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Thailand Experience

Thailand Experience

Get the most out of your time in Thailand with a wide range of experiences, from learning Buddhism and meditation with monks to relaxing on exotic beaches and trying local cuisine.

Prices from $1,895

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.

With such a wide variety of excursions, activities and trips available in Thailand it is sometimes difficult deciding which to choose to get the most out of your gap year or year out. Why not choose the Frontier Thailand Experience? Learn about Thailand and its people, language and food, then explore the culture of Thailand with visits to special sites of interest, before relaxing on the beach for a week and watching the days roll lazily past. This placement will ensure you get the most out of your time in Thailand with a wide range of experiences, and you will take away a multitude of memories that will stay with you forever.

 

  

   

   

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse yourself in true Thai culture
  • Visit Thailand's enchanting natural & historical sites
  • Make lifelong friends

FAST FACTS

Location Thailand
Activities Language & cooking lessons
Temple & museum visits
Learn about Buddhism & meditation
Transport

Airport pick-up
Bus/taxi to project site

Accommodation

Eco-house
Camping
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
Internal transfers
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?

Introduction week

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.  

Volunteering & Cultural Experience

After your introduction week you will then begin two weeks of volunteering, with a range of options available to you as part of this project. Take your pick from a wide variety of volunteering opportunities including helping out at a local orphanage, teaching at a local school or working on various construction projects in and around the local community.  Throughout the duration of your programme you will have the opportunity to explore Thai culture in your free time learning about Buddhism and visiting monasteries and local markets. You will soon find yourself in touch with the spirit of Thailand, something that will stay with you forever.

Beach break

You will be located at the small, seaside city of Hua Hin, and will get a taste of everything, ranging from Buddhism, Teaching, Thai Culture, to Beach Conservation. On top of all these activities, during the afternoons, you will have free time at the great seaside city of Hua Hin to get an even better taste of  Thai culture and to enjoy the beach. So you will still have the chance to rest and recouperate but also get to enjoy some more of the Thai culture and sights that you will have come to love during your time in Thailand!

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 Thailand Experience, a journey of around 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 few 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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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time you can explore the local area and absorb Thailand's captivating culture. Explore golden temples, with their ancient Buddhist carvings and magical atmosphere. Try some more adventurous activities, such as mountain biking through the stunning landscape and visiting local sights of interest.  Enjoy a Thai massage, which really will give you a new sense of serenity! As you can see, there will be no shortage of ways to occupy your time off.
 

COSTS

4 weeks $1,895

Extra week $395

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please aim to arrive on the Sunday and depart on the Saturday following the conclusion of your project

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
  • Internal transfers
  • 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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