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.

Setting Description:
Community Service Certificate: At the conclusion of this program, participants will earn a community service certificate noting how many hours of community service they completed. Orientation: Chiang Mai, 5–7 days Homestays: Ban Mae Bon or Baan Sri Khun, Chiang Mai province,* 9–11 days; Ban Doi Lam (Lisu hill tribe community), Chiang Rai province,* 3 days Other Accommodations: Guest houses * Homestay locations can vary.
Cost:
$5830 USD. $5830

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Need based financial aid from $250 to $2,200

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

4.8

Based on 8 Reviews

  • 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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