Backpacking in Thailand

Thailand is the jewel in the crown of south east Asia and a highlight on the classic backpacking route. Renowned for its beautiful beaches, affordable cost of living and colourful tuk-tuks Thailand is a haven for travellers. Your backpacking funds will stretch a long way here and with regular, strong public transport, exploring Thailand is a breeze. Dive straight in with trekking to the hill-tribes in Chiang Mai to relaxing on the palm-fringed southern beaches or exploring Buddhist temples, you’re sure to find your perfect escape in Thailand.

Group tours

Travelling on a tour can be a great way to meet like-minded friends whilst travelling in the safety of a group. With experienced local guides to lead the way you are guaranteed to learn as you go and spend time off the tourist trail. You can relax in the knowledge that everything is paid up front meaning all you only need to budget for souvenirs and drinks. We have a selection of YOLO tours designed for young travellers (18-35 year olds) plus a range of other great value group tours that suit the young at heart and those travelling on a budget.

For more advice, see our blog post 10 reasons to try a group tour.

Remember, tours are great value because they include:

  • All accommodation
  • All local transports
  • Some meals
  • Some extras like national park entrance fees or local activities


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Stray bus passes

‘Stray’ hop-on/hop-off bus passes are a cheap, flexible and sociable option for backpackers and those on a budget in Thailand. You’ll be travelling on a Stray-owned vehicle, with other like-minded travellers. You can stay with the same bus and group of friends along the route, of if you like the look of place, just hop off and spend some extra time there. When you want to leave, you can simply get on the next bus passing through.

Stray bus passes in Thailand include all your local transport, local guides and some specified activities or entrance fees along the way. Accommodation is reserved for Stray passengers along the way if you want it, but you pay for accommodation locally, along with any additional day trips.

To plan your trip to Thailand call us on +44 1273 320 580 or contact any of our team who’ve been there:

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