Thailand and Bali Experience
37-42 days from $3,474 (was $3,846)
- Discover the magic of Bangkok’s history and culture and explore the city by long boat
- Experience the tropical paradise of some of the world’s most beautiful beaches
- Get up close and personal with some incredible marine life on a snorkelling trip
- Dance under the stars at some incredible beach parties
- Swim beneath waterfalls, walk through coffee plantations and lunch beside a volcano in Bali
- Stay on the gorgeous Gili Islands between Bali and Lombok
The perfect trip for budding travellers and sun worshippers alike, this tour will give you a taste of laidback beach life and immersive culture in two very different countries. Of course, there’s more to travelling than simply lounging around in the sunshine, so we’ll be taking you on some incredible tours and day trips to give you a well-rounded experience; think temple visits, canal tours, caring for elephants, trekking through the jungle, snorkelling sessions, island cruises, and coffee plantation visits. You’ll even get to lunch beside an active volcano and meet some wonderful tribespeople on the way.
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Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok.
Meet one of our team at the airport and head to your city-centre hostel where you’ll meet your new travel buddies and enjoy a night out on Khao San Road!
Day 2: Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
Discover the highlights of Bangkok on a long-tail boat tour with stops at the most famous temples and an optional stop at the Grand Palace. Travel to Chiang Mai.
Day 3: Chiang Mai.
Explore the leafy city this morning before sizzling up a storm at a traditional Thai cooking class. Then get haggling at the famous Chiang Mai Night Market.
Day 4: Chiang Mai to the Elephant Project.
Travel to the ethical elephant camp. Make vitamin cakes for the elephants, feed them and bathe them in the river before sleeping in a hut by the herd.
Day 5: Hill Trek.
Get off the beaten track with a 2 day jungle hike. Take in spectacular views over rice fields, waterfalls and misty mountains before spending the night in a rustic retreat.
Day 6: Hill Trek & Chiang Mai.
Trek for a couple of hours this morning then drift down the river on a bamboo raft. Enjoy a delicious lunch and head back to Chiang Mai.
Day 7: Chiang Mai to Koh Phi Phi.
Morning flight to the south followed by a ferry to Phi Phi. Check into your hostel and head down to the white sand beach for a cocktail as the sun goes down.
Day 8: Koh Phi Phi.
Today is yours to spend as you please. Mellow out in a hammock, strap on a snorkel or get a relaxing massage on the sands.
Day 9: Phi Phi Viewpoint.
Trek to the top of one of the highest points on the island for commanding views. Later, enjoy the island’s cracking nightlife with your friends.
Day 10: Phi Phi Boat Trip.
Board our boat for a snorkelling trip through the turquoise seas. Includes a stop at Monkey Island where you can make some furry friends!
Day 11: Phi Phi to Ao Nang.
Hop on the long-tail to Ao Nang. Treat your tum with a guided street-food crawl tonight – yum!
Day 12: Ao Nang & Bor Thor Mangrove Forests.
Paddle through the magical mangrove forests of Bor Thor today by kayak, with a stop in an ancient cave to see 3,000 year old paintings!
Day 13: Hong & Poda Island Boat Trip.
Head to the dazzling islands of Hong and Poda. Bronze yourself on deck, snorkel in the azure sea and wander through the island shallows.
Day 14: Ao Nang to Khao Sok.
Travel to Khao Sok National Park. Enjoy a long-tail boat tour and take in the sublime views, before making yourself at home in a ‘float-house’ on the lake.
Day 15: Khao Sok to Koh Samui.
Take a sunrise boat safari before heading to Koh Samui for beach fun and a night out in the pumping Chaweng area.
Day 16: Koh Samui Beach Day.
You’re a free agent today. Relax on the beach or if you’re after something more energetic, book an excursion into the island’s jungled interior.
Day 17: Ang Thong Marine Park.
Explore beautiful Ang Thong by boat. Snorkel, swim and kayak in the warm water, with the most incredible backdrop of limestone islands.
Day 18: Koh Samui to Koh Phangan.
Transfer to Phangan by ferry. Check into your hostel in the lively Ban Taai area and head out to explore.
Day 19: Free time on Koh Phangan.
There’s so much to do with a free day on the island. Take a long-tail to the remotest beaches, join a yoga class, or go paddle-boarding round the bay.
Day 20: Free time on Koh Phangan.
More free time on Phangan. Enjoy the lovely beach further before a night out – it’s your last on the island so make it a good one!
Day 21: Koh Phangan to Koh Tao.
We’re off to dinky little Koh Tao today for more beach action and the opportunity to enjoy some world-class diving or snorkelling.
Day 22: Koh Tao Boat Trip.
Take your last boat trip of the tour, with stops at all the best snorkelling spots and some time on the immaculate island of Koh Nang Yuan.
Day 23: Free Time on Koh Tao.
Enjoy a final day on Tao’s sandy shores. Will you just work on your tan or have you got something more active planned?
Day 24: Koh Tao to Bangkok.
Goodbye Koh Tao! We’re making our way back to the capital today by ferry then bus. Have a final night going bonkers in Bangkok!
Day 25: Trip End. This chapter of your trip has come to a close. Transfer to Bangkok airport.
Please note: this is the 2020 itinerary for the Thai Experience. If you are travelling in 2019, or selected dates in 2020, you will be on a slightly different 2019 Thai Experience itinerary.
Thailand to Bali
When your Thai Experience tour comes to an end, you’ll need to get yourself over to Indonesia, arranging your flight into Denpasar Airport (DPS). In some cases, your Bali itinerary won’t begin for a few days, so you can either spend some free time in Thailand or get to Bali nice and early.
Either option is fine; staying in Bangkok you’ll get to do the touristy, sightseeing sorts of activities, not to mention the chance of picking up plenty of trinkets and holiday memorabilia to remind you of your trip, or if you want to wind down before embarking on further adventures, Bali is a pretty chilled place for a bit of beachside relaxation and self-bronzing.
We can talk you through the options, help you find accommodation, and sort out flights between the two destinations, just let us know what you want to do when you book.
Day 1: Kuta
Welcome to beautiful Bali! Meet the rest of the group and your new guide at a welcome dinner and drinks in the evening.
Day 2: Uluwatu Temple
Visit the beautiful 11th-century Uluwatu Temple that looks out over the Indian Ocean. Afterwards, take a fun but chilled-out surfing lesson and spend some time riding the waves (weather dependent), before pulling out your glad rags for an evening enjoying Kuta's famous nightlife.
Day 3: Tanah Lot Temple & Monkey Forest
Today we'll visit Tanah Lot Temple – one of the most photographed temples in Bali. We’ll visit Monkey Forest afterwards to have lunch with the cheeky locals before unwinding in the afternoon and exploring the local markets and find out more about Bali’s culture and history.
Day 4: Ubud community & Tegenungan Waterfall
This morning we'll visit a local primary school, where you’ll spend time in class talking to some of the children and finding out about Balinese life. Afterwards we’ll visit the stunning Tegenungan Waterfall for a quick dip beneath the cascading water.
Day 5: Ubud coffee plantations & rice terraces
Today we'll take a trip to a nearby coffee plantation for a tour and to find out how the world’s most expensive coffee is made (you might be surprised!) before having lunch with views over an active volcano. Later, we’ll wander through the striking emerald rice terraces.
Day 6: Gili Trawangan
Boarding the boat to the gorgeous Gili islands, we’ll get settled into our beachside hotel on Gili Trawangan before checking out the rest of the island with a bicycle tour. In the evening we’ll watch the sun setting over the sea as we’re getting geared up for tonight’s beach party.
Day 7: Island hopping
Enjoy a day's island-hopping and get to try out some of the best snorkelling sites in Indonesia. The crystal-clear waters and tropical coral reefs are incredible climates for spotting and swimming with beautiful marine life. In the evening we’ll have dinner as a group and party the night away.
Day 8: Continue the adventure from Gili Trawangan or head home
If you’re booked on the extended tour, you’ll have a bit of chill out time today, so spend your downtime relaxing in the sunshine.
If you’re leaving the tour today, you’ll need to make travel arrangements to get back to Denpasar – see flight details or FAQs for further information.
Day 9: Kuta Lombok
This morning we’re making our way to Kuta Lombok, stopping on the way for a rare opportunity to meet the Sasak tribe and have a look around the village. You’ll get to talk to members of the tribe and find out more about the traditional customs in their community. At Kuta, we’ll stretch out to a yoga class before having dinner on the beach.
Day 10: Sun, sea & surf
Today it’s all about beautiful sun-drenched beaches as we cruise from Mawun beach in the morning to Selong Belanak beach in time for lunch. In the afternoon we’ll take to the waves with our second surf lesson.
Day 11: Lovina
We’ll board the boat back to Bali today, arriving at our accommodation in Lovina in time for a bit of rest and relaxation before heading out for dinner and drinks in the evening.
Day 12: Marine life in Lovina
Back at sea for the morning, we’ll be setting sail early to watch the dolphins as they dive through the waves beside us. We’ll visit a natural beauty spot in the afternoon to see the Banjar hot springs before making our way to the impressive Gitgit falls for a refreshing dip.
Day 13: Farewell
We’ll make the journey back to Kuta on our final day in Bali before saying our goodbyes. If you want to ask about onward travels, now’s your chance.
We try to run as many of our start dates back-to-back, but on occasions, there may be days between your Thai Experience and Bali Beaches. Please contact a travel advisor for further details.
Lombok Extension Start Dates: Please note that the Lombok Extension is only available on certain start dates, please contact us for further details.
Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.
- 24 night’s accommodation
- Some meals
- WhatsApp buddy list before you travel
- Airport transfer on arrival
- Bangkok city boat tour
- In-country transport (inc. internal flight from Chiang Mai to Krabi)
- Cookery class in Chiang Mai
- Chiang Mai night market tour
- Ethical elephant experience
- Trekking in the northern foothills
- Bamboo rafting
- Koh Phi Phi viewpoint visit
- Phi Phi boat trip with snorkelling and kayaking
- Ao Nang street food crawl
- Bor Thor mangrove forests kayak trip
- Krabi boat trip including Hong and Poda islands
- Drinking water on Krabi boat trip
- Khao Sok long-tail boat trip
- Ang Thong National Marine Park visit
- Koh Tao Snorkel Boat Trip
- 24-hour emergency support
- For the 2019 itinerary inclusions please see Thai Experience 2019
- Airport transfer on arrival
- 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
- Bike ride
- Beach party
- Experienced tour leader
- Sasak tribe visit (13-day option only)
- Yoga class (13-day option only)
- Surf lesson (13-day option only)
- Dolphin watching (13-day option only)
- Trip to Banjar hot springs (13-day option only)
- Cooking class (13-day option only)
- Trip to Gitgit Waterfall (13-day option only)
- Transfer back to Kuta (13-day option only)
- 24/7 emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Food and drinks
- Return transfer
- Entry fee to moon parties on Koh Pha Ngan
- Entry fee to the Grand Palace in Bangkok
- Optional activities
24 nights of accommodation are included. Most nights will be spent in hostels. Rooms are a combination of single-sex and mixed-sex dorms. The accommodation is one of the key features of this trip, with a carefully chosen range of premium hostels to stay. Hostels have been selected with comfort and design in mind and are perfect for the young traveller, looking for a sociable atmosphere, without compromising on style.
The night we spend at the elephant camp will be in simple huts in the grounds, right next to the elephants’ sleeping quarters! Rooms are simple, but clean and comfortable with dorm-style beds and mosquito nets. On the overnight trek we’ll be staying in a rustic accommodation and in Khao Sok National Park, our home for the night is particularly unique – it’s a traditional Thai ‘float-house’, built on a raft and floated on Cheow Lan Lake. The facilities in these accommodations are more basic, but their setting more than makes up for it! Please note the above information is for the 2020 itinerary. Please contact a travel advisor for 2019 accommodation.
Most meals aren’t included on this trip, other than meals at the elephant village and during the hill trek, which offers you a fantastic opportunity to sample a range of Thailand’s delicious food. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you book.
You’ll be staying in comfortable and welcoming hotels and hostels, each with air-conditioning and a swimming pool. You’ll be sharing a twin room (with another group member of the same sex) with the exception of Ubud whuch will be quad-share. Again, if you're travelling with a partner or friend, let us know when you book, so we can make sure you end up sharing the same room.
Breakfast will be provided every day. Lunch and dinner aren’t included, but you’ll have plenty of places to choose from to try out delicious Balinese food.
You will need to arrange your flight to Thailand to arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on your programme start date between the hours of 6am and 10pm; we recommend that you arrive before 3pm, if possible, so that you are able to join the first night out with the group.
Your tour in Thailand will finish back in Bangkok on your end date. You can depart at any time. Please note: If you are travelling in 2019 you will be on a different itinerary. Please speak to a Travel Advisor for more information.
Depending on the dates of your Thailand trip ending and and your Bali trip starting, you may have a few days between the two trips. you’ll have the option of staying on in Bangkok or flying straight to Bali. However please note that for stays in Thailand of more than 30 days, you will need to obtain a 60 day visa for Thailand prior to departure through your nearest Thailand Embassy.
You should arrange a flight to Denpasar International Airport (DPS) to join your Bali Beaches trip. Please note, if you fly to Bali sooner than the day before the programme is due to start, we can arrange airport transfer and accommodation at a cost of 150,000IDR/£9 for the transfer, and 500,000IDR/£29 per night for accommodation (both payable locally). An airport transfer is included in the price of your trip if you arrive within one day of the start date of the Bali Beaches itinerary.
At the end of Bali Beaches and Lombok Extension, we recommend arranging a flight that departs after 8pm on your programme end date. Full details on arranging flights will be provided in your Online Account when your booking is confirmed.
The minimum age for this trip is 18. You will need to be able to swim to participate in the water activities.
Thailand: Citizens of the UK will automatically receive a 30-day tourist visa when entering Thailand.
Indonesia: Citizens of the UK are able to enter and remain in Indonesia without a visa, for a period of up to 30 days.
It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Travellers of all nationalities must carry a passport valid for the duration of the trip, and at least six months beyond the intended departure date, some countries require longer.
How Do I Extend My Visa If I Want To Stay In Thailand For A Longer Period?
You can apply for a 60 day visa if you’re planning on staying in Thailand for longer than one month, but you’ll need to obtain this before you travel to Thailand. You can apply by post or in person for around £28.
How Much Money Should I Bring With Me?
It's easy enough to get by on £150 a week, but we know that half the fun of your trip will be experiencing different things, trying all sorts of exotic food and enjoying the party atmosphere. There are also lots of activities on offer during your free days, so we'd recommend that as a minimum you bring between £800-£1,000, and if you're planning on doing lots of shopping, partying and extra activities then perhaps budget a bit more.
I’m Travelling With A Friend, Can We Stay Together?
Yes! Let us know when you book and we’ll make sure you both get to stay in the same rooms.
Do I Need To Bring A Sleeping Bag With Me?
All bedding is provided so there’s no need to bring a sleeping bag with you for this trip.
Will There Be A Safe Or Safety Deposit Box Available?
Yes, there will be somewhere safe for you to keep your valuables at each location.
Do I Need Any Vaccinations?
We’re not qualified to offer you medical advice, so you should visit your GP well ahead of time to find out what inoculations you might need. Remember to tell them exactly where you’re travelling to as vaccination and medication requirements vary between different regions. You’ll also need to make sure you have enough of any prescribed medication to see you through the duration of your trip.
Do I Need To Bring A Mosquito Net?
You can do if you like as nets won’t be provided at most places we stay in. Although if you keep windows and doors closed in your room you shouldn’t be bothered by mosquitoes.
Should I Take A Backpack Or A Suitcase?
We recommend you use a soft bag or frameless backpack, plus a small bag for excursions. Luggage is limited to one piece per person, with a maximum weight of 15kg.
How Do I Get To Bali For The Second Part Of The Trip?
You'll need to make your own way back to Bangkok on your programme end date to catch a flight to Denpasar Airport (DPS) in time for the first day of your programme itinerary. Your tour guide will be able to help you arrange transport. In some cases, your Bali itinerary won’t begin for a couple of days, so you can either spend some free time in Thailand, or get to Bali nice and early. Just bear in mind that if you stay in Thailand for more than 30 days, you'll need to have applied for a tourist visa. We can talk you through the options, help you find accommodation, and sort out flights between the two destinations, just let us know what you feel like doing when you book.
If I Opt To Do The Shorter Bali Beaches Trip, How Do I Get Back To The Airport From The Gili Islands?
If you’re booking the eight-day Bali trip, your last day will be on Gili Trawangan island. From there you’ll need to get a ferry back to Bali, and then a taxi to take you to Denpasar airport. It’s an easy journey, but your tour guide will be able to help you with times and bookings.