Thailand is undoubtedly one of the most favored gap year destinations, with thousands of students visiting the country every year. Pristine beaches, gorgeous temples, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, maddening parties and flavorful food make Thailand irresistible. You can either choose to spend some lazy days on the beach or volunteer to teach the little monks. Or maybe learn to ride a tuk-tuk and explore Northern Thailand on your own! No matter what you choose to do, Thailand will just not bore you ever! And if your soul is craving for some madness, then convince your friends and dance all night at the Full Moon Parties in the islands of Koh Phangan.
Considered to be a backpacker's paradise, this Southeast Asian country welcomes travelers from all across the world and the number of people visiting Thailand seems to increase every year! And not just that, it's also a perfect place to spend your gap year and learn something new. Teach cute little monks at Thai schools, volunteer at the elephant camps or intern at the hospitals in order to make your experience in Thailand more meaningful.
The bustling streets of Bangkok and the buzz of the floating markets, the breathtaking experience of bathing and feeding the elephants in the outskirts of Surin, exploring the serene foothills near Chiang Mai, meeting the hill tribes at Chiang Rai, taking a dive at Phi Phi Islands and partying all night at Koh Phangan - these are things that almost everyone in their late teens and 20s have on the bucket list! To put it precisely - a trip to Thailand is a dream for every traveler, and none can deny that!
So if you have always been wanting to feel the madness that Thailand has to offer - then the wait is over! GoDiscoverAbroad will give the opportunity to experience the best that "The Land of Smiles" has to offer you, and the best part is that you'll get to travel with a bunch of other equally fun-loving souls from different parts of the world. The tours have been designed keeping in mind the choices of folks between the age group of 18 - 30 years, and there's ample scope to tuk-tuk around all the places in Thailand that are there on your checklist.
Gap year in Thailand
Volunteering in Thailand
Volunteering in Thailand would be an incredible experience and you'll get to choose from a wide variety of programs. You can either volunteer for the Thai elephants while living in a quaint village of Chiang Mai or teach little ones at an underprivileged school in Bangkok. As a volunteer, you'll get the opportunity to spend adequate time with the locals, learn their language, know about their customs and traditions and savor the delicious Thai cuisine that's surely better than what you get in your own city!
Adventure Tours in Thailand
No trip to Thailand can be complete without a dose of adventure! It is a country where getting bored is just not an option and you'll realize this from the moment you get off the plane. Fasten your belts and start rolling! Go for pub hopping in Bangkok's Khao San Road and binge on some delicious food at the floating markets. Head towards the Khao Yai National Park for a jungle trek and soothe your senses while getting drenched under a waterfall. Explore the pristine Northern villages of Thailand on a tuk-tuk or relax on the beaches of the South. Thailand will surely sprinkle some fun on your gap year!
From Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur to Singapore - this is a tour that'll surely make you fall in love!
Experience all the fun-filled activities that'll come your way and live to the fullest!
Spend some time volunteering for the elephants at the quaint village of Chiang Mai.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.