Thailand is a very special place, the people, the food, the culture, the beaches, the weather, everything about it is what makes it so beautiful, and no wonder why it’s called, The Land of Smiles. You’ll get to see the craziness of Bangkok, learning about its history and heritage and experience first hand how this organized chaotic city operates, through the small canals and local markets. From there you’ll head out to Erawan National Park, enjoying the waterfalls and getting involved in elephant conservation, not to mention learn about the history behind the ‘Bridge on River Kwai’ and Hellfire pass. Following these culturally diverse few days you’ll make your way down to the islands where you’ll learn to dive and get actively involved in a range of marine conservation programs, invaluable experience for your CV’s. You’ll learn about the local marine life, how to monitor and assess environmental issues and contribute towards international policy through data collection.
Once you arrive you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel, with some free time to chill out. In the evening you’ll get to enjoy an awesome dinner boat cruise and take in some of the city’s beautiful skyline.
Today you’ll be fully immersed in the Thai culture with a day of sightseeing tours around the Temples and canals. This tour shows you a truly unique side of the city and gives you the opportunity to visit both famous sights and hidden spots, exploring them through the eyes of a local.
You’ll be picked up at 8am to head to Ayutthaya, one of the ancient capitals of Siam and a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you’ll explore Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon. Then you’ll head west to Kanchanaburi (approx 4hrs), which is located on the famous River Kwai.
In the morning you’ll set off to visit the Hellfire Pass memorial, built to honour the Allied POWs and Asian conscripts who died while constructing some of the most difficult stretches of the Burma-Thailand ‘Death Railway’. You will then travel to Erawan National Park and get to explore awesome waterfalls.
This will certainly be a day to remember, as there is nothing quite like interacting with elephants. Whilst we limit this interaction usually on other programs this a great ethical project that’s rescuing elephants from a very harmful and torturous life.
Now it’s time to dive and you’ll set off early to head south to the Islands. Once you arrive you’ll have a chance to relax and get a glimpse of the beautiful island life and settle in for the rest of your trip.
3 week Programme Day 7 – 20
You’ll start with your Open Water Qualification before moving onto your Advanced Diving, as you’ll gain your peak Performance Buoyancy accreditation, which is vital for the scientific diving. You can also choose from underwater naturalist to photography dives, depending on your interests. You’ll have a few free days to explore and enjoy the island and can have a go at Muay Thai, Trapeeze, Thai Cooking or relax with a traditional Thai Massage.
Once you’re qualified you’ll start the scientific diving element where you will learn about climate change, threats to reef health, advanced artificial reef techniques, and coral and Giant Clam nursery techniques. On the last day you’ll depart back to Bangkok by boat and bus and have your farewell dinner before you depart the following day.
4 Week Programme: Day 7 – 27
The extra week will give you a more in depth understanding of coral reef management, monitoring and conservation techniques, you will learn about coral diseases and health states, asses levels of predation and balance on the reef, monitor coral growth rates, as well as coral restoration, coral recruitment, artificial reefs and water sampling techniques. On the last day you’ll depart back to Bangkok by boat and bus and have your farewell dinner before you depart the following day.
5 week and 8 week Programmes also available:
These will enable you to further develop your marine conservation skills or use this as an opportunity to collect data for dissertation and thesis projects.
12 Week Programme: Internship
The internship will begin by obtaining your dive certifications, if you do not already have them, and then start with the Scientific Diving. Over the next 9 weeks you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities in an assistant leadership position with one on one assistance to help with your studies. The project is aimed specifically at students pursuing a career in coral reef management and conservation, and they’ll be resources at hand to help with your thesis, such as: a literature review and thesis background help; access to previous student papers; specialist equipment and materials for data collection, and access to an extended database of previously collected data. On the last day you’ll depart back to Bangkok by boat and bus and have your farewell dinner before you depart the following day.
what to expect
- Private vehicle for all transfers
- Activities and entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
- Elephant conservation project
- English speaking Guide throughout
- Diving certificates and equipment
- Accommodation and food
- Woodland Trust Carbon Project Contribution
- International Flights, personal insurance and visas (if applicable)
- Snacks and drinks
- Tips for leaders, guides and driver
- Services not mentioned in included
- Expenditure of personal nature
Please find below a list of prices depending on the duration of your trip and your competency as a diver. You can enter the program as a complete beginner, with no experience, as an open water diver, or as an advanced diver.
3 weeks –
Beginner £2950 | Open water £2750 | Advanced £2650
4 weeks –
Beginner £3450 | Open water £3250 | Advanced £3150
5 weeks –
Beginner £3950 | Open water £3750 | Advanced £3650
8 weeks –
Beginner £4690 | Open water £4490 | Advanced £4390
Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability. Therefore quoted rates might change accordingly.
Travel insurance is compulsory for anyone travelling with us so please ensure that have the appropriate level of cover, which is why we recommend Covermore. This insurance must cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover.