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Asia & Australia Gap Year

12 weeks to 1 year from $10,466

Asia & Australia Gap Year

The classic Asia and Australia gap year!

Traditional crab fishing
Lanterns in Hoi An
Conical hats
Customisable itinerary
Add on a working holiday in Australia
4 countries in 2 continents

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the most beautiful places on Earth from Ha Long Bay, Khao Sok National Park, Fraser Island and the Whitsundays
  • Bliss out on the beautiful beaches of Koh Phangan, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Bondi, Bay and much more!
  • Snorkel with tropical fish on the Great Barrier Reef, see dolphins in Bali and meet the koalas on Phillip Island.
  • Go wild in some of the world’s best party spots in Koh Phangan, Koh Phi Phi, Kuta, Sydney and Cairns.   
  • Learn Muay Thai, yoga and how to surf, as well as building your CV with access to a range of jobs in Australia.
  • Spend up to a year living and working Down Under, with access to our amazing jobs team and database (option 2 only).

Trip Summary

Escape to paradise with this awesome group gap year trip through Asia and Australia. Discover the wonders of Ha Long Bay, historic Hoi An, rural Ninh Binh and the tranquil Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Hop from paradise island to paradise island in Thailand, learning Muay Thai and snorkelling over coral reefs. Discover temples, waterfalls and great surf breaks in Bali, Lombok and the Gili Islands. Then take on Australia with an epic 6 weeks up the East Coast, including Byron Bay, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays, Magnetic Island and so much more. If you’d like to stay on for a working holiday Down Under, option 2 adds on a fun-packed week in Melbourne, a personalised one-to-one job meeting and 12 months of dedicated job support. Best of all, this trip is totally customisable so we can add or remove destinations to build the perfect adventure for you!

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Are you ready for the trip of a lifetime? Take this classic backpacker trail through Asia and Australia. Choose to either just travel (option 1), or to add on a working holiday in Aus for up to 12 months (option 2).

  • Option 1 - Travel only: Vietnam – Thailand – Bali – East Coast Australia
  • Option 2 - Travel & Work:  Vietnam – Thailand – Bali – East Coast Australia – Melbourne + working holiday

The trip is totally flexible, so if you want to add in or take out any destinations, speak to your travel adviser and we can help you tailor your trip.

Vietnam Experience (12 days)

Your incredible adventure begins in Hanoi, where you’ll take a rickshaw tour, and experience the rich culture of the capital, before making your way to the legendary Ha Long Bay. Spend two nights floating on emerald green waters, taking in breath-taking scenery and staying a night on your own private island! Back on dry land, make tracks for Ninh Binh for rural bike rides through rice paddies, riverboat trips and the jaw-dropping Dragon Mountain Viewpoint. Next up it’s the ancient town of Hoi An, where you can explore the lantern-lit streets, try your hand at crab-fishing and take a Vietnamese cooking class. Then take the short flight to the charmingly chaotic Ho Chi Minh City for amazing street-food, epic nightlife, and access to the tranquil Mekong Delta. See the floating markets and soak up the watery life of the Delta, before heading back to HCMC. Learn all about the Vietnam War and the strength of the Vietnamese people at the unforgettable Cu Chi Tunnels, before one last night in the city. Then make tracks for Thailand!

Thailand Express (14 days)

Sawadee-ka - you’re on Thai time now! Our first stop is Bangkok, where we’ll tour the city’s waterways by longtail, see golden temples and enjoy wild nights on neon lit Khao San Road. Then it’s an overnight train south to the pristine rainforests and shimmering lakes of Khao Sok National Park, where we’ll spend a night in traditional floating bungalows. Next, we’ll head for the famous party island of Koh Phangan, where we’ll be staying on Bottle Beach – arguably the most beautiful on the island. We’ll learn Muay Thai and take an incredible snorkelling trip while we’re here, before hopping on to lovely Koh Tao. We’ve got plenty of time to chillax on the paradise beaches here, as well as a boat trip to Koh Nang Yuan. Then it’s Koh Phi Phi – a gorgeous tropical island and another Thai party heavyweight. Hike to the best viewpoints, take a boat trip to Monkey Beach and the Viking Caves, and party like tomorrow doesn’t exist. Our last destination is lively Phuket, where you can grab some souvenirs and top up your tan, before packing your bags for Bali.

Bali Beaches (13 days)

Meet the rest of your group in lively Canggu, where we’ll spend two days chilling on the beach, visiting the unforgettable Uluwatu Temple, and taking a surf lesson with some local pros. Then we’ll head inland to Bali’s cultural heart – Ubud, stopping at Tanah Lot Temple and Monkey Forest on the way. We’ll get to know Ubud’s colourful markets and hip café culture, as well as visiting a coffee plantation, enjoying lunch with views of an active volcano, taking a stroll through the famous rice terraces, taking a dip in Tegenungan Waterfall, and visiting a local school. We’ll take the boat to gorgeous Gili Trawangan next, where we’ll explore this car-free paradise by bicycle, dance on the sands at a beach party, take a cooking class and swim with hundreds of colourful reef fish on a snorkelling day trip. Then it’s on to Lombok, where we’ll stay on lively Kuta Beach. We’ll meet a Sasak tribe, join a yoga class, do some beach hopping, and take another surf lesson. Our last stop is laid-back Lovina, back on Bali. We’ll take an early morning dolphin cruise, hit the best snorkelling spots, and visit some hot springs and waterfalls, before journeying back to Kuta and getting ready for the next stage of this amazing adventure – Australia!

Australia East Coast Experience (6 weeks)

Kick off with seven days in stunning Sydney. Take a catamaran cruise round the harbour, spend two days on gorgeous Bondi Beach, enjoy a bar crawl round the best of the city’s nightspots, walk along the coast to Coogee and spend a day in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Then head up the coast to the hippy town of Byron Bay, where you can relax on the stunning beach, learn to surf like the locals, and have a mouth-watering cheese and wine night. Next up it’s the lively beachside city of Surfers Paradise (which more than lives up to its name), before two days in Brisbane, where we’ll take a guided tour, before leaving you to explore the vibrant city at your own pace. Leave the city behind and continue on to the lush green forests and white sands of Noosa, then have a night in Rainbow Beach, and an unforgettable dolphin encounter, before we take the ferry across to Fraser Island. Spend two nights scaling dunes, cruising around in a 4x4, swimming in freshwater lakes and camping out on Fraser Island. Then head back to the mainland for a couple of nights in the chilled-out Town of 1770. The next few days are pretty special as we set sail for a two-night trip to the Whitsunday Islands. Think turquoise waters, dazzling white sands, and the best snorkelling you’ve ever seen. Then have a night partying in Airlie Beach, before losing yourself amongst the wildlife and beautiful landscapes of Magnetic Island. Our last few days are in the epic backpacker city of Cairns, where we’ll visit the Atherton Tablelands, swim in waterfalls and take a snorkelling trip at none other than the Great Barrier Reef – what a way to round off this stage of the trip! If you took option 1, it’s time to head home. If you went for option 2, you’ve got Melbourne and a working holiday to look forward to!

Melbourne Work and Fun (8 days plus up to 12 months)

Spend a week in magical Melbourne before you prepare to fly solo, with a working holiday. Spend the first three days getting to know the city, with a walking tour, dinner on the banks of the Yarra River, and a food tour of Melbourne’s amazing eateries. On days four to five, take some time out of city life and head to beautiful Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island, to try the local wines, see the penguins, take a surf lesson and meet some of Australia’s most iconic animals. On day 6 it’s back to Melbourne, where we’ll explore the funky beach suburb of St Kilda, before spending day 7 getting the low-down on living and working in Aus. You’ll get a tax file number, an Aussie bank account, a SIM card and a hostel membership, as well as a one-on-one session with one of our knowledgeable travel guides so you can tailor your plans, then we’ll take you on a bar crawl. On day 8, we’ll say farewell with a rooftop barbecue and a few beers, before you head off to start your new life Down Under.

You’re not on your own after the first week is over though. You’ll have access to our jobs database for 12 months, plus a Facebook group that connects you with potential employers and a WhatApp group that will help you stay in touch with your new friends from your week in Melbourne.

Want to add other destinations?

If you want to add in other destinations to your itinerary such as Fiji or New Zealand then let us know! We have picked some of our top trips for this itinerary however we can add or remove trips so you can design your perfect itinerary. Contact us for more info!

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Vietnam Experience

  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Walking & rickshaw tour of Hanoi
  • Night out in Hanoi
  • Overnight boat trip on Ha Long Bay
  • Sea kayaking
  • Private island stay
  • Local homestay experience
  • Bicycle tour of Ninh Binh
  • River boat cruise
  • Dragon Mountain Viewpoint
  • Visit local markets
  • Basket boat crab fishing
  • Vietnamese cooking class
  • Mekong Delta Experience
  • Local village visit
  • Traditional canoe ride
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Farewell dinner

Thailand Express

  • 13 nights’ accommodation
  • Bangkok river cruise and temples
  • Thai massage
  • Overnight train
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Floating bungalows
  • Swimming & kayaking
  • Bottle Beach bungalows
  • Muay Thai lesson
  • Boat trip around Koh Phangan
  • Snorkelling
  • Koh Tao & Koh Nang Yuan day trip
  • Phi Phi Islands boat trip
  • Maya Bay
  • Phuket Nightlife

Bali Beaches

  • 12 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast every day
  • Visit to Tanah Lot temple
  • Surf lesson
  • Visit to Uluwatu temple
  • Tegenungan Waterfall visit
  • Trip to Monkey Forest
  • Trip to local markets
  • Local primary school visit
  • Coffee plantation trip
  • Volcano visit
  • Trip to rice terraces
  • Gili Islands boat trip
  • Gili T bike ride
  • Gili T beach party
  • Cooking class
  • Gilis Snorkelling trip
  • Sasak tribe visit
  • Lombok yoga class
  • Lombok surf lesson
  • Lovina dolphin watching
  • Trip to Banjar hot springs
  • Trip to local Waterfall

East Coast Experience

  • 40 nights’ accommodation + 2 overnight buses
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners 
  • Sydney Harbour cruise
  • Bondi Beach yoga
  • Sydney party night
  • Coogee to Bondi coastal walk
  • Byron Bay surf lesson
  • Morning yoga in Byron Bay
  • Dolphin encounter
  • Whitsunday Island cruise
  • Magnetic Island Forts walk
  • Fraser Island 4x4 driving
  • Atherton Tablelands excursion
  • Great Barrier Reef snorkelling
  • Wine and cheese night
  • Brisbane City tour and beach visit
  • Noosa beach time
  • Headland coastal walk
  • Rainbow Beach sand blow hike
  • Beach camping

Melbourne Work and Fun

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Welcome and farewell dinners and drinks
  • Melbourne city tour
  • Queen Victoria Market visit and food tour
  • Wine tasting
  • St Kilda excursion (Aboriginal Heritage walk in April- September) 
  • Melbourne bar crawl
  • Wildlife park tour
  • Overnight Phillip Island getaway
  • Surf lesson
  • One-to-one job finding session
  • Bank account and tax file number assistance
  • SIM Card
  • Discounted RSA/RSG courses
  • 12 months access to jobs database

All trips

  • Airport pick up
  • Help with onward travel
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Group leader

  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Return airport transfers
  • Optional activities
  • Some meals and drinks

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Accommodation

78 or 85 nights’ accommodation are included on this trip, depending on whether you take option 1 or 2.

Vietnam Experience – 11 nights. You’ll be spending 2 nights in a hostel, 1 on an overnight boat, 1 night in a traditional hut, 1 night in a local homestay, 1 night on an overnight train, 4 nights in hotels and 1 night in a guesthouse. Accommodation is on a twin, double, triple or multi-share basis.

Thailand Express – 13 nights. You’ll be staying in a mix of different accommodation types. Rooms are on a twin-share basis.

Bali Beaches – 12 nights. For this leg of the trip, you’ll be staying in a selection of hotels and boutique hostels with air-con and swimming pools. All accommodation is on a twin-share basis (apart from Ubud, which is quad-share). 

East Coast Experience – 42 nights. This part of the trip features mostly mixed hostel dorms, with the exception of 2 nights on overnight coaches, 2 nights camping on Fraser Island, and 2 nights on board a maxi yacht. The overnight coaches have lots of legroom, as well as reclining seats.

Melbourne Work and Fun (option 2 only) – 7 nights. This section of the trip includes the first 7 nights of accommodation. After that, it’s over to you! You’ll spend 6 nights in a comfy hostel in Melbourne. 1 night will be spent in a hostel on Phillip Island. All accommodation is in mixed dorms, but private upgrades are available at an additional cost.  After your initial 7 nights, you can choose to extend your stay at the hostel at an extra cost, or you can look at getting a house share with some of your new travel buddies.  

Please note: Where rooms are twin share, if you’re travelling solo, you’ll be roomed with somebody of the same sex.

Meals

Some meals are included on most sections of the trip. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals (plus snacks and drinks) yourself. This gives you maximum freedom to explore the unique cuisines of the countries you’re visiting and to eat where and when you like.

Vietnam Experience – 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
Thailand Express – No meals included
Bali Beaches – Breakfast included every day
East Coast Experience – 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Melbourne Work and Fun – 2 dinners

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Vietnam Experience  - Arrive in Hanoi Noi Bai Airport (HAN) on day 1 of the trip or earlier. A member of our local team will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation. This section of the trip ends on day 12 in Ho Chi Minh City. You can leave at any time. Return transfers are not included so you’ll need to make your own way to Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).

Thailand Express – The trip starts on day 1 in Bangkok. You’ll need to fly into Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). There are no activities planned for today so arrive at a time that suits you. A member of our team will meet you from the airport and take you to your starting accommodation. Your trip ends on day 14 on Phi Phi Island. You’ll need to arrange your own return airport transfers. We suggest that you fly back to Bangkok from Phuket International Airport (HKT), before changing flights there. We recommend that you don’t book flights before the evening on day 14.  

Bali Beaches – Arrive in Denpasar International Airport (also known as Ngurah Rai International Airport) (DPS) for day 1 of this section of the trip. If you arrive on day 1, you’ll be met from the airport by one of our local team. The trip ends on day 13 in Kuta in Bali. You’ll need to organise your own return airport transfer to Denpasar. We recommend that you don’t book a flight before 8pm on day 13.

East Coast Experience – This part of the trip begins at 11am on day 1. As the trip kicks off in the morning, we suggest you arrive in Sydney Airport (SYD) the day before and book an extra night of accommodation before the trip begins. You’ll meet one of our greeters at a pre-set meeting point in Sydney Airport and they’ll direct you to the shuttle bus, which will take you to your starting hostel. The trip ends in Cairns. Airport transfers are not included but are easy to arrange.

Melbourne Work and Fun – Arrange your flights to arrive in Melbourne Airport (MEL) for day 1 of your programme start date. A member of the local team will meet you and take you to your starting accommodation. The trip end date and location varies depending on how long you choose to spend in Australia and where you travel to.

Please note: transfer times are approximate. Make sure you allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

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Travellers need to be at least 18 years old to join this trip. Please note if you’re taking option 2, due to Australian Working Holiday Visa restrictions, this section of the trip is only open to 18 – 30 year-olds who have a British passport, or other passport which is eligible for the Working Holiday Visa.

Vietnam

British passport holders need to apply for a visa before travelling to Vietnam. You can get hold of an eVisa, which will give you access for 30 days, through the official Vietnamese Government website.

Thailand

British passport holders are permitted entry to Thailand for 30 days without a visa.

Bali

British passport holders arriving anywhere in Indonesia (Bali included), will be issued a free visa on arrival. This is valid for up to 30 days.

Australia

Tourist visitors to Australia (apart from those from New Zealand), need a visa or eVisa/ETA to enter the country. This must be applied for before departure either through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, or via your travel adviser or airline.

If you’re planning to work in Australia, you’ll need to apply before you travel for a Working Holiday Visa instead. To be eligible for a visa, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

  • Hold an eligible passport
  • Be aged 18-30 (inclusive) at the time of applying
  • Not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during your stay in Australia
  • Meet health, character and financial requirements
  • Have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday Visa (unless applying for a second visa)
  • Be outside Australia when you apply and when visa is granted
  • Apply within 12 months of intended travel to Australia.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover your expected living/trip costs during your stay (approx 5,000 AUD)
  • Have funds for a return or onward ticket to depart Australia (or an actual ticket)
  • Have health insurance

You can find more information on the Australian Working Holiday Visa here.

Please note: Visa, passport and entry restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice before your trip. 

Can I Travel On My Own?

Absolutely! Lots of our customers are solo travellers. Our small group format makes it easy to make new friends.

Can I Book Pre- Or Post-trip Accommodation?

Yes. In fact, we often recommend that you do so (see arrival information). Speak to your travel adviser for more information. They can book you additional nights at an extra cost.

Does Each Section Of My Trip Follow Directly On From The Last?

Not always. Ask your travel adviser for more information as you may have a few days in between trips.

What Sort Of Wages Can I Expect In Australia?

Most backpacker work pays around $18 - $25 an hour. This will vary depending on the type of work you’re doing as well as location and your experience.

What Type Of Work Is Usually Available In Aus?

There are a wide range of jobs available. The most commonly available roles are in hospitality, bars, cafes, restaurants, admin, farm work and construction.

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Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:

Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.

Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.

Arrival meetings
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.

Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.

Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.

Medical care
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.

Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.

Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.

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