Next year I will be embarking on one of the biggest adventures I have ever decided to take. I will be backpacking Thailand and Bali and maybe a few stops in Vietnam and Cambodia (If I can save the money of course). Plans for this trip started in my final year of University where I was worried over my next steps for the future.
What would I do once I had graduated? Would I get a good degree? Would I find a job?
And backpacking was nothing but a dream. However, as I came to live back home and I began to think more about my future I realised travelling was something that I had to do. In mid 2019 my 2020 travel plans began to take place. I watched numerous travel vlogs, read blogs and researched way too many travel tours. Ultimately, I have decided to use TruTravels and IntroTravels. Both tour guides consist of group tours with travel packages, which prices include accommodation, activities and some meals. Perfect for the first time backpacker and perfect for the first time SOLO traveller.
When and where would I go?
After plenty of google research upon the weather temperature and rainfall I found that if to travel to Thailand the temperature is pretty similar all year round. Therefore, there is no right or wrong month. However, it is probably best to note that though the sun might be shining the rain may be pouring through the months of June to October, where there is a higher chance of rainfall.
Bali on the other hand has pretty similar weather conditions with the temperature reaching 30 degrees almost every month. Conversely, Bali has higher chances of rainfall through from January to March and October to December.
How much money would I save up?
After having many conversations with others who have backpacked around Asian countries and looking into many articles upon the price difference of England to Thailand. I decided I wanted at least £6,000 or £7,000 that includes the cost off flights, trips and spend whilst travelling. To reach this goal I have been working two jobs every weekday and weekend and putting so much money away each month. To reach a goal you have to work hard!
What trips do I want to take?
Looking at each and every trip that TruTravels and IntroTravels had to offer I finally came to a conclusion of which tours I wanted to take.
Experience a bit of everything with our Northern Thailand and Full Moon Experience. Start in Bangkok and finish in Koh Phangan as we take you to all the famous hotspots and some less known favourites. From visiting temples to snorkeling boat trips, and of course the world famous Full Moon Party. There are so many activities on this trip, giving you a well-rounded balance between culture, partying and island adventure.TruTravels
River cruise on the River Kwai
Erawan waterfalls day trip
Half-day bike ride around Ayutthaya ruins
Chiang Mai temple visits
2 Day Jungle Trek
Overnight Hill Tribe village stay
Half day zip-lining
Lod Cave visit
Pai’s hot springs
Day trip to Chiang Mai Canyon Bangkok River Cruise & Temples
Thai Massage & Overnight Train
Khao Sok National Park
Swimming, Tubing & Kayaking
Boat Trip Around Koh Phangan
Snorkelling & Waterfalls (Seasonal)
Muay Thai Lesson
The Challenge Lake
ATV Riding (optional extra)
Sunset Pool Party
Full Moon Party!
Our amazing Bali & Beyond trip takes you through some of Indonesia’s most epic destinations – From the awesome surfer town of Canggu, through the rice terraces of Ubud and tropical paradise of the Gili Islands. We then head off on an adventure east to the traditional villages and stunning waterfalls of Lombok before boarding our private live-aboard boat and set sail for 3 days. You will explore remote hidden beaches, epic viewpoints before landing at the Komodo Islands and meeting the dragons who still roam freely across the land. If you want to see some of the best bits of Bali and undiscovered Indonesia…This is the adventure for you!TruTravels
Taman Ayun Temple
Tanah Lot Temple
Monkey Forest visit
Snorkelling with Turtles
Bike tour around Gili T Visit Sasak Village
Benang Kelambu Waterfall
3D/2N Live-aboard boat trip
Snorkelling with Mantas
Experience the best of Vietnam and Cambodia on our biggest adventure yet! Over 21 incredible days you’ll discover crazy Hanoi, experience the stunning Ha Long Bay, stay on your own private island, go crab fishing with traditional fisherman, soak up fascinating local culture, learn to cook delicious Vietnamese food, snorkel around tropical islands, explore the famous Angkor Wat temple and much more!IntroTravels
Walking & Rickshaw Tour of Hanoi
Night out in Hanoi
Overnight Boat Trip on Ha Long Bay
Private Island Stay
Local Homestay Experience
Bicycle Tour of Ninh Binh
River Boat Cruise
Dragon Mountain Viewpoint
Visit Local Markets
Basket Boat Crab Fishing
Vietnamese Cooking Class
Mekong Delta Experience
Local Village Visit
Cu Chi Tunnels
S21 Prison With Local Guide
Tuk Tuk Tour Through Phnom Penh
Locally Guided Tour of the Killing Fields
Koh Rong Island Boat Trip
Khmer Cooking Class
Locally Guided Walking Tour of Siem Reap
Angkor Wat Sunrise Temple Tour