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Thailand on a Shoestring & Full Moon Party

Who says you can’t become a world traveller without having a little fun? This tour combines Thailand’s cultural highlights with one of the world’s most famous celebrations – the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan. But before you throw down, get your cultural fill first. Keep the energy up in Bangkok before relaxing in serene Chiang Mai. See a different side of Thailand on a Northern Hilltribes trek, or marvel at the unique lowland jungle of Khao Sok. When it comes to Thailand, you really can have it all.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Hiking
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 100%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ATTP/199320
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Ko Pha Ngan

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok at any time.
Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned. Enjoy free time to relax, explore the city, and adjust to the frantic pace and humid heat of Bangkok.

After your meeting, head out for an optional dinner to get to know your CEO and fellow group members better.

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Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Mai

Opt to visit Wat Po and the Grand Palace, or check out the city's klongs by boat. Board an overnight train to Chiang Mai.

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Day 3: Chiang Mai

Enjoy one of two street food crawls with the group and CEO. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, comb the night markets for souvenirs, or participate in a Thai cooking class.

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Day 4: Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok

Trek through rugged forests and experience the wonderful diversity of this region: each village has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. Drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where the trek will begin. After a few hours of hiking, reach the first village.
We might have time to visit a local market before stopping for lunch and starting our trek.

Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies.

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Day 5: Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam

Trek 2-3 hrs and, after lunch, head to a Karen village to learn about traditional basket weaving and scarf-making. Continue trekking another few hours to the next village for the night.
You will also have the chance to fish at Mae Tang River using local tools; learn how to construct a bamboo raft.

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Day 6: Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai

After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.

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Day 7: Chiang Mai/Bangkok

Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Board an overnight train to Bangkok.

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Day 8: Bangkok

Get out and explore this fantastic city where there is endless sightseeing to be done.

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Day 9: Bangkok/Surat Thani

Get to know Thailand's capital. Check out Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, get a Thai massage, or explore the klongs on a boat tour before an overnight train. Enjoy a street food crawl with the group and CEO either today or another day on tour.

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Day 10: Surat Thani/Khao Sok

Discover the natural beauty of the area with an excursion to Lake Cheow Lan. Opt to go hiking or swimming in Khao Sok National Park.
Khao Sok is a diverse area of natural beauty, a perfect place for people who want to hike and get out there in nature or those that just want to chill out in a hammock by the riverside watching monkeys take their afternoon bath.

As entry to Khao Sok NP is included for the day, you can opt for a trek in the park after checking in this afternoon. The park entrance is a short walk from the hotel, as is the main stretch of restaurants and bars in town.

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Day 11: Khao Sok/Ko Pha Ngan

Travel across southern Thailand to Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. Settle in and get ready to celebrate the full moon at one of the world's most famous parties.
Travel to Koh Phangan, known for its epic parties. Explore the island and its beaches by day and dive into the nightlife when the sun goes down.

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Day 12: Ko Pha Ngan

Experience some of the best Koh Phangan has to offer on a full day excursion to idyllic Bottle Beach. After a guided trek through the jungle, savour a Thai lunch on the beach and soak up the sun and laid back vibes. This evening, head out for a party you won't soon forget.

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Day 13: Ko Pha Ngan

Spend the day exploring the island.

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Day 14: Ko Pha Ngan

Spend the day exploring the island.

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Day 15: Ko Pha Ngan

Depart at any time.

Want to take the hassle out of getting back to Bangkok? Book the Bangkok Express, a two-day post-tour Extra. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Visit to Chiang Mai night market
    • Hilltribe trek
    • Bamboo rafting
    • Street food crawl
    • Lake Cheow Larn excursion
    • Full Moon Party
    • Bottle Beach full-day excursion
    • Beach time on Koh Phangan
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (9 nts), basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multi-share), sleeper trains (3 nts)
    • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Local bus, train, private vehicle, walking, boat, ferry
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, trekking staff
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Eunice P Posted on: 

Thailand is a beautiful country with its hospitable people, amazing culture and outstanding scenery.

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Melina T Posted on: 

I thought the tour provided an excellent introduction to Thailand. Loved the range of activities & experiences.

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Julie D Posted on: 

Great tour overall, more than I had hoped for...really loved all the local accommodations, transport, and food built in...definitely a different experience and I felt like I really saw Thailand!

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Douglas P Posted on: 

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would definitely rebook another tour with G Adventures.

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Charles T Posted on: 

It was an interesting adventure. It was my first time in Thailand.

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Stephanie W Posted on: 

G Adventures. tours is an excellent tour company that is suitable for all ages. The tours are not only educational but fun. You will learn a lot about the history of that country while experiencing first hand what makes it such a magnificent destination. G Adventures. has chosen very knowledgeable tour guides to ensure that every dollar goes well spent. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a fun trip!

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Belinda H Posted on: 

I thought the tour was fantastic and keep going over in my mind all the fantastic experiences and people I met

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David F Posted on: 

So many experiences that each day we woke with excitement to see what the new day would bring and each one unique. An explosion of the senses in every way.

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