2024 Key School Thailand Conservation Expedition

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2024 Key School Thailand Conservation Expedition!  To learn more,  you have two webpages at your disposal. The Pre-Enrollment page shares exciting highlights and important info that you will want to know before signing up. Once enrolled, you'll begin using the Post-Enrollment page which offers a greater level of detail.  Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for Thailand! 
Travel Dates: March 27, 2024 - April 7, 2024
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Program Tuition: $2,590 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,799

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Thailand Conservation Expedition

With world class rood, stunning natural beauty and friendly people, it’s apparent why Thailand is one of the most renowned destinations in all of Asia. It’s impressive geography ranges from thickly forested mountains to towering limestone pinnacles and from white sand beaches to bountiful rice paddies that extend to the horizon.  While Thailand has become increasingly modern, many Thais pride themselves on maintaining their traditional culture, values, and lifestyle.  Discover for yourself what makes Thailand so unique and experience first-hand all this enchanting country has to teach you!

Conservation Expeditions

Conservation Expeditions

Conservation Expeditions bring travelers to the heart of the modern-day conservation movement. Whether building nurseries for sea turtle hatchlings in Costa Rica, snorkeling alongside sea lions in the Galapagos or teaching local school children in Thailand about the importance of wild elephants to their ecosystem, these trips make the wonders of our world, and our responsibility to protect them, abundantly apparent.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Eat AMAZING Thai food!!

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

Contribute to sustainability efforts on a conservation project

Volunteer at an elephant sanctuary

Stay on a houseboat in Sai Yok National Park

Explore Bangkok, one of the world's great cities

Explore Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok

Tour the Grand Palace of Bangkok

Visit the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary

The Itinerary


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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
March 27USA - BangkokFly from USA to Bangkok, ThailandAirplane
March 28USA - BangkokFly from USA to Bangkok, ThailandAirplane
March 29BangkokToday the group will arrive in the early morning. Sawatdee ka! Welcome to Thailand! Upon arrival we will meet our Walking Tree program leaders at the airport and transfer to our accommodation in Bangkok. Depending on the time, we will have breakfast on the way, or once we have arrived to our guesthouse. We will then check in at our guesthouse, freshen up and get some rest during the morning after our long journey. After having lunch, we will hold our big orientation meeting and cultural introduction hosted by our program leader. We will then get ready to go out en get a fist glimpse of the city. Tonight we will have a delicious welcoming dinner and later, we will have some free time in the evening to explore the neighborhood around our guesthouse, soaking up the new sights, smells, and sounds!The Bangkok Guesthouse
March 30BangkokToday we will spend the day exploring the busy and bustling capital city of Thailand with an longtail boat ride that will take us through the small canals of Chao Phraya River. After lunch, we will visit the famous religious temples of Wat Pho and Wat Arun and continue exploring some of the must see sites of the city. After having dinner at a local restaurant, we will head to back to out hotel and prepare for tomorrow's departure to our next destination in the trip.The Bangkok Guesthouse
March 31Bangkok - KanchanaburiToday we will head to Kanchanaburi Province to settle in the Chongsadao community. Here, we will partner with the organization Our Land, and learn about wild elephant conservation, the farmer/elephant conflict in the area, what action is being done to help, and how we can contribute such as helping village leaders and local community build a check dam in the wildlife sanctuary. We will end our day of work with a traditional meal. OWL HOUSE Community Cabins and Wang Jai Kwang Inn
April 1KanchanaburiAfter having a traditional Thai breakfast in our host community, we will have a busy day learning about beehive keeping and working in the tree nursery as part of human and elephant co-existence projects. These projects are essential to keep healthy ecosystems where both humans and animals can coexist. We will have a delicious dinner before heading back to our cabins to rest.OWL HOUSE Community Cabins and Wang Jai Kwang Inn
April 2KanchanaburiToday we will team up with local community members in a tree planting activity aimed to help sustain both local farmers as well as provide a larger habitat for the wild elephants. After our lunch break, we will checking in at our hotel for tonight. This afternoon, we will learn about Our Land’s snake rescue and rehabilitation program. After dinner, we will have some down time to rest at our hotel.Aurora Resort Kanchanaburi
April 3KanchanaburiToday we will continue learning about conservation efforts with Our Land's sustainable agricultural program to help better ecosystems for local communities and elephants in the area. In the late afternoon, we will pack our day packs and head to Sai Yok National Park, where we will spend the night camped on a houseboat. Participants will enjoy swimming in the river and sleeping underneath the stars tonight.Sai Yok House Boat
April 4KanchanaburiAfter an early morning boat ride, we will make our way to Khao Nam Phu Wildlife education center to learn about Banteng. This center is the only place where banteng is being bred for release into the wild. We will have a short hike and make salt lick for wild animals near the center. After checking in at our hotel, we will head to downtown Kanchanaburi to visit River Kwai Bridge. Then, we will enjoy vegan food dinner at a local restaurant with vegan cooking class. After dinner, we will visit night market for shopping.Aurora Resort Kanchanaburi
April 5KanchanaburiOn our last day in the Western region of Thailand, we will visit one more elephant sacturay, Elephant Haven. Here, participats will meet the elephant herd, feed them delicious treats, and observe their behaviors while they bathe in the river. Today we will have discussion and dinner at Ourland, bid farewell to Ourland staff. After dinner, we will have a time to reflect as a group about our experiences and the conservations efforts in Thailand. We will also complete some end of program activities.Aurora Resort Kanchanaburi
April 6Kanchanaburi - Bangkok - USAAfter breakfast, we will travel back to Bangkok. We will get lunch at the Or Tor Kor fresh market and do the last minute shopping at Chatuchak weekend market before heading to the restaurant near the airport for our farewell dinner. After dinner, we will head to the airport and be on our way back home.Airplane
April 7USAArrive homeYour own bed!

Accommodations


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. 

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
The 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. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

 

 

OWL HOUSE Community Cabins

This community lodge is owned by Mrs. La-or, community leader of the Chongsadao, one of the host communities in the Kanchanaburi Province in Western Thailand. It’s simple and colorful cabins can fit 3 or 4 people each and are surrounded by nature and are only a short walk from a river where the group can freshen up after the service activities. Students will be able to engage with the host family that runs this community lodge. Students will be divided by gender.

Wang Jai Kwang Space Inn

Located in Chongsadao, Wang Jai Kwang Space Inn provides accommodation with a garden, a shared lounge and a terrace.  Each room is equipped with bed linen and towels. All rooms at the inn are equipped with a seating area, a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. Certain rooms at the property include a patio with a city view.  Rooms have a private bathroom equipped with a shower and free toiletries.

Sai Yok House Boat

The entire group will spend one night on their own private house boat in the Sai Yok National Park, a truly unique and Thai experience! Accommodations will be rustic and simple, but comfortable and unforgettable! A sleeping pad, pillow and light blankets will be provided. After floating down the river, the boat docks during the night. The boat also comes with a private bathroom. Life jackets are provided.

Aurora Resort Kanchanaburi

Aurora Resort Kanchanaburi features an outdoor pool and an on-site restaurant. It offers cosy rooms with air conditioning. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the entire resort. All rooms are artistically designed and feature a satellite TV and a DVD player. Free toiletries are provided in the en suite bathrooms. Facilities at the resort include bicycle rental, luggage storage and laundry service. Guests can stroll in the garden to relax.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

My experience with your organization was exceptional. The communication was prompt, courteous, and thorough. The trip was very well planned and the educational focus made me feel this such trip had a great value. My daughter has grown and matured in a wonderful way because of this trip.

Jim
Parent of Teagan, traveler on 2017 program to Thailand

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

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: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

 

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