Budget Backpacking the Thai Islands

Duration: 9 days
Destination: Thailand, Chang Wat Samut Prakan, Bangkok

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  • 9 days
  • Bangkok
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  • Cancellable


4 locations in 12 days will really show you the very best of 3 of Thailand's most stunning islands. Thailand is unique in her beauty, her people and her way of life, but you have to really get under the skin of Thailand to believe how incredible it is.

But touring with trunk is not just about experiencing the unbelievable. Every traveller who joins us on a adventure is directly helping us to secure a brighter, happier, safer life for many of Asia's captive animals. From elephants to bears the team at trunk are doing what they can to enrich the lives of these poor creatures. From every fee received we donate an amount directly to our supported projects. You can read much more about this on our website. or contact us directly for more details.


Day 1: Welcome to Thailand. It's Bangkok, baby!

Stop At: Suvarnabhumi Airport, 999 Soi Mu Ban Nakhon Thong 1, Nong Prue, Amphoe Bang Phli, Chang Wat Samut Prakan 10540, Thailand
So you've done it! You're finally here in Thailand and eager to start your next great adventure! We're delighted to meet you.

We totally appreciate that arriving at a new international airport can be both stressful and disorientating. Don't worry, we've got your back. You can read the airport arrival details in this tour description but rest assured that one of our team will be waiting for you.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Wild Orchid Villa, 8 Soi Phra-arthit Rd. ถนน พระอาทิตย์, ซอย ชนะสงคราม แขวง ชนะสงคราม เขตพระนคร กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200, Thailand
From the airport we'll whisk you off in style to your new home and your first hotel. Located in the heart of the fun and party area of Bangkok's old city, this is a great place to rest and recover before freshening up to meet the rest of your group.

In the evening, those travellers lucky enough to have arrived will get together for an informal chat over a couple of cold one's. Those wanting to take the night by the scruff of the neck are in luck. This a great place to party, shop, eat, make friends and have an unforgettable night! But go easy, it's day one and there's plenty of time to let your hair down.
Duration: 12 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at Wild Orchid Villa, Bangkok

Day 2: Let's Explore the City of Angels

Stop At: Sanam Luang, North of Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok Thailand
Once eyes are open, cobwebs are blow away and bellies are full of breakfast. we'll sit down and go through the day by day itinerary in a more formal orientation. We'll explain to you everything that you need to know about Thailand, the tour, where we're going, what we're doing, rules of the road and talk you through some important points to consider and remember.

Once we're done we'll head off and explore the local area. This is the original site of Bangkok, known as the 'old town' and so is steeped in very interesting history. Located on the banks of the River of Kings, this area is not only 24 hours fun, but also very educational about how life has developed in Thailand.

When we're back to the hotel in the late afternoon, we'll freshen up before heading out for an official welcome meal at a popular local restaurant. Tonight may get a little more rowdy but be warned, it's an early start tomorrow when we'll head south to the islands.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Wild Orchid Villa, Bangkok

Day 3: Island Life, Here We Come!

Stop At: Sanam Luang, North of Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok Thailand
An early start today as we climb aboard our very comfortable, air-conditioned coach and head south. If you didn't get much sleep last night don't worry as you'll be able to catch up on zzzz's during the trip.

We'll arrive at the pier just after midday when we'll swap our chariot to the speedy ferry for the 90 minute crossing to our first island, Koh Tao.

Koh Tao, or Turtle Island is the perfect place to begin your island adventure. Very laid-back and comfortable, the way of life here is the ideal way to learn about life on a Thai island. Surrounded by crystal clear water, Koh Tao's sunsets are unbeatable and beaches are pristine. You're going tin instantly fall in love with this place, home for the next 3 nights.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at local hostel

Day 4: Teeny Tiny Turtles

Stop At: New Heaven Dive Resort, 48 Moo 3, Chalok Baan Kao, Koh Tao Tambon Ko Tao, Ko Tao Chang Wat Surat Thani 84360, Thailand
At trunk, we're not just about delivering the most incredible, life-changing tours for intrepid travellers from around the globe. We're also very much about helping to secure bright, safe, healthy and happy futures for Asia's captive animal population and endangered species.

With that in mind we were delighted to partner with one of the leading dive schools on Koh Tao who are very much involved with ensuring the safety and regeneration of the areas marine life.

If you're feeling up for it, we'd be delighted to show you exactly what this means, how you're directly helping this project and the incredible results that are being achieved here.

Of course, if you'd rather just laze on the beach, dip in the pool, catch up on your sleep, that's absolutely fine also. Just know that a part of the fee you paid to join this trip is being used to directly support this excellent project.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at Koh Tao hostel

Day 5: Tanning Top-up Time

Stop At: Ko Ranka Chio, Hat Sai Ri, Mueang Chumphon District, Chumphon, Thailand
Today is your first do-as-you-please day and we can't say that you haven't deserved it! You'll appreciate the sitting around and doing nothing feeling of complete and utter relaxation as you take a leisurely dip in the pool, or a gentle stroll along the beach.

Or you can choose to get your adventure on and get out and explore the island. There's heaps to do here and if you do decide to go adventurous, let your guide help you to make any arrangements to ensure the best possible prices.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at hostel, Koh Tao.

Day 6: From the Tao to the KPG

Stop At: Mac's Bay Resort, 64/5 หมู่ที่ 2 Tambon Ban Tai, Amphoe Ko Pha-ngan, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
We leave Koh Tao today and take the quick ferry crossing to our next destination, Koh Phangan. Home to the infamous Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan is a buzz of excitement and adventure and excellent activities.

We'll land on the island in the early afternoon where a truck will then take us to off to our next accommodation, the wonderfully inviting Mac's Bay Resort. Located right on the beach with a wonderfully refreshing pool, this place has everything you need to relax and enjoy this stunning location.

Once we're all checked in, we'll meet back up in the bar and have a chat about the island, the itinerary, things to know and more.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at Mac's Bay Resort, Koh Phangan

Day 7: It's A Wonderful Underwater World

Stop At: Mac's Bay Resort, 64/5 หมู่ที่ 2 Tambon Ban Tai, Amphoe Ko Pha-ngan, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
You can't be surrounded by water without exploring beneath so today we're climbing aboard a traditional Thai fishing boat and heading out for a nautical exploration.

The boats will take us around the island, stopping off at the best snorkel sites for you to explore and be at one with the teeming marine life.

All of the essential equipment is supplied so all you need to worry about is bringing your sea legs, your sun cream, your camera and be ready to have a great day at sea!

Once we're back at the hotel we'll get ready and head to a local beach restaurant for dinner. The perfect end to the perfect day.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Mac's Bay Resort, Koh Phangan.

Day 8: Let's Fly!

Stop At: Slip N Fly Party, 98/5 Moo 3 Madeuwan, Ko Pha Ngan 84280 Thailand
"waaaaahhh...." will be the shout as you fly, all limbs flailing, through the air before generating a tidal wave of giggles and water as you hit the pool! Slip n' Fly Party is one of the funniest things you can do with your clothes on.

Two enormous slides that catapult you in to the air before like a graceful eagle, before you splashdown unceremoniously in to the inviting pool below. Don't forget your GoPro's to record this.

It's as epic as the thumping dance music that lays the soundtrack to the day. Bar and food on site all add to the fun and it's definitely one you'll never forget!
**PLEASE NOTE that due to upgrades and maintenance, Slip n' Fly may not be available for every trip. In the hugely disappointing event that it's not available we will replace this activity with something equally as fun.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at Mac's Bay Resort, Koh Phangan.

Day 9: Island Number 3!

Stop At: At Hostel, 166/32 หมู 2 Tambon Bo Put, Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
It's going to be a tough thing to do but today we need to leave Koh Phangan and head over the strait to the areas biggest island, the mothership of Koh Samui.

Thailand's second largest, yet most popular island, has everything you need to really kick back and soak up island life. From excellent shopping malls, to amazing night markets, the best beaches in the country, thumping nightlife and more. Samui really is an island lovers paradise and we're delighted to be showing you around.

We'll arrive on the island in the early afternoon and it's a quick hop to your new accommodation. Once we're all checked in we'll reconvene at the bar and chat through the next few days plan before heading out to explore the local area and discover what's on our doorstep.

The rest of the day is yours to do as you please, so venture out, discover the beach, chill at the pool, it's all up to you!
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a hostel on Koh Samui.

  • 8x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • 1x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 9 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Sanam Luang
  • Entry/Admission - New Heaven Dive Resort
  • Entry/Admission - Ko Ranka Chio
  • Entry/Admission - Mac's Bay Resort
  • Entry/Admission - Slip N Fly Party
  • Entry/Admission - At Hostel

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Suvarnabhumi Airport, 999 Soi Mu Ban Nakhon Thong 1, Nong Prue, Amphoe Bang Phli, Chang Wat Samut Prakan 10540, Thailand

Traveler pickup is offered
If you arrive in to Bangkok's main international airport (airport code: BKK) between 6am and 8pm on day one of the tour, we'll have one of our team meet you and transfer you to the first hotel. If you plan to arrive at a time or date outside of that we may be able to organise something for you. Please contact our team directly for more information.

Return Details

8 Chana Songkhram Alley, Khwaeng Chana Songkhram, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Voucher info

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9 days

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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