Northern Thailand Road Trip Experience
Thailand’s fascinating landscape is waiting for you to visit! Taking you on an incredible journey from the central planes to the Northern beauty, the project offers a week jam-packed with exciting activities.
Experiencing the scenery, culture, history and landscape of this wonderful country, you’ll visit traditional farms and wonder at Buddhist teachings in a monastery. The local conservation efforts will pull at your heart strings on a visit to an Elephant Conservation Centre and you’ll even get the chance to teach English to school children. You’ll also embark on a backpacker’s dream adventure as you wander through the bustling Chiang Mai!
Aims & Objectives
- We aim to show you the best northern Thailand has to offer. From the bustle and hustle of Chiang Mai to secluded rural areas and more!
Your day begins with breakfast at the Singburi centre before transferring to Chum Saeng where you’ll have lunch. An introductory meeting will teach you about the do’s and don’ts to follow during your stay. After dinner, there’ll be a small welcome party with Thai BBQ food. An overnight stay at the homestay will be comfortable but not luxurious as it has a fan, cold water and no wi-fi.
After breakfast at the accommodation, your morning will be filled with a traditional Thai farming experience. Here you’ll learn about the produce and the traditional techniques used to cultivate it. You’ll return to the homestay for lunch before getting a train from Chum Saeng to Uttaradit. Be prepared for a 4 hour long journey with no air conditioning. After checking into the hotel in Uttaradit, the afternoon will include a visit to the Hero Monument, an important local landmark which gives an insight into the history of the area. You’ll have dinner at a local Thai restaurant and then settle for the night at a hotel in Uttaradit which has hot water, air conditioning and Wi-fi.
Staying in Uttaradit today, you will take breakfast at Tungkalo school and then carry out some teaching activities during the morning. This will be a fantastic opportunity to give a little back to the area while learning something about the culture. Following lunch at a local Thai restaurant, the afternoon will see you visiting Tungyang Temple and a local shopping centre. At the temple, the Monks will educate you in Buddhism and, in return, you’ll be expected to assist them with some cleaning tasks around the temple. After exploring the shopping centre, you’ll have dinner there and return to the hotel to spend the night.
After breakfast, you’ll be catching a train for a 3 hour long journey to Lampang. Again, the train has no air conditioning but you will be treated to some stunning scenery, including some majestic mountains. On checking into the hotel in Lampang, you’ll have time to freshen up and then go for lunch at a local Thai restaurant. Another visit to a Buddhist temple in the afternoon will teach you more about the fascinating customs of the religion. Again, you’ll be able to repay the monks’ kindness by assisting in the cleaning of the temple and the surrounding areas. You’ll then move on to a local market where you’ll be able to mingle with locals and find some traditional Thai souvenirs. Dinner will be eaten at the market before returning to your hotel, which has hot water, air conditioning and wi-fi.
A wonderful opportunity to witness conservation work awaits you after a traditional breakfast at a local Thai restaurant. The Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang will tug at your heart strings as you find out about the plight of the rescued elephants and the care that they receive from the people who work there. As Lampang has a number of cultural landmarks, there’ll be some sightseeing after lunch. A traditional Thai dinner at a restaurant in Lampang will set you up for your train journey to Chiang Mai. A 2 hour and 15 minute journey with the benefit of air conditioning. At the hotel in Chiang Mai, you’ll be able to relax and unwind with the luxury of hot water, air conditioning and wi-fi.
A local restaurant in Chiang Mai is the perfect setting for a traditional breakfast before a visit to Doi Pui villages where you’ll be immersed in the culture of the Hill tribe people. After being educated about their lifestyle, you’ll be taken to visit Doi Suthep Mountain and Wat Phrathat temple. Lunch will be eaten in Chiang Mai at a local restaurant and the afternoon is yours to spend as you wish exploring this bustling city. In the early evening, you’ll be collecting your luggage and heading to the bus station where you’ll have dinner. The overnight bus, with air conditioning, will take you to Singburi.
***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***
A route from Singburi up to some of the best places in northern Thailand, which will pass several temples and beautiful landscapes. Some of the stops along the way include Chum Saeng, Uttaradit, Lampang and the backpacker famous Chiang Mai.
Accommodation & Food
Along the route you will have overnight stays in hotels, buses and one night in a homestay. More information can be found inside the schedule.
There will be standard shared rooms dormitory style with 2-5 people per room. You may also request a private room at some hotels, subject to availability and additional costs.
Food served will mostly be Thai style dishes which its often rice, Vegetables and sometimes meat.
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.
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
- 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
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