For travellers willing to step outside their comfort zone, who don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart with an open mind, an eye on the budget & a nose for adventure.
Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.
At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.
Trip code : GTBC
Trip length : 10
Trip starts in : Bangkok
Trip ends in : Phuket
Maximum group size : maximum 16
Bangkok is a huge, buzzing, crazy city. Make the most of it because from tomorrow the only thing underfoot will be sand. An overnight train is the only thing between you and paradise.
Day 1 - Arrive in Bangkok and spend time getting to know this city. There will be a pre departure meeting at approx. 6pm tonight!
Day 2 - Explore some of Bangkok's most famous sights, including the Grand Palace and the adjoining Temple of the Emerald Buddha Visit Wat Po – the temple of the famous Reclining Buddha Jump on board a local khlong boat. Spend a free afternoon making your own discoveries. Perhaps go shopping in the many excellent shops and markets for which Bangkok is renowned. Catch the overnight train to Surat Thani, in the south of Thailand
Take a dip in the waterfalls at Na Muang, swim, sunbake, ride an elephant, dive or snorkel – the choice is yours. Embark on a two-hour ferry trip to the beautiful island of Koh Samui. Take a trip around the island in a songthaew, visiting the 15-metre tall Big Buddha. Enjoy a dip in the cool tropical waterfalls of Na Muang and drop in to see the Mummified Monk Spend free time on Koh Samui swimming, lazing in the sun, riding elephants, diving or snorkelling. Perhaps take an optional day tour to the Ang Thong National Marine Park
See this amazing tangle of limestone karsts and jungle via canoe and say hi to the monkeys. Fall asleep in a jungle guesthouse. Take the ferry back to the mainland and then continue to Khao Sok National Park by local songthaew. Head down to the river for a canoeing trip in the country's finest and largest rainforest. Perhaps spot monkeys playing by the waters edge during the experience. Optional walks along the many interesting trails and beside the many waterways that exist within the park
Camp under the stars at Bamboo Island Beach Camp – it’s the best kind of cliche. Try cave exploring, sea kayaking, diving and rock climbing.
Day 6 - Depart by public bus from Khao Sok to Ao Nang. Arrive at the beautiful and secluded beach area of Ao Nang
Day 7 - Morning, take the long tail boat to Bamboo Island for beach camping. Spend time swimming in the warm waters of a hidden tropical paradise. Enjoy beach over night camping
Day 8 - Relaxing on the beach soaking up island life, after breakfast return to Ao Nang Perhaps visit a rubber plantation and school, take a Thai cooking class or watch some Thai kick-boxing
Get your final Thai food fix. Your last challenge? Find the tackiest souvenir for only 60 Thai Baht (that’s about two bucks). Stroll along the streets of Phuket, indulge in shopping opportunities or wander through a local market Perhaps consider extending your stay to really make the most of your time in Phuket You can leave at any time on the final day of your tour.
While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.
Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.
The local payment is the final part of your overall tour cost. It MUST be paid in cash, in the currency indicated, to your tour leader at the start of your trip. Having a local payment helps us to pass cost savings on to you. Please note that the Local Payment is non-refundable.
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