stay a few nights on Koh Phangan. the party Island
  • Visit the famous Maya Bay on Phi Phi Island
  • Kayaking in Railay Beach, Krabi
  • Snorkelling boat trip in Phi Phi
  • Visit the little locals on Monkey Beach
  • Party Tuk Tuk in Patong, Phuket
  • Wicked laughs and fully guided with a trip leader
  • All accommodation, activities and transport included

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The Thailand Bucket List 18 Day Tour Itinerary

Tropical beaches? Island paradises? Amazing adventure? Welcome to the trip of a lifetime; the ultimate bucket list journey through Thailand! If you love beaches, nature, adventure and a healthy dose of partying, then this is the trip for you!

Amazing value, and perfect for first-time or solo travellers, you´ll instantly make a bunch of new friends in your travel group who will share amazing travel experiences with you.

From the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, to the remote hidden beaches and islands made famous by legend and movies, this tour packs in so much epicness and adventure in just 18  days!

Day 1: Arrive to the Land of Smiles!

You´re getting closer and closer to the greatest adventure of your life. Just 10 minutes from landing in Bangkok airport, you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach. A new friend is waiting for you on the other side, ready to take you through the crazy streets of Bangkok to your accommodation and a group of fellow travellers who will soon become close friends. Once you´ve taken some time to relax and unwind in the guesthouse after your flight, you´ll head out for dinner and drinks with your new friends and travel buddies on the iconic Khao San Road.

Welcome to the first day of your amazing Thai adventure! It only gets better from here!

Day 2: Exploring the In´s and Out´s of Bangkok

Bangkok is known as the ´Venice of the East´, so what better way to explore the city than taking to the rivers. Cruising along the Chao Phraya River, you´ll experience one of the most epic skylines in Asia, seeing how the modern metropolis has merged with the ancient temples to create one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

After the river cruise, you´ll visit two of the most important temples in Thailand, where you´ll get your first experience of the beauty and intrigue of Thai history and culture. Next, we´ll jump on a Tuk Tuk for a whirlwind ride through the city back to Khao San Road. If you´ve never been on a Tuk Tuk before, you´ll be laughing (and possibly screaming) all the way, as it swerves and dodges all sorts of traffic and obstacles imaginable. Who knew driving could be so adventurous!

Finish the day with an amazing lunch and dinner in one of the best eating spots in Bangkok, Khao San Road; cheap, authentic and delicious!

Day 3: Preparing to head South

Your final day in Bangkok sees you getting ready to head to the tropical south of the country. After checking out of your accommodation, you´ll have an opportunity to relax with a traditional Thai Massage in a local spa. This should keep you sufficiently chilled out during your overnight train journey to the south of the country. You´ll probably be so relaxed that you´ll fall asleep on the train. If not, make sure to check out the awesome views of the Thai countryside.

Don´t worry though, as you´ll have plenty of time to pick up some souvenirs and do a little shopping in the awesome Khao San Road before you depart from Bangkok.

Day 4: Visiting Paradise in Khao Sok National Park

Prepare to be in awe of the beauty of Khao Sok National Park. Arriving bright and early at 7am, after the overnight train, you´ll be taken direct to the stunning park. Your accommodation here just so happens to be floating on the Cheow Larn Lake. Yep, you read correctly! These cute wooden bungalows are situated on a beautiful turquoise lake, surrounded by mountains covered in lush evergreen rainforest. You can even sit right outside your bungalow door, cooling down by dangling your feet in the lake!

Swimming, kayaking, tubing, bamboo rafting and cave exploring are just some of the awesome adrenaline-pumping activities that can be enjoyed in the park, while surrounded by some of the most gorgeous scenery you´ll ever see. We´re sure you´ll never want to leave your temporary home floating on the lake. However, Thai beaches are waiting:and that´s a pretty good excuse to keep moving!

Day 5: Beaches, Waves and Cocktails

Today we leave Khao Sok National Park via ferry to Koh Phangan, one of the most iconic and beautiful areas in Thailand. You´ll spend the day on Bottle Beach, a postcard-perfect beach with bright white sand and turquoise blue water, often regarded as one of the best beaches in Thailand!

Swim, sunbathe, relax or snorkel during the day, while in the evening we´ll prepare an awesome private beach party for you and your travel buddies. Cocktails, a campfire, lanterns and music will make this evening one of the most memorable during your travels in Thailand.

After a few drinks and dances around the campfire, you won´t have very far to go for a good nights sleep. In fact, you´ll still be able to hear the sounds of the ocean as you stay in your own private beach bungalow just a few metres from the waves. Not a bad way to spend a day!

DAY 6: MUAY THAI TRAINING LESSON

Wake up in paradise and step out onto the soft sand of Bottle Beach. Today, you can spend the morning sleeping, swimming, getting your tan on, or taking selfies with the world´s best backdrop!

The afternoon is reserved for your Muay Thai boxing experience! Hopping in a taxi boat, we´ll head towards the fishing town of Chaloklum, where you´ll get picked up by open air taxi and travel back through the heart of Phangan to Haad Rinn. It is here where you will try your hand at a bit of Thai boxing. Over the course of an hour your will learn about the sport of Muay Thai, techniques of the national sport and experience a training session with a local fighter. After building up a sweat we check into our accommodation in Haad Rinn just in time for a shower and some sunset drinks in one of our favourite beach bars.

DAY 7: EXPLORING THE PHANGAN ISLANDS

Koh Phangan is one of the best snorkelling and diving spots in the world, and at 11am you´ll be on your way there to explore the water and island for the day. From bathing in a waterfall like a boss, to enjoying lunch on the beach and watching the sunset from the boat, your day in Koh Phangan will definitely be one for the scrapbook!

In the evening, back at the resort we´ll enjoy a dinner courtesy of the tour organizers. Of course no event is finished without some celebratory drinks to commemorate your first amazing week in paradise! On the beach, you´ll party, enjoy a famous Thai bucket or two, and dance the night away, preferably in your bare feet!

DAY 8-12: LIVING IT UP ON KOH TAO

The next four days will be spent on the beautiful Koh Tao Island just north of Koh Phangan. Here is where you can tailor make your adventure by adding in some optional activities.

You will be staying on the gorgeous Sairee beach where you can relax into laid-back island life and choose how you spend each day. If you want to experience the best adrenaline-pumping adventure, you can add in additional activities (at an extra cost) like scuba diving, rock climbing, abseiling, water skiing, wake boarding and free diving. You do not have to pre-book. Decide what you want to do when you arrive. The included activity during the four days will be a boat trip to Koh Nangyuan, one of the most picturesque spots in the world where you can take in the surroundings, top up the tan and even enjoy a spot of snorkelling.

This is Koh Tao:

Day 12-15: Heading West

You´ve come to the end of your stay on Koh Tao, but don´t worry; there are lots more beautiful beaches and islands waiting to be explored in Thailand. One of those beaches is Railay on the west coast of Thailand; one of the most remarkably beautiful beaches on earth.

Although Railay is on the mainland, it is only accessible by boat so you´ll still feel like you´re on a remote tropical island, surrounded by scenery that looks like it´s been taken straight from a postcard.

Here you can relax, play, drink, eat and enjoy your surroundings, in between more intensive activities such as snorkelling, sea kayaking and rock climbing. Make sure to climb up to the lagoon viewpoint for some of the most fantastic views in the country.

The nightlife in Railay is always buzzing, with fire shows a regular fixture of the nightly entertainment around the many bars and restaurants.

Day 15-17: Island Bliss

We´re sure you´ve heard about your next location; the absolutely beautiful Maya Bay; so good it even stole the limelight from Leonardo DiCaprio in the film The Beach!

You´ll get to spend two glorious days on Phi Phi Island, taking a sunset boat trip around the other islands including Maya Bay, Monkey Island and the Viking Caves. Free lunch will be served on the boat before continuing on for more snorkelling and swimming back in the emerald waters of Phi Phi Island.

In the evenings, hang out with the group, enjoy some drinks and the nightlife, or do some amazing night swimming among the ´glow in the dark´ plankton.

Day 17-18: Final Days in the Land of Smiles

In the morning, we take a trip to Thailand´s largest island; Phuket. Phuket is as you would expect of any of the Thai islands; beautiful and laid-back with lots of things to do. It´s the perfect place to spend your final night in Thailand before leaving the next day for home, or the next part of your journey.

Party all night in Patong town, the party capital of Phuket, experiencing the nightlife through amazing Party Tuk Tuks; the ultimate crazy way to end your epic 18-day trip through the most beautiful country on earth!

On day 18, we´ll help you organize everything you need to make it back to Bangkok for homeward bound flights, or whether you´re continuing your journey through Thailand and Southeast Asia.

Please note this is a flexible itinerary. Due to local conditions, changes can and often do happen at local level,  which means the above itinerary, and things listed in the included section,  is meant as a reference guide as to what might happen not as a contractual obligation as to everything included. Sometimes we add additional things into the itinerary, sometimes we do not do all the things listed due to group members wanting to do other activities instead.

Accommodation

During the trip you will stay in a variety of gorgeous cosy guesthouses, backpacker hostels and even in a floating resort. You share your accommodation With one other person of the same sex. We really go to town on the quality of accommodation as well for instance on the final night you will stay in a luxurious resorts.

 

Koh Sok National Park

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

It depends how long you are travelling for or if you are moving onto another country after but you will not need to pack much for SE Asia. The climate will stay the same all year round which will be in the mid 30´s so light clothing will be best. It will also help if you use a backpack rather than a suitcase as it will be more comfortable for you to travel around with.
Can I speak to other group members before I go? Yes of course you can. We will put you in touch with other group members shortly before your tour. You can also join our Facebook page to interact with your group and others, see pictures etc.
It is recommended that you do take malaria pills in some parts of Thailand and the surrounding countries. The areas that we visit during the tour are generally considered malaria free however this can change so always speak to your GP before you travel and if you are going to other areas of Thailand and S.E. Asia it is very likely that you will need some. You can also consult the CDC website for more info
If you are susceptible to motion sickness then you may experience symptoms during a cruise/ferry, although symptoms tend to disappear as you adapt to the conditions in one or two days. Your Group Leader can help you pick up some medication that will help with this or you could look into getting some sea sickness bands which are now commonly available
Some meals are included so please make sure you let us know in good time if you have any special dietary requirements. Please click here to see the itinerary in full which will tell you what meals are included.
The Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) does recommendations vaccinations such as hepatitis A & B and Typhoid as well as being sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations. For more information, you can visit the CDC website but please remember that information surrounding vaccinations changes on a regular basis so always consult your GP before you travel.

The first day of your tour is mainly a check-in/meet and greet. It gives you the chance to chill out after a long haul flight. Day two is the start of your activities. Do I need to pay for any transport? All transport is included with the Experience within the week.

(Please note: If you arrive in Bangkok 3 days or more prior to your start date, you may have to arrange and pay for your own airport transfer.) and if you choose to go out in the evenings or take part in activities not included in the itinerary then you will need to pay for your own cabs etc…

Any time is a good time. The climate is relatively steady throughout the year and it depends where in Thailand you are going. It can rain more down South during October and November and there are some fluctuations in temperature but in most of the country it is guaranteed to be hot all year round! See our Weather page for more info. When will I meet my group leader? Your tour leader will greet you off your flight at Bangkok airport and take you to your guesthouse. If you have already arrived in Bangkok prior to your start date, then we will put you in touch and your Group Leader will arrange to meet you at the guesthouse when you arrive.
It differs from city to city but very rarely drops below 25 degrees Celsius. Bangkok is always around 35c and tends to have the odd down pour. Do not pay attention to the iphone weather app as it will always say thunderstorms in Bangkok. Not the case! On the islands it is less humid and averages around 33c all year round. They do have a brief rain season between October and November, however it usually only rains for about an hour or two with sunshine for the rest of the day. Check out our country info page for more info.
 Yes. The media has a tendency to report only the very worst news, which means that we can get quite a negative impression of a country and quite often we don’t hear anything about the very friendly, helpful people and extraordinary cultures in these amazing destinations.
Nearly 95% of Thailand’s population is Buddhist of the Theravada school, though Buddhism in this country has become integrated with folk beliefs such as ancestor worship as well as Chinese religions from the large Thai-Chinese population. Buddhist temples in Thailand are characterized by tall golden stupas, and the Buddhist architecture of Thailand is similar to that in other Southeast Asian countries, particularly Cambodia and Laos, with which Thailand shares cultural and historical heritage.
You will automatically be granted a 28 day tourist visa on entry to Thailand if you are from one of the countries on the exemption list (see our Visa page). If you are considering staying in Thailand for longer then you may need to arrange your own visa. Visit the Visa Info page on our website to find out all you need to know.
Book your flights to land on your start date if you can. Do not book your flights until you have booked with us and received a confirmation invoice. Generally people will arrive on that date or one or two days before hand. If you land much before or are already in Thailand just let us know and we will help you arrange a transfer and to meet at our accommodation.
Yes. Let us know via email if you are arriving early and your group leader will reserve a room for you at your guesthouse. All you would need to do is pay for the additional nights. Once your group starts,we will cover the rest.
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Included

All transport, accommodation and activities are included in your epic Thailand trip of a lifetime, so you don´t need to worry about anything. Simply get yourself here and we´ll take care of the rest!

What else is included?

  • Airport pick-up
  • 17 Nights´ accommodation
  • Bangkok River Cruise
  • Visit two historical temples
  • Experience Bangkok nightlife
  • Tuk Tuk ride
  • Thai massage
  • Overnight train
  • Visit Khao Sok National Park
  • Go kayaking and explore caves
  • Stay in floating bungalows
  • Boat trip around Koh Phangan
  • Snorkel at some of Thailand´s best spots
  • Spend a day and night on Bottle Beach
  • Muay Thai Training lesson
  • Waterfall visit
  • Three evening meals and several lunches
  • Beach BBQ
  • Beach parties
  • 10 days of island hopping
  • Boat trips to Maya Bay (The Beach), around Phangan and Koh Tao
  • Viewpoint treks
  • Party Tuk Tuk night life tour of Phuket
  • All transport around and accommodation in Bangkok, Khao Sok, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Railay Beach, Koh Phi Phi & Phuket
  • Optional upgrades – scuba diving, rock climbing & water skiing/wake boarding (additional cost)

Excluded

  • Travel Insurance
  • Most Meals
  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Return transfer to Bangkok

Dates

Start Dates 2018

23rd Sept – 10th Oct
28th Sept – 15th Oct

02nd Oct – 19th Oct
06th Oct – 23rd Oct
09th Oct – 26th Oct
26th Oct – 12th Nov

02nd Nov – 19th Nov
07th Nov – 24th Nov
21st Nov – 8th Dec
25th Nov – 12th Dec
28th Nov – 15th Dec

Programme does not Run in 2019

Big 5 Wildlife Reserve & Community Volunteering South Africa

Stay in volunteer on big five game reserve in the heart of South Africa near Port Elizabeth. Learn all about the wildlife as you volunteer, helping out with lots of different activities. Care for big cats like lions and leopards. Look after elephants and unusually we even have tigers at the sanctuary.

This is hands on conservation work, living in the heart of the reserve in five-star accommodation. No days the same, as you make friends and have an incredible Africa gap year.

Stay in volunteer on big five game reserve in the heart of South Africa near Port Elizabeth. Learn all about the wildlife as you volunteer, helping out with lots of different activities. Care for big cats like lions and leopards. Look after elephants and unusually we even have tigers at the sanctuary.

This is hands on conservation work, living in the heart of the reserve in five-star accommodation. No days the same, as you make friends and have an incredible Africa gap year.

Wildlife Reserve & Community Volunteering

  • Get a behind the scenes look at life on a South African Game Reserve
  • Learn all about amazing African Wildlife while volunteering on an amazing game reserve
  • Large groups! This is the most popular wildlife conservation project we run. So its super social with large gap year groups you are sure to make friends.
  • Get up close to huge Elephants on game drives
  • Be a conservation volunteer and help the land revert back to its natural state
  • Everything is included so you don’t need loads of money on the project

 

PHOTOS

You will be volunteering on a working game reserve. The nature of dealing with wild animals is that no two days are the same! So it’s a bit difficult to be specific about when things are going to happen. We have tried to give you a summary below but the best advice it to be flexible. You never know what exciting animal interactions you will get!

There are a large number of activities that you will be able to get involved in, the longer your stay at the programme the more you will be able to be involved in. Some of the main activities that you may be involved in during your time at the programme include:

We have a highly skilled and professional team looking after you, so don’t worry we have you covered. From our advanced game rangers, who will take you out in groups of 10 onto the reserve to fulfill your activities. Two camp managers, who can cater for your every need when you are not out on the reserves.

When you arrive you will be given a full introduction session, we will run you through dos and don’ts, the house rules and set the scene for what will happen over the next two weeks.

What you will be doing is quite varied, because it depends on the demands of the reserve at the time. But there is always plenty of activities waiting for you to get stuck into.

The Wildlife Conservation Project

For the next two weeks, you will be involved in the management of the game reserve. What that means is you will be working with full-time staff, under the supervision of qualified game rangers. What you will be doing depends on the short-term goals of the reserve at the time. It could be capturing game, checking fences or removing alien plant species. But no matter what you do, you can be sure this will have a beneficial effect and is laying the foundation for the wildlife to thrive on the reserve for future generations.

Expect to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, some of the work can be quite hard, but ultimately very rewarding.

Work is generally divided into two categories:

Helping manage the land, and looking after the animals. Expect to do both during your time there. You could be feeding elephants, assisting with feeding big cats and doing wildlife surveys from converted land cruisers.

All accommodation and food is included so you do not need to worry about cooking or feeding yourself. During your downtime is plenty to do, and no doubt you will have a fair few stories to share over the campfire with your fellow volunteers.

What’s it like to volunteer on an African wildlife project?

Volunteers are essential for helping the ongoing running and maintenance of a wildlife reserve. It’s a great opportunity to learn loads about the animals, and Africa and do something constructive and fun with your year out. But you are probably wondering what it’s like to actually volunteer on one of these projects. To understand your role better, it’s necessary for us to go back and explain why Africa has wildlife reserves.

When Africa was colonised, the landscape was very different. Animals were free to roam where they pleased. The habitat consisted of the entire continent. The ecosystem was very different back then. As more and more settlers arrived to South Africa more and more of the natural land got converted to huge farms. The native animals habitat shrunk, and worse much of the wildlife was hunted for food, or because they were predators to the farmers livestock.

Slowly but surely fences went up, and the wilderness was transformed into farmland. About 30 years ago, some of the larger landowners who had massive farms decided to put things back to how things were. They wanted the land to become natural again, and haven for animals. This wildlife reserve fits that category. It’s 5000 hectors which obviously requires a lot of maintenance. Invasive plant species like prickly pears that were brought in by the farmers hundreds of years ago as a cheap and easy way to feed their livestock now represent a pest. In order for the land to remain true to its origins lots of effort is required. This is important because the animals need natural habitat to thrive. So on the wildlife conservation project, you will be out helping preserve the wildlife reserve keeping it in its natural state. Then of course there’s the animal side. With huge game numbers, lots of things can happen. Your role is to assist the game rangers in looking after the animals, and helping them when necessary. This does not mean we interfere with the natural order of things. The animals at the top of the food chain will eat their prey and we will not stop them from doing that. But it’s important to look out for all of the animals welfare. During your time you will be taken out with game rangers, who will explain all about the ecosystem as you carry out your daily duties with the rest of your group.

Evenings and weekends off

Evenings and weekends are at your own leisure. There is plenty of entertainment in and around the camp. We have large volunteer groups, so there’s always something going on. When you want to chill there are facilities like games rooms and we have massive flatscreens for movie nights. Not that you will want to watch much television, at night make sure you pop outside and look up you will see 1 million African stars. Sometimes the best stories are shared around the campfire!

ACCOMMODATION

You will be staying in a dedicated 5 star volunteer camp. We have single sex  dorm rooms, and shared common areas. The camp dispensed which is important because it’s located right inside the game reserve. It’s not unusual to hear the call of Africa’s wild as you sit around the campfire. Looking up and 1 million stars the location is really special.

Meals are taken at the camp, hearty traditional South African food is freshly prepared every day. Vegetarians are well catered for as well.

 You will not need much for this trip. All food and accommodation is included on the reserve.
 Please do book well ahead as space is limited on the programme. Simply submit a booking form and you can hold your place with a deposit of £200. Full payment is not due until 12 weeks prior to departure.
We have capacity for up to 80 people. We do get full in peak season so it is a great programme if you are looking to meet lots of other gappers too!
You need to arrive in Port Elizabeth Airport before 3pm on the Monday. Then the transfer leaves the reserve at 9am on Saturday morning and it takes roughly two hrs to reach the airport. Please make sure you give yourself enough time to check-in for your flight.  
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INCLUDED

  • Scheduled  transfer from Port Elizabeth (Departs PE at Monday at 5pm
  • Drop off on Saturday´s
  • Orientation on arrival
  • A branded Cap
  • A branded T-shirt
  • Luxury Dorm accommodation
  • All meals while at the reserve
  • Beverages with meals while on the reserve
  • Daily activities
  • Optional weekend excursions (transport and accommodation only)
  • Use of the various facilities such as swimming pool, sporting facilities and entertainment room

EXCLUDED

  • Day trips off reserve
  • flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional extras on the road trip
  • Lunch and dinner on the road trip

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