Thailand & Cambodia Explorer
Thailand & Cambodia Explorer
Thailand & Cambodia Explorer
Thailand & Cambodia Explorer
Thailand & Cambodia Explorer

Thailand & Cambodia Explorer

Regular price £1,299.00
THAI CAMBODIA EXPLOER 2020

 

OVERVIEW

Where aren’t you going on this amazing all encompassing trip?!

 Your first stop is the incredible capital city of Bangkok where you will witness sights and sounds you never even knew existed. After a couple of days in the hustle and bustle of this city you may be happy to head on to Surin which is a laid back and very chilled out area of north-east Thailand. Here you will work and play alongside the incredible Asian Elephants and learn all about their way of life, as well as helping renovate a rural Government school.

 After leaving Surin you have ‘One Night In Bangkok’ before the end of your adventure if you booked the 17 day experience.

 For those of you on our 21 or 29 day adventure you are now heading south, WooHoo! The adventure begins in the incredibly picturesque, and diving mecca, Koh Tao.

 Your final stop if you are on a 29 days tour is the party island of Koh Phangan – home to the world famous Moon Parties. As well as partying until dawn this island also offers stunning white beaches, crystal waters and incredible marine life.

What more could you want from 29 days?  

 DAY 1: ARRIVE IN BANGKOK

We take the hassle out of arriving into Thailand by meeting you at the airport (Bangkok International Airport only) and helping you get checked in to your Guesthouse near Khao San Road.

 INCLUSIONS:

  • Airport pick up and transfer (BKK airport only)
  • Accommodation in twin share, air-con en suite room, Khao San Road area

 DAY 2: ORIENTATION AND BANGKOK TOUR

After a quick chat about your trip it will be time for you to experience some of the most famous sites of Bangkok including the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun and the Giant Golden Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) and of course a classic long tailed boat ride. Then later that evening you will head back to Khao San road for a few drinks with your new travel buddies.

 INCLUSIONS:

  • Bangkok tour (excluding entry fee to The Grand Palace)
  • Accommodation in twin share, air-con en suite room, Khao San Road area
  • Breakfast

 DAY  3: TRANSFER TO SURIN

Time to leave the concrete jungle of Bangkok for a trip to Surin, the elephant capital of Thailand. Our team will accompany you to help you get to Surin and give you all the info you need while you are there.

 INCLUSIONS:

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Surin (train or coach)
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Accommodation: Shared air con rooms, hot water showers, WiFi, in Surin town

 DAY 4-7: VOLUNTEER SCHOOL RENOVATION

For the next four days you will be picked up around 07:45 – 08:00 by the team and transported to the project site. This will be one of the many village schools in Surin. You can expect to work 4-6 hours a day (please note: this can change and is always driven of course by the chosen projects requirements).

 You will be working as a group with one of the local Surin team, the project objective will be explained and all elements of the renovation work shown to you by example. There is no machinery, this is basic work using basic tools and no previous experience is required.

 Past projects have included fixing sinks, creating gravity fed water systems, painting classrooms, renovating play areas…it is really rewarding work. All projects are designed to be completed during your time in Surin. Your exact project will be decided in conjunction with the local schools near the time of your arrival.

 You will be transferred back to the hotel House around 2:30 – 3:00pm (again, this can vary depending on the job task!) and then have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore Surin.

 

INCLUSIONS – SCHOOL RENOVATION

  • Transfer to and from the project location - +/- 30 minutes
  • Staff support and assistance throughout your time at on project
  • All materials and tools required
  • Accommodation: Shared air con rooms
  • Breakfast

 

DAY 8 - 10: CAMBODIA ANGKOR EXPERIENCE

 On Day 10 you leave Surin in the morning by public transport. If you have not obtained your Cambodia Visa in advance you can do so at Surin’s border crossing. You will need…

 

  • At least three clean pages in your passport
  • The visa fee (please check online for latest prices)
  • Two passport photos
  • Two photocopies of your passport ID page
  • At least six months left on your passport

 

You will arrive in Sieam Reap at your hotel early evening. Have time to check in, relax and if you wish explore Sieam Reap town in the evening.

 

Day 11 is a full day bike tour exploring Ankor Wat. You will see all the major sites. Make sure you cover up (clothes or suncream), where a hat and drink plenty of water.

 

Day 12 is your return journey.

 

INCLUSIONS:

  • Return transfers Siem Reap (day 10 & 12)
  • Accommodation in twin share, air-con en suite room
  • One day bike tour (day 11)

 

 DAY 11 - 14: SURIN ELEPHANT VILLAGE EXPERIENCE

 For the next 4 days and 3 nights you will live, work and play alongside a real elephant community on the rural outskirts of Surin. You’ll get to bathe the elephants, learn how to cut bamboo as a sustainable food supply and feed them, and help out in any other elephant related jobs. In return you’ll be treated to traditional Thai food from the village for the duration of your stay.

 

If you are an adventurous (or aquatic) kind of person then you can even go kayaking on the river.

 INCLUSIONS – ELEPHANT VILLAGE

  • Transfer to the elephant village (and returning on day 16)
  • Activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Accommodation: basic but clean shared rooms (mattresses on the floor) in the village leaders home, fan cooled, cold water showers – no WIFI.
  • Food – Lunch and dinner on Day 11 / Breakfast, lunch and dinner on days 12 and 13 Breakfast and Lunch on day 14

 

On your last day in the Elephant Village, it’s time to pack up all your things and say goodbye to your new pachyderm pals.

You will head back to Surin and catch an afternoon train or bus to Pak Chong, then take a local bus or songteaw to the hotel close to Khao Yai National Park.Khao Yai is one of Thailand’s most beautiful national parks and has stunning scenery. The journey is approximately 4 hours. Once you arrive at your accommodation you’ll have the evening free to relax and prepare for the Jungle Trekking tomorrow.

 

INCLUSIONS –

  • Transfer to Khao Yai
  • Accommodation twin or triple share with aircon and private shower

 

DAY  15: KHAO YAI ONE DAY EXPERIENCE

You will join an experienced local guide and spend the day trekking to one of Thailand’s most iconic waterfalls and take in a breath-taking view at Pha Daew Dai.

 The Jungle trek is often regarded as one the highlights of the trip for its sense of adventure. The trek is very pleasant and provided you are in good health, not particularly challenging.

 Around 15:00 you will transfer back to your accommodation and have the evening free to discuss today’s activities with the rest of your group

 

INCLUSIONS –

  • Guided trek around the national park
  • Accommodation twin or triple share with aircon and private shower

 

DAY    16: TRANSFER TO BANGKOK AND OVERNIGHT TO KOH TAO

 We return to Bangkok and you will have a few hours to relax before the overnight transfer to Koh Tao. A few hotel rooms have been organised to dump bags and/or take a shower.

 At around 8pm you will depart the hotel for the short walk to the bus station. Its an overnight coach connecting with a high speed catamaran service to the island.

 INCLUSIONS:

Breakfast

  • Transfer from Khao Yai to Bangkok
  • Few rooms in the hotel while waiting for your overnight transfer
  • Overnight transfer to Koh Tao

 

IF ON 17D ADVENTURE THERE WILL BE A ROOM FOR YOU IN BANGKOK TONIGHT. YOU CAN SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR GROUP WHEN THEY LEACE FOR THE BUS.

 

 DAY 17 -   17D Adventure ENDS

TODAY YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT YOUR ROOM BY 11AM, SAFE ONWARD TRAVELS

INCLUSIONS:

  • Breakfast

 

 DAY 17: KOH TAO ARRIVAL FOR 22D AND 29D TOURS:

 For 22D/29D Adventure……

You will arrive about lunchtime after your overnight coach from Bangkok and morning boat to Koh Tao. Now its time to relax and soak up the chilled vibe on this stunning island. You can choose to laze on the beach, book a day trip or take an Open Water PADI course. There is plenty to keep you busy if you wish!

 INCLUSIONS 22D/29D:

  • Accommodation in twin or triple share aircon with private shower, pool

 

DAY  18: KOH TAO – SNORKELLING TRIP

 Today you will experience the surrounding islands of Koh Tao on a full day boat trip. You will leave your accommodation in the morning, and head down to your boat to get out to sea!

 During the trip you will stop off at Koh Nang Yuan beach and viewpoint, where you can get some amazing photos of the area, and the boat will also stop at a number of beautiful snorkelling points for a chance to see migrating turtles and a beautiful array of fish in their natural habitat.

 INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation in twin or triple share aircon with private shower, pool
  • Boat trip
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Snacks and Lunch onboard

 DAY   19-21: KOH TAO

 Free TIME

 INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation in twin or triple share aircon with private shower, pool

 DAY  22: 22D ADVENTURE ENDS

 INCLUSIONS – NONE

OUR GUIDE CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR RETURN TRANSFER TO BKK OR YOUR ONWARD TRAVEL

 

DAY   22: 29D ADVENTURE TRANSFER TO KOH PHANGAN

 

When we were younger we were told on Christmas Eve that Christmas would come sooner if we went to sleep earlier. Well day 17 is sort of like Christmas Eve, it gives you time to get excited about the following day! You will take a day boat transfer to Party Island. Then it’s up to you to decide if you want one week of rest and relaxation on the sun kissed sands and warm sea waters or crazy night time fun at the home of the world famous Moon Parties. Whatever you decide to do it’s your choice, you’ve earned it.

 INCLUSIONS:

  • Transfer from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan on Day 22
  • Accommodation in twin or triple share aircon with private shower, pool

 

DAY 23 - 27: KOH PHANGAN

 Free Days

 INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation in twin or triple share aircon with private shower, pool

 DAY 28: TRANSFER TO BANGKOK

It’s once again time to travel back to Bangkok. If you partied too hard or got too chilled out then the return to the city will give you chance to ease back into the ‘real world’ again. We’ll provide you with a transport to get back to Bangkok and then you get one final night on Khao San road (so this would be the after-party party, right?) – the perfect way to finish the trip.

 INCLUSIONS:

  • Transfer Koh Phangan to Bangkok
  • Bangkok accommodation including breakfast next day

 DAY 29: END OF TOUR

 

Take your memories, your photographs and your new friends, but be sure to leave a part of yourself in Thailand so you can come back for it someday.

 

INCLUSIONS:

  • Breakfast

 

We want to do everything we can to ensure you have an enjoyable stay in Thailand. An important part of this means staying safe, so here are some things to be aware of before you travel:

  • Vaccinations – Thailand is very safe indeed, but as with any hot and humid country there are health risks and viruses that we may not be used to back at home. Contracting anything is very rare, but it’s always best to check with experts before you travel to get the latest and most up to date medical advice. Visit your local travel clinic or your local doctor before travelling to check if you do need any vaccinations or medication.
    *We suggest doing this as far in advance as you can, as some courses of vaccinations can take several weeks to complete*
  • Food – Trying the local food is always a fun part of travelling, but it’s common to have the odd upset stomach within the first few days, as your body adjusts to the climate and different foods you may not be used to. Generally, it’s important to keep hydrated, keep your energy levels up and make sure you eat well and enough.
  • Water – Tap water is not safe to drink so please only drink bottled or filtered water. It’s very easy to buy bottled water throughout Thailand and it’s very cheap too.
  • Alcohol – Please drink in moderation. Remember that it’s very easy to become dehydrated, especially in the heat of Thailand, and so your tolerance to alcohol may be lower than normal.
  • Drugs – Extremely strict drug laws for possession or use. The penalties are severe. Drug use of any kind is not tolerated on any of our experiences.
  • Motorbikes – Riding a moped or motorbike is a common way for locals to travel around, and motorbike taxis are commonplace. Renting a motorbike when traveling through Thailand may look fun, but the fact is that it’s incredibly dangerous and Thailand does in fact have one of the highest road traffic accident fatality rates in the world.
    We strongly recommend you avoid using motorbikes at all costs.
  • Crime levels are no different to at home, and so please be as cautious as you would at home. Don’t leave your belongings on show or unaccompanied, and please don’t ‘show off’ your spending money.

 

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