This adventure stays true to its name offering up 3 classic Thai destinations, each very different from the next. This journey begins under the bright lights of Thailand’s current capital city Bangkok, then takes us through the lush tropical jungles and incredible waterfalls of Kanchanaburi, culminating in one of Thailand’s most famous backpacking destinations, Koh Phangan. Take in the sights, sounds, and flavours of one of the most lively and fun capital cities in Asia. Spend your day hiking through stunning mountain rainforests from one waterfall to next, stopping along the way to cool off in crystal clear mountain pools. Laze the day away on stunning white sand beaches that at night transform into some of the wildest party scenes you’ve ever seen. Loaded with adventure, the 10 Day Taste Of Thailand is your perfect introduction to some of Thailand’s classic backpacking destinations.
- What Will You DoYou arrive in Bangkok late the first evening. The group meets for welcome drinks and a short information session at our guesthouse. Day 2 is when the action starts as we embark on our first included activity, a day trip to former capital of Ayutthaya where you’ll see some of the most impressive Buddhist temples in all of Thailand.
Day 3 we hit the road for the short journey to Kanchanaburi, in our private mini bus. Spend the next couple days soaking up the sights and sounds of the jungle, and enjoying Kanchanaburi’s incredibly laid-back vibe. Our group activity here is always a guest favorite, as we trek the jungle trails of Erawan National Park, home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in the world. Mid afternoon on day 6 we hop in a private mini bus to the train station in Nakhon Pathom where we board our overnight train to Surat Thani, our kick off point to Koh Phangan.
Our train arrives early in the morning on Day 7 in Surat Thani, Southern Thailand. From the train station we board a shuttle to the pier, then board the ferry for the ride over to Koh Phangan. Our driver will meet us at the pier and take us to our awesome beachfront accommodations! Spend the next few days exploring the island’s forest, waterfalls, beaches and viewpoints or take it easy and kick back in the sun and sand and prepare yourself for the madness that awaits you on day 9, the legendary Full Moon Party on Haad Rin Beach. You have a day and night post-party to recover from the last night’s madness, say goodbye to your awesome new group of friends and prepare for your onward journey. At this point though, like many, you may just be having so much fun you want to stay and hang us for another 10 days on our Beaches, Boats & Jungles tour.
- What To ExpectBangkok: Known for it’s ancient temples, vibrant street life, fantastic food and abundance of shopping opportunities, Bangkok is a big city with a lot to offer the adventurous type. The sky train, subway and river ferries connect you to all areas of the city making navigation around town a breeze. We begin or end (sometimes both) all of our Thailand trips in Bangkok, giving all of our Thailand travelers the opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of this truly Far Out city.
Tour the ancient shrines and temples, shop the floating markets, street stalls and world class malls, cruise the river on a long boat hopping on and off at the various sites of Bangkok, or spend the night cutting loose in the backpacker’s party mecca of Khao San Rd. Bangkok is a big time city full of big time fun.
Kanchanaburi: Most famous for being the home to the Bridge Over the River Kwai, the starting point of the Burmese Death Railway built during WWII, Kanchanaburi is not only loaded with history both recent and ancient, it also happens to be a stunningly beautiful place that a lot of travelers leave off their Thailand itinerary.
The famous river Kwai flows through the town of Kanchanaburi and mountains covered in lush green rain forest, passing along it’s course the Erawan National Park, home to some of the most jaw dropping layered waterfalls in the world. Not only is the mountainous and forested terrain perfect for waterfall hunters, it also provides ample opportunity for world class trekking and wildlife spotting.
Kanchanaburi is also one of the few places in Thailand where you have the opportunity to interact with Asian elephants in an ethical setting. Take a hike through the jungle, cool off under a waterfall or in a simmering turquoise pool, take a float or a splash in the river Kwai, make friends with a friendly pachyderm, or learn a little bit about the local history. A beautiful place rich in history, nature and adventure, our groups always love Kanchanaburi.
Koh Phangan: If you’ve heard of Koh Phangan, it’s likely you’ve heard of it’s status as SE Asia’s premier beach party destination. Koh Phangan is the original home of the often imitated but never duplicated Full Moon Party. What started as a small gathering of friends on Haad Rin beach in the mid ‘80’s has grown into a roughly monthly all-night gong show that can attract anywhere from 5,000-30,000 people depending on the season.
Koh Phangan has a lot more to offer however than just raucous beach, jungle and pool parties however. Visit stunning deserted beaches, enjoy excellent snorkeling and diving, trek through lush forested mountains to waterfalls, see a Muay Thai fight, or enjoy a world class sunset at one of the many amazing viewpoints. Koh Phangan is an easy place to get swept away with and many travelers do, deciding to extend a short stay for weeks, months, or even permanently.
- What Is IncludedWelcome Dinner
Far Out Welcome Package: There’s a trip information guide, a welcome dinner, and a few welcome gifts to keep you comfortable on your Far Out Adventure.
Not one, but TWO knowledgeable and fun leaders who know the lay of the land and will help make sure you’re having the time of your life, every day of your trip.
All accommodations during your trip. We’ve scoured our destinations for the best group accommodations available. We always look for the perfect combination of environment, comfort, fun, friendly service and safety.
All transportation between trip destinations and to included activities.
At least one Far Out activity in each destination we visit, normally the top “must do” activities. The 20 Day Thailand Adventure includes the following activities.
- Ayutthaya Temple Tour
- Kanchanaburi Day Adventure: Erawan Falls, Krasae Cave, Death Railway Train, Bridge Over the River Kwai w/lunch incl.
- Full Moon Party
- Koh Phangan Pool Party
- What Is Not IncludedSpending Money: For budgeting tips, click here.
Travel Visas (30 visa on arrival available for most nationalities arriving by air. Please contact your local Thai consulate or embassy for more information.)
Food and beverages (except those mentioned in What’s Included)
Transportation for personal/optional activities not included in the tour.