Thailand Cultural Introduction Week
Let yourself be immersed into the fascinating Siam country and culture! Superbly organised to give you memorable experiences, you will learn about the traditions, cuisine and language to help you adjust to your new location. Visits to local landmarks, both famous and not so well-known, will give you an insight into the history of the country while appreciating the scenery. The influences of Buddhism will becoming clear as you take in sights such as the Wat Phra Non Jaksi Worovihan temple with its magnificent reclining Buddha statue. Although the project is aimed at participants on other projects, the educational aspects of the week would be beneficial to anyone interested in learning about the Thailand and its culture.
Aims & Objectives
The purpose of this program is to help you get a reasonable understanding of the manners, norms, and etiquette that is inherent in Thai society. This week is also perfect for you to get to know and bond with other new participants. It is aimed at those who will be spending a prolonged period in the country. However, it is also available as a stand-alone program. Its emphasis is on educational factors, such as the language, cooking, cultural and historical aspects of Thailand.
During Siam Culture week, you will learn about Thai culture, get an insight into the language and have a taste of what has made Thai cooking so famous around the world. You will visit Wat Phra Non Jaksi Worawihan temple (famous for containing one of the largest indoor reclining Buddha statues) the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, have monkeys jumping on your head in Lopburi and much more! Moreover, you will get to meet people, take a Thai cooking lesson, learn the basics of the language, and get a firsthand understanding of the Thai way of life.
After breakfast, we will have a group meeting which includes, registration, explanation of programs and changes, logistics, general information and health and safety. If you don’t participate in this program, you will miss this information. After that we will walk around Tha Kham village to get you familiarised with your new surroundings. Afterwards, we’ll head to Singburi town center for essential shopping (you’ll be able to exchange money here, buy essential things you might need during your stay, purchase a sim card, etc). We will then have lunch at a fishing park restaurant.
Next, we will pay a visit to Wat Phikun Thong, a buddhist temple where you will get a short introduction to Buddhist rituals.
Once back at the accommodation, you will get a Thai language lesson and you will also learn about the do’s and don’ts in Thailand. After dinner, you will be the special guests of a welcome party with local children performing a Thai traditional dance for us – they will expect you to join in with the dancing at some point!
After breakfast, we will head to the Historic City of Ayutthaya, which was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong. Once there, we will explore Ayutthaya Historical Park, which contains the ruins of the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam and is recognised internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll end the day with dinner next to one of the many canals of the city.
It’s do-it-yourself day! After breakfast, we will go to a handicraft shop where you will create your own bracelet. You will also have some time to send letters of souvenirs back home as the shop is located right next to the post office. Next up in our schedule is a cooking lesson (pay close attention and follow instructions as the result will be your lunch!). After lunch, there will be free time in Singburi to explore the town on your own. In the evening, we will have dinner at a BBQ restaurant (Thai style, of course!)
In the morning, we’ll visit a school, meet the children and you will try your hand at some teaching or just a few games. (Note: During school holidays (from mid-March to mid-May and in October), we may visit an English Camp set up for the children). After this, we’ll visit some of the beautiful and famous monuments and Buddhist temples near our centre: Wat Phra Non Jaksi Worawihan (a huge reclining Buddha image) and the Khai Bang Rachan hero monument. To end it, we’ll visit the shopping mall, where you can treat yourself with western food.
Another full day to several sightseeing locations within Ang Thong and Lopburi provinces! After breakfast, we will visit Wat Muang in Ang Thong, which is home to the tallest Buddha statue in Thailand and the 9th in the world.
After lunch, our next stop will be the Monkey Temple in Lopburi, where crab-eating macaques love to hang out and will not be afraid to jump on your head or try to steal your sunglasses. We’ll then head back to the accommodation in Singburi where we will have dinner.
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
- Akha Village Chiang Rai
- Hua Hin
- Kaeng Krachan
- Mae Sot
- Suphan Buri
- Train Track Northern Thailand
- Trunk to the South
- Udon Thani
- Wang Nam Khiao
Trip Country Info
Population: Approx. 67 million
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
|Clothes that cover your shoulders and knees for visiting temples, schools and sacred sites.|
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance