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There are 2705 reviews for 263 Hosts and organizations in Thailand.
263 Hosts in Thailand were rated at least 4.8/5!
Everything related to this experience was perfect except for the time when you have to say goodbye. The kindness, predisposition and naturalness on th...
by Victor , 04/04/2020
I spent one month at Annie's place in Chiang Mai, helping with some IT work, especially in making the hostel website. The work is very low stress and ...
by Antonio , 03/04/2020
If you write with tears in your eyes, you can tell how the experience roots on you. How deep arrived and how much it changed you.
Yes, I’m crying.
by Marta , 02/04/2020
Thanks Shu and Ayumi for this memorable volunteer experience!
I stayed at Shu's place for close to 3 weeks with my girlfriend and two of my friends. W...
by Aron , 01/04/2020
This eco village was my first time in Asian countryside. The place is in the middle of 'nowhere' in Thailand. The whole place amazed me, beautiful gar...
by Aron , 01/04/2020
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“Amazing Thailand” or “the land of smiles”, as it is affectionately known, has been a popular choice for backpackers and holiday makers since the 1960s. Workaway volunteers can look forward to pristine beaches, national parks, delicious food and a rich cultural heritage. Located in the heart of South East Asia, it is a great place to start your adventures as there is easy access to neighbouring Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and even Myanmar (Burma).
There is a high demand throughout Thailand for teaching English and helping out at hostels, but also many opportunities with sustainable farms, social welfare initiatives, eco retreats and animal sanctuaries amongst others. It is possible to combine volunteering with island hopping, visiting world class diving locations, beach parties, taking in the sights and sounds of cities, as well as exploring national parks and jungle.
The country has a wealth of native plants and animals in addition to diverse landscapes. As a result, Thailand has established 127 national parks and 22 marine parks that enable the conservation of the country's rich flora and fauna.
Theravada Buddhism has remained central to Thai culture since 13th century and boasts over 40,000 “wats” or temples and countless Buddhas to greet you throughout your stay, as do the Thai national flags! As around 95% of the country consider themselves to be Theraveda Buddhists, and buddhist philosophy plays a huge role in day-to-day life, especially with regards to their conduct in public.
It is important to appear calm, relaxed, positive and friendly. Displays of emotion are viewed in a negative light, especially anger. Their easy-going and gentle manner of interracting, along with the importance of having a sense of humour and fun “sanuk”, makes it a very appealing destination.
However, it is necessary to be aware of the following to avoid offending the locals: Feet are considered to be unclean and so it is rude to use them to point with, to rest them on a chair or show the soles of the feet whilst sitting on the floor. Shoes should be taken off when entering a home.
Conversely the head is considered to be the most revered part of the body and it is very disrespectful to put your hand on someone’s head.
As with many Asian countries, you should use your right hand to give people objects or money, as the left hand is associated with toilet functions. It is important to return a smile, or a wai greeting.
It is polite to ask before you take photos of locals, especially monks, and be aware that you may not be able to take photographs at certain places such as temples, the red light district and military points. The royal family must always be shown the utmost respect.
Thailand is famous for its delicious colourful dishes with exotic ingredients, coconut milk and fresh aromatic herbs and spices. Rice is the staple ingredient in most meals and there are thousands of varieties, accompanied by a selections of flavorsome, and often spicy, side dishes, relishes and dips. In fact the mixing of flavors and textures of different dishes with the rice is central to Thai dining and is known as “khluk”.
The food is flavoured with garlic, galangal, coriander, shallots, lemon grass, lime, tamarind, shrimp paste and fish sauce. There are many vegetable based soups and dishes for vegetarians as well as fish, seafood, pork, chicken, duck, beef and even water buffalo specialities. The evolution of these dishes has depended upon the local regional produce as well as being influenced by the cuisines of countries closeby.
Some favourite dishes on the menu are Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), Som Tum (Spicy Green Papaya Salad), Pad Thai (Thai-style fried Noodles), Tom Kha Kai (Chicken in Coconut Soup), Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry) and Khao Pad (Fried Rice).
Popular with travellers are the tropical fruit smoothies, the banana pancakes and the wide selection of on-the-go street foods including spring rolls, noodle soup and sticky rice with fresh mangoes.
Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that has never been colonized by a European country. In Thai language it is referred to as “Prathet Thai” which means “land of the free.” In fact, compared to many of its neighbours it certainly has a very open, friendly and tolerant feel to it. However, don’t be misled into thinking that the response to criminal activity will be more lenient. The drug laws are strict, the penalties are stricter and there are no special allowances made for foreigners.
Violent crimes against travellers is very rare and it is generally safe for women to travel alone here. However, as always, it is a good idea to be careful with your kit and wary of possible credit card scams, especially in big cities such as Bangkok or Pattaya or in some of the popular resorts in the South.
The good news is that Thailand offers the visitor a truly exotic experience, but at a price to cater for all budgets.It is possible to live and travel very cheaply, but the cost can vary greatly depending on how you want to travel and what you want to do.
The people of Thailand are kind, warm, and welcoming to foreigners, and volunteering with some of Workaway’s many hosts found all over Thailand will bring down costs associated with accommodation and food. As Workaway volunteers you will meet the locals and be invited into the heart of Thai homes, giving you the chance to learn the language, explore the culture and enjoy the country’s wonderful cuisine.
Between volunteering stints you can use some of the tips shared in this post by a couple that hitchhiked around Southeast Asia to help keep costs down. You may also be interested in reading this blog post by a Workawayer to find out how travelling on a budget can actually improve your experience of travelling. Read on for more Thailand-specific help and hints.
Thailand enjoys a year-round tropical climate, with an average annual temperature of 28°C and a high humidity factor. However, this country has many microclimates depending on elevation, rainfall, topography, and the geography of each particular region. In general, the year can be split into three seasons: the hot season from March to May, the rainy season from June to October and the cool season from November to February.
In Central Thailand humidity remains pretty consistent, but with temperatures ranging from 30°C in winter to 36°C in the summer months. In the Northeast region the weather is generally dry, however its many rivers can overflow during the rainy season, temperatures range from to 35°- 45°C. The East region can get even hotter, but the “cool season” can be a very comfortable time to visit with temperatures between 30 – 35 °C. However, down south there are only two seasons to factor in: the dry season from November to May and the wet season, with monsoon rain from April to October (about 2,400 millimetres yearly). The temperature here fluctuates less and stays around 30°.
Research the weather in the area you plan to visit, and plan your packing well. Visit our blog to get packing hacks for Workawaying out of a backpack in Southeast Asia and other advice and tips from seasoned Workawayers, and read on for more specific tips on where to go in Thailand.
Thailand is separated into four distinct regions. Despite the overarching strength and unity of Thai culture, each region has its own unique cultural and geographic features and is also influenced by the countries on its borders.
It is the political, economic and cultural centre of the country and that is predominant, its fertile plains produces the majority of Thailand’s rice. Central Thailand is also the area that has the greatest population density, and the highest concentration of the ethnic Thai majority. At its heart is the vibrant capital “the City of Angels” or…
This region is of great natural beauty blending dense forest, river valleys and rugged mountains and hot springs - it is not surprising that North Thailand is home to 34 national parks, with a further 25 in the pipeline, the majority of which are found north of Phetchabun province.
Also known as Isan, is largely separated from the rest of Thailand by a large mountain range. It is populated by a Lao-speaking majority, with its main focus being agricultural. Isan's culture is predominantly Lao, and has much in common with that of the neighbouring country of Laos. This affinity is shown in the region's cuisine, dress, temple architecture, festivals and arts.
Southern Thailand and the Islands is popular because of its pristine beaches and island resorts. There are hosts dotted across Southern Thailand and the hundreds of islands located both in the Andaman Sea and on the western and eastern seaboards of the Gulf of Thailand, perhaps you’ll even feel motivated to take a PADI course. It is easy to identify an island location because its name in Thai is preceded by ko/koh/go/goh.
Workaway is the world’s leading community for volunteering and cultural exchange. Lone travellers backpacking through Thailand will find plenty of opportunities to meet and connect with the locals, but Workaway also offers many opportunities for couples, friends, families and groups. Workaway’s many hosts offer volunteers free accommodation and meals in exchange for a few hours of work a day, normally five days a week. This is the perfect way to make travelling affordable in Thailand, or to extend your stay. Whether you want to visit Thailand’s mountainous regions in the north or Southern coastal paradises, the cities and farms of the interior, or get right off the beaten track and immerse yourself in wild nature and local life, the perfect host is waiting to welcome you. It doesn’t matter whether you are exploring during your summer holidays, or seeking a gap year adventure, the volunteering opportunities are almost unlimited and will guarantee you have the time of your life.
As a member of the Workaway community you can use the many thousands of reviews and feedback provided to find your perfect match among our hosts. Share your culture, skills and language with the communities, projects and families that offer a wide range of volunteer programmes, volunteer projects and volunteer jobs. If you want to take a backpacking trip through more remote areas of Thailand, use our regional filter to check out the many offers further away from the usual tourist spots. Combining these more off-the-beaten-track opportunities with a stay with some of the many host families and organizations in Thailand’s towns, cities and beach resorts is the ideal way to enjoy the country’s diversity.
Who doesn’t enjoy going on holiday and relaxing in a tourist hotspot? However, travellers who want to connect more deeply with the host country and make a real difference will find perfect opportunities to do this by joining Workaway. Do you want to find out more about the culture of Thailand? Volunteering is the perfect vehicle for cultural exchange, providing the traveller with a truly memorable experience while doing something useful, like collaborating with an eco-project, helping with household tasks, or caring for children or animals. Working and travelling in Thailand is the perfect opportunity to get to know this unique country, the regions that form it, its nature and its people.
If you are planning to visit Thailand as a volunteer and not as a tourist, you must have the correct visa. To find out about the latest requirements, you need to contact the embassy in your home country before travelling. And please don’t forget to take out appropriate insurance to make sure you qualify for healthcare! So, whether you want to wander deep into the heart of the rainforest in search of tigers, climb to the top of Doi Inthanon, go island hopping, scuba dive the reefs of Koh Tao, tour the Golden triangle or visit the hill tribes, Thailand is waiting for you to do some exploring.
If you’re still not sure whether volunteering is for you, check out this inspiring blog post on how Alex celebrated his 30th birthday in a very ethical way at a self-sustainable Project in Koh Phangan,watch Matt´s vlog documenting his time Workawaying in Thailand or, if you are a Spanish-speaker, click to see the Workaway tv vlog on “Workaway Impressions in Thailand”. So, why wait any longer? Join up to Workaway and get planning a trip of a lifetime!