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Thailand Boxing & Beaches

Thailand Boxing & Beaches

Learn about Thailand and its people, language and food, then explore the culture of Thailand with visits to sites of interest, before starting your training regime with a local champion.

Prices from $2,045

Thailand has continued to be one of the most tempting destinations for those who are seeking a combination of enchanting natural surroundings, alluring culture, and incredible biodiversity. Breathtaking silvery beaches lapped by warm, crystal clear waters are complemented by friendly locals, mouth-watering local delicacies, and an ancient and fascinating historical heritage rooted in Buddhist origins.

Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing as it is also known, is a national sport in Thailand and one of the most popular martial arts in the whole of South East Asia. Studying "the art of eight limbs" you learn to use eight contact points on the body, including the feet, knees, elbows and hands. Learn about Thailand and its people, language and food, then explore the culture of Thailand with visits to special sites of interest, before embarking upon your training regime with a local Muay Thai champion. Your recovery will be relaxing on the beach for a week and watching the days roll lazily past.

  

   

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse yourself in true Thai culture
  • Learn the "art of eight limbs"
  • Make lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Singburi, Thailand
Activities Language & cooking lessons
Muay Thai training
Learn about Buddhism & meditation
Transport Airport pick-up
Bus/taxi to project site
Accommodation Eco-house
Backpacker-style accommodation

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your introductory week is the first step towards a successful stay in Thailand and is designed specifically to ensure that you get the most possible out of the trip as a whole. Your culture, language and cooking lessons will help you to settle and feel more at home, and the temple and museum visits will give you a taste of the history of Thailand and the influences on the development of its national identity.

The second week of your placement will give you the opportunity to explore Thai culture in more depth, including learning about Buddhism and meditation with local monks in a quiet and spiritual environment. Visiting monasteries and markets you will very quickly find yourself in touch with the spirit of Thailand, something that will stay with you forever.

Your week of Muay Thai training will begin with an early morning run to warm up and it might be a good idea to start training now, as this run is likely to be 10 km! You will spend three hours training every morning with your instructor, breaking for lunch, before training again in the afternoon. Whether you are an absolute beginner or looking to perfect your skills, the instructor will be able to work with you to design a training programme to suit your requirements. You may get the opportunity to attend exhibition fights, or even to compete yourself, although this is dependent on your skill level.

Your rest and recuperation comes in the form of your final week on Ko Samet, spending your days on the white sand beach, in the turquoise tropical sea, or lazing in the shade of the palm trees. The only thing required of you during this final week is that you relax and enjoy yourself! You'll find that you leave Thailand walking a little slower than when you arrived, and all your worries will be far away!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You'll fly into Bangkok on the Sunday before your project begins and you will be met at the airport by a representative from Frontier-Thailand. You will then transfer to your project site for the first phase of your placement, a journey of approximately 140 km north by bus or taxi. In Singburi you will be met by local coordinators who will transfer you to the eco-house.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During the first three weeks of your placement you will be staying in one of three eco-houses in Singburi. The rooms are twin shared and all the houses have Western style toilets, while one even has an Asian style toilet! You will have access to cool water showers, which you'll find refreshing in the heat of Thailand! There are communal areas for eating, relaxing and meeting your new friends and there is a local shop within walking distance of most of the houses should you feel the need for any additional treats!

Your final week will be spent in a beach resort on Ko Samet, and the backpacker style accommodation will be a comfortable but basic twin shared bedroom close to the water's edge.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

All food is included during your placement, and you will find it to be typically Thai fare. Thai is one of the world's most exciting cuisines, and if you're willing to experiment, you'll be richly rewarded. Contrary to popular belief, not all Thai food is fiery hot and there are plenty of tasty dishes suited to the Western palate. This hybrid cuisine has been influenced by soups and noodle dishes from China, curries from India and satays from Indonesia. Most dishes incorporate four elements, sweet, sour, salty and hot flavours, and many of the dishes are rice or noodle based.

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COSTS

4 weeks $2,045

Extra week $345

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please aim to arrive on the Sunday.

DURATION

From 4 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Bangkok (BKK)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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