Trip Details

Explore the Southern wonders of Thailand! With all the wonders that the South of Thailand has to offer, you will fall in love with this spectacular country. Offering you an activity- filled experience, the program is perfectly planned to give you the opportunity to fully appreciate the natural beauty. Passing through the provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Surat Thani as part of your bus journey, you’ll be able to absorb the gorgeous scenery and have a flavour of the people and their culture. Aiming to promote the conservation of Thailand’s beaches, the program will take you on visits to the beach to give you opportunities to snorkel in the crystal clear ocean and to meet the locals as you help out with cleaning activities. Trekking through national parks, you’ll be taken back by the picturesque landscapes of mountains and forests, and the sensational wildlife.

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.

During the various excursions to Thailand’s nature sights, you will have the chance to let yourself be overwhelmed by the beauty of these places. During the visits to the national parks and beaches you will learn about these ‘treasures of nature’ while enjoying yourself with snorkeling, trekking and swimming. This exploration of the South program has a wide range of activities which will satisfy your wishes and needs for cultural knowledge, local experiences and fun!!

Aims & Objectives

  • The aim is for you to enjoy this journey whilst helping out on the beach, learning about the lives of the Southern community and experiencing the natural beauty of the forest and magnificent mountains in the National park. Another aim is to support local development and to take care of Thailand’s impressive coastline by cleaning and collecting garbage in order to help conserve the beach.

Please Note: Projects start on a Monday, however you should arrive over the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday.

Trip Itinerary

Indulge in a wonderful experience that will get you exploring the culture and local customs of the Thai people from the Southern seas.

During the various excursions to Thailand’s nature sights, you will have the chance to let yourself be overwhelmed by the beauty of these places. During the visits to the national parks and beaches, you will learn about these ‘treasures of nature’ while enjoying yourself by snorkelling, trekking and swimming.

Sunday
If this is your first week, you will be transferred directly from Bangkok to Hua Hin upon arrival. Depending on your previous week’s program, you will be transferred to Hua Hin after brunch
Dinner at Hua Hin centre

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 Ang Thong 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
Arrive at Mo chit bus station in Bangkok early Sunday morning. Transfer to Singburi for further programs.

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

Trip Accommodation

A route from the tourist hotspot Hua Hin down to Thailand’s probably most well-known island: Koh Samui. Passing beautiful beaches and several national parks.

Accommodation & Food
Along the route you will have overnight stays in hotels/guest houses, busses and even a boat. More information can be found inside the schedule.

Available Room Types

Standard Room- 2- 4 People per room

Private Rooms- Subject to availability

Food Arrangements
Mostly Thai style dishes will be served during the trip. This will include rice dishes, Vegetbales and some occasions meat.

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
  • Train Track Northern Thailand
  • 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

No requirements have been provided.

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

What's not included

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