Trip Details

Learn as you grow! That’s right, spend your time learning all about how local farmers grow and harvest banana crops in Thailand.

This Agricultural Experience is a hands-on opportunity to learn and apply farming methods used by members of a local agricultural cooperative that is currently receiving governmental support. You will have the opportunity to do all of the work that keeps the growing process going

Even though Thailand is a tourist hub and is quickly becoming a place for technological growth in this region, there are still some areas that maintain a focus on the agricultural sector. This experience is a chance for you to get hands-on, as you work alongside a cooperative of local farmers in the Thachang district, for whom agriculture is a way of life. These farmers are supported in part by government subsidy to ensure they are able to keep up with the changing market needs.

As a part of this experience, you will work 4-5 hours a day. You will learn all of the steps used by these local farmers to bring this banana plantation from planting – to harvest – to prep for market/export. Daily tasks will include cutting banana leaves, watering, fertilising, soil conditioning, harvesting, cleaning and packing.

There is a lot of hard work that goes into farming, but the results are nothing short of amazing!

Aims & Objectives

  • Gain invaluable, practical experience in farming and agriculture
  • Assist the local staff by providing an extra hand
  • Develop your teamwork and skills through hands on activity

Trip Itinerary

A weekly schedule can look like this:

Monday

Breakfast
Agricultural Work on banana plantation.
Lunch outside in local restaurant.
Agricultural Work on banana plantation.
Dinner

Tuesday

Breakfast
Agricultural Work on banana plantation.
Lunch outside in local restaurant.
Agricultural Work on banana plantation.
Dinner

Wednesday

Breakfast
Agricultural Work on banana plantation.
Lunch outside in local restaurant.
Agricultural Work on banana plantation.
Dinner

Thursday

Breakfast
Agricultural Work on banana plantation.
Lunch outside in local restaurant.
Agricultural Work on banana plantation.
Dinner

Friday

Breakfast
Agricultural Work on banana plantation.
Lunch outside in local restaurant.
Agricultural Work on banana plantation.
Dinner

Saturday & Sunday

Weekends are free to explore Thailand and its beauty 🙂

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

Trip Accommodation

You will be located in the outskirts of Singburi, an interesting town 142 km north of Bangkok. Singburi was founded under the reign of King Rama V through the consolidation of 3 small towns located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River. The three small towns, Sing Buri, In Buri and Phrom Buri, were then established as a single town on the west of the Chao Phraya River in 1895.

Your new home is set close to the village of Tha Kham, an extremely rural area that will give you the chance to experience the Thailand that very few get to see.

Accommodation & Food

Your new home will be one of our 3 ‘Eco Houses’ near Singburi, central Thailand: Lemon House, Twin House and Brown House. They are all located riverside (River Noi – Little River) in the village of Tha Kham and depending on which house you are staying at, is about 8-15km from Singburi (10-15 minutes by car). The 3 houses sleep from 30 to 72 people.

All houses have a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow volunteers or use the free Wifi.

Although not directly on site, there are laundry facilities offered by locals which many of our participants take advantage of (this will probably cost you 5฿ per item, otherwise you can easily wash your clothes by hand.)

For volunteers who desire more comfort and privacy, families, couples and more elderly participants, we recommend upgrading to a comfort room. These rooms are more luxurious, uniquely designed and located apart from the two standard participant residences and so are noticeably quieter.

Food Arrangements
All the meals served inside the accommodation are vegetarian friendly and will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice dishes and fruits. Water, coffee and tea are available all day long.

Facilities
There are ATMs and shops in the local village which, depending on the accommodation you will be staying at, is located between 5 minutes by bicycle to 20 minutes by foot.

There are restaurants and small local stores within walking distance of each of the accommodations.

Equally, Singburi has plenty to offer and there will be trips throughout the week into this city where you can find shopping malls, markets, restaurants and even a swimming pool!

Activities & Events
Tuesday Evening
Visit the night market in Tha Kham. Taste all types of Thai food, stock up on inexpensive clothing or just soak in the atmosphere of this small town!

Wednesday Afternoon
This is free time for most participants and we offer a trip into Singburi. You can choose to use the swimming pool, go for a Thai massage or take advantage of a trip to a shopping centre.

Wednesday Evening
You will have the option to attend a Thai BBQ at a local restaurant. This is a fantastic opportunity to socialise with all the other participants, eat great food and enjoy some music.

Thursday Evening
There is a trip to a shopping mall (including a large Tesco Lotus), where you can buy any essentials, snacks, western food (pizza shops, KFC, ice cream parlour, coffee shops etc)

Sights & Surroundings
Locally, Singburi itself has plenty to offer in terms of sites and attractions, ranging from its many Buddhist temples. There is also a swimming pool, two shopping centres and many markets.

You can also choose to travel to Bangkok during weekends. It takes 2.5 – 3 hours either by mini-van or bus from Singburi . We provide detailed information about this each week.

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
  • Suphan Buri
  • Train Track Northern Thailand
  • Trunk to the South
  • Umphang
  • Udon Thani
  • 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

Minimum Age 18
Maximum Age 60
Clothing suitable for field work

Additional Requirements

A regular level of fitness

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