Welcome to Camp Thailands version of Wanderlust, The Backpacking Party!
Tour Thailand and see all of the amazing hotspots it has to offer culturally in the north and party your way down to some of the most stunning islands in the world! Starting in Bangkok you will be visiting in infamous Khao San Road where you will be getting trial by buckets after a welcome meal with all your new backpacking buds and finishing off at the beautiful beaches of Phuket!
Visiting places such as elephant sanctuaries, massive waterfalls, stunning islands and cultural wonders, Backpacking Party is the real deal for someone who wants to see all the great things Thailand has to offer and is our most travel orientated tour of the country!
So you say you want an adventure?
Look no further than the Thailand Backpacking Party!
Visiting elephant sanctuary
Travel & Adventure Oriented
There are an abundance of beautiful sites to enjoy during your visit to this magical city of Bangkok.
Today, we’re kicking off the day on the water with a ride on the Bangkok River Tour; marvel at the majesty of Bangkok from an aquatic perspective and be sure to bring your selfie-stick – this is a great chance to showcase your photographic flair!
Upon returning to dry land, we’ll visit Wat Pho, otherwise known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The temple is one of the largest in temple complexes in the whole of Bangkok and is widely regarded as a must-see for any tourist.
There are in excess of 312,000 temples sprinkled through the Thai terrain, each blessing the Asian backdrop with its own unique quality. After visiting Wat Pho, we’ll venture to Wat Arun, otherwise known as the Temple of Dawn and one of the most recognisable temples in Thailand.
A stellar structure gracing many a postcard, Wat Arun is one of only six temples falling under the classification of the highest rank of Royal Temple, thus cementing its status as one of the most prestigious temples in the country.
To round off a memorable day, we’ll visit the Golden Mountain, a historic temple dating back to the Ayutthaya era, before transferring to the Singburi province located in central Thailand.
Despite its indisputable charm and magical aura, Singburi is rarely considered a must-see location in Thailand; however, the jewel nestled in the core of the country is packed with allure and intrigue and is widely deemed to be the spiritual heartland of Thailand; for the next few two days we’ll be staying in the vicinity of this incredible location.
Lopburi Monkey Island is one of the most well loved attractions in Thailand, a city where monkeys and humans live in unison. A must for monkey fans, a trip to the island is the ideal opportunities to admire these intriguing animals in the wild.
Watch out for your belongings, the monkeys have a tendency to pickpocket tourists given half the chance!
Following the visit to Lopburi, we’ll deviate back to the more conventional elements of Thai culture, with a visit to Big Buddha. A colossal structure overlooking the Thai landscape, Wat Pikul Thong is the largest Buddha in Thailand.
We’ll begin our next leg of our backpacking adventure with a trip to Kanchanaburi, an historic town in the western region of Thailand. Kanchanaburi is one of the most historical cities in Thailand, with ties to World War Two. Upon arrival, we’ll cross the bridge over River Kwai and visit the Jeath War Museum, a riveting experience providing an insight into the construction of the Death Railway from 1942 to 1943.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Erawan Waterfalls, recognised as being one of the most aesthetic waterfalls in Thailand. The waterfalls are located in the Erawan National Park, a stunning location situated in the Tenasserim Hills.
Elephants are considered sacred and are a revered, respected species in Thailand. Today, we’ll head to an elephant sanctuary, to spend a full day feeding and caring for these majestic creatures – a unique experience to remember, sure to live long in the memory.
It’d be a shame to travel to Thailand and leave without a customary elephant selfie to commemorate your visit! Be sure to bring a camera and capture your once in a lifetime moment!
After a long day at the sanctuary, catch up on some much needed rest ahead of a transfer to Ratchaburi in the morning!
Ratchaburi is a central Thai province, famous for its Damnoen Saduak floating market, an aquatic retail haven comprising traditional food, crafts and souvenirs.
Following an insight into contemporary Thailand during your time in Bangkok, the market is a phenomenal way to embrace the more conventional era of Thai civilisation.
After indulging in an alternative form of retail therapy, we’ll leave Ratchaburi and begin our transfer to Hua Hin.
From the bustling streets of Bangkok and sedate surroundings of Kanchanaburi, Hua Hin is a seaside resort located on the Gulf of Thailand, in the southern Thai province of Prachuap Khiri Khan.
Dressed in decadent sands and sprawling shores, Hua Hin is popular amongst beach enthusiasts and water sports fans.
Today, we’ll be sampling the much-loved Muay Thai, a traditional form of combat sport embraced by large sectors of the Thai community.
A truly spellbinding temple in the midst of a cave in the underbelly of Hua Hin, Phraya Nakhon Cave is a possessed with copious servings of mystique and intrigue.
Uncovered only to the eye of the most dedicated, ardent traveller, Phraya Nakhon Cave delivers a captivating spectacle once its protective shell is infiltrated – rest assured, this is a visual extravaganza too good to turn down!
It’s time to transfer to Khao Sok National Park, a nature reserve boasting staggering beauty; the park is known for an array of amazing wild animals, as well as the gargantuan rainforest – the perfect prelude to spending the night in idyllic floating bungalows…
Today, you’ll be presented with the opportunity to venture further into the delights of Khao Sok, with a boat tour of the area on the agenda; moreover, you’ll also partake in a kayaking session around Khao Sok, the ideal opportunity to absorb the natural beauty in the area and marvel at the decadent delights in the area many regard as being Thailand’s most absorbing nature park.
Today, we’ll be departing Khao Sok and heading to Phuket, a mountain clad, decadent island in the Andaman Sea.
An exotic cocktail of sun-kissed beaches and exhilarating culture, Phuket has firmly established itself as the most recognisable hotspot on the Thai map.
Upon arrival, you’ll be given an opportunity to enjoy some free time with your Campmates and explore the relics of Phuket.
Phuket has established itself as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand, with geographical diversity and an assortment of attractions catering to the needs of a range of visitors.
While beach lovers can enjoy the golden sands and translucent waters of Karon Beach and culture seeking visitors can visit the likes of the Buddhist temple Wat Chalong, the resort town of Patong Beach is famous for its nightlife and livelier surroundings.
Today, we’ll be visiting the popular resort town, before heading on a bar crawl around some of the most popular hotspots in the area!
Following the events of the evening prior, we’re sure that you’ll be keen to rest in the morning! In the morning, relax and recharge your batteries, grab some breakfast and prepare yourself for a transfer to Koh Phi Phi, the next location of our Camp Thailand Backpacking Party!
There’s no rest for the wicked with Camp Thailand; hot on the heels of our bar crawl, we’ll mark our arrival in Koh Phi Phi with a day on a booze cruise and a visit to Pileh Bay, a scenic bay surrounded by grace and charm.
Southwest of Tonsai Bay is Monkey Beach, an idyllic stretch of powdery white sand populated by monkeys. We’ll pay a visit to the beach before heading to the Banana Bar to unwind and watch a movie.
This morning, indulge in some spare time with your Campmates and reflect on your first two weeks of your Camp Thailand adventure!
The trip may’ve passed the halfway point, but there are plenty more memories waiting to be made, starting with a trip to the Phi Phi viewpoint! Make sure you’re wearing your comfiest walking shoes; this is a tough hike, although you’ll be treated to the most beautiful views upon reaching the summit! After the trek, we’ll transfer to Railay Beach.
A location accessible only by boat, Railay Beach is the epitome of paradise.
Contrary to popular belief, Railay Beach isn’t a solitary beach, but a small peninsula of containing a cluster of four beaches.
Today, you’ll be given a free day to enjoy the delights of this natural phenomenon, a favourite amongst rock climbers and beach dwellers alike.
To round off your day in style, you’ll even be given a fire-dancing lesson!
Following an exhilarating trip to Railay Beach, we’ll transfer to Krabi, enjoying a free day upon arrival.
A mesmerising natural pool, Emerald Pool represents yet another sight to behold in the midst of Thailand’s natural backdrop.
Encompassing green emerald waters, the pool is surrounded by a barrage of greenery, home to an assortment of wildlife.
After drying off, we’ll visit Tiger Temple and round the day off with a bar crawl in the centre of Krabi.
Let's get back to Thailands amazing island of beauty! Today, we’ll head back to Phuket and have one (or two!) drinks, its time for one last bar crawl!
It's your final night on the Backpackers Party. 😞 Time for you to pick up some souvenirs and do some last minute gift shopping for your family at home! You can chill next to the pool or even start planning your onward travel!
It’s been an incredible trip; we hope you’ve enjoyed every minute, but unfortunately, it’s reached that point when we need to go our separate ways and head home! With a whole host of other countries to explore, we’d love to see you again! Why not plan your next trip during your flight and get in touch upon your return?
Much love, as always! The Camp Thailand team xx
* Please note the tour finshes in Phuket, and you will make your own way to any onward travel arrangements*
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.
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.
Surat – Rooms Size 2-4,
Get ready for your real Thai experience and enjoy a stay in one of Thailand’s floating bungalows. Your accommodation is pretty basic and traditional so you get the real Thai experience. You will have shared bathroom facilities and basic low standing beds.
Kanchanaburi – Rooms Size 2-4, Air-con, Basic.
Life at an elephant sanctuary couldn’t get better, in Kanchanaburi, you will stay overnight near the elephant haven sanctuary where you will be spending your day with the beautiful elephants up close bathing them in the river. Your accommodation will be a basic hotel for the night, giving you enough time to rest after your long day.
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.
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 teaching in communities in local schools and getting up close and personal with Thailand’s elephants, while making friends for life. 🙂
Hua Hin – Rooms sizes 2-4, Air-conditioned, Basic, Onsite pool
Hua Hin gives you a huge onsite swimming pool to kick back and relax after a hard day’s work. There will be onsite laundry facilities and you will be situated a 20-minute drive away from the main city center and the beach.
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 Invasion@STAtravel.com.
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
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!?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.