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Project Description

Thailand has sunshine, warm weather and clear days for most of the year round.  It also offers some of the best beaches in the world, beautiful clear warm water, layers of marine life that will swim around you as you snorkel or scuba.  There is a beach for everyone, from laid back beaches to party beaches, you never have to go far to find what you are looking for.

Thai food is not only cheap, but it is excellent and offers loads of variety.  Shopping is another reason to visit this gorgeous country, bargain in the markets or head to the big city malls in Bangkok where you can buy anything from art to pants.

Thailand is known as The Land of Smiles and its not just in the natural diverse beauty that you find all round it but its in the warm, soft spoken and smiling Thai people.  This is a destination you want to plan for, come with high expectations because you won’t be disappointed!

Community Development

  • 4 Day Hospital Build $400 CND (* Includes Accommodation and transportation, food on build )
  • 11 Day Tour $2800 per person sharing.  (*Price includes  2 x domestic flights )
  • Total $3200

Includes

  •  **Internal Flights from Chiang Mai to Phuket
  •  **Internal Flights from Phuket to Bangkok

Date: September 16-30 2019

Fundraise: $1250 (* Each person is responsible for raising their portion of the fundraise )

Maximum Number: 14

Minimum Number: 6

For every 1,000 babies born in Thailand, 11 will die before their first birthday.  Most of these children will come from rural areas where over 7/1 million people struggle to survive.  This statistic is even larger within the elderly communities and by the year 2023 more than 20% of the population will be over the age of 60.

Many  seniors are suffering from increased health problems which is outpacing the capacity of Thailand’s healthcare services, especially in poor, rural areas.   Many seniors in Thailand depend on caretakers and relatives to bring them to health facilities which is tough for those living in rural areas or who do not have the support of family.  Our hospital project is focused on support the sick elderly who do not have a strong family infrastructure.

Saving The Hungry has partnered with a local organisation in Bangkok to build seniors homes for those living on the street and in high risk situations.  Working alongside the seniors is one of our greatest privileges as we honor the people that took care of others.

Construction – Hiking  – Walking – Climbing – Swimming

Dates: September 6th – 30th

Trip Length: 15 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Age appropriateness: 12+

Location: View map

Day # 1

Welcome to Thailand, land of smiles!  Our driver will pick you up for the airport and transport you 30 minutes to your volunteer dormitory located in Chiang Mai (sorry married couples, you will be in separate dorm rooms). Settle in, have a nap or orientate yourself by wondering the streets or dine at a local restaurant. Tomorrow Saving The Hungry will be picking you up to take to you to where you will be volunteering.

Day #2, 3,, 4 and 5

Today you begin changing the lives of the seniors in Chaing Mai.  Our project is a 15 minutes walk from your accommodation.  Your project is adding to the work the last team has completed, which could be adding walls on the concrete block (completed), adding a roof, building a bathroom, putting in aluminum doors and windows or tilling the floors. Local skilled labor will work alongside us as we do not take work away from the local community.

The hospital is a free-standing building built from light concrete blocks and a steel roof.  The purpose of the hospital is to rehabilitate the elderly and train them in the art of crafts so that they can earn an income.

Day #6

Thank you for your work within the local community, now its time to play!  Our driver is going to take you on a half day tour of Chiang Mai where we will visit the local temples and hear about the history of this great nation and the roots of the warm Thai people.

First you start at Wat Phra Singh Temple before  you move onto the Wat Chedi Laung Temple.  This temple is partially in ruins due to an earthquake in the 1500s. After this you do a stop at Wat Chiang Man Temple which is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai. Then you continue to Wat Suan Dok, which houses many of the remains of generations of the old Chiang Mai Royal Family. Finally, visit Wat Jet Yot which was built in the Mahabodhi style from India to house the Eighth World Buddhist Council in 1453.

Day #7

For the animal lovers on the team, this is going to be an exciting day as you visit the elephant sanctuary located in the jungles near Chiang Mai. Due to the remoteness of the location you will be driven in 4WD truck. First, you’ll learn about the project and hear the amazing stories of each rescued and orphaned elephants. Then it’s time to feed the elephants before you enjoy a fully inclusive buffet lunch.

After lunch stroll through the bush with a herd of elephants as you take them to the river where you will help bath them with the herd to the nearby river. Here you will have the opportunity to observe or participate in bathing the elephants with the sanctuary staff. After you have said your farewells, return back to the hotel for some leisure time or explore the vibrant nightlife that Chiang Mai has to offer.

Day #8

Experience seeing three countries in one day, today as you go to the “Golden Triangle” which connects Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand. Finish out the day with a visit to local tribes.  Today we go on a tour to discover the Golden Triangle. En-route, you’ll visit the hot springs of Pong Prabat for a relaxing soak in the midst of nature. Then onto the ancient city of “Chiang Saen”. Followed by going to the river where three borders meet: “The Golden Triangle”. Enjoy lunch here among the scenic landscape with the sound of the river nearby.

After lunch you will head to Mae Sai where this friendly town has a jovial atmosphere. You will visit Akha and Yao Hill Tribe Villages on the way back to Chiang Mai. These colorful people share unique traditions and still live in relatively the same manner as 1,000 years ago. The Akha are known for their ornate jewelry and head ornaments. Contrast that with the Yao who typically wear black shirts with a large bright red collar and ornately decorated pants.

Day #9

Sleep in or pick up your souviners in the morning because this afternoon you will be transported to the airport where you will board a flight to Phuket. Upon arrival, our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for check in. Phuket, is a mountainous rain forest island in the Andaman Sea, which has some of the most popular beaches in Thailand.  Here you will find wonderful markets,  little shop houses, beach bars and nightclubs.

Day #10

Beach Day – your day to lie in the sun, wonder the town or sleep in.

Day #11

Bring your cameras for your island day cruise.  There are 42 islands in the Phang-Nga Bay National Park and you will get to travel in and around many of these magnificent island and view the land and seascape. Limestone cliffs rise vertically out of the sea creating a surreal image fit for a mythological legend. We use kayaks to visit the tidal caves and washouts called “Hongs” which are part of the incredible limestone karst formations that have made the area a backdrop for countless international movies. Explore, swim, relax, or even make a Loy Krathong; a decorative float that the Thai people set sail on streams and rivers. En-route back to Phuket, you will enjoy a buffet dinner while you are entertained by “Star Games” on the starlight deck.

Day #12

Beach Day – your day to lie in the sun, wonder the town or sleep in.

Day #13

Pack your backpack with snacks and sunscreen, today is a full-day tour to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. You will see colorful merchants paddling along congested canals in canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables. Afterwards you head to River Kwai for lunch and a visit to the town’s famous war museum.

Day #14

The first destination is Wat Phra Kaew, the chapel of the Emerald Buddha, which houses the world’s most famous image of Buddha. . Followed by The Grand Palace which encompasses several major buildings. The most prominent include The Throne Hall, The Reception Hall and The Coronation Hall. Afterwards you will visit Wat Traimit Temple, the temple of the golden Buddha. It weighs 5.5 tons of solid gold and was sculptured in the Sukhothai style.

Day#15

Time to go home.  Our guide will transfer you to Bangkok International Airport.

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Deposit

An initial 30% deposit is required to secure your seat for the tour.

 Included:

  • Transportation in and around the country
  • Internal flights
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation
  • Meals while volunteering
  • Meals as listed in itinerary (aside from volunteering)
  • Entrance Fee
  • Conservation Levy’s

Additional Costs NOT included:

  • International Flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Laundry
  • Other food not mentioned above
  • Alcohol
  • Water and snacks
  • Food you wish to buy for the local children/ seniors (optional)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Souvenirs
  • Restaurant and driver tips
  • Items not mentioned above

Q – How long before we leave should I book?

A – We have spots for up to a maximum of 12 people, so the sooner you book and pay a deposit, the sooner we can confirm your place on the team. ** Please note that the less people on the trip the greater the fundraising efforts.

Q – Do I have to book my accommodation while travelling through Saving the Hungry?

A – If you would like to keep your costs down, we suggest you book your accommodation through us. Saving the Hungry has negotiated lower rates with the local hotels and tour providers.

Q – Do I need to stay with the team while volunteering?

A – Yes, this is not optional!  Everyone needs to stay together to make it convenient for our partners to transport us.

Q – When is the final payment due?

A – Final payment is required 90 days before you leave.

Q How much money should I budget on spending a day?

A – $20 Canadian Dollars per day would be a comfortable budget (additional sightseeing, liquor and souvenirs excluded)

QHow much do I tip?

Y – Tour guides, cab drivers, waiters and porters generally expect a tip of 10% for a job well done.

Q – What kind of accommodation can I expect?

A – Lodging is clean but very simple and rustic.  While volunteering the rooms are men or women dormitories with bunk beds, a ceiling fan and a shelf.   Once we start to explore the country the accommodation will range be a solid 3 to 3 ½ star (comparable to Canadian standards).  We do not specialize in luxury trips!

Q – How will I get around?

A – From arrival to departure all your travel is taken care of.

Q – What kind of clothing should I bring?

A –60 days prior to departure we will send you a list of recommended clothing.

Q – What vaccinations will I need?

A –   Tetanus, Diptheria, Rubella,Typhoid, rabies and Hep B and A are highly recommended.

Q – How long does my passport need to be valid for?

All passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of return into Thailand and must have two blank pages available for entry/exit stamps. Passengers travelling on foreign passports must contact the applicable consulate office for entry requirements and the Thai authorities for re-entry requirements. Saving the Hungry cannot accept responsibility for incorrect documentation.

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