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.
Familiarising you with your new surroundings, the day begins after breakfast with an introductory meeting, and tour of Tha Kham village. Following this, you’ll be taken to Singburi where you’ll be able to shop for essentials and exchange money. Lunch will be taken at a restaurant in the fishing park and you will then be taken to visit the incredible Wat Phikun Thong temple! At the temple, you’ll get an introduction to the traditions of Buddhism. On returning to the accommodation centre, you’ll be given a lesson in Thai, introducing you to some useful words and phrases. Additionally, you will learn a out acceptable behaviour during your stay and receive advice to stay safe. At a welcome party in the evening you’ll be entertained by local children performing a traditional Thai dance. Be prepared to be called up to take part!
During a visit to Wat Muang in Ang Thong, you’ll be taken to view a Buddha statue which is 9th tallest in the world and the tallest in Thailand! After this, a tour of the Historic City of Ayutthaya, which was founded by King U-Thong in 1350, provides an insight into other aspects of the country’s history. Ayutthaya Historical Park, home to the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam, is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you’re guaranteed to enjoy exploring it! Dinner alongside one of the city’s canals will finish off your day perfectly.
Creativity is key today! After breakfast, a handicraft shop awaits for you to create your own bracelet. As the shop is located next to a post office, this will be a perfect opportunity for you to send souvenirs, post cards or letters to loved ones at home. Continuing with the theme of creating, you’ll be taking part in a cookery lesson, trying your hand at traditional local cuisine. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully as you’ll be enjoying your dishes for you lunch! After this, Singburi is yours to explore independently before having a Thai dinner at a BBQ restaurant.
A chance to try out your teaching skills awaits you this morning while you visit a local school. You’ll meet the children and maybe teach a lesson or play a few games. After your time at the school, you’ll be visiting the beautiful Buddhist temples, Wat Phra Non Jaksi Woravihan and Khai Bang Rachan – both famous in their own rights. At the end of the day there’ll be a visit to a local shopping mall. If you’re longing for some Western food, you’ll be able to treat yourself here.
(Note: During school holidays (from mid-March to mid-May and in October), we may visit an English Camp set up for the children).
Lots of sightseeing activities are in store for today. Starting at Wat Phra Phutthabat in Saraburi, you’ll be in awe viewing one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Thailand which is also famous for a natural feature believed to be Buddha’s footprint. Following a lunch break, you’ll be taking a rest at the Monkey Temple in Lopburi. Beware of the crab-eating macaques who love to jump onto the heads of visitors and steal their hats or sunglasses. After your busy day, you’ll be taken back to the accommodation centre to relax and have dinner.