Our 21-day program in Thailand and Cambodia introduces our teenagers to the people and cultures of these two unique countries through travel, cultural exploration, and community service. You should come to this program with an open mind and positive attitude, excited about new experiences, ready to fully participate in cultural activities and service work, and willing to challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone. Each one of our teenagers is a partner in making Adventure Thailand a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Our adventure begins as we travel to Bangkok, the mesmerizing capital of Thailand and one of the most exciting cities in the world. We will marvel at the golden palaces and magnificent grand temples as we cruise through the city’s famous canals. Next, we’ll head to northern Thailand and the town of Chiang Rai, where we’ll bike through small villages and rice fields and take in the awe-inspiring white temple, Wat Rong Khun. Next our journey takes us to the vibrant city of Chiang Mai, where we’ll find unlimited opportunities for exciting adventure and enriching cultural exploration. Learn the art of Muay Thai kick-boxing, brave the rapids as we white-water raft on the Mae Taeng River, learn to cook local food at our Thai cooking school, and hike to the top of Doi Suthep for unparalleled views of the city and beyond. Our next stop is the enchanting island of Phuket, home to gorgeous beaches and magnificent sunsets. Trek through the lush jungle and receive a monk’s blessing, visit the Big Buddha on Mount Nagakerd, take in the award-winning Phuket Fantasea show, and bask in the sunshine in this tropical paradise. Throughout our stay we will feel the warmth and welcoming hospitality of the Thai people, which has earned Thailand the nickname “The Land of Smiles.”
Next, we board our flight and head to Siem Reap, Cambodia – the gateway to mystical and mysterious ancient worlds. We will marvel at one of the awe-inspiring Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple City of Angkor Wat, where the power of the encroaching jungle and the beauty of the architecture have made this one of the world’s most celebrated ancient sites. We’ll hike through deep forests as we come upon Angkor Thom, the Tomb Raider Temple, home to the mysterious smiling statues of Bayon. Walk through Ta Prohm, a city slowly being reclaimed by Mother Nature. Get ready for an adrenaline-packed adventure as we zoom over the jungle canopy on our exciting zip-line course! Experience the amazing energy of the world-renowned Cambodian Circus, Phare. We’ll finish this amazing journey through Thailand and Cambodia as we take our sunset cruise in the vibrant city of Phnom Penh.
Throughout our journey we will have meaningful opportunities for community service and enriching cultural experiences. We will spend time with the children at a pre-school for underprivileged chindren in Bangkok, sponsor a meal and play with kids at a group home in Northern Thailand, and participate in a cultural exchange with school children in Chiang Mai. Travel to the countryside to feed, bathe, and care for elephants, learn about Buddhism and exchange ideas with novice monks, visit with a Hill Tribe in northern Thailand, and take in a traditional Thai dance presentation. Upon completion of the program, each participant will receive a certificate recognizing 20 hours of community service.