Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 2
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower No
  • Private bathroom Yes
  • Western toilet Yes
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Mosquito protection Yes
  • Fan Yes
  • Air conditioning Yes

Program & Schedule

Our program offers a variety of activities that you can engage in according to your interests and qualifications. You will be able to experience first-hand and learn about the lifestyle at the fishermen’s village while helping to protect and/or revive its natural surroundings.

The area where you will be living in during the duration of the project receives hardly any tourism and its beaches remain unspoiled. Our projects are as follows:

Blue Crab Conservation

The Blue Crab lives in small waterways, creeks and rivers that connect to the sea. Due to overfishing, these creatures have become endangered and in order to help stop this, you will be in charge of helping collect and split eggs as well as later releasing the newborns into nature.

Coral Reef Rehabilitation

Due to incorrect fishing methods (i.e. large deep sea nets at the bottom of the ocean), a large number of fish species have been depleted and coral reefs destroyed. For some time now, these fishing methods have been prohibited, but the damage on coral reefs has already been done. In order to help with the recovery, divers place dead corals casted in concrete at least 4 meters deep into the sea. Some months after the dead corals are placed in the ocean, polyps begin living in them creating an environment that brings life back to the corals as well as different fish species. This is where you come in. During your time here, you will prepare the blocs with corals in it and bring them to shallow areas of the sea. Those with a diving certificate can go in deeper waters and update us on the progress of the ones placed deep into the ocean.

Mangrove Tree Planting

You will be going out with the locals to plant mangrove trees. For a long time, the coast has been covered with mangrove forests. In recent years, however, deforestation has occurred and they are no longer as spread out as they used to be. Your efforts to replant young trees will have a positive impact on the flora and fauna in the area, as well as for the surrounding population.

Environmental Awareness Teaching

Aside from the practical work in the village, it is also important to create awareness about the issues that are presented in the area and how to stop further damage. With the help of village leaders and local teachers, you will be educating local school children on how to lead an environmentally friendly life through activities such as:

  • Beach cleaning
  • Garbage separation
  • Basic environmental science lessons

***The coral reef rehabilitation project will be unavailable during rainy season (October - December).***

Aims & Objectives

  • Promote understanding and care towards nature among the younger generations in the village through education and fun activities
  • Support the local community with their projects to promote a sustainable livelihood
  • Give you invaluable, practical experience in teaching
  • Assist the local staff by providing an extra hand

Schedule

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 center

Monday to Friday

On monday afternoon of your first week you will arrive to the Fishing Village. Your schedule will depend on the season and activities that need the most attention during your stay. We aim for a combination of the available projects, as well as some basic Thai language training and cultural activities with the locals.

Saturday

If this is your last week in this program, we’ll transfer you back to Hua Hin bus station or other destinations to continue to your next program.

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

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                No

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

  • Optional: There is a possibility for added value to the coral reef project for those who have diving certificates or are willing to get one on site at an extra cost

Living & Location

You will be living in a small seaside village with a population of around 200 people. The village remains authentic and astray from tourism-ridden Thailand.

You will be accommodated in a tiny one-room house amidst palm trees and gorgeous surroundings. The house is quite isolated and is part of a homestay in the huge garden of the main house, so it is a great option for those looking to relax a bit. The accommodation is located 500 meters away from the beach.The main area is located next to the beach with comfy chairs to sit on.

Food Arrangements

You will be served three delicious Thai-style meals a day. These will be cooked on site in the common area in front of the beach. In case you are vegetarian, make sure to let the cooks know and they will happily make sure to prepare your food meatless.

Facilities

This village remains untouched by big brands and everything you will find here is owned by the villagers. There are a few local shops where you will find just about anything you might need. There is also a stand at the beach where you can buy cool, refreshing drinks during those hot days!

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

The distance from our housing to the beach is only 500 meters and our project sites are located no more than two kilometers away. You will be reaching them via different modes of transportation including walking, cycling and on sea boats.

However, sometimes there is the option to go snorkelling free of charge for a day if a group comes. Please keep in mind that this depends on conditions that are out of our reach and it is not guaranteed.

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Akha Village Chiang Rai
  • All around Thailand
  • Hua Hin
  • Kaeng Krachan
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Mae Sot
  • Singburi
  • Suphan Buri
  • Train Track Northern Thailand
  • Trunk to the South
  • Umphang
  • Wang Nam Khiao

Quick Facts

Name:                Kingdom of Thailand        

Population:        67 million

Capital:        Bangkok

Language:        Thai

Currency:        Baht (THB)

Time zone:        ICT (UTC +7)

Country Information

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 has a constitutional monarchy currently headed by Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, Rama X and governed by a military junta (National Council for Peace and Order). The Thai monarchy - especially the King - remains an incredibly important part of Thai culture and is held in the highest respect.

Climate

The majority of the country is home to a tropical savanna climate which consists of wet and dry seasons of a roughly equal length. The climate can be divided into three distinct seasons:

  • Dry season: November - end of February. During this period, precipitation is at its lowest but so are the temperatures. This said, ‘low temperatures’ are of course relative and the difference is not in fact very different at all in the South. It is only if you will be visiting the northern mountains that you might need to bring some warmer clothes as temperatures can fall as low as 5°C. This period is, not surprisingly, the most popular time to visit Thailand and tourism peaks around Christmas and New Year as well as Chinese New year. Flights and accommodation at this time can be more expensive.
  • Hot: March to June. During this time Thailand reaches its hottest temperatures (as high as 50°C).
  • Rainy: July - October. This is when the tropical monsoons begin to arrive, peaking in September. Although this is indeed rainy season, it doesn’t mean that it rains non-stop. Storms can clear up very quickly, but when it does rain, heavy flooding is not rare.

Culture

A significant feature of Thai culture is its primary religion: Buddhism. Theravada Buddhism is supported by the government and practiced by an estimated 95% of its population. Thailand not only boasts tens of thousands of beautiful temples, but you will notice that a lot of Thai people have miniature Spirit Houses on their front yards because they believe that the household spirits live in them and they make offerings to them to keep the spirits happy.

Another feature of Thai culture is the wai greeting, which is essentially a slight bow with palms pressed together in a prayer-like manner to show respect. This can be compared to the Indian namasté. Things to know about this:

  • The higher the hands in relation to the face and the deeper the bow, the more respect is shown.
  • It is made before formally entering/leaving a house
  • It can also be made as a sign of gratitude or apology
  • You do not make the greeting to those who are younger than you unless you are returning the wai.
  • The gesture is normally accompanied with the phrase “sawadee (krap/ka)” (“krap” if you are  male and “ka” if you are female)
  • A corporate wai (made by cashiers etc) can be returned with a smile or a nod

The major festival in Thailand is Thai New Year, known as Songkran. It is celebrated on the 13th-14th April of every year. It is a festival that concludes the dry season and involves a lot of water throwing!

Gastronomy

Thai cuisine is very nutritious and alongside its plentiful use of rice, it generally contains fresh vegetables and white meats like chicken and fish. Thai people love spicy food but do not fear if you do not, just say ‘mai pet’ when you order. However, the flavors are not only about the spice, as many people believe. Thai food can be slightly salty, sour and/or sweet, so there really is something to suit everyone’s palate.