Thailand Adventure

A 4 week adventure to one of the world’s most iconic travel destinations – Thailand!  Soak up the atmosphere in the cities of Bangkok and Chang Mai, help care for rescued elephants, explore the lush tropical rain-forests of the central regions, and sun yourself on some of Thailand’s world-famous beaches!


  • Sample street food in bustling Damnoen Saduak floating market
  • Volunteer at an elephant sanctuary
  • Tour Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle 
  • Bamboo rafting through the rainforest
  • Island hop across paradise Thai beaches

Week 1: Bangkok & Chiang Mai

Your adventure starts in Thailand's bustling capital of Bangkok where you’ll spend a few days exploring the markets and canal systems. After a visit to the Erawan National Park, your journey takes you to the Thailand’s northern capital, Chiang Mai, with its hidden backstreets and mind-blowing temples.

Week 2: Elephant Sanctuary Volunteering

Next you will spend a week volunteering at an amazing elephant sanctuary where you will assist local staff care for rescued elephants. As well as assisting with the daily routine for the elephants, you will also teach English to the former keepers (Mahouts) to provide them with transferable skills to find new careers.

Week 3: Jungle Adventure

For the next stage of your trip, you will experience the lush Thai rainforest around Pai and Kanchanaburi. Enjoy a bike ride through the National Park and past old temple ruins, float downriver on a bamboo raft, and visit the iconic “Bridge over the River Kwai” close to the Thai / Burma border.

Week 4: Thai Island Hopping

No visit to Thailand is complete without experiencing the idyllic beaches of the infamous Thai islands. At the southern end of Thailand, you will visit two of Thailand’s most stunning islands – Ko Tao and Koh Phangan. Soak up the atmosphere in the beach towns, explore the rural inland island or just kick back and soak up the sun, sea and sand on one of the many paradise beaches!

We are currently anticipating that we will be able to welcome customers back onto this program from January 2022. You can keep track of the current travel situation for all Gapforce programs on our Coronavirus Travel update page which we will be updating each week.

What is included
Pre-departure support • Arrival pick up • Gapforce Leader • Local support staff • All accommodation • three meals a day • Program transfers • Project equipment • Trips & activities listed in brochure • Return airport transfer

What is not Included
Flights to/from destination • Travel Insurance • Visa & Vaccinations • Spending Money • Tipping & gratuities 

How much spending money do I need?
You will need money for extra meals, drinks & snacks, as well as for any activities not on the itinerary. We advise you to budget for £70 / €80 / $100 per week (this is a guideline only)

Where will I be staying?
You will stay in a variety of diverse accommodations throughout your trip including local hotels, hostels and volunteer guesthouses. Most accommodations will be dorm style with shared bathrooms.

What is the food like?
Three meals a day are included, and these will be a mixture of local and western cuisine. Meals whilst at the volunteering projects are cooked for you, then whilst we are travelling we will either buy food to cook at our accommodation or visit local restaurants and cafes. Vegan and vegetarian diets can eb catered for, please check with us regarding further dietary requirements and/or allergies. 

What type of transport will I be using?
You are responsible to getting yourself to and from the start point of the expedition. During the expedition, program transfers are included. Travel is a combination of day and overnight journeys using a range of transport including public and private buses, trains, boats and taxis. Please give us a call for more information on individual journey details.

Who takes part in this program?
This program is for anyone looking to volunteer and backpack through Southeast Asia’s most sought-after destinations. There is no prior experience required although the minimum age is 18 and you must also have your doctor sign our medical form confirming you are medically fit to participate. 

Who will be supervising me?
Throughout your expedition you will be accompanied by a Gapforce Expedition Leader. At various stages of your expedition we utilize the services of local support staff including project coordinators, drivers and guides

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  • Thailand
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Departures: January, April, July, October

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