You’ll be greeted at the airport by one of our awesome western group leaders who will introduce you to the rest of the group, and be with you all week to ensure you have an amazing and trouble-free trip! We take care of all accommodation, transport and activities so you can just relax and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.
Day 1: AIRPORT PICK UP
Arrive any time today; we’ll be there to get you from the airport; then bring you to our hotel, just a stone’s throw away from the lively Khao San Road. Once settled in, you’ll have free time to explore, before meeting your new travel buddies. In the evening we’ll take you to one of our favourite restaurants, followed by a few buckets on notorious Khao San road.
Day 2 : KANCHANABURI: BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
We’ll leave Bangkok in the morning and head north to Kanchanaburi, but not before stopping off at one of our favourite spots, the Taling Chan floating market. Once we arrive into Kanchanaburi, we’ll take a boat cruise along the River Kwai, checking out all the best spots Kanchanaburi has to offer. We’ll visit museums and temples, pass under the famous bridge, and enjoy the sunset from the bridge itself.
Day 3: ERAWAN WATERFALLS
We hope you packed your swimming costume! Today we’re hitting the Erawan waterfalls, just an hour drive outside of Kanchanaburi. It’s a seven-tier waterfall with pools and natural slides, and each level is just as impressive as the other. It’s a great spot for some photos! We’ll then head back into town for dinner and drinks.
Day 4 : AYUTTHAYA: ANCIENT RUINS & HISTORY
Enjoy a lie-in or opt to explore the town this morning, before we make our way to the ancient capital, Ayutthaya, We’ll spend the day riding bikes around the city and exploring the ancient ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ll learn about the culture and history of the city before grabbing lunch, and then jumping aboard the overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Day 5: CHIANG MAI: TEMPLES & CULTURE
After arriving in Chiang Mai, we’ll check into our new hotel. Choose to chill by the pool or explore the cities many famous temples. In the afternoon, we’ll make our way up to Chiang Mai’s most famous temple – Wat Pra Maha Doi Sutthep (or Doi Sutthep for short). It’s a stunningly beautiful golden temple situated high up on the mountainside, with incredible views of the city below and surrounding landscape.
Day 6 & 7: JUNGLE TREKKING & HILL TRIBE HOMESTAY
Today we’re trekking into the jungle to meet some hill tribes, learn about their culture, and we’ll even stay the night there. Get a real taste of what it’s like to live in a traditional hill tribe; their customs and traditions haven’t changed for generations. We’ll head back to Chiang Mai the following day on a bamboo raft (weather permitting); stopping off for a dip by a waterfall. Note: This trek doesn’t require a high level of fitness, but can be challenging in some places; you’ll have earned that cold beer once you complete it though!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: ZIPLINE THROUGH THE JUNGLE CANOPY
Today it’s time to get the adrenaline pumping as we take to the jungle, zip lining from treetop to treetop, 60m above the ground at speed. Throw in some rope bridges and abseiling for good measure and you’ve got an awesome day out! In the evening why not visit Chiang Mai’s famous food and gift markets.
Day 9: ELEPHANT SANCTUARY
It’s the day most people have been looking forward to since day one! Today we’ll head to an elephant sanctuary, where the elephants there have been rescued from tourist parks and the logging industry. Here we learn about the gentle giants, before feeding them and taking them down to the river for a bath and swim. In the afternoon, we head out to Pai. A mountain town, famous for it’s chilled out backpacker vibes.
Day 10: PAI
The surrounding countryside of Pai is full of delights and hidden gems. Our first stop is Thailand’s biggest cave – the Lod cave. We’ll wander through the caves main chambers and float through the river on bamboo rafts (weather permitting). Afterwards, we’ll head over to the local hot springs for a natural clay facial, visit a big buddha statue, and cool off in a waterfall before finishing the day with a beautiful sunset at the Pai Canyon. In the evening, we’ll head out for dinner and drinks, embracing Pai’s unique nightlife.
Day 11 : PAI: CHILL OUT DAY
Enjoy a free morning to spend your time as you like. Relax by the pool, and in the afternoon we will take a short trip to the Chineses village. We will enjoy lunch by the riverside and explore Pai’s laid back town centre which boasts great shopping and awesome street food.
Day 12: COOKING CLASS
After a relaxing couple of days in the mountains of Pai, it’s back to Chiang Mai. Today we’ll head to a local cooking school where we’ll learn all about Thai cuisine, and become a master at cooking up our favourite dishes. Some of the most delicious food in the country comes from the North, so with your new-found skills, you can take the taste of Thailand home with you. Dinner is served as we enjoy our creations as a group with beautiful scenery.
Day 13: CHIANG MAI CANYON
Today is spent at the Chiang Mai Canyon, an unused excavation site that’s been turned into a floating adult playground. Complete with inflatables, zip lines, cliff jumps, climbing walls, and much more. Great music, good vibes and fun times make for an awesome day out. In the evening we’ll head back to the city to celebrate our time in the north with dinner and drinks on our final night in Chiang Mai.
Day 14: TRAVEL BACK TO BANGKOK
Spend the morning as you please; either enjoy an extra couple of hours in bed or explore Chiang Mai’s markets and historic buildings. In the afternoon we’ll board the overnight train back to Bangkok.
Day 15: EXPLORE BANGKOK BY TUK TUK
We arrive in Bangkok bright and early and will check into our Bangkok accommodation where we’ll meet any new group members who may be joining us for the second leg of the trip. Board a long-tail boat and travel along the Chao Phraya River. Visit the historic & prestigious temples – Wat Arun and Wat Pho, to see the very impressive giant and gold reclining Buddha statue. You will have a free afternoon which is best spent shopping to find some awesome bargains and to try the delicious street food Bangkok has to offer. Then in the evening, we meet again for dinner, drinks and more group bonding.
Day 16: NIGHT TRAIN TO KHAO SOK
Enjoy a traditional Thai massage in the morning, before we travel overnight on the train down towards Khao Sok National Park. We leave the hustle and bustle of Bangkok behind us and prepare to spend the next couple of days in the stunning Khao Sok National Park – situated in the Surat Thani province of Thailand.
Day 17: KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK
Today you will arrive in paradise, and one of our favourite locations in Thailand. Travel to our floating bungalows on a long-tail boat, and spend the rest of the day diving into the fresh-water lake, trying out some kayaking or cracking open a cold beer in a tube. We will spend the evening chilling and then dinner in front of the stunning backdrop of a limestone mountain range.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 18: ARRIVE ON KOH PHANGAN
Wake up fully relaxed in your floating bungalow; have a morning dip in the lake, then dig in for breakfast. Enjoy a chilled morning here, before we make our way out to Koh Phangan. When we arrive, we go straight to Bottle Beach, a beautiful, secluded beach, that we pretty much all to ourselves. We stay in beachside bungalows metres away from the water. Settle in, relax on the beach, have a swim, or go for a wander around. In the evening, we’ll have a campfire on the beach, complete with our private fire show.
Day 19: MUAY THAI LESSON
Start your day to the sounds of waves lapping against the shore in your bungalow. Spend the morning as you see fit; top up the tan, play volleyball, go kayaking, go trekking to viewpoints or catch up on some sleep. In the afternoon we visit a local gym for a traditional Muay Thai boxing lesson – Thailand’s national sport. Work up a sweat, before quenching your thirst at the bar in the evening.
Day 20: ISLAND BOAT TRIP
Spend the day on a boat cruising around Koh Phangan, stopping off at some epic spots for a swim and snorkel. Depending on the season, we’ll also visit the Than Sadet waterfall. We’ll include lunch, music and a free bar! A great day out on the ocean in the sun.
Day 21: KOH TAO
Catch the ferry across to Koh Tao where we’ll spend the next couple of nights. The island itself has a very chilled atmosphere, and you feel it as soon as you get off the ferry. We stay just a few minutes away from the beach, where we’ll spend the afternoon and then enjoy dinner and drinks in town.
Day 22: KOH NANG YUAN DAY TRIP
Day 23: RELAXATION & NIGHT BOAT
Enjoy the morning at your own pace. We’ll take a trip around to one of our favourite spots on the island – Tanote Bay, for those who are keen to enjoy the sunshine in tropical surroundings for the day. In the evening, we’ll board the overnight ferry over the mainland.
Day 24: PHI PHI
Upon arrival to the mainland, we’re transferred to Phi Phi by private minibus and boat to the western Thai island of Koh Phi Phi. Once we arrive onto Phi Phi, we’ll settle into our accommodation, before heading up the stunning views of the island below.
Day 25: PHI PHI BOAT TRIP
Spend today on a boat cruising around all of the hotspots in the area, including Monkey Beach and the Viking Caves. We’ll stop at the entrance to Maya Bay, also known as The Beach – made famous in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie of the same name. We’ll snorkel and swim throughout the day, and lunch is included. Once we’re back on land, we’ll hit Phi Phi town for the lively backpacker party scene.
Day 26: PHUKET
Our next and final stop is Phuket; the largest island of Thailand. We’ll do some shopping during the day and then in the evening, we’ll pay a visit to the infamous Bangla Road, the Khao San Road of the area. We’ll jump into party tuk-tuks to cap off the start of our final night as a group.
Day 27: CHECK OUT DAY
Today your Total Thailand trip comes to an end and you’ll say goodbye to your travel buddies. Our guides are on hand to help you organise a taxi to the airport, maybe stay a little longer in Phuket, or maybe even book another TruTravels trip.
We pick you up from the airport and take you to our guesthouse in Bangkok (Mango Lagoon Place) where you will meet the rest of your group. Please arrive on or up to 2 days before your start date to be eligable for a FREE pick up from the airport.