TOUCH DOWN IN BANGKOK
So you’re here, probably tired but excited, anxious but eager, cautious but curious. Landing here for the first time is a roller coaster of emotions, but we got you covered. One of the TruFam will be at the airport waiting to whisk you away to the backpacker hub and traveller host spot of Khao San Road where you will be checked into our accommodation and can meet the rest of the group and your new travel family. Day 1 is free to rest up, explore the area, get a massage (~£8!!), get a beer (~£1.50!!), get some delicious street food (~£1 a dish!!) or chill by the hotel pool (£0!!) - you get the picture, there’s loads to do, and things are pretty damn cheap. In the evening, we’ll head to one of our favourite restaurants for delicious food, strong drinks, and the start of lifelong friendships. After we all know far too much about each other, we’ll hit Khao San Road and find out why backpackers and travellers of all flavours, shapes and sizes flock here to meet people, party and start their adventures. But beware, the local beer (Chang) and mixers are S-T-R-O-N-G.
You came here for the culture, right? Sort of? Well, today you’re gonna get it. After a relaxing morning by the pool (or in bed sleeping off that Changover - we warned you), we’ll grab a Bangkok river taxi (or Longtail boat) and cruise down Bangkok's answer to the river Thames or the Hudson River, the Chao Phraya. The river and back canals are a great way to get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at this awe-inspiring city. After taking in the sights of the city, we hit up two impressive and prestigious temples, Wat Arun and Wat Pho, where we will learn a bit about Thai history, culture and religion before grabbing a traditional Tuk Tuk back to the Hotel. In the evening we can either hit up Khao San road again or sample some of Bangkok's other nightlife, or have a chilled one!
BANGKOK RIVER CRUISE, TEMPLE VISITS, TUK TUK RIDE
MASSAGE & OVERNIGHT TRAIN
That might sound like the title to a dodgy horror film, but it’s not (as far as we know), and today will most certainly not be the stuff of nightmares. You have a free morning to do as you please. Like the Tru VIP that you are, you’ll be being treated to a nice, relaxing massage, before being escorted with your entourage (the rest of the group) to the train station where we board the comfortable and quirky night train to our next destination. You can use the time on the train to get to know your group better, take in views of the Thai countryside, catch up on your travel journal entries, or just catch up on some sleep. When we arrive in the morning you're in for a treat, so sleep well, and dream of paradise, cos that’s where you’re headed.
KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK
When we say this place is out of this world, we are not messing around. Think Jurassic park scenery without the scary dinosaurs, low hanging clouds float over the mountains and jungle which surround the beautiful, crystal clear lake at the centre of the national park. You will witness some of the most mind-blowing scenery (VERY Instagram worthy) you have ever seen as we cruise through the lake on the way to our floating resort. After checking into your own floating bungalow, spend the rest of the day kayaking, tanning, or just floating about in a giant tube with a beer. In paradise. That’s our kind of day. Where do you eat and drink at a floating resort? At a floating restaurant & bar, of course. Sounds cool right? How about if we told you all the food is delicious, all included, and served buffet style? Ok, we’ll stop.
floating bungalows, kayaks, & swimming
BOTTLE BEACH EXPERIENCE
After an early start, some world-class views from your bungalow door, and a quick breakfast, it’s time to hit the island, and not just any island, our favourite island of them all - Koh Phangan. If this is why you’re here, then you have picked the right people to travel with. Noone, and I mean no-one knows how to have a better time on this island than us. There are many reasons why our first office and many of the TruFam live here, and we’re excited to show some to you. The first one being the beautiful, secluded, magical little Bottle Beach. This is what backpacking in Thailand used to be like about 20 years ago, it still has that lazy, secluded feel that only comes from being cut off from the rest of the island and the world. Yes, Koh Phangan is famous for its parties as well as it’s beauty, but if you come here and just experience the nightlife without seeing places like this, you’re messing up. As always though, we are here to prevent that, so unlike most people who visit here, you’ll get to experience a night at this magical beach in Tru exclusive style. You won’t forget this for a while. Promise.
bottle beach, koh phangan
Beach activities & fire show
MUAY THAI LESSON
Other than Khao Sok, this is probably the best place to wake up in the world. You’ll hear the sound of the waves gently lapping at the shore and the warmth of the suns rays beaming through your window. Push open the door, and you’ll see the turquoise water meeting a backdrop of white sand and blue sky, as the cool ocean breeze enters the room. How would you prefer to wake up? By running straight into the sea, heading to the bar for a banana shake and bottle of water, hiking up to the viewpoint for insta worthy postcard pics, rolling over and going back to sleep? However you choose to spend your last few hours in paradise on earth is fine with us, it’s your holiday after all. In the afternoon we’ll work off those rum and cokes with an introduction to Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, Thailand’s national sport. Well, we did tell you our tours kick ass. After a shower and a dip in the pool back at our next resort, we’ll explore a bit of the more lively side of the island and maybe even hit up one of the full moon warm-up parties as we get ready for the big night.
VIEWPOINT TREK, VOLLEYBALL, MUAY THAI LESSON
BOATS & BEACHES
Today you’re a pirate, or not. Whatever. But we do get to sail around on a big boat, soak up some stunning views, some rays, some massive tunes, and best of all, plenty of good vibes from your fellow travellers and shipmates. AKA your new travel fam. You’ve seen the island from land, now it's time to see it from the sea. Think blue oceans, blue skies, green trees, grey mountains, white beaches and bronzed bodies. When we have had enough of the gorgeous views and good times above the ocean, we can take a dip with some snorkels and take in the out of this world scenery below the boat. After a sunset ride back to the hotel, we’ll freshen up and hit the beach for some dinner and perhaps a little boogie to shake off those seal legs. In the evening, head back to our accommodation for a dip, dinner and drinks.
ISLAND BOAT TRIP & SNORKELLING
THE CHALLENGE & FULL MOON PARTY
How’s your balance? Well, today we’ll find out. You’ve seen Total Wipeout on the TV? Today it’s your turn. We head to Koh Phangans own water-based assault course on the beach for a bit of fun in the sun followed by a chilled afternoon to enjoy the beach and get ready for the big night. Evening it’s time for the big party you’ve been waiting for, and when we hit it, you’ll be glad you decided to do it with us. When we first started the Full Moon Party tour, no other companies did it for the same reason we didn’t at first, namely because it’s such a big party with so many people. Well, we can confidently say we have done more Full Moon Parties between us than probably any other company on earth, so naturally, we know how to do it best. Trust us.
THE CHALLENGE & FULL MOON PARTY
RELAX & RECUPERATE
If you were dancing with us until the sun came up, then you’ll probably need today to rest up and get some sleep. Or if you’re really hardcore, then you might still even be partying. Either way, today is yours to do as you please. Enjoy the calm after the storm in the pool, in bed, exploring the island or taking another relaxing Thai massage on us. After the final sunset of our epic adventure in party paradise, we’ll go for one last group dinner as a group. All good things must come to an end, so let’s make sure the last night is one to remember.
The tour might be over, but the dream lives on!! Unlike other companies who will forget about you at the end of the trip, you’re welcome to hang with us as long as you like. You’re part of the Tru Fam now, and we are at your service fo’ life. We homies now homie, so you’re welcome where we are at any time. If you need to move on somewhere else, then your travel ninja will be happy to help sort everything you need. If you’re travelling for a while and need advice, or just to hear a friendly voice, give us a call or come see us at any time.