Destination – Thailand

With SAGE

SAGE offers a multitude of educational and service learning opportunities in Thailand. Study river ecology by doing field research while staying onboard a rice barge. Get dirty while feeding and bathing elephants and learn about pioneering programs to support their care. Travelers can also:

  • Stay on an authentic old rice barge, a floating classroom on the Chao Phraya River
  • Visit the local Thai market to shop for ingredients before learning how to cook Thai dishes
  • Trek to a mountain village and spend time with school children teaching, interacting and playing sports
  • Learn how to make a bicycle from only natural materials! (bamboo, vines and simple pedals)

Summary

Thailand is surrounded by pristine jungles and mountains, clear blue seas, and colorful coral reefs. A predominantly Buddhist nation, the Thai people are largely compassionate and tolerant. With a vibrant Hindu, as well as Buddhist history, this diverse country is filled with ancient temples and is as rich in culture as it is in geographic wonders. Thailand’s complex culture and history also includes the ‘hill tribe’ communities in the rugged north known as the ‘Golden Triangle’. This collection of independent tribes migrated from China and Burma to live in remote rural villages of northern Thailand. In stark contrast to the rural villages is the capital of Bangkok which is the thriving economic hub of Southeast Asia. From its rich heritage to its overall striking natural beauty, Thailand provides a wealth of experiential learning opportunities for student travel tours and travelers of all ages.

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Culture, Homestay, and Adventure in Thailand

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Day 1: Depart for Bangkok

Morning/Afternoon: Depart on an overnight flight Bangkok

Evening Location:

In flight

Day 2: Arrive / Dinner and relax

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Bangkok you will be met by your SAGE Global Facilitator and transferred to your hotel to clean up and relax before dinner.

Evening: Eat dinner, relax, and get to bed early to start your adventure tomorrow!

Evening Location:

Bangkok

Day 3: Wat Po / Grand Palace / Chao Phraya River / Wat Arun

Morning: Visit two of the most revered Buddhist temples in the city. The Buddha in Wat Trimitr weighs several tons and is made of solid gold. Visit the famous Reclining Buddha at Wat Po, where the blind are trained to become masseuses. Then visit a site the Thai people consider the most sacred in the Kingdom: the Grand Palace. You will also visit the Temple of the sacred Emerald Buddha.

Afternoon:
Drive to the Chao Phraya River to board a local style long-tail boat and spend the next several hours exploring the old canals of the Thon Buri side of Bangkok, where an older and more gracious lifestyle still prevails. Visit the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), which you will probably recognize from its famous silhouette. The local story goes that the shards of pottery decorating its 79-meter tall spire came from a nearby shipwreck 100 years ago.

Evening:
Return to your hotel in the late afternoon for dinner and time to relax.

Evening Location:

Bangkok

Day 4: Fly to Chiang Mai / Kantoke dinner

Morning/Afternoon: After breakfast fly to Chiang Mai and check into your hotel, followed by lunch and an afternoon tour of Chiang Mai.

Evening: Enjoy a traditional Kantoke dinner and performance. (Kantoke is a footed serving tray used as a table, where everyone sits on the floor)

Evening Location:

Chiang Mai

Day 5: Depart for Om Goi / Trek to Maeramit Village

Morning: After breakfast, pack up and check out. Depart in vans for a 3-hour drive to the Om Goi District.

Afternoon: Arrive in Om Goi town for a quick lunch at a local restaurant. Then load your packs and bags onto the supply truck and get ready for a trek up into the mountains. The three hour trek will take you through rice paddies on picturesque mountain paths with some steep uphill climbs. On arrival in Maeramit Village, there will be a welcome reception from the villagers. You can then settle into your homestays.

Evening: Have dinner in the school community hall and enjoy traditional song and dance performances in the village.

Evening Location:

Village Homestay

Day 6: Visit highland farms / Immersion and service with youth

Morning: After breakfast, depart on a trek into the mountains to visit local highland farms and learn about the livelihoods and lifestyles of the villagers. Return to the village to relax and get cleaned up for lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch at the school community hall, depart with your Thai hosts for the afternoon’s community activities with the local children playing games and teaching English.

Evening:
Relax and get cleaned up for dinner at the school community hall. Afterwards, enjoy traditional crafts such as basket weaving with the villagers.
activity.

Evening Location:

Village Homestay

Day 7: Continue volunteering / Construct bamboo bicycle

Morning: Enjoy breakfast at the school community hall. Continue service work at the school working with the kids.

Afternoon: Work with your hosts to make a bicycle made only from natural materials and test it out in a race. Afterwards, try your hand at Thai/Karen cooking in one of the village homes. The kitchen is basic with bamboo floors and wood burning stoves.

Evening: Enjoy a nice dinner with your hosts and a special music performance with traditional instruments.

Evening Location:

Village Homestay

Day 8: Depart village / Transfer back to Chiang Mai

Morning: Say goodbye to your hosts with a traditional Basi Su Khouan ceremony. Basi is Pali for “ties of thread,” and su khouan is Thai for “defending the spirit or soul.” A group will perform the ceremony to mark a recent or upcoming event such as a birth, marriage, departure for a trip, or arrival from a trip. After the ceremony, take time for personal reflection on the experience of living, learning and laughing together with your village hosts before departing on your trek back down the mountain to Om Goi town. On the way enjoy a picnic lunch.

Afternoon/Evening: Transfer by van arriving back in Chiang Mai for dinner and the night bazaar.

Evening Location:

Village Homestay

Day 9: Elephant conservation / Dinner and night market

Morning/Afternoon: After breakfast, depart for the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre to learn more about Asian elephants and conservation and preservation efforts being made on their behalf.

Late Afternoon: Return to Chiang Mai to clean up for dinner.

Evening: Walk to a nearby restaurant and visit the night market.

Evening Location:

Chiang Mai

Day 10: Depart for Phuket / Beach / Relax

Morning: Depart Chiang Mai for Phuket Island on Bangkok Air arriving in the late morning.

Afternoon: Arrive at your hotel, check in and have lunch. Free time to clean up, relax by the pool or on the beach.

Evening: Walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner followed by sunset on the beach.

Evening Location:

Phuket

Day 11: Koh Phi Phi Island / Snorkeling

Morning/Afternoon: Depart for a day trip to Koh Phi Phi Island for snorkeling and to enjoy the incredible surroundings where the movie “The Beach” was filmed.

Evening: Participate in guided reflection activity promoting critical thinking skills.

Evening Location:

Phuket

Day 12: Khao Sok National Park / Canoe the Sok river

Morning: After breakfast, transfer to Khao Sok National Park. When you arrive, begin trekking through the jungle along a stream to visit a waterfall where you can take a swim.

Afternoon: Have lunch at a riverside restaurant that offers an assortment of delicious Thai dishes. After lunch, canoe along the limestone cliffs of the Sok river for about 1 ½ hours. You’ll have the chance to see many types of animals. Check into your bungalows at the Khao Sok River Lodge located nearby the river.

Evening: Dinner at Khao Sok River Lodge restaurant.

Evening Location:

Khao Sok River Lodge

Day 13: Guided nature trek / Waterfall swim / Boat ride

Morning: After breakfast at your lodge, begin trekking into the Khao Sok National Park with a professional nature guide pointing out all the different types of plants and animals in the park.

Afternoon:
Enjoy a refreshing swim in a waterfall along the way and have a picnic lunch in the jungle. After returning to your lodge, clean up and relax before checking out. Depart from Khao Sok National park and transfer to Choew Lan Lake to take a long tailed boat to Bamboo Raft House where you’ll be staying the night.

Evening: Dinner at Bamboo Raft House

Location:

Bamboo Raft House

Day 14: Coral Cave / Fly to Bangkok / Closing circle

Morning/Afternoon: After breakfast at Bamboo Raft House, visit the spectacular “Coral Cave.” Board a bamboo boat to see the cave with its many stalactites and stalagmites. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Bangkok.

Evening: After arriving in Bangkok check into your hotel before heading out for dinner at a local restaurant. Participate in a closer circle discussing your Thai adventure.

Evening Location:

Bangkok

Day 15: Flight home

Morning/Afternoon: Arrive home inspired and forever changed by the people you met and the sites you saw on your educational adventure to Thailand!

Location:

Home

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. SAGE made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader

“People don’t take trips…trips take people.”

– John Steinbeck

Facts & Figures

Thailand
Capital: Bangkok
Population: 67,741,401
Special Note: Thailand was known as Siam until 1939 and again from 1945 to 1949.
Languages:

Thai (official), Burmese

Religions:

Buddhist

93.6%

Christian

1.2%

Literacy Rate

Unemployment Rate

Below Poverty Line

Life Expectancy

HIV/Aids

Carbon Emissions (%)