Trip Details

Pottery making is an ancient art and there are lots of things for the novice potter to learn and the advanced potter to explore. A local artisan will guide you through the process of making your own earthenware pieces and share the techniques that have long been used in Thai pottery.

This workshop invites you to delve into an artistic adventure that engages your artistic passion in what may be – a new and different way. It’s all about taking you through the basics in this week long course, trimming traditional pottery forms, and Thai pottery techniques such as pulling handles. Which will allow you to bring your ideas and sketches to life, as you immerse yourself in this creative skill-building workshop, designed to improve your pottery making abilities.

You will attend several workshops under the direction of a local pottery artist. During your program you will also make a scheduled visit to Ban Chiang, which is an important prehistoric cultural and archaeological site, recognised by UNESCO for its significance to world heritage. There you will have an opportunity to explore the juxtaposition of a new, contemporary visual language in pottery, by examining iconic pottery forms with earthenware clay, and engage in further discovery of the connection between form and surface, while addressing alteration, both on and off the wheel.

Most importantly, you will bring your favourite creative expression to life in the form of your own ceramic work, when you use decorative techniques of drawing, painting and carving into the ceramics while they dry.

Aims & Objectives

  • Develop your artistic skills and ability through hands on activity
  • Learn technical terms and express your creative flare using pottery
  • Learn more about the history of Thai art and its importance within Thai culture

Trip Itinerary

Introduction to local artist and getting acquainted with location and program
Floating rafts on the lake
Enjoy the many cultural aspects of a local Night Market

Visit Ban Chiang Museum
Sketch Pottery Workshop
Enjoy one of the area’s largest Night Markets

Day trip to Nong Khai
Wat Aranyabanpot to view local paintings and temple art
Nong Khai Museum
Explore the local market and meet local people
Sunset Boat Cruise to friendship bridge
Pizza Dinner

Pottery Workshop
Lunch at the Resort
Pottery painting
Learn to cook Isaan Food
Enjoy the dinner you have made

Pottery Workshop
Free time : swimming pool
Make a personalized, decorated, wish ribbon to hang in the tree at the resort.
Goodbye BBQ & Campfire Dinner

Saturday & Sunday

Weekends are free for you to explore beautiful Thailand. 🙂

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

About 40 minutes outside of Udon Thani is where you will find our accommodation, in the town of Nong Bua Lamphu. Around 200 years ago, this town with a population of more than 21,000, was established by Lao people from the left side of Mekong River, but it was once was part of the province of Udon Thani. In 1993, the province of Nong Bua Lamphu,with its more than 500,000 residents, was established as one of the country’s newest provinces.

Locals in the town of Nong Bua Lamphu are mainly engaged in agricultural activities with rice and sugarcane farming. Unlike many of the other markets you might visit in Thailand, you will not see throngs of tourists at the night market. It is usually patronized by locals and a few expats residing in the area. Even though the city is not an illogical stop for people traveling from Laos to Thailand. There are also many attractions in the area such as Ban Chiang, a site noted by the Unesco World heritage list as one of the most important archaeological destinations in Southeast Asia,other places of interest include the Red Lotus Sea, Fossil Museum, Kaeng Khut Khu Rapid and loads of national parks and viewpoints.

Accommodation & Food

You will be staying in a local guesthouse that will provide the mix of comfort with the feel of an artistic retreat. It has hot showers, western toilets and separate rooms for male and female participants, all within in a delightful community setting.

Food Arrangements
A variety of Thai style dishes (vegetarian and fish) will be served. Mostly rice dishes will be provided in addition to fruits and vegetables, on a few occasions meat may be available too.

Three Meals during the week and Two meals on weekends

There are ATMs and small local stores about a 20 minute walk away, but there will be opportunities to visit larger stores, pharmacies, local markets, etc., to meet any of your basic travel needs, via transportation from the accommodation.

Sights & Surroundings

  • Red Lotus Sea
  • Fossil Museum,
  • Kaeng Khut Khu Rapids
  • Loei
  • Khon Kaen
  • Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Rai
  • Vientiane, Laos

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Akha Village Chiang Rai
  • Hua Hin
  • Kaeng Krachan
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Mae Sot
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Singburi
  • Suphan Buri
  • Train Track Northern Thailand
  • Trunk to the South
  • Umphang
  • Wang Nam Khiao

Trip Country Info


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

No requirements have been provided.

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