Thailand Trunk to the South Road Trip

Indulge in a wonderful experience that will get you exploring the culture and local customs of the Thai people from the Southern seas.

During the various excursions to Thailand’s nature sights, you will have the chance to let yourself be overwhelmed by the beauty of these places. During the visits to the national parks and beaches, you will learn about these ‘treasures of nature’ while enjoying yourself by snorkeling, trekking and swimming.

about the program

Come and explore the beautiful South of Thailand! Whilst travelling through the provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Surat Thani by bus, you will witness and experience the thorough beauty of the Southern Thai culture, people and natural beauty. These locations include Angthong National Park and Thailand’s finest island: Koh Samui! While helping out at the beach and snorkeling in the clear blue sea, you will be warmly greeted by the very friendly and ever smiling people of the South.

During the various excursions to Thailand’s nature sights, you will have the chance to let yourself be overwhelmed by the beauty of these places. During the visits to the national parks and beaches you will learn about these ‘treasures of nature’ while enjoying yourself with snorkeling, trekking and swimming. This exploration of the South program has a wide range of activities which will satisfy your wishes and needs for cultural knowledge, local experiences and fun!!

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

Max duration (weeks):1

Aims & Objectives

The aim is for you to enjoy this journey whilst helping out on the beach, learning about the lives of the Southern community and experiencing the natural beauty of the forest and magnificent mountains in the National park. Another aim is to support local development and to take care of Thailand’s impressive coastline by cleaning and collecting garbage in order to help conserve the beach.

Schedule

Sunday

  • If this is your first week, you will be transferred directly from Bangkok to Hua Hin upon arrival. Depending on your previous week’s program, you will be transferred to Hua Hin after brunch
  • Dinner at Hua Hin center

Monday

  • Breakfast at the Hua Hin center
  • Visit to Huay Mongkol Temple
  • Visit to Plearnwan market
  • Lunch
  • Take a scenic train from Hua Hin to Bang Saphan Yai
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay at hotel in Bang Saphan Yai

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Sightseeing and snorkeling on a three hour boat trip
  • Lunch on the boat
  • Back to the hotel
  • Free time at the beach
  • Dinner
  • Free time
  • Overnight train journey to Surat Thani

Wednesday

  • Breakfast in Surat Thani
  • Minivan to pier
  • Boat to Koh Samui (2 hours)
  • Check in to hotel at Choeng Mon Beach
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Explore the local area near the Hotel/Beach.
  • Dinner at the guesthouse
  • Night market
  • Overnight stay at the hotel/guesthouse (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi)

Thursday

  • Travel to Ang Thong National Park by boat
  • Breakfast on the boat
  • Snorkeling and hiking, visiting the park and two islands
  • Lunch on the boat
  • Continue with the above program
  • Boat transfer from Angthong National Park to Koh Samui (2 hours)
  • Back to the hotel/guesthouse in Koh Samui
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Koh Samui.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel/guesthouse (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi)

Friday

  • Breakfast at the guesthouse
  • Visit Wat Phra Yai
  • Visit Grandmother and Grandfather stones at Koh Samui
  • A visit to a beautiful waterfall where swimming is possible
  • Lunch back at the hotel
  • Dinner at Thai restaurant
  • Overnight stay at the hotel/guesthouse (hot water, air-con & Wi-fi)

Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel in Koh Samui
  • Free time on the beach
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Check out from the hotel and head to the bus station
  • Overnight bus/boat from Koh Samui to Bangkok
  • Arrive at Mo chit bus station in Bangkok early Sunday morning. Transfer to Singburi for further programs.

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/guest houses, busses and even a boat. 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

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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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