Gap Year in Thailand

Spend your Gap Year in Thailand, the backpacking Mecca of Asia. From witnessing the bustling streets of Bangkok to the numerous temples of the city, from taking elephants for early morning bathe in Surin to meeting the indigenous tribes of Chiang Mai Hills, volunteer travel in Thailand and give back to the local communities as well. Get a memorable chance to witness “full-moon” at Koh Phangan, revelry and exploration in Thailand go hand in hand. 

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Most Recommended Trips in Thailand

One Day Tuk Tuk Excursion in Northern Thailand Chiang mai
One Day Tuk Tuk Excursion in Northern Thailand

This Tuk Tuk Day Trip in Chiang Mai will add more memories to your Thailand adventure trip!

Short Trips, 1 Week Trips, Tours, Adventure Tours, Group Tours, Fun Trips

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Price Starting From$160

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Southern Thailand Sojourn GDA
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Exploring Southern Thailand

Stroll on the golden beaches, go for ferry rides and try out adventure sports like snorkeling!

Short Trips, Tours, Adventure Tours, Group Tours, Fun Trips, Party Tours

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8 days

Price Starting From$702$610

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Northern Hilltribes & Villages Thailand Tour
Exploring Northern Thailand

Escape to the northern hilly areas of Thailand and spend a week with the hill tribes there.

Short Trips, 1 Week Trips, Tours, Adventure Tours, Group Tours, Trekking and Hiking Tours, Fun Trips

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8 days

Price Starting From$699

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Ultimate Adventures in Thailand with GDA
Ultimate Adventure in Thailand

In a span of just 10 days, experience the Ultimate Adventure Tour in Thailand!

Short Trips, Tours, Adventure Tours, Group Tours, Fun Trips, Party Tours, Cultural Tours

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Full Moon Party Trip At Thailand with GDA
Full Moon Party Trip At Thailand

Well, your gap year is not all about serious deeds!

Tours, Adventure Tours, Group Tours, Train Tours, Fun Trips, Party Tours, Beaches and Islands

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Price Starting From$737

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Cambodia on a Shoestring GDA
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Explore the best of Cambodia within a span of 10 days!

Short Trips, 2 Weeks Trips, Tours, Multi Country, Adventure Tours, Group Tours, Fun Trips

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PHUKET TO KOH PHI PHI trip
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Island Hopping In Thailand - Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

Heading to Thailand and wondering how exactly to hop along a couple of islands?

Short Trips, Tours, Adventure Tours, Beaches and Islands

Thailand

4 days

Price Starting From$936$780

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Backpacking From Bangkok To Chiang Mai with GDA
Backpacking From Bangkok To Chiang Mai

Are you planning for a short trip to Thailand, for about a week or so?

Short Trips, 1 Week Trips, Tours, Adventure Tours, Group Tours, Bus Tours, Train Tours

Thailand

7 days

Price Starting From$839

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Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring with GDA
Backpacking Across Laos and Thailand

This 11 days tour will open the doors for you to explore the laid-back corner of Southeast Asia, during your gap year journey.

Short Trips, Tours, Multi Country, Adventure Tours, Group Tours, Beaches and Islands

Laos, Thailand

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2 week special volunteer program in Thailand GDA
2 Weeks Special Volunteer & Travel in Thailand

No one can refuse a splendid tour in Thailand, where the best is clubbed in just 2 weeks!

Volunteer Abroad

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Price Starting From$1050

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volunteer with elephants in thailand GDA
Chiang Mai Tour and Volunteering With Elephants - Thailand

Spend some time volunteering for the elephants at the quaint village of Chiang Mai.

Volunteer Abroad, Wildlife and Conservation, Responsible Tours

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Price Starting From$1050

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Bangkok tour floating market with GDA
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Best Of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore (Nov - Feb)

From Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur to Singapore - this is a tour that'll surely make you fall in love!

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14 days

Price Starting From$1386$1205

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Best Of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore (Mar-Oct)

Experience all the fun-filled activities that'll come your way and live to the fullest!

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Medical Internship in Chiang Mai, Thailand1
Medical Internship in Thailand

Are you a medical or nursing student looking for an internship opportunity in Thailand?

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2-8 weeks

Price Starting From$1245

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thailand volunteer adventure
Discover Thailand

Excited to 'Discover Thailand'? It has the best of the place - volunteering and adventure!

Volunteer Abroad, Tours, Responsible Tours, Multi Country, Adventure Tours, Group Tours

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3-4 weeks

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General Questions

Can I know a little more about the VISA requirements?

Travelers can enter Thailand with a 30 days tourist Visa that's available on arrival at the airport itself. It is also possible to attain a 60 days tourist Visa prior to the arrival in Thailand. For further information, you can directly get in touch with your point of contact, who can assist you better.
 

Can I join the program as a solo traveler or do I have to be in a group?

It's your choice! You can explore the country as a solo traveler or hop around with your favorite people if they are willing to join you as well. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
 

How safe will it be for a solo traveler in Thailand?

One of the most popular beach destinations in the world, Thailand is visited by millions each year, hence you can well understand that it's quite a safe place for solo travelers. You'll meet many backpackers and students on their gap year, chilling in Thailand! However, we would suggest you not to hang out with strangers until late night, and be with your fellow travelers in case you are heading out somewhere. We believe that your safety depends on you to a large extent, hence you need to be a little cautious. We'll have our coordinators who'll be there at your service, 24/7. So you need not worry about safety.
 

Will I get to know others in my group before I go?

You might come here alone, but you'll end up meeting some amazing people. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Thailand, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
 

Can I get some help with buying a Medical and Travel Insurance?

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
 

Do I need to take any vaccinations?

It's good if you can consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We would suggest you to take the Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus vaccines. You must also check with your doctor for any other medicines that you might require.
 

How much extra money will I need during my stay in the country?

You'll need money for your personal expenses, additional tour costs, weekend meals (at times, if you are heading out for lunch or dinner) etc. It'll be sufficient if you keep $40 - $50 per week. In case you have plans for adventure activities like surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving etc, you’ll be needing extra cash for that.
 

Can I know more about all the things that I need to pack for my Thailand trip?

The weather usually is hot and humid, as Thailand experiences tropical climate. Hence, you can carry comfortable light clothes for traveling. Thailand's high season is November to February when the weather is generally at its best throughout the country. Don't forget to get your beachwear, as you'll not be able to resist yourself from diving into the water! It's wiser to travel light and pack only the essentials. Don't make your luggage too heavy, as you'll get almost everything in Thailand! 
 

Will there be any language barrier?

Thai, of course, is the official language of Thailand. However, in total, nearly 74 languages are spoken in the country which includes various Thai dialects as well. You'll be given a basic language lesson during your orientation, and you can learn a few commonly used words. Your coordinator will be well versed in English, so you need not worry about language barrier!
 

Will I get to attend any festival during my journey?

There's something or the happening throughout the year, and each festival in the country has its own charm. You'll be totally moved by the madness of the people during the festive seasons. The main festivals are Thai New Year or Songkran (April), Chinese New Year, Bo Sang Umbrella Fair & San Kamphaeng Handicraft Fair, Lantern Festival and Flower Festival in Chiang Mai, etc. Check your dates and our coordinator will guide you about the festivals you can be a part of.
 

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