Trip Details

If wildlife conservation sparks your interests then take the opportunity to participate in this project! Working with the rangers of Khao Yai  National Park, in Wang Nam Khiao, you will learn about the damaging effects of deforestation and the ongoing efforts to protect the wildlife. Some of the tasks on the project are seasonal, for example the wet season is the best time of year to plant new trees. In contrast, the best time to add salt to the soil is during the dry season. Therefore, your activities on the project will depend on the season as well as the priorities of the rangers. However, you can be sure that you will play an active role with the tasks you are assigned. Located in the western Sankamphaeng Mountain Range, the Khao Yai National Park spans across Central Thailand, through several provinces. It is home to over 3000 plant species, 32 species of birds and 66 types of mammals. In addition, the site is also home to magnificent mountains and beautiful waterfalls, such as Heo Suwat, famously featured in the film “The Beach”. As well as working hard on site, you will be taken on visits to explore the surrounding landscapes.

The aim of this program is to learn from and work with park rangers to conserve Khao Yai National Park. Deforestation here has not occurred since the mid 90s and the efforts to replant trees and preserve the wildlife are still ongoing, you can play a part in this process!

Your tasks may vary depending on the season as well as the projects the rangers are undertaking. For example, the beginning of rainy season is the best time for planting trees (to help restore areas of the park that have been cleared out in the past by deforestation or forest fires). Alternatively, the best time to salt the soil is during the dry season (to help bait the animals into staying within the park boundaries and provide a valuable mineral for their diet).

Aside from doing hard work, you will also get to explore Khao Yai through visits to different locations such as a waterfall, stunning viewing points, and more!.

Aims & Objectives

  • Promote and implement the sustainable conservation of Khao Yai National Park
  • Give you a worthwhile, outdoor experience while you contribute to the regeneration of deforested areas
  • Learn from and assist the local park rangers

Trip Itinerary

Monday
Breakfast
Depart from Singburi to Wang Nam Khiao
Lunch
Visit a waterfall en route to Wang Nam Khiao
Arrive at the resort in Wang Nam Khiao in the afternoon
Walk around the village
Dinner
Introduction to the week

Tuesday
Breakfast at the resort
Visit Centre Four
Work in forestry conservation activities together with the park rangers
Picnic lunch
Work in forestry conservation activities together with the park rangers
Explore a big local market
Dinner
Karaoke at the resort

Wednesday to Thursday
Breakfast at the resort
Work in forestry conservation activities together with the park rangers
Lunch
Work in forestry conservation activities together with the park rangers
Dinner

Friday
Breakfast at the resort
Work in forestry conservation activities together with the park rangers
Lunch
Visit a Mushroom Farm
Visit the Pa Keep Tawan viewpoint
Short weekly evaluation just before dinner
BBQ Dinner

Saturday
Breakfast at the resort
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Singburi, Bangkok or Wang Nam Khiao bus station if this is the end of your program.

If you are staying longer then one week, Weekends are free for you to travel and explore beautiful Thailand. 🙂

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

Trip Accommodation

Your new home will be in the Nakhon Ratchasima province. Set amidst rolling hills, the views here are spectacular and the location is tranquil to match. Our resort is situated about 100km from the city of Nakhon Ratchasima and about 15 km from Wang Nam Khiao, the nearest town. It takes 30 minutes from the resort to get to Wang Nam Khiao, where you will find all the amenities you could need.

Accommodation & Food

During your time here, you will be staying in one of our eco cottages in single gender rooms.

The resort has a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet with other participants or just enjoy the impressive view. There is also WiFi available which covers most of the resort.

There is even a karaoke system in the resort’s communal area for those craving some self-styled entertainment noise!

Available Room Types

  • Standard Rooms Sharing with 4 other people
  • Private rooms Up to 4 People
  • Comfort Rooms 1-2 people

Food Arrangements
All food is included during your stay and the meals will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice dishes (suitable for vegetarians).

Three meals on weekdays and Two meals on weekends

Facilities
Due to its rural location, the nearest ATM is in Wang Nam Khiao (30 minutes by car), so please make sure you have enough money with you before arriving for your stay. However, since all food is provided you will probably not need much money here!

There is a small local store within walking distance. All other amenities can be found in Wang Nam Khiao (30 minutes by car).

Sights & Surroundings
The area is very rural and offers beautiful views of the Thai countryside. You are welcome to take advantage of the surroundings and go for a hike in the hills during your free time.

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

  • Akha Village Chiang Rai
  • Buddhist Monastery
  • Hua Hin
  • Kaeng Krachan
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Mae Sot
  • Singburi
  • Suphan Buri
  • Train Track Northern Thailand
  • Trunk to the South
  • Udon Thani
  • Umphang

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

Walking Boots

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

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

What's not included

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