staff inspection visit thailand

Free 7-Day Inspection Visit of Thailand

Week A: 2nd – 8th April / Week B: 9th – 15th April

SmileyThai Travel would like to invite teachers who are serious about organising an expedition to a week-long inspection visit of Thailand.

Our inspection visits are subject to a number of conditions and are only intended for those who are genuinely interested in arranging a school trip to Thailand. We respectfully ask that you only apply for one of the limited number of places if this is the case.

Our inspection visit will take you to three of the most exciting regions of Thailand, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Tao Island, allowing you to familiarise yourself with the key locations and the accommodation options that are available.

Our itinerary is jam-packed full of activities and will help you choose the package that is best suited for your group. We are sure that, as you grow in familiarity with the country, your confidence in the kingdom will grow, and you will be better able to sell the expedition to your students and their parents.

We take Health and Safety seriously and, through immersion in numerous activities and scrutiny of facilities, you will be better placed to make your own judgement calls and develop your own risk assessments, or adapt the ones that we will provide.

Our free inspection visits do not include international flights or travel insurance, but pretty much everything else is included. You may wish to bring some money for drinks in the evening, souvenirs and tips for the guides, but the package includes all meals, all activities and entrance fees, transport (including four internal flights and two ferry crossings), accommodation, services of a local guide and SmileyThai representative.

The trip is only offered to one teacher from a school, but if places are available, then a work colleague, or a partner, may attend at a cost of 70,000 Thai Baht per person. We have limited availability and decisions on this cannot be made until January of the year of the inspection visit.


  1. Trips are free to just one teacher from a school and are subject to availability
  2. You can only apply for a free inspection visit if your teaching establishment has not travelled to Thailand with SmileyThai Travel before
  3. To apply for a free inspection visit, you must complete the application form, answering all questions
  4. After we have received your completed form, we will contact your head teacher to verify that this is a genuine inspection visit with the intention of organising a school trip to Thailand within the next two years
  5. Additional places on the trip may become available at a cost of 70,000 Thai Baht per person
  6. Our intention is to follow the itinerary as described. If, however, we are forced to alter the schedule for any unforeseen reasons, then an alternative itinerary will be provided free of cost
  7. The free inspection visit will start and end at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and does not include international flights
  8. It is anticipated that many will wish to stay in Thailand longer than the duration of the inspection visit. If we receive sufficient prior notice, then alternative arrangements can be made to accommodate this.

Week A:     Sunday 2nd – Saturday 8th April
Week B:     Sunday 9th – Saturday 15th April

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

the royal palace
Temple of the Emerald Buddha

The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace

Day 1 (Sunday):

  • Arrive Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Meet your Bangkok Guide and driver
  • Transfer to hotel and meet SmileyThai Travel representative
  • Inspection of accommodation
  • Dinner at local restaurant
  • Free Evening

Day 2 (Monday)

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Early departure for Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Tour of rural canals by longtail speedboat
  • Tour of floating market by boat and on foot
  • Lunch at riverside restaurant
  • Return to Bangkok to visit temples and palace
  • Tour of Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
  • Tour of Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • Tour of the Grand Royal Palace
  • Dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Rice paddies
Rice paddies

Elephant trekking
Elephant trekking

Wat Doi Suthep
Wat Doi Suthep

Day 3 (Tuesday)

  • Early breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer to Bangkok Airport and internal flight to Chiang Mai
  • Your Chiang Mai guide and driver will meet you at the airport
  • Transfer by minivans to Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Drive to the summit of Thailand’s highest peak, Doi Inthanon
  • Short summit trail
  • Visit Hmong Hill Tribe market
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • 2-3 hour downhill walk through jungle, rice fields, rivers and local villages
  • Visit Karen Hill Tribe and inspect bungalow accommodation
  • Transfer to Chiang Mai hotel
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Inspect Chiang Mai hotel accommodation

Day 4 (Wednesday)

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer to elephant camp to bathe elephants (optional)
  • 45-minute elephant trek through jungle to Lisu Hill Tribe
  • 15-minute ox cart ride
  • 45-minute bamboo rafting down river
  • Lunch at elephant camp
  • Visit the Temple on the Mountain, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Return to hotel to refresh and change for evening
  • 1-hour Thai massage
  • Visit Chiang Mai Night Market
  • Dinner at night market
  • Return to hotel

Longtail boat
Longtail boat on Sairee Beach

learn to dive
Diver with red soft corals

Sairee Beach
Koh Nang Yuan Dive Sites

Day 5 (Thursday)

  • Early breakfast and transfer to Chiang Mai Airport
  • Flights to Koh Samui via Bangkok
  • Transfer from Koh Samui Airport to ferry terminal
  • Ferry crossing to Koh Tao island
  • Lunch upon arrival at beach café
  • Walk to accommodation
  • Inspection of accommodation
  • Inspection of dive facilities
  • Introduction to dive and non-dive options
  • Afternoon at leisure (pool and beach available!)
  • Walk to Hacienda Bar and Grill for dinner
  • Inspection and free use of all Leisure Park activities
  • Return to hotel

Day 6 (Friday)

  • Breakfast at beach café
  • Dive experience according to ability
    • Discover Scuba Diving experience (dive under the direct supervision of a fully qualified instructor). Offered to those who have never dived before
    • Two leisure dives (offered to those who have a PADI Open Water Diver qualification of equivalent)
    • Snorkelling trip (offered to those who are unable to dive)
  • Lunch at beach café
  • Inspect Muay Thai fight club and have an hour’s introductory lesson
  • Inspect Flying Trapeze school and have an introductory lesson
  • Transfer to Sairee beach for dinner
  • Free night in Sairee

Day 7 (Saturday)

  • Breakfast at beach café
  • Ferry transfer to Koh Samui
  • Transfer to Koh Samui Airport
  • Flight to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Visit ends

Inspection Visit Package Includes

  • 2-nights’ accommodation Bangkok hotel
  • 2-nights’ accommodation Chiang Mai hotel
  • 2-nights’ accommodation Koh Tao dive chalets
  • All meals with water or soft drinks provided
  • Airport transfers
  • 4 domestic flights
  • 2 ferry crossings
  • All activities listed on itinerary including equipment hire
  • All entry fees
  • All internal transport costs
  • English speaking local guide
  • SmileyThai Travel representative
  • Trip organiser’s support pack

Inspection Visit Package Does NOT include

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities