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LIQUID LEARNING NORTHERN THAILAND

April 4th -11th, 2020

Thailand (Liquid Learning)

From: $1,999.00

Thailand (Liquid Learning)

Think lush green landscapes, rolling mountains with smiling locals, bustling night markets with delicious food and an immersive and ethical encounter with the Thai elephants. Join us as we head back to Thailand to continue our meaningful partnership in the northern communities and discover the best of this incredible country!

8 days
Adventure Level
  • Arrival City
    Bangkok
  • Departure City
    Bangkok
  • Included
    All Accommodation
    All Breakfasts
    Transportation
    Temple Entrances Fees
    Experienced Guide 24/7
    Mudita T-shirt
    Bamboo Rafting
    Sleep Over @ Elephant Park
    Domestic Flights
    Airport Transfers
  • Not Included
    Lunch and Dinners
    International Airfare
    Travel Insurance
    Visa
  • Get ready to get your hands dirty with some hot and sweaty days working finalising our project within our partner community, the Karen tribe, Burmese migrants who now call Thailand home
  • Volunteer AND stay over at Thailand’s famous Elephant sanctuary. Prepare to bathe with the elephants, help organise their food and learn about their struggle before they made it ‘home’.
  • Explore Thailand’s cultural Capital, Chiang Mai with its mountain top temples, night markets, and restaurants on the alluring River Ping.
  • One night in Bangkok. City views from rooftop bars, and a Thai food feast full of street-food to welcome you all to our team.
  • Trek with us to the Northern hill tribe villages, through the bamboo forests, up and out of Chiang Mai and soak up what it truly means to live a simple life.
Thailand (Liquid Learning) Mudita Adventures has fostered a wonderful relationship with the Burmese migrant community over the last few years, so much so that they’ve asked us to help further with both classroom builds and dormitory builds for the local community. About 45 minutes from Mae Sot, lies our partner community, and with the delicate issues regarding nationality, languages and religion the Karen tribal people often find themselves stuck in the middle of governance. With that, arises budgetary issues, so thanks to all your donations, and coming on our trip, we can step in and help them. The priority at the moment is the dormitory for the kids during term time. They currently sleep 6 to a room, on 1cm matts on bamboo flooring, very little protection from rainy season and even less from mosquitos. We have hired local engineers and labourers to construct a new dormitory for the community, so the kids can sleep in peace and focus on their studies. Come and help us finalise the dormitory, paint and furnish it, landscape around it, and watch how a simple upgrade in the sleeping facilities can empower the youth within the community.
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Day 1

Arrive in Bangkok. From Bangkok, we hop on a propeller plane north to Mae Sot near the Burmese border. We’ll check into our hotel for the next few nights of our project, then make our way to visit the community we’ll be working with. Here, we’ll have a debrief from our project coordinator, himself a former Burmese refugee.
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Day 2

Day 2 on our project. As many of our returners can testify, the projects can be hard work, so we hope you’re ready. Depending on how far the construction has progressed with the local staff we have been hiring over the last few weeks, jobs can include lugging bricks, shifting sand, painting the buildings, and of course playing with the kids.

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Day 3

The third day of our project visit. Hopefully your body isn’t hurting too much, and you kept the sunburn at bay. After our first full day yesterday, day 3 should be a breeze (don’t hold us to that!). You’ll know exactly what you have to get done in order for the project to be ready to open. So, hop to it.

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Day 4

This one could be an early start! It depends on how hard we’ve been working but today is the opening day. So if we’ve stayed on top of our workload, we’ll arrive after breakfast and await the village elders to inaugurate the finalized construction, and have a local religious opening ceremony to bless your generosity and graft. If we’ve fallen behind, we’ll be up at sunrise to get here and get the work finished. Let’s do it folks.

After the project, it’s a beautiful drive through the national parks of central Thailand to reach perhaps our favorite spot in the whole world, Chiang Mai. We’ve organized dinner on the river for the group, we’re all earned a slap-up Thai dinner after the last few days of hard graft.

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Day 5

Finally some time to yourself. A lazy morning, followed by some pool-time, shopping, or a $5 Thai massage. Depending on how strong those cocktails you were drinking last night were, a little R&R is exactly what the doctor ordered. A group dinner for happy hour as the sun sets behind Chiang Mai’s mountain temple is the perfect end to a chill day.
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Day 6

Often the highlight of the trip, and a real privilege for all of us – today we go to the Elephant Sanctuary. As responsible tourism has developed, thankfully Elephant Riding is on the decline. We visit a sanctuary where the founders give elephants the chance to escape that old life, and life the rest of their days with the friends and family in peace. Bring even more joy to their life by feeding them endless bananas, washing them in the river, and pack your pyjamas. We’re sleeping here tonight, which means the following morning, we’ll have the elephants all to ourselves.

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Day 7

A morning feeding the elephants breakfast and taking a morning walk in the wild, and our time with these beautiful beasts is up. We’ll get picked up at the sanctuary and driven back to Chiang Mai to celebrate our last day together in the hippest district, Nimmanhaemin
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Day 8

The last day?! Already?! How did that happen? We’ll leave Chiang Mai early morning and fly back to Bangkok. That’s a wrap, folks.