Most Amazing Tour 2013

2013 was an incredible year at TourRadar. Our travellers saw sights never imagined, shared journeys, food, laughter and built incredible friendships while on tour. An Amazing Tour can change your life - so we at TourRadar set out to find the Most Amazing Tour of 2013. Check out the winners!
N. America

Most Amazing Tour 2013 Overall Winner

Length 24 days
148 reviews
24 days
148 reviews
Starts in Bangkok
Ends in Koh Phangan

The Land Of Smiles (Thailand 24 days)

148 reviews

Welcome to La-La-Land: Once upon a time we decided pack up our lives, throw them on our backs and head directo strait to SE Asia with one goal in mind, to develop the ultimate Thailand trip. Over the years wechr("39")ve gone through the good, the bad, and the outright ugly, and after 8+ years experience the trip we provide is something so special itchr("39")s hard to describe with words. The videos, the photos, and the copywrite can all try to do this trip justice, but when youchr("39")re laying in your hammock in X secret location smiling to yourself, youchr("39")ll just know, this is the good life.

Activities Included:

  • Bamboo Rafting
  • 7 Layer waterfall hike
  • Elephant Trek
  • Full Moon Party
  • Hot springs Trip
  • Thai Spa Experience
  • Thai Orphanage School trip
  • Snorkeling Boat Trip
  • Khao Sok Lake House Trip

Other available activities:

  • Yoga
  • Thai Cooking Courses
  • Fishing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Thai Language Courses
  • Rock Climbing
  • Fire Spinning Lessons
  • Tiger Temple
  • Muay Thai Training
  • Kayaking Trip
  • River Tubing
  • And many more...
29th June 2016
My 24 day trip to thailand was my first big trip ever. I had only ever been to cuba and california for a few days. I was looking for something where I did not have to worry about planning and the stress of having to find a way to get around from place to place. BT did that for me and it was everything i hoped and more. This trip is all about having fun, kicking back and relaxing in the sun all the while meeting new friends that become your family by the end of the trip. The guides were simply amazing, kinda crazy, but crazy good. There were super friendly, outgoing, and approachable in times of need. In terms of accommodations, they were good, not luxurious, but always clean and safe. Travelling accommodations were always well organized, from bus to train to boat. Overall, I could not be happier with my experience. I definitely recommend a trip with BT 100%. I did a lot of things I would never have done on my own. And I feel like they have prepared me enough to go back to Thailand on my own one day and travel the rest of the country. It's just that beautiful.
26th June 2016
My trip with BT was amazing! Everywhere we went was awesome and my guides Chelsea and Darcy really made it a trip I will never forget! Food was great, and the places were overall nice - bottle beach being my favourite! Going to miss my BT family but will hopefully be back soon! Highly recommend this trip!
26th June 2016
My beach travellers experiences was like no other type of travelling I have done it is honestly amazing. The guides are unreal and probably made my trip as well as the itinerary allowing you to see the best parts of the south that I would have never thought to go to on my own. The accommodations are all relatively nice, not many complaints there. The food in Thailand is crazy good and BT makes sure to always point you in the right direction! Overall it was the trip of a life time and I will never forget the people, I met on the trip and in Thailand, the guides or the amazing locations BT offers!

Most Amazing Tour 2013 Africa Winner

Length 14 days
128 reviews
14 days
128 reviews
Starts in Dar es Salaa...
Ends in Arusha

GIVE - Tanzania

128 reviews

GIVE in Tanzania for the adventure of a lifetime! Volunteer on pristine Zanzibar Island building new schools in rural communities and assist in the classroom promoting literacy, health and hygeine. Swim with dolphins, snorkel and sail before returning to the mainland to end your excursion on a 2-day safari, camping in a national park. Combine groundbreaking development projects with cultural immersion and incredible adventures abroad for a unique and meaningful volunteer experience!

Tanzania Eco-friendly Infrastructure

Access to drinkable water and education are fundamental to living a fulfilling and prosperous life. As a GIVE volunteer, you will support a sustainable and drastic change in the quality of life of people in rural villages by implementing essential infrastructure, such as schools and fresh water systems. By pioneering unique recycling techniques in our building processes, the positive impacts will not be limited to one group of individuals.  In fact, these innovative and inspiring practices will transcend generations by promoting sustainable environmental solutions for the future. Learn more about GIVE's eco-friendly infrastructure projects and our bottle building techniques.

Tanzania Educational Program

Like many African countries, Tanzania struggles to provide sufficient education for its growing numbers of children. Lack of resources, corruption, and insufficient human capital continue to cripple the country's education system.  As a GIVE volunteer, you will help overcome these obstacles by assisting local teachers with basic educational practices. You will work one-on-one with children focusing on:English, health, hygiene, computers, sports, and other critical components of a well-rounded education.  The children you work with in Zanzibar have a firm grasp on the value of a good education and a passion to learn.  As a GIVE volunteer, you will help student's achieve their educational goals to develop the foundation for a better life.  Read more about GIVE's educational program.

Constitution of a Local NGO

To promote local involvement and the creation of local leadership and social capital, GIVE is supporting and constituting a local NGO.  This NGO will be led by community members and will have financial and organizational support from GIVE. This will help ensure that our projects remain sustainable and community oriented, even when our volunteers are not on the ground.

19th October 2016
My trip to Tanzania this summer completely changed my life. I fell in love with the country, the people, the culture, and the work that GIVE is continuing to do there. GIVE has given me the opportunity to make friends from all over the world. I am already planning to go back to Tanzania over Christmas break! I'm counting down the days until I get to see my GIVE family again. Make a difference, and travel with a purpose with GIVE Volunteers!
22nd September 2016
I went to Tanzania this summer and it was the best thing I have ever done. I was blown away by the people, the culture, and the country that I had the privilege of visiting. Working with the locals on their English was so much fun and extremely rewarding. In addition to the Tanzanian people being wonderful, the GIVE staff (and interns!) are some of the most incredible humans in the world. They care about the work they are doing so deeply that it is impossible to be moved by them. GIVE ensures that your physical and mental well-being are the first priority on your trip. And as if that isn't enough, GIVE provides amazing adventure activities (safari and dolphin day!!). I can't wait to go on another GIVE trip in the future!
23rd August 2016
My experience in Tanzania with GIVE volunteers was so incredible and beyond what I expected. We opened a school in a small village called Kairo, in Zanzibar. The building of the school had started 4 years previously and it was an absolute honour to be there when the classrooms were finally filled with kids. We became so immersed in the community, from working with the locals while constructing the school, being taught Swahili, painting with the local artists and having the local women braid our hair and give us henna. Beyond that, what made this trip even greater was that 41 out of 42 of the children enrolled in the school had never been to school before. It was beautiful seeing just how the community worked together to get the school ready. As part of this trip we also got to see some of Tanzania. We got to swim with dolphins, go to the Jozani monkey forest, go sailing and snorkelling and go on safari. As an optional add-on we also got to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It was a challenging but extremely rewarding experience to make it to Uhuru peak - the highest peak in Africa. I'd highly recommend going to Tanzania with GIVE as it has changed my outlook on everything and has given my life so much purpose since going.

Most Amazing Tour 2013 Asia Winner

Length 40 days
428 reviews
40 days
428 reviews
Starts in Bangkok
Ends in Bangkok

40 days in Thailand - Experience the Land of Smiles

428 reviews

We have been running this trip since 2003 and have spent a lot of years turning it into the best backpacking trip to Thailand on the planet. Winner of The World’s Most Amazing Tour of 2012  and Asia's Most Amazing Tour in 2013 by Tour Radar, our original 40-day trip to Thailand is the ultimate easy-going travel experience. Beginning and ending in Bangkok with a loop through the islands, beaches and jungles of Southern Thailand this trip is a relaxed tour through Thailand’s most amazing, fun, and lesser-known destinations. We’ll take you from some of the most insane party spots including The Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan to secluded paradises with no other tourists in sight. And always you’ll be enjoying the adventure at the nice, chilled pace that is uniquely ‘Free and Easy’.

  • Spend a Night in a Floating Bungalow
  • Go Scuba Diving
  • Swim Through Phosphorescence
  • Refill not Landfill
  • Wat Pho Temple Tour *
  • Go Snorkelling
  • See "The Beach"
  • Have One Night in Bangkok
  • Tubing in Thailand
  • Practice Yoga on the Beach
  • Have a Tropical Island All to Yourself
  • Rock Climb Up a Natural Cliff Face
  • Buy Everything in Bangkok
  • Get Any Outfit You Can Imagine Tailor-made
  • Go Bungee Jumping
  • Dance Until Sunrise at the Full Moon Party **
  • Beach Cleanup
  • Party for Prosthetics
20 minutes ago
Visited amazing places. Loved every second of it. Toni and Luke are awesome leaders
1 hour ago
The trip itself was more than what i expected, and i had loads of fun.
15 hours ago
I did the 40 day Thailand, land of smiles trip and I could not be more happy with the trip! We visited the most breathtaking spots and had a small, family like group. Our leaders, Luke and Toni, took the time to get to know all of us an ensure we had access to all the best activities to fit our diverse personalites.

Most Amazing Tour 2013 Europe Winner

Most Amazing Tour 2013 Oceania Winner

Length 7 days
770 reviews
7 days
770 reviews
Starts in Sydney
Ends in Sydney


770 reviews

OzIntro is the perfect start to your Gap Year, Working Holiday or Holiday in Australia.

An awesome group tour and starter package showing you the best of Sydney, and including everything you'll need to live, work and travel in Australia.

It's all about good times, new friends and no worries!

25th October 2016
Ozintro would not have been the same without our tour guides Shaun and becca! Throughout the week they were constantly upbeat and entertaining, showing us all the best spots in Sydney. I wasn't sure what to expect from the trip but traveling solo it put my mind at rest knowing I was going to meet a people straight away. I have now made friends for life and amazing memories from the best first week in oz! We stayed at base hostel which was clean and comfortable with special ozintro dorms so we stayed together. The hostel is right next to scarey canarys bar which has a good atmosphere especially on quizz nights. Most days we walked to our destinations but for the beaches and blue mountains we went on the bus that was provided. The meals that were included in the trip price (BBQ, Westfield all you can eat, various sandwiches) were all satisfying, especially the chips served at surfing! There was also numerous free drinks offered throughout the week which helped keep the costs down. Would highly recommend ozintro to anyone looking to travel to Australia's for the first time!
17th October 2016
Had the most amazing week with ozintro I feel like I've formed a brand new Australian famiy! Becca and the rest of ozintro have started my travels off with a bang (and lots of hangovers)
17th October 2016
Oz Intro is a fantastic way to start your Aussie experience. Meeting people who are looking to travel around or work. Great action packed week with fun activities such as jet boating around the harbour, surfing, visiting the aquarium, bbq and coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach. Seeing the fantastic views over the Blue Mountains. Becca is a great leader she made the whole week so much fun and made such an effort helping everyone with all the important stuff we needed to know and inform us of the best places to see and things to do around Australia. Would recommend the Oz Intro experience to others such a fab way to start your trip.

Most Amazing Tour 2013 North America Winner

Length 15 days
143 reviews
15 days
143 reviews
Starts in Jiquilillo

GIVE - Nicaragua

143 reviews

Volunteer abroad with GIVE in Nicaragua and embark on an adventure that will change your life, while empowering and assisting others. Volunteer your efforts in a small fishing community on the Pacific Coast, working on infrastructure projects and English education. Sandboard down an active volcano and complete your volunteer adventure on a breathtaking island in the Caribbean - And now, for the first time, you can receive academic credit through GIVE's accredited course designed specifically to enhance your excursion. Combine your excursion with our groundbreaking course and be the Roots of Change!

Education Program

Education is the foundation of human development. As a GIVE volunteer, you will cultivate this concept by working one on one with local children to increase their opportunity and capacity to effectively learn and propagate valuable life skills.  The incredible desire and willingness these children have to learn and interact with our volunteers is truly inspiring.   Learn more about our educational program in Nicaragua.

Eco-friendly Infrastructure

As a GIVE volunteer, you will work with rural communities to implement valuable infrastructure that supports health, education, and the further development of human and social capital.  Community support and involvement in all development endeavors is key. GIVE sees this critical component in development as an opportunity to share culture and accomplishments by working side-by-side with local people.  While infrastructure projects are varied due to our excellent rate of completion, you can rest assured you will be involved in unique and innovative projects that continually push the limits of incorporating unprecedented, cutting edge eco-friendly building techniques. Take our vocational school for example: it's built out of over 15,000 plastic bottles and entirely powered by solar energy, publicly offered and privately financed by GIVE and it's partners.  Learn more about our eco-friendly, innovative infrastructure projects in Nicaragua.

Community Recycling Program

GIVE is focused on incorporating and engaging the community in all of our projects. All of the plastic bottles, candy wrappers, and other discards are collected through a community-recycling program.  This program is managed and run by local community members and illustrates their commitment, support, and belief in the importance of our projects.

The government provides no infrastructure for trash removal and therefore most discards are either burned or thrown into the sea. This recycling program is critical for community clean up and environmental awareness and is a catalyst for community involvement and empowerment.  Learn more about our eco-friendly building techniques with recycled materials.

Endangered Hawks Bill Turtle Conservation

As a volunteer, you will support a local NGO in protecting the critically endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle by venturing out to secluded beaches in search for Sea Turtles laying eggs. Eggs are collected and kept away from predators to ensure their safety until the baby hatchlings are mature enough for release back into the wild. The most active months are between June-August.

The Hawksbill Sea Turtle has been pushed to near extinction due to poaching and destruction of habitat. The Padre Ramos Estuary, where this volunteer project is located, has been identified as one of the most important nesting sites on the Pacific Coast of Central America.

Volunteers will venture to a secluded island with a local research team to monitor Hawksbill turtles as they crawl up the beach to lay their eggs. To increase their chance of survival, volunteers will collect the eggs and bring them to a nursery for protection. Volunteers who join the trip in August will release the baby turtles back into the wild.

1st October 2016
GIVE changed my life. Without having gone on a GIVE trip, I would have negatively impacted the world much more since. The leaders on these trip are extremely experienced and know how to inspire every single volunteer to be a better human being, all while having the most fun two weeks of your life. If everyone were to go on a GIVE trip, the world would be a much better place.
18th August 2016
It may sound a bit cheesy but my experience with GIVE was genuinely beyond words. In my time in Nicaragua I have experienced so much, with every day ending in a deep sense of gratification shared between everyone in the group. From the local community, guides and other volunteers I only ever experienced a compassion and companionship that made me feel at home even when thousands of miles away from all my family and friends in the UK. Accommodation and food was consistently high quality, and there was always plenty of bottled water available. We stayed in two locations, first Monty's Beach lodge in Jiquilillo, then Cool Spot in Little Corn Island. Both were absolutely beautiful with cheerful, friendly staff and good facilities and catering. Travelling during the trip was very well handled by the guides, making it very easy and stress-free for all of the volunteers. The endlessly friendly and fun people I was with made even sitting in a coach or plane a good time that flew by. From start to finish this trip exceeded my already high expectations, and I am so glad to have taken the leap and gone for it instead of staying home in my comfort zone. I spent a long time deciding whether I was independent and confident enough to be able to go on this excursion, and if you are feeling the same I can't urge you enough to do it. The work you would be doing really makes a difference, on the communities in Nicaragua, Thailand and Tanzania, and very noticeably on yourself. I cannot explain through text how amazing this trip was, you have to go out there and find out for yourself.
17th August 2016
Going into my trip I didn't have any expectations because I had no idea what to expect. But if I had expectations the trip would have exceeded all of them. The places we stayed were amazing. We had nice bathrooms and beds and the people at all of them were super nice. Our guides Sammie, Joel, and Teresa were amazing people. If you were sick they would help you however they could and could talk to you about anything. They all want you have the best experience you can and really care about everyone. Being in Nicaragua really changed my life. I was able to see how global warming really effected people and will always remember that from now on. If I could I would go back on the Nicaragua trip because it was the best experience of my life.
* The Most Amazing Tour in South America was not awarded in 2013
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