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Camp Island Hopping

Duration

12 days

Runs from

June – September

Cost

£699

Camp Thailand Island Hop is the ultimate Camp location, with elephant conservation, trips to Koh Phi Phi and Krabi; with so many fun activities, it really has got everything you are looking for!

At Camp Thailand Island Hop, you can marvel the sunset during BBQ’s on the beach, experience fire shows and take a dip in the crystal pool.

You really will party hard on the infamous Bangla Road in Phuket! What more could you want?


Elephant Sanctuary

Island hopping

All Internal Transport

Day 1: Bangkok Airport Pickup + Khaosan Road

Arrive before 2pm for a free airport pickup from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) where one of our team will be eagerly awaiting your arrival and we will get your back to a hotel in the heart of Bangkok where you can drop your bags, nap or let Bangkok attack your senses and stomach with some delicious Pad Thai!

In the evening we will take you on a wander around the famous Khaosan Road, known for its insane street parties, loud music and bustling vibe, this is the best way to throw yourself into everything Camp Thailand and Bangkok has to offer!

Day 2: Boat trip + Wat Arun & Wat Pho

After a drink (or five) we are sure you will want the chance to get a bit of a rest so the morning is yours to enjoy, prep your bags for checkout and get some breakfast at the bakery before we head along for a ride along the Chao Phraya River and visit the beautiful monuments of Wat Pho and Wat Arun!

Later that evening we will head to pick up bags before getting you on the VIP bus down to Phuket. Whilst this may seem like a bit of a trek, there will be comfy big seats and blankets as well as some snacks so you will be more than fresh for your arrival into Phuket the next morning!

Sweet Dreams! 😘

Day 3: Phuket – Volleyball + Beach Chilling & Local Bars

We have arrived! Check into our accommodation where you can kick back and settle in before heading out to the beautiful beaches and have a game of beach volleyball! The beaches around here are beautiful so you will also have an amazing chance to get that Insta worthy pick to make all your friends super jealous! That night we will go on a mini crawl to some of the local Aussie bars where you can let your hair down, shoot a couple of games of pool or dance the night away!

Day 4: Visit the Incredible Patong Beach, followed by a POOL PARTY!

After a free morning to explore the beautiful city of Phuket, head to the stunning ‘Patong Beach’ and soak up some rays on a blanket of white sands. Take a dip in the ocean, treat yourself to a massage on the beach, or even get involved in some water sports!* In the evening, get ready to party hard with your new camp friends on the trips first pool party! *additional cost.

Day 5: Elephant Sanctuary Visit and Beach BBQ in the Evening

Today's priority… secure that epic elephant selfie! Head over to Elephant Haven Sanctuary in the morning to help out with these beautiful creatures: feed them, bathe them, even jump in mud baths with them! After an incredible, jam-packed day, head back to Phuket in the evening and watch the sun go down, courtesy of the Camp Thailand Beach BBQ.

Day 6: Transfer to Phi Phi Island!

This morning, you’ll travel 25 miles South-east of Phuket to discover the unexplainable beauty of Phi Phi! Check into your new hotel then spend the afternoon chilling by the onsite pool and exploring the local area. The island is home to the most stunning limestone mountains, mysterious caves and white sandy beaches – explore at your own pace. In the evening, prepare yourself to experience an authentic Thai Fire-show performance on the beach, followed by the renowned Phi Phi bar crawl! Get ready to party!

Day 7: Experience Phi-Phi Viewpoint and Banana Bar Movie!

Following a free morning, grab your trainers and water-bottle to prepare for an afternoon hike up to Phi-Phi Viewpoint! (We promise the views at the top are worth it!) Don’t believe us?.. google it! Time to get that perfect Instagram shot! In the evening, head to the famous Banana Bar for an alternative ‘movie night’, followed by cocktails and beer pong!

Day 8: Boat Tour around nearby islands and Evening Bar Crawl!

Following a morning chilling by the pool or at the beach, prepare to embark on a boat tour around Phi Phi’s neighbouring islands! Explore beaches, caves, snorkel the ocean and enjoy a cheeky cocktail whilst travelling from island to island. In the evening, get involved in an optional Bar Crawl or catch up on some sleep before transferring to Krabi tomorrow morning.

Day 9: Transfer to Krabi followed by Evening Meal

This morning, transfer a little further South to the province of Krabi – renowned for its sheer limestone cliffs, dense mangrove forests and more than a hundred stunning off-shore islands! Spend the day exploring your home for the next 2 days before heading out for an evening meal with your camp friends.

Day 10: Krabi Tour, Emerald Pools, Tiger Temple and Hot Spring Visit!

A populous day full of incredible tours and activities! Get ready to explore Krabi’s hotspots – marvel at the Emerald Pools, climb the Tiger Temple – experiencing the incredible view at the peak, then relax and rejuvenate in the Krabi Hot Springs! (Better than any UK Spa day you’ve ever experienced, trust us on this one!). In the evening, embark on the crazy Krabi Bar Crawl!

Day 11: Free Day Krabi

A chance for you to explore Krabi or even some of the neighbouring islands such as Koh Mor, Koh Tub, Koh Moda or even Chicken Island!

You will have the day to explore, go grab a massage, visiting local temples are just some of the amazing things you can do here!

** Activites on this day aren't included in the price **

Day 11: Finish exploring Krabi and transfer to Bangkok in the afternoon

This morning, you’ll have free time to finish exploring the island of Krabi! Chill around the pool, hit up the markets for souvenirs and gifts or soak up some last minute rays on the beach! In the afternoon, transfer back to Bangkok where we will be coming towards the end of the journey however it’s not time to be sad for you have made memories to last a lifetime!

Day 12: Bangkok Airport

We are back where we started in the city of concrete dreams! We will make sure that you get back to the airport safely to jump aboard your flight back home to reality. (Until your next summer of a lifetime at camp anyway) Make sure that you packed your earphone's and your phone charger is in your carry on so you can make the most of the airport WiFi so you can share your #CampThailand story! ❤️

Accommodation

 

Bangkok – Rooms sizes 2-4, Air-conditioned, Basic

Your Bangkok accommodation is smack bang in the heart of Bangkok close to the main strip with lots of local amenities nearby. 

Phuket –  Room size 2-4, Air Con, Onsite Pool

Your Phuket accommodation is smack bang central close to the main strip with lots of local amenities nearby.  You are a stone’s throw away from the beach and there are plenty of restaurant choices right on your doorstep. Not to mention the local markets and temples nearby.

Phi Phi –  Room size 2-4, Air Con, Onsite Pool

Your Phi Phi accommodation sees you situated on a uniquely beautiful island with no cars in sight, surrounded by clear blue water. You will be a short walk away from incredible viewpoints and beautiful beaches.

Krabi –  Room size 2-4, Air Con, OnSite Pool

Kick back with your very own swimming pool at your Krabi location and talk a walk down the main strip located only 5 minutes away.

 

Important Accommodation Notes –  All of our accommodation is pre-booked for every participant, however, due to standard expectations, booking numbers and delivery of service these may change. However, if these do change we will ensure to provide the same standard of accommodation for your trip and provide as much notice as possible. 

Something to Consider

Camp Thailand is not a typical idea of a holiday and it’s not always relaxing; at times you may find yourself in testing circumstances, as you would when experiencing any new culture. There may be bad weather, mosquitos, long journeys, slow Wi-Fi and limited food options.

However, here at Camp Thailand, we thoroughly enjoy stepping out of the comfort zone, embracing new cultures and learning how people live in other countries! Every year, we have a fantastic time, as have thousands of previous Camp Thailand attendees. Though we personally love the experience, we realise that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. As such, prior to your application, please make sure that you understand that this is a cultural experience, not a luxury holiday; our aim is to make a positive impact in the community – this is a product of hard work and dedication!

While we cannot guarantee that you will have a relaxing time, we fully recommend that you come to Camp Thailand with a sense of adventure and a willingness to embrace the experience – ultimately, there is only one person who will dictate how much you enjoy camp and that’s you! We provide the setup and infrastructure for you to have a genuinely incredible time that many would love to be involved with; the rest of the package comes from you and your commitment to the cause.

It is no coincidence that our best participants on the program immerse themselves in the activities each day; if you work with passion, your enthusiasm will not only be appreciated by us here at Camp Thailand, but the locals who you are helping will be grateful for your help. We present the opportunity to partake in some of the most unbelievable life experiences, including visiting communities in local schools and getting up close and personal with Thailand’s elephants, while making friends for life. 🙂

Additional Costs

  • + £48.86 DBS Check
  • Medical Form (Your GP may charge you for completion)
  • Any additional tours or EP elective you wish to join
  • Flights and Insurance

Program Requirements

  • 18+
  • A clear criminal background check completed by Camp Thailand (£48.86)
  • Valid Passport (with at least 6 months left)
  • A basic level of English speaking
  • You have to be enthusiastic, outgoing, friendly, good with kids and ready to experience a totally new and exciting culture!
  • So what are you waiting for? This is a perfect Gap Year job abroad!

FAQs

Am I responsible for booking my own flights?

Applicants for the Camp Thailand program are responsible for booking flights. We partner with STA travel for our flights so if you would like some help please contact STA Travel Team on 0333 321 3102, or drop them an email to [email protected]

What sort of accommodation will I be staying in at Camp Thailand?

You will stay in a variety of different accommodations for Camp depending on your location. So we advise checking out your Camps location page for more information.

Most of the rooms are fan-cooled and in some locations, they will have Aircon. During most months of the year, Thailand has a tropical climate and the Summer months are much hotter and more humid than the winter months

Is Camp Thailand for everyone? (Something to consider)

Camp Thailand is not everyone’s idea of a holiday and it’s not always relaxing. At times you may find yourself in testing circumstances, as you would when experiencing any new culture. There may be bad weather, mosquitos, long journeys, slow wifi and limited food options. However, here at Camp Thailand, we believe that is what comes with stepping out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. We love it, as have thousands of previous Camp Thailand attendees. However, we realise that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Before applying to take part in Camp Thailand, please understand that it’s a cultural experience. It isn’t a luxury holiday, and one of our main focuses is to make a positive impact, which often comes with hard work. We can not guarantee you will have a nice relaxing time. You have to come to Camp Thailand with a sense of adventure, go with the flow and be laid back. Basically, YOU are the deciding factor in the experience you have at Camp Thailand. We provide the setup and infrastructure for you to have an incredible experience. However, that is only half of it. The other half comes from you. Your passion to help others, your spirit to do something different, your ability to make friends and go with the flow. You get out what you put in and if you give it your all, together we will have an amazing experience at Camp Thailand. We can teach communities in local schools, get up close and personal with Thailand’s elephants, make friends for life and get involved in some incredible activities.

I guess the question now… is Camp Thailand for you!?

Is Wi-Fi available at Camp Thailand?

Yes, Wi-Fi is available, whether it be in a communal area or in your room. However, we try our best to ensure that Wi-Fi is available in most areas of your accommodation.

Do we have access to cooking facilities or a kitchen at Camp?

In Thailand most people live in dwellings without kitchens as cheap, fresh and delicious food is available everywhere. Popular Western food choices are also available here. At all our Camps we have 7/11 shops that are open 24 hours, plus other convenience stores within a five-minute walk of the accommodation. There are also a large number of eating establishments in the immediate vicinity of your Camp Thailand location.

Are meals at Camp Thailand included in the program fee?

 

Most of your food at Camp will need to be covered at your own personal cost, depending on your Camp Location.

The meals that are included are the delicious lunches that are provided by the Thai schools on the days you are teaching there. Please note that in some cases we will be in the schools for under two hours and in the cases of temple schools and orphanages they don’t have the budget to provide lunch. Don’t worry though, there is an abundance of inexpensive, fresh and delicious food from the many food stands and small family restaurants.

You can buy cheap, delicious and healthy Thai food for breakfast from many of the local street vendors in the surrounding area.

 

Are there washing machines on hand at our accommodation?

For about 1.20 GBP per kilo (approx. 2.25 lbs) local laundry services will wash your clothes early morning and return them washed and neatly pressed the following afternoon.

Do I get any free time at Camp?

You will get at least one day off a week (usually at the weekends). However, we run activities on your days off. You’re usually only in the schools for around 4-6 hours a day, leaving the rest of the afternoon to explore and partake in weekly activities or explore the local area.

Will I get time to travel after Camp?

Certainly! With so many amazing places in Thailand, we encourage this! You can travel on your own or join our Island Hopping Tour! Each member of our team is well-traveled and have visited Thailand many times, so we are always happy to give you travel advice.

How much spending money will I need?

Thailand is very cheap, and it depends how well you can, or need to budget. For further advice contact our team and we can help you come up with an idea how much you will need to budget for. There are also opportunities to do additional activities which you may want to budget for.

Will I make friends at Camp Thailand?

Definitely! You will be making friends from the moment you land in Thailand, friends you will keep for life after sharing such an amazing experience.

What should I pack for Camp Thailand?

You will receive a packing list as part of the ‘Pre-Departure pack’ which you will be sent prior to leaving for Camp, but here’s just a few items we recommend taking;

– Mosquito spray
– Sun cream
– Warm weather clothing
– A padlock
– A camera to capture all your amazing experiences
– You will also want to bring your own towel and washcloth as only bed linens are provided at Camp

Should I bring a suitcase or a backpack for Camp Thailand?

The choice is yours, but a backpack is definitely more suitable for travelling around Thailand. Plus, you don’t want to look like a starry-eyed first time traveller dragging around a heavy suitcase, looking like you just landed at a 5* resort in Europe!

Do I need a passport and a visa?

Passport: A full passport valid for the duration of your stay is required. Please check that you still have at least 6 months left in your passport from the time you arrive in Thailand.

Visa: For visitors from most Western countries that are arriving in Thailand by air and are staying for 30 days or less, no visa is normally required to be obtained prior to arrival. For visitors from most Western countries that are arriving in Thailand by sea or land, only a 15 day visa will be granted. So, if you are a visitor from a Western country, arriving by air and planning on staying in Thailand continuously for over 30 days, or arriving in Thailand by land or sea you will need to apply for a tourist visa from your nearest Thai consulate. A single entry, 60 day tourist visa allows you to stay in Thailand for 60 days and can be extended from within Thailand just before expiration for a further 30 days at an additional cost of 1,900 THB.

Please note that you can google the address of your nearest Thai consulate and then download the forms online from the consulate to apply for the tourist visa. The stated purpose of your visit will be tourism only. You can then simply follow the application process provided in the online forms by the consulate and apply in person or through the mail. If applying in person you need to submit your forms and documentation on a weekday, normally before noon local time and then collect your passport with visa the following afternoon, normally after 2 p.m. local time.

Please note that the rules for visas often change and we are not liable for this. Your visa is your responsibility and we have no control or influence over the Royal Thai Consulate.

What else do I need for Camp Thailand?

Personal Insurance, covering the time you will be in Thailand plus any activities that you will be undertaking, as well as any planned travel to other countries.

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Check. If you are a U.K. national, Camp Thailand will arrange your DBS check for you for a fee of £48.86. If you are coming from another country you will need to contact your local police department and initiate the process yourself to get the DBS equivalent from your country. If you are from another country and would like some guidance, feel free to call our office on 0161 222 3780. Please note that even if you already hold a DBS certificate, unfortunately we must still conduct our own check.

What should I wear when I am working in a school?

You should wear your Camp Thailand shirt in schools. One will be issued to you as part of your program fee. However, you may want to purchase one or more of these shirts at a cost of £15.99 GBP each, as you will be visiting the schools for up to 4 days during any given week, meaning that there will not be enough time for cleaning if you only have one shirt. If you don’t wish to wear the polo shirt, men will need to wear smart collared, buttoned shirt, short or long sleeves and women will need to wear blouses with capped shoulders and no plunging necklines.

When in classrooms, men are normally required to wear long smart trousers. Women have the choice of long, smart slacks, a full length dress with capped shoulders and no plunging neckline, or a knee length skirt with a blouse with capped shoulder and no plunging necklines.

In the Mini-English Summer Camps, men can wear long smart trousers or knee length trousers. Women can do the same, but trousers must be loose fitting rather than body-clinging and your polo shirt should be not tucked in if you are a female.

Please remember you must wear capped toe shoes, and definitely no flip flops at school.

All forms of body art (Tattoos) must be covered and body piercings must be removed. However, earrings can be kept in.

You must remember that teachers are revered in Thailand and the children are brought up to respect the teachers. Whilst Thailand is very tolerant of all religions and cultures, and although you will see Thai people with tattoos and piercings, Thai society prefers its children not to be exposed to this, wherever possible, until they become young adults. If they choose to have tattoos or body piercings after they become adults that is a matter of personal freedom. This is, in reality, no different than in Western culture where there is legislation in place to limit smoking adverts/commercials or billboards at sporting events. Please do not take this request personally.

Thai culture is very polite, respectful, conservative and modest. Please try to adapt and be respectful of all Thai culture. Please remember that you are a guest in this country and you should try to behave as you would if you were invited to someone’s home for the first time.

What happens if I can’t come to Camp Thailand once I have booked my place?

We can defer your placement acceptance offer to a future intake date that must be initiated within 12 months from your original intake date. Please note that all deposits are non-refundable so you would be best advised to take out a travel insurance policy that will cover this if there is even a slight chance that you will not be coming to Camp Thailand.

Available Dates

5th June - 17th June 2020
22nd May - 3rd June 2020
19th June - 1st July 2020
3rd July - 15th July 2020
17th July - 29th July 2020
31st July - 12th August 2020
14th August - 26th August 2020
28th August - 9th September 2020

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