Trip Details

Many great things come in 3’s, like 3-day weekends and 3-point shots in basketball. This 3 week Road Trip in Thailand will prove yet again that 3’s are great!

This 21 day adventure will take you down to the south to enjoy some of the country’s most exotic beaches, up to the north to discover the wonders of Chiang Mai, and then trekking to meet an authentic Hill Tribe village. This is the chance to explore some of the best that the country of Thailand has to offer and enjoy every step of the way!

Trunk to the South
Come and explore the beautiful South of Thailand! Whilst travelling through the provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Surat Thani by bus, you will witness and experience the thorough beauty of the Southern Thai culture, people and natural beauty. These locations include Angthong National Park and Thailand’s finest island: Koh Samui! While helping out at the beach and snorkeling in the clear blue sea, you will be warmly greeted by the very friendly and ever smiling people of the South.

Train Tracks Northern Thailand
This program is designed to give you a full insight into the culture and local customs of the northern Thai people. Through travelling and helping in local projects, you will get to fully experience this gorgeous part of Thailand. During the expedition, you will learn some things about Thai culture, visit the “big giants” at an Elephant Conservation Centre, explore Chiang Mai, teach at a local school and much more!

Trekking to Hill Tribes
Go on a trekking expedition to the famous hill tribes of Northern Thailand. During this visit you will be warmly welcomed by various hill tribes into their villages and livelihoods. Experience and witness the authentic way of living that these hill tribes have practised for hundreds of years. This unique cultural encounter together with the beautiful and lush green covered mountain areas of Northern Thailand will make this an unforgettable experience!

Aims & Objectives

  • The aim of this program is to bring you closer to the authentic Thailand.
  • Through different projects and activities, you will get to truly immerse yourself in the Thai culture, customs and lifestyle.

Trip Itinerary

Week 1: Trunk to the South
Sunday
Brunch at Hua Hin centre
Free day (no lunch will be served)
Dinner at Hua Hin centre
Overnight stay in Hua Hin centre (hot water, fan & Wi-Fi)

Monday
Breakfast at the Hua Hin centre
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 snorkelling 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
Brunch at centre (if arriving early enough)
Free time
Dinner at centre

Week 2: Train Tracks Northern Thailand

Monday
Breakfast at the Singburi centre
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 3: 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 Bangkok (For further programs, transfer on to Singburi)

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

Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.
Hiking Boots
Warm Clothing

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
  • Transport

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination