School trips to Thailand

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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.

Activities 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

Bangkok Tour

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


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

Monkey Temple, Lopburi

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

Wat Arun

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

Where to visit in Thailand

Learn more about Thailand school trips

Read some of our latest blogs covering school trips to Thailand.

Why Halsbury Education trips?

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I can’t see the destination I’m looking to travel to, can you still help me with my trip?
Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different 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.
Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?
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 what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.
How far ahead should I start planning my trip?

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months before you want to travel.

This gives you plenty of time to get it approved and launched to students and parents.

Planning early will mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options - and it will make paying for the trip easier for families.

Want to travel sooner than this? It's possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you're ready to start planning, we'll be here to support you.  And make sure you check out the many trip-planning guides in our resource hub

What accommodation options are available?
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.

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