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Thailand Community Service


Explore the Land of a Thousand Smiles, where you’ll find majestic elephants, delicious curries, tropical islands, ancient temples, and more!

 

Scroll down for highlights, photos, and a sample itinerary

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Thailand Community Service


Explore the Land of a Thousand Smiles, where you’ll find majestic elephants, delicious curries, tropical islands, ancient temples, and more!

 

Scroll down for highlights, photos, and a sample itinerary

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Tropical Beaches


Take a traditional Thai long-tail boat to pristine beaches and swim in beautiful turquoise waters

Tropical Beaches


Take a traditional Thai long-tail boat to pristine beaches and swim in beautiful turquoise waters

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Ayutthaya Historical Park


Explore ruins engulfed by trees as you bike around Ayutthaya, the ancient kingdom of Thailand and Unesco World Heritage Site

Ayutthaya Historical Park


Explore ruins engulfed by trees as you bike around Ayutthaya, the ancient kingdom of Thailand and Unesco World Heritage Site

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Elephant Nature Park


Befriend the elephants as part of your hands-on conservation work at the Elephant Nature Park, an internationally celebrated program that takes care of disabled, abused, and orphaned elephants

Elephant Nature Park


Befriend the elephants as part of your hands-on conservation work at the Elephant Nature Park, an internationally celebrated program that takes care of disabled, abused, and orphaned elephants

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Cooking School


Learn how to cook panang curry, mango sticky rice, pad thai, and your other favorite thai dishes

Cooking School


Learn how to cook panang curry, mango sticky rice, pad thai, and your other favorite thai dishes

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Doi Suthep


Gaze out at the stunning views after you climb to the mountaintop temple overlooking the city of Chiang Mai

Doi Suthep


Gaze out at the stunning views after you climb to the mountaintop temple overlooking the city of Chiang Mai

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Koh Tao


Get scuba-certified and immerse yourself in schools of colorful fish and beautiful reefs at world-class dive sites

Koh Tao


Get scuba-certified and immerse yourself in schools of colorful fish and beautiful reefs at world-class dive sites

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Jim Thompson House


Explore the Jim Thompson Museum, the traditional thai-style house and art collection of the American businessman who made his fortunes in the silk industry

Jim Thompson House


Explore the Jim Thompson Museum, the traditional thai-style house and art collection of the American businessman who made his fortunes in the silk industry

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Overnight Train Ride


See the country as the locals do on the classic overnight train journey from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

Overnight Train Ride


See the country as the locals do on the classic overnight train journey from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

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Floating Markets


 

Pick up some fresh fruit at Thailand’s world-famous floating markets

 

Floating Markets


 

Pick up some fresh fruit at Thailand’s world-famous floating markets

 

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Grand Palace


Explore the breathtakingly beautiful former royal residence, Bangkok's number one attraction

Grand Palace


Explore the breathtakingly beautiful former royal residence, Bangkok's number one attraction

Sample Itinerary

 

Day 1: Bangkok

In the morning, we will head straight to Bangkok’s most iconic temples: the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew.  Along the way, we’ll shop at floating markets, cruise in a long-tailed speedboat, and explore everything Bangkok has to offer.  Eating fried insects is optional.  In the afternoon, we will learn how to cook our favorite Thai dishes at Chef Leez Thai Cooking School.  Prepare for the best Thai food you’ve ever had!  

 

Day 2: Ayutthaya

We’ll catch an early train to Ayutthaya Historical Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site.  We will visit the Ayutthaya Historical Center to learn about the ancient kingdom and then we’ll rent bicycles to explore the spectacular ruins.  At night, we’ll catch the overnight sleeper train and enjoy the views of the Thai countryside on this classic journey to Chiang Mai.    

 

Day 3: Chiang Mai

Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, we’ll head to Doi Suthep temple, a mountaintop temple that will provide us with stunning views of the city below.  As we learn about the mix of Hindu and Buddhist aspects incorporated into the temple, we will explore its pagodas, statues, and shrines.  In the afternoon, we’ll head to the Elephant Nature Park, where we will begin our community service project.  

Community Service Project: The Asian elephant is a majestic animal and a cultural icon in Thailand and beyond.  Unfortunately, they are now highly endangered due to habitat loss and poaching.  The Elephant Nature Park provides sanctuary for disabled, blind, and orphaned elephants.  We will be feeding, bathing, and helping with maintenance projects around the park as we work to improve the lives of formerly abused elephants.

 

Day 4 - 6: Elephant Nature Park

Continue Elephant Nature Park community service projects.  During free time, we will enjoy meeting other travelers from around world, river tubing, and sharing delicious meals.

 

Day 7 - 10: Koh Tao

After saying goodbye to the elephants, we will catch an early flight to Koh Tao, a small tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand known for serene beaches and world-class dive sites.  We’ll spend the next four days getting scuba certified so we can properly explore the underwater wonderland.

 

Day 11: Bangkok

We’ll head back to Bangkok for one final celebratory dinner before we depart.