Trip Details

From central Thailand to the north, and from the east to the south. This unique road trip will show the highlights of the ‘land of smiles’.

Immerse yourself in the local Thai communities, as well as hill tribes, in this unique experience of authentic Thailand! While covering many miles by bus, minivan, train and boat, you will get the chance to witness what real Thailand is all about.

Along the way of this incredible 4-week road trip, you will teach at schools, immerse yourself in hill tribe communities in the north, experience Buddhist teachings with monks, trek through beautiful lush mountains and natural parks, climb through caves, stand under waterfalls, work in a home for the children, canoe on a river, also a boat cruise down Bangkok’s Chao Phraya mix in with the hustle bustle of the city street, visiting the famous Khaosan Road and much more!

We will bring you to the Northern mountains, the agricultural region of Isaan, the pristine beach communities at the Southern sea and many other places that will show you the best Thailand has to offer. There has never been a program that brings you so close to the truly authentic Thailand than this four week road trip.

You can join the program any week. The four different parts of this road trip are always running in the listed sequence, repeating every four weeks. So, depending on when you join, you would just start and end in a different place. This has no impact on your program. There is no recommended week to start with. No matter where you finish your program you will be taken to Bangkok and end your program there.

Trip Itinerary

Week 1: Train Track Northern Thailand
Monday

  • Breakfast at the Singburi center
  • Transfer to Lopburi bus station
  • Lunch in Chum Saeng
  • Introduction at the homestay
  • Dinner
  • Small Thai welcome BBQ in the evening
  • Overnight stay at the homestay (fan, cold water & no Wi-Fi)

Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the homestay
  • Thai traditional farming/agriculture activity
  • Lunch at the homestay
  • Train from Chum Saeng to Uttaradit (4 hour ride, no air-con)
  • Check in at the hotel in Uttaradit
  • Visit to Hero Monument
  • Dinner at a local Thai restaurant
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Uttaradit (hot water, aircon & Wi-Fi)

Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the school
  • Teaching at Tungkalo school
  • Lunch at a local Thai restaurant
  • An educational visit to Tungyang Temple to learn about Buddhism by the Monks and assist the
  • Monks with cleaning of the temple premises
  • A visit to the local shopping centre
  • Dinner at the shopping centre
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Uttaradit (hot water, aircon & Wi-Fi)

Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Train from Uttaradit to Lampang, with very nice mountain landscapes en route (3 hours, no air-con).
  • Check in at the hotel in Lampang
  • Have lunch at local Thai restaurant
  • A visit to an old Burmese Temple, where you will learn about Buddhism by the Monks and assist the Monks with cleaning of the temple premises
  • A visit to the local market
  • Dinner at the local market
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Lampang (hot water, aircon & Wi-Fi)

Friday

  • Breakfast across the hotel in a local Thai restaurant
  • A visit to the Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang to about elephant care
  • Lunch at the Elephant Conservation Centre
  • After lunch visit several cultural sites in Lampang
  • Dinner at a local Thai restaurant in Lampang
  • Train from Lampang to Chiang Mai (2 hours and 15 minutes, with air-con)
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Chiang Mai (hot water, air-con & Wi-Fi)

Saturday

  • Breakfast at a local restaurant in Chiang Mai
  • An educational and cultural excursion to Doi Pui villages, Hill tribe people
  • A visit to Doi Suthep Mountain and Wat Phrathat temple
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Chiang Mai
  • During the afternoon: free time in Chiang Mai
  • Dinner in Chiang Mai
  • Free time during the evening
  • Overnight stay at the same hotel in Chiang Mai (hot water, air-con & Wi-Fi)

Sunday

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • After breakfast take bus to Chiang Rai
  • Check-in hotel in Chiang Rai for overnight stay (hot water, air-con & Wi-Fi)
  • Free day (no lunch will be served)
  • Dinner at a local restaurant Chiang Rai
  • Free time during the evening

Week 2: Trekking to Hill Tribes
Monday

  • Breakfast at a local restaurant in Chiang Rai
  • Go to Ban Doi homestay
  • Introduction session at Ban Doi homestay with the Akha tribe
  • Lunch at the homestay
  • Visit Ban Doi Akha hill tribe village
  • Helping at the Huai Phaking Temple, assisting the monks with cleaning of the temple premises
  • Dinner at the homestay
  • A visit to the night market
  • Overnight stay at the homestay in Ban Doi hill tribe village (cold water, fan, no Wi-fi)

Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the homestay
  • Cycle to Karen hill tribe village
  • Visit an Elephant Camp
  • Lunch at the Elephant Camp
  • Cycle to and visit the White Temple, Boon Rawd Farm & Khun Khon National Park
  • Dinner in Khun Khon National Park (Jungle)
  • Overnight stay in tents at Khun Khon National Park (use of park shower/toilet facilities, no Wi-fi)

Wednesday

  • Breakfast at Khun Khon National Park
  • Trekking up to Khun Khon Waterfall
  • Have a packed lunch along the way
  • Cycle to Entrée Huai Chom lake and trekking to hill tribe village
  • Dinner at the homestay in an Akha hill tribe village
  • Overnight stay in tents at Khun Khon National Park (use of park shower/toilet facilities & no Wi-fi)

Thursday

  • Breakfast at the Akha hill tribe village
  • Trekking through the hills and visit three hill tribe villages: Huai Chompoo Village, Mere Mon
  • Village, Mai Pattana Village
  • Lunch at Pattana hill tribe village
  • Trekking to Doi Chang hill tribe village
  • Dinner at Doi Chang hill tribe village
  • View the great sunset from the Doi Chang hill tribe village
  • Overnight stay at the homestay in Doi Chang hill tribe village (cold water, fan & no Wi-fi)

Friday

  • Breakfast at Doi Chang hill tribe village
  • Trekking to Doi Lan hill tribe village
  • Lunch at Doi Lan hill tribe village
  • Trekking to Sang Charung hill tribe village
  • Dinner at Sang Charung hill tribe village
  • Thank you party from Akha people at the hill tribe village
  • Overnight stay at the homestay in Sang Charung hill tribe village (cold water, fan & no Wi-fi)

Saturday

  • Early morning breakfast at Sang Charung hill tribe village
  • Trekking to Mae Salong Barrage dam
  • Lunch at Mae Salong Barrage dam
  • Canoeing on the Lake to a hot spring
  • Back to Chiang Rai
  • Overnight bus from Chiang Rai to Loei (14 hours with aircon)

Sunday

  • Arrive in the morning at Loei
  • Check in at the hotel in Loei
  • Breakfast at a local Thai restaurant in Loei
  • Free day (no lunch will be served)
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Loei
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Loei (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi).

Week 3: Nomad Through Isaan
Monday

  • Breakfast at the hotel in Loei
  • Teaching to the monks or children at the temple school
  • Excursion at Srisuthawat monastery, where you will get educated about Buddhism by the coordinator and can assist the Monks with cleaning the temple’s premises.
  • Lunch
  • Excursion to Phu Pha Lom forest park to learn about Thai forestry and forest reserves.
    Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Loei (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi)

Tuesday

  • Breakfast at a local Thai restaurant
  • Bus from Loei to Khon Kaen (3 to 4 hours, with air-con)
  • Check in the hotel in Khon Kaen
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Khon Kaen
  • Enjoy an authentic and relaxing Thai massage at a massage salon
  • Dinner at a local Night Market in Khon Kaen
  • Explore the Night Market by yourself
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Khon Kaen (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi)

Wednesday

  • Breakfast at a local Thai restaurant
  • Working at a disabled children’s home (play educative games with the children + teaching English)
  • Lunch at a local thai restaurant in Khon Kaen
  • Excursion to Khon Kaen national museum to experience and learn more about Thai history and culture
  • Visit to the biggest department store in the city
  • Dinner at the department store
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Khon Kaen (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi)

Thursday

  • Breakfast in Khon Kaen
  • Visit the great lake (Bung Kaen Na Khorn) and the most beautiful temple/church close to the lake. The temple has multiple levels that you will be able to climb up.
  • Lunch
  • A visit to the city shrine, the spiritual house which will provide a lot of information about the local region/province
  • Bus from Khon Kaen to Bangkok (6 hours)
  • Check in to the hotel in Bangkok
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight stay in Bangkok Hotel

Friday

  • Breakfast at a local Thai restaurant
  • Ferry down the river Chao Phraya River visiting two temple on the way. Wat Pho & Wat Arun
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Evening walk down the famous Khaosan Road
  • Overnight stay in Bangkok Hotel

Saturday

  • Check out hotel
  • Visit Chatuchak weekend market
  • Transfer with public transport to our center Hua Hin
  • Arrive during the evening in Hua Hin
  • Dinner at the center
  • Free time
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Hua Hin (hot water, fan & Wi-Fi)

Sunday

  • Breakfast at Hua Hin center
  • Free day (no lunch will be served)
  • Dinner at Hua Hin center
  • Overnight stay in Hua Hin center (hot water, fan & Wi-Fi)

Week 4: Trunk to the South
Monday

  • Breakfast at the Hua Hin center
  • Visit to Huay Mongkol Temple
  • Visit to Plearnwan market
  • Lunch
  • Take a scenic train from Hua Hin to Bang Saphan Yai
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay at hotel in Bang Saphan Yai

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Sightseeing and snorkeling on a three hour boat trip
  • Lunch on the boat
  • Back to the hotel
  • Free time at the beach
  • Dinner
  • Free time
  • Overnight train journey to Surat Thani

Wednesday

  • Breakfast in Surat Thani
  • Minivan to pier
  • Boat to Koh Samui (2 hours)
  • Check in to hotel at Choeng Mon Beach
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Explore the local area near the Hotel/Beach.
  • Dinner at the guesthouse
  • Night market
  • Overnight stay at the hotel/guesthouse (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi)

Thursday

  • Travel to Angthong National Park by boat
  • Breakfast on the boat
  • Snorkelling and hiking, visiting the park and two islands
  • Lunch on the boat
  • Continue with the above program
  • Boat transfer from Angthong National Park to Koh Samui (2 hours)
  • Back to the hotel/guesthouse in Koh Samui
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Koh Samui
  • Overnight stay at the hotel/guesthouse (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi)

Friday

  • Breakfast at the guesthouse
  • Visit Wat Phra Yai
  • Visit Grandmother and Grandfather stones at Koh Samui
  • A visit to a beautiful waterfall where swimming is possible
  • Lunch back at the hotel
  • Dinner at Thai restaurant
  • Overnight stay at the hotel/guesthouse (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi)

Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel in Koh Samui
  • Free time on the beach
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Check out from the hotel and head to the bus station
  • Overnight bus/boat from Koh Samui to Bangkok

Sunday

  • Arrive at Mo chit bus station in Bangkok early in the morning. Transfer to Singburi for further programs

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

A route that takes you to all the highlights of Thailand. Up to the hill tribes in the North and down South to Thailand’s probably most well-known island: Koh Samui. Passing beautiful landscapes, tourist hotspots and several national parks.

Accommodation & Food
Along the route you will have overnight stays in hotels/guest houses, tents, busses and even a boat. More information can be found via the below schedule.

Available Room Types

  • Standard Rooms 2-4 People sharing
  • Private rooms – Subject to availability

Food Arrangements
Mostly Thai style dishes will be served. We provide 3 meals each day along the road trip except on weekends when we provide a brunch time meal in place of breakfast and lunch. We do not provide beverages.

3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends

Facilities
Along the route – but not at all times – there are ATMs and small local stores. Please make sure you have enough money with you before starting the trip.

Transportation
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Akha Village Chiang Rai
  • Hua Hin
  • Kaeng Krachan
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Mae Sot
  • Singburi
  • Suphan Buri
  • Trunk to the South
  • Udon Thani
  • Umphang
  • Wang Nam Khiao

Trip Country Info

Thailand

Population: Approx. 67 million
Capital: Bangkok
Language: Thai
Currency: Baht (THB)
Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)

From trekking in the beautiful mountains of the north to enjoying the glorious beaches in the south and experiencing the hustle and bustle of the metropolis that is Bangkok, Thailand is certainly not a country that lacks variety.

Whilst it really is at the heart of Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, its cultural identity remains very unique. As the only country in Southeast Asia to avoid European powers, the Thai are proud to refer to themselves as ‘The Land of the Free’ and many tourists might also know it as ‘The Land of Smiles’ due to its friendly people.

Thailand is not only a famous holiday and gap year travel destination, but one of the most exciting countries in the world. Gap year travel to Thailand enables you to experience the excitement of city life as well as the serenity of some of the most spectacular remote islands and countryside areas.  By booking your gap year holiday to Thailand with TRU, you will be able to get a unique view of this amazing country that is difficult to replicate on your own.  We have a fabulous selection of gap year adventures in Thailand from Gibbon encounters and Elephant Sanctuary work to Clayhouse building and volunteering programs.

With our range of ongoing programs, you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.  Have a look at our latest volunteering and gap year travel to Thailand below or give us a call to find out more about our exciting gap year programs in Thailand.

You can take this opportunity to mix and match projects tailor to your preference. Why pick one when you can pick several.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa