The Thailand 2 Weeks Special Volunteer is absolutely perfect for those who are keen on exploring 'The Land of Smiles' differently. Within a span of just 14 days, you'll get the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Thai culture, live with the locals, volunteer for a meaningful project and contribute towards to the society. And not just that, but you'll also get to experience the nightlife at Khao San Road in Bangkok and later, set sail for Koh Phangan, the party capital of the nation!
Volunteers opting for the Short Term Volunteering and Travel Program in Thailand will get to experience authentic village life in Surin and work with elephants.Designed especially for high school, college, and university students who have a time crunch yet wish to visit Thailand and do some worthy, this would be the perfect choice to experience the best. If you are looking for an alternative Spring Break Program, then there can be no better option than this.
Day 1 - Arrival in Bangkok
You'll be received from the Airport by our local team, who'll transfer you to your accommodation at Khao San Road. Meet your fellow travelers, get refreshed and take rest after your long flight. In case you feel like heading out sometime in the evening, ask the coordinator and make plans.
Day 2 - Orientation and Bangkok City Tour
This morning, we shall have an orientation session where the local team will tell you everything that you need to know about Thailand and your trip ahead. Later in the day, we shall head out to explore Bangkok. You’ll get to see the tuk-tuks and the bustling streets of the city, with thousands of shops selling amazing goods. Be prepared for the delicious food that you’ll get to eat - well, Bangkok is famous for its street food, and how can we let you miss that?
In the evening, we'll all be going to the famous Khao San Road to experience the crazy nightlife of Bangkok.The Bangkok tour includes a private canal boat trip around Old Bangkok, Wat Pho and Wat Arun.
Day 3 - Transfer to Surin
You'll be boarding the train to Surin today, and it's gonna be a relaxing 8 hours journey till you reach your destination. Sit on the train, and watch the Thai countryside pass by! Don't miss out clicking some amazing shots.
Day 4 to Day 6 - Surin Elephant Village Experience
On Day 4, group will be transferred to Elephant Village located around an hour away from Surin. Your daily tasks would include the following:
Day 7 - Volunteer and back to Surin
Morning only activities and transfer back to Surin by afternoon.
Day 8 - Travel back to Bangkok from Surin
Morning transfer by bus or train back to Bangkok
Day 9 - Travel to Koh Phangan
You'll have the entire day to explore Bangkok, in case you have missed out something on your checklist! Tonight, you'll be boarding the Lomprayah Coach and travel to the beautiful destination of Koh Phangan.
Day 10 to Day 13 - Exploring Koh Phangan
Famous for the 'Full Moon Parties', this place is nothing short of paradise! Relax on the beaches, get tanned, drink and binge, go for snorkeling - in short, do all that your heart cries for, in these 4 days!
Day 14 - Return Back to Bangkok
It’s time to return back to Bangkok! Bid goodbye to your travel mates, and head back home, until another adventurous journey knocks in!
Day 15 – Trip Ends
Check out of the hotel accommodation in the morning to take flight back home or continue your travel journey in Thailand.
As a VolSol volunteer you are provided with best of living standards available in Thailand. Our dedicated coordinator and staff will assist you with your airport pick up, stay, meals and even weekend sightseeing and travel. Arrive in peace and have the best time of your life.
Volunteers are picked up from the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok by the local coordinator or representative on the program start date. Please note that airport pickup is only provided between 6am – 10pm at night. Those participants who are already in Bangkok will need to make their own way to the hotel/guest house accommodation details of which shall be provided.
All volunteers are provided with an orientation and 2 days city tour before starting their project work. The Orientation session covers areas like, local Thai culture, greetings, locations, transportation etc. Volunteers are also given a city Tour of Bangkok.
Accommodation will vary during this journey. You'll be staying at a guest house in Bangkok, a shared house in Surin town and experience authentic village-style accommodation while working at the elephant village.
For the first couple of nights, you'll be living in a comfortable hostel near Khao San Road, Bangkok. All rooms have ACs, en-suite bathrooms (western style toilet and hot water showers!) and access to wi-fi (please note that wifi won’t be of superfast speed).
You'll be living at a volunteer house, sharing your room with 3 to 5 other volunteers. It's a very basic accommodation, but you'll be provided with all the necessities like a bed and kitchenware including a hob, sink, toaster, kettle, fridge, and utensils, as well as communal living space. You will be staying near local amenities such as supermarkets and restaurants, where you can buy ingredients or eat out.
Living at the elephant village will be a beautiful experience as you'll get to enjoy the authentic rural lifestyle. You'll be staying close to the mahout family, who are the caretakers of the elephants. Shared toilet facilities are in each house with cold water showers and simple ‘Western’ style toilets (please be aware that in many parts of Thailand there isn’t handle flush system – instead you need to pour water from the bucket next to the toilet down the toilet to flush away your business! There is no Wifi in the village, so make sure you inform your family & friends back home about this!
Transportation to and from the Elephant Village to Surin is provided to the volunteers. After staying in the elephant village from Mon – Wed, volunteers are transported back to Surin where they stay at volunteer house accommodation and enjoy an extended weekend.
In Surin there are many local bars, shops and restaurants in the town plus a night food market. The city is an extremely safe place to stay. Surin province once belonged to the Khmer empire (now Cambodia) so you’ll find scattered ancient temples from the same period as the temples of Angkor in Cambodia. The land border crossing in to Cambodia is located just an hour from Surin and is easily accessible from the town’s bus station. This accessibility allow volunteers to travel to Cambodia during weekends.
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