The “Magic Crystal Island” of Ko Samet. Soul-stirring temples and extravagant palaces. Pious monks, so generous with their wisdom. Cosmopolitan Bangkok. The jungles of the north, alive with chattering monkeys. Esteemed elephants, now retired from construction service
There are so many good things about Thailand. And, as the Thai proverb goes, “Tham dee dai dee: If you do good things, good things will happen for you." The wisdom certainly holds true for those who go with The Road Less Traveled.
Thailand is home to rivers, mountains, beaches and rainforests. Recreational options include snorkeling, mountain trekking, cooking and, of course, eating (Pad Thai and beyond!). Opportunities for the mind include teaching English to primary school kids. For the soul: introspective moments with Buddhist monks. And for the heart: caring for grateful elephants in jungle camps.
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While in Bangkok, we work with local schools to teach basic English skills to Thai students. Most of our time is spent teaching, exchanging stories, and playing pick-up games with primary school children. We balance our teaching time with the opportunities to explore Bangkok's ornate shrines, vibrant markets, and artistic splendor.
In Chiang Mai, we work alongside elephant caretakers at Ran-Tong Elephant Sanctuary to rehabilitate Asian elephants and improve their day-to-day lives. Many of the elephants at the sanctuary were rescued from illegal logging activities or forced out of their homes due to deforestation. We spend time bathing them, caring for them, pitching in at the sanctuary, and learning from Thailand's elephant conservation experts.
The past three summers---in Colorado, Guatelmala, and Thailand---have been really terrific experiences for me. Its been really amazing to be able to work meaningfully with organizations that support animal conservation in all three of the programs. And, equally as important, to be able to grow as a person through the experiences. I can't imagine a better way to have spent my last three summers," Ben G., Tham Dee Dai Dee Alum
There are not enough words for me to fully explain how life changing traveling to Thailand was for me. Being able to contribute to the Thai community, learning and experiencing their culture and their day to day life, and most importantly spending time and educating their students was by far the most emotional and self rewarding experience I've had...Because of the leaders, I felt like I belonged there and they made me feel so comfortable and confident along with my peers who went on the trip. The confidence that was given to me on this trip will always be with me for the rest of my life," Jorge O., Tham Dee Dai Dee Alum
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To ponder the sacred spaces of the Emerald Buddha
To revel in the Chiang Mai Sunday evening “walking street” market with its aromatic food, clever crafts and dance music
To learn the guiding principles of meditation from Buddhist monks in a historic temple
To wind through Bangkok’s web of canals and tour the King of Siam’s Grand Palace
To teach English to local children (we’ll help you prepare)
To hone Thai culinary skills, from gathering ingredients in the market to dining on the fruits of your labor
To help care for rescued elephants by feeding, bathing and taking them for hikes in the jungle
Spend an afternoon with Thai students and engage in a lively cultural exchange
Snorkel and paddle the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand
Relax on the quiet white sandy beaches on the island of Ko Samet