WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
You will be met at Bangkok airport (BKK) by a friendly representative from Frontier-Thailand before being transferred to your accommodation in Singburi, where you will be based for your orientation week. You will then travel to your project site, around 380km north of Bangkok. Please aim to fly into Bangkok on the Saturday or Sunday before your project begins. We recommend making your return flight/onward travel plans for the day after your project has finished (Sunday) to allow time to return to Bangkok in time for your flight. It's either an overnight bus back to Bangkok from Mae Sot (approx 10 hours), or it also possible to fly from nearby Mae Sot. Volunteers will need to take the bus and a taxi to BKK from the bus station in Bangkok by themselves.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
Throughout your orientation week you will be staying in a shared volunteer house before being transferred to the sanctuary in the north of the country where you will be based for the remainder of your stay. During your time at the santuary you will be staying in the jungle hut centre and will have access to all basic amenities, including cold water showers nice and refreshing in the heat of Thailand!
Facilities available in the nearby town include the internet, shops, a hospital, pharmacy, banks and restaurants, and it is possible to hire an affordable local taxi should you need to visit the town while on your placement.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
All food is included during your placement, and you will find it to be typically Thai fare. Thai is one of the world's most exciting cuisines, and if you're willing to experiment, you'll be richly rewarded. Contrary to popular belief, not all Thai food is fiery hot and there are plenty of tasty dishes suited to the Western palate. This hybrid cuisine has been influenced by soups and noodle dishes from China, curries from India and satays from Indonesia. Most dishes incorporate four elements, sweet, sour, salty and hot flavours, and many of the dishes are rice or noodle based.