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School Trips to Thailand

School trips to Thailand offer students the opportunity to experience some of the best that South East Asia has to offer!

Thailand is a beautiful, colourful country that’s home to vibrant markets, white sandy beaches, tropical rainforests and ancient shrines. The opportunities to take part in voluntary work with local organisations make Thailand especially popular as a destination for school expeditions.

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Why visit Thailand?

Make your students better global citizens

Many of our school groups who visit Thailand choose to do so on one of our Helping Hands school expeditions.

A school expedition to Thailand offers the opportunity to learn about sustainability, put back into the local community by helping to renovate a local school and discover more about the country’s national symbol, by helping out at an elephant sanctuary.

Your students will leave Thailand with a greater understanding of the culture, the wildlife and the challenges the country faces. Their horizons will have widened and they will be on the path to becoming better global citizens.

The colourful culture

Most groups who choose to visit Thailand on a school trip base themselves in the vibrant capital, Bangkok. This is the perfect place in which to discover the rich, colourful Thai culture.

On your school trip to Thailand, you can enjoy a guided tour of Bangkok, with visits to sites of cultural importance including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho temple, Wat Saket and Loha Prasat. You can also choose to visit the spectacular Wat Arun.

We can arrange a Thai cooking class, which is not to be missed for anyone interested in the delicious Thai cuisine. And we can also arrange for you to visit the historic city of Ayutthaya, where you’ll visit ancient temples and experience the buzzing atmosphere of a local market.

The precious wildlife

Thailand is home to some incredible wildlife, including tigers, leopards and, of course, the elephant, which is the country’s national symbol.

Despite the symbolic importance of the elephant in Thailand, numbers have plummeted over the last two centuries, from an estimated 100,000 in the early 20 th century to under 5,000 in 2017 – with only about 1,000 of those living in the wild.

Elephants are often targeted by poachers in Thailand, often for their ivory and more recently for their meat. They’ve also historically been used in the logging industry which, ironically, has also destroyed much of their habitat. When logging was banned in Thailand in 1989, the elephant handlers (mahouts) had to find new ways to make money. Many turned to tourism and providing entertainment for tourists, by providing elephant rides or making their elephants perform tricks.

On your school trip to Thailand, your students will have the opportunity to help out at an elephant sanctuary, where they will learn about these magnificent animals, the issues they still face in Thailand and how the sanctuary is helping them.

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Take a look at our range of Thailand school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

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School Trips to Bangkok

A school trip to Bangkok will offer your students the opportunity to explore Thai culture and find out what Thailand is all about!

Bangkok school trips are most popular as expeditions with a volunteering element. Your students can spend some time working with local projects including renovating a local temple school and helping out at an elephant sanctuary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different types of school trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.

Yes, all of our trips include comprehensive travel insurance, which now includes Covid cover. This group travel insurance covers individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure.
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure.
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking part in the trip.

The insurance also covers reasonable additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad.

And the policy also covers reasonable additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual.

Please contact us for details.

Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of the what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.

As a general rule we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months prior to your travel date. This gives you plenty of time to get sign off from senior leadership and to launch your trip in school to students and parents. Planning early will also mean you have a greater choice of accomodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later than this, don't worry, it is definitely possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. We're here to support you and we have a selection of templates and useful guides to help guide you and save you time throughout the process.

You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above.

All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year.

Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

Activities and excursions in Thailand that your school group will love

Bridge On the River Kwai

The construction of the Burma Railway during the Second World War is considered a war crime committed by Japan, due… Read More

Bangkok Tour

Enjoy a tour of Bangkok with stops including the Grand Palace, the official residence of the Thai monarchy, and Wat… Read More

Ayutthaya

This city was once the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom and one of the largest cities in the world, with… Read More

Monkey Temple, Lopburi

Prasat Sam Yot is a former Buddhist temple built in the 12th and 13th centuries. No longer a working temple,… Read More

Wat Arun

On the western bank of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun rises like a spectacular palace, dominating the skyline of… Read More

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

  • School trips designed by teachers for teachers

    Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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  • School trips tailored to your curriculum

    We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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  • Health & safety prioritised

    As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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  • Support every step of the way

    We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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  • Financially secure school trips

    We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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  • Rewarding loyalty scheme

    You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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The Halsbury Difference

School trips by teachers for teachers

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Tailor-made school trips

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!