Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

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

Program & Schedule

Even if you have not been cooking very long you will enjoy this Thai cooking experience. You will learn the art of this style of cooking using fresh, local ingredients that will take your culinary skills up to a whole other level. Feast on the dishes, desserts and drinks that you have prepared and have fun doing it. There will also be time in your schedule for you to visit the local Fisherman’s Village, two different Night Markets, a local beach, scenic Viewpoint and temple, and even a Pottery Shop.

Aims & Objectives

  • Learn about Thai culture and Thai cooking
  • Prepare a variety of Thai dishes
  • Get to know the local community through visits and leisure activities

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

  • Breakfast
  • Program orientation
  • Thai Cooking Lesson
  • Lunch (enjoy the tastes of your cooking experience)
  • Thai Cooking Lesson (focused on dessert and drinks)
  • Visit local fruit garden/plantation (pineapple plantation)
  • Dinner at Hua Hin center

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit local Morning Market
  • Thai Cooking Lesson
  • Lunch (enjoy the tastes of your cooking experience)
  • Thai Cooking Lesson (focused on dessert and drinks)
  • Free time
  • Dinner at Hua Hin center

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Khao Takiab Viewpoint and Temple
  • Visit Sea Pine Beach
  • Lunch outside
  • Free time and enjoy relaxing time at the beach
  • Dinner at Hua Hin center

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Thai Cooking Lesson
  • Lunch (enjoy the tastes of your cooking experience)
  • Thai Cooking Lesson (focused on dessert and drinks)
  • Visit Thai Pottery Shop
  • Dinner at Hua Hin center

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Thai Cooking Lesson
  • Lunch (enjoy the tastes of your cooking experience)
  • Thai Cooking Lesson (focused on dessert and drinks)
  • Visit Fisherman’s Village (Pranburi at Pak Nam Pran)
  • Dinner at Hua Hin center

Saturday

  • Breakfast
  • If this is your last week, you will be transferred to Hua Hin bus station after breakfast. If you have further programs north of Hua Hin you will be transferred to that program via Singburi. If programs are in Hua Hin or the South you will stay at the accommodation until that starting time.
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:        On Arrival

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Living & Location

Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s most popular beach destinations and is located only 280 kilometers Southwest of Bangkok. Hua Hin is where the city meets the sea. Scrumptious seafood, lively markets, never-sleeping bars, long beaches and palm tree-decorated landscapes make up this bustling town!

Our center is located in the hilly countryside of Prachuap Khiri Khan province amidst green surroundings. The accommodation consists of luxury tents and spacious rooms. There is a common area with a refrigerator, and hammocks for you to chill.

Food Arrangements

A vegetarian breakfast and dinner which will be served on site. During the afternoons, you will be in Hua Hin’s center, where you will have many food options and eateries to choose from for lunch (not included in the program).

Facilities

Most of your day will be spent in Hua Hin city centre, where all amenities can be found.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Hua Hin, is a lively fisherman-town and popular tourist destination, and it has a lot to offer besides just sunbathing, snorkelling and swimming at its golden beaches. Not only are there plenty of seafood restaurants and other eateries to choose from, but visitors can also enjoy golf, spas, shops, markets (including a popular night market), and Hua Hin’s Vana Nava water park.

You might also consider visiting Khao Tekiab, a mountain at the end of the beach with a temple atop that overlooks the beach.

Hua Hin is also surrounded by beautiful national parks and you might decide to go slightly further afield to explore the likes of the Pa La-U Waterfall, located 60 km west of Hua Hin in the south side of the Kaeng Krachan National Park. Alternatively, 45 km to the south of Hua Hin is the mystical Phraya Nakhon cave for the more adventurous!

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
  • Kaeng Krachan
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Mae Sot
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • 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.