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Thailand Voluntour 14D/13N
Start: Chiang Mai / Finish: Chiang Mai
Category: Group Voluntour
$1,314 USD

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   WHAT'S INCLUDED
In/Out Chiang Mai Airport Transfers

13 Nights Accommodation:
- 12N Chiang Mai Volunteer House
- 1N Chiang Rai in 2* or 3* Hotel

Meals: 13 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 12 Dinners (Meals Included on Day 1 Depending on Arrival Time)

Welcome Meeting & Orientation

Program Coordinator

English Speaking Translator

Thai Cooking Demonstration

Chiang Rai Discovery Including:
- All transfers and sightseeing
- Entrance Fees
- English Speaking Guide

Lampang Excursion Including:
- All transfers and sightseeing
- Entrance Fees
- English Speaking Guide
- Horse Carriage Ride

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Half Day Tour Including:
- All transfers and sightseeing
- Entrance Fees
- English Speaking Guide
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Work to empower the communities of Chiang Mai as you discover enchanting Thai culture and nature with this unforgettable 14-day volunteer experience.

Highlights:

  • Give back to the local community in Chiang Mai
  • Enjoy an authentic Thai cooking demonstration
  • Visit Chiang Rai, Lampang and nearby temples
   GENERAL

*Please note that this is a sample itinerary. All of the mentioned experiences will be included, but the dates and scheduling of these activities are subject to change.

**If you wish to volunteer with a project that works with children, you will have to undergo and pass a criminal records background check prior to arrival. You must make these preparations in your home country and send us the results prior to your trip so that we can confirm your volunteer project placement.

***If the volunteer housing is full, you will be accommodated in a nearby hotel. 

 

Overview:

Take part in a memorable and fulfilling Voluntour opportunity in Chiang Mai and immerse yourself in the diverse and striking country of Thailand. Our programs offer volunteer work in childcare, teaching, monk teaching and caring for the elderly. You will be placed in a project based on your preferences and on the individual programs' need for volunteers. All programs are located in or near Chiang Mai. You will work from Monday to Friday and enjoy included excursions during your free time on the weekends. Take a weekend tour to Chiang Rai, a full-day Lampang visit and a half-day visit to Wat Phra and Thai Doi Suthep. Enjoy being immersed in Thai culture and learn about the local way of life first-hand by interacting with local people. Taste delicious Thai cuisine and even learn a few words in a native dialect. This is an experience you’ll never forget!

 

Location:

Chiang Mai literally means “new city” and has retained the name despite being well over 700 years old. Chiang Mai is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to experience both historical and modern Thai culture coexisting side by side: the city features centuries-old pagodas and temples next to modern convenience stores and boutique hotels. For many years, travellers have thought of Chiang Mai simply as the base from which they could plan trekking and rafting trips to hill tribe villages and explore other provinces. However, once there, a traveller is in for a pleasant surprise. There are so many things to discover in Chiang Mai in addition to its beautiful and historic temples. Intriguing diversity among ethnic tribes, a number of elephant camps, cooking and massage schools, outdoor activities, handicrafts workshops, cultural performances, and breathtaking scenery make Chiang Mai one of Asia’s most attractive tourist destinations.

 

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1 (Monday): Chiang Mai Airport Pick-Up 

Upon your arrival at Chiang Mai Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your volunteer house. Depending on your arrival time you will have all your meals included. Enjoy the day at your leisure to settle in. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

 

Days 2 (Tuesday): Welcome Meeting & Orientation (B/L/D)

Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation before our project welcome meeting and an orientation where you will receive information about Thailand and about the program, covering the following points:

  • Thailand & its culture
  • Social Development and the role of Volunteers
  • How to Do Volunteer Work
  • Project Description and Activities
  • Cultural Responsibility
  • Personal Safety & Code of Conducts
  • Thai Language Basics

During these two days you will also visit local markets, receive an orientation to the area, and visit all  allocated projects.

Volunteer Projects:

There are 6 projects with 4 different type of volunteering activities in the city and vicinity of Chiang Mai. We are working with NGOs, government institutions, and other community-related welfare institutions with a need and a willingness to receive volunteers. *Please contact us to find out the specifics of each activity.

The Volunteer Activities are:

  • Childcare
  • Teaching
  • Monk Teaching
  • Care for the Elderly

 

Facilities at Volunteer Accommodation:

The Volunteer Accommodation is located just 6km from the airport and is within walking distance from the Old City, the night market, and ATMs. This small facility has 6 air-conditioned rooms with four beds or two bunk beds, a fan, and a shared bathroom with a hot shower. The house is outfitted with wi-fi, hot water, a washing machine, a refrigerator, and computers for volunteer use. Please remember, however, that this is a developing country and these services may not always be functioning properly. Expect a basic facility and a shared room with at least three other volunteers. The house has one shared lock-box for passports and other small valuables, but please consider bringing your own locks for suitcases. Purified drinking water will be provided.

For the participant’s convenience and safety, the following staff is available at the accommodation:

LOCATION MANAGER: The camp manager acts as an administrator of the camp facility & is responsible for the safety and well-being of the guests.

SUPPORT STAFF: The support staff includes a chef, a helper, and a housekeeper among others. The support staff is committed to creating an enjoyable and comfortable stay for guests.

* Please contact us to know more exact details of facilities. If the volunteer housing is full, you will be accommodated in a nearby hotel.  

 

Days 3 to 5 (Wednesday to Friday): Volunteer Project (3B/3L/3D)

After enjoying breakfast at your accommodation, you will start your volunteer work according to the indicated daily schedule. Enjoy free time at your leisure to take in all that Chiang Mai has to offer on your own.

Typical Day of Volunteering:

07:30-08:30hrs: Breakfast at Volunteer Accommodation
09:00-12:30hrs: Project Work
12:30-13:30hrs: Packed Lunch at the Project Location
13:30-14:00hrs: Free Time/Relax
14:00-16:00hrs: Project Work
16:00-17:00hrs: Preparation Meeting/Lesson Planning for Next Day
17:00-17:30hrs: Tea/Coffee at Volunteer Accommodation
19:00-20:00hrs: Dinner at Volunteer Accommodation

*The scheduled time table above is subject to change due to project needs or other circumstances.

 

Day 6 (Saturday): Chiang Rai Discovery (B)

Today after breakfast you will depart for Chiang Rai. Make a stop along the way at Mae Khachan Hot Springs, a very popular among locals. As you travel this area there will local people selling eggs to the tourists to boil in the hot springs. Besides boiling the eggs and soaking in warm waters, you can also enjoy shopping for local artisanal products like silver and wood carvings. Our next stop is Wat Rong Khun, known among foreigners as the White Temple, an unconventional Buddhist temple designed in 1997 by noted Thai painter-turned-architect Chalermchai Kositpipat. This magnificent temple is a bizarre blend of surrealism and traditional Thai architecture. The main building is painted white to symbolize Buddha’s purity, and is covered in mosaics of mirrors, sparkling in the sun. All around the complex are intricate sculptures of demons, skulls, severed heads hanging from trees and other bizarre objects.

Continue your visit to the ancient city of Chiang Saen, one of the oldest settlements in the Kingdom of Thailand, located along the Mekong River. The residents of Chiang Saen have a very easygoing and peaceful lifestyle. Many of the residents live nearby in one of the hundreds of ancient structures that once graced this city. Discover Wat Chedi Luang, the old Chiang Saen royal stupa temple, so named since it’s thought to have been the principal temple of King Mengrai’s former capital. Located in the northwest of Chiang Rai province on the banks of the Mekong near the Golden Triangle, the city’s ruins are scattered throughout the modern town of Chiang Saen.

Next, travel to the Golden Triangle, the border regions between Thailand, Burma and Laos, where gold was used by Chinese traders to pay for opium grown there. The history of the opium poppy in the Golden Triangle can be traced back to various Chinese migrant groups for whom the poppy was an integral part of their cultural traditions. Elderly people regarded opium, and still do, as an acceptable natural stimulant. The Hmong tribe have always produced opium for trade, at first it was intended for the Chinese market, but later the French colonists bought large amounts during their reign in Indochina. Overnight in Chiang Rai.

 

Day 7 (Sunday): Chiang Rai Discovery - Return to Chiang Mai Volunteer House (B/D)

Enjoy the morning at your leisure to explore the city on your own before visiting a team farm, then drive back to Chiang Mai and return to your volunteer accommodation for dinner and overnight.

 

Days 8 to 12 (Monday to Friday): Volunteer Project (5B/5L/5D)

This week you will be doing morning and afternoon volunteer work depending on the schedule. During the week you will also participate in a Thai Cooking Demonstration, where you will have the opportunity to taste delicious and traditional northern Thai cuisine and see how it's made.

 

Day 13 (Saturday): End of Volunteer Program & Lampang Excursion (B/D)

Today you will travel from Chiang Mai city to Lampang, a province in the Northern Thailand. For about an hour driving along a curvy road, see the beautiful scenery of the mountains and forest along the way. After reaching Hang Chud District you will visit Lampang Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC), founded in 1993 under Royal Patronage. The centre looks after the elephants in Thailand and is an Elephant Hospital for sick elephants. After the arrival at the TECC, see the elephant show with many different skills to see how clever they are. After the elephant conservation centre, travel to Lampang city for lunch in the local restaurant (not included).

Take a traditional form of transportation, the horse carriage, to visit Wat Sri Chum. The temple dates back to 1890 AD and was built by a Burmese architect who worked in the British logging industry. The building is a mixture between Lanna Thai and Burmese style with the beautiful and elaborate artwork of wood carving on the roof top. Then visit the 100-year-old Baan Sao Nak, aka 'the house with many pillars', where you can see the the old teak house with 116 pillars and its large collection of ancient pieces. Wat Pong Sanook is the oldest temple in Lampang City as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On the way back to Chiang Mai, make a stopover at 'Kard Baan Ta' a market that sells very local products. Experience local food that can't be found in the country's supermarkets. Enjoy taking photos as well as tasting the rich flavours of this interesting food if you're an adventurous eater. After this amazing day you will be transferred back to your volunteer accommodation for dinner and overnight.

NOTE: Due to concerns regarding the treatment and welfare of captive elephants in Southeast Asia, we are no longer offering activities involving elephant rides or elephant trekking. If you are interested in participating you can arrange it personally on site.

 

Day 14 (Sunday): Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Half Day Tour & Chiang Mai Airport Drop-off (B/D)

Today you will be picked up from your accommodation after breakfast to travel up the mountains and visit one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chiang Mai, the Doi Suthep Temple. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a magnificent Buddhist temple located at the top of Suthep mountain. It takes about 30 minutes to get there from the Chiang Mai old city. There are 306 steps to climb but then you can see a wonderful view of Chiang Mai city (when the weather is clear) as well as the golden pagoda containing a relic of the Lord Buddha in the temple. Now there is an enclosed cable car you can take to the top of the temple if you are unable or unwilling to walk up the 306 steps. Every year many Thai people from all over the country make pilgrimages to this temple.

Nearby Doi Suthep Temple is a Hmong Village. There are about 1,000 Hmong Hill Tribe villagers living in Doi Pui Hmong Village. At the village market you can see and buy Hmong handicrafts such as cross stitch and hemp clothes. There is also a Hmong Museum with a beautiful garden. Return to Chiang Mai in the afternoon and later transfer to Chiang Mai Airport to catch your outbound flight. We hope you enjoyed this amazing experience and wish you safe travels ahead. *Departure transfer is given from 20:00 hours today until 10:00 hours next day and will be available every 2 hours.

NOTE: Please dress conservatively during the weekend excursions, as you will be visiting several temples. Appropriate clothing should cover your shoulders and knees. We recommend wearing loose-fitting, lightweight clothing which will be respectful and cool in the hot climate. You may be denied access to the temples if your shoulders and knees are not covered.

   DETAILS
Departure Times

10:00

Duration
14 days.

Departure Point
Chiang Mai Airport Pick-up

Arrival Point
Chiang Mai Airport Drop-off

Special Instructions
Please contact Bamba Experience at gobamba@bambaexperience.com to confirm your departure information at least 1 week prior to your first day of travel.

***Please note that if you wish to volunteer with a project that works with children, you will have to undergo and pass a criminal records background check prior to arrival. You must make these preparations in your home country and send us the results prior to your trip so that we can confirm your volunteer project placement.

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