Thailand expeditions

Thailand at a glance

Population: 67 million

Terrain: Jungle and coast

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Ideas for your students' expedition to Thailand

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Thailand.

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The jungle of Chiang Dao

6 Days 

This trek is ideal for those that are after a jungle experience through the hills of northern Thailand and want a strong taste of culture. Sleep in hammocks under the stars.

6 Days 


Providing access to clean water

Past teams have worked with the Uplands Holistic Development Project, which specialises in sustaining the traditional lifestyles of Thailand’s marginalised hill tribe communities and helping with infrastructure work, such as installing water-improvement systems.

In 2014, we sent

20 teams

to work on a range of projects including renovating an elderly people’s home, helping local communities create vegetable gardens and build animal enclosures, and supporting NGOs to improve the lives of street children.

Rest & Relaxation

Visit an island

Head south to islands such as Ko Chang or Ko Samet. Book into a hostel, a beach hut, or just sleep in your hammocks under the stars. 

ICA summary

Sawang Thongdee

Sawang has travelled extensively in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, China, Tibet, Nepal and India, and he speaks Thai, English and Karen (a hill tribe dialect). When not working for World Challenge he is a travel journalist and translator. His advice: 'One life; live it'.


Languages spoken: Thai 
Time zone: GMT +7
Interesting fact: One in 10 Thais live in Bangkok, the nation’s capital and largest city


Thailand, Cambodia & Laos  

Thailand can be combined with a project in Cambodia or Laos. Visit these pages for more information.


First taste of the jungle

Travel to Kanchanaburi where trekking to the top of the seven-tiered Erawan Falls provides an ideal first taste of the jungle. Exploring the infamous Hellfire Pass provides a glimpse into the living conditions of allied prisoners of war building the Thailand-Burma railway, portrayed in the film 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' and more recently 'The Railway Man'.


Chiang Rai

7 Days 

Trekking in Chiang Rai involves overnight stays in villagers' homes, which give you the opportunity to get to know their way of life. You also get the chance to learn all about jungle craft and hill tribe culture.

7 Days 

Project summary  

Thailand is still a developing country. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with  schools, orphanages and local communities to help enrich the lives of those that need your help. Tasks may include teaching basic English, renovating a classroom or building a playground. 
Rest & Relaxation

Practise your Thai

Barter hard for a bargain when shopping for souvenirs at one of Thailand's night bazaars; make sure you learn a few Thai words to get the best deals.

See Thailand in a different light with an action-packed itinerary focusing on challenging treks and project work. Thailand is full of ancient history and culture, picturesque temples and spectacular jungles. Head off the beaten track to see a side of Thailand that most people wouldn't even imagine!
Meghan, our Thailand Expedition Planning Manager

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