Thailand is a very special place: the people, the food and the culture are what make it so beautiful, no wonder it’s known as the Land of Smiles. You’ll see the craziness of Bangkok, learn about its history and heritage, and experience the small canals and markets that keep the chaotic, yet organised, city operating. 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 this, you’ll head to the islands where you’ll learn to dive and get actively involved in a range of marine conservation programmes, invaluable experience for your CV. You’ll learn about the local marine life, how to monitor and assess environmental issues, and contribute towards international policy-making through data collection. As part of this programme you’ll also be working towards the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Life Below Water and Climate Action.
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.
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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 programmes this a great ethical project that’s rescuing elephants from a very harmful and torturous life.
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 the beautiful waterfalls before returning back to Bangkok.
Now it’s time to dive. Once you arrive on the island you’ll have a chance to relax and settle in for the rest of your trip.
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 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, Trapeze, 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 and have your farewell dinner before you depart the following day.
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 and have your farewell dinner before you depart the following day.
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. These are aimed specifically at students pursuing a career in coral reef management and conservation.
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
- 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
7 weeks –
Beginner £4250 | Open water £4050 | Advanced £3950
Small deviations in the tour programme 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 you 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.