Cultural immersion holiday in Thailand

Description of Cultural immersion holiday in Thailand

Get closer to Thailand on this cultural journey that takes you to the centre of life here. You'll be off the beaten track and away from other tourists on your own tailor-made tour. Mildly challenging, you'll get to stay in three small communities discovering hidden customs and authentic village family life. Make real connections with your hosts as they teach you about agriculture, hill tribes and the history of old Siam on this stimulating adventure.

Get your first glimpse of the Thai countryside on the scenic drive from Bangkok into the heart of Thailand's rice-growing Central Plains region. Feel at home as you get to know a farmer and his family. Explore paddy fields close to the village and earn Buddhist merit when you're taken to the temple to give Alms to the monks. You'll also have a whole day's trip to nearby Ayuthaya to absorb the UNESCO world heritage ruins and history of this fascinating city.

Fly north to Chiang Mai to stay in a Hmong hilltribe village. Discover the cultures and religions of the community as a guest taking in local museums, farms and watching traditional song and dance. Head out on a gentle trekking tour to take in the lush fertile landscape and see the sun set over the valley.

Move onto countryside village, Chiang Dao to be treated to two days of wonderful home cooking as you get to explore the beautiful natural scenery of this area. Visit the wildlife sanctuary to see fascinating rare birds at sunrise, atmospheric caves and have a picnic in the forest. Go to the local market and visit other nearby hilltribe communities before leaving for your boutique hotel in Chiang Mai town to finish with a trip to the famous night bazaar.

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Departure information

This trip is a private tour. It can be taken on dates to suit you, subject to availability. The itinerary can be customised.
Holiday type

Tailor made holidays

This holiday is designed for people who like to travel on their own, as a couple, as a family or as friends (not in a group with other people they do not know previously). You will not have a 'tour leader' or an 'escort' with you all the time. We run our own operations so do not need to rely on this type of arrangement to make sure your holiday is organised. We work hand-in-hand with our unique network of local people who are backed up by our carefully-picked drivers and local office. This means you will meet a range of trusted local people throughout your holiday and have time on your own, with full confidence that your holiday will run smoothly at all times.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cultural immersion holiday in Thailand

All our holidays are deliberately designed to be as socially responsible as possible, working in harmony with the daily lives of local people.

On all of our holidays, you will spend most of your time areas away from the main tourist destinations, therefore providing additional income in local economies that may not normally benefit from revenue from tourism.

On this holiday, you will get a unique insight into the different cultures of people who live in Thailand. You will learn about a Thailand far away from the highlights of Bangkok, gaining a real understanding of authentic village life. You will meet and stay in the homes of Thai people who range from a rice farmer, the traditional "backbone" of the Thai economy, to a Christian priest in a little-visited Hmong hill tribe village who will introduce you to the traditional way of life of his flock.

Reviews of Cultural immersion holiday in Thailand

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Where do I begin?! The traditional Thai dancing was absolutely stunning - we had a taste of four different types of dance by the elegant dancers, as well as a charming routine by a young girl.

It was also wonderful to visit a local temple with Tim, who was a delightfully warm & friendly guide - it was great to meet her husband and sweet little granddaughter too! Our guide at Ayutthaya was a wonderfully characterful person - he was very sensitive when taking us round the various temples, giving us just enough information to take in and just enough time to wander on our own. We even had a ride on an elephant too, while he was happy to wait for us. He also found the time to take us round a local market & point out various produce, as well as taking us to a great roadside café for lunch.

We arranged to see the White Buddha as well as the Magic cave & Bat cave from the eco lodge, all of which were great experiences. Leo, our guide, also took us to a local fruit market and told us a bit about some of the local tropical fruits. We had a great time in the evening, as the manager of the eco lodge invited us out to her local pub to hear the local Country & Western band! This was really surreal hearing American C&W played so authentically in Thailand, but it was great to meet the band, as well as hear about life in Thailand from an expat's perspective - we were even tempted to move out there ourselves! Bonsai, our guide at the national park was great at leading us to see all sorts of monkeys & gibbons, and pointed out lots of jungle fruit, bugs and spiders, as well as being a great character.

Nung and Jiab were quite exceptional in the amount of things they showed us and taught us! On the first day, we went to the local organic mushroom farm, which was fascinating, as well as visiting a local market and stopping to look at a field of rubber trees. The local lady who gave us each a traditional Thai massage was amazing! Quite possibly the best massage I've ever experienced! In the evening, we had a wonderful meal at a local restaurant - really delicious. The next day was jam-packed with activities - breakfast at the local market, then another breakfast back at the house; then a trip to the local waterfall; home for a swim in the lake; then a fabulous cooking lesson, the delectable results we ate for lunch.

After this, we went to a local silk-weaving factory and yet another market, in which both our hosts were keen to introduce us to as many local delicacies as possible. All these experiences gave us innumerable insights into life in Thailand that we couldn't have got otherwise. While everything was wonderful, but there were some days that really stood out. The visit to the national parkwas one of the highlights - Bonsai was a great guide and very informative and entertaining. We really felt like we'd got away from it all in the jungle and even had a go at swinging from the trees like Tarzan! Watching the bats come out of the cave was also incredible - if we hadn't taken so many photos it'd be hard to believe that we actually saw so many!

Our time at with Nung and Jiab was also absolutely wonderful - what a wonderful place - so peaceful and tranquil and with such charming hosts. We'd definitely like to go back there if we ever visit Thailand again.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Book it as soon as possible! You won't be disappointed.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Definitely - it really felt like all the hosts guides and drivers were really happy with their jobs & that it was a pleasure for them to do their jobs well and professionally.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Simply the best honeymoon anyone could wish for - we'll remember it forever. Thank you to this operator!

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2006 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The exciting part of the trip was dealing with the floods in the central plains, as this is something you never have to deal with in the UK. The most memorable part of the trip was all the great views and just meeting the local people.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure you take a Thailand Dictionary and lots and lots of mosquito spray.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

We benefited the local people because we spent money in the communities, and we did not cause any negative impact on the environment due to us living with locals.

4. Any other comments?

It was a little disappointing in parts, but the rest of it most enjoyable.

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