Trip Details

Based in the seaside town of Hua Hin, our program offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in Thai culture through a variety of different cultural activities and sightseeing in the morning and free time in the afternoons to fully enjoy the gorgeous beach surroundings.

Cultural Excursions

This program is filled with cultural activities that will show you authentic Thailand. During the program, you’ll get a chance to explore several famous sights around Hua Hin, followed by Thai customs, language, cooking and Muay Thai lessons. Buddhism will play a big part with a visit to Buddhist temples (‘Wat’ in Thai) to learn about Thai Buddhism. Moreover, there are also visits scheduled to several local markets where you can witness the local Thai lifestyle and taste scrumptious food, delicacies and other products.

Beach Conservation (Environmental)

Everybody enjoys the beautiful and tropical beaches that Thailand has to offer. Local people will educate you about the flora and fauna surrounding the beaches in Hua Hin, and what the people undertake to protect and conserve them. You will be expected to play your part in helping with the conservation of Hua Hin’s natural surroundings.

Beach

Every day, we will take you to a different beach where you will be able to sit back, relax and unwind amidst white sand and crystal-clear blue waters.

Aims & Objectives

  • Help you familiarise yourself with the local surroundings
  • Provide a full induction, preparing you for a longer stay!
  • Broaden your knowledge of the local customs, history and culture

Trip Itinerary

Mandatory Orientation Day

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Schedule

  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
  • Thai Do’s and Don’ts, Thai Culture Lessons and Thai Language Lessons.
  • Tour around the compound and local area where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
  • Visit a famous Bhuddist temple nearby
  • Lunch
  • Visit the beach

Weekly Schedule

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Excursion to Hin Lek Fai Viewpoint
  • Visit to a famous Buddhist temple nearby
  • Lunch
  • Free afternoon at Hua Hin Beach
  • Welcome Party with local children performing a Thai traditional dance

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Giving food to Monk in the early morning
  • Explore Khao Takiab Temple; get a short introduction to Buddhist rituals
  • Lunch
  • Free time at Sai Noi Beach
  • Dinner

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Excursion to the Artist Village
  • Visit Hua Hin Train Station
  • Visit the Market; buy materials for cooking lessons
  • Thai Cooking Lesson
  • Lunch
  • Free time at Sea Pine Beach
  • Dinner
  • Thai Language Lesson

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Excursion to Pranburi Forest Park, famous for its mangrove plantations, where we will clean the beach
  • Lunch
  • Free time at Pranburi Beach
  • Transfer back to our centre
  • Dinner

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Thai Language Lesson
  • Muay Thai Lesson
  • Lunch
  • Trekking up to Khao Kalok Hill
  • Free time at Khao Kalok Beach
  • Dinner

Evenings and Weekends

After a day of creative exploits, you can choose to explore the area or head further afield on the weekends. Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends through the week and travel further afield at the weekends!

Please note:

This schedule can be changed depending on weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s most popular beach destinations and is located only 280 kilometers Southwest of Bangkok. Hua Hin is where the city meets the sea. Scrumptious seafood, lively markets, never-sleeping bars, long beaches and palm tree-decorated landscapes make up this bustling town!

Accommodation 

Our centre is located in the hilly countryside of Prachuap Khiri Khan province amidst green surroundings. The accommodation consists of spacious rooms. There is a common area with a refrigerator, hammocks and a large communal swimming pool for you to chill.

Available Room Types

Standard shared rooms 4 people share on a single-gender basis
Private rooms 1-4 people
Comfort rooms 1-2 people

Food Arrangements

All the meals served inside the accommodation are homestyle, vegetarian-friendly and you can expect that they will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice or noodle dishes with vegetables and occasionally some meat will be provided as well, along with seasonal fruits for dessert.

While we do our best to accommodate our participants, what we provide for most meals is local cuisine. If you are a picky eater, have dietary restrictions, or if you think that you will not be satisfied with the local dishes provided, you might want to consider supplementing our menu with your own western type foods and snacks that are more to your liking. From our accommodation and you can use our bikes to ride to a few convenience stores nearby.

Please keep in mind that refrigerator space is limited and to prevent insect infestation open food items are not allowed in the rooms.

Facilities
Most of your day will be spent in Hua Hin city centre, where all amenities can be found.

Activities & Events
Monday Evening
You will go to the night market in Hua Hin city. Try some of the delicious local food that is freshly cooked and instantly served to you. Taste a variety of inexpensive street food.

Wednesday Evening
You will go to the night market in Hua Hin city. Try some of the delicious local food that is freshly cooked and instantly served to you. Taste a variety of inexpensive street food.

Friday Evening
You will go to the Cicada Market, a colourful night market offering freshly cooked food from different shopkeepers. Look around the many art exhibitions, see the local handmade products and souvenirs which are very attractive and listen to live music featuring local artists.

Sights & Surroundings
Hua Hin, is a lively fisherman-town and popular tourist destination, and it has a lot to offer besides just sunbathing, snorkelling and swimming at its golden beaches. Not only are there plenty of seafood restaurants and other eateries to choose from, but visitors can also enjoy golf, spas, shops, markets (including a popular night market), and Hua Hin’s Vana Nava water park.

You might also consider visiting Khao Tekiab, a mountain at the end of the beach with a temple atop that overlooks the beach.

Hua Hin is also surrounded by beautiful national parks and you might decide to go slightly further afield to explore the likes of the Pa La-U Waterfall, located 60 km west of Hua Hin in the south side of the Kaeng Krachan National Park. Alternatively, 45 km to the south of Hua Hin is the mystical Phraya Nakhon cave for the more adventurous!

Trip Country Info

Thailand

Population: Approx. 67 million
Capital: Bangkok
Language: Thai
Currency: Baht (THB)
Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)

From trekking in the beautiful mountains of the north to enjoying the glorious beaches in the south and experiencing the hustle and bustle of the metropolis that is Bangkok, Thailand is certainly not a country that lacks variety.

Whilst it really is at the heart of Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, its cultural identity remains very unique. As the only country in Southeast Asia to avoid European powers, the Thai are proud to refer to themselves as ‘The Land of the Free’ and many tourists might also know it as ‘The Land of Smiles’ due to its friendly people.

Thailand is not only a famous holiday and gap year travel destination, but one of the most exciting countries in the world. Gap year travel to Thailand enables you to experience the excitement of city life as well as the serenity of some of the most spectacular remote islands and countryside areas.  By booking your gap year holiday to Thailand with TRU, you will be able to get a unique view of this amazing country that is difficult to replicate on your own.  We have a fabulous selection of gap year adventures in Thailand from Gibbon encounters and Elephant Sanctuary work to Clayhouse building and volunteering programs.

With our range of ongoing programs, you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.  Have a look at our latest volunteering and gap year travel to Thailand below or give us a call to find out more about our exciting gap year programs in Thailand.

You can take this opportunity to mix and match projects tailor to your preference. Why pick one when you can pick several.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Under 18, Parental Consent is Required
Travel Insurance

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa