Thailand Train Track Northern Thailand

Explore Thailand from the central plains to the northern highlands on this week-long expedition filled with varied activities!

Throughout the week, you will get to experience traditional Thai farming, take part in Buddhist teachings at a monastery by authentic Thai Monks, teach at a local school, visit an Elephant Conservation Center, wander around the backpacker hub that is Chiang Mai and much more!

about the program

This program is designed to give you a full insight into the culture and local customs of the northern Thai people. Through traveling and helping in local projects, you will get to fully experience this gorgeous part of Thailand. During the expedition, you will learn about Thai Buddhism from monks at an authentic monastery, visit the “big giants” at an Elephant Conservation Center, explore Chiang Mai, teach at a local school and much more!

Mostly Thai style dishes will be served during the trip. This means that the meals will consist of mostly rice and noodles. There will usually be some vegetables and some meat in these dishes, but vegetarian options can be arranged as well. We do not offer Western style meals, but you can feel free to supplement the menu at your own cost to include any of your favorite dishes.

Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):1

Aims & Objectives

We aim to show you the best northern Thailand has to offer. From the bustle and hustle of Chiang Mai to secluded rural areas and more!

Schedule

Monday

  • Breakfast at the Singburi center
  • Transfer to Lopburi bus station
  • Lunch in Chum Saeng
  • Introduction at the homestay
  • Dinner
  • Small Thai welcome BBQ in the evening
  • Overnight stay at the homestay (fan, cold water & no Wi-Fi)

Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the homestay
  • Thai traditional farming/agriculture activity
  • Lunch at the homestay
  • Train from Chum Saeng to Uttaradit (4 hour ride, no air-con)
  • Check in at the hotel in Uttaradit
  • Visit to Hero Monument
  • Dinner at a local Thai restaurant
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Uttaradit (hot water, aircon & Wi-Fi)

Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the school
  • Teaching at Tungkalo school
  • Lunch at a local Thai restaurant
  • An educational visit to Tungyang Temple to learn about Buddhism by the Monks and assist the Monks with cleaning of the temple premises
  • A visit to the local shopping center
  • Dinner at the shopping center
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Uttaradit (hot water, aircon & Wi-Fi)

Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Train from Uttaradit to Lampang, with very nice mountain landscapes en route  (3 hours, no air-con).
  • Check in at the hotel in Lampang
  • Have lunch at local Thai restaurant
  • A visit to an old Burmese Temple, where you will learn about Buddhism by the Monks and assist the Monks with cleaning of the temple premises
  • A visit to the local market
  • Dinner at the local market
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Lampang (hot water, aircon & Wi-Fi)

Friday

  • Breakfast across the hotel in a local Thai restaurant
  • A visit to the Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang to about elephant care
  • Lunch at the Elephant Conservation Center
  • After lunch visit several cultural sites in Lampang
  • Dinner at a local Thai restaurant in Lampang
  • Train from Lampang to Chiang Mai (2 hours and 15 minutes, with air-con)
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Chiang Mai (hot water, air-con & Wi-Fi)

Saturday

  • Breakfast at a local restaurant in Chiang Mai
  • An educational and cultural excursion to Doi Pui villages, Hill tribe people
  • A visit to Doi Suthep Mountain and Wat Phrathat temple
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Chiang Mai
  • During the afternoon: free time in Chiang Mai
  • Early evening: pick up the bags at the hotel and go to the bus station
  • Have dinner at Chiang Mai bus station
  • Overnight bus from Chiang Mai to Singburi to continue further programs or directly to Bangkok. 

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

accommodation & meals

About the Accommodation
Along the route you will have overnight stays in hotels, buses and one night in a homestay. More information can be found inside the schedule. 3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends are included.

Food Arrangements
Mostly Thai style dishes will be served during the trip. This means that the meals will consist of mostly rice and noodles. There will usually be some vegetables and some meat in these dishes, but vegetarian options can be arranged as well. We do not offer Western style meals, but you can feel free to supplement the menu at your own cost to include any of your favorite dishes.

Reviews Thailand

“My experience with GapXperience was perfect. I really enjoyed sharing everyday’s life of the children. All of them were so cute and so nice. The staff were really nice and friendly. It was an amazing experience, I recommend it.”

Estelle Schoeb

“It was an amazing experience. I’ve learned a lot and it really opened my eyes. The children were so beautiful and cute. The staff at the orphanage were very nice. It was the best experience of my life.”

Sophine Kooiman

“Very well organized and made sure we felt at home straightaway. The program was varied and interesting, we learnt a lot. Our coordinator made the whole program very easy. Contact was always available if needed and they went out of their way to help. Definitely going to recommend to others. Absolutely brilliant!”

Philippa Tilbury

“The program was top notch from start to finish. I could not have been more impressed by the quality of treatment I received and the support from GapXperience as well as the accommodations. This program was amazing!”

Anna Soboleva

“The program was well run. Our coordinator was a dream. She is the warmest and most caring person I met in Thailand. All the volunteers in the group simply loved her. I think GapXperience has great volunteer opportunities.”

Reena Malhotra

“We are extremely privileged to have been able to spend time with the elephants all and hopefully made a positive impact in their lives. Being able to bathe, feed and care for the elephants is such a majestic experience. We would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat!”

Ash, Cody & Jess

How to Book your Program

Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places on the program are limited. You can apply up to 1 month before your start date. Apply today and get ready for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!

Application Form
Fill out the Application Form. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within 24 hours.

Deposit
Pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these different currencies: £240, US$285 or €250.

Remaining Fees
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.

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