We're sure you've heard of this tropical island's most famous attraction, the Full Moon Party. A stop on all South East Asia backpacking circuits, this mother of all parties can draw over 30,000 people in peak season. Most stay for just few days, not venturing far from Haad Rin. Stay a little longer and you’ll find the type of island you’ve seen in the movies. Covered in waterfall infested jungles, and surrounded by dozens of pristine beaches, you’ll have the opportunity to experience real #islandlife. Apart from the obvious attraction of the full moon party, Koh Phangan and its neighboring islands have plenty to keep you busy. You’ll find yoga studios where you can practice your downward dog, and treks through the jungle to refreshing waterfalls and panoramic vistas. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can head over to Koh Tao, known as one of the cheapest places in the world to become a PADI certified scuba diver.
Koh Phangan is scattered with waterfalls and stunning hilltop viewpoints. Head out early to avoid the heat. Clamber through deep jungle passes, and you’ll be suitably rewarded with a breathtaking view or a cool plunge pool at the foot of a cascading waterfall.
It is also full of quirky activities to keep you busy. Spend the day jumping around a waterborn assault course, paddleboarding around a bay, kayaking to a secluded beach, playing mini-golf, the possibilities are endless!
Obviously we have to mention the world famous Full Moon Party, a right of passage for all travellers to South East Asia.
Up to 30,000 people descend on the small town of Haad Rin each month to indulge in the pure hedonism that ensues. More UV paint than you’ve ever seen, suspiciously cheap buckets of alcohol, fire dancers that will make your jaw drop, and ravers from every corner of the globe. There are parties all week in the lead up to the main event, and if you survive them, you’ll be in for a long night. The music doesn’t stop until noon the following day!
Koh Tao is an island just an hour away by ferry. Above the waves there isn’t anything too remarkable about Koh Tao, you could describe it as a smaller Koh Phangan. But beneath the waves, oh my!
There is a huge concentration of quality dive sites surrounding the island which has attracted over 50 dive schools to the island. This has made Koh Tao one of the cheapest places in the world to become a PADI certified scuba diver. So if you’ve ever considered scuba diving, this is the place to get your feet wet!
Chiang Mai is a perfect mix of traditional thai culture, modern amenities, mouth watering food and drink, inspiring creative scene, great nightlife and beautiful nature in the surrounding area. Spend your days working away in cafes sipping on delicious cappucinos. Spend your weekends scootering up through the mountains to Pai, walking with elephants, white water rafting, temple hopping or any of the other many activities in the area. Spend the evenings wandering through night markets that sell what is indisputably the best street food on the planet. And spend your nights dancing the night away in one of the bars hosting live music, which seems to be all of them!
Perhaps there’s no place in the country that travellers can appreciate Thai culture more than in this city.
It’s home to almost 300 temples (or Wats in Thai). Has a Monastery perched on Doi Suthep overlooking the city, which you can live at for free. It’s surrounded by hill tribes that live a life far removed from our own.
It is teeming with THE tastiest and cheapest Thai food, which you can learn to prepare yourself at an infinite amount of cooking schools.
And it must be the cheapest place in the world to get a Thai massage. Our favourite spot costs $12 for 2 hours!
Ride up through the winding roads through the mountains to Sleepy Pai. Explore the rolling countryside, hot springs, waterfalls, and caves. Most travellers that pass through this haven find it hard to leave, and some never do! Pai has a magic that cannot be put into words. Those who know, know.
Nowhere is more synonymous with Elephants than Thailand. The region surrounding Chiang Mai is full of opportunities to get up close and personal with these friendly giants.
There are a few elephant sanctuaries and camps that are committed to treating their residents with the utmost respect, whilst still allowing visitors to learn about them in a candid and genuine way. This means no riding, and no performances.
We think it’s important to have a positive impact on the environments we explore, and that extends to the animals found in them, especially when they’re as intelligent and majestic as the Asian Elephant!
Bali is a land that seems to have a magnet at its very heart. It is a feeling that is difficult to understand unless experienced, but once visited you will surely be compelled to come back and you may even want to stay forever, such is its pull. Maybe it’s Bali’s beauty, maybe the friendly people, or maybe even the influence from spirits that certainly abide on this “Island of the Gods”. We’ll be spending 4 glorious weeks in the haven of hipsters, wave hunters, and health nuts, Canggu.
Take the long drive through the night to get your breath taken away in more ways than one! Climb for 2 hours to the top of Mount Batur in the dead of night to witness this stunning sunrise, while enjoying a breakfast cooked in the heat of Batur’s crater!
There’s more to life in Bali than beaches! Take a ride up into the centre of Bali through lush rice terraces (which is an experience in itself!) and you’ll find all sorts of activities to explore and sights to see.
Wander the streets of magical Ubud, through the Monkey Forest and onto Campuhan Ridgewalk. Pay your respects and understand the unique Balinese culture in its temples. Go chasin’ waterfalls all around the island, collecting those perfect #wanderlust insta posts.
Learn to surf or hone your skills, Bali has a surf spot for every level, and plenty of beach boys happy to give you your first lesson.
We live minutes from the beach, so by the time your time in Bali is up you’ll be hanging ten and riding the tube with the best of them!