Thailand for The Adventurous
A perfect trip for you who want excitement and adventure. Here you can dive, cycle and hike. Live, eat and sleep in the jungle – like a real forest ranger. Koh Tao and Koh Phangan are characterized by diving, relaxation – all in true backpacker style!
Experience Bangkok and all that the big city has to offer. Here you can, among other things, take part in an active bike ride around the city. By bike you see the city’s many faces and along the small paths along the cliffs, skyscrapers have been replaced with palm trees and traffic noise with birdsong – a completely different side of Bangkok than most travelers get to experience.
Challenge yourself with an exciting hike through Khao Yai National Park, where you accompany a former sniper who knows the jungle secrets and knows how to sneak around unnoticed. You walk through the jungle, sleep in hammocks, cook over an open fire and cross rivers without bridges. With a little luck, you will also see wild animals. This is an excellent chance for a unique adventure that combines cycling, sightseeing in nature and hiking in the dense jungle with its rich wildlife. No two trips are alike because the route is determined from time to time.
The islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan are really addictive and several backpackers usually stay here for several weeks. The islands are known for their white sandy beaches, palm trees and small undisturbed bays. There is a relaxed atmosphere and people come here to dive, party or just relax in the cozy bamboo bars. We have put in six days full of diving and open water certificates.
Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia
Departure from Scandinavia towards Bangkok, Thailand
Day 2: Arrival in Bangkok
Arrival in Bangkok You take yourself to your guesthouse, where you spend two nights. The rest of the day is at your own disposal in Bangkok.
Day 3: Bicycle ride in Bangkok
Today you are going on an active tour of Bangkok. By bike you experience the city’s many different sides. You step through the narrow alleys of Little Chinatown, through the market Khlong Toey and past the slums. Then it is a challenge to balance as you cycle along the narrow roads at the “clumps” (canals) of Phra Pradaeng, also known as “Bangkok’s lungs”. Here nature is lush and peaceful, the air is fresh and the birds sing in the palm tops. After you and your bike have crossed the river in a longboat, you cycle on the narrow cement tracks built on piles. They form an extensive network next to the water in the tropical nature. Here, skyscrapers have been replaced with palm trees and traffic noise with birdsong – a completely different side of Bangkok than most travelers get to experience. ( F )
Day 4: Bangkok – Pak Chong – Khao Yai National Park
Today you will join the “forest ranger tour”. From your guesthouse, head to Hua Lamphong Station. From there you go to Pak Chong Station (you will receive instructions from the service guide). You will be picked up by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Khao Yai National Park. Here you can relax and have lunch before it’s time to embark on a challenging bike ride. Together with your guide, you cycle through the beautiful landscapes. You drive past small villages and various farms while being rewarded with incredible views and environments. The beautiful round offers some challenges with steep slopes and dusty roads, but there are a couple of planned stops where you can buy some refreshments. This is truly a beautiful trip! Back in the lodge you can rest your legs and relax by the pool. It is possible to buy supper on site. ( F, L )
Day 5: Hiking in Khao Yai National Park
After an early breakfast you will be picked up by the rangers. They are former snipers who are now working to preserve the jungle. After reviewing and handing out equipment, you set off on an exciting and physically strenuous hike that will take three days. The forest rangers provide you with a backpack, hammock, sleeping bag, cookware and other things required for the trip. With the help of their enormous knowledge and experience, they guide you through the jungle and learn what you need to know along the way – while you can enjoy the forest and the beautiful environment. The route is not planned in advance. Fine guide gradually decides which path to take based on weather and local conditions. Khao Yai is Thailand’s third largest national park. The park is part of the Donrak mountain range that separates the northeastern plateau from Thailand’s central plains. Khao Yai has lots of attractions – from beautiful waterfalls, an incredibly rich flora and fauna and an interesting culture. The hike starts from a small village in the western part of Khao Yai. On the way you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the national park, refreshing dip in waterfalls and fantastic nature. At the end of the day you camp for the night. You get to help gather firewood and prepare your camp along with your guides. They will show you how to hang your hammock (your bed for the night) and how to cook your food over the fire. You also get plenty of time to relax before falling asleep to all the sounds of the jungle. ( refreshing dip in waterfalls and stunning scenery. At the end of the day you camp for the night. You get to help gather firewood and prepare your camp along with your guides. They will show you how to hang your hammock (your bed for the night) and how to cook your food over the fire. You also get plenty of time to relax before falling asleep to all the sounds of the jungle. ( refreshing dip in waterfalls and stunning scenery. At the end of the day you camp for the night. You get to help gather firewood and prepare your camp along with your guides. They will show you how to hang your hammock (your bed for the night) and how to cook your food over the fire. You also get plenty of time to relax before falling asleep to all the sounds of the jungle. (F , L , M )
Day 6: Hiking in Khao Yai National Park
Before another exciting day in the jungle starts, pack your temporary bed. You prepare breakfast, prepare lunch and help clean up after camp. It will be an exciting day where you may be lucky enough to encounter some of the lush national park’s wild elephants and rare birds. There are no guarantees, but the guides are constantly on the lookout for clues and feces for wildlife. Along the way, you will most likely see gibbons and macaques. There are also deer, water buffalo, squirrels, porcupines, snakes and lizards. Therefore, keep your eyes open as you hike through the jungle and enjoy the incredible nature. Once again, spend the night out in nature. This time you sleep next to a beautiful waterfall, where you fall asleep to the sound of the cicadas singing while rocking in your hammock. ( F, L , M )
Day 7: Hiking in Khao Yai National Park – Eco Valley Lodge
After breakfast, the last day’s hike through the jungle begins. Most of the day you hike along the river. It should be crossed several times – so be prepared to get your feet wet! The route goes through an incredibly beautiful and lesser known part of the national park and here are many great photo opportunities. Lunch is taken on the river bank before setting off on the last stretch back to civilization. At the exit from the national park, everyone undergoes the same control that the forest rangers undergo when they come out after a working day in the jungle. They check that all equipment is in good condition and check each other for leeches and insect bites. Then the trip goes back to the lodge where you get the opportunity to take a refreshing shower and relax by the pool as a perfect end to the fantastic experiences of the last few days. ( F, L )
Day 8: Khao Yai National Park – Pak Chong – Bangkok
Here you can sleep for a long time and have breakfast whenever you want – but do not forget to check out no later than 12 o’clock. You decide together with the staff at your accommodation when you want to go back to Bangkok. They drive you back to Pak Chong where there are several buses during the day. In Bangkok, get off at Mochit Bus Station or at Victory Monument. From here you return to your guesthouse on your own.
Day 9: Bangkok
You have all day to explore Bangkok. Discover life on the rivers, the impressive Grand Palace, the fine temples, see gilded Buddha statues or explore China Town. Bangkok also has a fantastic shopping and nightlife and we have suggestions for lots of cool experiences if you need some inspiration.
Day 10: Bangkok – Koh Tao
Today you go on to Koh Tao. The price includes the trip by bus and ferry and when you leave early in the morning you reach Koh Tao the same day. Koh Tao is really addictive and some backpackers stay for several weeks. Above the water, Koh Tao is a cozy little island surrounded by warm, turquoise waters. The island is without a doubt the most popular place for diving training in Southeast Asia. Koh Tao is also known for its lively nightlife. The island is a real gem with its white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and several small pristine coves where you can relax. There is a unique atmosphere on the island. People come here to dive, party or just relax in the cozy bamboo bars. We have booked five nights for you and you can look forward to the diving of the coming days. ( F , M )
Day 11-14: Koh Tao
You have four full days to enjoy Koh Tao and life beneath the surface! We have added a diving course so that you can learn to dive and then have time for a couple of extra dives. The reef around the island has been damaged a lot over the years, but thanks to a huge effort to protect and rebuild it, both fish and corals thrive here again. Koh Tao can therefore offer diving for divers at all levels. Many of the dive sites have protected reefs with beautiful corals, good visibility, low water and weak to no current, which are perfect conditions for inexperienced divers. Most places are within a 20 minute boat ride. If you are lucky, you can see whale sharks, rays and sea turtles. ( F , L , M )
Day 15: Koh Tao – Koh Phangan
You take the boat from Koh Tao on to Koh Phangan. There are several express boats per day between the two islands. We have reserved three nights on Koh Phangan so that there is a bed waiting for you when you arrive.
Day 15-16: Koh Phangan
Sun and swimming – speed and fan – this is definitely what you will spend most of your time on during your stay on Koh Phangan. But you will be amazed that Koh Phangan has so much more to offer. The beaches that surround the island have small cozy coves with granite cliffs or mangrove forest between them. You can snorkel and dive or go boating in Ang Thong Marine Park. In the middle of the island there are great hiking opportunities in i.a. Than Sadet National Park, where the island’s highest waterfall rushes out from the deepest jungle down onto an intimate little beach. There are plenty of opportunities on Koh Phagnan and you have every day to relax and explore the island on your own.
Day 17: Koh Phangan – Bangkok Airport
Today it’s time to leave for Bangkok Airport. The price includes travel by ferry and bus back to Bangkok. If you leave early in the morning, you will arrive at the airport well in advance of departure that evening. You can also travel further and explore e.g. Laos or Cambodia. Or why not spend a few extra nights in Bangkok?
Day 18: Departure and arrival in Scandinavia Arrival in Scandinavia after a fantastic adventure in Thailand!
Four nights in a hotel in Bangkok
Two nights in a lodge in Khao Yai National Park
Two nights in a hammock in Khao Yai National Park
Five nights in a hotel on Koh Tao
Three nights in a hotel on Koh Phangan