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Thailand Voluntour Explorer (28 Nights)

This package offers the perfect mix of volunteering and chilling out in the beautiful country of Thailand. Volunteers will visit the Elephants in Surin, help out with local renovation projects and party all night long in Koh Phangan & Koh Tao. Voluntour Thailand allows passengers to give something back to the local community whilst seeing the sights of Thailand Please be advised that we also offer a shorter version (22 days) for travel dates in 2020!

  • Duration: 29 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Supplier Tour ID: THIVOL/208734
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Bangkok

Itinerary

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Day 1

ARRIVE IN BANGKOK
We take the hassle out of arriving into Thailand by meeting you at the airport (BKK only) and helping you get checked in to your Guesthouse near Khao San Road

02

Day 2

ORIENTATION AND BANGKOK TOUR
After a quick chat about your trip it will be time for you to experience some of the most famous sites of Bangkok including the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun and the Giant Golden Reclining Buddha. Then later that evening you will head back to the Khao San Road area for a few drinks with your new travel buddies.

03

Day 3

TRANSFER TO SURIN
Time to leave the concrete jungle of Bangkok for a trip to Surin, the elephant capital of Thailand. Our team will help you get to Surin and give you all the info you need while you are there.

04

Day 4-7

VOLUNTEER SCHOOL RENOVATION
For the next four days you will be picked up around 07:45 – 08:00 by the team and transported to the project site. This will be one of the many village schools in Surin. You can expect to work 4-6 hours a day (please note: this can change and is always driven of course by the chosen projects requirements).
You will be working as a group with one of the local Surin team, the project objective will be explained and all elements of the renovation work shown to you by example. There is no machinery, this is basic work using basic tools and no previous experience is required.
Past projects have included fixing sinks, creating gravity fed water systems, painting classrooms, renovating play areas…it is really rewarding work. All projects are designed to be completed during your time in Surin. You exact project will decided in conjunction with the local schools near the time of your arrival.
You will be transferred back to the Surin Volunteer House around 2:30 – 3:00pm (again, this can vary!) and then have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore Surin and of course plan your lessons for the next day.

05

Day 11-14

VOLUNTEER WITH ELEPHANTS
For the next 4 days and 3 nights you will live, work and play alongside a real elephant community on the rural outskirts of Surin. You’ll get to bathe the elephants, learn how to cut sugar cane as a sustainable food supply and feed them, and help out in any other elephant related jobs. In return you’ll be treated to traditional Thai food from the village for the duration of your stay.
If you are an adventurous (or aquatic) kind of person then you can even go kayaking on the river.

06

Day 15

RETURN TO BANGKOK
We return to Bangkok for one more night of crazy fun on Khao San road before getting ready for the next stage of your volunteer adventure.

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Day 16

FREE TIME and TRANSFER TO THE BEACH
You have most of the day free to explore Bangkok, catch up on sleep (?), head for a Thai Massage or shop to your heart’s content.
In the evening check out and assemble at the coach pick up point (approximately 5 minutes walk from your hotel) to take the overnight transfer to Koh Tao and the beach! The team in Surin will have given you all your ticket details and information on what you need to do.
Make sure you stock up on snacks / drinks to while the night away on the coach heading south.

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Day 28

RETURN TO BANGKOK and One Final Night near Khao San Road
It’s once again time to travel back to Bangkok. If you partied too hard or got too chilled out then the return to the city will give you chance to ease back into the ‘real world’ again. We’ll provide you with a transport to get back to Bangkok and then you get one final night on Khao San road (so this would be the after-party party, right?) – the perfect way to finish the Voluntour Thailand.

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Day 29

Time to Go Home
Take your memories, your photographs and your new friends, but be sure to leave a part of yourself in Thailand so you can come back for it someday.

Inclusions:
    • Airport pick up and transfer (Between 06:00 - 22:00)
    • Accommodation as per the itinerary
    • Some meals
    • In-country support and guiding as per the itinerary
    • 24/7 emergency phone contact and support
    • All transfers as listed in the itinerary
    • All materials and equipment at the building project
    Accommodation

      - Bangkok - Shared twin, air con, en suite, breakfast included day 2 and 3. Khao San Road area giving all an opportunity to experience backpacker Bangkok.
      - Surin - Elephant Project: During your time in Surin you will be staying both within the main town in a brilliant volunteer house and a homestay in the elephant village.
      - Surin - Renovation at a local school - you will be staying at the volunteer house in Surin for the duration of your time in Surin.
      - Koh Tao - Here you will stay in shared (twin/ triple) rooms in a fantastic resort minutes from the beach and close to night life on Sairee Beach.
      - Koh Phangan - shared rooms (twin - quad bed) in a very pleasant resort with swimming pool. Air-Con rooms, close to the beach and safe and secure. Within 15 mins travel (excluding traffic jams!) of Haad Rin for the Full Moon Parties

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Tour Highlights:
    • Care for elephants in Surin
    • Help out with a local renovation project
    • Beach parties in Koh Phangan
    • Free time on the sand of Koh Tao