Welcome to Camp Thailands version of Wanderlust, The Backpacking Party!
Tour Thailand and see all of the amazing hotspots it has to offer culturally in the north and party your way down to some of the most stunning islands in the world! Starting in Bangkok you will be visiting in infamous Khao San Road where you will be getting trial by buckets after a welcome meal with all your new backpacking buds and finishing off at the beautiful beaches of Phuket!
Visiting places such as elephant sanctuaries, massive waterfalls, stunning islands and cultural wonders, Backpacking Party is the real deal for someone who wants to see all the great things Thailand has to offer and is our most travel orientated tour of the country!
So you say you want an adventure?
Look no further than the Backpacking Thailand Party!
Visiting elephant sanctuary
Travel & Adventure Oriented
Pack the essentials, grab your passport and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime, a captivating journey through some of Asia’s most idyllic locations.
Upon your arrival in Thailand, you and the rest of the group will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your accommodation in Bangkok, Thailand’s iconic capital city.
Asia is known for stunning cuisine, famous for its array of lush flavours; after settling in and dropping off your bags, enjoy a welcome meal to inaugurate your Camp Thailand trip before heading out for a trip to Khao San Road for a dose of retail therapy and drinks to round off the first day of what promises to be a memorable expedition!
Please not for the airport transfer you must arrive before 5pm on your start day into BKK airport.
There are an abundance of beautiful sites to enjoy during your visit to this magical city of Bangkok.
Today, we’re kicking off the day on the water with a ride on the Bangkok River Tour; marvel at the majesty of Bangkok from an aquatic perspective and be sure to bring your selfie-stick – this is a great chance to showcase your photographic flair!
Upon returning to dry land, we’ll visit Wat Pho, otherwise known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The temple is one of the largest in temple complexes in the whole of Bangkok and is widely regarded as a must-see for any tourist.
There are in excess of 312,000 temples sprinkled through the Thai terrain, each blessing the Asian backdrop with its own unique quality. After visiting Wat Pho, we’ll venture to Wat Arun, otherwise known as the Temple of Dawn and one of the most recognisable temples in Thailand.
A stellar structure gracing many a postcard, Wat Arun is one of only six temples falling under the classification of the highest rank of Royal Temple, thus cementing its status as one of the most prestigious temples in the country.
To round off a memorable day, we’ll visit the Golden Mountain, a historic temple dating back to the Ayutthaya era, before transferring to the Singburi province located in central Thailand.
Despite its indisputable charm and magical aura, Singburi is rarely considered a must-see location in Thailand; however, the jewel nestled in the core of the country is packed with allure and intrigue and is widely deemed to be the spiritual heartland of Thailand; for the next few two days we’ll be staying in the vicinity of this incredible location.
Lopburi Monkey Island is one of the most well loved attractions in Thailand, a city where monkeys and humans live in unison. A must for monkey fans, a trip to the island is the ideal opportunities to admire these intriguing animals in the wild.
Watch out for your belongings, the monkeys have a tendency to pickpocket tourists given half the chance!
Following the visit to Lopburi, we’ll deviate back to the more conventional elements of Thai culture, with a visit to Big Buddha. A colossal structure overlooking the Thai landscape, Wat Pikul Thong is the largest Buddha in Thailand.
We’ll begin our next leg of our backpacking adventure with a trip to Kanchanaburi, an historic town in the western region of Thailand. Kanchanaburi is one of the most historical cities in Thailand, with ties to World War Two. Upon arrival, we’ll cross the bridge over River Kwai and visit the Jeath War Museum, a riveting experience providing an insight into the construction of the Death Railway from 1942 to 1943.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Erawan Waterfalls, recognised as being one of the most aesthetic waterfalls in Thailand. The waterfalls are located in the Erawan National Park, a stunning location situated in the Tenasserim Hills.
Elephants are considered sacred and are a revered, respected species in Thailand. Today, we’ll head to an elephant sanctuary, to spend a full day feeding and caring for these majestic creatures – a unique experience to remember, sure to live long in the memory.
It’d be a shame to travel to Thailand and leave without a customary elephant selfie to commemorate your visit! Be sure to bring a camera and capture your once in a lifetime moment!
After a long day at the sanctuary, catch up on some much needed rest ahead of a transfer to Ratchaburi in the morning!
Ratchaburi is a central Thai province, famous for its Damnoen Saduak floating market, an aquatic retail haven comprising traditional food, crafts and souvenirs.
Following an insight into contemporary Thailand during your time in Bangkok, the market is a phenomenal way to embrace the more conventional era of Thai civilisation.
After indulging in an alternative form of retail therapy, we’ll leave Ratchaburi and begin our transfer to Hua Hin.
From the bustling streets of Bangkok and sedate surroundings of Kanchanaburi, Hua Hin is a seaside resort located on the Gulf of Thailand, in the southern Thai province of Prachuap Khiri Khan.
Dressed in decadent sands and sprawling shores, Hua Hin is popular amongst beach enthusiasts and water sports fans.
Today, we’ll be sampling the much-loved Muay Thai, a traditional form of combat sport embraced by large sectors of the Thai community.
A truly spellbinding temple in the midst of a cave in the underbelly of Hua Hin, Phraya Nakhon Cave is a possessed with copious servings of mystique and intrigue.
Uncovered only to the eye of the most dedicated, ardent traveller, Phraya Nakhon Cave delivers a captivating spectacle once its protective shell is infiltrated – rest assured, this is a visual extravaganza too good to turn down!
It’s time to transfer to Khao Sok National Park, a nature reserve boasting staggering beauty; the park is known for an array of amazing wild animals, as well as the gargantuan rainforest – the perfect prelude to spending the night in idyllic floating bungalows…
Today, you’ll be presented with the opportunity to venture further into the delights of Khao Sok, with a boat tour of the area on the agenda; moreover, you’ll also partake in a kayaking session around Khao Sok, the ideal opportunity to absorb the natural beauty in the area and marvel at the decadent delights in the area many regard as being Thailand’s most absorbing nature park.
Today, we’ll be departing Khao Sok and heading to Phuket, a mountain clad, decadent island in the Andaman Sea.
An exotic cocktail of sun-kissed beaches and exhilarating culture, Phuket has firmly established itself as the most recognisable hotspot on the Thai map.
Upon arrival, you’ll be given an opportunity to enjoy some free time with your Campmates and explore the relics of Phuket.
Phuket has established itself as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand, with geographical diversity and an assortment of attractions catering to the needs of a range of visitors.
While beach lovers can enjoy the golden sands and translucent waters of Karon Beach and culture seeking visitors can visit the likes of the Buddhist temple Wat Chalong, the resort town of Patong Beach is famous for its nightlife and livelier surroundings.
Today, we’ll be visiting the popular resort town, before heading on a bar crawl around some of the most popular hotspots in the area!
Following the events of the evening prior, we’re sure that you’ll be keen to rest in the morning! In the morning, relax and recharge your batteries, grab some breakfast and prepare yourself for a transfer to Koh Phi Phi, the next location of our Camp Thailand Backpacking Party!
There’s no rest for the wicked with Camp Thailand; hot on the heels of our bar crawl, we’ll mark our arrival in Koh Phi Phi with a day on a booze cruise and a visit to Pileh Bay, a scenic bay surrounded by grace and charm.
Southwest of Tonsai Bay is Monkey Beach, an idyllic stretch of powdery white sand populated by monkeys. We’ll pay a visit to the beach before heading to the Banana Bar to unwind and watch a movie.
This morning, indulge in some spare time with your Campmates and reflect on your first two weeks of your Camp Thailand adventure!
The trip may’ve passed the halfway point, but there are plenty more memories waiting to be made, starting with a trip to the Phi Phi viewpoint! Make sure you’re wearing your comfiest walking shoes; this is a tough hike, although you’ll be treated to the most beautiful views upon reaching the summit! After the trek, we’ll transfer to Railay Beach.
A location accessible only by boat, Railay Beach is the epitome of paradise.
Contrary to popular belief, Railay Beach isn’t a solitary beach, but a small peninsula of containing a cluster of four beaches.
Today, you’ll be given a free day to enjoy the delights of this natural phenomenon, a favourite amongst rock climbers and beach dwellers alike.
To round off your day in style, you’ll even be given a fire-dancing lesson!
Following an exhilarating trip to Railay Beach, we’ll transfer to Krabi, enjoying a free day upon arrival.
A mesmerising natural pool, Emerald Pool represents yet another sight to behold in the midst of Thailand’s natural backdrop.
Encompassing green emerald waters, the pool is surrounded by a barrage of greenery, home to an assortment of wildlife.
After drying off, we’ll visit Tiger Temple and round the day off with a bar crawl in the centre of Krabi.
Let's get back to Thailands amazing island of beauty! Today, we’ll head back to Phuket and have one (or two!) drinks, its time for one last bar crawl!
It's your final night on the Backpackers Party. 😞 Time for you to pick up some souvenirs and do some last minute gift shopping for your family at home! You can chill next to the pool or even start planning your onward travel!
It’s been an incredible trip; we hope you’ve enjoyed every minute, but unfortunately, it’s reached that point when we need to go our separate ways and head home! With a whole host of other countries to explore, we’d love to see you again! Why not plan your next trip during your flight and get in touch upon your return?
Much love, as always! The Camp Thailand team xx
* Please note the tour finshes in Phuket, and you will make your own way to any onward travel arrangements*
You will stay in a variety of different accommodations for Camp depending on your location. So we advise checking out your Camps location page for more information.
Most of the rooms are fan-cooled and in some locations, they will have Aircon. During most months of the year, Thailand has a tropical climate and the Summer months are much hotter and more humid than the winter months.
Bangkok – Rooms sizes 2-4, Air-conditioned, Basic
Your Bangkok accommodation is smack bang in the heart of Bangkok close to the main strip with lots of local amenities nearby.
Surat – Rooms Size 2-4,
Get ready for your real Thai experience and enjoy a stay in one of Thailand’s floating bungalows. Your accommodation is pretty basic and traditional so you get the real Thai experience. You will have shared bathroom facilities and basic low standing beds.
Kanchanaburi – Rooms Size 2-4, Air-con, Basic.
Life at an elephant sanctuary couldn’t get better, in Kanchanaburi, you will stay overnight near the elephant haven sanctuary where you will be spending your day with the beautiful elephants up close bathing them in the river. Your accommodation will be a basic hotel for the night, giving you enough time to rest after your long day.
Phuket – Room size 2-4, Air Con, Onsite Pool
Your Phuket accommodation is smack bang central close to the main strip with lots of local amenities nearby. You are a stone’s throw away from the beach and there are plenty of restaurant choices right on your doorstep. Not to mention the local markets and temples nearby.
Phi Phi – Room size 2-4, Air Con, Onsite Pool
Your Phi Phi accommodation sees you situated on a uniquely beautiful island with no cars in sight, surrounded by clear blue water. You will be a short walk away from incredible viewpoints and beautiful beaches.
Krabi – Room size 2-4, Air Con, OnSite Pool
Kick back with your very own swimming pool at your Krabi location and talk a walk down the main strip located only 5 minutes away.
Something to Consider
Camp Thailand is not a typical idea of a holiday and it’s not always relaxing; at times you may find yourself in testing circumstances, as you would when experiencing any new culture. There may be bad weather, mosquitos, long journeys, slow Wi-Fi and limited food options.
However, here at Camp Thailand, we thoroughly enjoy stepping out of the comfort zone, embracing new cultures and learning how people live in other countries! Every year, we have a fantastic time, as have thousands of previous Camp Thailand attendees. Though we personally love the experience, we realise that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. As such, prior to your application, please make sure that you understand that this is a cultural experience, not a luxury holiday; our aim is to make a positive impact in the community – this is a product of hard work and dedication!
While we cannot guarantee that you will have a relaxing time, we fully recommend that you come to Camp Thailand with a sense of adventure and a willingness to embrace the experience – ultimately, there is only one person who will dictate how much you enjoy camp and that’s you! We provide the setup and infrastructure for you to have a genuinely incredible time that many would love to be involved with; the rest of the package comes from you and your commitment to the cause.
It is no coincidence that our best participants on the program immerse themselves in the activities each day; if you work with passion, your enthusiasm will not only be appreciated by us here at Camp Thailand, but the locals who you are helping will be grateful for your help. We present the opportunity to partake in some of the most unbelievable life experiences, including teaching in communities in local schools and getting up close and personal with Thailand’s elephants, while making friends for life. 🙂
Hua Hin – Rooms sizes 2-4, Air-conditioned, Basic, Onsite pool
Hua Hin gives you a huge onsite swimming pool to kick back and relax after a hard day’s work. There will be onsite laundry facilities and you will be situated a 20-minute drive away from the main city center and the beach.