Our 37th Summer Providing Outstanding Programs for Teens
Global Adventures

Thailand Adventure - 15 Days

Thailand Adventure
15 Days
$4,199

+425 for internal flights.
plus airfare to & from Bangkok

  • Completing Grades

    9, 10, 11, 12

  • Departure Dates
    June 30 - July 14
  • What's Included
    Small Group Adventure
    Accommodations

    Basic Hotels

    Group Size

    Up to 24 participants

    Price Includes

    All lodging, three meals daily, all activities listed, gratuities and taxes.

    Cultural Sensitivity

    This program requires an open mind to experience a different culture, new foods and modest hotels. Embrace these differences and you will be rewarded.

    Similar Programs

    After an amazing experience in Thailand, most participants continue for another 14 days in Vietnam as part of our full Thailand & Vietnam 27-day program. If you prefer to join for the final 14 days in Vietnam only, see our Vietnam Adventure program.

    For those looking for a community service opportunity, check out our Thailand Community Service 25-day program.

    Note: On this program, all airfare is arranged by Westcoast Connection. 

Welcome to Thailand!
Journey through a country rich in history and renown for adventure! From SCUBA diving to interacting with elephants, and from ziplining to enjoying the beautiful beaches of Railay Bay you’ll experience it all. Come explore from the bustling markets of Bangkok to the jungles of Chiang Mai, and to the beautiful beaches and waters of Krabi and Koh Phi Phi. Get ready for an adventure like no other!

  • Flight To Bangkok

    We begin this trip with a chaperoned group flight from New York to Bangkok. Our trip leaders greet you at the airport and are with you from check-in onward. Everyone has the opportunity to begin trip bonding before we even land. For our many travelers from outside the New York area, we strongly encourage all participants to join our group flight to Thailand and are happy to assist you with arranging connecting flights at suitable times into New York. If you prefer, you may meet us in Bangkok and we will help you coordinate your flight and times and greet you after you proceed through immigration and customs.

    For the return flight from Bangkok, our leaders help you to check-in and remain in the airport until flights in designated times have departed. They then fly to Hanoi for the duration of the longer 27-day program and chaperone that group flight home. Depending on the number of students departing after 15 days, one staff may chaperone that flight as well.

  • Bangkok

    After a warm welcome greeting and orientation to Thai customs, you will experience this intriguing city with multiple modes of transport – by elevated Skytrain, canal boat, three wheeled tuk-tuk and longtail boat. The first stop is a food walking tour of Bangkok where you will be introduced to many traditional Thai dishes and flavors. As you take in the major sights including Erawan Shrine, Golden Mount, Grand Palace and Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha), the city’s people will continue to amaze you with their warmth. Learn about initiatives to rehabilitate the mangrove forests and maintain their traditional way of life. Be amazed by the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya as you discover the stunning temples in the former capital of Thailand. Venture to the wetlands and explore the canal communities and the floating markets.

  • Chiang Mai

    Get ready for what is no ordinary zip line! From multiple platforms, zip from tree to tree with spectacular views of one of the province’s oldest forests. You’ll also spend a day getting up close and personal with Thailand’s national animal – the Thai elephant! Discover the region’s beauty and history as you explore the old city and some of its most famous temples (including Doi Suthep) before a fully involved learning experience of the country’s national sport, Muay Thai kickboxing.

  • Krabi

    In Koh Phi Phi, whether you choose to snorkel or SCUBA in the emerald waters of this paradise, you will see exotic fish, sea turtles and coral. At Railay Bay, you will be able to rock climb with professional instructors and take in the view of the bay as you scale limestone cliffs. Enjoy a second snorkeling opportunity at Chicken Island and chilling on the beach at Railay Bay. (For your safety, all SCUBA operators restrict participants with certain medical conditions. Please ask about your own circumstances if applicable.)

I Residence – Bangkok

This hotel features a rooftop restaurant, swimming pool and sundeck with city views of Bangkok.  The central location makes it easy to get around and the perfect place to start and conclude your journey in the Land of the Smiles!

Eurasia Hotel – Chiang Mai

The Eurasia Hotel has a very charming and tranquil feeling to it. You will enjoy having your own cottage with a terrace surrounded by fruit trees. The hotel has a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi access and is located 10 minutes away from the many sites you will see in Chiang Mai.

Krabi Tipa Resort – Krabi

The Krabi Tipa Resort stands out with a stylish combination of tropical lifestyle and contemporary design set in striking natural surroundings. It is a short 5 minute walk to the beach. You will enjoy the swimming pool, open air lobby and convenience of high speed internet.

Safety and supervision, our #1 priority – no ifs, ands, or buts about it!

At Westcoast Connection nothing else comes first. From our extensive trip planning department through our management team and our leaders, it is our single biggest priority! Safety procedures, equipment – we’ve got it covered. All Trip Leaders and Directors are certified in First Aid and CPR. We are extremely proud of our safety record and welcome all questions you may have in this area. Please see more under Safety First.

Trustworthy staff – leaders worth following!

Once you are on your trip, you will have sensitive leaders that are caring, approachable and always there for you. Your Trip Director and Trip Leaders are people with incredible backgrounds including teachers, guitar players, IRONMAN triathletes, SCUBA divers, volunteers, and so much more.

Every staff member takes part in and must complete our extensive training weekends that review our philosophy and procedures to provide a well-supervised and fun-filled program.

Our Trip Directors, the individuals responsible for overseeing each itinerary, take on the roles of teachers, coaches, camp counselors, mentors, concierges and hosts. They’ve been trained to provide individual attention and create an all-inclusive family atmosphere (our EACH & EVERY philosophy). There’s a definite art to building dynamic groups, and we’ve worked hard to master it! We want you smiling on day one right through to a teary goodbye at your farewell banquet.

Our leaders are non-smokers. To learn more about our staff, please visit our Summer Leaders section.

Group Dynamics & Dynamic Groups

We can’t say it too many times, this is a really incredible group experience. A great dynamic starts with our secrets for group bonding. Our bag of tricks goes way beyond traditional ice breakers. Imagine people hunts, Rock, Paper, Scissors championships, Ninja tournaments, flash mobs and so much more. We work hard to get everyone moving beyond first impressions and creating an atmosphere of total acceptance. Our staff hiring and training emphasizes social safety and establishing an inclusive culture. Many of our travelers come as individuals and we have a geographically diverse enrollment with students joining us from across the U.S., Canada and internationally. This mix helps eliminate cliques at the outset and establish an open environment that benefits you. We take great care in assembling groups to create an unforgettable social experience.

Active Travel Experiences – Adrenalin Pumping & Heart Throbbing Trips!

Planning teen trips is of course a science. But it is also an art. We know when to pick up the pace to get the adrenaline flowing. We also know when it’s time to chill on the beach or have a sleep in. As you review our program, know that we have worked to make every minute of every day just right.

Leadership & Life Skills – So Much More Than Amazing Activities And Sights.

There is so much more to a teen travel experience than just traveling. Summer after summer we love nothing more than the feedback from parents sharing with us that their son or daughter has matured, has become more confident and outgoing, is more poised, more responsible and more worldly having had not just the summer of a lifetime, but a life changing experience as well. It’s amazing how much growth can occur when you are traveling and sharing the experience with incredible people in a warm and welcoming environment.

As you travel overseas and experience other cultures and customs first hand, your perception will change as your understanding of and empathy for citizens of other countries naturally grows. Whereas prior to your travels media headlines about a foreign government may have led to generalized conclusions, your new interactions with locals and firsthand experience will enable you to see we often share more in common with others than we may have known.

Imagine seeing first hand all you’ve learned about in your global or environmental studies class when you are working at an elephant rehabilitation center, snorkeling in the Hon Mun Marine area or exploring Cu Chi tunnel network in Ho Chi Minh City.

Our experience lends itself to trying new things and stepping just outside of one’s comfort zone. With a taste of age-appropriate independence, and a healthy reprieve from the usual pressures associated with school life, we want you to be empowered and we provide you with an opportunity to grow.

Living, experiencing, and learning together, you will be afforded the chance to interact with other teens who share both similar and different backgrounds and interests. Everybody grows in their social acceptance of others. By the end of the program we hope to have lit a spark – to travel, to learn, to meet new people, to try new things and to explore. With new friendships, new memories and new life skills on which to build, our teen travel experiences are truly unforgettable.

The Highest Quality & Great Value – Our Niche!

There really is a difference in how different summer programs operate! Motivated teens going away with qualified leaders is a given. But what sets us apart is the depth of our qualified personnel that allow us to perform with the greatest consistency at the highest level.

Your Trip Director and Trips Leaders are with you throughout your program. They have daily contact with one of our two 24-hour Communication Centers and are in regular contact with our Company Directors. Our Company Directors are the most seasoned veterans who each oversee specific programs providing support to trip staff and to assist with any situations that may arise. Our Company Directors alternate between traveling to visit programs and being reached in the office.

Program visits enable us to provide ongoing support and development to our Trip Directors, allows trip staff to have a sounding board for their own progress in reaching trip goals, helps us to identify any challenging areas for improvement while it still has relevance to your summer rather than as a mention on your end-of-summer survey, and helps us to identify the future Directors from the current crop of all-star summer staff. These visits are by Company Directors along with our Regional Supervisors, who are former Trip Directors with further experience out in the field. Collectively our planning, supervisory and management team is an incredible resource with over 420 summers of combined teen travel experience. This way, we can lend a hand wherever and whenever a little extra effort is called for. Last year, we had 208 scheduled supervisory trip visits to make sure all was running well, provide ongoing support to our staff in the field and have fun! This investment in depth of personnel is unrivaled in teen travel and is a critical element to achieving consistent, excellent program quality and surpassing client expectations!

Included in the trip tuition are all activities and entertainment described, breakfast and dinner daily, lunches as indicated on your specific program, gratuities, taxes, land transportation, accommodations, and fanatical customer service from our full-time team and summer Communication Centers. This can add up to tremendous value!

Where We Stay – Your Home Away From Home

We provide clean and comfortable accommodations.  Please don’t expect luxury resorts and at the same time we know you need a good night’s rest. For quality and consistency of the group experience, we do not have any homestays. Each student has their own bed. For more detailed information on any specific program, visit the section marked Where We Stay.

Where We Stay – Your Home Away From Home

We provide clean and comfortable accommodations.  Please don’t expect luxury resorts and at the same time we know you need a good night’s rest. For quality and consistency of the group experience, we do not have any homestays. Each student has their own bed. For more detailed information on any specific program, visit the section marked Where We Stay.

Meals & New Cuisines

A big part of a program’s success depends on how well you eat. We are proud of the fact that year after year we are complimented for our quality and quantity of food and variety of options. Meals vary by destination. Part of your travel experience will be immersing yourself in the local cuisine and culture so please bring with you an open mind and a willingness to try new things. For example, in Thailand, your mouth will water over authentic spicy local dishes, there is plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and many noodle dishes but don’t worry, they also have North American style options on the menu. In Thailand, we recommend against drinking the local tap water and we provide clean water for our travelers.

We have satisfied the choosiest of eaters and gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease and kosher style. We welcome discussing your individual requirements with you and have extensive personal experience in this area. International travel may present more challenges than domestic locations and we are happy to review your personal needs and help you select an appropriate itinerary.

Transportation

We travel using chartered, deluxe, air-conditioned motor coaches and vans.

Laundry – Keep It Clean

You only need to bring one week’s worth of clothing as outlined in our packing list as we have the opportunity for laundry weekly.

On our international programs, every week you will drop off your laundry at a local wash and fold service and then pick it up clean, folded and ready to go.

Keeping In Touch Over The Summer – 24/7 Peace Of Mind

While you’re out having the summer of your life, your parents should feel like they are in on the action as well.  We post updates to our blog and Facebook page and e-mail photos approximately once a week so those at home can be in on the fun. Parents also have access to our dedicated office Trip Monitors 24/7 for any questions and/or concerns. We’re as in touch as any trip operator could possibly be via smartphones with e-mail and text. The goal is uncompromising safety and peace of mind, day after day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Participants may bring their personal cell phones.

We Deliver – 99% Approval Rating!

In last summer’s surveys, 99% of responding teens and parents said they would recommend us to others. We must be doing something right!

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