Thailand Explorer
Thailand Explorer
Thailand Explorer
Thailand Explorer
Thailand Explorer
Thailand Explorer
Thailand Explorer
Thailand Explorer

Thailand Explorer

Regular price £1,099.00
THAILAND EXPLORER - 2020
 
OVERVIEW
Where aren’t you going on this amazing all encompassing trip?!
 
Your first stop is the incredible capital city of Bangkok where you will witness sights and sounds you never even knew existed. After a couple of days in the hustle and bustle of this city you may be happy to head on to Surin which is a laid back and very chilled out area of north-east Thailand. Here you will work and play alongside the incredible Asian Elephants and learn all about their way of life, as well as helping renovate a rural Government school.
 
After leaving Surin you have ‘One Night In Bangkok’ before heading south for your island adventure. The adventure begins in the incredibly picturesque, and diving mecca, Koh Tao.
 
Your final stop (29d) on this whirlwind tour is the party island of Koh Phangan – home to the world famous Moon Parties. As well as partying until dawn this island also offers stunning white beaches, crystal waters and incredible marine life.
What more could you want from 29 days?  
 
 
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN BANGKOK
We take the hassle out of arriving into Thailand by meeting you at the airport (Bangkok International Airport only) and helping you get checked in to your Guesthouse near Khao San Road.
 
INCLUSIONS:
  • Airport pick up and transfer (BKK airport only)
  • Accommodation in twin share, air-con en suite room, Khao San Road area
 
DAY 2: ORIENTATION AND BANGKOK TOUR
After a quick chat about your trip it will be time for you to experience some of the most famous sites of Bangkok including the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun and the Giant Golden Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) and of course a classic long tailed boat ride. Then later that evening you will head back to Khao San road for a few drinks with your new travel buddies.
 
INCLUSIONS:
  • Bangkok tour (excluding entry fee to The Grand Palace)
  • Accommodation in twin share, air-con en suite room, Khao San Road area
  • Breakfast
 
DAY 3: TRANSFER TO SURIN
Time to leave the concrete jungle of Bangkok for a trip to Surin, the elephant capital of Thailand. Our team will help you get to Surin and give you all the info you need while you are there.
 
INCLUSIONS:
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Surin (train or coach)
  • Transfer to the Volunteer House
  • Accommodation: Shared fan cooled rooms, hot water showers, WiFi in our ‘Volunteer’ Houses in Surin town
 
DAY 4 - 7: VOLUNTEER SCHOOL RENOVATION
For the next four days you will be picked up around 07:45 – 08:00 by the team and transported to the project site. This will be one of the many village schools in Surin. You can expect to work 4-6 hours a day (please note: this can change and is always driven of course by the chosen projects requirements).
 
You will be working as a group with one of the local Surin team, the project objective will be explained and all elements of the renovation work shown to you by example. There is no machinery, this is basic work using basic tools and no previous experience is required.
 
Past projects have included fixing sinks, creating gravity fed water systems, painting classrooms, renovating play areas…it is really rewarding work. All projects are designed to be completed during your time in Surin. You exact project will decided in conjunction with the local schools near the time of your arrival.
 
You will be transferred back to the Surin Volunteer House around 2:30 – 3:00pm (again, this can vary!) and then have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore Surin and of course plan your lessons for the next day.
 
INCLUSIONS – SCHOOL RENOVATION
  • Transfer to and from the project location - +/- 30 minutes
  • Staff support and assistance throughout your time at on project
  • All materials and tools required
  • Accommodation: Shared fan cooled rooms, hot water showers, WiFi in our ‘Volunteer’ Houses in Surin town
 
DAY 8 - 10: FREE TIME IN SURIN
You now have the long weekend to relax at our volunteer house and in Surin City. There are lots of markets and temples to explore and of course the opportunity to party Surin style. Our local team will assist you over the weekend to make the most of your time in Surin.
 
INCLUSIONS:
  • Accommodation: Shared fan cooled rooms, hot water showers, WiFi in our ‘Volunteer’ Houses in Surin town
 
 
DAY 11 - 14: VOLUNTEER WITH ELEPHANTS
For the next 4 days and 3 nights you will live, work and play alongside a real elephant community on the rural outskirts of Surin. You’ll get to bathe the elephants, learn how to cut sugar cane as a sustainable food supply and feed them, and help out in any other elephant related jobs. In return you’ll be treated to traditional Thai food from the village for the duration of your stay.
 
If you are an adventurous (or aquatic) kind of person then you can even go kayaking on the river.
 
INCLUSIONS – ELEPHANT VILLAGE
  • Transfer to the elephant village (and back to Surin town on Day 14)
  • Activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Accommodation: basic but clean shared rooms (mattresses on the floor) in the village leader’s home, fan cooled, cold water showers – no WIFI.
  • Food – lunch and dinner on Day 11 / Breakfast, lunch and dinner on days 12 and 13 / Breakfast and Lunch on day 14
 
DAY 15: RETURN TO BANGKOK
We return to Bangkok for one more night of crazy fun on Khao San road before getting ready for the next stage of your volunteer adventure.
 
INCLUSIONS:
  • Transfer from Surin to Bangkok (you will need to organise your taxi transfer from Bangkok bus or train station to the hotel in Khao San Rd Area, cost will be approximately 200-250 Baht per taxi)
  • Accommodation in twin share, air-con en suite room, Khao San Road area
 
 
Day 16: FREE TIME and TRANSFER TO THE BEACH
You have most of the day free to explore Bangkok, catch up on sleep (?), head for a Thai Massage or shop to your heart’s content.
 
In the evening check out and assemble at the coach pick up point (approximately 5 minutes walk from your hotel) to take the overnight transfer to Koh Tao and the beach! The team in Surin will have given you all your ticket details and information on what you need to do.
 
Make sure you stock up on snacks / drinks to while the night away on the coach heading south.
 
INCLUSIONS:
  • Late check out at your Bangkok accommodation
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao
 
DAY 17 – 21: KOH TAO
You will arrive about lunchtime after your overnight coach from Bangkok and morning boat to Koh Tao. Now its time to relax and soak up the chilled vibe on this stunning island. You can choose to laze on the beach, book a snorkel trip or take an Open Water PADI course. There is plenty to keep you busy if you wish.
 
INCLUSIONS:
  • Accommodation twin/triple shared rooms, private bathrooms, aircon and pool.
END OF 22D TOUR! – continue your trip on own arrangements
 
DAY 22 – 27: KOH PHANGAN, PARTY ISLAND!
When we were younger we were told on Christmas Eve that Christmas would come sooner if we went to sleep earlier. Well day 22 is sort of like Christmas Eve, it gives you time to get excited about the following day! You will take a day boat transfer to Party Island. Then it’s up to you to decide if you want one week of rest and relaxation on the sun kissed sands and warm sea waters or crazy night time fun at the home of the world famous Moon Parties. Whatever you decide to do it’s your choice, you’ve earned it.
 
INCLUSIONS:
  • Accommodation twin/triple/quad shared rooms, aircon and swimming pool.
  • Transfer from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan on Day 22
 
 
DAY 28: RETURN TO BANGKOK and One Final Night near Khao San Road
It’s once again time to travel back to Bangkok. If you partied too hard or got too chilled out then the return to the city will give you chance to ease back into the ‘real world’ again. We’ll provide you with a transport to get back to Bangkok and then you get one final night on Khao San road (so this would be the after-party party, right?) – the perfect way to finish the Voluntour Thailand.
 
INCLUSIONS:
  • Transfer Koh Phangan to Bangkok
  • Bangkok accommodation including breakfast next day
 
 
Day 29: Time to Go Home
Take your memories, your photographs and your new friends, but be sure to leave a part of yourself in Thailand so you can come back for it someday.
 
INCLUSIONS:
  • Breakfast
 
How you will make a difference
Elephant village:
Without this programme the mahouts and elephants would need to beg in urban areas (not good for the mahout and terrible for the elephant) or may well end up renting their elephants out to trekking companies or shows etc – thanks to this programme the village and mahouts receive good income to support and develop their families and create a better future for themselves
In addition, this is a real two way learning experience – the volunteers get the opportunity to really learn about the real life of elephants and communities in Thailand, something that is very difficult to do elsewhere.

School Renovation:
Thailand’s rural schools are heavily under funded. Thailand’s Government pays approximately 2000 Baht (about 45 GBP) to the school for every pupil. You can imagine this leaves very little for necessary maintenance and renovations. This project helps maintains school’s facilities and allows the school to use the majority of their budget on educating the kids. This project makes a huge difference to the school and creates a more favourable environment for learning.
 
 
All Good Things ……..as they say
Can you believe that 29 days are over that quickly? Hopefully you enjoyed every minute and every aspect of this incredible voluntour.
Lucky for you the tour ends in Bangkok!
 
 
Onward Travel
After this trip it would be idea to then head North to experience the mountains and trekking on offer – Mae Hong Son is a fantastic mountainous backpackers hangout, Tak has amazing treks and waterfalls (for the adventurous head to Um Phang and then trek to Tee Lor Su waterfalls – among the highest falls in Thailand), Nan a real ‘otherworldliness’ and of course Chiang Mai is stunning temples and things to do. Talk to your STA Travel Expert for your options!
 
 
 
Here to support you
For any emergency or advise DON’T WORRY! You will have 24/7 support from STA’s Global Travel Help team. This friendly bunch will get you out of a pickle and have you back on your feet in no time. You can find them at http://www.statravel.co.uk/global-travel-help-enquiry.htm or call on 0333 321 3098.
Please note that the call centre is open during the following UK hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5:30pm
Sat: 9am- 5:30pm
Sun: 11am- 4pm
 
 
We want to hear from you!
This is where you come in and where we need your help! Your feedback is taken very seriously and we would love to hear your thoughts. Don’t be shy! Please let us know what went right and what went wrong - this will enable us to ensure that our products are kept at the highest standard and that our volunteers have the best time possible whilst maximising the benefits to the host community. Please take a few minutes to fill in this online survey.
 
 
 
Disclaimer
You’ve now booked your volunteering project and you’re good to go but please remember that although care has been taken to ensure all the information within this document is correct, information and details about the programme can change. If anything does get amended we will tell you straight away and always keep you informed but please keep an open mind. The very nature of volunteering abroad means that some changes may be out of our control so a certain amount of flexibility goes a long way!
 
 

We want to do everything we can to ensure you have an enjoyable stay in Thailand. An important part of this means staying safe, so here are some things to be aware of before you travel:

  • Vaccinations – Thailand is very safe indeed, but as with any hot and humid country there are health risks and viruses that we may not be used to back at home. Contracting anything is very rare, but it’s always best to check with experts before you travel to get the latest and most up to date medical advice. Visit your local travel clinic or your local doctor before travelling to check if you do need any vaccinations or medication.
    *We suggest doing this as far in advance as you can, as some courses of vaccinations can take several weeks to complete*
  • Food – Trying the local food is always a fun part of travelling, but it’s common to have the odd upset stomach within the first few days, as your body adjusts to the climate and different foods you may not be used to. Generally, it’s important to keep hydrated, keep your energy levels up and make sure you eat well and enough.
  • Water – Tap water is not safe to drink so please only drink bottled or filtered water. It’s very easy to buy bottled water throughout Thailand and it’s very cheap too.
  • Alcohol – Please drink in moderation. Remember that it’s very easy to become dehydrated, especially in the heat of Thailand, and so your tolerance to alcohol may be lower than normal.
  • Drugs – Extremely strict drug laws for possession or use. The penalties are severe. Drug use of any kind is not tolerated on any of our experiences.
  • Motorbikes – Riding a moped or motorbike is a common way for locals to travel around, and motorbike taxis are commonplace. Renting a motorbike when traveling through Thailand may look fun, but the fact is that it’s incredibly dangerous and Thailand does in fact have one of the highest road traffic accident fatality rates in the world.
    We strongly recommend you avoid using motorbikes at all costs.
  • Crime levels are no different to at home, and so please be as cautious as you would at home. Don’t leave your belongings on show or unaccompanied, and please don’t ‘show off’ your spending money.

 

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