Whether you’re 18, 21 or 41, you’re never too old for a gap year in Thailand. Trouble is, there’s so much information out there on what to do and where to go, it can be overwhelming at times. That’s why we’re here to help.
The reason why many people choose Thailand as the destination point for their gap year is because there is so much on offer. From exploring the stunning nature, backpacking around the remote villages, city tours around the bustling Bangkok, soaking up the sun on the beautiful beaches or giving back and helping the community, there’s something for everyone. Lucky for you, the country is so vast, but given that you’ll be here for a year, you’ll have plenty of time to cover it all. If we had to choose the right gap year for you, we’d choose a combination of all of the above to make sure you’re getting the most from your gap year in Thailand.
Start your gap year off with a city tour of Bangkok. Majority of gap year travellers visit Thailand from a Western Country and city life, so we always like to start off with Bangkok to help provide familiarity and to soften the culture shock. Spend time soaking up the busy atmosphere, rent an apartment in a skyscraper and get stuck into what the busy city life has to offer.
Once you’ve had your city fix, it’s time to hit up the nature trails and soak up the natural beauty Thailand has to offer. This means exploring all the stunning hidden islands and beaches, the smaller the better as these are often the most untouched. Make sure you head to Khao Lak and Khao Sok for your forest and jungle fix too!
Once you’ve spent time embracing the country and soaking up the culture, it’s time to spend your days with the locals and give back to the community. The Thai people are what make Thailand so great. Visit their remote villages and hometowns, understand why they do what they do, give back in any what you can, volunteer in their school and get to know the communities behind the country.