2024 Kent Denver Thailand Cultural Journey
June 1, 2024 -
June 10, 2024
Dates are tentative until flights are finalized
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,590
Pay in Full
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish an interest-free monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
All prices in United States Dollars.
Thailand Cultural Journey
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.
Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends
Stroll through a Bangkok flower market
Hike the Doi Suthep Mountain
Explore Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok
Tour the Grand Palace of Bangkok
Visit the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|June 1||USA - Thailand||Today the group will depart from the US to Thailand!||Airplane|
|June 2||USA - Thailand||Sawatdee Ka! Welcome to Thailand! Arrive in Bangkok for a connecting flight to Chiang Mai. After some time to rest, we will have an introductory lecture on the role of religion in Thailand's culture, to help frame our perspectives before we begin to explore religious diversity in this culturally rich country!||Payap Dormitories|
|June 3||Chiang Mai||Wake up bright and early and jump headfirst into Thai culture by visiting a traditional market, trying colorful and exotic fresh fruits and vegetables! As you walk through the market, you will quickly notice the strong presence of Buddhism, as we give alms to the monks clad in orange robes, and visit temples and spirit houses located throughout the city. We will finish the day with a visit to the ‘Silver Wat’ Buddhist temple, and dinner and shopping at the Saturday Market Walking Street.||Payap Dormitories|
|June 4||Chiang Mai||Today we will experience the full spectrum of religious diversity in Thailand. In the morning, we can observe a rural Thai Church Service, followed by lunch at the church and a visit to the villager’s homes. If we have the energy and the time, we will escape the mid-day heat by spending some time swimming at the Sticky Waterfalls or nearby natural springs. Dinner will be held at a professor’s home, where we will have the opportunity to observe Suebchadaa, an animist spirit ceremony.||Payap Dormitories|
|June 5||Chiang Mai||Today the students will be exposed to yet another aspect of religion in Thailand. We will visit a local Islamic mosque and school and have a chance to talk with the students and teachers. In the afternoon, we will stop by a local market and the students will use their newly acquired Thai language to buy ingredients for dinner. Once back at Payap University, the students will enjoy a cooking class taught by the University’s Hotel Management faculty and students.||Payap Dormitories|
|June 6||Chiang Mai||We will take a break from our normal activities and travel outside of the city to visit a sanctuary that rescues elephants from a variety of abusive and dangerous situations and rehabilitates them. Visitors will spend their day feeding, bathing and learning about these amazing animals that play such a powerful role in Thai tourism and culture.||Payap Dormitories|
|June 7||Chiang Mai/Sukhothai||Goodbye to Chiang Mai! Today we will take an early morning bus to Sukhothai, the old capital of Thailand. We will spend the day biking around the city, learning about the birthplace of Thai art, architecture and language. Trips through rice paddies and wooded areas can even lead you to discover ruins in their untouched state! We will have downtime in the evening to relax and swim at the guesthouse.||Sukhothai Guesthouse|
|June 8||Sukhothai/Bangkok||Today we’ll head to the big and bustling capital city of Bangkok. On our way, we will stop for lunch at Thammayut Buddhist Temple and take a guided tour of the temple area. (Thammayut is a new and controversial form of Buddhist religion). In the evening, we’ll have the chance to explore our neighborhood in Bangkok and do some last minute shopping.||Bangkok Guesthouse|
|June 9||Bangkok||Spend the day exploring Bangkok with a longtail boat ride through the small canals of Chao Phraya River, visit the Grand Palace and the famous religious temples of Wat Pho and Wat Arun.||Bangkok Guesthouse|
|June 10||Bangkok/USA||Say your farewells and get ready to return home. Hopefully this won’t be the last time you come visit Thailand! We're off to the U.S.||Your bed!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.
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. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Thai Thai Sukhothai Guesthouse
Thai Thai Sukhothai Guesthouse is surrounded by nature. The rooms are spacious and clean, with all the comforts and a pleasant layout. This guesthouse offers 3-star accommodation with private bath, WiFi, and air conditioning. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
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Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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