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Wang Nam Khiao, Thailand

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15 people
14 days
Code: 602
Activity and Adventure, Cultural Experiences
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During your first week here, you will doing big parts of our 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.

After five days of Thai culture, we will go to Kanchanaburi to visit a beautiful waterfall as well as meet the elephants. This will be two days that you will have a hard time forgetting. During the program we’ll also visit markets, stunning viewing points and more.

To end this program we will head of to Wang Nam Khiao to work with forestry conservation in Khao yai National Park. Your tasks may vary depending on the season as well as the projects the rangers are undertaking. For example, the beginning of raining season is the best time for planting trees (to help restore areas of the park that have been cleared out in the past by deforestation or forest fires). Alternatively, the best time to salt the soil is during the dry season (to help bait the animals into staying within the park boundaries and provide a valuable mineral for their diet).

Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park is located in the western part of the Sankamphaeng Mountain Range and spreads over several provinces in Central Thailand. Khao Yai accommodates over 3,000 species of plants, 32 species of birds and 66 species of mammals, including gibbons, deers, bears, elephants and even tigers. Aside from the fascinating biodiversity, the park also contains jaw-dropping waterfalls such as Heo Suwat (which appears in the famous film “The Beach”) as well as spectacular mountains.

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
  • Help you get a reasonable understanding of the manners, norms, and etiquette that is inherent in Thai society.
  • Promote and implement the sustainable conservation of Khao Yai National Park
  • Give you a worthwhile, outdoor experience while you contribute to the regeneration of deforested area.
Schedule
Week 1

Day 1: Sunday

Singburi

On Sunday, we will pick you up from the airport in Bangkok and transfer you to our location in Singburi. We have no scheduled activities this day, so feel free to relax after a long flight and work on your jet lag.

Day 2: Monday

Singburi

After breakfast, we will have a group meeting and 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!

Day 3: Tuesday

Singburi

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.

Day 4: Wednesday

Singburi

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.

Day 5: Thursday

Singburi

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.

Day 6: Friday

Singburi

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!)

Day 7: Saturday

Kanchanaburi

After breakfast, we we’ll head off to the amazing 7 steps waterfall in Erawan National Park. We will spend the whole day here, later on we’ll go to an evening market. The night will be spent on a hotel in Kanchanaburi.

Week 2

Day 8: Sunday

Singburi

After breakfast, we will visit an Elephant Sanctuary here in Kanchanaburi. Enjoy a full day of these big animals. You will get the chance to feed the elephants with fruits, rice or even give them a scrub in the river. Here we work for the elephants, not the other way around. After this we will head back to our center in Singburi.

Day 9: Monday

Wang Nam Khiao

After breakfast, we will head off to our location in Wang Nam Khiao. Here we will work with forestry conversation.

Day 10-13: Tuesday to Friday

Wang Nam Khiao

After breakfast we get ourselves ready for work. We’ll work with park rangers to preserve the nature of Wang Nam Khiao. We’ll do common field work, tree planting and wildlife monitoring etc. There will also be time to visit waterfalls, markets and much more!

Day 14: Saturday

Wang Nam Khiao

After breakfast, we’ll head back to the airport in Bangkok.

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 for this program.

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment
  • Good walking shoes & socks
  • Long sleeved top
  • Cap
  • Small first aid kit
  • Mosquito and leech repellant
  • Flash light
  • Swimwear

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

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