Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 4
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities Yes
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom Yes
  • Western toilet Yes
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Mosquito protection Yes
  • Fan Yes
  • Air conditioning No

Program & Schedule

The aim of this program is to learn from and work with park rangers to conserve Khao Yai National Park. Deforestation here has not occurred since the mid 90s and the efforts to replant trees and preserve the wildlife are still ongoing, you can play a part in this process!

Your tasks may vary depending on the season as well as the projects the rangers are undertaking. For example, the beginning of rainy season is the best time for planting trees (to help restore areas of the park that have been cleared out in the past by deforestation or forest fires). Alternatively, the best time to salt the soil is during the dry season (to help bait the animals into staying within the park boundaries and provide a valuable mineral for their diet).

Aside from doing hard work, you will also get to explore Khao Yai through visits to different locations such as a waterfall, stunning viewing points, and more!

Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park is located in the western part of the Sankamphaeng Mountain Range and spreads over several provinces in Central Thailand. Khao Yai accommodates over 3,000 species of plants, 32 species of birds and 66 species of mammals, including gibbons, deers, bears, elephants and even tigers. Aside from the fascinating biodiversity, the park also contains jaw-dropping waterfalls such as Heo Suwat (which appears in the famous film “The Beach”) as well as spectacular mountains.

Aims & Objectives

  • Promote and implement the sustainable conservation of Khao Yai National Park
  • Give you a worthwhile, outdoor experience while you contribute to the regeneration of deforested areas
  • Learn from and assist the local park rangers

Schedule

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Depart from Singburi to Wang Nam Khiao
  • Lunch
  • Visit a waterfall en route to Wang Nam Khiao
  • Arrive at the resort in Wang Nam Khiao in the afternoon
  • Walk around the village
  • Dinner
  • Introduction to the week

Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the resort
  • Visit Center Four
  • Work in forestry conservation activities together with the park rangers
  • Picnic lunch
  • Work in forestry conservation activities together with the park rangers
  • Explore a big local market
  • Dinner
  • Karaoke at the resort

Wednesday to Thursday

  • Breakfast at the resort
  • Work in forestry conservation activities together with the park rangers
  • Lunch
  • Work in forestry conservation activities together with the park rangers
  • Dinner

Friday

  • Breakfast at the resort
  • Work in forestry conservation activities together with the park rangers
  • Lunch
  • Visit a Mushroom Farm
  • Visit the Pa Keep Tawan viewpoint
  • Short weekly evaluation just before dinner
  • BBQ Dinner

Saturday

  • Breakfast at the resort
  • After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Singburi, Bangkok or Wang Nam Khiao bus station if this is the end of your 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:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Living & Location

Your new home will be in the Nakhon Ratchasima province. Set amidst rolling hills, the views here are spectacular and the location is tranquil to match. Our resort is situated about 30 km from the city of Nakhon Ratchasima and about 15 km from Wang Nam Khiao, the nearest town. It takes 30 minutes from the resort to get to Wang Nam Khiao, where you will find all the amenities you could need.

During your time here, you will be staying in one of our eco cottages in single gender rooms.

The resort has a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet with other participants or just enjoy the impressive view. There is also WiFi available which covers most of the resort.

There is even a karaoke system in the resort’s communal area for those craving some self-styled entertainment noise!

Food Arrangements

All food is included during your stay and the meals will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice dishes (suitable for vegetarians).

Facilities

Due to its rural location, the nearest ATM is in Wang Nam Khiao (30 minutes by car), so please make sure you have enough money with you before arriving for your stay. However, since all food is provided you will probably not need much money here!

There is a small local store within walking distance. All other amenities can be found in Wang Nam Khiao (30 minutes by car).

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

The area is very rural and offers beautiful views of the Thai countryside. You are welcome to take advantage of the surroundings and go for a hike in the hills during your free time.

Transportation

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

  • Akha Village Chiang Rai
  • All around Thailand
  • Around Thailand
  • Buddhist Monastery
  • Hua Hin
  • Kaeng Krachan
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Mae Sot
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Singburi
  • Suphan Buri
  • Train Track Northern Thailand
  • Trunk to the South
  • Umphang

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.