Road Trip Best of Thailand

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15 people
28 days
Code: 242
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Along the way of this incredible 4-week road trip, you will teach at schools, immerse yourself in hill tribe communities in the north, experience Buddhist teachings with monks, trek through beautiful lush mountains and natural parks, climb through caves, stand under waterfalls, work in a home for the elderly, canoe on a river, help in beach conservation projects in the south and much more!

We will bring you to the Northern mountains, the agricultural region of Isaan, the pristine beach communities at the Southern sea and many other places that will show you the best Thailand has to offer. There has never been a program that brings you so close to the truly authentic Thailand than this four week road trip.

You can join the program any week. The four different parts of this road trip are always running in the listed sequence, repeating every four weeks. So, depending on when you join, you would just start and end in a different place. This has no impact on your program. There is no recommended week to start with. No matter where you finish your program you will be taken to Bangkok and end your program there.

Train Tracks Northern Thailand

This program is designed to give you a full insight into the culture and local customs of the northern Thai people. Through traveling and helping in local projects, you will get to fully experience this gorgeous part of Thailand. During the expedition, you will learn about Thai Buddhism from monks at an authentic monastery, visit the “big giants” at an Elephant Conservation Center, explore Chiang Mai, teach at a local school and much more!

Dates 2017

Jan 16th

Feb 13th

Mar 13th

Apr 10th

May 8th

June 5th

July 3rd

July 31st

Aug 28th

Sep 25th

Oct 23rd

Nov 20th

Dec 18th

Dates 2018

Jan 15th

Feb 12th

Mar 12th

Apr 9th

May 7th

June 4th

July 2nd

July 31st

Aug 27th

Sep 24th

Oct 22nd

Nov 19th

Dec 17th

Trekking to Hill Tribes

Go on a trekking expedition to the famous hill tribes of Northern Thailand. During this visit you will be warmly welcomed by various hill tribes into their villages and livelihoods. Experience and witness the authentic way of living that these hill tribes have practiced for hundreds of years. This unique cultural encounter together with the beautiful and lush green covered mountain areas of Northern Thailand will make this an unforgettable experience!

Dates 2017

Jan 23rd

Feb 20th

Mar 20th

Apr 17th

May 15th

June 12th

July 10th

Aug 7th

Sep 4th

Oct 2nd

Oct 30th

Nov 27th

Dec 25th

Dates 2018

Jan 22nd

Feb 19th

Mar 19th

Apr 16th

May 14th

June 11th

July 9th

Aug 6th

Sep 3rd

Oct 1st

Oct 29th

Nov 26th

Dec 24th

Nomad Through Isaan

Explore Thailand’s forgotten region in the Northeast; Isaan. Travel by bus through this stunning area located on the Khorat Plateau and experience the true Thai culture and folklife far away from the tourist tracks. In this agricultural region you will pass through Loei and Khon Kaen provinces during this 6-day trip and witness the 'real' Thai lifestyle.

Dates 2017

Jan 2nd

Jan 30th

Feb 27th

Mar 27th

Apr 24th

May 22nd

June 19th

July 17th

Aug 14th

Sep 11th

Oct 9th

Nov 6th

Dec 4th

Dates 2018

Jan 29th

Feb 26th

Mar 26th

Apr 23rd

May 21st

June 18th

July 16th

Aug 13th

Sep 10th

Oct 8th

Nov 5th

Dec 3rd

Dec 31st

Trunk to the South

Come and explore the beautiful South of Thailand! Whilst travelling through the provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Surat Thani by bus, you will witness and experience the thorough beauty of the Southern Thai culture, people and natural beauty. These locations include Angthong National Park and Thailand’s finest island: Koh Samui! While helping out at the beach and snorkelling in the clear blue sea, you will be warmly greeted by the very friendly and ever smiling people of the South.

Dates 2017

Jan 9th

Feb 6th

Mar 6th

Apr 3rd

May 1st

May 29th

June 26th

July 24th

Aug 21st

Sep 18th

Oct 17th

Nov 14th

Dec 12th

Dates 2018

Feb 5th

Mar 5th

Apr 2nd

Apr 30th

May 28th

June 25th

July 23rd

Aug 20th

Sep 17st

Oct 15th

Nov 12th

Dec 10th

Dec 12th

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

This program starts every week.

During 2018

This program starts every week.

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this program is to bring you closer to the authentic Thailand. Through different projects and activities, you will get to truly immerse yourself in the Thai culture, customs and lifestyle.

Schedule
Week 1: Train Track Northern Thailand

Monday

  • Breakfast at the Singburi center
  • Transfer to Lopburi bus station
  • Lunch in Chum Saeng
  • Introduction at the homestay
  • Dinner
  • Small Thai welcome BBQ in the evening
  • Overnight stay at the homestay (fan, cold water & no Wi-Fi)

Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the homestay
  • Thai traditional farming/agriculture activity
  • Lunch at the homestay
  • Train from Chum Saeng to Uttaradit (4 hour ride, no air-con)
  • Check in at the hotel in Uttaradit
  • Visit to Hero Monument
  • Dinner at a local Thai restaurant
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Uttaradit (hot water, aircon & Wi-Fi)

Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the school
  • Teaching at Tungkalo school
  • Lunch at a local Thai restaurant
  • An educational visit to Tungyang Temple to learn about Buddhism by the Monks and assist the Monks with cleaning of the temple premises
  • A visit to the local shopping center
  • Dinner at the shopping center
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Uttaradit (hot water, aircon & Wi-Fi)

Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Train from Uttaradit to Lampang, with very nice mountain landscapes en route  (3 hours, no air-con).
  • Check in at the hotel in Lampang
  • Have lunch at local Thai restaurant
  • A visit to an old Burmese Temple, where you will learn about Buddhism by the Monks and assist the Monks with cleaning of the temple premises
  • A visit to the local market
  • Dinner at the local market
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Lampang (hot water, aircon & Wi-Fi)

Friday

  • Breakfast across the hotel in a local Thai restaurant
  • A visit to the Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang to about elephant care
  • Lunch at the Elephant Conservation Center
  • After lunch visit several cultural sites in Lampang
  • Dinner at a local Thai restaurant in Lampang
  • Train from Lampang to Chiang Mai (2 hours and 15 minutes, with air-con)
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Chiang Mai (hot water, air-con & Wi-Fi)

Saturday

  • Breakfast at a local restaurant in Chiang Mai
  • An educational and cultural excursion to Doi Pui villages, Hill tribe people
  • A visit to Doi Suthep Mountain and Wat Phrathat temple
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Chiang Mai
  • During the afternoon: free time in Chiang Mai
  • Stay in the same hotel in Chiang Mai (hot water, air-con & Wi-Fi)
  • Dinner in Chiang Mai
  • Free time during the evening

Sunday

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • After breakfast take bus to Chiang Rai
  • Check-in hotel in Chiang Rai (hot water, air-con & Wi-Fi)
  • Free day (no lunch will be served)
  • Dinner at a local restaurant Chiang Rai
  • Free time during the evening
Week 2: Trekking to Hill Tribes

Monday

  • Breakfast at a local restaurant in Chiang Rai
  • Go to Ban Doi homestay
  • Introduction session at Ban Doi homestay with the Akha tribe
  • Lunch at the homestay
  • Visit Ban Doi Akha hill tribe village
  • Helping at the Huai Phaking Temple, assisting the monks with cleaning of the temple premises
  • Dinner at the  homestay
  • A visit to the night market
  • Overnight stay at the homestay in Ban Doi hill tribe village (cold water, fan, no Wi-fi)

Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the homestay
  • Cycle to Karen hill tribe village
  • Visit an Elephant Camp
  • Lunch at the Elephant Camp
  • Cycle to and visit the White Temple, Boon Rawd Farm & Khun Khon National Park
  • Dinner in Khun Khon National Park (Jungle)
  • Overnight stay in tents at Khun Khon National Park (use of park shower/toilet facilities, no Wi-fi)

Wednesday

  • Breakfast at Khun Khon National Park
  • Trekking up to Khun Khon Waterfall
  • Have a packed lunch along the way
  • Cycle to Entrée Huai Chom lake and trekking to hill tribe village
  • Dinner at the homestay in an Akha hill tribe village
  • Overnight stay in tents at Khun Khon National Park (use of park shower/toilet facilities & no Wi-fi)

Thursday

  • Breakfast at the Akha hill tribe village
  • Trekking through the hills and visit three hill tribe villages: Huai Chompoo Village, Mere Mon Village, Mai Pattana Village
  • Lunch at Pattana hill tribe village
  • Trekking to Doi Chang hill tribe village
  • Dinner at Doi Chang hill tribe village
  • View the great sunset from the Doi Chang hill tribe village
  • Overnight stay at the homestay in  Doi Chang hill tribe village (cold water, fan & no Wi-fi)

Friday

  • Breakfast at Doi Chang hill tribe village
  • Trekking to Doi Lan hill tribe village
  • Lunch at Doi Lan hill tribe village
  • Trekking to Sang Charung hill tribe village
  • Dinner at Sang Charung hill tribe village
  • Thank you party from Akha people at the hill tribe village
  • Overnight stay at the homestay in Sang Charung hill tribe village (cold water, fan & no Wi-fi)

Saturday

  • Early morning breakfast at Sang Charung hill tribe village
  • Trekking to Mae Salong Barrage dam
  • Lunch at Mae Salong Barrage dam
  • Canoeing on the Lake to a hot spring
  • Back to Chiang Rai
  • Overnight bus from Chiang Rai to Loei (14 hours with aircon)

Sunday

  • Arrive in the morning at Loei
  • Check in at the hotel in Loei
  • Breakfast at a local Thai restaurant in Loei
  • Free day (no lunch will be served)
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Loei
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Loei (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi).
Week 3: Nomad Through Isaan

Monday

  • Breakfast at the hotel in Loei
  • Teaching to the monks or children at the temple school
  • Excursion at Srisuthawat monastery, where you will get educated about Buddhism by the coordinator and can assist the Monks with cleaning the temple’s premises.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight at the hotel in Loei (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi)

Tuesday

  • Breakfast at a local Thai restaurant
  • Excursion to Phu Pha Lom forest park to learn about Thai forestry and forest reserves.
  • Food packet for lunch
  • Excursion to Wat Phu Pha Lom monastery, where you will assist the Monks with cleaning of the temple premises and the coordinator will explain everything about this unique temple
  • Dinner at a local Thai restaurant across the hotel in Loei
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Loei (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi)

Wednesday

  • Breakfast at a local Thai restaurant
  • Bus from Loei to Khon Kaen (3 to 4 hours, with air-con)
  • Check in the hotel in Khon Kaen
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Khon Kaen
  • Excursion to Khon Kaen national museum to experience and learn more about Thai history and culture
  • Visit the local market in Khon Kaen
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Khon Kaen
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Khon Kaen (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi)

Thursday

  • Breakfast at a local Thai restaurant
  • Working at a children’s home (play educative games with the children + teaching English)
  • Lunch at a local thai restaurant in Khon Kaen
  • Enjoy an authentic and relaxing Thai massage at a massage salon
  • Visit to the biggest department store in the city
  • Dinner at the department store
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Khon Kaen (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi)

Friday

  • Breakfast in Khon Kaen
  • Visit the great lake (Bung Kaen Na Khorn) and the most beautiful temple/church close to the lake. The temple has multiple levels that you will be able to climb up.
  • Lunch
  • A visit to the city shrine, the spiritual house which will provide a lot of information about the local region/province
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Khon Kaen
  • Overnight bus from Khon Kaen to Bangkok (with air-con, 10 hours)

Saturday

  • Arrive at Bangkok Morchit bus station early in the morning
  • Transfer with public transport to our center Hua Hin
  • Arrive during the morning in Hua Hin
  • Brunch at the center
  • Free time
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Hua Hin (hot water, fan & Wi-Fi)

Sunday

  • Breakfast at Hua Hin center
  • Free day (no lunch will be served)
  • Dinner at Hua Hin center
  • Overnight stay in Hua Hin center (hot water, fan & Wi-Fi)
Week 4: Trunk to the South

Monday

  • Breakfast at the Hua Hin center
  • Visit to Huay Monkot Temple
  • Visit to Pleanwan market
  • Lunch
  • Minivan ride from Hua Hin to Bang Saphan Yai
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Bang Saphan Yai

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Sightseeing and snorkelling on a three hour boat trip
  • Lunch on the boat
  • Back to the hotel
  • Free time at the beach
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Bang Saphan Yai

Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Minivan to  Surat Thani
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Chumphon. Stop off rest area
  • Boat to Koh Samui (2 hours) from Surat Thani
  • Check in hotel at Chaweng Beach (best beach in Koh Samui!).
  • Dinner at the guesthouse
  • Night market

Thursday

  • Breakfast at the guesthouse
  • Visit Grandmother and Grandfather stones at Koh Samui
  • Lunch
  • Trekking through the forest
  • A visit to a beautiful waterfall where swimming is possible
  • Helping out on the beach: cleaning and leisure activities
  • Dinner at Thai restaurant
  • Overnight stay at the hotel/guesthouse (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi)

Friday

  • Travel to Angthong National Park by boat
  • Breakfast on the boat
  • Snorkelling and hiking, visiting the park and two islands
  • Lunch on the boat
  • Continue with the above program
  • Boat transfer from Angthong National Park to Koh Samui (2 hours)
  • Back to the hotel/guesthouse in Koh Samui
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Koh Samui.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel/guesthouse (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi)

Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel in Koh Samui
  • Free time on the beach
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Check out from the hotel and head to the bus station
  • Overnight bus/boat from Koh Samui to Bangkok

Sunday

  • Arrive at Morchit bus station in Bangkok early in the morning. Transfer to Singburi for further programs.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                No

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.

Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.

Additional Equipment
  • Shoes suitable for hiking
  • Some warm clothes for when you are in the northern, cooler parts of Thailand

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

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