Program Details

Journey through the diverse wonders of Thailand, from bustling markets in Bangkok to ancient Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai and the ancient ruins of Sukhothai.
Location:
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Your Experiment begins in the northern mountain city of Chiang Mai, home to hundreds of ancient temples. You will visit the city’s famous sites, explore lively street markets, discover Buddhist temples, and take in the tropical landscapes as you get to know your group. Get a taste for Thai food culture with a cooking instructor who will help you shop for the freshest ingredients at a local market, then teach you how to whip up traditional Thai dishes with the items you buy. Discover an important part of Thai culture as you stay overnight at a Buddhist temple and learn about the art of meditation. Introductory Thai language lessons will prepare you to communicate with your host family during your homestays.

The northern region’s lush tropical valleys and highlands will be your backdrop as you embark on outdoor activities such as trekking and zip-lining. Visit an elephant sanctuary to experience these majestic creatures as you feed and bathe them. You will also visit Sukhothai, the first capital of Siam and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before traveling to the seaside town of Hua Hin to explore breathtaking beaches.

As your Thai adventure continues, you will live with a family in a lowland northern village in Chiang Mai province and then with a hill tribe in Chiang Rai province. Together, you will work on a community service project, such as teaching English to young children, helping build a natural water dam, or assisting with reforestation work. You will continue to develop your Thai language skills as you interact with locals.

Cost:
$6000 USD.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
For summer 2020, we will offer merit-based partial scholarships to students who live in the Florida Keys, the Houston, TX metro area, the Seattle, WA metro area, and the Washington, DC metro area. Email info@experiment.org for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

4.8

Based on 13 Reviews

  • A Time To Never Be Forgotten
    4.0
    09/08/19

    At first, Thailand was not one of my first trip choices. Just like a lot of people, I've wanted to go to all the big places like France, Italy, and Spain. I've always heard people talk about how great those places was and I was starting to base my choice

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Amazing month abroad!
    5.0
    09/06/19

    I had such a wonderful time abroad in Thailand. I was able to experience so much culture, whether it be through the food, walking through the street markets, or living with 3 different homestay families. The group I traveled with was so kind and supportive,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A life Changing Experience
    5.0
    09/01/19

    Going to Thailand with The Experiment in International Living was truly one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I met tons of new people who I now consider family. I learned so much about Thai culture and Buddhism and can now get around by

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Thailand: Ancient Temples to Bangkok
    5.0
    09/01/19

    The experiment in international living was an experience like no other. This program gives you the chance to live and experience a foreign country of your choice for a whole month. Thailand was the best choice for me. I was given the opportunity to explore

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Smiling In The Land of Smiles, Thailand
    5.0
    08/14/19

    Where do I even start when talking about this wonderful experience I have done. The 29 days and nights of staying in Thailand has been life-changing. Not to over-exaggerate, but it's amazing on how an opportunity like this can create something long-term

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • I Had A Great Time!
    5.0
    08/24/18

    Going to Thailand with the Experiment was the experience of a lifetime. Being that I had never been out of the country prior to traveling with the Experiment, I was very nervous to go abroad. However, the Experiment provided me with the support and care

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Program that Changed my Life
    5.0
    08/15/18

    Being given the opportunity to travel to Thailand with the Experiment in International Living changed my life. I learned so much about the culture, the people, the ways of life, and even about myself. I gained a huge appreciation for the life I have here

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Amazing Summer Trip
    5.0
    09/02/17
    this was an amazingly transformative trip and I highly recommend it to anyone adventurous and ready to make memories of a lifetime!!
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Experiment - Thailand
    4.0
    09/01/17

    It was really interesting to see for myself how countries have different governments from ours, and how people are affected by the customs surrounding politics and speech. Unlike in the states, in Thailand people don't have freedom of speech. In Thailand,

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    Bottom Line:No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • The Experiment - Thailand
    4.0
    09/01/17

    It was really interesting to see for myself how countries have different governments from ours, and how people are affected by the customs surrounding politics and speech. Unlike in the states, in Thailand people don't have freedom of speech. In Thailand,

     read more
    Bottom Line:No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • My Thailand Experience
    5.0
    09/01/17

    This trip has been a mind opening, life changing experience. Not only did I meet incredible people that made the trip the best month of my life, but I also learned how to understand other cultures in a new way with more respect towards everyone. Thailand

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My Summer in Thailand!
    5.0
    08/31/17

    My month spent in Thailand was one of the best experiences of my life. I met so many different people. I tried food I've never knew existed. I saw so many beautiful views. I have definitely grown in the month that I have spent abroad. I believe I am more

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • go to thailand!!
    5.0
    08/30/17

    I went to Thailand expecting to be happy with my summer, but came out with so much more than happiness. I experienced a new way of thinking about life, and overall a new world. This trip was definitely an eye opening experience. I learned a lot about

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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