Being a volunteer in Thailand will be a great experience for you, and we want you to be prepared for it. This is a guide that will give you all the necessary information you might need to volunteer in Thailand. We will talk about Thailand's culture, cuisine and history; but also about health and safety measures you might want to consider. We will provide you with important tips on where to go, what costs you can expect and when it is the best time to visit. Moreover, find out about the available volunteer opportunities in Thailand. Let's start!
Our table gives an overview on some of the average prices you need to know:
Additional costs: Please consider the costs of the program fees, you are volunteering in, the costs for your flight, visa and other important documents you might need.
Good to know: Tipping is not a standard in Thailand but it's appreciated. When there are a few coins left over from a bill, you can offer them as a tip.
It also rains sporadically during that season: in the early months it often rains for two hours a day, and then dries out. Late in the season the rains are at their heaviest, but as long as you are prepared for this, you can still have an enjoyable stay!
Whenever you're volunteering in Thailand: Bring a lot of light clothes!
You'll get to know Thailand's unique spirit, from the friendly people to the wonderful sights this country has to offer. Here is a list of things you shouldn't miss:
Top 5 beaches in Thailand:
Tip: The markets often offer the best food - from seafood to curries and noodle dishes, you'll find it all. Make sure to try many of the delicious Thai dishes while treating yourself with some of the local beer.
Tip: At Khao Yai national park it is possible to discover its network of hiking trails by yourself (along with waterfalls, orchids and wild animals!).
Tip: The city of Ayutthaya should definitely make it on your list! The city is located about 80 km north of Bangkok and was the capital of the kingdom of Siam. Today, it offers a stunning view over red brick temple ruins and is particularly beautiful at sunset.
Tip: The Railay peninsula is a great place for rock climbing. It is Thailand's premier site for climbers, and there you will find over 700 routes for beginners. You can also climb with a guide and it is possible to rent all of the equipment. If you prefer water sports, go on a rafting trip down the Pai River and take in waterfalls and hot springs on the way.
Well... let's say you want to vacation a little in Thailand, before you begin your volunteer work. Some citizens are allowed to obtain a Tourist Visa on arrival, without applying for a Visa at a Thai Embassy or Consulate in advance.If your home country has agreements on the exemption of visa requirements with Thailand, you are allowed to stay in the country as a tourist for up to 90, 30 or 15 days, depending on your home country. You can consult this list online.
But, please, before you take any decision, get informed about this in your home/residence country. These conditions can change from country to country!
If your country is not amongst the ones listed on the online list, you will need to apply for a regular tourist visa with the following documents: