Our overall goal is to deliver a unique experience that is both challenging and enjoyable, through which students may:
1. Visit key historical sites that will help to visualise and understand major events in Thai history
2. Experience numerous temples and shrines that will introduce the Buddhist culture and show how it has shaped society in Thailand
3. Learn about and become captivated by the Thai culture
4. Understand the causes and consequences of key events in Thai History
5. Develop an understanding of time and the rate of change in Thailand
Opportunities to fulfil these Aims include
- Visits to numerous temples and shrines that will introduce the Buddhist culture and show how it has shaped society in Thailand
- A guided tour of Jim Thompson’s teak house, home to the American silk businessman who went missing in 1967
- Day trip to Death Railway and the Bridge on the River Kwai
- A visit to the War Museum to learn about the conditions that the allies had to endure during the Second World War
- Historical tour of the northern towns of Lampang and Lamphun
- City tour of Chiang Mai
- Visits to Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Bangkok (Best of Thailand programme only) will allow students to understand the three most important periods of Thai history
- Talking to Thai people, especially our guides, will help develop an understanding of the recent alternation between democracy and military rule.
School groups will follow either the Best of Thailand or the Thailand Adventure programme with the following subject-specific activities on days 3, 4, 8 & 9
After visiting the floating market, you will be taken on a guided tour of the fascinating Jim Thompson House, home to the American silk businessman who vanished in 1967. At the time of his disappearance, Thompson was one of the most famous men in Asia. It is one of Thailand’s most celebrated mysteries!
A full day’s excursion to Kanchanaburi for a taste of the jungle and WW2 history. You’ll visit the War Museum to learn about the conditions the allies had to endure during the Second World War when building the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai. After viewing the bridge, take a train journey on Death Railway!
Today you’ll take a historical tour of two small towns in the north of Thailand to learn about Lanna history. You will first explore Lampang town with a colourful horse and carriage, before heading for the ancient town of Lamphun, and the magnificent Phrathat Haripunchai Temple, with its nine tiered golden umbrella.
Today, you will be taken on an historical tour of Chiang Mai, ‘The Capital of the North’. Here you’ll view the city walls and moat, before heading for three of the city’s most famous temples, Wat Suan Dok, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat U Mong. Afterwards, there should be plenty of time for a traditional Thai massage before dinner.