TruThai Experience - Backpacking in Thailand by TruTravels
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The perfect way to start your backpacking adventure! Travel in a group from Bangkok to Koh Phangan in 7 days. Your first week sorted. Meet people and discover Thailand!
- Departs from: 15th Jan 2013 15th Feb 2nd, 16th Mar 4th, 15th, 24th Apr 1st, 16th, 25th May 1st, 6th, 14th, 22nd Jun 1st, 6th, 15th, 23rd Jul 1st, 10th, 20th, 25th Aug 4th, 9th, 19th, 24th Sep 1st, 9th, 18th, 24th Oct 2nd, 8th, 17th, 24th Nov
- Departure times: Varied
- Duration: 7 Days
- Starts in: Bangkok
- Ends in: Koh Phangan
What to bring:
- Insect Repellant
- Change of Clothes
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Day 1 - Airport pickup
You will be met on arrival in Bangkok by your group leader and taken to our guesthouse near the famous Khao San Road where you will spend the first two nights. There you will meet the rest of the group and have a free day to chill out or explore.
In the evening we will arrange to meet for dinner so you can get to know your group. Afterwards you can go on for a few drinks on Khao San or recharge the batteries ready for tomorrow's activities.
Day 2 - Bangkok River Cruise & Temples
The best way to see Bangkok is from a boat on the Chao Phraya River, from which you will be able to see some amazing sights before stopping to see two of the most important temples in Thailand. You will get a Thai tour guide at one of the temples and learn a bit about Thai history and culture.
You will then get to ride a Tuk Tuk back though Bangkok to Khao San Road where we will have lunch.
In the evening your Group Leader can show you the best places to eat and drink in Bangkok if you want to experience some of the nightlife.
Day 3 - Thai Massage & Overnight Train
In the morning we will go to a local spa for a traditional Thai Massage. This is the perfect way to relax before the overnight train and an awesome experience for anyone who has not tried it before.
As with all of the activities, you do not have to do it if you do not want to and there is a list of other spa treatments that you may have instead if you prefer. You have a free afternoon to explore Bangkok, do some shopping in Bangkok or have a beer by the pool.
We meet in the evening to catch the overnight train where you can chill with the group, catch up on sleep or take in the views of both Bangkok and the Thai countryside as we travel south to our next destination.
Day 4 - Khao Sok National Park
There is no better place to unwind after two days in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Khao Sok National Park is home to some of the most incredible scenery in the world. We travel by long tail boat to get to our floating bungalows which are situated on a beautiful fresh water lake surrounded by mountains.
The views are truly breathtaking and the atmosphere is relaxed and tranquil. You can either chill out around the lake, go kayaking, explore some caves, top up the tan or have a couple of beers with your new pals.
This really is once in a lifetime excursion and most people have not seen anything like it before. As an added bonus we get free breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 5 - Arrive on Koh Phangan
We leave Khao Sok by long tail boat then catch a ferry to the awesome island of Koh Phangan! We arrive in the early evening and have some free time before heading out for a bite to eat and to check out the world famous Haad Rinn Beach, home of the Full Moon Party!
If you would rather stay in and relax you can, the resort has all the mod cons (aircon, cable tv, ensuite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar etc...)
Day 6 - Koh Nangyuan Boat Trip & Bottle Beach
Possibly the most memorable day of the trip. You will be picked up in the morning and taken by boat to the extrodinarily beautiful island of Koh Nangyuan (just off Koh Tao). It is formed by three seperate rocky outcrops connected by a three-pronged white sand beach, much of which is submerged at high tide.
The bays created by this have some of the best snorkelling/diving in Thailand. It has also produced some stunning views, so you will be able to get some postcard pics. After some snorkelling and taking in the sights we will head back to Koh Phangan to the beautiful Bottle Beach.
This secluded and magical stretch of sand is one of our favorite places in Thailand and we will spend the evening here under the stars where we can have our own private beach party around a camp fire.
Day 7 - Elephant Trakking & Farewell Dinner
Today you will have the morning to laze around on Bottle Beach or make use of the resort facilities if you choose. Whether you want to play beach volleyball, kayak or chill by the pool, the choice is yours.
In the afternoon we will get a taxi boat over to the next town where you will get to go Elephant Trekking and play with the resident monkey before going to check out the waterfall (seasonal).
Late afternoon we head back to our resort in Haad Rin where you can again relax before getting ready for dinner (on us!). We will take you to one of the best restaurants on the island and then head down to the beach for some farewell fun and perhaps a bucket or two with your new friends to celebrate an awesome week!
After TruThai Experience
When the week has finished it doesn't mean the experience has to end. If you wish to stay in Haad Rin for the next Moon Party you are already in the perfect location and your Group Leader can arrange for you to stay on at the resort for as long as you like.
If you have to get back to Bangkok for an onward flight, we can help you arrange your transport. Or if you have a longer time to travel, your Group Leader can give you loads of advice on cool things to see, where to go next, how to get there and where to stay. We can also help you book and we may even be able to get you a discount.
Your Group Leader will be there for you the whole time you are travelling in SE Asia should you need any help, advice or just a friendly chat. Sometimes things can go wrong whilst you are away so it is always nice to have someone to speak to if a problem arises.
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