- Explore the capital city of Bangkok and experience the madness for which it is famous!
- Visit the Chatuchak Market, which is the largest outdoor market in Southeast Asia.
- Take a tour of the infamous Khao San Road and party hard!
- Get some blessings at the popular temples including Wat Arun and Wat Pho.
- Travel to the Elephant Capital of Thailand - Surin.
- Gain valuable experience while volunteering with children as well as elephants.
- Live a life like the locals, know more about their culture and taste the authentic Thai cuisine.
Considered as a traveler's paradise, Thailand is a country with an enthralling history, a rich Buddhist culture and beautiful scenery of hills and beaches that can easily mesmerize anyone. 'Discover Thailand' tour has been designed for all those adventurous souls craving for some thrilling experience while traveling across the gorgeous Southeast Asian destination, apart from serving the underprivileged ones in the most meaningful manner. Spanning over a duration of 3/4 weeks, you'll get to be a part of the bustling life in Bangkok and experience the charm of the late night parties at Khao San Road, before traveling to the tranquil town of Surin, where you'll be living a soulful life at an elephant village with the mahout community (caregivers for elephants).
And if you still have some energy left after this entire joyride, join the crazy beach week at Koh Phangan for some more madness! So what are you waiting for? Make the most of your Gap Year abroad, set out for a volunteer adventure tour and Discover Thailand with GDA.
Day 1 - Welcome to Bangkok
Our coordinator will be there at Suvarnabhumi Airport to greet you once you arrive, and then you'll be taken to the accommodation where you can take rest after your long flight. Meet your fellow travelers and get to know them better, as you'll be spending almost a month with them! In the evening, you can head out to explore the Khao San Road and binge on some local delicacies.
Day 2 - Orientation and City Tour
The country coordinator will organize an Orientation Session where you'll be given a detailed idea about the itinerary, as well as about Thailand in general. You'll get to learn a few words that can come handy while traveling. Also, point down the Dos and Dont's, things to do, where to eat etc. Later, the Bangkok city tour will take you on a journey through the old city and includes magnificent temples and a riverboat ride. You'll have a fun filled evening at Khao San Road, partying with your new friends!
Day 3 - Visit Chatuchak Market
Known as the largest outdoor market in Southeast Asia, this would be a paradise for all the shopaholics! You'll get the best deals in everything - from shoes to bags, electronic items, antiques and much more. Make sure not to spend all your money here - it's just the 3rd day of your trip!!
For the rest of the day, you can explore on your own. Seek guidance from the coordinator, who can assist you in planning where to go and what to do.
Day 4 - Visit the Wat Pho School in Bangkok
Wat Pho is one of Thailand’s most iconic temples and home to the gigantic, golden reclining Buddha. The temple authorities run a school for underprivileged children, and this will be an incredible opportunity for you to spend time with those kids. This is a privilege that most tourists may never get to experience. You can play with the kids, teach them a rhyme or two, and shower them with love.
Day 5 - Travel to Surin
The journey from Bangkok to Surin will take around 7 hours. Once you reach Surin, the local coordinator will give you a brief about your stay, the volunteer work as well as the tour in general. After that, you can relax before getting ready for the project work.
Day 6 to Day 9 - Volunteering Experience
Get involved in teaching and renovation work at the Child Care Center in Surin. Although Thailand has developed much, thanks to the flourishing tourism in the country, Surin is still one of the poorest regions in Thailand and many facilities are desperately underfunded. Use your creative ideas to add some colors and vibrancy to the entire environment. You can also teach basic lessons to the kids, and assist the staff for the betterment of the centers. More details about the volunteer work will be provided to you onsite.
Day 10 - Free day to explore on your own
We've kept this day for you to explore on your own! In case you wish to just chill and relax, you can do that as well. If you need any help while planning your trip, do get in touch with the coordinator.
Day 11 to Day 15 - Live life at the Elephant Village
Immerse yourself into the traditional Thai life while living at the elephant village in Surin, with the mahout community. You'll get to observe the mahouts closely, how they live, how they care for the elephants etc. You can also assist them by taking these friendly animals out for a walk, by feeding and bathing them. For those who are interested, this would be a great opportunity to learn some cooking tricks as well, from your warm and generous hosts.
Day 16 to Day 17 - Free days for you to explore on your own
After an enriching experience at the elephant village, you'll have two days to chill and relax, before we set out for another adventurous journey.
Day 18 to Day 19 - Travel to Khao Yai National Park
One of the highlights of this tour is a visit to one of the most beautiful destinations in Thailand - the Khao Yai National Park. From Surin, it'll take approximately 4 hours to reach this place. For all the nature lovers, to add to your delights, we'll go for a jungle trekking through the trails of this park and you can fill your lungs with freshness! We'll stop beside one of Thailand’s most iconic waterfalls and catch a glimpse of the breathtaking Pha Daew Dai. Packed lunch will be served to all during the trek.
By the evening of Day 19, we'll get back to the accommodation.
Day 20 - Travel back to Bangkok
It's time to head back to Khao San Road, and experience the hustle & bustle of Bangkok for one last time!
Day 21 - Wrap up or Get prepared for the Beach week
For those who wish to end their tour here, can board their flights back home. Get in touch with the coordinator if you need help in reaching the airport.
For those who wish to carry on with the tour and chill at the beaches, can grab the overnight coach with us to Koh Phangan for another week of partying and relaxation.
- The minimum age to take part in this tour is 17 years.
- Participant must be enthusiastic about traveling and keen to make a social change.
- You must be a responsible traveler and respect the culture of the host country.
Travelers will be provided accommodation in a guesthouse/ hotel/ volunteer house in Bangkok, after arrival. In Surin, lodging will be in one of our three volunteer houses where accommodation is shared with other volunteers. Accommodation is provided on the same-gender sharing basis. In case you need a separate room for yourself, you can inform us about it while booking the tour.
Dates & Cost
|Programme option||Duration||Date of Departure||Price|
|Discover Thailand||08th Jun, 2018|| |
|Discover Thailand||22nd Jun, 2018|| |
|Discover Thailand||06th Jul, 2018|| |
|Discover Thailand||20th Jul, 2018|| |
|Discover Thailand||03rd Aug, 2018|| |
|Discover Thailand||17th Aug, 2018|| |
- Comprehensive Pre-Departure Guidebook
- 24/7 assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinator
- Airport pickup from Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok (Between 6 am - 10 pm)
- Program orientation
- Accommodation in hotel/guest house in Bangkok
- Stay in volunteer house/guest house in Surin and in a homestay in elephant village
- Meals during elephant village program in Surin
- Volunteering in Bangkok and Surin
- Daily transfers to and from project location
- City tour of Bangkok and visit to Chatuchak Market
- Elephant experience in Surin
- Trek through Khao Yai National Park
- Exciting guided jungle trek
- Bangkok-Surin-Bangkok transfers by train/coach
- International/Domestic Airfare
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
- Local transportation to and fro program location
- Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at nominal cost)
I totally enjoyed my placement. The in-country staff was very nice. Working at The elephant village was the best part of our trip.
I had an absolutely amazing time in Thailand. VolSol staff helped us in adjusting to the culture shock of Thailand and helping us learn and submerge ourselves in the culture.
I had the best month of my life and I would recommend it to anyone even contemplating the idea. It's more than just volunteering as you get to travel and see amazing sights you haven't and will never see again.
My highlight of the experience was visiting and working at the elephant village in Surin. It was definitely one of the top three highlights of my entire life!
The elephant village gave me a lot of joy, I gained peace of mind adapting to a different lifestyle, also I enjoyed the kids daycare in Surin.
We have immersed ourselves in Thai culture, making contribution to the community and having fun with each other. I would be so excited to recommend this trip to others.
Going to a temple to teach children during the day was fun. We played lots of games and as a group bought lots of sweets to hand out to the children at the end.