One piece of advice that I would give to someone going to do this programme is to ensure that you have an open mind and are prepared to give everything a go. I found that there were some physically and mentally rewarding activities on this programme. An example of this would be climbing the Erawan Waterfall. This was physically challenging but highly rewarding once we had completed it. It wasn’t definitely an experience to remember.
An average day on this program would typically include one activity, whether it be going to an amazing temple, trekking through the jungle or climbing waterfalls. There were some occasions where we had days to relax and have free time that we could enjoy doing what we wanted. An average week on this program is packed full of fun activities and gorgeous food, with free time to do what you would like.
My biggest fear going abroad to Thailand was my issue with self-confidence, and being quite a shy person. My program consisted of 11 travelers to begin with for the first two weeks, and this number then grew to 22 of us for the remaining two weeks of the month that I was in Thailand. Being thrown into meeting new people really helped me to come out of my shell and be who I am, without any filters. Everyone was so lovely and welcoming and really made me just want to enjoy myself and be me.
I think that when it comes to this program, there are a lot of tips that I have learned throughout my time in Thailand. One tip that I have is that, when it comes to street food, it is always a good idea to look for where the locals are or where the busiest stand is; this indicates that the food is going to be good.
Another tip is that toiletries are expensive out here. You can never have enough sun cream, or shampoo and conditioner.
Another tip is pack light. You can do washing pretty much anywhere. My final tip is to not be afraid to try things. Get out of your comfort zone and just go for it, as you’ll regret it if you don’t.