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Thailand Hill Tribe Experience

Thailand Hill Tribe Experience

Immerse yourself in the unique culture and discover the ancient traditions of this fascinating part of Thailand. Push your personal boundaries and experience a lifestyle that is unfamiliar to most.

Prices from $1,295

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.

Northern Thailand is home to traditional local rural communities and this programme gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique culture and discover the ancient traditions of this fascinating part of Thailand. Experiencing these different ideologies and discovering different values and customs will surely have a profound effect on you and your way of thinking. This is a unique chance to push your personal boundaries and experience a lifestyle that is unfamiliar to most.



  • Immerse yourself in true Thai culture
  • Work closely with the local community
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Thailand
Activities Teaching
Working with the local community
Helping with local initiatives
Transport Airport pick-up
Overnight bus journey to project site
Accommodation Homestay or project centre


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


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.


introduction week

Your first week is designed to give you an opportunity to explore the history and culture of Thailand, and of course Singburi, with visits to local sites of special interest such as nearby markets, sample the local cuisine, familiarise yourself with Thai customs and meet the local people, as well as hopefully learning some key phrases to help you get by.  Following this wonderful opportunity to fully immerse yourself in your new surroundings, your briefings for the volunteer work will begin along with language classes and cooking lessons throughout the week.

Volunteer Work

The work on the project is very diverse and will range from village construction projects to teaching and working with the local communities. Activities vary depending on current local need at the time of your visit. You will have the chance to visit local markets and help promote local initiatives, while maintaining the essence of the placement, which is spending time with the hill tribe families and learning about their culture. The most successful volunteers on this placement will be flexible about the exact nature of the work as it does vary according to the needs of the community. You will display initiative, and will be prepared to commit yourself fully to becoming immersed in community life.


You'll fly into Bangkok on the Sunday before your project begins and you will be met at the airport by a local representative. You will then transfer by bus or taxi to your project site for your placement, approximately 140 km north of Bangkok. In Singburi you will be met by local coordinators who will transfer you to the eco-house. After your orientation week in Singburi, you will then take an overnight bus north to Chiang Rai on the Sunday evening. This is a journey of approximately ten hours and a chance to see Thailand through the eyes of a local!


During your time in Singburi, you will be staying in one of three eco-houses. 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!

Once you reach Chiang Rai, you will stay either in a homestay or in the project centre, depending on availability, but whichever is the case, the accommodation will be very basic. The bathrooms will be traditional style with Asian toilets, and the shower will most likely be a bucket. This is all part of the experience, however, and you'll certainly never forget it! Volunteers are expected to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint as well as clean up after themselves and keep the accommodation tidy. You will need to bring a sleeping bag.


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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2 weeks $1,295

Extra week $345


Weekly, starts on the Monday. You should arrive on the Sunday prior.


From 2 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

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


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


Nearest airport(s): Bangkok (BKK)



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 .


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.


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.

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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