2019 Newbury Park Thailand Program

Dear Families – Welcome to the homepage for the 2019 Newbury Park Thailand Program. Walking Tree is thrilled to be partnering with Newbury Park High School! Please read through the details about your program below and peruse our Resource Center, which contains lots of helpful information about our organization, tuition, safety, insurance, and more. We hope you will join us on the adventure of a lifetime in Thailand!
Travel Dates: July 6, 2019 - July 20, 2019
Dates are Tentative
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Program Tuition: $4,290 USD
Deadline(s): Forthcoming

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There is a reason that Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. It’s impressive geography ranges from forested mountains and thick jungles, to white sand beaches with towering limestone cliffs, to bright green rice paddies that extend for miles. Thailand has become increasingly more modern, as you’ll see during your visits in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, yet the Thais also pride themselves on maintaining their traditional culture, values, and lifestyle. Come discover for yourself what makes Thailand so unique and experience first-hand what this enchanting country is all about.

Conservation Expeditions

Conservation Expeditions

Conservation Expeditions invite students to participate in scientific research projects, learn about diverse ecosystems, and lend a hand in community-based biodiversity conservation efforts.

Program Highlights

Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.

Learn to make traditional Thai cuisine

Immerse yourself in the local language and culture by staying with a host family

Volunteer at Bring The Elephant Home

Volunteer at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center

Volunteer with Chiang Mai Hill-Tribe Communities

Visit Silver Wat Temple of Chiang Mai

Visit the Kanchanaburi Elephant Sanctuary

Visit the Mae Chaem Elephant Sanctuary (Burm and Emily)

Stay on a houseboat in Sai Yok National Park

Stroll through a Bangkok flower market

Hike the Doi Suthep Mountain

Explore Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok

Explore the Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary

Explore the Grand Palace of Bangkok

Explore the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary

Collaborate on a community project in Lisu Village

The Itinerary

We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible. 

1LA - ThailandFly from LA to Bangkok, Thailand.Airplane
2BangkokSawatdee ka! Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand! Upon arrival, we'll rest before we hold an orientation meeting and cultural introduction. We will have free time in the evening to explore the neighborhood around our guesthouse, soaking up the new sights, smells, and sounds!Bangkok Guesthouse
3BangkokToday we will spend the day exploring the busy and bustling capital city on a longtail boat ride through the small canals of Chao Phraya River. We'll visit the impressive Grand Palace and the religious temples Wat Pho and Wat Arun. We will also make a stop at the Jim Thompson Silk House to see the impressive exhibits and silk shop.Bangkok Guesthouse
4SalakpraToday we will head to Kanchanaburi Province where we will partner with the organization Bring the Elephant Home, and learn about wild elephant conservation, the farmer/elephant conflict in the area, what action is being taken to help, and how we can contribute!Homestay
5SalakpraAfter eating a traditional Thai breakfast in our homestay community, we'll have a busy day working in the tree nursery, helping the park rangers to build a check dam in the wildlife sanctuary, and visiting a local school.Homestay
6Salakpra - Sai YokToday we will team up with local community members and students in a tree planting event, to help sustain both local farmers and provide a larger habitat for the wild elephants. In the late afternoon, we'll head to Sai Yok National Park, where we'll spend the night camped on a houseboat, swimming in the river and sleeping underneath the stars.Houseboat
7KanchanaburiAfter an early morning boat cruise, we will make our way to an elephant sanctuary close by. We'll meet the elephant herd, feed them delicious treats, and bathe with them in the river.Elephant Haven
8KanchanaburiToday we will spend time walking with our new friends in the forest, preparing their food, taking care of them, and helping with an ongoing reforestation project.Elephant Haven
9KanchanaburiToday we'll explore the town of Kanchanaburi. We will learn the art of Thai cuisine with a visit to a local market and preparing a few dishes. Following lunch, we'll check out a karst cave and visit the Thai-Burmese Death-Railway, constructed during WWII. We will head back in the evening to take care of the elephants before bed.Elephant Haven
10Kanchanaburi - Kui BuriWe will wake up bright and early and head to Kui Buri National Park. Once we arrive, we'll go on a tour of the park and have our first opportunity to see elephants in the wild!Kui Buri Resort
11Kui BuriAfter an early morning safari tour, we will begin our service project working alongside park rangers to help construct check dams and watering holes . In the late afternoon, we will take a tour of the surrounding farm plantations and relax at our guesthouse.Kui Buri Resort
12Kui BuriWe'll get an early start in the morning so we can have a full day on the island! We will have time to relax on the beach, and reflect on our adventure.Kui Buri Resort
13Koh TaluToday we will have time to snorkel and kayak, take part in coral and sea turtle conservation, and go squid fishing !Talu Island Resort
14Koh TaluOn our last full day in Thailand we'll spend the afternoon relaxing on the island and then make our way back to Bangkok. If we have time, we'll visit one of Bangkok's famous malls to buy any last minute souvenirs, and enjoy our farewell meal together!Bangkok Guesthouse
15Bangkok - LASay our goodbyes to Thailand, we're off back to LA!You own bed, eventually!


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our travelers, teachers, staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors, we follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.

Travelers will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their Walking Tree group. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from other students. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 


Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.
Bangkok Guesthouse

Bangkok Guesthouse is centrally located as it’s walking distance from Bangkok’s Skytrain, market places, restaurants and other street food vendors. Bangkok Guesthouse can accommodate 2-3 students  per room. Some of the amenities include private bathrooms, air conditioning and hot water.



Elephant Haven Thailand

Students will stay in a comfortable, air conditioned hotel that is located right next to the Elephant Sanctuary. Staying at the Elephant Haven offers students a once in a lifetime experience to interact with these magnificent creatures. Each room is equipped with a TV, private bathroom and hot shower.

Safety and Support


During our trip in Costa Rica I loved that our trip leader took the students’ ideas and incorporated side adventures just for them. This small piece made the trip more than we could have ever asked for.

Alumni Group Organizer to Belize and Costa Rica

Your Adventure Includes

Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.

Our travelers are provided with funding opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling fair trade, organic, shade-grown, carbon-neutral coffee from a women’s collective in Peru. There is no limit to the amount you can earn, so get started now by clicking the link below!


WTT coffee
Resource center

Resource Center

Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

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