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Northern Thailand & Full Moon

Looking for the ultimate Thai experience? Look no further! Here we combine 2 of our most popular tours Northern Thailand Adventure and Full Moon Experience for the most EPIC 23 days of your life! Starting in Bangkok and finishing in Koh Phangan, we’re bringing you to some of the most famous places to visit in Thailand and a few hidden gems and TruExclusives of course. We visit local temples in Bangkok, trek the jungle and stay with a hill tribe in Chiang Mai, visit an elephant sanctuary and that’s before we’ve even head South! Spend our day’s island-hopping around Koh Phi Phi in crystal clear waters, snorkelling out on our longtail boat trips in Koh Phangan before partying till the sun comes up at the world-famous Full Moon Party! Is this a bucket list trip? Hell, yeah! Are you ready to go? Phuket! Why not!

We’ve perfected the balance between culture, adventure, beaches and parties. A high level of inclusions at a low cost. Think of a Ferrari for the price of a Ford. Highlights, hotspots & hidden gems are crafted into each itinerary with our own TruExclusives. We stay in a variety of different accommodations such as hotels, hostels, homestays, beach huts & even boats. Maximum adventure, minimum hassle.

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

TruExclusives
HILL TRIBE HOMESTAY BOTTLE BEACH EXPERIENCE
TruFlexibility
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Low Deposit
Stupidly low deposits so you won't have to raid the piggy bank to lock in your trip.
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Free date changes
In case shit happens and you can't make it.
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Payment Plans
Have something to look forward to & pay us when you can.
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Unrivalled Support
The best 1 on 1 support before, during and after your trip.
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Lifetime Deposits
Never lose out. Your deposit is good for life, even if plans change.
Bucket List
Care For Elephants
A photo of a group in doughnuts at Khao Sok national park Thailand
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 1

Airport Pick up

Bangkok baby, your adventure begins! You’ve made it into the hustle and bustle of city life! We’ll meet you at the airport before taking you to our hotel. Sit back, relax, you’re here. You’ll have the first day to settle in and relax, meet your TruFam, and go explore the local area, whatever ya fancy. In the evening, it’s time for our welcome dinner at one of our favourite restaurants on the one & only Khao San Road! Get to know your fellow travellers over a bucket or two. Start as you mean to go on, right?

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
A group enjoying the night life on Khao San road in Bangkok Thailand
Day 2

KANCHANABURI

So you know the film Bridge Over River Kwai? Been there done that! We’re taking you there! Before we head off to the river, we’re off to do some shopping and not at just any old regular market, but a FLOATING one! Crazy right? We’re shopping via long-tail boat. Grab a snack off a local vendor, or grab a cold one. Next, we’re off to Kanchanaburi! When we have arrived, we get another boat and cruise down the River Kwai enjoying the sight of the bridge (an insta worthy moment fo’ sho’). It’s sunset o’clock and what a better place to watch the sunset than the bridge over River Kwai! Get those poses ready for all the 10/10 shots you’re going to get. You’re welcome.

KANCHANABURI
BANGKOK RIVER CRUISE & THE RIVER KWAI
1x (B) 2x (L) 1x (D)
A group by the stunning view of the river in Kanchanaburi Thailand
Admiring the sunset over the river Kwai from a long tail boat 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

Imagine, a 7 tier, crystal clear blue waterfall surrounded by lush greenery, sounds unreal right! Erawan falls, just an hour away from Kanchanaburi is pretty much paradise. Something you would expect to see on a national geographic, but we’re here, baby! We know TLC said don’t go chasing waterfalls but ya know, I think we can be excused this once. Make sure you have your swimmers as you’ll want to take a dip. Don’t say we don’t spoil ya! We’ll have some lunch at the waterfalls, gotta stay hydrated and energised from all that walking & swimming! Then we head back to Kanchanaburi, where you can either chill by the pool or explore the town before we meet for dinner and drinks! Buckets, anyone?

KANCHANABURI
ERAWAN WATERFALL
1x Lunch
People sitting in waterfall in Erawan Falls Thailand
A group selfie under the waterfall at Erawan falls in 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

Today you have the morning free before we hit the road again! So choose to spend this morning how you please, whether that’s by the pool or exploring the town. Next, we are off to Ayutthaya, an ancient capital city, if you’re looking to see culture & history, then you’re in the right place! We’ll hop on some bikes and cycle around the world heritage site, 10/10 views, we’ll also learn about the fascinating history of Ayutthaya and of course, the kingdom of Siam which is what Thailand used to be called (fun fact for ya!). Time to grab a bite to eat and then it’s all aboard the night train to Chiang Mai! The train is comfortable, you get your own bed with pillows and covers, comfort is key! So it shouldn’t be too hard to get a decent night sleep ready to take on a new place in the morning! Chiang Mai, we’re coming for you.

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

We check into our guesthouse which is ideally situated between the old & new areas of Chiang Mai (winning), you’ll have some time to relax by the pool or do some exploring and check out the oldest temple in Chiang Mai which is right opposite our accommodation (winning x2!). Now it’s time to visit the most famous and possibly the most beautiful temple in Chiang Mai, Wat Pra Maha Doi Sutthep. The views are incredible, situated high up on the mountain, you’ll get a panoramic view of the city. Trust, you’ll feel on top of the world, literally. Once you’ve taken your snaps of the insane views and got some for the gram (it’s gotta be done), you have the afternoon free to do whatever you would like, before we meet later on in time for dinner!

 

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
A group photo at Wat Phra Sing in Chiang Mai Thailand
Day 6

Jungle Trek & Hill Tribe Homestay

 Did someone say TruExclusive? Hell yeah, we did! You won’t find this experience anywhere else. If you’re looking for an authentic Thai experience, THIS IS IT. We are off to do one of the most popular activities in Northern Thailand, a trek through the jungle. The trek doesn’t require a high level of fitness, but it is a bit of a challenge SO beers will be very well deserved afterwards! We’ll spend one night in a hill tribe village homestay so that you can experience what life is like for the many traditional hill tribes of Northern Thailand, You’ll see their lives have not changed a huge amount for generations. Fall asleep to the sound of local wildlife, an experience in itself.

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
A group photo in front of a waterfall during the jungle trek in Northern Thailand
Day 7

WATERFALLS & BAMBOO RAFTS

After a night of blissful dreaming, we head back to Chiang Mai.. via bamboo raft. Yeah, you heard us a BAMBOO RAFT. Sail with the wind in your hair before we stop off for a dip at a local waterfall. Freshen up in the clear waters after an insightful evening with the hill tribe, dry off and we’re on our way 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! 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. You’ll experience the jungle in an entirely different (and much faster) way than walking through it at ground level. You can thank us later, once you’ve made all your friends and fam jealous, obvs. This is truly an unforgettable experience! *Just don’t look down!*

CHIANG MAI
ZIPLINING
1x lunch, 1x dinner
A group photo before going ziplining in Chaing Mai Thailand
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’re to visit an elephant sanctuary here in Chiang Mai, animal welfare is extremely close to our hearts, and we visit a dedicated elephant rehabilitation sanctuary. The elephants here are free to roam and not here for the entertainment of tourists. We visit to educate ourselves on one of Thailand’s most popular native animals but to also redistribute funds to programmes that do good. Well, have a short briefing on arrival to learn about some of the elephants here. We’ll even get the chance to feed some sugarcane or fruit. Trust us, they go bananas for it! Although left to roam freely, they can be rather cheeky with their trunks, count this as your warning! They may steal an extra banana or two. They can be cheeky with their trunks and sneak some bananas so count this your warning! This is a once in a lifetime experience, a memory you’ll cherish forever, no doubt! Unfortunately, the time has come to part ways with our new mates and hop on a bus to the hippie town of Pai! Just 3 hours outside of Chiang Mai, a very popular backpacker destination, and we can see why! Filled with cool retro bars, market stalls, excellent food and wonderful people from all walks of life. Ahh, the life of Pai (sorry we had to!).

 

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

Day trippin’ time! Today we’ll head out to see some of Pai’s highlights, and it’s surrounding areas! Starting at the biggest cave in Thailand, Lod cave, we’ll hike through the main chambers and then take a bamboo raft along the river which runs through the cave (depending on season and accessibility). It’s like something out of a movie, incredible stuff! It’s now time to give your muscles a break, as we head to the hot springs which are situated in the jungle and are heated by geothermal activity. Take a dip in the crystal clear water, treat yourself to a clay mask and have the ultimate relaxation session in the warm temperatures. We’ll then head to the waterfall nearby with an amazing view! Who needs a waterpark when we have one better, a waterfall with a natural slide! We’ll finish this amazing day at Pai Canyon which means even more amazing views of the surrounding mountains and jungle, and even better, we’ll be there at sunset! So take yo’ pics and take in the insane view before heading back to Pai town. In the evening we’ll head to a nice restaurant and a few chilled bars where we can mingle with other backpackers too. After all, we deserve it after the day of sightseeing we’ve had!

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

PAI: CHILL OUT DAY

Chill day lets goooo! After a bit of a lie-in, we head to Fluid Swimming Pool Bar, where many backpackers like us head to, when either wanting to cool down and relax by the pool or are feeling a little hungover and fancy a chill day, but it’s 10/10 for good vibes and good cocktails! Win-Win. Spend your day lounging around, swimming in the pool, or annoying your fellow TruFam to play eye spy with you. The choice is yours. Once we’ve had our relaxation fill, we’ll head to the Chinese village for some tea tasting. How tea-riffic (ok we promise that’s the last one!).

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

This morning it’s time to head back to Chiang Mai! We hope you’re ready to become the new Thai Masterchef as we are off to a cooking school to learn about some of Thailand's traditional dishes and then have a go at making them ourselves! Most of Thailand's delicious food comes from the North, so there’s no better way than to learn from the masters themselves, right? First, we’ll head to the market where our guides and teachers will show us how to select the freshest & tastiest ingredients, they have that insider knowledge ya feel? Now it’s time for us to turn those ingredients we picked into some tasty meals! Don’t fret, you’ll be shown how to cook the recipes step by step! Now for the best bit, tasting what you’ve cooked, so make sure you’re paying attention when cooking! An amazing experience, and you’ll get to go home with new recipes and new skills! Winner winner chicken dinner (Quorn if your veggie)!

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

So we all know the Grand Canyon but do you know of Chiang Mai’s very own Grand Canyon? Well, if not, don’t worry as you’ll get to know! This is an old excavation site, where they would dig out sand for building etc. However, now it is a man-made lagoon which has turned into an adult playground, we LOVE to see it! There are countless slides, floating chairs to lay in, paddleboards, tubes and then for the brave-hearted.. have a go at cliff jumping, deep water soloing or climbing on their climbing wall. Take yo’ pick! There’s a restaurant there on-site, so we can grab our lunch, refresh and energise ourselves! In the evening, we head out into Chiang Mai for more dinner and drinks!

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

TRAVEL BACK TO BANGKOK

Today is a travel day if you’re on the 14 Northern Thailand Adventure tour only, it’s here we part ways. We promise we don’t normally cry.. BIG HUGS TRUFAM! For the rest of you legends carrying on for the next 10 days, today we have some free time in Chiang Mai to explore before jumping on the night train back to Bangkok before we’re heading south south south!

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’re CRUISINGGG… They see me rolling… We’re sightseeing the capital by water! We travel by longtail boat along the Chao Phraya River. The best way to explore to Bangkok and experience some of Thailand’s heritage. We’re heading to two prestigious temples - Wat Arun and Wat Pho! You’ll get to see the famous, super impressive giant golden reclining Buddha statue. Wat Pho real?! You got it! The rest of the day is for you to explore, grab a massage, overindulge on some delicious street food or hit up the markets for a spot of shopping. Have you even visited Thailand if you don’t own a pair of elephant pants? In the evening, we meet for dinner and drinks and see where the night takes us!

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

Relax this morning, nurse that hangover. How you ask? Well, we’re going for a traditional Thai Massage! Destress, get rid of all those knots from sleeping uncomfortably on the plane and melt away all of life’s worries. We travel overnight on the train down south where we swap the hustle and bustle of city life in Bangkok for the tranquil lakes of stunning Khao Sok National Park - situated in the Surat Thani Province of Thailand. The overnight train is one of the best ways to travel in Thailand and is an experience in itself! *No snorer’s allowed*

 

Bangkok
OVERNIGHT TRAIN
A group waiting for the sleeper train from Bangkok to Surat Thani
Overnight train photo from the windows at Khao Sok national park Thailand
Day 17

KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK

Today we’re up and out, we take a longtail boat out to our very own floating bungalows. Yeah, we’re fancy. Khao Sok is known for its beauty, and our accommodation will not disappoint! On the way, we cool off with a quick dip and dive in. When we arrive, try out a spot of kayaking, relax, you’re in paradise. Sit back with a beer in a giant rubber tube. You’re in amongst a limestone mountain range, floating in a freshwater lake surrounded by rainforest. Is this real? Are we in Jurassic Park? It sure damn looks like it. Minus the dinosaurs obvs.

KHAO SOK
KAYAKING, SWIMMING & TUBING
Group photos on the doughnuts in front of beautiful mountains in Khao Sok Thailand
A group shot in donuts on the lake in Khao Sok National Park Thailand
Three girls sitting on the log in the lake at Khao Sok National park Thailand
A group photo at the floating bungalows in Khao Sok national park
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

We’re up and enjoying a spot of breakfast before we head to Koh Phangan. Koh Phan - waaaaaat! Koh Phangan baby! And boy, have we got a day ahead for you! The ultimate TruExclusive! You won’t get this shiz anywhere else. We’re taking you to Bottle beach where we’ll spend the night! A hidden gem in Thailand, it’s quiet, It’s beautiful and only accessible by boat. The island is pretty remote, so don’t be surprised if we have the place to ourselves! We stay in beach huts with the ocean at our doorstep. Complete and utter bliss. Relax here for the rest of the afternoon, gallivant around in the sea, or challenge the rest of the TruCrew to the ultimate game of beach volleyball. Whatever you fancy doing, it’s your day. Our only advice, don’t forget to slap on some sun cream! It gets hot! In the evening, we enjoy dinner together. Cocktails are flowing, the suns going down as we sit on the beach..campfire lit. Can this get any better? Yes! We have our very own private fire show! It’s getting hot in here, baby!

BOTTLE BEACH, KOH PHANGAN
KAYAKING, SWIMMING & fire show
TRU Exclusives
bottle beach bungalows
A group in front of the crystal clear blue water at bottle beach Koh Phangan
Five girls at bottle beach in Koh Phangan with two of them on the swing
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
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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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