Thailand on a Shoestring tour

Thailand on a Shoestring tour

Tour Experience

Adventure tour of Bangkok, Khao Sok National Park and Koh Phangan Island


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Bangkok Khao Sok National Park Koh Phang

This amazing budget introduction to Thailand includes sightseeing in Bangkok, adventure in the beautiful Khao Sok National Park, and sun, sea & sand on Ko Pha-ngan island, and is a cheap way to start off your travels in Thailand.

This 8-day adventure starts in Bangkok with a river cruise and visit to the most important temples of this famous city along with a chance to sample the city's legendary nightlife. You'll then head south on the overnight sleeper train for a jungle adventure in the beautiful Khao Sok National Park. Walk through the jungle or kayak on the lake and spend the night on floating bunglows before taking the ferry to the paradise island of Ko Pha-ngan. After time to relax and unwind on the golden sandy beaches you’ll enjoy a trek to a local waterfall or a Muay Thai (thai boxing) lesson, and if the time is right, a famous full moon part, where you can party till the sun comes up.



  • Airport pickup and taxi to Bangkok
  • 7 Nights' accommodation
  • All transport (taxi, tuk tuk, longtail boat, ferry & minibus)
  • River Cruise & Temple visits
  • Thai Massage
  • Overnight sleeper Train
  • Discover Khao Sok National Park & night in floating bungalows
  • Day trip to Koh Nangyuan & night on Bottle Beach
  • Elephant trekking
  • Snorkelling, Kayaking
  • Visit waterfalls (seasonal)
  • Services of a western leader and specialist guides throughout the tour
  • Loads of travel tips & advice
  • Meet awesome friends
  • Experience Bangkok Nightlife & Beach Parties on Koh Phangan
  • Support from us and your Group Leader the whole time you are in S.E. Asia
  • Info and discounts on other things to do in Thailand
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary


  • International Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated on the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader & guides
  • Any other items not mentioned above



DAY 1, Arrive Bangkok, airport transfer

Upon arrival at Bangkok airport we’ll meet you and transfer you to your guesthouse near the famous Khao San Road, where you’ll spend the next couple of nights. The rest of the day is free to meet the others in your group and to explore the local area. If you would like to arrive early, we can arrange extra nights and will still pick you up from the airport.
In the evening we’ll arrange to meet for dinner and maybe head over to the Khao San Road for drinks and your first experience of Bangkok by night.
Bangkok guest house
Single Room Supplement, Extra night – pre-tour

DAY 2, Bangkok River cruise and temple visits

Today we take to the water with a cruise along the Chao Phraya River. This is a fantastic way to see the sights of Bangkok and we’ll stop to visit two of the most important temples in Thailand, Wat Arun and Wat Pho with its large reclining golden Buddha. You’ll have a local Thai guide to explain a bit about the history and the Thai culture.
The rest of the day is free to explore, enjoy lunch and snacks at the traditional street stalls or a local restaurant and get a feel for the city.
In the evening we’ll meet again and your tour leader will take you to some of the best places to eat and drink and if you wish you can experience the legendary Bangkok nightlife.
Bangkok guesthouse

DAY 3, Thai massage, overnight train

This morning we take a trip to a local spa for a traditional Thai massage. There are other treatments available if you don’t feel like a massage and it is the perfect way to relax before the overnight train.
The afternoon is free for you to do some more sightseeing, shopping or to just relax by the pool with a beer, before we transfer you to the train station in the evening for the overnight train to Surat Thai.
Sleeper train

DAY 4, Khao Sok National Park

Leaving the hustle and bustle of Bangkok behind today we arrive at Khao Sok National Park. You’ll arrive at your floating bungalow by long tail boat and the rest of the day is free for you to explore your jungle surroundings. You can enjoy kayaking on the lake or explore the local caves or just chill out with a beer and top up on your tan.
An unforgettable experience, and probably unlike anything you’ve seen before, the scenery of tranquil jungle and rocky limestone cliffs is just breathtaking. You’ll also get all your meals provided whilst in the national park.
Floating bungalows
Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Bottle Beach

Heading back to Surat Thani, we catch a ferry to the awesome island of Koh Phangan! When we get there, we’ll transfer to Bottle Beach (one of our favourite spots in Thailand), which is a beautiful, secluded bay on the north of the island. You can relax on the beach or go for a swim in the afternoon, and then the evening is time for your own private beach party with cocktails, camp fire, lanterns & music.
You’ll spend the night in your own private beach bungalow and wake to the sound of the sea breaking on the sand.
Beach bungalow

DAY 6, Bottle Beach, waterfalls or Muay Thai & Haad Rin

Your morning is free today to chill out and make the most of your beautiful surroundings. There are some great short hikes up to nearby viewpoints, volleyball on the beach, kayaking or more sunbathing to enjoy. Early afternoon we are picked up by boat and head to a local gym to try Thailand’s national sport, Muay Thai boxing. You can skip this and just watch if you prefer or take a hike to a local waterfall (seasonal). Later, we arrive at our final accommodation, Echo Beach backpackers and arrange a time to meet for dinner. We’ll take a taxi to Haad Rinn home to the famous Full Moon Parties, which is full of more beach bars if you fancy a few drinks after dinner.

DAY 7, Boat trip Farewell Dinner

We take a boat trip today, taking in the gorgeous island scenery from the water, with stops for snorkelling on some of the best reefs, and a seasonal visit to Than Sadet waterfall. There are free drinks on board the boat, and food and music throughout the day.
Back in town, we head out to the best restaurant in town for a great final meal (on us!). Here we can start to say our goodbyes to new friends, and discuss onward plans and our next adventures.

DAY 8, Tour ends

This morning your tour ends. You can add in extra days and spend more time on this wonderful island for just a few pounds/dollars per night to stay in the same resort or just head of on your next adventure. The tour leader and resort staff will be happy to help you arrange any onward travel, either back to Bangkok or elsewhere in Thailand.


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