Culture Week - Hua Hin

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  PROJECT NAME: CULTURAL ORIENTATION WEEK 

LOCATION: HUA HIN, THAILAND

  START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)

  ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS)

  MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK

  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Criminal background check required

Overview

Based in the seaside town of Hua Hin, immerse yourself in Thai culture through a variety of different cultural activities and sightseeing in the morning and free time in the afternoons to fully enjoy the gorgeous beach surroundings.

Perfect as an add-on before your program, culture week can help you learn about local norms and help you feel more at ease and settled before the start of your program.

During the week you will take part in fun activities such as Thai customs, language, cooking and an artist’s village. Learn more about Buddhism by visiting local temples. You will also explore the Pranburi Forest Park & Mangrove plantations and go on a Pranburi Mangrove Boat Tour to explore beauty of the surrounding scenery.

We will take you to different beaches throughout the week, where you will be able to sit back, relax and unwind amidst white sand and crystal-clear blue waters.

Full schedule is in the dropdown section below, and may be changed according to local weather or circumstances. 

Location

Hua Hin, is a lively fisherman-town and popular tourist spot these days offering all the standard beach stuff like snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing and with plenty of restaurants and tourist things like spas, water park, golf, shops and markets. There is a mountain at the end of the beach called Khoa Tekiab, with a temple that overlooks the beach. Surrounded by national parks, it’s a mountainous region where you can explore waterfalls and caves on various adventures. Buddhism is very prominent here and you will certainly get a good taste of the Buddhist way of life.

Project Tasks

  • Familiarise yourself with the local surroundings
  • Visit some local sights 
  • Broaden your knowledge of the local customs, history and culture

Food & Accommodation

The Hua Hin volunteer house includes air-conditioned rooms (at certain times of the day) on a gender basis, 2 to 8 people per room (bunk beds), hot water showers, wifi, a dining area and lovely pool area with a garden for volunteers to relax in.

The house has easy access to local shops, laundry and transport facilities by using the app GRAB. It is 10 Km to Hua Hin airport (15-20 mins), 11 Km to the Bus to Suvarnabhumi airport, 8 Km to Hua Hin night market/ mall, 9 K to Hua Hin private hospital and 5 Km to a medical centre.

There are also private/comfort room options available for a small upgrade, just ask us.

You will receive 3 meals on weekdays, and 2 on weekends. All the meals served inside the accommodation are homestyle, vegetarian-friendly and you can expect that they will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice or noodle dishes with vegetables and occasionally some meat will be provided as well, along with seasonal fruits for dessert.

While we do our best to accommodate our participants, what we provide for most meals is local cuisine. If you are a picky eater, have dietary restrictions, or if you think that you will not be satisfied with the local dishes provided, you might want to consider supplementing our menu with your own western type foods and snacks that are more to your liking. From our accommodation you can use our bikes to ride to a few convenience stores nearby. Please keep in mind that refrigerator space is limited and to prevent insect infestation open food items are not allowed in the rooms.

All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - $395
  • 2 Weeks - $450
  • 3 Weeks - $595
  • 1 Month - $795
  • 2 Months - $1795
  • 3 Months - $2655
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What's Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion

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FAQ

If you want to gain a head start on your projects and feel comfortable in your new surroundings, before you begin, this week is a fantastic way to do just that! It gives you time to adjust before your project begins, to explore the local area and to learn more about the culture and customs. This can greatly help you to communicate with the locals on your projects. 

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Program Orientation
  • Thai Cooking class and Lunch
  • Dinner

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Thai Culture Lesson: Thai history, religion, traditions and, customs
  • Lunch
  • Thai Language Lesson
  • Dinner

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Secret Cave & Chicken Drop Cave
  • Huay Mongkol Temple & Buddhist rituals
  • Lunch
  • Market Village Mall & Souvenir Shop
  • Dinner

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Pranburi Forest Park & Mangrove plantations
  • Pranburi Mangrove Boat Tour
  • Lunch
  • Visit Sai Noi Beach
  • Welcome and Good bye Dinner

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Offering food to Monks at Local temple
  • Excursion to the Artist Village
  • Lunch
  • Local Beach
  • Dinner

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

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees. 

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Bangkok BKK (Suvarnabhumi) Airport, Level 2, Entrance 4. You must arrive between 06.00 and 16:00 on Sunday.

If arriving outside the pickup times, you can book a private transfer and any extra nights accommodation for an extra fee.

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this). 

From the airport to the accommodation in Hua Hin, it takes around 4 hours by public bus and then a shuttle bus. 

Tuesday & Wednesday Evening
Volunteers have the option to go to the night market in Hua Hin city. Try some of the delicious local food that is freshly cooked in front of you. The street food is super cheap and tasty!

Friday Evening
You can go to the Cicada Market, a colourful night market offering freshly cooked food from different stalls. Look around the many art exhibitions, see the local handmade products and souvenirs and listen to live music featuring local artists.

Apart from chilling out at the beach, on weekends you can also try snorkelling, eat at the many seafood restaurants, play a game of golf, relax at a spa, go shopping, visit local markets (including a popular night market), and Hua Hin’s Vana Nava water park.

Khao Tekiab, a mountain at the end of the beach with a temple above, is also a popular spot, overlooking the beach. Hua Hin is also surrounded by beautiful national parks. A little further away is the Pa La-U Waterfall and the mystical Phraya Nakhon cave for the more adventurous!

For information on holidays and any programs affected, please see the following link: TH – Holidays – All Programs

 

With a long sandy coastline and jungle-topped islands anchored in crystal blue waters Thailand is a tropical getaway and favorite traveling destination for holiday makers and volunteers from all over the world. Thailand’s culture is generous, warm and outgoing and the cuisine is world renowned for a tropical abundance of fresh and varied flavors of spicy, sweet, salty and sour. 

Thailand is a fascinating and exotic country to explore. Through volunteering, you’ll gain a love in the people, culture, scenery, cuisine and in the overall lifestyle of Thailand.

We offer diverse project options catering to many different interests. Volunteering is the ideal way of assimilating into the local Thai culture and experiencing the real lifestyle in Thailand.

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Temperatures are around 30 degrees on average throughout the year. If in the North of Thailand in the winter, evenings can get quite chilly, so bring some warm clothes too!

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