Meaningful Thailand Family Vacations

Take your #1 crew on the journey of a lifetime with No Barriers on the best family holiday in Thailand!

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Looking for the perfect family itinerary for Thailand filled with adventure and purpose? No Barriers is offering an eight day expedition this summer to Thailand (June 19 – 26, 2020) catered specifically for intrepid, adventurous families (with children aged 8-18) like YOURS.

Join others to experience the diversity of Thailand’s geography, wildlife, and culture by exploring the northern mountains of Chiang Dao, experiencing the unique Lanna traditions in Chiang Mai, cooking world-famous delicious Thai dishes, and interacting with Thailand’s most famous mammal. 🐘🐘🐘

Our family itinerary for Thailand has built in flexibility so you can explore both with the group and independently, allowing for meaningful family exploration and interaction with other like-minded individuals.

Our Thailand family vacation expeditions are designed for students ages 10 and up and will be enhanced by our No Barriers curriculum, not to mention facilitated by a No Barriers Expedition leader and local guide.

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Our Family Itinerary for Thailand

Dates: June 19 – 26, 2020*

Day 1: Welcome to Thailand!

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Arrive into Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) and meet your Program Leaders who will be with you for the duration of the program. Jump on the bus and begin the trek out to this rural corner of northern Thailand to the community, passing through beautiful landscapes along the way. Have a hot meal (more curries, please!) and join the group for an orientation discussion about the week ahead, expectations for your adventure, and an introduction to the local culture. 

  • Overnight: Hotel, Mae Sariang
Day 2: Learn about Thai and Karen Culture

It wouldn’t be the best family holiday in Thailand without the chance to immerse yourself in Karen and Thai culture. Visit a nearby village to learn about traditional weaving and the legendary art of Muay Thai, Thai kickboxing and self-defense, with a training session in the nearby open-air gym. In the afternoon, learn the basics of lesson planning as you prepare for education enrichment service later in the week. Have dinner with your group and relax for the evening, reflecting on the day and your first cultural activities in northern Thailand.

  • Overnight: Hotel, Mae Sariang
Day 3: Community Service in the Mountains

Head into the mountains to one of our partner villages to take part in our rural outreach and development program. The specific projects will depend on the time of year and needs of the village. Past projects have included building a library, building a canteen, and adding a floor to the school building. Be prepared to get your hands dirty working in collaboration with local villagers. Join your group for a post-service debrief in the evening, discussing what you experienced and learned through hands-on work in the community.

  • Overnight: Hotel, Mae Sariang
Day 4: Service and Village Life

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After a hearty breakfast, continue working on your service project. Working side by side with staff and locals, accomplish your construction goals for the day and enjoy getting to know the community members. After wrapping up, take time in the afternoon to play soccer with the locals, practice your new Thai vocabulary with villagers, or find a quiet place to journal. Head back to your hotel in Mae Sariang for your last night in the mountains.

  • Overnight: Hotel, Mae Sariang
Day 5: Chiang Mai and City Life

After breakfast, say your goodbyes to the village community members you have met and make your way back down the mountain into the valley to the city of Chiang Mai. Stop at the hotel to shower and leave your bags before heading out to the night market for souvenir shopping and dinner with your group, experiencing a whole different facet of northern Thailand.

  • Overnight: Hotel, Chiang Mai
Day 6: Northern Thailand Reforestation

After adjusting to life in Chiang Mai, we’ll start learning about some of the issues that conservationists face in this biodiversity hotspot. Deforestation is one of the most acute pressures on elephants and other endangered species face. To delve deeper, you will spend the day with Chiang Mai University’s Forest Restoration Research Unit. Head up Chiang Mai’s famous Doi Suthep mountain and learn about the different forest types and ongoing efforts to protect and restore the fragile ecosystems. Learn how to identify and propagate different seeds and spend some time working in the onsite nursery. This evening, you will have a mid-trip discussion with your program leaders.

  • Overnight: Hotel, Chiang Mai
Day 7: Chiang Mai

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Spend your final day in Thailand exploring the Cultural Capital of the North. Wander the temples of the old city and participate in a walking tour to learn more about the city!

Are your taste buds watering? Because it’s time to continue your Thai education with a cooking class! Get familiar with the unique and delicious ingredients of Thai cuisine, and learn how to identify the various herbs and spices. After mastering the foundation and practicing cooking techniques, put your skills into practice as you learn how to make your favorite Thai dishes! Celebrate your final night in-country with the No Barriers Closing Ceremony and a final dinner together with your team.

  • Overnight: Hotel in Chiang Mai
Day 8: Chok Dee, Thailand!

Your Program Leaders will take you to the airport for your departure as you say your goodbyes and reflect on your EPIC adventure.

*Families are welcome to extend their trip before and after these program dates. If you are interested in that option, please communicate your plans with No Barriers.

Program Details

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Program Cost: $2895 per person

Please note that this price does not include international airfare to and from your home city to Chiang Mai.

Program Includes:

  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • All meals all days
  • All transportation
  • Full-time international and local guides
  • All activities as detailed in your itinerary
  • Single point of contact from No Barriers for support leading up to the program
  • 24-hour emergency support throughout program
  • International SOS emergency evacuation insurance
  • All airport taxes and departure fees
  • All fees, community service donations, and guide tips

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“This experience positively impacted me because it helped me grow as a person, leader, teammate, and student. It has helped me realize my strengths and understand how to use them. I also learned a lot about myself and others around me. This experience helped me step out of my comfort zone.”

— Past Participant

Note About Availability and Schedule Changes:

No Barriers reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external operators or partner organizations, changes due to weather or safety concerns, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of a new activity for an old activity. The itinerary shown here provides our best projection of the daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.


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