About Trip

Decisions, decisions! Can’t decide what Thailand tour to go on? Well, lucky for you, because this tour takes you to the North, the South, the East, and to the West of Thailand. Starting in Bangkok and finishing in Phuket, you are in for a life-changing 27 days in Thailand. Our TruNinja (a fancy way of saying guide) will be showing you all the hotspots and the hidden gems. From temples to trekking the jungle, tuk-tuk rides to trying out the street food as well as exploring the ocean by kayak or snorkelling to see what you can find under the sea (how punny). You’ll experience it all, the perfect balance of culture, adventure, nature, partying and island life. After all, it is called Total Thailand, and we don’t do average! Let’s get this show on the road *cue holiday by Madonna*!

Tour Rating

Here at Tru our 'People and Planet Promise' is crucial to designing and running every tour. We also want to be transparent about what we are doing to give back to the local communities and the planet too! Check out the measurements of sustainability below to find out more about how we are giving back.

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Ripple Score
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Trees Planted
11
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This refers to the amount of trees planted per tour bought. For every £1000 spent we plant 5 trees! Read More
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Carbon Offset
0.41 Tons
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Tour Impact
91.2
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We’ve scored each tour and supplier in our network on business practise, green efficiency, carbon footprint and plastic use. The higher the score, the more this tour and the suppliers we use have a positive impact on the environment and the local people. Read More

Travel Style

classic

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

  • Activities
  • Airport Pickup
  • Travel Ninja
  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • TruExclusives
  • Meals

Activities All Activities Included!
Erawan waterfalls
Elephant sanctuary
Khao Sok National Park
Koh Nang Yuan
Taling Chan floating market
River Kwai boat cruise
Bike ride around Ayutthaya ruins
Chiang Mai temples
Jungle trek and hill tribe homestay
Zip lining
Hot springs and waterfalls in Pai
Lod cave and Pai Circus school
Thai cooking class
Bangkok river cruise and temples
Thai massage
Overnight train
Khao Sok National park & floating bungalows
Swimming, Kayaking, Cliff jumping
Boat trip and snorkelling around Koh Phangan
Bottle Beach bungalows
Muay Thai lesson
Koh Tao & Koh Nang Yuan day trip
Phi Phi Islands boat trip
Phuket Nightlife
Erawan waterfalls Elephant sanctuary Khao Sok National Park Koh Nang Yuan Taling Chan floating market River Kwai boat cruise Bike ride around Ayutthaya ruins Chiang Mai temples Jungle trek and hill tribe homestay Zip lining Hot springs and waterfalls in Pai Lod cave and Pai Circus school Thai cooking class Bangkok river cruise and temples Thai massage Overnight train Khao Sok National park & floating bungalows Swimming, Kayaking, Cliff jumping Boat trip and snorkelling around Koh Phangan Bottle Beach bungalows Muay Thai lesson Koh Tao & Koh Nang Yuan day trip Phi Phi Islands boat trip Phuket Nightlife

Airport Pickup
If you are arriving less than 48 hours before the start of the tour and booked the pre-nights directly with TruTravels at the start hotel, you will get a free airport pickup.
If you are arriving the day of the tour you will also be eligible for an airport pick up.
If you are arriving less than 48 hours before the start of the tour and booked the pre-nights directly with TruTravels at the start hotel, you will get a free airport pickup. If you are arriving the day of the tour you will also be eligible for an airport pick up.

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

Transport Total Thailand Transport
All Transport Included
Private Van
Overnight Train
Ferry Boat
2 x Overnight Train
2 x Ferry Boat
Longtail Boat Transfer
All Transport Included Private Van Overnight Train Ferry Boat 2 x Overnight Train 2 x Ferry Boat Longtail Boat Transfer

Accommodation
26 Nights Accommodation
Hotel, Floating Bungalows, Hill Tribe Stay
26 Nights Accommodation Hotel, Floating Bungalows, Hill Tribe Stay

TruExclusives TruExclusives
HILL TRIBE HOMESTAY
BOTTLE BEACH EXPERIENCE
VILLAGE TREK & HOMESTAY
One-off experience where you trek through the jungle to a traditional hill tribe and experience life with the locals. Spend the night at a homestay, enjoy homecooked food and even do bamboo rafting in the morning before heading onto the next adventure.
Spend a memorable night on a secluded beach on the tropical island of Koh Phangan. We are the only company that spends the night here - play volleyball, swim in turquoise waters, and watch a fire show before having a beach bonfire and partying the night away.
HILL TRIBE HOMESTAY BOTTLE BEACH EXPERIENCE VILLAGE TREK & HOMESTAY One-off experience where you trek through the jungle to a traditional hill tribe and experience life with the locals. Spend the night at a homestay, enjoy homecooked food and even do bamboo rafting in the morning before heading onto the next adventure. Spend a memorable night on a secluded beach on the tropical island of Koh Phangan. We are the only company that spends the night here - play volleyball, swim in turquoise waters, and watch a fire show before having a beach bonfire and partying the night away.

Meals
10 X Breakfasts
9 X Lunches
3 X Dinners
10 X Breakfasts 9 X Lunches 3 X Dinners

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A girl at the top of the viewing platform overlooking Nang Yuan Island in Koh Tao Thailand

Total Thailand
27 Days

U$2,895

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Bangkok Temples
Care For Elephants
A group photo in the lake at Khao Sok national park in Thailand
Khao Sok National Park
Creating flames from the wok in a cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand
Thai Cooking Class
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Zip-lining
Bamboo raft trip in Chiang Mai Thailand
Bamboo Raft Trip
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Koh Nang Yuan
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Itinerary

Day 1

airport pick up

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A group selfie at Khao San road Bangkok
A lively photo of a crowd enjoying the nightlife in Bangkok
A group photo at Khao San road in Bangkok Thailand

Bangkok baby, your 27 day adventure begins! So you’ve made it to this lively and vibrant city, our amazing TruNinja will meet you at the airport before heading off to the accommodation! You’ll have the first day to settle in and relax, wash off all that travelling, meet the rest of your group aka TruFam, and explore the local area. Maybe see a few markets or try some street food, 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 sharing a bucket or two (or any drink of choice, you do you). Holiday mode is ON and warning, you may never want to turn it off!

BANGKOK
AIRPORT PICKUP
Day 2

kanchanaburi: bridge on the river kwai

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Admiring the sunset over the river Kwai from a long tail boat in Kanchanaburi Thailand
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Group of girls on the bridge over River Kwai
group of young people standing with beautiful scenery of lakes and mountains in the background in Thailand

So you know the film Bridge Over River Kwai? Well, today we are going to see the bridge over River Kwai (surprise)! Before we head off to the river, we hop off to do some shopping and not at just any market, but a FLOATING one! Sick right? Have a browse at the stalls, selling all sorts of food, clothing, souvenirs and even homeware! Once we’ve done our browsing the market by long-tail boat, it’s off to Kanchanaburi! When we have arrived, we get on 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 because trust us, you won’t want to miss this photo op. The view is incredible and is definitely bucket list-worthy!

 

KANCHANABURI
FLOATING MARKET & BRIDGE OVER KWAI
1x Breakfast
Day 3

erawan waterfalls

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A group selfie under the waterfall at Erawan falls in Thailand
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People sitting in waterfall in Erawan Falls Thailand

Imagine, a 7 tier, crystal clear blue waterfall surrounded by lush greenery, sounds unreal right! Erawan falls, just an hour away from Kanchanaburi, is basically what you imagine paradise to look like. Something you would expect to see on the television and not in real life, but it is real life! We know TLC said don’t go chasing waterfalls but ya know, I think we can be excused this once because just look at how beautiful it is? Make sure you have your swimmers as you’ll want to take a dip, and check this out, there are 7 tiers for you to cool off in. Don’t say we don’t spoil you! It is a little bit of a walk to the top but trust us when we say it is TOTALLY worth it. We’ll have some lunch at the waterfalls, gotta stay hydrated and energised from all that walking & swimming ya feel! 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 FALLS
1x LUNCH
Day 4

ayutthaya: ancient ruins & history

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Four girls sitting on bikes with basket on the front with temples faintly showing in the background and green trees behind them
Girl standing in front of some flower offerings laid down next to a giant reclining buddha in ayutthaya, Thailand
A serene group photo beside the reclining buddha in Ayutthaya
A group photo in front of the ruins in Ayutthaya Thailand

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 some more. Next, we are off to Ayutthaya, an ancient capital city, that is dripping with culture and history! We’ll hop on some bikes and cycle around the world heritage site, giving us fantastic 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, go tell your friends!). 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's sleep ready to take on a new place in the morning. The overnight train is defo an experience in itself and should be on your bucket list, a fantastic and different way of seeing Thailand too. Chiang Mai, we’re coming in strong.

AYUTTHAYA
TEMPLES & BIKE RIDE
Day 5

chiang mai: temples & culture

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A group photo at the temple Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group photo at the beginning of the 300 steps at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group photo in front of Wat Phra That Chiang Mai

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 literally 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. There is a hefty set of stairs (300 roughly) but think of the panoramic views, so worth it. 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! You can lounge by the pool, take a little nap (having fun is tiring right?), or continue to explore Chiang Mai!

CHIANG MAI
TEMPLES & CULTURAL DAY
Day 6

jungle trekking & village homestay

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A group photo in front of a waterfall during the jungle trek in Northern Thailand
A group photo by the waterfall during the jungle trek in Chiang Mai Thailand

Did someone say TruExclusive? Hell yeah, we did! You won’t find this experience anywhere else. 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 local village homestay so that you can experience what life is like for the many traditional farmers of Northern Thailand. You’ll see their lives have not changed an enormous amount for generations. This truly is an amazing and once in a lifetime experience, definitely one you’ll cherish forever. Expect to see all kinds of nature and wildlife when on the trek, maybe even a waterfall or two, amazing scenes as well as photo opportunities (important stuff, duh). Once we get to the hill tribe village, our hosts will cook us a lovely traditional meal, and once our stomachs are full, we can sit around the fire and play some games or exchange some stories. Whatever we do, it's time to chill after a busy day!

VILLAGE TREK & HOMESTAY
HILL TRIBE HOMESTAY
1 X BREAKFAST, 1 X LUNCH, 1 X DINNER
VILLAGE STAY AND HOME TREK
Day 7

waterfalls, elephant sanctuary, bamboo rafts

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A group photo with the elephants 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

Rise and shine! Enjoy your morning in the jungle before it’s time we head back to Chiang Mai, but of course, we have a trick up our sleeve, and we are using a much better mode of transport, bamboo rafts! Sick right? We’ll float down the river with a cheeky stop at a waterfall because ya know, we can’t get enough of those things. Marvel at the wildlife and nature from your raft, see what you can spot. You might see some elephants along the way if your lucky so keep yo’ fingers crossed! Trekked through the jungle? Took a bamboo raft down the river? COMPLETED IT MATE! Today's also the day when we will visit an elephant sanctuary 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 famous native animals but to also redistribute funds to programmes that do good. Once we get back to Chiang Mai, rest up in time to continue our Northern adventure tomorrow!

CHIANG MAI
WATERFALLS, ELEPHANT SANCTUARY & BAMBOO RAFT TRIP
1x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch
Day 8

zip line through the jungle canopy

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A group taking part in the zip line in Chiang Mai Thailand
A couple having a moment on the zip line in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group photo before going ziplining in Chaing Mai Thailand

Did you know that some people call Chiang Mai the adventure capital? Well, with today’s activities we can see why! Today is one of our favourite activities, that’s very popular with tourists, and it’s ziplining through the jungle! This is going to get your heart racing and adrenaline pumping, you’ll practically be flying through the jungle while looking down at it all (if you dare)! Now is your chance to release your inner child and pretend that you can fly! Throw in a few rope bridges and abseils, and that’s experiencing the jungle in a way you never could by foot! You can thank us later, once you’ve made all your friends and fam jealous, obvs. This is truly an unforgettable experience! Hey, keep a lookout for monkeys too, you might spot a few in the treetops! After our energetic day in the jungle, we have the evening free. Why not check out the night markets? Get your hands on some fab food and have a browse around the gift market, a great place to buy souvenirs for friends and fam, or yourself.

CHIANG MAI
ZIPLINING
1x Breakfast, 1x Lunch
Day 9

chilled morning and drive to pai

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A group at the elephant sanctuary mashing bananas to feed the elephants with in Chiang Mai Thailand
A couple in the pool in Pai

After an excting few days this morning you'll have the chance to chill, read a book, grab a cocktail, do whatever floats your boat! In the afternoon, grab your bags because we will be hopping 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!).

CHAING MAI
CHILLED MORNING AND DRIVE TO PAI
1x Breakfast
Day 10

pai

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A group photo at the caves in Pai Northern Thailand

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. Indiana Jones, who? 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 just 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 off our 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! *cue Sunset Lover by Petit Biscuit* 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
1x Lunch
Day 11

pai: chill out day

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A couple in the pool in Pai

Chill day lets goooo! After a bit of a lie-in, spend your day lounging, swimming, playing a few games, reading a good book or having a snooze in the sun. The choice is yours (don’t forget to sun cream up though). Once we’ve had our relaxation fill, we'll head for dinner and drinks and see where the night takes us.

PAI
POOL CHILL
Day 12

cooking class

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A group experimenting with flames in the wok at a cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group photo on the bridge at the cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group photo at the cooking class in Chiang Mai holding all the cooking utensils
A group taking a cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand

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 mouthwatering 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! A fantastic experience, and you’ll get to go home with new recipes and new skills, so tell all your friends and fam to get ready! Winner winner chicken dinner (Quorn if your veggie)!

CHIANG MAI
COOKING CLASS
1 x Dinner
Day 13

chiang mai canyon

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A group photo at Grand Canyon Chiang Mai Thailand
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

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 of slides, floating chairs to lay in, 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 our final dinner and drinks *cue sad song*.

CHIANG MAI
WATER ADVENTURE PARK
1 x Breakfast
Day 14

travel back to bangkok

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Group hanging out from bunk beds on an overnight train in Thailand with one girl sitting on the floor.

After checking out of our hotel in Chiang Mai, you’ll have some free time to explore Chiang Mai, hit up the markets and temples one last time or spend time relaxing by the pool. Back onto the overnight train, take this time to recharge and relax as it’s back to the hustle & bustle of Bangkok baby!

OVERNIGHT TRAIN
OVERNIGHT TRAIN
1 x Breakfast
Day 15

explore bangkok by tuk tuk

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A group at the temple of Wat Arun in Bangkok Thailand
People riding down the river in a colourful longtail boat in Thailand
Group standing in between two temples in Bangkok with blue sky and clouds
A trio taking a tuk tuk ride through Bangkok Thailand
A group photo outside of Wat Pho in Bangkok Thailand on a sunny day

We are back in Bangkok, and it’s time to explore the capital even further! We’ll hop into a tuk-tuk and head to Bangkok’s most prestigious temples, Wat Arun and Wat Pho, which is home to the infamous gold reclining Buddha. We will then ditch the tuks tuks for long-tail boats, as we admire the views of the city from the Chao Praya River, a different way of seeing Bangkok. Take a look into the water and try to see if you can spot the fish, they aren’t usually very shy! You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore at your own pace, you can grab a bite to eat from the street vendors, do a bit of shopping at the market and try your best at bartering (our TruNinjas can give you some tips don’t fret). In the evening, we will meet for dinner and then head out for drinks on Khao San Road, which is full of backpackers, some may say it’s backpacker heaven. We’ll let you decide that for yourself. Either way, it’s a good time, you can’t go to Bangkok and not go to Khao San Road.

BANGKOK
TEMPLES, TUK TUKS & NIGHTLIFE
Day 16

night train to khao sok

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A group photo from the windows on the overnight train to Khao Sok National Park Thailand

Alexa, play Don’t Stop Believing by Journey. Yes, you are taking the midnight train but not just to anywhere! Goodbye Bangkok and hello Khao Sok national park. So we arrive into Surat Thani, but we are off to the serene lakes which are situated in the national park. Get those sleeping masks on as it’s time to catch some Zzzz’s.

OVERNIGHT TRAIN
OVERNIGHT TRAIN
1x Breakfast
Massage
Day 17

khao sok national park

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A group shot in donuts on the lake in Khao Sok National Park Thailand
A group photo at the floating bungalows in Khao Sok national park
Four girls soaking up the sun at Khao Sok National park Thailand
A group photo of people on a log and in doughnuts with breathtaking views at Khao Sok national park
A trio admiring the view of Khao Sok national park in Thailand from doughnuts in the water
Group Photo with the amazing landscape of Khao Sok Thailand

Now if we had a list of the 7 Tru Wonders of the World, Khao Sok would be on it. After pulling up early into Surat Thani train station and taking a short car ride to the national park, we board a longtail boat on the lake and cruise through some of the most breathtaking scenery you've ever seen. Picture low clouds floating over the limestone mountains which surround the emerald green lake. Dreamy right? The temperature is perfect for taking a dip, so that's exactly what we’ll do en route to the floating bungalows. Yeah, that's right, we said floating bungalows. Tonight we are staying at an actual floating resort on this amazing lake that looks like something from Jurassic Park. Told you we don’t do average. The afternoon you’ll have free time to relax by the lake, float around in a tube with a beer or drink of choice in hand, read a book, or explore the lake in kayaks. After sundown, we are treated to a delicious Thai buffet dinner in the floating restaurant and bar. Doesn’t get much better than this. Or does it? Stay tuned to find out!

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KAYAKING, SWIMMING & TUBING
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Day 18

arrive on koh phangan

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A group photo with crystal clear waters at bottle beach Koh Phangan Thailand
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A group photo on a speed boat at bottle beach in Koh Phangan Thailand
Five girls at bottle beach in Koh Phangan with two of them on the swing
Two girls on a swing at the idyllic bottle beach Koh Phangan Thailand

What’s better than a floating resort on a crystal clear freshwater lake surrounded by mountains and jungle? I dunno, but our next destination comes pretty close. Bottle Beach, one of our favourite beaches in the world. It’s a stunningly beautiful little beach that is only accessible by boat (or jungle road if you have a badass 4x4) so we pretty much get the place to ourselves and another room with a view! Did we mention this is a TruExclusive? Very few people actually stay here and experience it as you should. And even fewer get to experience it in Tru style. It’s almost impossible to describe how cool this place is. So here is some of the shit that you can do here in paradise with your new pals (apart from lazing on the beach): you can play volleyball, go for a swim or a kayak, hike to the viewpoint or frolic on the beach with one of the friendly resort dogs. In the evening we’ll have dinner on the beach (obviously) followed by some cocktails next to a beach campfire with our own private fire show. Luckily the bar here stays open as long as we stay up so we can take it easy and enjoy a good nights sleep next to the ocean or keep the private beach party rocking until the early hours. Get those dancing shoes on, beaches! Could it get any better than this? No, probably not but never say never.

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Day 19

muay thai lesson

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The top of the view point at bottle beach in Koh Phangan Thailand over looking incredible views
A group practicing muay Thai moves at a class in Koh Phangan Thailand
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A group taking a muay Thai lesson in Koh Phangan

The sounds of the waves breaking on the beach will probably be the first thing you hear when you wake up (unless you have a noisy roommate). We have a lovely lazy morning planned so as always there’s no need to stress about a thing. Sleep in, enjoy the beach, trek through the jungle or up to that viewpoint, and generally make the most of your idyllic surroundings and recharge those batteries. In the afternoon, we’ll head to a local gym, where we get an intro lesson to the ancient art of Muay Thai (Thai Boxing), Thailand’s national sport. Once the trainers have made future champs of us all and we have worked up a bit of a sweat, we’ll check in to our new home where we can freshen up and relax, or jump in the pool or sea, or even into bed for a quick nap! Naturally, the resort we stay in is a fab little place right on the beach with a perfect Koh Phangan island vibe. Good job we’re here for the next two nights. With a great selection of restaurants, bars, parties, beaches, we can eat, drink and do what we like for the next few evenings. Koh Phangan has got it all! Enjoy.

KOH PHANGAN
MUAY THAI LESSON & BOTTLE BEACH VIEWPOINT
Day 20

island boat trip

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A group photo in front of the serene sunset in Koh Phangan

Today you’re a pirate. Well, you can pretend to be if you want, cos we’re going sailing and taking you on a tour of this wonderful island. There’s a reason so many of the TruCrew live here on Koh Phangan. We’ll sail around the coast of the island, we’ll stop off at some of the island's best snorkelling spots to check out the sea life and cool down. Lunch is provided on the boat, there's plenty of space to spread out and soak up some rays with some nice tunes playing all day to wrap it all up. We get back to land around sunset, just in time to refresh for dinner and drinks on our last night in Koh Phangan. The island is well known for its party scene so if the group’s up for a boogie on the last night in Koh Phangan, we can find something that suits, alternatively a quiet night by the pool/beach bar can also be arranged. The opportunities are endless!

KOH PHANGAN
BOAT TRIP & SNORKELLING
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Day 21

beach life in koh tao

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Wave goodbye to the magical island of Koh Phangan, and say hello to its pretty little neighbour Koh Tao. Here’s a fun fact for you, Koh Tao stands for turtle island! Until relatively recently Koh Tao was pretty much just coconut farms and fishing villages, so it is still relatively undeveloped and like Koh Phangan is bursting with nature. Things changed for Koh Tao when scuba diving became a thing, and people discovered an array of phenomenal dive sites and coral reefs around the little beauty. Now many people visit Koh Tao for the diving, beautiful beaches and laid back lifestyle. When we get to the island, we check in to our hotel near Sairee Beach, which is now lined with cool little restaurants and beach bars (and plenty of dive schools of course). Spend the afternoon by the pool, exploring the town or on the beach. In the evening we will hit some of the beach bars and see where the night takes us!

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CHILL DAY
Day 22

koh nang yuan day trip

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Group photo by crystal clear blue waters in Koh Tao
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group taking selfie at Koh Nang Yuan with islands in distance and blue water and sky

Today we get to see what all the fuss is about with the snorkelling and scuba diving in Koh Tao (It is what the island is famous for after all), plus we get to visit a beautiful island called Koh Nang Yuan. We provide snorkelling gear, lunch and drinks on the boat but if you would like to arrange a scuba diving session instead then speak to your Travel Ninja (Elite, bad-ass tour guide) or another one of the Tru Crew in advance, and we will sort it out for you. If you would prefer to top up your tan on the boat then on exploring the wonders of the ocean below the boat, then you do you, anything goes! You can also hike up to the viewpoint to get some insta envy-inducing snaps or bronze your body on the beautiful beach. In the evening we’ll go for dinner at one of the island's lovely restaurants and have a few beers (or cocktails, even waters if you prefer) at one of the many little bars lining Sairee Beach. What a day!

 

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KOH NANG YUAN DAY TRIP
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Day 23

get active or relax

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Our last day on this little paradise and fortunately we got options. We are off to Tanote Bay for anyone who wants to come spend the day at this little gem of a beach. If you would rather keep the adrenaline flowing, we can help you arrange one of Koh Tao’s extreme activities. From rock climbing to the more common and much wetter activities like scuba diving or water sports. Or you can stay in bed all day until we check out. We won’t be, but it’s your trip beautiful ;-)

 

*Please note that departures before 2nd August 2024 will have a slightly different itinerary! These departures will get an overnight ferry on day 10 and will arrive in the early morning of day 11. If you have any questions about this please email our sales team on info@trutravels.com*

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FREE DAY
Day 24

travel day to phi phi islands

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A group photo in front of Koh Phi Phi's stunning sea and land

Today after a chilled morning soaking in the last bit of magic from Koh Tao we will head over to our next incredible destination! They just keep getting better and better! In the afternoon after an amazing speedboat trip we will arrive in Phi Phi. When we have arrived and checked in, you have some free time in the early evening before meeting up for a group dinner on this amazing island! The evenings are always interesting when in Phi Phi, like Koh Tao, it has a very chilled, “islandy” vibe but also a lot of young backpackers and beachgoers, so naturally, it has a lively nightlife with beach parties that often go on into the early hours. So what goes down is up to you and the fam.

 

*Please note that departures before 2nd August 2024 will have a slightly different itinerary! These departures will get an overnight ferry on day 10 and will arrive in the early morning of day 11. If you have any questions about this please email our sales team on info@trutravels.com*

PHI PHI
BOAT TRIP TO PHI PHI
Day 25

phi phi boat trip

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Girls on a boat party wearing pirate hats while Island hopping in Koh Phi Phi Thailand
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Girl sat on the end of a boat in Thailand in bikini with windswept hair and island views
A group selfie in the crystal clear water by the long tail boats in West Thailand
Amazing photo of a monkey sitting on a mans hand in Koh Phi Phi Thailand

Who loves Leo? And we don’t mean the Thai beer. Although we do love that too. We mean Leo Dicaprio, and you can admit it, you love him. Well, so do we, and today you will get to walk in his beautiful footsteps for the day. After a chilled morning, we will jump on another boat to visit a stunningly beautiful spot called Maya Bay, which was made famous by Leo’s renowned film, “The Beach” which was filmed here many moons ago. SICK, right? Don’t worry, it’s our claim to fame too. Other than that, we’ll do some more snorkelling, visit some other cool spots like the Viking Cave and Monkey Beach (yes there are actually monkeys there) as well as lunch and watching the sunset from the boat. Another epic day brought to you by TruTravels. You’re so very welcome.

PHI PHI
MONKEY BEACH, MAYA BEACH AND SNORKELKLING
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Day 26

phuket

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First up this morning is an amazing optional hike to a stunning viewpoint in Phi Phi! It's the ultimate way to end our couple of days here and the ultimate Thailand photo opportunity too! Then we are off to Phuket! No, we did not just swear. Phuket (pronounced puket or pooket) is another Thai Island. The biggest one, in fact. Well, this tour is called the Island Hopper, so what did you expect? We end our trip on this crazy island for two main reasons. One because it has an airport and looooads of hotels and transport, so it makes your life easier. Two because you have to experience it once when you come to Thailand. We stay near Patong Beach, which is a lively centre of activity with many tourists and many locals buzzing about on motorbikes and taxis. There are lots of things to do, and the last afternoon is free to chill, explore and get ready for the last night out with the group. Who are now your BFFs, for life, and probably longer, so you can be sure it’s gonna be a really, really good night.

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MORNING VIEWPOINT & PHUKET NIGHTLIFE
Day 27

check out day

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Last day. Tears all round. Can’t even type any more…

If you must leave us after the trip to go home or somewhere else on your travels then we will, of course, help you with everything, just let us know where you gotta go and when. But obviously, we would rather you stay with your new TruFam in this wonderful part of the world. The last 27 days have been unreal, and we hope to see you again soon for another adventure. Total Thailand, completed it mate! Until next time, TruFam.

 

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WHERE WE STAY

bangkok

We start our Northern Thailand Adventure in Bangkok!! This hotel is located right next to the famous Khao San Road, so it's right in the centre of all the fun. This hotel is also the perfect place to relax after your long journey or to nurse a hangover with a dip in the pool. If you like to get stuck in and explore, tourist sights like The Grand Palace are sooo close.

 

*Please note all accomodation is subject to change- but it will always be great and of an equal standard! If you would like to confirm the accomodation for your trip please contact the sales team on info@trutravels.com*

kanchanaburi

Our next stop is Kanchanaburi. This hotel is in a peaceful location, with a great pool right by the River Kwai. The ideal spot for escaping the city vibes of Bangkok. With a great bar and restaurant area overlooking the water, you won't want to leave!

chiang mai

Further up north we go! Next stop, Chiang Mai. Another great accommodation with a lovely pool! It's also the perfect location being in the middle of the old town, there's lots of shops, cafes and resturants to explore - what could be better!

pai

The last stop on our amazing 2-week tour is Pai, our favourite Thai hippie town and our chosen resort is in the centre of the fun. It's a short walk from the lively Walking Street and very close to Pai's historical Temple and all of the other attractions Pai has to offer. It's also run by an amazing local family who always make the experience in Pai super special. When you're not exploring Pai, you can sunbathe on the sun terrace, take a dip in the pool or there's the option of a soothing massage!

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Viewpoint khao sok national park
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khao sok

Ok, welcome to paradise! Sleeping in floating bungalows is everyone's DREAM, right!? Imagine waking up surrounded by calm waters that are crystal clear and an idyllic blue... well, that's what you get at the floating resort in Khao Sok National Park! Each of the 30 bungalows has its own veranda, perfect to lie on and watch the jungle night sky. There's also a bar area to get your beer fix and a chill space for the evenings.

bottle beach

Welcome to Bottle Beach and your own little beach hut overlooking the ocean. That's right, this accommodation is pretty special. Not only do you get to stay in a beach hut, but the beach is secluded and we pretty much get it allll to ourselves. So chill in your hammock and take in the sights, grab a cocktail and wait for the beach bonfire to start!

koh phangan

After our night on Bottle Beach, staring up at the stars as we sleep from the hammock on our patio, we move on to our second Koh Phangan destination. What you wouldn't expect is that we move from one secluded beach to the next. Our second hotel has its own private beach too!! Unreal, right? So you can chill, sip on a cocktail and soak up all the good vibes either in the gorgeous pool, by the bar or on the secluded beach.

koh tao

Say hello to Koh Phangan's little neighbour - Koh Tao! Our hotel is ideally located on Sairee Beach, which is now lined with cool little restaurants and beach bars and is right next to the town so whether you fancy spending the afternoon by the pool, exploring the town or chilling on the beach, you're sorted!

phi phi

Whatever you want to do, this hotel has got you covered. It's only a couple of minutes walk to Phi Phi's gorgeous white sand Loh Dalum Beach and maybe 5 minutes to Ton Sai Beach and Laem Hin Beach. So rent a snorkel and get ready to get your tan on! If exploring is more your thing, then the walk to the famous Viewpoint is super close and there are lots of restaurants and shops nearby to mooch around.

phuket

Our last stop is Phuket. I'm not crying, you are! It's time for one last blowout with our new BBFs and what better place to do it than Patong Beach. We stay near this lively strip, so it's not too far to stumble back home after one too many buckets on our crazy and amazing last night together in Thailand! This hotel is a stylish and comfortable place to end our trip before you get back to your hostel backpacking lifestyle!

 

Reviews

Bali and Beyond and Total Thailand
I have recently been on the Bali and Beyond trip and the Total Thailand trip and overall my experience was amazing. I had a great time and really got to experience different cultures and see some beautiful places. It was great as a solo traveller to be in a group with people in the same situation and having tour guides and a set itinerary took all the stress out of travelling. I would recommend these tours to other people however there are a couple of things for people to keep in mind when booking. If you book a trip to Thailand in rainy season activities can be cancelled with no replacement or refund - this wasn’t the end of the world and I still had a great trip but my group did end up missing things such as bamboo rafting and exploring some of the caves, and I know of another group who missed some boat trips. Also, on some trips, for example the northern part of my Thailand trip it felt very much like we were being pressured into writing good reviews particularly about the tour guides as they wanted everybody writing reviews there and then in front of them whilst we still had another day on tour with them. This is just something to keep in mind when reading reviews! The accommodation was okay, some better than others but generally nice enough, and the range of activities was good. For how easy the tour makes solo travelling I would consider using the company again. My Bali tour guide Nurul was great and did her best to help everyone, was really fun and generally just suited the role brilliantly, this is similar to my southern Thailand tour guides Arthur and Scotty. They all did their best to make everyone comfortable and ensure everyone had a great time.
Sammi Hoddy - Sep 2023
Total Thailand: A great experience
This tour was an amazing experience and a great way of seeing Thailand without the complications of organising a trip yourself. The itinerary covers all of the must see things in Thailand - you fit a lot into just a month! The tour is split into two parts, the North and South: Northern Thailand - this part was great to see the cultural side of Thailand (the village homestay and jungle trek were highlights for me). However, multiple activities were cancelled (bamboo rafting/ caves) due to the rain. I understand this as it was the rainy season, but maybe the itinerary should be altered during the raining season? Or alternative activities should be available, as we essentially paid for activities we didn't do. Southern Thailand- This part of the trip has amazing scenery/ beautiful beaches (the floating bungalows, bottle beach and boat trips were all highlights for me). The group changes for the second half as some people are only booked onto the Northern Thailand trip, so you meet new people who join just for the Southern part. You also get new tour guides. We had a big group of close to thirty people for the Southern part and although this sometimes felt like too many people, our guides Arther and Scotty were amazing at ensuring everyone was having a good time. They chatted to everyone more than our guides from the north and had learnt everyone’s names by the second day, which I thought was really impressive considering we were such a large group! They were fun and enthusiastic but also shared extra information about Thai culture throughout the tour, for example when visiting the temples. You could tell they really wanted everyone to enjoy the trip. If you are interested in visiting Thailand I would definitely recommend going when these guys are the tour guides. Overall, I had such a great time and Thailand is the most beautiful country! I would definitely recommend going on this tour because there is no stress as everything is planned for you and you get exclusives like the floating bungalows, bottle beach and the village homestay which I think would be really difficult to plan by yourself.
Emma - Aug 2023
Total Thailand Tour with Big, Peanut, Tommy & Smile
A unbelievable 27 days! A huge shout out to Big & Peanut for the northern tour & Tommy & Smile for the southern tour, they made everything so easy and made me feel welcomed straight away. Made my experience of Thailand a fantastic one, couldn’t praise them all enough. Friends for life. Highlight of the trip for me was the elephant sanctuary, a surreal experience. So sad to be leaving ☹️
Toby Heaver - Jul 2023

FAQs

Where does the trip start & Finish?

The trip begins in Bangkok and finishes in Phuket.

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 Phuket International airport (HKT).

What kind of accommodation is included on this trip?

The accommodation for this trip is twin share private rooms.

How much is a pre night’s accommodation?

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)

Is my money protected?

Yep! You will never lose your money. You’re protected. TruTravels is both ABTA and ATOL registered meaning your money is safe. We also offer 1 free date change before 60 days of your departure date.

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