Trip Details

The Hill Tribe Immersion experience is one of the most diverse programs offered, and takes place in one of Thailand’s most beautiful spots.  The visit to the northern Hill Tribe community will be one that you are unlikely to forget. The Akha people are a minority group in Thailand who experience various disadvantages; however, they have a distinct culture which you will be able to spend time coming to learn and appreciate.

The Hill Tribe Immersion experience will allow you to try life in this culture, where you will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities whilst also exploring the area, its landscape, wildlife and attractions. The Hill Tribe’s village is not far from Chiang Rai, a city in northern Thailand. The Thai government set this land aside specifically for the Akha people so that they could stay separate from the wider community and continue with their unique way of life.
The village sits among jungle and hills, and the Akha people truly live off the land. Various materials are used regularly in the Akha way of life, with some plants used for their healing qualities and with bamboo used widely in building projects. The villagers also farm a number of fruits and vegetables for regular consumption. The Akha people have their own language and a distinct culture, and this work-camp project allows you to experience it fully. During your time here, you will also be able to visit landmarks and take part in a number of other projects, including:
  • Helping with construction projects
  • Maintaining agriculture
  • Establishing better water access
  • Maintaining culture and language through education
  • Experimenting with farming methods
The Hill Tribe Immersion project attempts to fuse together two very distinct cultures in a way that is beneficial to both. Exchanges of life observations and cultural interactions are vital, and assistance in education is equally necessary. The idea of this project is not to alter the culture or perceptions of the Akha people, but rather to embrace their way of life and provide opportunities for people of various backgrounds and traditions to learn from one another.

Trip Itinerary

We are delighted to be able to offer this incredibly opportunity for travellers to experience the Akha community’s way of life. What follows is a basic breakdown of the types of activities and experiences you can expect to take part in.

Begin Sunday at your accommodation in Singburi; explore the city a little bit before retiring for dinner, and then an overnight journey from Singburi Bus Station to Chiang Rai.

Travel to the Hill Tribe’s village from Chiang Rai; you will visit the local dam where you’ll be free to swim and relax. You will also eat breakfast and lunch at the dam. After that, you will head to an Akha village and a holy place before having dinner in the evening.

Start Tuesday with breakfast before heading off to do some construction work at the Akha Hill Tribe village. After lunch you will have a session where you will learn the community’s language, followed by a visit to the local market.

Start Wednesday with breakfast before trekking into the jungle. Eat lunch in the jungle. After lunch you will have a chance to visit a natural hot spa or kayak on the lake.
On Thursday you will visit a homestay in the Akha Tribe’s village. You’ll explore the local area and learn about the local culture before spending the night in the homestay.

On Friday you will start with breakfast before heading out to teach in a local school. In the afternoon you will then have a chance to try your hand at cooking the local cuisine and then you’ll take part in a cultural exchange. In the evening you will have dinner followed by a goodbye party.

Start Saturday with Brunch before travelling back to Chiang Rai; once there you will take part in a city tour before having dinner. After the meal you will go back to the Eco-House in Singburi or back to Bangkok, from either of which you are free to continue your travels. If you are staying for longer than 1 week then its time to relax and enjoy your weekend.

(Schedule: during the evening times the volunteers are generally free, and no program activities are scheduled. During this time they can explore and visit local attractions. Program advisers will be happy to make recommendations for experiences that travellers are likely to enjoy.)

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

Trip Accommodation

Trip Country Info


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