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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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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