Student with tribal woman weaving
Student with tribal woman weaving at Palong village

Educational tours

Educational tours is our specialisation. Over the years, we have gained a lot of experience with groups from international schools and universities. We are developing more tours.

We offer tours that include teambuilding construction activities in ethnic minority communities. These tours usually take four or five days. In consultation with the community, we select a suitable project. We will make a plan and buy construction materials. During their stay in the village, students will learn about the customs, religion, traditions and way of living of the villagers.

Students doing construction work
Construction work

Usually, we will organise activities at the local school. Most ethnic minority groups have their specific language. We will teach students a couple of words in the local language. We will let students taste the local delicacies and show them how they are prepared.

Short educational tours

We also organise shorter educational tours that don’t include construction. These tours take at least two days and one night. We hold several activities, such as language class, a local welcoming ceremony, a visit to the local temple or church, a meaningful visit to a school including some teaching and other interactive meetings with villagers. We usually include a local cooking class as well. Before we forget: our educational tours commonly feature activities such as trekking, cycling and rafting as well.

Kids in traditional dress in front of a blackboard
Palong Kids with a blackboard at Mae Chon

We will also focus on the way of living of a community. Depending on the season, we will let students participate in agricultural activities such as rice planting and harvesting. Tree planting in the rainy season is also an option. We will pay attention to the history of communities and issues concerning ethnic and indigenous groups such as land ownership, education, healthcare, discrimination and legal status. Some villages such as the Dara-ang (Palong or Palaung) and the Hmong offer opportunities to learn traditional weaving or batik techniques.

Educational experiences in Chiang Mai

As Chiang Mai is typically the place where tours start and end, we can include some educational trips here as well. These can be an introduction to Buddhism, a Thai cooking class, a market tour or a bicycle tour to the ruins of Wiang Kum Kam and the historical McKean Center.

Cyclists in front of ruined chedi
Guide Bay with students

Below are sample programs of educational tours. On request, we can customise these tours.