Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is nestled in the heart of Thailand’s Jungles, where you will be surrounded by breathtaking views and incredible culture at this camp location.

During the Chiang Mai programme, you will be given the unbelievable opportunity to teach basic, conversational English to local children at Thai schools in the stunning Chiang Mai province.

Surrounded by beautiful mountains and jungles, Chiang Mai is a magical city in the north of Thailand with so much to offer. Whilst in Chiang Mai, you will have the chance to participate in activities such as: bamboo rafting, a refreshing waterfall visit, a bicycle tour and a temple tour.

One of the highlights of trips for many who visit Chiang Mai is a visit to an elephant nature park, during which time you will get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures and even bathe them in the local river! Chiang Mai city has a lot to offer, including beautiful Chiang Mai university and Chiang Mai’s famous night market where you can shop, listen to live music and immerse yourself in Thai culture.

Throughout the course of your visit, you will walk by many ornate temples as you explore the city. Overlooking Chiang Mai from its mountaintop sanctuary, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a famous and sacred temple where you can take a tram or climb 309 steps to the top. There is also a bustling nightlife in Chiang Mai, and Thai’s love karaoke! Don’t worry too much about the heat, when it gets too much you can chill out by your very own swimming pool!

Camp Highlights

 
Elephant Sanctuary
Swimming Pool at Accommodation
Teaching
 

Testimonials

Lauren 5

Camp Thailand was the best experience of my life!

Overall, Camp Thailand was an amazing opportunity for me, I cared for elephants, taught English to lots of really cool children, had my heart warmed by the amazing children in the orphanage, made some of the best memories and made friends for life! Finally I cant forget to give the reps a massive shout out Noah, Budgie, Chompooh, Tic and Lee, they were supportive, funny and the best reps we could have wished for!!

Robyn Shacklady Robyn Shacklady

The best time of my life!

I would recommend Camp Thailand to absolutely everyone and anyone! From teaching in the schools, helping at the orphanage, seeing the sights, all the activities and the crazy hard partying!!! It was literally a perfect mix! You really get to experience the Thai culture and see what a different world it is to what we are use to, it makes you so so grateful for what you have at home! But also you can fully have fun and enjoy it in your own way too! I did Camp C, met true friends for life! Crazy amazing memories! And I’m dying to go back, I went for 1 month and ended up staying in Thailand for 6. If you’re considering doing it, then I’d 100% recommend it, embrace Thailand and I’m sure you’ll fall in love like I did!

Arrival Info

Airport Pick Up: Transport from Bangkok International Airport to your hotel in Bangkok for your first night’s stay. (Please note, for free airport pick up you must meet us at 2.00 pm on your selected start date).

What's Included

What’s Included?

Airport Pick Up: Transport from Bangkok International Airport to your hotel in Bangkok for your first night’s stay. (Please note, for free airport pick up you must meet us at 2.00 pm on your selected start date).

Transport: To all Camp locations, included activities and English Camp placements.

Accommodation for your entire placement! (See our FAQ page for more information).

Elephant Conservation: During your first week of Camp we will take you on an elephant conservation visit. Time to get that elephant selfie!

Activities: We include a variety of exciting activities at each Camp location. These include: a water park trip, bicycle tour, Muay Thai boxing, hiking up a waterfall and enjoying natural hot-springs, bamboo rafting, Thai language and cooking classes and BBQ bonfire parties). * Each Camp Location has different activities; please see itineraries for details.

A free Camp Thailand polo t-shirt that you can teach in when at the school.

A free sun tan!

What's Not Included

Flights

Insurance (Click Here to see our insurance provider)

Personal expenses while at Camp (food, drink, souvenirs and general daily living costs)

Vaccinations

Costs incurred to attending our Pre Departure Orientation Meeting in our Sydney Office or via Skype (additional charges are required for the Skype Orientation) (For queries about this please contact the office on +61 2 8003 4519 or click here)

Extra excursions you may wish to get involved; we offer included activities at all our Camps. However, on your free days there are extras you can do which our reps are always happy to help arrange. These never usually cost more than $10 – $20. Also during your free evenings you are given independent time, so we always encourage exploring the local area and making the most on extra curricular activities on offer, which may incur costs.

Australian National Police Check $42

Available Tours and Extras

Extended Bangkok Tour! – $149
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If one night in Bangkok isn’t enough for you, then you should definitely sign up to our Extended Bangkok Tour which is available at Camp Hua Hin Breach and Garden, Real Thai and Chiang Mai. This tour is the perfect opportunity to explore Bangkok with our Camp Thailand Team who have travelled Thailand many times before, whilst getting to know your new best friends for the next month! You will be able to immerse yourself in Thai Culture and get a taste of the city that really does never sleep. We will take you to do a number of activities such as experiencing a Grand Palace Tour, a Long Tail Boat Ride and much much more!

If you are not partaking in this extended tour, you will have free time. Phone us on:+61 28003 4519 or log in to your account to book on today, as there are only limited spaces available!

Island Hopping Tour – $699
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A trip to Thailand is not complete without visiting the country’s incredible islands. So, the Camp Thailand Team have created the Island Hopping Tour, exclusive to Camp Thailand applicants, where you will have the opportunity to visit Thailand’s best islands; Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan! With stretches of white sandy beaches, looming palm trees and crystal clear oceans – this kind of beauty has to be seen to be believed! For more information, just give us a call on +61 28003 4519

Itinerary

Day 1
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Arrival – Arrive in Bangkok and check-in at your hotel for the next few nights!

Day 2
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Optional Bangkok Tour ($149) – If you choose to do the Bangkok Tour, then you’ll be exploring this incredible city for the day with the group. If not, then you are more than welcome to explore the capital yourself!

Day 3
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Head to Camp – Head from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, your new home for the next few weeks. Check-in and freshen up then take a dip in the pool.

Day 4
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Check in Chiang Mai – Head from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, your new home for the next few weeks. Check-in and freshen up then take a dip in the pool.

Day 5
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Bamboo water rafting – Head up into the hills and have a go at bamboo water rafting!

Day 6
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Thai Langage and TEFL – Time to get started with a bit of Thai Language and preparation for the schools!

Day 7
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Thai Langage and TEFL – Time to get started with a bit of Thai Language and preparation for the schools!

Day 8
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Spend your day teaching and making a difference to schools in the surrounding areas. In the afternoon, relax at the pool or experience an activity in the local area.

Day 9
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Spend your day teaching and making a difference to schools in the surrounding areas. In the afternoon, relax at the pool or experience an activity in the local area.

Day 10
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Temple Tour and Boxing – Get a tour around Chiang Mai and visit its many world famous temples. In the evening, get your gloves on and do some boxing.

Day 11
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Orphanage/Elephant Day – Depending on group size, half of the group will visit the orphanage and the other half will have a day at the elephant sanctuary.

Day 12
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Orphanage/Elephant Day – Depending on group size, half of the group will visit the orphanage and the other half will have a day at the elephant sanctuary.

Day 13
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Thai Langage and TEFL – Time to get started with a bit of Thai Language and preparation for the schools.

Day 14
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Teaching – Spend your day teaching and making a difference to schools in the surrounding areas. In the afternoon, relax at the pool or experience an activity in the local area.

Day 15
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Teaching – Spend your day teaching and making a difference to schools in the surrounding areas. In the afternoon, relax at the pool or experience an activity in the local area.

Day 16
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Teaching – Spend your day teaching and making a difference to schools in the surrounding areas. In the afternoon, relax at the pool or experience an activity in the local area.

Day 17
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Travel to Hua Hin – Travel to Hua Hin over night from Chiang Mai.

Day 18
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Arrive Hua Hin to pool party – Arrive in Hua Hin and have a welcome meal and pool party.

Free afternoon - Spend a day at the beach or exploring the town.
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Free afternoon – Spend a day at the beach or exploring the town.

Day 20
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Temple Tour – Explore the local area and visit some land marks and temples in the Hua Hin area.

Day 21
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Head back to Bangkok – Head back to Bangkok or if you don’t want your Camp Thailand adventure to be over then begin the Island Hopping Tour!

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 programme 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.

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 programme 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.

Programme Requirements

18+

A clear Australian National Police Check ($42)

Attending our Pre Departure Orientation Meeting in our Sydney Office or via Skype (additional charges are required for the Skype Orientation) (For queries about this please contact the office on +61 2 8003 4519 or click here)

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!

FAQ's
Am I responsible for booking my own flights?

Your Camp Thailand programme fee does not include the cost of your transportation to Thailand, or your transportation out of Thailand when your Camp Thailand programme finishes.

Our in-house flight team will be in touch shortly after you have paid your programme deposit. Alternatively, please email flights@invasion.com

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

You will stay in a bright and airy, bunk bedded room typically with 3-5 other people (of the same gender as yourself) sharing the room. We also have a couple of dorm style rooms which house up to 12 people.

Most of the rooms are fan cooled and in some locations they will have Air con. 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.

Most Camp Thailand participants think that it is more fun to stay in the bunk bedded rooms with their new friends – but if you are travelling with a partner and wish to have more privacy you may wish to consider your own private room for the duration of your stay. To discuss this further, please contact the office.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting.

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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting.

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. There is an on-site restaurant at Camp B’s Guest House, offering a variety of choices of fresh Thai food that are both delicious and inexpensive. 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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting.

Are meals at Camp Thailand included in the program fee?

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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting.

Are there washing machines on hand at our accommodation?

For about $2 AUD 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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting.

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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting.

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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting.

Will I make friends at Camp Thailand?

Definitely! You will be making friends from the moment you land in Bangkok, 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

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting.

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 Australia that are arriving in Thailand by air and are staying for 30 days or less, no visa is normally required. For visitors from Australia that are arriving in Thailand by sea or land, only a 15 day visa will be granted. So, if you are a visitor from Australia, 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. If you are planning on doing the Cambodia trip, or any other travel to other countries while you are here in Asia and then coming back to Thailand you are best advised to apply for a double entry, 60 day tourist visa.

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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting.

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.

An Australian National Police Check is required. 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 +61 28003 4519.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting.

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

You should wear your Camp Thailand polo shirt in the schools. One will be issued to you as part of your programme fee. However, you may want to purchase one or more of these shirts at a cost of $20 AUD each, as you will be teaching in 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 teaching 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.

When teaching in Mini-English Summer camps, the only approved top for men and women is the Camp Thailand Polo shirt.

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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting.

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.

What is the programme orientation that I have to attend?

As part of your programme participation, you will be required to attend a compulsory pre-departure orientation meeting held at our head office in Sydney, Australia. Its an amazing way to meet the Camp Thailand Team and get a taste for what a day in our office is like. We will go over everything about Thailand and what you can expect so that you are fully prepared for the time of your life.

Under extenuating circumstances, we are able to offer a Skype orientation at a time that suits you. This will be at a cost of $30. Please contact the office for more information.


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