Program & Schedule
Go off the beaten path in Thailand by spending an adventure-filled week trekking through the jungle. No need to worry about heavy backpacks! Your bag will be transported to each location, so that you can explore with just a day pack for the essentials.
Surviving with just the basics, climbing rocks and crawling through caves will be just some of the many challenges you will encounter. In return, you will be able to admire some of the most unique scenery, meet hill tribes, spot the most amazing wild animals and sleep underneath the stars.
This jungle journey has been designed to encompass all the necessary ingredients of a trekking program, such as a well thought-out and varied route, cool nights under the stars and special encounters with intriguing wildlife!
During the trek, we will be roughing it in beautiful surroundings and surviving with the basics, whilst having great fun along the way. Keep in mind that this is a week only suitable for nature lovers and those who don’t mind the lack of creature comforts.
Having said that, your week will end with a real bed, air-conditioning and a hot shower in a comfortable hotel with a swimming pool. This will surely be a welcome relief, giving your sore legs a rest after a week full of hard trekking adventure!
Aims & Objectives
- Show you some of the most beautiful natural scenery in Thailand
- Improve your teamwork and survival skills
- Give you a jungle experience you’ll never forget!
- Breakfast at Singburi
- Leave Singburi
- Stop at Department Store to purchase food supplies and any last minute items
- Lunch at a local restaurant on the way
- Arrive at Phu Toei National Park and set up our tent for a 1-night stay
- Time to cook dinner together!
- Overnight under the stars in tents provided
- Depart to Chaloem Rattanakosin national park for trekking where we will visit:
- Tharn Lod Noi Cave: The subtle lighting in this 300m cave illuminates the many weird and wonderful stalactites. A small stream, Tharn Lod, cools the air in the cave. A 2km trail leads from this cave to its sister cave, taking you past a huge tree covered with bamboo stakes that villagers use to climb and collect honey from bees nests in the upper branches.
- Tan Lod Yai Cave: A spectacular sinkhole with a natural stone arch over the stream. The cave is an ancient graveyard and weapons, skeletons and charms have been bound all over the cave.
- The Tran Thong and Trib Thong waterfalls.
- We drop in to visit a local market on the way back to our camp site
- Overnight under the stars in tents provided
- Trekking to the Ta Pern Kee Yai and Ta Pern Kee Noy waterfalls.
- Lunch in the forest!
- Continue our trek to the Ta Pern Pet , Ba Dan and Ta Pern Ngern caves
- We stop to visit the Ta Pern Kee Karen Village and join a special welcome party with the local Karen tribe
- Free time, let’s make a bonfire!
- Overnight in the Karen village in tents provided
- Go to trekking at Thewada Peak
- Leave from Ta Pern Kee national park to Phutoei national park
- We will drive up to the “Forest Phak Lake” where we set up tents for a 1-night stay
- Free time in the afternoon! You can choose to:
- Relax in your tent
- Rowing on the lake
- Go swimming
- Try your hand at animal watching (try to find the native deer, barking deer, bulls, and bird life!)
- Free time, enjoy a bonfire!
- Overnight under the stars in tents provided
- Trek back to the car
- After that, we will drive to Suphanburi and check into the hotel
- Dinner in the town’s night market
- Overnight hotel stay in Suphanburi (Wi-Fi, hot shower, AC and swimming pool)
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Visit Sam Chuk Market for lunch
- Head back to Singburi to continue further programs, or if it’s your last week, you’ll be taken to the bus station for your departure home!
***Be prepared to take initiative and join in the cooking duties while on this camping trip!***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: -
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
You should be in good physical condition to participate in this active program and ready to face a challenging environment. Please be aware that this is not a project offering home comforts and this includes no toilets (except for the hotel at the end, of course!).
Living & Location
Experience and live in the jungle for a week. You will walk in national parks through caves and the jungle to see some amazing scenery. Your location for the night will be under the stars or in a tent, next to beautiful waterfalls, lakes and Thai wildlife. At the end of the week you will spend one night in a hotel with free Wi-Fi, hot showers, AC and a swimming pool.
You will spend every night in the jungle where we will be sleeping in our tents, except for the last night where we will stay in a nice hotel. We’ll be sleeping in different locations through the trek, one of which is next to a lake where you can take a refreshing swim after a hot day in the sun. There may not always be electricity at the camp grounds.
On our first day we will stop at the department store to purchase food supplies that we will need for the week. All meals are included but we will cook together at the different camp sites every day. We may also eat at a few restaurants and markets through the week, where typical thai food will be served.
Along the route - but not at all times - there are markets and small stores. Please make sure you have enough money with you before starting the trip, there are no ATMs close by except for the first day.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
In your free time you can search for some of the thai animals like deers and bulls, take a swim in the lake, listen to the birds singing, or why not make a bonfire and enjoy the stars by night.
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
- Hua Hin
- Kaeng Krachan
- Mae Sot
- Prachuap Khiri Khan
- Train Track Northern Thailand
- Trunk to the South
- Wang Nam Khiao
Name: Kingdom of Thailand
Population: 67 million
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 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.
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.
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!
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.