WARNING! This blog will make you #welljel
A TruThai Experience
Arron Barrett | He makes your tour rock!
The past 8 days I have had the incredible pleasure of being a ‘test pilot’ for an awesome new trip put together in partnership with our great mates at www.TruTravels.com. In accordance with our best practice policy it’s imperative that we test drive each and every step of our trips to ensure that they deliver on everything they say they do and to make sure they tickle the parts other tours wish they had!
The aim of this little introduction to Thailand is to cram as much fun, laughs, activities and memories in to this little 8 day trip. You can see more about this trip by checking out the TruThai Intro on our website.
It begins in Asia spiritual home of the backpacker, the Khao San Road. Anybody who’s been through Thailand on a shoestring budget knows this place as the hot spot to meet travellers from around the world. It’s cool, it’s hip and it’s the place to be. On arrival at our first guesthouse where we spend the first two nights I was met by the ‘Two TruGurus’, Ryan and Jack. These guys are #Lads! It was clear from the start that these guys knew their stuff, and instantly made everyone relaxed. That evening pretty much consisted of laid-back group bonding over a few light refreshments and a short introduction into what the tour was all about.
Incredibly the first day was hangover-free! Welcome to Bangkok! After breakfast, the group were given a private river boat tour of the ‘Venice of Asia’ the sites were postcard worthy, and the temples were equally breathtaking. Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) and Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) were the highlights. 101 photos and a fair few GoPro videos later, the group were whisked around in the classic Thai style, by tuk tuk, before heading back to the guesthouse located just 150 meters from the Khao San Road.
A free afternoon followed the crazy morning and a chance to catch our breath. I had a couple of little jobs that needed to be completed to I headed out for a little bit of exploring. The sights and sounds of the Khao San Road never fail to open the eyes!
After a freshen-up and a light group evening meal, it was time for a round of rooftop bars, buckets and banter at the local bars – and there are a few hundred of them to choose from! The rest is history (which loosely translates to “I can’t remember.”)
The next morning and following a couple of large coffees, the group were treated to either a traditional Thai or Oil massage, from one of the best around. This was fantastic! It was exactly what was needed after the previous nights shenanigans. Late in the afternoon and once we all checked out, it was onto Bangkok train station for the next leg of the journey, the extremely comfortable night train to Koh Sok National Park.
We arrived at Surat Thani at around 7:30am the following morning and were taken to the National Park entrance where we transferred on to a long boat and whisked across this immense lake to the epic accommodation. This place is like nothing you will have ever seen before. Imagine a Jurassic Park scene minus the dinosaurs, on a lake, in the middle of nowhere. Unless you’re a dinosaur, you can’t imagine just how breathtaking this place is.
Once we were all checked-in, the kayaks were out, the splashing commenced and one or two cans of beer were sipped. I can honestly say even after visiting Thailand 6 times, this is in my top 3 things to have experienced. I won’t spoil it too much but the pictures can only give a snapshot of the beauty!
The next morning, breakfast done, it was on to Thailand’s island party capital of Koh Phangan. Before we hit the main town area of Haad Rin we were treated to a hidden gem. A little known paradise called ‘Bottle Beach’ located in the north of island, away from the bars, beach parties and carnage. This place was off the grid and because of this has maintained its quaintness and charm. The resort itself was romantic, and what could be more perfect than your own private hut on the beach. Many A-list celebs have been known to visit this area in the past, and if it’s good enough for Leonardo Dicaprio then this good enough for me! After some volleyball, and a freshen-up, a few well selected tracks were lined up on the Ipod, a mini bonfire was lit and some fire dancing set the scene for an unforgettable evening!
The following afternoon, after a sleepy morning, it was a short hop across the island, and it was time to cross off another entry on the bucket list, a mini elephant trek! #CanThisGetAnyBetter? #YesItCan!
From the elephants in the jungle it was back to civilisation and to lush accommodation. A double bed, WiFi and a swimming pool – oh yeah – and located smack in the middle of Haad Rin town, home to the infamous full moon party!
Once we were all checked-in we headed to a little bar in the middle of nowhere where awaiting us was a live band and some nice vibes. Quite the location, and without the local knowledge there’s no way we would have experienced this.
Onto our final day, and I for one was wondering how the trip could be topped off. Well I wasn’t to be let down by a cruise on the open ocean! Simply put, it was heaven! Golden sands, kayaking, snorkeling, and an oil massage were just a few highlights. The photos say it all, it’s the sort of place that cameras were invented for #MakeYourMatesWelJel
The final evening, the group was treated to a feast on behalf of the TruTravels team, a really nice gesture, and the food was divine! On to the beach for some fire rope skipping, dancing on tables and sharing some buckets with friends. It was the perfect end to a perfect trip!
TruTravels delivered everything they promised. They certainly proved themselves worthy partners of The Bamboo Project and we are all so excited about bringing this trip to you. We can guarantee that you won’t be let down in any way by joining this. The guys at TruTravels definitely share our enthusiasm and passion for all things Thailand. Joining these guys on this trip was an absolute pleasure and one that I cannot wait to experience again, and again, and again!
You can sign up for this 8 day intro to Thailand by clicking here – TruThai Intro for only £425/$713. OR, if you really want to experience Thailand in all of its incredible awesomeness, add this trip to the end of our 21 day Thailand Rediscovered tour to create the 27 day Thailand Tour from Heaven for only £1,095/$1,807!