Our overall goal is to deliver a unique experience that is both challenging and enjoyable, through which students may:
1. Learn about and become captivated by the Thai culture
2. Acquire knowledge and develop understanding of the beliefs, values, and traditions of Thai people
3. Find out about Buddhism and understand how it has shaped society in Thailand
4. Interact with numerous Thai communities including very different urban and rural settlements
5. Sample various regional Thai dishes and delicious street food, and learn the basics of cooking Thai cuisine
Opportunities to fulfil these Aims include
- Experiencing numerous temples and shrines and enjoying their splendid architecture, artwork and decoration
- Visiting the most important temples (wats) in Bangkok, including the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
- Sampling street foods, including a walking tour of Bangkok’s sois (back streets) and Chinatown
- Longtail boat journeys through the klongs (canals) of Bangkok and through the floating market of Damnoen Saduak
- Visiting a local market to buy ingredients before preparing various dishes at a Thai cookery school in Chiang Mai
- A guided city tour of Chiang Mai
- Enjoying an hour-long traditional Thai massage
- Close up interactions with elephants at their conservation camp
- Elephant trekking, ox carting and bamboo rafting in the dense jungle surroundings of Mae Taman
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
We will take you to the depths of Chinatown and to Sukhomvit Soi 38, a small alley that is famed for its tasty street food. Here you will find the most amazing noodles, soups, dumplings and broths. Your street food tour is an amazing way to sample new, exotic cuisine and to explore interesting neighbourhoods.
Today, you will complete a wonderful journey of discovery by bicycle, going to places that tourists rarely visit. You will take your bike on a train, in a boat and even on the sky train as you navigate through modern & traditional parts of this fascinating city. Your journey will take you to the very outskirts and back.
With its lush and verdant countryside, the Northern Lanna cuisine is dominated by freshly grown herbs. Before today’s Northern cookery course, you will visit a local market and herb garden to select the herbs that you will use. After cooking a selection of Thai dishes, you will sit down to feast on your creations.
Today, you will be taken on a city tour of Chiang Mai, ‘The Capital of the North’. You will have plenty of time to view the Thai way of life through its shopping streets, markets and Chiang Mai’s most spectacular temples. Afterwards, there should be plenty of time for a traditional Thai massage before dinner.