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The Thailand Adventure is a perfect trip for first time travellers who would love to see Thailand and travel in a group of young people. Get to know more about Thai culture, the food, and the beaches.
Thailand Adventure Highlights:
Squeeze out the most fun! This 4 week trip has been tailored for you: Introduction week, Adventure week (chose your favourite option), Cultural immersion week and a week on a tropical island with lots of beach time!
- You can relax knowing that you will settle into the travel swing easily with comprehensive orientation including a Thai language and cooking lessons.
- Have adventures on the Adventure week you will never forget with Elephants, go trekking or stay at a temple learning more about Buddhism.
- You can discover a deeper side to Thailand with exciting cultural exchange projects, join either the Muay Thai training or help us out at a local school.
- Do you want to see some incredible beaches as well? You can! A 6-night stay in the beautiful Hua Hin district is also included.
- Don’t worry about being alone, 85% of travellers travel solo. You will be joining a group of like minded travellers, once you book you have an online buddy list to chat to others before you go!
You can tailor the experience too!
Week one is a set week (the introduction week), but in week 2 you can join the Elephant week, the Trekking week or the Buddhism & Culture week and in week 3 there is an option to either get involved in a community project for a cultural exchange experience or learn Muay Thai, the National sport of Thailand. Week 4 is the beach week in Hua Hin.
Did you know you can also tag on extra weeks to your Thailand Adventure by choosing from a range of extra cultural exchange options (visiting schools, caring for children in an orphanage, or helping hill tribe communities), or add on extra beach weeks?
The trip is broken down into 4 different themed weeks so you arr always experiencing something new and exciting!
- Intro & Culture Week
- Adventure Option Week
- Cultural Immersion Week
- Beach Week
Week One – Intro Week & Siam Culture
The first week is designed to introduce you to Thailand and it’s people, culture, language, attitudes and customs. It’s a great way to meet fellow travellers and to make new friends. To ensure you have fun and to make it easy for you to meet all the groups, we have arranged some fun social nights including a welcome party, a Thai-style BBQ and a dinner at a gorgeous bar / restaurant with Karaoke for those that like to sing!
When you arrive at the eco house in Singburi, you will be shown to your rooms. All rooms are shared with the same sex. While staying at the eco-house, males and females are not allowed to stay in the same rooms. There will be time to relax, take a shower and unpack. There will be an informal meeting after dinner to welcome you and to inform you of things like what time breakfast is served. The orientation meeting will be the following day.
There are two co-ordinators at each house. The co-ordinators are friendly local Thais. They are there to show you around, introduce you to Thailand, answer any of your questions and ensure you have a good time. They make this programme a special and unique one.
Programme Introduction: money, rules and appreciated behaviour, food, safety advice, cultural differences and social information.
During this week, you and your group will have a Thai lesson. You will learn enough phrases to get by on.
An explanation of the work places, projects underway and information on what has been achieved in the past (volunteers that have chosen extra weeks only)
Visit local places:
You will be shown the village, markets, temples and monuments in the local area. You will have several opportunities to go to the local town called Singburi. Here you can check your e-mails, go shopping and get a Thai SIM card for your mobile. There is also a pool in Singburi where you can go swimming, relax and sunbathe.
Games, cooking lesson, discussions:
Done in groups to help you make friends with fellow volunteers, project leaders and programme staff. This is an excellent way to learn the language and a fun way to experience the new culture.
You will have a chance to explore the local area. There are plenty of opportunities for free time. You can relax around the eco-house, read, go swimming, shopping, etc. The project co-ordinators are happy to show you around and point out the beautiful and amazing highlights that Thailand has to offer. Your weekends are your free time so feel free to arrange extra excursions if you´d like.
This Week in Detail
This option is a great chance to know more about Thailand, bond with your fellow participants, and learn about the local surrounding area. You will learn about Thai culture, Thai language and have a
taste of what has made Thai cooking so famous around the world through some cooking classes. You will also visit the famous Buddhist Temple: Wat Phranon Jaksi, the old capital of Ayutthaya (including a visit to the Elephant Village), Lopburi´s museum and pagoda. This programme below is written to give you an idea of this week (it´s an example):
After breakfast, we have a group meeting and take a short walk around the village before lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit a local handicraft shop before being the special guests of a welcome party with local school students performing a Thai traditional dance for us.
An all day trip to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in this city that was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong when the Thais were forced Southwards by northern neighbours. We will then visit the special Elephant village followed by dinner near the river side.
In the morning, we start with a Thai lesson, after which will visit some of the beautiful and famous monuments and Buddhist temples near our centre: Wat Phranon Jaksi (A huge reclining Buddha image) and the Bang-Rachan hero monument. In the afternoon there will a trip to the local town, here you can do some shopping, swimming or check email. In the evening, we will have dinner at a famous Thai BBQ restaurant.
In the morning, we visit a local school and join in with the local students. During school holidays (from mid-March till mid-May and in October), when the school is closed, we may visit a palm tree farm or other local life instead. After noon we pick up from yesterday with another Thai lesson and then have an interactive Thai cooking class: after a short Thai lesson introducing the different ingredients you will learn how to cook these ingredients into a renowned Thai dish, and have it for dinner!
A full day with several visits in the Lopburi province. Some of the highlights would visit to the famous Somdet Phra Narai National Museum and the Wat Phraputhabaht Temple (Buddha´s footprint) and we will experience some local cuisine at a nearby restaurant.
Weekends are always free in most programmes, but participants can delve deeper with advanced Thai Language lessons or hire local transport to visit the Swimming pool or shops in Singburi Town. (these are extra-curricular, please request on site!). Also, feel free to ask the friendly staff for help in getting to some of Thailand´s many nearby tourist attractions.
Week Two: Adventure Options Week – Take Your Pick!
The second week is options week where you can choose from one of the following activities:
- Elephant conservation
- Trekking in the jungle
- Buddhism and culture
You do not have to decide which option you pick when you book; you can wait to see what takes your fancy when you are in Thailand.
Week two option one: Elephant Week
Elephants are the symbol of Thailand and are held as sacred in Thai Culture. Training along side the Mahouts, the Thai Elephant keepers, this week is all about hanging out with the elephants!
Your role this week will be the caring for and feeding the elephants, bathing them, taking the older female elephants for walks, and generally helping out.
Then you will actually get to learn how to ride the Elephants, heading off through forests and around the camp. This week is an unrivalled opportunity to learn about Elephants and connect with your very own! Take it for baths, feed it and get to know him, but just be warned you can ´t take it with you when your week is up.
According to World Wildlife Fund estimates, only 2,000-3,000 elephants remain in the wild in Thailand. The numbers of these majestic animals are gradually shrinking as elephants and villages compete to survive on the land. Sadly, domesticated elephants roam through Thailand´s cities with their mahouts, begging for food and performing tricks for tourists.
During this elephantine adventure of a week you´ll learn about the importance of elephants in Thai culture, their needs and the social problems. Be prepared to get down and quite literally dirty. Daily chores include cleaning (that´s mucking out to you and me) and feeding these majestic animals. You´ll also learn gardening skills to impress the folks back home!
Don´t miss out on the chance to experience the thrill of white water rafting in the nearby river over the weekend. Don´t worry, if you prefer calmer waters, there´s always the swimming pool. Please note, Thailand´s tropical climate does give way to the occasional violent thunderstorm, torrential rain and flooding so the schedule may be subject to change during that time.
Week two option two: Trekking Option
During the second week you and other participants have the option to go trekking in Khao Yai National Park, a lush park not often visited by other tourists. This again will be a unique experience. You will be roughing it, but in beautiful surroundings. After this experience, you will have a lot to boast about when you go home as you will be sleeping in tents and surviving with the basics – we´re sure you will have a lot of fun!
The guides are very friendly and you will really enjoy yourself! Khao Yai National Park highest mountain is about 1,351 meters above sea level.
The tropical moist evergreen forest covers the central area of Khao Yai National Park. There is a rich diversity of plants (about 2,000 species), towering trees draped in mosses, tangled trunks of the strangling figs, drooping lianas, spiny rattan palms and delicate ferns. There is always something new to discover in the forest.
Please note that the trekking is not for the faint-hearted and the itinerary is subject to change depending on seasons, weather conditions, group size etc. so please be flexible.
After breakfast we will set off for Khao Yai National Park, make a pit stop to get food supplies before we get there. We arrive at about 4.30pm and will then set up the camp and have a Thai dinner. In the evening we will do an exciting night safari.
Early morning we will have breakfast, tidy up the camp site and head off into the jungle. We set up the camp, cook and learn about survival techniques from the experienced park rangers.
After breakfast you we go trekking to different stunning waterfalls, feel free to jump in. Again we will camp at a campsite with amazing views
Today we trek back to the rangers base to check into our air-conditioned rooms. Here you will be able relax those aching limbs and get that well deserved shower. We will stay here for 1 night, taking in the glorious scenic views.
We make our way back to Singburi and the Eco houses (see first week).
Weekends are always free after Jungle Trekking programme. Relax at the Eco-House accommodation, take a local taxi into town, expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites in the central provinces or take a bus to Bangkok city for the weekend.
Remember to take the following with you on the trek:
- Sleeping bag and fleece – it can get cold in the early mornings
- Trekking gear – good walking boots (trainers at your own risk)
- Cap or sun hat
- T-shirt and shorts
- Water bottle
- Mosquito repellent
- Snacks (crisps and cookies) the food menu will be very limited in the jungle!
We will provide the tent, first aid kit and food. Please note that this trek can be physically demanding and on some days you could be trekking for four to seven hours (with breaks). You will be trekking deep in the jungle, climbing vines and walking up and down mountains. Feedback from past volunteers has been that its hard work but one of the most adventurous and fun activities they have ever done. You will end up with lots of stories to tell your family and friends back home.
Week two option three: Buddhism and Culture Option
The Buddhism and Culture programme below is written to give you an idea of this week: The day order may change, however the full programme will still be experienced.
It is quite a ride to get here from the location of the introduction week, but totally worth it! Your time will be spend in the Forest Resort, a luxury new resort and in a newly built dorm accommodation next to the ancient Thai temple.
If you choose the Buddhism & Culture week you will get to know a lot more about Buddhism and Thai culture. During this week you will visit temples, you have the opportunity to ask your questions about Buddhism to the monks, we will teach you about practising meditation and chanting in a quiet and spiritual environment. Our guide is very knowledgeable and will tell you all you need to know. If you have a real interest in Buddhism & Culture, this is the programme for you!
During the temple stay you will experience the Thai temple life first hand, and it is pretty impressive and special.
After breakfast we leave the eco house in Singburi and take you to Khao Yai National Park. On the way we stop for lunch. After dinner you will be introduced to Buddhism & Meditation ethics.
Forget the lie-ins this week as we rise with (or before!) the dawn to give alms to the Monks. After breakfast we will have a discussion with a local monk, where you will have the chance to ask him questions and hear the Buddhist perspective from a monk. Once he leaves we will have lunch followed by a documentary to learn more of Lord Buddha. We will have dinner at the resort and an early bed time is recommended, as we have an early rise next morning.
Wednesday temple stay!
Tonight we stay at a temple. We leave very early morning and upon arrival we will pay respect to the head master of the temple. Today we also learn some of the history of the surrounding area and temple, we will help clean the temple (sweeping leaves). Then lunch, your last meal of today, as monks eat only one or two meals a day all before 12:00 (noon). After lunch we will learn walking and sitting meditation forms.
Thursday, today we live like a monk
We will get up early for a session of sitting meditation. Immediately after, the boys will follow the monks around the village to gather alms. The girls will stay at the temple and help prepare the temple for when they return. Upon returning you will come together and pray before breakfast. After breakfast we will be spending the day just like the monks: Meditating, praying, gardening and cleaning the temple ground. Again more evening chanting and early sleep time.
Awake at the temple. You can give alms to the monks, or stay at the temple. We will eat breakfast and provide gifts for the monks for our appreciation for letting us stay and then return for Singburi Eco-house, visiting Wat Muang in Ang Thong long the way.
Weekends are always free after this week. Relax at the Eco-House accommodation, take a local taxi into town, expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites in the central provinces or take a bus to Bangkok city for the weekend.
- Please bring your own white clothes which are not tight or see through, if you don´t have any please buy some before departing to Buddhism and Culture week.
- Please be calm and quiet during and following meditation and chanting
- Monks only eat one meal per day so we don´t have dinner on Wednesday
- Men and women cannot sleep together during temple stay and no passionate contact during temple stay
- Please do not point your feet to the monks or the Buddha
- Women are not allowed to stay close to monks or touch the monks so please be cautious.
Week three option one: Cultural Immersion Projects
During this week you will have opportunities to help the local community:
- Help out in a School
- Build Clay Houses
- Looking after kids in a local orphanage
- Boxing Option
The biggest area in need is education so you will be visiting the local schools during term time or local children or perhaps local police from the village at the Eco house during school holidays. You can chat to the kids, help with both English and maths through playing games, singing songs etc. More information will be given to you about this during your first week.
Accommodation during this week will be either at the eco house or if you prefer, a home-stay. Most of the schools are within walking distance. For those schools that are not, the teacher or a local co-ordinator will transport you there and back. Remember to dress and behave appropriately. The students will look up to you and will attempt to copy your fashion and actions. Ladies, you need to make sure you don´t expose too much skin. Polo shirts/T-shirts, trousers and long skirts are all fine. Also the smarter you dress the more respect you will receive in the classroom.
It can be helpful to bring some materials to help you assist with teaching. For example, books, games and toys. It´s a nice idea to donate these to the school or children once you have left. Pens and paper will be provided. If you have any questions about this week, then please feel free to contact us or talk to the co-ordinators.
If you want to try something different instead then we have the boxing option:
Week Three option two: Muay Thai Boxing Option
During this week you will train in elements of Muay Thai the exciting national sport of Thailand. This is geared for complete beginners so no need to feel intimidated. It is lots of fun and there is no better way to immerse our self in the local culture
A typical day begins with an early start, getting up at 5.30am. This is necessary so that you are not spending the hottest hours of the day participating in intensive boxing training. You will head for a run to warm up followed by refreshments at the gym. From here you will take training exercises led by our experienced Thai Boxing trainer. Once fully warmed up you will head into the ring to spar one-on-one. Our co-ordinator will translate the instructor’s explanations into English. He will try to teach you some Thai necessary to learn more about the sport.
From 9am you have the option of going to the swimming pool (14km away) or relaxing back at the eco-house with other participants. The morning routine is repeated at around 3pm. The training can be quite intense, so it is important that you have a warm down period each day.
You will have the opportunity to take part in optional Tae Kwon Do classes some evenings.
If you think that you may decide to change your option for week three from boxing to the teaching option, or that you may add extra cultural immersion weeks you can do this locally.
Week Four – Beach time (6 nights)
This is usually the travellers favourite part of the programme. You will spend from Sunday evening to Saturday morning in the gorgeous Hua Hin District. It is a jam packed week with loads of exciting and intresting activities.
Set near the idyllic city of Hua Hin, you will get a real feel of Buddhism, help conserve the natural surroundings and of course, loads of well deserved beach time.
We’ll take you south to the seaside city of Hua Hin, where you will take part in fun activities where you are able to see several beautiful temples. You will get the chance to help monks and learn about Buddhism. You will also be involved with vital beach conservation activities, visit local the markets and experience other awesome cultural activities. The afternoons are free for you to explore the city and relax at the beach.
Every day, we will take you to a different beach where you will be able to just relax and unwind amidst white sand and crystal-clear blue waters.
- Dinner at our center when you arrive!
- Amazing visits to temples!
- An excursion to Pranburi Forest Park!
- Excursion to the Artist Village!
- And lots of beach time!
You are welcome to add-on activity’s or not and do your own thing. The rest of the time is free time to sun bathe, snorkel, explore the beautiful area or simply just chill out.
On the last day, you will have breakfast, then get a transfer back to Hua Hin bus station.
During this programme you will be located in 3 different locations to get to know about different parts of Thailand. All transfers will be taken care of (arrival transfer is also included providing your arrive on set start dates).
During the first three weeks you will be staying in Eco houses. Normally you share your ensuite room with 1 or 2 others of the same sex. The rooms have a good sized bathroom with western toilet end shower.
To relax you can chill in the gardens or in the communal area where you can hangout with the others. Here also your meals are served.
During the Intro week (week 1), Muay Thai or Cultural Immersion week (week 3) your accommodation is situated about 10 km from the town of Singburi. In Singburi you will find all the amenities you could need i.e. internet, shops, swimming pool, hospital, pharmacy, banks and restaurants. There are plenty of trips into Singburi or you can easily take a taxi (about 15 minutes).
The doors and windows are screened (to protect you from mosquitoes). There are fans in the room. For your valuables, we have lockers available. We strongly encourage you to use them, even if our centres are generally very safe. There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hand. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organised. All food is included during your stay. The meals will be typical Thai fare, including plenty of rice dishes. All meals (Thai style) are included.
- Transportation- Our Eco houses are about 10-15 kilometre from the city, it’s a little bit difficult to travel to town by public transportation but it can be done by local taxi. Taxis can be called though our staff at any time.
- Money issues:there are numbers of bank and ATM machine near by. The nearest one is just a km or so away at Thakam market.
- Internet use:internet cafes can be found in Singburi town. Our accommodation has free wireless internet for participants, but we advise caution in bringing bulky valuables with you.
- International Phone calls – you can buy an international telephone card (with PIN code) in Singburi. The best ones are from CAT PhoneNet, with which you can call from any phone in Thailand. They can be bought at the post office or CAT office. Don´t hesitate to ask your coordinator for assistance.
During the beach week you stay in our centre in Hua Hin.
Trip Frequently Asked Questions
If you are planning on travelling to Thailand for 28 days or less and you have British, Dutch or USA passport you can get a Visa exemption on arrival. This is valid for 28 days and cannot be extended in Thailand. If you are planning on being in Thailand longer than 28 days you will need to pre-arrange a Visa. You can prearrange a visa for 60 days which you can extend to 90 days in Thailand.
There are two ways of arranging your visa. When you are from the UK. You can either go in person to the Thai embassy in London, or you can post your passport along with the necessary documentation and fee to one of the Thai Consulates. In general this works the same for the other countries like The Netherlands and United States too, but please contact the nearest Thai Consulate for visa inquiries.
Please note that you are responsible for arranging your own visa. Xtreme Gap cannot be held responsible if you fail to travel with the correct visa. So please check with your local embassy personally. The previous information is meant as a guide, but visa rules change often and frequently. So do not take this as the current law.
Take £100 a week and you will be living very well. Remember that everything is included on this trip. So all the food, the accommodation, the transfers, airport pick up and loads of activities and adventures along the way are already paid for.
- Information pack before departure
- Airport pick up in Bangkok
- Orientation including a Thai language and cooking lesson
- One week to learn all about elephants
- Cultural Exchange projects or try some Muay Thai Training!
- 6 nights in the beautiful Hua Hin District
- All meals
- All accommodation through the four weeks
- Transfers between weeks
- Access to online buddy lists to chat to other members of the group
- Travel insurance
- Extra spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Airport drop off (but its cheap and we help you!)
Sunday 20 November to Saturday 17 December 2016
Sunday 01 January to Saturday 28th January 2017
Sunday 29 January to Saturday 25th February 2017
Sunday 26 February to Saturday 25th March 2017
Sunday 02 April to Saturday 29th April 2017
Sunday 30th April to Saturday 27t May 2017
Sunday 28th May to Saturday 24th June 2017
Sunday 02nd July to Saturday 29th July 2017
Sunday 30 July to Saturday 26th August 2017
Sunday 27th August to Saturday 23rd September
Sunday 26th November to Saturday 23rd December 2017
Sunday 17th December to Saturday 11th January
Please contact us for dates after 2016; combining trips and other travel ideas.