So you made it! How was your flight? How much free wine have you drunk? Fear not, we’re already at the airport in Bangkok, ready and waiting to scoot you off to your new home. Get settled, meet the rest of your group and find your tribe. As the evening arrives with the last of our group, we’re heading to the bustling Khao San Road for a true Thai dining experience and some welcome drinks to soothe those moving in nerves! Cheers!
Temples & River Cruise
YOU’RE ON A BOAT. That’s right, we’re not scrimping here. We’re off with a bang and after last night’s boozing, we thought a river cruise was a far more appealing way to take in the sights of Thailand’s capital. We’ll make our way along the Chao Phraya River, where you’ll explore Bangkok & experience some of Thailand’s heritage. We’re keeping things cultural today and will visit two prestigious temples – Wat Arun and Wat Pho, to see the very impressive giant & gold reclining Buddha statue. Make sure you have your shoulders covered! The rest of the day is free for exploring, you may want to try some of the famous shopping in Bangkok as it's known for being notoriously cheap. Remember to always try and barter with the street vendors, you can sometimes get as much as 50% off the original price! The same applies to your taxis! Post-shopping trip, we’ll reconvene for more food, drinks and some wild antics for the evening.
Bangkok river cruise, Wat Arun & Wat Pho temple visits, Tuk Tuk ride
Massage & Overnight Train
Feeling a little fragile? Us too. Ease off the hangover with a massage, we would recommend an oil massage (bare in mind that a traditional Thai massage may not be as relaxing as you may think), before jumping aboard on the sleeping train for the night. Which is an experience as authentic as it comes! You’ll get your very own bed on the train, and it’s a great place to get to know the rest of your group. Watch as the bustle of Bangkok melts away and in its place, striking scenes of the tranquil lake of Khao Sok National Park – situated in the Surat Thani province of Thailand.
Khao Sok National Park
Now we’ve got another treat for you. We’re not only staying on floating bungalows tonight, but you’re also on a freshwater lake, surrounded by a chirping tropical rainforest. You wanted a great adventure and we’ve given it to you. There are plenty of things to do in Khao Sok. Throw on your swimmers, as we make our way there via longtail boats, stopping on the way for a quick dip! Try your hand at some kayaking or chill with a beer in a tube in front of the stunning backdrop of the surrounding limestone mountain range. It’s pretty spectacular if we do say so ourselves and we hope you’re having the time of your life. We know we are.
Kayaks, floating bungalows, tubing
BOTTLE BEACH EXPERIENCE
It’s time for an early start, not bad for your fifth day in. Fear not, we’ve made breakfast anyway. We’ll be aboard a ferry & heading East to Koh Phangan once the coffee and eggs are down. When we arrive, BRACE. Oh, because we’re about to introduce you to our best-kept secret and our favourite beach in the world. YEAH, NO BIGGIE. It’s quiet, amazingly beautiful, only accessible by boat, and to make it better, we pretty much get the whole place to ourselves, staying in beach huts overlooking the ocean. Yes, we’re showing off. We hope you love it. Once you’re acquainted with the secluded paradise of Bottle Beach in Koh Phangan; relax here for the rest of the afternoon, enjoy a bit of volleyball, sunbathing or swimming. In the evening we can enjoy dinner & some cocktails on the beach next to a campfire with our own private fire show. It doesn’t get much better than this!
Bottle Beach, Koh Phangan
fire show, volleyball, snorkelling
Morning chill & Muay Thai Lesson
The sun is beaming, the waves are crashing around you as you crack your eyes open. TruFam snoozing in nearby beds. Are you in Heaven? Maybe. Take it easy and don’t rush yourself anywhere today. Make the most of your surroundings. Your options are limitless; go kayaking, play volleyball, top up the tan, trek to viewpoints or enjoy a lie-in. We’ll be collected early-afternoon and taken to a local gym, where you can try your hand at a bit of Muay Thai boxing, Thailand’s national sport. Afterwards, we’re off to our new home, where we will spend the final nights of the trip. Naturally, it’s got a great bar and the vibes are unrivalled. What did you expect from us?!
Viewpoint trek & muay thai lesson
Island boat trip
Today is the day to scope out the underwater world of Koh Phangan, snorkelling at the coolest hot spots around the tropical island. Naturally, we’ll stop off at some of the best beaches around Koh Phangan, where again, this is a chance to take the island as you like. You might think it couldn’t get any better, but it does; you’ll receive a drink on us on arrival onto the boat & a spot of lunch on us whilst listening to (excellently selected) music throughout the day. Drawing the evening and our trip to an end, it's time for a farewell dinner with your TruFam. Finally, as the moon pools over the beaches, we’ll hit the beach bars for one final big night to send the adventure off together.
Island boat trip, snorkelling
Today is, unfortunately, check out day (we’re not crying, you’re crying). But that doesn’t mean this is goodbye forever. We’re on hand to plan the next legs of your Thailand adventure, whether you want to continue the party in Koh Phangan or need help getting home safe. Wherever you’re off to, let’s wallow together and reminisce on the horrible things we all did last night for a bucket of free booze. TruFam forever.