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Free Time – Ayutthaya, Surin & Chiang Mai

When participating in our Thailand volunteer programs, you will spend 5 hours a day working from Monday to Friday. Outside of this, your time in the mornings and evenings is free for you to explore the natural and cultural splendors of Surin, Chiang Mai or Ayutthaya. This means you’ll have plenty of time both during the week and on your weekends to explore and discover Thailand.

Ayutthaya is an ancient city of great historical significance for all of Thailand. Your free time here can be spent visiting famous temple ruins and cruising down the river on small riverboats against a backdrop of the setting sun.

Meanwhile, Surin is best known for its population of elephants and tradition of silk farming. Located in Eastern Thailand, it is truly off the beaten track, and there are some amazing trekking opportunities and wonderful natural scenery to discover here. Chiang Mai is famous for its beautiful ancient temples. The striking mountainous landscape around the city provides a lot of wonderful natural attractions and is home to two tribal villages.

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Weekend Exploration

Generally, you’ll be working 5 days a week, from Monday to Friday, while volunteering in Thailand through one of our projects. This leaves 2 days off during the weekend that are completely free, and you can spend them exploring and sightseeing throughout Thailand.

There is a huge amount of famous attractions to see in Thailand, and the country is known for ancient temples, tropical beaches and world class cuisine. While volunteering in Thailand, you’ll get to enjoy and experience all these aspects that make Thailand the fascinating and exciting country it is, which makes for a truly life-changing experience. We have compiled a list below of some of the most exciting destinations and sights you can visit during your stay.

Jim Thompson House

This compound hidden amongst the trees is the former home of a well-known American silk entrepreneur and art collector Jim Thompson. This is the place from where he used to trade silk to Milan, London and Paris during World War II. This architectural masterpiece is worth making a visit to on one of your weekends during your Thailand volunteer program.

Wat Pho

This Buddhist temple contains the largest collection of Buddhas in all of Thailand and is the country’s oldest center for public education. Wat Pho covers 8 hectares and is the national headquarters for the teaching and preservation of traditional Thai medicine. Time spent here during your weekends will provide you with a life-changing experience while volunteering in Thailand programs.

Sukhothai Historical Park

Sukhothai Historical Park is one of Thailand’s most impressive World Heritage Sites. The park includes 21 separate historical sites as well as four large ponds, all within its ancient stone walls. Every minute spent here while taking part in volunteer opportunities in Thailand will be a rewarding and memorable one.

Erawan National Park

This 550 square kilometer national park consists of a waterfall that tumbles through the forest. The park was named for Erawan, the three-headed elephant of Hindu mythology. Here you can observe a wide variety of animals and birds that reside in the park, an experience that is sure to make one of your weekends while volunteering in Thailand both meaningful and distinct.

Other interesting places to visit during your weekends are:

Visit Chatuchak Weekend Market to observe the largest market in the world

Go to Wat Phra Kaew to catch a glimpse of Emerald Buddha

Spend time at Wat Phra That Lampang Luang to see its wooden Lana temple

Visit Wat Phumin to take a look at its exquisite Murals

Volunteer Opportunities in Thailand

IFRE arranges many different projects in Thailand. You can

teach English to disadvantaged kids or Buddhist monks,

Work in an orphanage,

provide childcare,

work in the medical field,

help care for elephants and much more.

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