Siam Culture in Thailand

Singburi, Thailand

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15 people
7 days
Code: 14
Activity and Adventure, Cultural Experiences
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During Siam Culture week, you will learn about Thai culture, get an insight into the language and have a taste of what has made Thai cooking so famous around the world. You will visit Wat Phra Non Jaksi Worovihan temple (famous for containing one of the largest indoor reclining Buddha statues) the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, have monkeys jumping on your head in Lopburi and much more! Moreover, you will get to meet people, take a Thai cooking lesson, learn the basics of the language, and get a firsthand understanding of the Thai way of life.

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 purpose of this program is to help you get a reasonable understanding of the manners, norms, and etiquette that is inherent in Thai society. This week is also perfect for you to get to know and bond with other new participants. It is aimed at those who will be spending a prolonged period in the country. However, it is also available as a stand-alone program. Its emphasis is on educational factors, such as the language, cooking, cultural and historical aspects of Thailand.

Schedule
Monday

After breakfast, we will have a group meeting which includes, registration, explanation of programs and changes, logistics, general information and health and safety. If you don’t participate in this program, you will miss this information. After that we will walk around Tha Kham village to get you familiarized with your new surroundings. Afterwards, we’ll head to Singburi town center for essential shopping (you’ll be able to exchange money here, buy essential things you might need during your stay, purchase a sim card, etc). We will then have lunch at a fishing park restaurant.

Next, we will pay a visit to Wat Phikun Thong, a buddhist temple where you will get a short introduction to Buddhist rituals.

Once back at the accommodation, you will get a Thai language lesson and you will also learn about the do’s and dont’s in Thailand. After dinner, you will be the special guests of a welcome party with local children performing a Thai traditional dance for us - they will expect you to join in with the dancing at some point!

Tuesday

After breakfast, we will visit Wat Muang in Ang Thong, which is home to the tallest Buddha statue in Thailand and the 9th in the world. Afterwards, we will head to the Historic City of Ayutthaya, which was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong. Once there, we will explore Ayutthaya Historical Park, which contains the ruins of the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam and is recognized internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll end the day with dinner next to one of the many canals of the city.

Wednesday

It’s do-it-yourself day! After breakfast, we will go to a handicraft shop where you will create your own bracelet. You will also have some time to send letters of souvenirs back home as the shop is located right next to the post office. Next up in our schedule is a cooking lesson (pay close attention and follow instructions as the result will be your lunch!). After lunch, there will be free time in Singburi to explore the town on your own. In the evening, we will have dinner at a BBQ restaurant (Thai style, of course!)

Thursday

In the morning, we’ll visit a school, meet the children and you will try your hand at some teaching or just a few games. (Note: During school holidays (from mid-March to mid-May and in October), we may visit an English Camp set up for the children). After this, we’ll visit some of the beautiful and famous monuments and Buddhist temples near our centre: Wat Phra Non Jaksi Woravihan (a huge reclining Buddha image) and the Khai Bang Rachan hero monument. To end it, we’ll visit the shopping mall, where you can treat yourself with western food.

Friday

Another full day to several sightseeing locations within Saraburi and Lopburi provinces! We’ll visit Wat Phra Phutthabat in Saraburi, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Thailand and famous for a natural depression that is believed to be the footprint of the Buddha.

After lunch, our next stop will be the Monkey Temple in Lopburi, where crab-eating macaques love to hang out and will not be afraid to jump on your head or try to steal your sunglasses. We’ll then head back to the accommodation in Singburi where we will have dinner.

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

There are no further requirements.

There are no further requirements.

Additional Equipment
  • Clothes that cover your shoulders and knee for visiting temples, schools and sacred sites.

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

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