16 day Group Tour of Thailand

The perfect backpacking trip

Travel Thailand on a budget in your gap year

From the scenery to the people Thailand is a beautiful nation with an open and generous heart.

On this U. Thailand tour, we explore what makes Thailand unique from its rich and diverse spice culture to movie-worthy scenery. You’ll trek through jungles, learn about elephants in a certified elephant sanctuary, have fun dancing at sunset on beaches, ride rapids on white water rafts, taste exotic foods cooked with love and care by local hosts, and enjoy the vibrant cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

The U.Thailand trip is packed with unbelievable Impact! Experiences. This is a country where late-night parties can be every night in every town and sleeping the day away on the beach is just expected. We are fully into this and promise we will be right there with you – eating spicy foods and enjoying Chiang beer. But along this roller coaster of a journey, we have more exclusive U.Impact! Experiences than any of our other trips. Incredible U.Impact! Experiences include community yoga on Koh Samui, beach clean-ups with Eco-Thailand on Koh Phangnan, genuine local caring Thai guides, staying in sustainable riverside cottages in Khao Sok, Thai massages that help rehabilitate female offenders in Chiang Mai, the free-bird cafe and an exclusive dinner at ’Cabbages and Condoms’.

There are so many reasons why Thailand is one of our most popular destinations in the world for backpacking adventures and gap year travel.

I korthet

Från: 1,495

Week 1: Bangkok to the Beaches

This epic journey starts in Bangkok as we explore the city by day and night – by foot, by boat and by tuk tuk. You’ll visit historical temples and browse street markets, enjoy the local bars and have the opportunity to meander the crowded streets and absorb the eclectic culture that makes Thailand so diverse.

Later in the week we head out to the first of many Islands as we soak in the sun in paradise! From the bamboo jungles of Khao Sok to the beautiful crystal beaches of Koh Phangan, these days are filled with relaxing water based excursions, palm trees, lush countryside and the most beautiful beaches!

  • Immersive cultural experience in Bangkok, visiting temples and explore the canals by boat.
  • Stay in unique tree houses in Khao Sok National Park
  • Learn about sustainable farming with a local family
  • Relax in beach side cabins with a luxurious infinity pool and practice yoga on the beach
  • Kayak or swim in the crystal clear waters of Koh Pha Ngan
Weeks 2 and 3: Movies to Mountains

The second half of your immersive cultural trip moves from the famous shores of the Phi Phi Islands to the mountain tribes of Chiang Mai. Sun, sand, warm waters, sunset cocktails on the beach and simply stunning seascapes gives way to dense jungle canopy, local village overnight stays, bamboo rafting, and caring for elephants at a local sanctuary.

  • Coconut cocktails on the beach in the Phi Phi Islands
  • Bamboo Rafting and a traditional hill tribe overnight stay
  • Visit an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai
  • Immersive cooking lessons with local chefs
Welcome to Bangkok, the hustling, diverse and vibrant capital of Thailand

Thailand’s bustling capital, Bangkok is famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food. Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore, so perhaps arrive a day or so early and take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Today you meet at the hostel lobby at 5pm for welcome meeting with your U.Guide and amazing travelling companions. Bring all your queries and questions and come with an open heart and open mind as you meet everyone. You will then head out to wander the busy streets of Bangkok making our way for a wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road with varieties of street food that you can choose for dinner with your guide and group. Maybe you can start your amazing 16 day experience with a daring show of faith in the local cuisine by eating a deep fried scorpion from a local street vendor or perhaps just enjoy an ice cold Chang beer from a local bar. Tonight you have the option to indulge in the nearby riverside bars or even spend your first night in one of the crazy Khao San road clubs.

Arrive Bangkok
Markets & temples by tuk tuk

Today we will begin your extra-ordinary Thailand adventure exploring Bangkok. Bangkok (Thai Krung Thep) is Thailand’s only cosmopolitan city and represents its commercial and cultural centre. It’s a hive of activity where the past and present collide in social tradition and historic vs modern architecture and religious monuments – and a city we’re going to explore today like a crazy local. You start your tour on a long tail boat down the Chao Phraya River, also known as the River of Kings. We will explore the vibrant floating markets.

Then as a group you will continue by heading over to Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen (Big Buddha). When you visit the temple, you will see a huge white pagoda next to the seated Buddha image. First opened in 2012, Phra Maha Chedi Maha Ratchamongkol is the name of the 80m-tall multi-tier stupa. The temple invested about 300 million baht and took about nine years to complete.

This evening we sample our first interaction with rural Thailand as we make our way to Surat Thani on the overnight train.

(Breakfast included)

Explore Bangkok and transfer to Surat Thani
Welcome to paradise

You arrive off the train in the morning at Surat Thani train station where we will transfer to Don Sak pier and board a join ferry to the beautiful island of Koh Samui. Let the beauty of the Thai Islands work their magic on you as we arrive at Koh Samui, an island famous for its tropical coral reefs full of tropical fish, whale sharks and rays – perfect for snorkelling & scuba diving. The towering rock formations which rise from the relaxed warm waters are perfect for hiking, rock climbing, and bouldering.

Spend your leisure time on the beach and in the aſternoon we will tackle a free yoga class together with The Free Yoga Community. These incredible locals offer yoga classes to everyone including local people who would like to practice yoga but can’t afford the classes. For us the yoga classes are free also but we will leave a donation to support their amazing work.

Tonight we will explore Koh Samui with your U.Guide who knows the best places for a fantastic cheap authentic Thai meal.

Surat Thani - Koh Samui
Spectacular underwater world

It’s a day of active recovery – ‘active’ because we will explore by boat the beautiful island and coral reefs that Koh Samui is famous for, and ‘Recovery’ because, Koh Samui represents a slower more respectful way of life with a closer connection to nature which lends to a stress free day of sublime experiences. This morning, you’ll be picked up to join a boat tour to Angthong National Marine Park.

We start our trip with a kayaking experience on the southern end of Koh Mae Island. Huge rock overhang the sea creating that famous Thailand Gulf scenery. On the boat is a scrumptious buffet lunch which we enjoy while cruising to koh Mae Koh.

Here you head ashore to explore the astonishing “Green Lagoon or Emerald lake, a hidden saltwater lake inside of Koh Mae Koh. Further on continue cruising to Koh Wua Ta Lap, with the option for more kayaking or you can climb up to the viewpoint or visit the Spectacular Bua Bok Cave, or of course just relax on the beach. Tonight we will explore Koh Samui with your U.Guide who knows the best places for a fantastic cheap authentic Thai meal.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Koh Samui
Classic Thailand – island paradise, nature, beach BBQ’s and beach parties

This morning, you’ll board ferry further into the Gulf to Koh Pha Ngan. Koh Phangan is Thailand’s 5th biggest island and one of the most beautiful and wild. Most widely known for the full moon parties, the island has much more to offer such as swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, trekking, yoga, meditation, and sailing – all delivered with crystal clear oceans lapping long idyllic white-sand beaches surrounded by dense tropical jungle as a backdrop.

You’ll be based at the beautiful beachside bungalows on the island of Koh Phangan for the next 2 nights as you relax into Island mode.

Tonight, we let our hair down a bit with a beach BBQ and a few drinks.

(Dinner included)

Koh Samui - Koh Phangan
Exploring Ko Phangan

Island life doesn’t mean lazy life! This morning we’ll head off for an epic nature trek in the National Park. On the way, we’ll be learning about plants and herbs and enjoy the lush tropical jungle. Our destination is the Hidden Waterfall where we take lunch in the Jungle.

In the aſternoon we hit the beach and show with actions why we have the best travellers in the world – with a beach clean up. A little bit of your time makes a huge difference in the environments we interact with – so let’s get together, make an effort, be responsible travellers, reduce our footprint and add a little ‘more’. Here we are working with the Eco Thailand foundation – a not-for-profit NGO. They have a strong Environmental and Community focus and are active on Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, including Surat Thani, Nakhon si Thammarat and Phuket.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Koh Phangan
Live sustainably in jungle riverside cottages

Aſter the ferry ride back to the mainland at Surat Thani, you have approximately a two hour transfer to the incredible Khao Sok National Park. We have a unique U. experience for you today. You will travel deep into the dense virgin jungle, overflowing with a diverse number of mammal species. In fact, the Khao Sok National Park is a remnant of an ancient rain forest which is older and more diverse than the Amazon rainforest basin! This aſternoon is free to explore Khao Sok and possibly take part in three amazing local experiences (pre-book with the U.Team).

Tonight we will overnight in incredible riverside cottage project focussed on sustainably and their impact on the environment.

(Breakfast included)

 

Optional activities: Night Safari, Khao Sok Canoe Trip, Jungle Style Thai Cooking.

Koh Phangan - Khao Sok
Exploring the crystal clear waters of Cheow Lan Lake

This morning aſter breakfast we will head deeper into Khao Sok National Park for an all-day trip to the stunning Cheow Lan Lake. Accompanied by a local guide, you take a boat ride through the immense scenery to a floating bungalow where you will have lunch (included). In the aſternoon, swim in the clear waters, venture out for a jungle hike or just relax and swim at the raſt.

We return to our amazing sustainable cottages in time for hopefully an epic Thailand sunset.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Khao Sok
‘Sawasdee’ Phi Phi

Aſter two amazing active days in Khao Sok we start today a bit later and nice and leisurely. Start the day with breakfast spend your leisure time a bit longer. Today we move overland down the coast before taking a ferry into the Phi Phi Island archipelago – perhaps the most iconic recognised area in Thailand. The islands are renowned for their pristine beaches, stunning rock formations, and vivid turquoise waters teeming with colourful marine life.

Phi Phi has pristine beaches, stunning rock formations, and vivid turquoise waters teeming with colourful marine life. There’s quite a selection of things to do in Phi Phi, even on the archipelago’s tiniest islands. Look forward to luxury and beach when you party all day and night on the white sandy beaches while day becomes night and then morning. Grab a drink and enjoy the company of your fellow travellers on these stunning islands! The beaches are phenomenal, chalk white and absolutely incredible!

(Breakfast included)

Khao Sok - Koh Phi Phi
Endless exploring & memorable vistas

Hopefully you did not party too much of the night away as today we plan to get out and really explore then incredible Phi Phi Islands. This morning, you hop on a private longtail boat for a short trip to the Phi Phi Leh island. Phi Phi Leh is an uninhabited island that lies 1.5 km off the southernmost tip of Phi Phi Don. The island features towering vertical cliffs capped with green bushland over small sandy beaches and tropical coral seas.

You’ll visit Losama bay, Maya bay (where the movie The Beach was filmed), Pileh Lagoon, Viking cave and Monkey bay. Snorkelling gear is available on the boat for you to jump in and explore the amazing fringing reefs teeming with tropical fish. In the aſternoon you can relax back on Koh Phi Phi getting yourself ready for more cocktails in the beautiful setting sun.

(Breakfast included)

Koh Phi Phi
Northern Thailand here we come

Aſter 10 memorable days amongst the the island of Southern Thailand, today we head up to the cultural and adventure capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai. Today the journey north takes us to Chiang Mai by ferry, bus and airplane. It’s a serious travel day that will have you earning that beer at the end of the day.

You’ll be staying in a traditional guesthouse in the old city, and aſter you’ve settled in we recommend heading into town to investigate the local street food options for snacks and drinks and the incredibly vibrant night markets.

(Breakfast included)

Koh Phi Phi - Krabi - Chiang Mai
Action day – mountain biking, trekking and white water raſting

Get ready for an action-packed day exploring the hill tribe area around Mae Tang north of the Chiang Mai. We start on two wheels as we mountain bike through scenic landscapes along local roads (approximately 8 kilometres) to the starting point of a wonderful jungle trek. You will make your way through typical northern Thai forest scenery to the Huay Sathan Waterfall – perfect dip into the cooling waters and some respite from the tropical heat.

In the aſternoon, get prepared for a thrilling white water raſting adventure. Aſter our morning trek we kit-up with helmets and life jackets, get a run-down on some paddling commands before hitting the rapids of the Mae Taeng River and its 14 gorges. The Mae Taeng River ranges from grade 3 to 5 and is highly regarded as some of the best white water raſting in Asia.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Chiang - Maetang
Get a massage from an elephant (seriously??)

We have saved one of the very best Thai experiences for today – a visit to a carefully selected and vetted Elephant sanctuary. These beautiful creatures have been saved from exploitation and hard manual labour and U. supports the efforts of the incredible people who spend countless hours and energy to protect these elephants.

This morning we visit one of Thailand’s most respected elephant sanctuaries – it’s past, present and future as a place for elephants. With our local guide we head into the forest to observe from a safe distance the elephants grazing and socialising with each other. There is plenty of opportunity to see the elephants bathe and play. We have a Thai vegetarian lunch (included) overlooking a mud pit watching these mighty creatures bathe and play. You learn about the six resident elephants and learn why it’s so important to respect and protect these beautiful creatures and the cultural importance they have to the local Thai people. Aſter lunch you will learn about the local community’s history and the traditional method of weaving clothing and bags at the Karen Cultural Centre. You will get an opportunity to try this method of weaving with the guidance of local community members.

The day ends with a short discourse about what we have learned about the elephants and how we can continue to help elephants even aſter leaving Thailand. This evening, back in Chiang Mai, we have another special Thai experience lined up for you – a one hour Thai massage. The masseuses you will experience are all certified massage instructors, but perhaps more importantly they are all ex-inmates. It is our hope that working with local charities to retrain and provide employment your efforts will continue to reduce conviction rates of women in Chiang Mai and help to solve the societal problems that perpetuate the situation, bringing about our long-cherished dream for a better community.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Chiang Mai
Authentic Thai cooking class
Those staying on at our Thai Elephant Impact! Experience will leave the group this morning and transfer to our U. Elephant Sanctuary

By now we hope you love Thai food as much as we do! We can’t leave with Thailand without discovering the secrets to creating purely spectacular traditional Thai meals ourselves. Today we learn the importance of spices in Thai cuisine while teaching you how to master the intensity of flavours synonymous with Thai food. Local chefs will guide you through an immersive day in a Lanna style school located in a local country-side village. Pad Thai, Spring Rolls, Tom Yum Soup, Thai Green Curry, Massaman Curry or any of your favourite delicious Thai foods – just ask our hand picked chefs, get creative, and better still get to eat them!

Before leaving, and time allowing, we will also visit our beloved Free Bird Café at its new location, proudly calling itself “Chiang Mai’s first zero waste living store”. This ”cafe with a cause” serves delicious, fresh, organic vegan food along with smoothies, juices, coffees and desserts all while supporting a community language and arts program for refugees! Late in the aſternoon you will board on an overnight train in the direction of Bangkok.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Chiang Mai - Overnight train
Heading south to Bangkok

Although our train is heading to Bangkok we jump off early morning in Ayutthaya, the second capital of Siam aſter Sukhothai. We will transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast and refreshments before we explore what was once one of the most powerful cities in Asia. You will check out a demonstration and tasting at a local street food stall of roti sai mai, a thin pancake wrapped around delicious fine strands of thin-spun cotton candy, a dish synonymous with the Kingdom of Ayutthaya.

You will return to Bangkok in the aſternoon in time to spend a last night with farewell dinner with your fellows and guide. Tonight we have booked a table at Cabbages & Condoms – an amazing restaurant “Business for Social Progress”. Here all profits support theThe Population & Community Development Association (PDA) and its programs in primary health, education, HIV/AIDS, rural development, environment and water etc. It is a great way to celebrate what has been an awesome trip and to get us all in the mood for one final night in never-sleep Bangkok.

Ayutthaya - Bangkok
Time to say goodbye

For those leaving Bangkok this morning the U.Team can help organise airport transfers. Some of you might be heading to Vietnam and Cambodia as part of full Asia trips, or perhaps you are flying on to a U.Bali trip or further afield to Australia and New Zealand. Alternatively, extra nights can be arranged for those wanting to explore Bangkok more.

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I am allergic to nuts - is it true that all Thai cooking is cooked in Peanut oil

Actually we can tell you first hand that our experiences with the wonderful Thai people is that they are extremely aware of this potential problem and even more accommodating than anywhere else in the world. Of course, we can make no promises and you must carry any medicines and take all precautions but we are saying that it is our experiences that the Thai people can nearly always provide equally incredible food nut free.

Always included:

  • Covered by the Travel Guarantee Fund in Denmark
  • 100% climate-neutral travel
  • Professional travel experts and local guides
  • We do all the planning for you
  • Personalized meetings before departure
  • 24/7 emergency telephone
  • Your own personal travel profile with program, add-ons, flight tickets etc.
  • Packing list and advice
  • Certification of participation
  • Advice and assistance with booking flights
  • Possibility of purchasing cancellation and travel insurance
  • All entrances and fees for experiences
  • All tour accommodation

 

Transport:

  • Overnight train
  • Taxi
  • Minibus
  • Tuk Tuk
  • Ferry
  • Domestic flight

 

Experiences:

  • Welcome dinner in Chinatown Bangkok
  • Explore the beautiful, colourful and eclectic streets of Bangkok
  • Authentic guesthouse experiences
  • Get crazy in a Tuk Tuk on the streets of Bangkok
  • Explore Bangkok by canal and visit traditional temples
  • Learn to master Thai food in a locally hosted cooking class
  • Experience the wonderful, lush Khao Sok National Park with amazing wildlife staying in a tree house
  • Kayak, Tube and hike on the rivers in Khao Sok!
  • Sail in a traditional longboat amongst captivating seascapes
  • Snorkel, swim and party in the island paradise of Koh Phangan
  • Sunset drinks at one of the many beach bars
  • Enjoy the unique underwater light show in Phi Phi
  • Private boat trips to explore the islands around Phi Phi
  • Discover Chiang Mai by night, including the famous night markets
  • Learn to Muay Thai box
  • Give back to the communities we travel through with a community yoga session and beach cleanup
  • Immerse yourself with a tribal hill village family for an authentic experience of local village life
  • Create wild memories bamboo river rafting
  • Experience what it means to care for and protect the elephants of Chiang Mai
  • Onward travel help and planning, 24/7 support before and after your trip finishes.

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U.Impact! Experiences

In Koh Samui, you are invited to a local yoga class that is free for anyone in support of those in the community that can not afford such classes. As well as doing a most amusing work out we leave a small gold coin donation to help this ongoing work.

Koh Phangan is a beautiful island, home to the famous full moon and beach parties. Unfortunately, such parties and over-tourism are seriously challenging the incredible environment here. We work with the local not-for-profit organisation Eco Thailand on a rewarding beach clean-up.

While many travellers choose to stay on the floating bungalows in Khao Sok National Park we have something incredibly special for you. You will travel further into the National Park to stay in an amazing project at sustainable riverside cottages.

One of the greatest pleasures in life is a Thai massages. We have you covered, but more so, we work in Chiang Mai with a wonderful organisation that works to rehabilitate and reintegrate into community local women offenders. Not only will you get the best massage you have ever, had you will learn about the societal challenges that women face in the area and this amazing project to make better education, employment and life opportunities for local women.

And then of course, our favourite, and you will just have to wait and see, a special treat at cabbages and Condoms.

Kombinera eller uppgradera din resa med någon av dessa resor

Ta det mest meningsfulla jobbet i världen, där dina nya chefer är elefanter i Thailand och ditt jobb är att ödmjukt hjälpa dem att lära sig vad det innebär att vara fri.

Nästan den perfekta äventyrsresan med kultur, stränder, vulkaner, regnskogar, fantastisk mat och ännu mer fantastiska människor!

Tropiska stränder, frodiga regnskogar, täta djungler, pulserande städer, spektakulära rätter och några av de mest underbara människorna på planeten – det här är Thailand!!!

KUNSKAP ÄR MAKT NÄR DEN ANVÄNDS VÄL

Ditt förväntade fotavtryck på denna resa: 0,85 ton CO2

(exklusive flygresor). Ta reda på mer om vårt åtagande att resa netto-noll och hur du kan minska ditt fotavtryck.

Boende: 518kg Ca. 15 nätter med 37kg pr. natt Transport: 205kg Ca. 834km med 25kg pr. 100km Valfria aktiviteter: 30kg Genomsnitt (2 aktiviteter) Mat och dryck: 11kg Ca. 700g pr. dag Båtar: 7kg Ca. 385km med 19g pr. km

Din lokala investering på denna resa: ฿‎51,400

Det genomsnittliga förväntade belopp som våra U.Travellers spenderar och som går direkt in i den lokala ekonomin.

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Varför välja en U. Trip

  • Det enda reseföretaget som koldioxidberäknar och kompenserar varje del av din U.Trip, som en del av din kostnad! Från flygbiljetter till alla koldioxidkostnader i samband med boende, aktiviteter, måltider och transporter. Det innebär att du väljer att resa på ett ansvarsfullt sätt med ett företag som sätter människor och miljö i första rummet! U. har förenklat beslutsfattandet så att du kan fokusera på att välja den bästa resan för dina äventyr!
  • Fler paket än på andra resor, vilket innebär att du får mer valuta för pengarna, ser mer och upplever mer!
  • Investera i dig själv och din framtid med en U.Trip som sömlöst kombinerar det roliga, spännande och äventyrliga med gap year och backpackerresor med Impact Experiences som ger mervärde till ditt ”jag” och ditt CV.
  • U. ger dig möjlighet att utmana din egen världsbild genom att få förstahandsupplevelser av lokala samhällen och de utmaningar de står inför.
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