Thailand, Bali & Paid Work in Australia
12 months from $4,871
- Spend time in an authentic Thai elephant village, feeding and bathing these gentle giants
- Explore the dazzling islands of South Thailand, with snorkelling, boat trips & beach parties
- Meet the monkeys and discover ancient temples, incredible beaches and waterfalls in beautiful Bali
- Kick back in Sydney and Port Stephens, jet boating, dolphin-watching and learning to surf
- Earn an average of £15 per hour whilst working and travelling around Australia for up to 12 months
See the highlights of two amazing Asian countries and get paid work in Aus on this incredible combo tour. Travel the length of Thailand over 25 days, jungle-trekking, staying on an elephant project, and partying on paradise beaches. Then jet off to Bali and Lombok for 8 days of sacred sites, emerald green landscapes, and crystal clear seas. Down Under, you’ll have 9 days of sun-soaked fun in glitzy Sydney, while learning everything there is to know about finding work and accommodation in Australia. Spend up to a year working and travelling round this spectacular country.
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Week 1: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Elephant Sanctuary & Hill Trekking
Start your Thai Experience in bustling Bangkok - take a boat tour of the city, visit temples and hit the neon-lit streets after dark. Next up it’s Chiang Mai, where you’ll join a cookery course and spend a day in an incredible ethical elephant camp, caring for these majestic beasts. Finish the week with a hike through the wilderness, including bamboo rafting and a night in a stunning retreat.
Week 2: Koh Phi Phi, Mangrove Kayak Trip, Island Boat Tour & Khao Sok National Park
Fly south to Phi Phi. Chill on the paradise beach, explore the surrounding islands by boat, hike to a viewpoint and party the night away under the stars. Travel to Ao Nang, where you’ll tuck into street food, kayak through mangrove forests and take a boat trip to the pristine islands of Hong and Poda. Then head to jaw-dropping Khao Sok National Park and spend the night in a float-house on the lake.
Week 3: Koh Samui, Ang Thong Marine Park, & Koh Phangan
We’re beach bums this week with 3 nights on idyllic Koh Samui, followed by Ko Phangan. Stretch out on the sands, kayak and snorkel in crystal clear seas and go for some big nights out. We’ll also visit Ang Thong Marine Park on an unforgettable boat trip!
Week 4: Koh Tao & Bangkok
Round off the Thai leg of your adventure with a few days on gorgeous little Tao. Take a boat trip to the best snorkelling and kayaking spots as well as Koh Nang Yuan with its dazzling beach. Then travel back to crazy Bangkok for one last night out. Fly from Bangkok to Denpasar International Airport (DPS) to arrive in time for the first day of your Bali itinerary.
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.
Days 1 - 2: Kuta. Kick off your Bali adventure with a couple of days in lively Kuta. Check out spectacular Uluwatu and Tanah Lot Temples, take a surf lesson, have lunch in the Monkey Forest and sample some of the famously crazy Kuta nightlife.
Days 4 - 5: Ubud. Visit Ubud primary school and prepare to have your heart stolen by the friendly kids, head to Tegenungan Waterfall for a swim, visit the plantation where the world’s most expensive coffee is made and wander through the terraced rice fields.
Days 6 - 8: The Gili Islands & bye-bye Bali. Leave civilisation behind and sail to the Gilis where you’ll take a bicycle tour, go on an island hopping boat trip, snorkel with turtles and dance all night with the sand between your toes. Then on day 8, make your way back to Denpasar Airport to catch your onward flight to Sydney International Airport (SYD).
Days 1 - 4: Sydney. Spend the next few days exploring spectacular Sydney and getting the lowdown on working and travelling Down Under. You’ll see all the most iconic sights on a jet boat tour round the harbour, soak up the sun and surf on Bondi and tuck into a proper Aussie barbie as well as getting lots of time with our local jobs team who’ll get you all set up and ready for work.
Days 5 - 7: Port Stephens. Stop off at a hidden beach on the way to Port Stephens for a surf lesson. We’ll be packing in the fun for the next 2 days with a beach barbecue, sandboarding on some of the biggest sand dunes in Aus and a dolphin cruise on a private boat.
Days 7 - 8: Sydney. Get the best advice from the jobs team on work, accommodation and onward travel. We’ll also get you signed up to our jobs board. In the evenings, it’s work hat off, party hat on as you head into the bright lights of the city, including dinner at Australia's highest revolving restaurant!
Day 9: Onwards and upwards. Get ready to start your new Aussie life. Check out of the hostel and move on to your house share or other accommodation. Good luck!
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 12 nights’ accommodation
- Breakfast every day
- Arrival transfer
- Transfer from airport to accommodation
- Experienced tour leader
- Visit to Tanah Lot temple
- Bali 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
- Dolphin watching boat trip
- Transfer back to Kuta
- 24/7 emergency support
- 8 nights’ accommodation
- BBQ lunch on day 3, BBQ dinner on day 5, and lunch on day 6
- Meet and greet on arrival at Sydney Airport
- Transfer from airport to accommodation
- Welcome meeting & full orientation session
- Assistance from our expert jobs team
- Australian bank account set up, tax file number, Medicare card, and SIM card
- 12 months job support and advice from local team
- Free Wifi
- Full city orientation in Sydney
- Jet boating in Sydney Harbour
- Private Sydney Harbour cruise
- Bondi Beach to Coogee coastal walk and snorkelling
- Surfing lesson near Port Stephens
- Sand boarding at Port Stephens
- Dolphin boat trip at Port Stephens
- Farewell dinner at revolving restaurant in Sydney
- 24/7 emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Meals and drinks
- Return transfer
- Entry fee and transport to the moon party on Koh Pha Ngan
- Transport and taxis to optional activities and nights out
- Entry fee to the Grand Palace in Bangkok
- Optional activities
- Travel insurance
- Return airport transfer
- Optional activities
- Working Holiday Visa
- Travel insurance
- Meals and drinks, unless otherwise stated
- Accommodation after the first 8 nights
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 will be staying in hotels and boutique hostels for this leg of the trip. All accommodation will be in twin rooms (sharing with another group member of the same sex) with the exception of Ubud which will be quad-share. All of the accommodations are clean and comfortable and each one has air-conditioning and a swimming pool.
Breakfast will be provided each morning. Lunch and dinner will be at your own expense. Indonesia is foodie heaven, with satays, curries and fried rice dishes. Eating is often ‘family style’ with a selection of dishes and steamed rice in the centre of the table for everybody to share.
Your accommodation for the first eight nights in Sydney comes in the form of a lively backpacker’s hostel in the heart of the city. You’ll be sharing a mixed dorm with between seven and nine others, and have access to shared areas, Wifi, and your own locker. You’ll also get to spend one night in a unique Aussie bush bungalow in Port Stephens. After your first eight nights you can extend your stay at the hostel, or take up a house share with other travellers. Our in-country team will be able to help you with this and any other arrangements.
The majority of your food and drink isn't included while you're in Australia, but on days three and five you'll enjoy beach barbecues, with lunch included on day six. On day eight you’ll be treated to a delicious group dinner at Australia’s highest revolving restaurant. You’ll have a lot of fun eating out here - Australians really appreciate good food and this is reflected in the range and quality of options. They do breakfast and brunch particularly well and there is a thriving cafe culture, especially in the cities.
Please note: it’s important to let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you book.
You’ll 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. You’ll be met at the airport and taken to your accommodation.
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.
You will need to arrange flights to arrive at Denpasar International Airport (DPS) (also known as Ngurah Rai International Airport), for the first day of your trip. You will be greeted at the airport and taken to your accommodation.
Please arrange your return flight to depart after 8pm on the last day of your trip, or stay in Bali for an extra night, to allow time to travel Denpasar, which your tour guide can help you arrange. For both options, we can help you find accommodation if you’d like to stay in Bali an extra night.
From Denpasar, you'll need to fly to Sydney International Airport (SYD) to arrive in time for the first day of your programme start date. You’ll be met at the airport and taken you to your accommodation in the centre of Sydney.
You’ll need to obtain a Working Holiday Visa to work in Australia, please ensure you have applied for the correct visa before travelling.
Please note: There may be a few days between your programmes. You will need to arrange your own accommodation for this. You will also need to organise your own flights between the three destinations. Our flights team can provide some competitively priced options.
Thailand and Bali
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years. Nationals of the EU don't require a visa to enter Bali or Thailand, as long as you hold a valid passport (and a valid return ticket), you will be able to stay as a tourist for a period of up to 30 days.
For the Australian leg of this trip you will need to be 18 - 30 due to Australian Working Holiday Visa regulations. You’ll need to obtain a Working Holiday Visa before travelling to Australia. To be eligible for this scheme you must:
- Be aged between 18 and 30 years old at the time of application.
- Hold a valid passport, with at least six months remaining following your return.
- Not be accompanied by children on your visit.
- Have not previously entered Australia on a working holiday visa.
- Meet the relevant health and character requirements.
- Be outside of Australia at the time of visa grant.
- Agree that your main reason for travelling to Australia is for a holiday. Not undertake studies or training for more than three months.
- Have plans to leave Australia following your authorised period in the country.
- Have sufficient funds to support yourself for the initial period of your stay – a minimum of 3,000AUD is regarded as sufficient – you might have to provide evidence of this in the form of a bank statement.
If you fit the eligibility criteria for the Working Holiday Visa, then we’re able to apply for the visa on your behalf. More information on the visa can be found on the Australian Working Holiday Visa Page