Thailand

 

Destination – Thailand

With No Barriers Youth

No Barriers Youth offers a multitude of educational and service learning opportunities in Thailand. Learn about Buddhism ans you tour ancient temples. Get dirty while feeding and bathing elephants and learn about pioneering programs to support their care. Travelers can also:

  • Visit the local Thai market to shop for ingredients before learning how to cook Thai dishes
  • Trek to a mountain village and spend time with school children teaching, interacting and playing sports
  • Spend a day on the Wang River and learn about conservation efforts
  • Enjoy a “kan toke” dinner with a performance of traditional northern dances

Summary

Thailand is surrounded by pristine jungles and mountains, clear blue seas, and colorful coral reefs. A predominantly Buddhist nation, the Thai people are largely compassionate and tolerant. With a vibrant Hindu, as well as Buddhist history, this diverse country is filled with ancient temples and is as rich in culture as it is in geographic wonders. Thailand’s complex culture and history also includes the ‘hill tribe’ communities in the rugged north known as the ‘Golden Triangle’. This collection of independent tribes migrated from China and Burma to live in remote rural villages of northern Thailand. In stark contrast to the rural villages is the capital of Bangkok which is the thriving economic hub of Southeast Asia. From its rich heritage to its overall striking natural beauty, Thailand provides a wealth of experiential learning opportunities for student travel tours and travelers of all ages.

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Adventure, Culture, and Service in Thailand

12 Days |All Inclusive | Sample Itinerary | Inquire for quote

Day 1: Depart for Bangkok

Evening – Depart your home gateway on an overnight flight!

Day 2: Arrive / Dinner and relax

Morning/ Afternoon

  • In Flight

Evening  

  • Arrive in Bangkok, transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight

Day 3: Wat Saket, Lak Muang, Grand Palace, Train

Morning

  • After breakfast meet your guide and transfer to Wat Saket also known as the Golden Mount Temple.  Continue your walk to Baan Bat or Monk’s Bowl Village where you will take part in painting the monks bowls
  • Continue your walking tour by passing the city’s Giant Swing on your way to Lak Muang, Bangkok’s City Pillar Shrine, then continue your walk to the Corrections Museum

Afternoon

  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Continue to the Grand Palace Complex which includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keow)

Evening

  • Catch a night train to Chiang Mai
  • overnight on train

Day 4: Wat Chedi Luang, Warorot Market, Elephant Parade House

Morning

  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for breakfast
  • Visit Chiang Mai’s most revered Buddhist temples and shrines (Wat Chedi Luang), while there visit with a local monk
  • Continue to Warorot Market by rickshaw

Afternoon

  • Lunch at a local restaurant then a visit to the Elephant Parade House – a social enterprise that runs the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues.  Here you will get the opportunity to paint alongside local artists.  
  • Transfer back to the hotel and be briefed on your community learning activity

Evening

  • “Kan toke” dinner at the Old Chiang Mai Culture Centre where you will see traditional northern dances, followed by a group reflection

Day 5: Mae Wang, Karen Village

Morning

  • Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to Mae Wang – stop to have lunch along the way

Afternoon

  • start your trek after lunch.  The trek is mostly uphill on your way to Karen Village but full of scenic views.

Evening

  • help prepare dinner with the villagers and practice your Karen language
  • Overnight at Karen Village 1

Day 6: Mae Wang National Park, Karen Village

Morning

  • Breakfast with the local villagers before you start trekking
  • Trek deep into the Mae Wang National Park, you will have plenty of time for stops and your guide will give you plenty of information about the local plants, trees and animals

Afternoon

  • enjoy a jungle lunch in the forest
  • after lunch, continue to trek until you reach another Karen village, this is where you will stay the night

Evening  

  • Enjoy dinner with the locals and relax
  • Overnight at Karen Village 2

Day 7: Bamboo raft trip, Return to Chiang Mai

Morning

  • Your guide will prepare breakfast before you start your descent back to civilization
  • pass rice fields and trek through the beautiful Dipterocarp forest before reaching a beautiful waterfall where you will have time to relax and  swim.
  • transfer by truck to a private house where you will have lunch

Afternoon

  • after lunch, transfer to a bamboo rafting camp where you will enjoy a 45 minutes raft trip on the Wang River
  • transfer back to hotel in Chiang Mai

Evening

  • After dinner, enjoy free time OR visit the night market
  • Overnight at hotel in Chiang Mai

Day 8: Elephant Care Center

Morning/Afternoon

  • Visit the Thai Elephant Care Centre in Mae Rim – this is the last home for elderly elephants
  • Spend a full day volunteering at the center
    • learn and make food for elephants
    • feed elephants
    • bath with the elephants
    • Lunch
    • make snacks for the elephants
    • mini trekking through elephant resting area
    • farewell with elephants

Evening

  • Overnight at hotel in Chiang Mai and group reflection

Day 9: Baan Thai Cookery School, Train to Bangkok

Morning

  • Transfer to the Baan Thai Cookery School where you will learn how to cook Thai food in a traditional Thai setting
  • but first start at the local market where you will shop for ingredients
  • Enjoy the lunches you made

Afternoon

  • Transfer back to hotel for free time

Evening

  • Night train back to Bangkok

Day 10: Reforestation Activity, Thai dessert

Morning

  • Upon arrival into Bangkok, transfer to hotel to freshen up before starting your reforest activity at Bang Kra Chao
  • Small lecture on the conservation forest efforts led by the center leader, then help plant trees

Afternoon

  • have lunch at the recreation area, then help make a traditional Thai dessert.

Evening

  • dinner at a local restaurant before transferring back to your hotel

Day 11: Service activity, China Town

Morning

  • Breakfast at hotel before a trip to Baan Jit Asa where you will volunteer by making children’s books for local Thai children
  • Upon arrival at Baan Jit Asa the project leader will  give you an orientation

Afternoon

  • Lunch at a local restaurant and free time for Shopping at Kao San Road
  • transfer to China town where you will enjoy a variety of street food tours

Evening

  • Overnight at hotel in Bangkok

Day 12: Flight Home!

Morning

  • Transfer to airport for flight home. Return home inspired by your adventure in Thailand!

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader

“People don’t take trips…trips take people.”

– John Steinbeck

Facts & Figures

Thailand
Capital: Bangkok
Population: 67,741,401
Special Note: Thailand was known as Siam until 1939 and again from 1945 to 1949.
Languages:

Thai (official), Burmese

Religions:

Buddhist

93.6%

Christian

1.2%

Literacy Rate

Unemployment Rate

Below Poverty Line

Life Expectancy

HIV/Aids

Carbon Emissions (%)