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THAILAND

DESTINATION INSPIRATION

Thailand doesn’t stop at bustling Bangkok markets and a hammock on the beach. Behind the beachside bungalows and luxury spa retreats, you’ll find snapshots of Thai life with aromatic street vendors, tuk tuks, junglestrewn temples and giant Buddhas.

Thailand on your Gap Year

What's not to love about a gap year in Thailand? Dazzling beaches, tasty food and friendly locals. Not to mention the fact that it's pretty much the perfect place to visit if you're on a budget! Most travellers start off in Bangkok whilst on their Gap Year in Thailand. For the best food, bars and cheap accommodation head to the Khaosan Road area - the go to destination to kick off your Thailand adventure.

How to get there

Getting to Thailand is pretty easy, with regular flights to and from most major airports. Return fares, one-ways, student tickets...you name, we got it! Search below to find the cheapest flights to Bangkok, Phuket and more with exclusive fares for students and those under 26.
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When to Go

Thailand's hot all year round but it does experience some pretty awesome thunderstorms, particularly in the rainy season which falls between May and October, but don't let this put you off. The downpours are usually short and sharp and the scenery can be pretty spectacular - plus you'll bag yourself some sweet deals on accommodation and flights if you go during off-peak times!
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More Thailand experiences

Thai Adventure Tours
From sun drenched sands to peaceful temples and party islands to bustling Bangkok – Thailand has so much to offer. Why not trek through jungles and discover hidden waterfalls and local hill tribes? See it all for less and meet friends for life on a fantastic adventure tour!
Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Passes
If you would prefer a bit of structure but still a lot of freedom - a hop-on hop-off bus pass is for you. Plus it is a great way to meet mates! Choose from guided yet flexible passes with lots of local experiences such as homestays or independent hop-on hop-off with loads of included experiences. Alternatively, beach bums can choose a flexible island hopping pass valid for up to 5 months!
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Thai Elephant Conservation & More Volunteering Projects
Do something good for both you and the world around you and try a volunteer project in Thailand. Our volunteering with elephants projects in Thailand are some of our most popular - bathe, feed and fall in love with these majestic grey giants. Other favourites include teaching children English and helping local communities.
Thailand Beach Breaks
Thai Beach Breaks
Thailand is awash with tropical beaches and castaway islands. Over on the west coast live the high-life in bustling Phuket, relax on picture perfect Koh Phi Phi and check out the limestone cliffs of Krabi. Don't miss out on the east coast either - explore the jungle and exotic beaches of Koh Samui, and more. Discover your perfect Thai beach escape!
Learn to dive
Learn to dive and hang out in cool beaches! There's plenty of incredible moments under the sea to be had, and now you can with our diving packages which will allow you to explore the fish-filled waters of Thailand with a certified scuba instructor.
Mini adventures in Thailand
From sun drenched sands to peaceful temples and party islands to bustling Bangkok – Thailand has so much to offer. Why not trek through jungles and discover hidden waterfalls and local hill tribes in northern Thailand, travel around tropical paradise islands or find a bargain in Bangkok's floating markets?

Top Places to Visit

Take a step back as Thailand throws everything it's got at you; friendly people, sacred sites from days gone by and the best beaches...oh, the beaches *sigh*. Laze on pure white sands and dunk yourself in sparkling blue seas on the Thai Islands, explore Chiang Mai or bag yourself a bargain at a Bangkok market...

BANGKOK

Energy-consuming, humid, heaving, chattering with beeping horns, whooshing tuk tuks and rowdy street markets; this is Thailand's capital. You'll either love it or hate it. Be mesmerised by the unrelenting traffic, glitzy MBK Mall, resplendent Grand Palace and 5.5-ton Golden Buddha. Eat pad thai, listen to live reggae at a rooftop bar, then get haggling for a pair of bright orange cheap Ray-Bans.
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Chiang Mai

Welcome to the rolling green foothills, sacred temples and lush landscapes of Northern Thailand. Wander through the bustling night bazaar and jam to live music in one of Chiang Mai's many bars then head for the hills where you'll hike through remote villages and learn the secrets to jungle survival.
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Koh Tao

The cashew-shaped isle of Koh Tao undisputedly offers some of the best and cheapest diving on the Gulf of Thailand. Grab your flippers and snorkel on Shark Bay (they're harmless black-tip reef sharks) or throw yourself in the deep end and try wreck diving to discover World War II submarines and battleships. You'll be in no hurry to leave this small but perfectly formed former pirates' hideout.
Thai Island Hopping & Sailing

Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is probably the most iconic, picture-postcard image of Thailand, catapulted into notoriety by box office hit 'The Beach'. Limestone cliffs, aquamarine waters and glinting white sands, the six-island archipelago is easily accessible by boat from Phuket. Get up close with hoards of monkeys on Monkey Island and camp overnight on Maya Bay. Bliss!
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Meet Mia

What if you got the chance to journey to Thailand as a travel blogger? That's exactly what Mia Broomhall was lucky enough to do. A University of Exeter graduate, Mia has caught the travel bug having recently returned from her travels in Australia. Follow her journey through Thailand below and find out just why travelling to Thailand on your gap year is the best decision you'll ever make.
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