South Thailand Road Trip
Explore the Southern wonders of Thailand! With all the wonders that the South of Thailand has to offer, you will fall in love with this spectacular country. Offering you an activity- filled experience, the program is perfectly planned to give you the opportunity to fully appreciate the natural beauty. Passing through the provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Surat Thani as part of your bus journey, you’ll be able to absorb the gorgeous scenery and have a flavour of the people and their culture. Aiming to promote the conservation of Thailand’s beaches, the program will take you on visits to the beach to give you opportunities to snorkel in the crystal clear ocean and to meet the locals as you help out with cleaning activities. Trekking through national parks, you’ll be taken back by the picturesque landscapes of mountains and forests, and the sensational wildlife.
Please Note: Projects start on a Monday, however you should arrive over the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday.
Following breakfast at the accommodation centre, you’ll be taken on your first excursions. Visiting Huay Monkot Temple and Pleanwan market, you’ll have an incredible introduction to the Buddhist influences and the local lifestyle. After lunch, a minibus journey will take you from Hua Hin to Bang Saphan Noi where you’ll have dinner and stay overnight.
Beginning with breakfast, your morning will be packed full of activities with sightseeing, snorkeling and a three hour long boat trip. After enjoying lunch on the boat, you’ll head back to the hotel and then the afternoon is yours to enjoy relaxing at the beach. Dinner will be provided in the evening and you’ll spend another night at the hotel in Bang Saphan Noi.
A local restaurant near to the hotel will provide you with an authentic Thai breakfast before a minibus ride to Chumphon. After checking into your hotel, you’ll have some time to freshen up and then spend your afternoon having lunch at a local restaurant and visiting the Chumphon National Museum. Following a delicious dinner, you’ll be taken to the night market at Chumphon where you’ll see local crafts, foods and have the chance to pick up some souvenirs. An 8 hour overnight bus and boat journey will take you to Koh Samui for the next step in your adventure.
Arriving at Koh Samui early in the morning, you’ll be taken to the Pier where you’ll be able to enjoy a tasty breakfast. You’re in for a treat as you check into your hotel at Chaweng Beach – labelled the best beach in Koh Samui! After checking in, you’ll visit the Grandmother and Grandfather rocks, famous natural landmarks on the coast with an interesting legend attached. As conservation efforts in the area are highly important, you’ll spend some time helping with the cleaning efforts before taking part in some leisure activities. Dining at a Thai restaurant, you’ll experience delicious authentic cuisine before spending the night at a guesthouse with hot water, air conditioning and Wi-fi.
Today, you will be awe struck by the beauty of Angthong National Park. Journeying by boat, you’ll have breakfast as you travel. During the morning, you’ll be snorkeling and hiking in spectacular surroundings as you visit two national parks and two islands. You’ll break for lunch on the boat and then continue with the activities. The boat will then take you on a 2 hour journey from Angthong National Park to Koh Samui. Arriving back at the hotel in Koh Samui, you’ll have time to freshen up before heading to a local restaurant for some more authentic cuisine. After a busy day of exploring, you’ll be glad of the overnight stay at the hotel with its hot water, air conditioning and wi-fi.
After breakfast at the hotel, an active morning takes you trekking through the forest. During the trek you’ll visit a picturesque waterfall where you’ll be able to swim if you wish. Back at Koh Samui, you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant, check out of the hotel and make your way to the bus station. An overnight bus and boat journey will take you on to Bangkok.
An early morning arrival in Morchit bus station, Bangkok.
***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***
Trip Country Info
Population: Approx. 67 million
Currency: Baht (THB)
Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)
From trekking in the beautiful mountains of the north to enjoying the glorious beaches in the south and experiencing the hustle and bustle of the metropolis that is Bangkok, Thailand is certainly not a country that lacks variety.
Whilst it really is at the heart of Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, its cultural identity remains very unique. As the only country in Southeast Asia to avoid European powers, the Thai are proud to refer to themselves as ‘The Land of the Free’ and many tourists might also know it as ‘The Land of Smiles’ due to its friendly people.
Thailand is not only a famous holiday and gap year travel destination, but one of the most exciting countries in the world. Gap year travel to Thailand enables you to experience the excitement of city life as well as the serenity of some of the most spectacular remote islands and countryside areas. By booking your gap year holiday to Thailand with TRU, you will be able to get a unique view of this amazing country that is difficult to replicate on your own. We have a fabulous selection of gap year adventures in Thailand from Gibbon encounters and Elephant Sanctuary work to Clayhouse building and volunteering programs.
With our range of ongoing programs, you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world. Have a look at our latest volunteering and gap year travel to Thailand below or give us a call to find out more about our exciting gap year programs in Thailand.
You can take this opportunity to mix and match projects tailor to your preference. Why pick one when you can pick several.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
No requirements have been provided.
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance