Northern Thailand & Full Moon

Experience a bit of everything with our Northern Thailand Adventure and Full Moon Experience. Start in Bangkok and finish in Koh Phangan as we take you to all the famous hotspots and some less known favourites. From visiting temples to snorkelling boat trips, and of course the world-famous Full Moon Party. There are so many activities on this trip, giving you a well-rounded balance between culture, partying and island adventure.

What's Included

Airport Pickup
(Up to two days before tour)

Travel Ninja
Your Guide! Like travelling with your best mates and one of them happens to know where they're going!

Transport
All Transport Included Private Van 2 x Overnight Train Ferry To Koh Phangan

Accommodation
22 Nights Accommodation Hotel Hill Tribe Stay Floating Bungalows Bottle Beach Bungalows

Activities
Erawan waterfalls Elephant sanctuary Khao Sok National Park Full Moon Party

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HILL TRIBE HOMESTAY BOTTLE BEACH EXPERIENCE
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Bucket List
Care For Elephants
Khao Sok Floating Bungalows
Creating flames from the wok in a cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand
Thai Cooking Class
A group photo at the full moon party in Koh Phangan Thailand
Full Moon Party
A girl about to go on the zip line in Chiang Mai Thailand
Zip-lining

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21 Day 22 Day 23
Day 1

Airport Pick up

When you land, we’ll pick you up at the airport and bring you back to our hotel. Depending on what time you land, you will have a free day to get to get settled and ready for probably the best group adventure in the world… TruTravels’ Northern Thailand & Full Moon Experience. In the evening we’ll go out on the infamous Khao San Road for dinner and drinks, and get to know the group better.

Bangkok
Airport Pick Up
Groups enjoying a drink sat around a pool raising their arms to cheer with a busy market street in the background
A lively photo of a crowd enjoying the nightlife in Bangkok
A group photo at Khao San road in Bangkok Thailand
Day 2

KANCHANABURI

Leaving Bangkok in the morning, we’ll stop at Taling Chan Floating Market for our first real taste of Thailand; one of our favourite sites to see around Bangkok. Afterwards, we head north to Kanchanaburi, home to the ‘Bridge on The River Kwai’. We’ll enjoy enjoy a cruise along the river and under the famous bridge itself. Check out some of the museums in town, and watch the sunset from the bridge itself. Quite a special moment.

KANCHANABURI
BANGKOK RIVER CRUISE & THE RIVER KWAI
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A group by the stunning view of the river in Kanchanaburi Thailand
A happy group photo at the idyllic bridge on river Kwai
group of young people standing with beautiful scenery of lakes and mountains in the background in Thailand
Day 3

ERAWAN WATERFALLS

Just an hour away from Kanchanaburi town sits possibly Thailand’s most famous waterfall; and for a country that boasts many waterfalls both big and small, that is no small claim. Erawan waterfall has seven levels, each with different features; every one of them is jaw-droppingly beautiful. After taking a dip in the crystal clear waters we will head to our guesthouse to chill out ready for our evening drinks and dinner.

KANCHANABURI
ERAWAN WATERFALL
1x Lunch
People sitting in waterfall in Erawan Falls Thailand
A group arriving at Erawan falls Kanchanaburi Thailand posing for a photo
A group of girls in front of Erawan waterfall
Day 4

Ancient Ruins & History

After a bit of a lie in, we get back on the road to the ancient city of Ayutthaya. This was actually Thailand’s second capital (before Bangkok) and is absolutely dripping in history and culture. We’ll explore the ancient city ruins by bike, take in the incredible sights of the UNESCO world heritage site and learn a little about the fascinating history of this place, and indeed the Kingdom of Siam (Thailand) before grabbing a bite to eat and hopping on the night train to our next destination, Chiang Mai. The train is comfortable, and everyone gets their own full-size bed with covers and pillows etc., it’s a very authentic experience. We’ll arrive nice and early in the famous and beautiful city of Chiang Mai.

Overnight TRAIN
TEMPLES & BIKE RIDE
1x Lunch
Girl standing in front of some flower offerings laid down next to a giant reclining buddha in ayutthaya, Thailand
Group with hands in prayer position in front of large reclining buddha statue in Thailand
Four girls sitting on bikes with basket on the front with temples faintly showing in the background and green trees behind them
A serene group photo beside the reclining buddha in Ayutthaya
Day 5

Chiang Mai: Temples & Culture

After we check in to our new accommodation, you’ll have time to chill by the pool, explore or check out the oldest temple in Chiang Mai which is right opposite our hotel. In the afternoon we jump in a cab up to the most famous temple in Chiang Mai – Wat Pra Maha Doi Sutthep (or just Doi Sutthep for short) – This beautiful temple is situated way up high on the side of a mountain so the views from the top are incredible and you get a panoramic view of the whole of Chiang Mai.

CHIANG MAI
TEMPLES & CULTURAL DAY
1x Lunch
A group photo in front of Wat Phra That Chiang Mai
A group photo at the beginning of the 300 steps at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai Thailand
Day 6

Jungle Trek & Hill Tribe Homestay

A MUST DO, An essential in Thailand. We’re heading off on a jungle trek! We stay overnight with a local hill tribe. If you’re looking to experience an authentic thai experience, this is it. Learn a different way of life and the general workings of the hill tribe lifestyle. Fall asleep to the sound of local wildlife.

HILL TRIBE HOMESTAY
JUNGLE TREK & HillTribe Stay
1x Dinner
TRU Exclusives
HillTribe Stay
A group photo by the waterfall during the jungle trek in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group hiking in Chiang Mai Thailand wearing hats made out of banana leaves
Day 7

WATERFALLS & BAMBOO RAFTS

Wake up we’re going bamboo rafting! An epic experience, pull out your Bear Gryll’s survival skills as we raft along the river. We stop to have a dip at a local waterfall and freshen up after a long walk. This does not require a very high level of fitness but is a bit of a challenge, so you will definitely have earned the next beer we crack open when we get back to Chiang Mai!

CHIANG MAI
WATERFALLS & BAMBOO RAFTS
Bamboo raft trip in Chiang Mai Thailand
A girl on a bamboo raft trip with an elephant in the background bathing in the river in Chiang Mai Thailand
Day 8

Zip-Line Through the Jungle

It’s time to get your adrenaline pumping as we head to the jungle to spend the morning zip-lining through the jungle. Fly from platform to platform through the canopy of the jungle up to 50m above the ground, throw in some rope bridges and a few abseils and you’ll experience the jungle in an entirely different (and much faster) way than walking through it at ground level.

CHIANG MAI
ZIPLINING
1x lunch, 1x dinner
A group taking part in the zip line in Chiang Mai Thailand
A girl about to go on the zip line in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group photo on the truck before going to the zip line in Chiang Mai Thailand
Day 9

Elephant Sanctuary

Today we are spending a day at the elephant sanctuary where you will be feeding, bathing and learning about Thailand’s friendliest giants. This is an incredible experience and something that you will not forget for a long, long time! In the afternoon we’ll jump on another minibus and follow the mountain roads to the cool and quirky little town of Pai. Beautiful scenery, chilled vibe, lovely people, good bars and excellent food. Winning!

PAI
ELEPHANT SANCTUARY
1x Breakfast
Meeting the elephants with buckets of bananas ready to feed them in Chiang Mai Thailand
A couple feeding the elephants surrounded by lush greenery at the elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai
A group photo with the elephants in Chiang Mai Thailand
Meeting amazing elephants in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group photo at the elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai Thailand while holding buckets of bananas for the elephants
Day 10

Caves, Canyons & Hot Springs

Today we’ll take a day trip to see some of the natural features and highlights of the area. Starting at the biggest cave in Thailand (the Lod Cave), we’ll hike through one or both of the main chambers before taking a bamboo raft on the river that runs through the cave, (depending on season and accessibility). Afterwards, we take a short drive to the local hot springs, a completely natural pool in the jungle which is heated by geothermal activity. After we take a dip in the crystal-clear water, we head to a nearby waterfall with a natural slide and beautiful view. We finish off high up at the Pai Canyon which has an even more amazing view of the surrounding mountains and jungle. In the evening, we’ll head out for dinner and drinks in to embrace Pai’s nightlife.

PAI
HOT SPRINGS & CAVES
1x Lunch
A group photo at the caves in Pai Northern Thailand
Day 11

PAI: CHILL OUT DAY

Spend today at your own pace, relaxing in this cool little hippy mountain town. Opt to get a massage, enjoy some traditional local cuisine. Who doesn’t love a bit of rest & relaxation?

PAI
POOL CHILL & Tea tasting
1x Dinner
girls in bikinis sat by large pool in Thailand
3 girls chilling by a pool in Thailand having drinks
A couple in the pool in Pai
Day 12

COOKING CLASS

When we return to Chiang Mai from Pai we will do yet another one of the area’s most popular activities – a Thai cooking course. Some of the most delicious food in Thailand comes from the North, so why not learn to make a few of your favourite dishes from the masters? In the afternoon, we get picked up and taken to one of the city’s most well-established cooking schools. First stop is the local market where our guides and teachers will show us how to select the freshest and tastiest ingredients. One of the best bits about it is that we will, of course, get to eat it all afterwards so don’t eat too much for lunch.

CHIANG MAI
COOKING CLASS
A group photo on the bridge at the cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand
Creating flames from the wok in a cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group taking a cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group experimenting with flames in the wok at a cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand
Day 13

CHIANG MAI CANYON

Chiang Mai’s answer to the Grand Canyon. This is an awesome place to spend the day, it’s basically an old excavation site which is now a man-made lagoon that has been turned into an adult playground. Have a swim through the refreshing waters or have a go on a paddle board and tubes. If you are brave enough you can do cliff-jumping, have a go at deep water soloing or climb on their new climbing wall.

CHIANG MAI
WATER PLAYGROUND & ZIPLINE
Group sitting on rock outside the Grand Canyon waterpark in Chiang Mai, Thailand
A scenic group picture on a boulder at Grand Canyon
Day 14

TRAVEL BACK TO BANGKOK

For those who are just on the 14-day tour today is check-out day. However, you lucky 23 dayers have 10 more days of awesomeness to look forward to, starting with some free time to explore Chiang Mai, In the evening we will jump on the night train again to travel back to Bangkok.

overnight train
A group photo from the windows on the overnight train to Khao Sok National Park Thailand
Group hanging out from bunk beds on an overnight train in Thailand with one girl sitting on the floor.
Day 15

TUK TUKS & RIVER CRUISE IN BANGKOK

We arrive in Bangkok bright and early and will check into our Bangkok accommodation where we’ll meet any new group members who will be joining us for the last 9 days. Board a long-tail boat and travel along the Chao Phraya River. Visit the historic & prestigious temples – Wat Arun and Wat Pho, to see the very impressive giant and gold reclining Buddha statue. You will have a free afternoon which is best spent shopping to find some awesome bargains and to try the delicious street food Bangkok has to offer. Then in the evening we meet again for dinner, drinks and more group bonding.

BANGKOK
TEMPLES, TUK TUKS & NIGHTLIFE
People riding down the river in a colourful longtail boat in Thailand
A group photo outside of Wat Pho in Bangkok Thailand on a sunny day
Groups enjoying a drink sat around a pool raising their arms to cheer with a busy market street in the background
Group standing in between two temples in Bangkok with blue sky and clouds
A group picture at the temple Wat Aryun in Bangkok.
Day 16

MASSAGE & NIGHT TRAIN

Enjoy a traditional Thai massage before we travel overnight on the train down towards the South. We escape the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and prepare to spend the next couple of days surrounded in the stunning Khao Sok National Park – situated in the Surat Thani province of Thailand.

Bangkok
OVERNIGHT TRAIN
A group waiting for the sleeper train from Bangkok to Surat Thani
A group picture on the sleeper train from Bangkok to Surat Thani
Day 17

KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK

Today you will arrive in paradise. Travel to our floating bungalows on a long-tail boat which is where you will be staying tonight. We will spend the rest of the day diving into the fresh-water lake and trying out some kayaking. We will spend the evening chilling with a beer in front of the stunning backdrop of this limestone mountain range.

KHAO SOK
KAYAKING, SWIMMING & TUBING
Group photos on the doughnuts in front of beautiful mountains in Khao Sok Thailand
A group of four girls enjoying a boat trip at Khao Sok National Park
Group kayaking in Khao Sok Thailand with picturesque scenes
Day 18

BOTTLE BEACH, KOH PHANGAN

Wake up to the beautiful views of the lake before enjoying a spot of breakfast. We will then catch a bus and then ferry to Koh Phangan. When we arrive, we go straight to a secluded paradise: Bottle Beach – Our favourite beach in the world. The beautiful, peaceful surroundings make this place so special and we pretty much get the whole place to ourselves. Relax here for the rest of the afternoon, enjoy a bit of volleyball, sunbathing or swimming. In the evening, we can enjoy dinner and some cocktails on the beach next to a campfire with our own private fire show.

BOTTLE BEACH, KOH PHANGAN
KAYAKING, SWIMMING & fire show
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bottle beach bungalows
A group in front of the crystal clear blue water at bottle beach Koh Phangan
A couple at enjoying time at bottle beach Koh Phangan Thailand
Four girls sitting on a swing at bottle beach Koh Phangan Thailand
A group photo on a speed boat at bottle beach in Koh Phangan Thailand
Day 19

MUAY THAI LESSON

Enjoy a nice chilled wake up as you will have a free morning to make the most of your surroundings. You can go kayaking, play volleyball, top up the tan, go trekking to view points or catch up on some sleep. This afternoon we are picked up and taken to a local gym to have a traditional Muay Thai boxing lesson – Thailand’s national sport. Afterwards, we head back to our awesome beach huts to freshen up and get ready for dinner.

KOH PHANGAN
Muay Thai LESSON
The top of the view point at bottle beach in Koh Phangan Thailand over looking incredible views
A group using a selfie stick at the top of the view point at bottle beach in Koh Phangan Thailand overlooking the lush greenery and blue sea
group learning how to do muay thai in Thailand with knee up to elbow
A group practicing their Muay Thai moves in Koh Phangan Thailand
A group taking a muay Thai lesson in Koh Phangan
Day 20

ISLAND BOAT TRIP

Today we head on an adventure around Koh Phangan. Take in the views of the tropical island scenery, stop for some snorkelling at the coolest hotspots and visit Than Sadet waterfall (seasonal). When you might think it couldn’t get any better, we will also have free drinks and food throughout the day with music and lots of sunshine.

KOH PHANGAN
BOAT TRIP & SNORKELLING
Beach party in Koh Phangan with islands in the background
A group photo on the boat in Koh Phangan Thailand
A group photo on a boat trip in Koh Phangan
A group photo in front of the serene sunset in Koh Phangan
Day 21

THE CHALLENGE & FULL MOON

In the day we head down to 'The Challenge' which is a huge inflatable obstacle course! Then in the evening we will meet in our hostel for a UV painting session to get us ready for the Full Moon Experience. We will take you to the best pre-drinking spots before hitting up the full moon party in TruTravels style! Those of you hard core enough to make it to sunrise (the best bit) may even get to join us at the after party which starts at 6am! No rest for the wicked.
*Please note the Full Moon Party is on a specific date each month so the activities can sometimes shuffle around but you will not miss out on anything!*

koh phangan
The Challenge & FULL MOON PARTY
A girl trying the challenge obstacle course in Koh Phangan Thailand
Doing the challenge in Koh Phangan Thailand
A group getting ready with paint at the full moon party in Koh Phangan Thailand
A group photo at the full moon party in Koh Phangan Thailand
Day 22

RELAXATION & THAI MASSAGE

Depending on what time you stumble in from the party, you will probably need some of today to recover and reminisce last night’s antics. The only planned activity is to enjoy a traditional Thai massage and possibly a film and drinks at a local bar. Spend the afternoon chilling on the beach unless you are one of those crazy party animals that decided to join us at the after party!

koh phangan
thai massage
Girl relaxing on beach reading a book lounging on the sand in Thailand
Couple relaxing in pool having a drink and laughing together at hotel in Thailand
Group of friends sitting enjoying a drink at beach bar overlooking the ocean on the beach
Day 23

CHILLED CHECKOUT

Say your goodbyes as today is check out day. If you have not booked any onward travel then we are on hand to help plan your next footsteps; so have a chat with your group leader before you leave. Whether you want to stay longer on Koh Phangan, head back to Bangkok, or jet off somewhere else in Asia. The world is your oyster!

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FAQS

Where does the trip start & Finish?

The trip begins in Bangkok and finishes in Koh Phangan.

Which airport do I need to fly into?

You will need to fly into Suvarnabhumi (BKK) which is the main international airport or alternatively we can also collect you from Don Muang (DMK).

What is the closest airport to the end destination?

The closest airport is Koh Samui which is a 45 minute ferry ride away from Koh Phangan. The ferries run regularly.

What kind of accommodation is included on this trip?

The accommodation for this trip is twin share private rooms apart from over full moon we stay in dorms.

How much is a pre night’s accommodation?

A pre night’s accommodation is 35GBP, 42EUR, 47USD, 61CAD, 67AUD. If you would like to arrange a pre-night please email info@trutravels.com

What is the currency?

The currency in Thailand is Thai Baht (THB)

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