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27TH MAY, 24TH JUNE & 29TH JULY 2023








PMGY’s Thailand Intro Experience is a 15 day affordable travel trip across Southern Thailand. This Thailand Intro Experience trip will introduce you to some of Thailand’s most spectacular scenery. From stunning beaches to mountains, lush green jungles, bustlingly cities and peaceful Buddhist temples, this incredible 2 week adventure allows you to experience it all! Throw in some like-minded people to share it all with and a guide to help to get the very best out of your experience, this is a trip of a lifetime.



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The Thailand Intro Experience offers ambitious individuals the opportunity to join together and embark on a thrilling adventure across Thailand. Our local team provides a structured, fast-paced and thrilling group itinerary across a number of amazing sites around the country. On the Thailand Intro Experience, you will arrive in Thailand on a set date, joining your group before travelling across a 2 week period. This makes the Intro Travel Experiences ideal for anyone who wishes to explore and engage in new experiences in the company of others.


Individuals on this experience trip have the unique chance to engage in a huge range of activities across the south of Thailand. From sleeping on raft boats to shopping in Thailand’s largest market - there is something for everyone! Across this 15 day itinerary, be prepared for breathtaking sites, friends for life and complete cultural immersion. The adventure is perfect for anyone looking to travel within a safe, structured and social environment.


From one destination to the next, you won’t need to worry about a thing. All your in-country transport and accommodation will be arranged by our local teams. This helps to ensure that your experience abroad is as smooth as possible. Our team will arrange numerous activities for you to enjoy and engage in during your trip. For any spare time, our local experts will be able to help you discover the impressive range of activities you can get involved in during your trip to Thailand.


You’ll spend a couple of days in this lush jungle setting with its dramatic limestone formations and cascading waterfalls. You’ll have the opportunity to explore caves, kayak and trek during the day, and chill in raft houses above the stunningly beautiful Cheow Larn Lake at night, under a starlit sky. It doesn’t get much better than that!


The trip’s group set-up makes the Thailand Intro Experience an exceptional social occasion. You have the chance to meet individuals from across the globe, forming friendships that will last a lifetime. You will stay together for your entire adventure, sharing moments and memories that will stay with you forever. You will also have the chance to immerse yourself with members of the local community, making your gap year in Thailand even more special.


Our adventure starts in Bangkok, Thailand’s bustling capital for an eye-opening and action-packed first few days. The city of contrasts is modern yet cultural, chaotic, traditional and bizarre – you’ll love it! We’ll show you some highlights including Bangkok’s famous 8,000 stall market and the delights of Koh San Road with its multitude of restaurants and bars while you’re getting to know your fellow travellers.


Then it’s on to a much more relaxed and laid back Khao Sok National Park – the world’s oldest evergreen rainforest. This wondrous lowland jungle is over 160 million years old. Hosting a huge network of trails allows visitors a chance to spot the tremendous amount of wildlife it contains, from tigers and elephants to gibbons and spot bears. Add in the 300 species of birds, 38 different types of bats and the world’s biggest, smelliest flowers, there’s certainly quite a bit to see!


One of the best bits about this part of the trip is the opportunity to stay in a floating raft house on Cheow Larn Lake. The lake lies in the heart of the national park, surrounded by magnificent karst mountains. It’s an amazingly peaceful setting. Not only that, but you’ll have your own kayak parked outside, free to use whenever you want – certainly different!


You’ll spend a couple of days in this lush jungle setting with its dramatic limestone formations and cascading waterfalls. You’ll have the opportunity to explore caves, kayak and trek during the day, and chill in raft houses above the stunningly beautiful Cheow Larn Lake at night, under a starlit sky. It doesn’t get much better than that!


You’re then off to the gorgeous islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. These islands offer everything you could possibly want in a beach retreat: white sandy beaches, coconut palms, fresh seafood and warm, clear waters. There are plenty of tropical, white sand beaches to soak up the sun on and hammocks to relax and swing in. If you’re feeling even remotely energetic, there are a range of options to choose from - from island tours to a whole host of water sports and cooking classes (learn how to make your own Thai food - delicious!)!


In amongst this exciting 15 day itinerary, don’t forget about the Full Moon Party - it’s going to be a great night!


Itinerary Schedule - The itineraries for our PMGY experience trips are subject to change, as a result of unforeseen circumstances. We will always do our best to notify participants of changes in advance of the program start date. However, activities day to day during time in-country also remain subject to unanticipated changes.


Depending on the time of year and the Full Moon dates, your itinerary may take a slightly different route to the one outlined above. Please note this will be done with your best interests at heart to ensure all of the activities can be offered, but your Thailand Intro Experience trip is guaranteed to start and end in Bangkok regardless.


Free-time Activities - As indicated across the itinerary, the local team are able to assist in the arrangement of activities during periods classed as ‘free-time’. It should be noted that any prices displayed within this itinerary for such example activities are based on appropriate costs. These prices can vary year-on-year and should only be used as a rough indication of fees that may be entailed.


Please make sure you arrive into Bangkok International Airport in (BKK) on the appropriate Saturday. You should arrive after 7am on the Saturday start date of your trip, and the pickup service is available until midnight on this day. If you wish to arrive before this time then you can either arrange your own hotel and airport transfer and we can collect you from your hotel on the Saturday.


Day 1 (Saturday) Welcome to Thailand!

Sawa Dee Kah – welcome! Our member of our local team will be waiting for you at the airport, holding a PMGY sign. We’ll take you to the guesthouse on Koh San Road where you can relax and meet the others from the group.


This day is just an arrival day – your peers will arrive across this period. This is therefore your chance to recover from your jet-lag and start making new friends! Depending on what time everyone arrives, our local team may start their introductions in the evening, before proceeding with the rest of the orientation tomorrow.


If you’re not then too tired after your long flight, we’ve planned an evening out – the perfect way to break the ice and get everyone talking!


Meals included: None

Day 2 (Sunday) Orientation & Time to Explore Bangkok

After a good night’s rest, it’s time to begin your Thailand gap year experience! Our team will show the group around the local Bangkok area. You will be offered the chance to exchange money and pick-up anything you may need from the local shops.


Across this orientation day, PMGY’s local coordinators will give you the lowdown on everything you need to know for this gap year Thailand experience trip. This will include an insight into Thai culture, safety issues, and important words and phrases in Thai. We’ll also give you a more detailed rundown of the itinerary and answer any burning questions you may have.


In the evening, we’ll then take the air-con sleeper train to Surat Thani. This journey will take around 11 hours. Straight after, we will take the local bus to Khao Sok National Park, which takes around a couple of hours.


Meals included: None

Day 3 (Monday) Park Life!

We arrive at Khao Sok National Park on Monday morning. We’ll check into the raft house at around 11am and take a couple of hours to relax, swim and go for a kayak. Khao Sok National Park covers 739 square kilometres and is an area of extreme natural beauty. It is covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. Strikingly, you’ll also find huge limestone mountains, deep valleys, breathtaking lakes, exciting caves and wild animals to marvel at.


We’ll be staying in floating raft houses on Cheow Larn Lake. The lake is a massive man-made structure, located in the heart of the national park. This will be a sight not to forget as you find yourself surrounded by magnificent karst mountains. It’s a really amazingly peaceful setting. The raft houses are basic but you have your own kayak outside, which you are free to use whenever you want – it’s going to be a great few days!


In the evening we’ll have a boat cruise to explore more of Khao Sok National Park. We’ll return to the raft house as it begins to get dark and have a group dinner and hang out for the rest of the evening – all whilst floating on top of Cheow Larn Lake!


Meals included: Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 (Tuesday) Off to the Islands

We’ll spend the morning chilling by the lake for the last time. At 11am we’ll then check out of the raft house and make our way to the island of Koh Samui. Koh Samui is Thailand’s second-largest island, famous for its palm-fringed beaches, dense rainforests and plentiful numbers of coconuts! We’ll check into the guesthouse in Koh Samui by the evening. There’s nothing like watching the perfect sunset at the end of the day!


Meals included: None

Days 5-6 (Wednesday-Thursday) Koh Samui!

Koh Samui offers everything you could possibly want in a beach retreat: white sandy beaches, coconut palms, fresh seafood and warm, clear waters. With an area of 247 square kilometres, Koh Samui is the largest island in the region.


Wednesday and Thursday are free days to explore Koh Samui. There are a number of optional activities you can sign up to:


Elephant Sanctuary – Participants are offered the chance to partake in a 3 hour tour across Koh Samui’s first elephant sanctuary. Throughout this period, individuals will have the opportunity to feed the elephants, walk with them and admire the gentle giants in their natural habitat. The centre works hard to promote ethical elephant tourism, permitting the beautiful creatures to live a happy life, free from demanding logging and tourism industries. This tour costs approximately 110 USD per person.


Tour of Koh Samui – Individuals have the opportunity to explore Koh Samui following a more formal itinerary. The 5 hour tour across the island will take you around various destinations, including the Big Buddha Temple, Nameang Waterfall and Chaweng viewpoint. This is a great way to see everything the island has to offer! This tour costs approximately around 15 USD per person.


Meals included: None

Days 7-11 (Friday-Tuesday) Koh Phangan Here We Come!

After you’ve had a chance to grab some breakfast, we’ll take the ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan. Our team will tell you all about life on the island and what activities are available. There are a number of optional activities you can sign up to once you are in Thailand:


Ang Thong Island Tour – For those who opt for this trip, we will travel by boat to An Thong. Its National Marine Park is made up of 42 islands, featuring limestone massifs, tropical rainforests and deserted beaches. There is a considerable amount of wildlife inhabiting the islands including the Asian long-tailed monkey (langur), hairy-nosed otters, pacific reef egrets, white-bellied sea eagles, ashy drongos, tortoises, sea turtles, lizards and pythons. On the tour, you can go snorkelling, canoeing, and hiking to the top of the island for some incredible views. Participant feedback suggests that this is a really worthwhile trip. This tour costs approximately 80 USD per person.


Koh Tao Island Tour – The name Koh Tao means ‘Turtle Island’, named since the island’s mountains mimic the shape of a turtle’s silhouette. It’s the smallest out of its two other neighbouring islands (Koh Samui and Koh Phangnan) and a hotspot for scuba diving. Individuals who sign up to the Koh Tao Island Tour will go snorkelling, wander around the island and enjoy the atmosphere of this chilled-out island. This tour costs approximately 90 USD per person. Scuba dives are available at an extra cost.


Sunset Tour – Lasting just under 6 hours, this sunset tour is like no other. Offering the opportunity to explore and enjoy the splendours of the Northern coast of Koh Phangan, time on this cruise is the perfect chance to relax, snorkel and chill, in the company of your peers. You will be cooked up a treat across the duration of the day, meaning that you will not only catch a tan but leave feeling full of delicious dishes. This tour costs approximately 90 USD per person.


There is also a whole range of watersports available on Koh Phangan, such as kayaking, kiteboarding, wakeboarding and windsurfing. The local team can help point you in the right direction if you wish to get involved! There is also elephant trekking, various cooking classes, and even Thai boxing events in the evening.


This evening is the Full Moon party! It’s going to be a night to remember. Our local coordinators will be out with you to make sure you don’t do anything too silly.


Meals included: None

Day 12 (Wednesday) Back to Bangkok

All good things come to an end, as this Thailand adventure travel trip begins to draw to a close. Unfortunately, this means dragging you away from crystal blue seas as we make our way back to Bangkok. We’ll take the ferry from Koh Phangnan to Chumpong, and then from Chumpong, we’ll take the bus back to Bangkok. We’ll arrive into Bangkok on Wednesday evening and check into our usual guesthouse in Koh San Road.


Meals included: None

Day 13 (Thursday) Erawan Falls & Bridge over the River Kwai

Today is free. However, we will be running an optional tour to visit the famous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’. It takes around 3.5 hours to reach Kanchanaburi Province, where the bridge is located. Before we reach the bridge, we will stop off at Erawan Falls. Here, you’ll have the chance to walk up the falls’ 7 tiers, taking in the beautiful surrounds of the National Park.


After a couple of hours, we will head into town for lunch at one of the nicest restaurants along the river, followed by a long tail boat ride. You will also get the chance to walk across the famous bridge reaped in history from WWII. This trip costs approximately 90 USD per person.


Meals included: None

Day 14 (Friday) Koh San Road Markets & Farewell

Today is your last full day in Bangkok – now’s the perfect time to shop till you drop! The markets around Koh San Road offer some epic bargains. In the evening, we will then have a farewell drink as we say our goodbyes after an epic 2 weeks together.


Meals included: None

Day 15 (Saturday) Home Time

Saturday is your last day of the PMGY Thailand Intro Experience. Whether you’re continuing your Thailand or Southeast Asia travels, or sadly heading home, our local team will be able to help arrange transport to your next destination or back to the airport.


Meals included: None

* This itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen circumstances.


What are the program start dates for the Thailand Intro Experience?

The program start dates for the Thailand Intro Experience trip in 2023 are as follows –


27th May 2023
24th June 2023
29th July 2023

Can people from outside of the UK or USA join PMGY?

Of course! Although PMGY was founded in the UK, with offices now extending between the UK and US, we welcome participants of all nationalities onto our programs. Within the last decade, we have hosted tens of thousands of volunteers and travel lovers from across the globe. From France to Italy, Mexico to India, Namibia to Russia and Ireland to China – these are only a handful of the countries participants have joined us from! We want everyone from across the world to have an equal opportunity at experiencing a different perspective on life, and make friends across the world.

Why are PMGY’s fees so much more affordable than other organisations?

The PMGY International Team works hard to ensure that our fees are kept as low as possible. Consequently, this makes our experiences affordable and accessible without sacrificing the safety and quality of the overall experience.


Registration Fees to join our programs are assigned to the high levels of comprehensive support that we are renowned for. This includes telephone and online support staff available 24 hours each day, as well as detailed hand-guides and interactive webinars. Therefore, the remaining Program Fees to join the program go directly to our in-country teams, covering everything for your time in Thailand. In general, these fees are reflected in your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, in-country support and project upkeep during your time abroad. Furthermore, we make sure our fees are transparent, which is something our participants really appreciate.


Similar organisations offer fancy brochures, run large high-street offices and are usually owned by larger travel organisations with many shareholders. As a result, participants are charged an extremely high price to cover all of these overheads. Therefore, at PMGY, we have embraced the online age by focusing everything around an online presence. We have done away with out-dated brochures, an unnecessary high street presence and we are an independent organisation without any outside financial interests.

What are the requirements to join the trip in Thailand?

PMGY welcomes Thailand Intro Experience participants of all nationalities, religions and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the program is 18 and there is no upper age limit. Furthermore, all participants need to have a good level of English, although it does not need to be your first language. Of course, you do not need to speak Tha. However, you will find that learning a few words in your days with us in Thailand will go a long way.


All Thailand Intro Experience participants must be able to provide a clean criminal background check in advance of joining us abroad. Thus, we are unable to accept anyone who has any previous criminal convictions. In general, no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation! However, medical and healthcare projects usually require additional documentation before participation begins in-country.


Travelling and volunteering overseas can be both physically and mentally challenging. Therefore, all participants must be fit in both areas. Consequently, if you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas, then these must be declared to us during your online application. If you have any queries regarding your suitability to participate, we recommend that you contact us before committing to the program.

What date should I arrive and leave the Thai Intro Experience?

For your trip to Thailand, you should book your flights to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on the program start date. The airport code is BKK. You will be met at the airport by a member of the local team or an appointed driver, who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.


The program ends on the Saturday of your final week. Therefore, you must depart the accommodation on this day.

Are there any age restrictions to be a participant in Thailand?

In order to join the Thailand Intro Experience, you need to be at least 18 on the program start date. Generally, the average age range of participants is 18-25.


There is no upper age limit to our programs, and in the past, we have hosted participants up to the age of 70-years old. Whilst we have found that our more mature participants get a lot from the experience, at times individuals have found it more challenging to integrate with a younger crowd. Furthermore, some participants have perhaps expected a higher level of accommodation, the structure within the local community, and general overall communication at the project setup. Consequently, whilst we welcome participants of all ages, we stress that all participants should remain open-minded and flexible. Additionally, participants must appreciate that the majority of our participants are across the 18-25 age range.

When should I apply to join the Thailand Intro Experience?

For the majority of our programs, you can apply at any time. However, we advise that you apply as soon as possible to ensure we have availability on the program. This is since some of our programs only have limited capacity, meaning that spaces get filled very quickly. Therefore, it is particularly important that you apply in good time if you’re looking to travel between our peak period of June and August. This is because spaces can fill up very quickly during this period. Furthermore, please only apply if you are 100% committed to joining the program. You need to apply online by locating the “Apply Now” button on the individual project page. This will guide you through our online Application Process.


Indeed, once you have applied and confirmed your place on the program, it may be possible to change your start dates and this will not incur a fee. However, please note that this will be subject to availability and any changes should be made at least 60 days prior to your start date.

Can I join the program abroad with my friend/parent/boyfriend/girlfriend?

You’re more than welcome to travel with friends, family members or with a boyfriend/girlfriend. If required, we can make sure that you stay in the same accommodation and if relevant, volunteer at the same project. However, please note the majority of our accommodation is on a single-sex basis. Consequently, we cannot guarantee that you would be able to be placed in the same room.


Please outline in the ‘Special Requirements’ box of your online application if you’d like to make sure you’re placed alongside another applicant/s.

Is it safe to travel to PMGY destinations?

Although our participants work in the developing world, we work hard to ensure that our host locations are safe. Firstly, participant safety in each of our destinations is monitored regularly. Each of our programs has been inspected by a member of the PMGY International Team. Additionally, PMGY closely follows advice published by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Alongside the frequent contact we have with our local teams, we are able to ensure that our participants are never placed in unstable or unsafe regions.


The PMGY International Team have visited and participated in every program we offer. Thus, we have carefully inspected every little detail of our set-up, from the living conditions to local neighbourhoods and even the food you’ll be eating. Through these checks, we are able to ensure that all of our projects are up to scratch. Furthermore, all of our local teams are experienced development professionals, with years of experience hosting international travellers. They are PMGY’s representatives on the ground and assist participants 24/7 throughout their stay. Our teams are therefore always on-hand to assist in any emergencies that may occur. Additionally, our 24 hour international emergency telephone line is always accessible. PMGY’s in-country staff also have access to local medical professionals should these be required during a participant’s time with us.


When you join the Thailand Intro Experience, we will send you a Volunteer Handbook. This document addresses a range of issues such as health, safety, visas and dress codes. For any unanswered or specific questions, PMGY offers a comprehensive support network, with online and telephone support staff available 24 hours each day. Our advisers welcome participants to ask as many questions as needed for them to effectively prepare for their trip overseas. On a monthly basis, our International Team also hosts both an Introductory Webinar and Safety Webinar. These are interactive opportunities for international participants to learn more about our projects and managing their safety overseas.


When you arrive in-country, you’ll be given a comprehensive introduction to the general program and your specific project. During this session, our team will also cover important safety advice specific to your country. You’ll also be given the opportunity to purchase a local SIM-card. This is something we strongly suggest, so you’re contactable at all times. In like manner, we will provide you with a full list of the important contact numbers that you’ll need to know.


Although we cannot guarantee your experience to be 100% trouble-free we have taken all the necessary precautions to make sure each program is as safe as possible.

When do I pay for my experience program? Can I pay in instalments?

In order to confirm your place on the Thailand Intro Experience, you need to pay a deposit of 249 USD. The remaining fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your program start date. During this period if you need to make a change to your trip (destination, program or date) then this can be facilitated free of charge. If you’re applying within 60 days of your program start date then you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. Likewise, in the unlikely event that we are unable to offer you a place on the program then your payment will be refunded in full within 48 hours of applying.


Payments made in advance of the 45 day window can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 5% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur. Bank transfers can be accepted by UK participants only.

Can I use the Intro Experience as part of a university or college placement?

It is certainly possible to use Thai Intro Experience as part of your university or college placement. However, PMGY is unable to guarantee that the Thailand Intro Experience will fulfil the requirements of your establishment. Therefore, participants are encouraged to speak to a member of the International Team to establish whether the required parameters can be met. This should be done in advance of applying to the program. When appropriate, school/college/university representatives are welcome to contact PMGY to discuss further the suitability of the program in meeting the participant’s requirements.


First of all, the PMGY International Team are able to complete paperwork after Thailand Intro Experience participants have confirmed their place on the program. Additionally, project staff in Thailand can also sign-off any paperwork that is required by your course tutors. However, while our team will do their best to complete any paperwork, we are unable to guarantee that we will be able to comply with every learning objective and requirement or your university/college. PMGY regularly receives medical, nursing, childcare and psychology placement students on our projects globally, with ties with some leading universities.


If you’re a course tutor and would like further information about how one of PMGY’s programs could meet the placement requirements for your course, please contact us directly to schedule a meeting.


Can I fundraise for my Thailand Intro Experience trip?

With PMGY, the money our participants pay goes towards the structure you receive on the Thailand program. The fundamentals of this cover aspects such as accommodation, airport pick-ups, around the clock support from our international and in-country teams, pre-departure training as well as the implementation and monitoring of the projects.


We do our best to keep our program costs as low and affordable as possible, without sacrificing quality and safety. However, with flights, travel insurance and spending money to factor into your overall budget, you may find you need a little bit of help with the finances. Consequently, a large number of PMGY participants decide to fundraise for their trip. In these instances, we recommend that participants on the Thai Intro Experience set up an online fundraising page to notify friends and family of your trip.


PMGY have partnered with the online crowdfunding website GoGetFunding for participants to create a personalised fundraising page for their trip. This professional online fundraising service allows you to set financial goals and get the message across about what you’re doing. You can also share your PMGY fundraising page across various social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word.

Can I raise money for the projects?

The PMGY Foundation is a UK registered charity (1169415). This charity has been created to help provide financial aid and assistance to projects we work with on an ongoing basis. Importantly, the objective of the PMGY Foundation is the prevention or relief of poverty for people living in the communities we support. This is achieved by providing or assisting the provision of education, training, healthcare and general living support. Therefore, we hope that the support offered by the PMGY Foundation helps to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient. Consequently, donations made to the PMGY Foundation will be directed to the projects most in need. This is determined by the trustees of the charity during our International Team overseas visits.


If you are looking to help raise money directly for the PMGY Foundation, you can do so via our Virgin Money Giving fundraising page. 100% of all money raised will be donated directly to the projects we support around the world. However, please note that participants are unable to raise money through the PMGY Foundation to help finance the cost of their trip overseas. For Thai Intro Experience participants looking for further information on how to raise money for their trip abroad, please visit our fundraising page.

How do I register for your online webinars?

Every Tuesday at 4pm (London time), the PMGY International Team hosts one of four pre-departure webinars. These last approximately 45 minutes each and importantly provide participants in Thailand with invaluable advice on their upcoming trip. The webinars are hosted by a member of our International Team, who all have extensive knowledge of our projects around the globe. You can attend (and even ask questions) from anywhere in the world, simply by logging in through your own computer. All you need is a computer, a good internet connection and a pair of headphones. In addition to this, if any family or friends would like to attend the session as well, they are more than welcome to do so.


For individuals who have not yet signed up to one of our programs, but would like to learn more about us, we encourage you to join our Introductory Webinar. Across 45 minutes, a member of the International team will introduce you to the concept of volunteering abroad, our destinations and both social and safety aspects of our programs.


For individuals on the Thailand Intro Experience who have already confirmed their place on the program, there are three for you to choose from. Please note that you need to sign up for the webinar a few days in advance.


Travel Essentials Pre-Departure Webinar – covers all the basics.


Program Preparation Webinar – covers specifically childcare and teaching community work programs.


Safety & Wellbeing Overseas Webinar – covers the risks associated with overseas travel and how you can keep as safe as possible.

Will I require vaccinations and malaria tablets for my trip?

It is possible that as a Thai Intro Experience participant, you may require a course of vaccinations in preparation for your trip to Thailand. However, unfortunately, PMGY is unable to legally advise on these matters, since we are not medical experts. Therefore, it is vital that you contact your local doctor or travel clinic a few months in advance of your intended travel. Your local doctor/nurse will be able to advise you on vaccinations and malaria prevention you may need for entry into your program destination. Additional information can be found on the NHS Fit For Travel website.

How do I arrange my flights to Thailand?

When you apply to join a trip with PMGY, we cannot guarantee your place on the program immediately. Indeed, on receiving an application, we have to liaise with our local team to ensure there is space available on the program and to assess your suitability for the specific project. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not make any flight and/or travel arrangements until your program has been confirmed by us in writing. Of course, once your place on the Thailand Intro Experience has been confirmed, you are then free to book your flights either with PMGY or through a third-party travel agent.


After confirming your place on a PMGY volunteer program, we strongly advise that you book your flights as early as possible. This is since it will help ensure that you get the lowest airfare. You can choose to book your flights independently or we can help you with arranging them. PMGY has a wealth of experience in travelling to and from our host countries. Therefore, we know the most affordable ways to travel and the best airlines to use. Therefore, if you would like any assistance booking your flight, you can request an optional flight quote during your online application. Alternatively, feel free to contact us on the phone or by email.

Do you offer travel insurance?

Importantly, having an appropriate travel insurance policy during your time abroad is essential. Therefore, it is mandatory for all of our international volunteers to be appropriately covered across all of their trip dates. This includes your travel to and from the host country, as well as any onward travel. Although PMGY does everything to ensure your trip is safe, inevitably things can go wrong. Therefore, having a travel insurance policy in place helps you effectively deal with any problems you may encounter during your time away.


We have partnered up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive optional policy. This has been designed with our international volunteers in mind, to cover our participants for all of their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone across the globe, up to the age of 65 years. The document will cover you for your time on any PMGY destination and any onward travel (excluding the US and Canada). You can purchase PMGY Travel Insurance during your online application or you can contact us directly to arrange it.

How do I obtain a background check?

To join the Thai Intro Experience, you’ll need to provide us with a clean DBS or Police Check before you travel. This is a check that must be issued by an official Governmental or Police Body. PMGY have a commitment to the projects we support to ensure the participants we send are trustworthy and of sound moral character. Consequently, we are unable to accept participants who have had any previous criminal convictions.


If you hold a current DBS or Police Check, then we can accept this, providing it is clear and issued no more than 18 months prior to your program start date. You will need to upload a copy of this to your online portal after confirming your place on the program. Furthermore, the DBS or Police Check must be submitted to us no less than 21 days prior to your program start date.


If you don’t have a valid DBS check, then you will need to apply for one. UK participants need to apply for a “Basic Disclosure” through Gov.uk (which serves all people in the UK). This costs 23 GBP and takes around 15 working days to process. Full information on how to obtain a DBS check through Gov.uk is outlined in the Volunteer Handbook, received once you have confirmed your place on the Thailand Intro Experience.


For Thai Intro Experience participants from the US, you can apply for a background check through Sentry Link. It costs 19.95 USD and is usually processed immediately. Alternatively, you are welcome to arrange your own background check through your local Sheriff’s Office or governmental body.


For all other international participants, we recommend you obtain a Police/Criminal Background Check through your local police station or official governmental body.

When will I receive my Volunteer Handbook?

All participants in Thailand will receive a PMGY Volunteer Handbook once they have paid their deposit and confirmed their place on the program. We will send you an email entitled ‘Welcome to PMGY’ which will include a link where you can download the Volunteer Handbook. Please note that we do not send a hard copy of the PMGY Volunteer Handbook.


This Handbook contains everything you need to know to prepare for your Thailand Intro Experience. Ranging from what to pack to how to obtain a visa, we do our best to ensure you are ready to hit the ground running. Therefore, it is really important that you read through the Volunteer Handbook carefully once you’ve downloaded it. If you find any of your questions unanswered after reading through this, then our team are always on hand to assist you. You can contact us via email, telephone, Zoom, Facebook, online chat…whatever works best for you!


Can I arrange a private room?

All of our accommodation options on the Thailand program involve sharing a room with other participants (usually same-sex). Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange private room options for our participants on the Thailand Intro Experience.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Our teams will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements. However, this cannot be guaranteed on the Thai Intro Experience. Consequently, there may be instances where you need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense. Any dietary requirements should be noted within your application and re-iterated to the local team on arrival into the country. Importantly, any concerns for major requirements should be raised with the PMGY International Team before confirming your place on the program.

Are there any public holidays that affect project availability?

We aim to communicate as clearly and accurately as possible all holidays that impact project availability. This information can be found via our Holiday Dates page and in the Volunteer Handbook. However, due to the nature of developing countries, holidays can often be sporadic or prone to change. In turn, these can unexpectedly affect project availability. Therefore in such instances, we ask our participants to be flexible and appreciative of this. These periods often provide participants in Thailand with a unique experience to enjoy the festivities and holidays themselves. However, our local teams will always do their best to find alternative project work if applicable/possible.

What is the dress code on the Intro Thailand Experience?

Dress code varies from country-to-country and sometimes from project-to-project. Importantly, we ask that our participants adopt a smart and responsible image during their time in the communities. Of course, we will outline the specific dress code requirements in your Volunteer Handbook so you know exactly what to pack. In addition to this, our local team will also brief you during your in-country orientation on arrival in Thailand.


The general rule of thumb for girls is to cover shoulders, chest, stomach and thighs. In a like matter, for men, shorts should not lie above the knee and shirts should cover shoulders. Whilst we do not wish to impose strict regulations on our participants, we do ask that you respect the local culture during your travels. Moreover, dressing appropriately will earn you the respect of the people you’ll be working with. Therefore, our Volunteer Handbooks, outline preferred dress-codes in detail.


Additionally, it’s also a good idea to take some nicer clothes for the weekends and special occasions. However, please avoid tight and very short clothing. You should also avoid clothing that may have potentially offensive slogans on it. Tattoos and piercings should be covered where possible if your program includes a volunteer placement, particularly if you’re working with children.

How much spending money will I need?

The amount of extra spending money you should take with you as a Thailand Intro Experience participant can depend on a multitude of factors. Considerations include what you undertake during your free time and how many souvenirs you purchase! Therefore, if you plan to go for a safari in Tanzania or perhaps go trekking in South Africa, you will need to budget accordingly. However, for general expenses and some independent travel, you should find 100-150 USD per week a suitable amount.

Will I be able to travel whilst on the program?

Your Thailand Intro Experience trip involves travelling across Thailand with your group. You will follow a set itinerary across your time on the trip. This means that there is no opportunity to take part in any independent travel across the trip dates.


Before booking your flights, we recommend that you look into travel opportunities across dates either side of your trip. It is always great to spend some time travelling and seeing more of the country you wish to explore.


Accommodation on this Thailand Intro Experience here we are at any one time. In most cases, you will be staying in guesthouses. All rooms will conform to a single-sex set-up. The accommodation types are as follows:


Guesthouse – Basic but comfortable fanned rooms, with ensuite or shared bathrooms. Usually, there will be between 2-6 people per room during this Thailand Intro Experience. All guesthouses are centrally located, so we are right in the heart of the action and can walk to many of the best places to go. Wi-Fi will be provided in each location. However, access may be limited to certain areas, and the connection may be intermittent. There are always nearby bars/restaurants with Wi-Fi access or internet cafes where you can get online for under 1 GBP per hour. Another option for participants on the Thailand Intro Experience is to purchase a local SIM Card and buy a data package when in-country. Usually, data packages are relatively speaking cheap to get and can come with large bundles of data. Please ensure you arrive with an unlocked phone if this is an option you wish to consider.


Raft Houses – During our time in Khao Sok National Park, we’ll stay in floating bamboo huts. The huts are basic but comfortable, with usually 2-6 people. Each room has its own kayak, which will be free for you to use whenever you want. This is definitely one for the nature lovers and will allow you to experience an authentic Thai adventure.


Lunch and dinner are included on day 3 of the itinerary only and are likely to be traditional Thai cuisine. Thai dishes are typically quite spicy, often consisting of a lot of rice, noodles and the meat is mainly fish or chicken. The remainder of the meals must be purchased at your own expense. Eating out is very cheap in Thailand. Thai food is also incredibly tasty and arguably the best in the world. Our local team will show you the best places to dine out as well as recommending some must-try dishes. There are also plenty of international restaurants so should you fancy a pizza, burger, or even a curry – you’ll be able to find it in Thailand! These tend to come at a slightly higher price to Thai options.


Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements. However, this cannot be guaranteed. This means that there may be instances where you need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense. Any dietary requirements should be noted within your application and re-iterated to the local team on arrival into the country. Any concerns for major requirements should be raised with the PMGY International Team before confirming your place on the program.






2 weeks
735 USD
249 USD
984 USD

* These fees apply to each individual application.


In order to apply to join PMGY you are required to make your Registration Fee payment of 249 USD. In the unlikely event we are unable to offer you a place on the program then your Registration Fee will be refunded in full within 48 hours of applying. The remaining fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your program start date. During this period if you need to make a change to your trip (destination, program or date) then this can be facilitated free of charge.


If you’re applying within 60 days of your program start date then you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. Likewise, in the unlikely event that we are unable to offer you a place on the program then your payment will be refunded in full within 48 hours of applying.


Any remaining payments must be made no less than 60 days prior to your start date. This payment can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. If you chose to take our insurance or book a flight with PMGY then these must be paid for (in full) at the time of booking.


Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 5% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.



PMGY provide participants with the opportunity to contribute towards our Triple Carbon Offset Scheme. This not only helps eliminate your carbon footprint but helps the planet with a positive contribution every time you fly. The Triple Offset Idea for volunteers in Thailand works as follows -


🇰🇪 Kenya - 57 mango trees are planted in Kenya. These are capable of absorbing the total carbon emissions for a volunteer trip to Thailand and also help provide a sustainable income for local farmers.


🇮🇳 India - 80 days of access to a solar cooker are provided to a family in India. This means the family don't have to spend on firewood and thus reduce their dependence on trees.


🇺🇸 USA - 1.25kg of rescued meals are provided to the homeless in the USA. This recycles wasted food reduces methane emission from food waste which is equivalent to 1lb of CO2 emissions.


This optional add-on can be added during the online application process or can even be added on at a later date. The offset platform is provided by our charity, the PMGY Foundation and ensures that 100% of contributions are put towards high impact projects around the world.