A Thailand expedition is a rich experience combining tours of grand palaces, serene temples, bustling markets and remote hill tribe villages with deep and remote jungle trekking and relaxing on picture perfect beaches. A school trip that is a true feast for the senses!
Thailand forms the heart of South-East Asia, bordered by Malaysia to the south, Cambodia to the south-east and Myanmar (Burma) and Laos to the north. The topography varies from high mountains in the north, which are part of a series of ranges that extend across northern Myanmar to the south-eastern edges of the Tibet plateau, to tropical islands in the south that make up a portion of the Malay archipelago.
Although Thailand has long been a popular destination for travellers, this Thailand expedition will spend only a fraction of the time visiting popular tourist sites, instead teams will head into areas that are rarely accessed and visit some remote hill-tribe villages. The benefit of going to a country with a tourism infrastructure is that the transport will be quick and efficient and at the end of the month away teams can relax on exotic beaches.
THAILAND EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS
Here are just some of the incredible experiences you can choose from for your Thailand expedition:
First taste of the jungle!
Travel to Kanchanaburi where trekking to the top of the seven-tiered Erawan Falls provides an ideal first taste of the jungle. Exploring the infamous Hellfire Pass provides a glimpse into the living conditions of allied prisoners of war building the Thailand-Burma railway, portrayed in the film ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’.
Making a Difference
Thailand is still a developing country. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with schools, orphanages and local communities to help enrich the lives of those that need your help. Tasks may include teaching basic English, renovating a classroom or building a playground.
Thailand Project Case Study –
Providing access to clean water
Past teams have worked with the Uplands Holistic Development Project, which specialises in sustaining the traditional lifestyles of Thailand’s marginalised hill tribe communities and helping with infrastructure work, such as installing water-improvement systems.
Last year we sent 5 teams to 3 different project sites in Thailand to work with local schools, communities and refugee children to help improve their lives.
Trekking in the jungles of Chiang Dao is ideal for those that are after a jungle experience through the hills of northern Thailand and want a strong taste of culture. Sleep in hammocks under the stars.
Another option is to trek in Chiang Rai, staying overnight stays in villagers’ homes providing the opportunity to get to know their way of life. You also get the chance to learn all about jungle craft and hill tribe culture.
Rest & Relaxation
Chill out on a tranquil island and practise your Thai
Head south and travel to islands such as Ko Chang or Ko Samet. Once there, book into a hostel, a beach hut, or just sleep in your hammocks under the stars! You could also barter hard for a bargain when you are out shopping in one of Thailand’s night bazaars. Make sure you learn a few Thai words to get the best deals!
- Thailand, South East Asia
- Population: 67 million.
- Languages spoken: Thai.
- Time zone: GMT +7.
- Terrain: Jungle and coast.
- When can I travel there?: All year round (though trekking will be more challenging in the monsoon season between May-Oct).
- Climate: Nov-Feb: During the cool season (Nov-Feb) temperatures are generally under 30°C. They increase during the hot season (Mar-Apr) to an average of 33°-35°C, whilst the Monsoon season (May-Oct) features high temperatures and rain.
- Expedition Physical Rating: Medium.
- Expedition Duration: 14-28 days.
- Culture Shock: Medium.
- Typical accommodation: Hostels, hammocks/bashas and hill tribe stilt houses.
- Ideal for: A rich cultural experience with excellent jungle trekking.
- Tiger Balm works wonders for soothing itchy bites, removing leeches and also keeping the little suckers off in the first place!
- The Thai Royal Family is deeply loved and respected. It is prohibited by law to criticize anything they do and is even a bad idea to step on a coin, which features an image of the King!
- The Thais believe that the soul resides in the head and is extremely sacred, so try to avoid touching people anywhere above their shoulders.
- The Thai greeting “sawasdee” only came into common usage during the Second World War. Before that, people greeted each other by asking if they had eaten yet.
- Thailand is the only country in South East Asia that has never been subject to foreign rule.
- Thailand is the top rice exporter in the world.
Sawang has travelled extensively in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Burma, China, Tibet, Nepal and India, and he speaks Thai, English and Karen (a hill tribe dialect). When not working for World Challenge he is a travel journalist and translator. His advice: ‘One life; live it’.
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- Destination and itinerary planning
- Fundraising ideas and events
- Budgeting and money management
- Preparation, fitness and nutrition
Get in touch with one of our consultants to start planning your overseas school expedition today!