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Sample Programmes

 

Introduction (Read more / read less.)

The following programmes showcase the scope and standard of the activities we offer to visiting schools. They are based from the full facility Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre, thus reducing daily travel time and cost from the city centre, and ensuring that the students are well occupied from 0700m hrs to 2100hrs each day.

Book them as they are, or use them as a guideline, when customising t(content and duration) of your own preferred programme compiled from the activity options offered on the website. Use the CGI forms provided for enquiries and quotations.

 

5 Day Tourism Studies Programme (Read more / read less.)

Programme Objectives: The programme includes but goes beyond the basic tourism impact study (on the economy and the environment), to explore to pros, cons, market appeal of the mass tourism attractions vs the growing responsible, special interest travel alternative.

It accommodates students in the rural area for 2 nights, and in the city for 2 nights, is risk assessed, and led by instructors well qualified in their fields.

Day / Date

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Day 1

  • Arrive and be met at the airport or railway station.
  • Transfer by minibus to the Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre.
  • Check into your accommodation.
  • *Attend a Bai See (Traditional) welcome ceremony.
  • Lunch - A Thai Food Buffet.
  • Tour of the premises.
  • Programme & Safety Briefing (with practice drills.)
  • *Team building programme.
  • *3 Part Cooking School Programme.
    • Harvest/Purchase
    • Cooking.
    • Vegetable Carving
  • Dinner.
  • *Bicycle training.
  • *14m wall climbing & abseil.
  • Relax then retire to bed.

Day 2.

  • Breakfast.
  • *Study trip to the Lampang Elephant Centre for tour/lecture.

 
  • Lunch at traditional local restaurant.
  • *Visit to a (no ride - feeding, bathing only) elephant project in the Mae Wang area.

 

  • *Traditional Charcoal cooker dinner (prepared & self cooked.)
  • *Village Cycle Ride
  • *Debate on Elephants in tourism - Animal rights vs Indigenous  peoples rights.
  • Relax then retire to bed.

Day 3.

  • Breakfast.
  • Check out of the SEEC
  • Transfer to Chiang Mai via several responsible tourism (hands on) activities.
  • Lunch at traditional local restaurant.
  • Continue with hands on responsible tourism activities.
  • Check into city hotel.
  • Briefing on tourism  impact study.

 

  • Dinner in local restaurant.
  • *Night market tourism impact study.
  • Return to hotel.
  • Relax & retire to bed.

Day 4.

  • Breakfast
  • *Visit to and tourism impact study at Long Necked Karen Village.
  • Lunch in a traditional Thai restaurant,
  • Tourism impact study in CBD.
  • Return to hotel
  • Submission of data.
  • Relax.
  • Dinner in local restaurant.
  • Free time in night market - shopping/exploring.
  • Return to hotel.
  • Relax & retire to bed.

Day 5.

  • Breakfast.
  • Check out of hotel.
  • Debrief on programme.
  • Group photo.
  • Transfer to airport/railway station via shopping centre where you have lunch and some free time.
  • Continue to airport / railway station for check in.

On the way home.

Activity Notes:

Bai See Traditional Welcome Ceremony: A traditional ceremony during which senior representatives of the village welcome you, and offer a Buddhist prayer for your safety and well being whilst with them and beyond, signified by a white thread tied around your wrist.

Team Building Programme: Track of the Tiger is a well established leader in the field of corporate team building. We modify our programmes by selecting the challenges best suited to the group and aimed at improving planning, communication and teamwork amongst participants.

3 Part Thai Cooking School Programme: We have owned and operated resorts, outdoor centres and restaurants with cooking schools, for around 25 years. The cooking school at the SEEC is set in the middle of our organic farm project (which provides the fresh vegetables & herbs) and accommodates up to 20 students per class. The addition of the vegetable carving component allows us to split groups, rotating through cooking and carving if need be.

Bicycle Training: Many students are inexperienced bicycle riders, andwill benefit fromtraining using our customised circuit, before being allowed on the village (not busy) roads, or being let loose on our custom designed mountain bike circuit.

Climbing & Abseil Wall:The centre has a really good full featured 14m high climbing and abseil wall (slab, vertical, overhang, chimney and more.) Ready for use with a well qualified team of instructors, it is a component past of larger project designed to incorporate high ropes, zip wires, a confidence and adventure racing course. On completion it will be a venue for industrial training programmes: Rope Access Work, Working at Height, and Emergency Rescue.

Elephants in Tourism Study & Debate: The use of elephants in tourism is hotly debated with the pro-animal rights groups dominating media and funding access. The voice of the indigenous people rights groups, who have in cases lived and worked alongside elephants for thousands of years is rarely heard. Rather than come out in favour of either group we believe, as educators, that our students should be given the chance to decide their own position on the matter - once given access to the arguments put forward by both groups. It is far less straightforward that it seems.

Traditional Charcoal Cooked Dinner: In modern Thai cooking most of the dishes are stir-fried in order that they may be served within minutes of being ordered. There are however a number of fantastic dishes that need to be 'slow cooked' and taste better if done in a charcoal oven, many of which are custom designed for particular tasks. The dinner is part prepared by our staff, and part by the guests.

Village Bicycle Ride: The centre is located in a small rural village full of old style local shops, traditional wooden houses, rice mills, boxing gyms, canal gates, markets, and a wide range of arts and craft 'cottage industries' that invite exploration. All this can be safely accessed by riding our classic red bikes along villages lanes normally travelled by slow tractors and slower buffaloes.

Hands On Tourism Activities: We make use of thehuge handicraft based cottage industry and rural farming community on our doorstep to allow our guests to plan a hands on role in: Planting or harvesting rice, catching fish, ploughing with buffaloes, pottery making, doll making, painting, weaving, origami style crafts, pandan leaf crafts, wood carving etc., to name a few.

Traditional Thai Dinners: Throughout the programme you are served traditional Thai meals in clean local restaurants selected for their authenticity, quality, hygiene and service

Long Necked Karen (Paulong) Hill Tribe Village Visit: There is alwaysa fine line between what is acceptable in tourism, and allowing people to earn their way out of poverty. This unique group normally found only in Myanmar.

Tourism Impact Studies:Our tourist studies cover the impact of tourism on the destination, the local community, the environment, and explore alternatives to mainstream tourism as a way forward.

Free Shopping Time: There are several hours allocated to shopping, all in reputable venues.

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5 Day IB - ESS IA Assessment Programme (Read more / read less.)

Programme Objectives: The programme specifically designed to allow those on the IB programme access to a suitable ESS/Biology site to gather the data required for their individual assessment (IA.)The programme is quite demanding and students are fully engaged for 12 plus hours per day for most of the programme duration. The programme has two options. (a) Run by the visiting teacher assisted in the field by our centre staff. (b) Run by our own local expert, working with the teacher and our field centre staff.

Day / Date

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Day 1

  • Meet & Greet at airport/railway station and transfer out to the Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre.
  • Check in to your accommodation.

 

  • Bai Sri Welcome ceremony.
  • Lunch.
  • Site, safety and protocol briefing.
  • Introduction to Thailand's flora and fauna.
  • Dinner.
  • An introduction to the ESS programme content & activities, as well as to the equipment & tools available for the studies.
  • Planning and scheduling of activities for the next 4 days.
  • Retire to bed at your leisure.

Day 2.

  • Breakfast.
  • Briefing & equipment preparation/field work assignment for freshwater investigation.
  • Travel to designated investigation site.

This venue will be used for all session during this trip where the freshwater ecological survey site and 2 different types of forests are located in this same national park (walking for about 20 mins.)

  • Undertake a freshwater ecology investigation (local stream) /physico-chemical & biological parameters (a basic water quality assessment.)
  • Summarize the investigation results of freshwater ecosystem investigation
  • Lunch (packed lunch - on study site)
  • Briefing for the terrestrial ecosystem investigation possibility (sites introduction.)
  • Trek along the nature trail led by the facilitator.  - introducing students to 2 different types of forests in the area with basic information explained during the walk. (Students collect ideas for developing individual investigation for IA.)
  • Return to the Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre.
  • Student individual study period. (Develop develop individual investigation for IA - internet access provided.)
  • Dinner.
  • Students plan their individual investigations in the proposed site, designing methods and selecting and preparing equipment & tools assisted by the centre's staff.
  • Relax then retire to bed.

Day 3.

  • Breakfast.
  • Travel to the investigation site.
  • Students carry out individual investigation - teachers,  facilitator and staffs are needed for all the sites student carrying their investigations (for safety & support)
  • Lunch (packed lunch/on study site)
  • Students continue to carry out individual investigation - teachers & programme facilitator and staff are needed for all the sites student carrying their investigations (for safety & support)
  • Travel back to the Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre.
  • Study break - students to evaluate and analyze data collected, plan for the next day investigation, and, for students who finish their filed investigation, to interpret the analyzed data and start to develop IAs- internet access provided.
  • Dinner.
  • Students continue to work on their data (either analyzing, interpreting, summarizing) and preparing for the next day field investigation, as well as, for students who finish their filed investigation, to start writing their IAs - teachers & the programme facilitator and staff stand by for providing support - internet access provided.
  • Relax and retire to bed.

Day 4.

  • Breakfast.
  • Travel to the investigation site.
  • Students continue to carry out individual investigation in the field - teachers, programme facilitator  & staff are needed for all the sites student carrying their investigations (for safety & support)             * There might be some students staying at the SEEC to write their IAs – at least one teacher & centre staff  will be with this group.
  • Lunch (packed lunch/on study site)/ or at the SEEC (Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre) for students staying behind.
  • Students in the field continue to carry out and finish individual investigation with support from teachers programme facilitator and staff, whilst students at the SEEC continue to write their IAs with the option of a cycle trip around the village.
  • Students finishing their field investigations travel back to the SEEC.
  • Study break - students to evaluate, analyze and interpret data collected, and start to develop IAs- internet access provided
  • Dinner.
  • Field session summarization by the programme  facilitator before students continue to work on their data (either analyzing, interpreting, summarizing), and writing their IAs - teachers & programme facilitator & staff  stand by for providing support - internet access provided
  • Relax and retire to bed.

Day 5.

  • Breakfast.
  • Pack up ready to leave.
  • Summary for the study trip - final Q & A session to help student with IA writing (additional reference source introducing & communication options exchange.)
  • Lunch at the SEEC
  • Travel from the SEEC to the airport or railways station (flexible dictated by travel departure times.)

 

Activity Notes:

Of the 14 EE investigation sites we use within a 45 min radius of the SEEC (Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre) selected as suitable for IB ESS/Biology studies, we have settled on one in particular for our IB Individual Assessment (IA) programme. It is characterised by a waterway running through a small rocky gorge.The area is mainly covered with deciduous forest and mixed deciduous forests with 2 layers of forest canopy, the crown and ground cover.

Dominant flora species included a number of dried-dipterocarpus trees, teaks, and other tree species which drop their leaves during dry season, as well as, different kinds of bamboo. The riverine forest-strips along both sides of riverbanks are habitats to slightly different tree species and shrubs which are found only in these strips and normally not shred their leaves during dry season.  The river is naturally meandering through the rocks in mountainous area allowing the clear presenting of the riffles and pools alternatively while the riverbed consists mainly of sand and accumulated silt together with debris of organic materials dropped off from the riverbanks.  

Being the conserved area as national park where human activities are limited (and even prohibited in rainy season) makes this site perfect for the learning about deciduous forest in northern Thailand. There are at least two forest types in this area including dry deciduous-dipterocarp forest and moisture evergreen forest strips in the gullies and along the stream (riverine-forest).

The site is good for carrying out fauna & flora surveys and ecological studies in terrestrial ecosystems, as well as, soil study and other environmental aspects.  The river provides good sites, with convenient accesses, for fresh water ecology studies and fresh water invertebrate surveys in the upper stream location where effects from human activities are limited.  The gorge and rocks on riverbanks also provides good opportunity for Geology/Geography study.   

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5 Day Outdoor Education Programme (Read more / read less.)

Programme Objectives: The programme has a strong focus on physical activity, critical thinking, teamwork and the development of leadership skills. It balances the above with exposure to the attractions, customs, culture and lifestyle of the people of Chiang Mai and its rural areas.

It accommodates students in the rural area for 3 nights, and in the city for 1 night, is risk assessed, and led by instructors well qualified in their fields.

Day / Date

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Day 1

  • Arrive and be met at the airport or railway station.
  • Transfer by minibus to the Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre.
  • Check into your accommodation.
  • *Attend a Bai See (Traditional) welcome ceremony.
  • Lunch - A Thai Food Buffet.
  • Tour of the premises.
  • Programme & Safety Briefing (with practice drills.)
  • *Farm Skills Challenge:
    • Rice planting/ harvest/or milling.
    • Ploughing with buffalo.
    • Fishing - traps & nets.
  • Dinner.
  • *Bicycle training.
  • *14m wall climbing & abseil.
  • Relax then retire to bed.

Day 2.

  • Breakfast.
  • Depart by vehicle for full day hill tribe trek.

 

  • Picnic box lunch.
  • Continue trek.
  • Return to the SEEC.

 

  • Dinner - *Traditional Charcoal cooker dinner (prepared & self cooked.)
  • Relax then retire to bed.

Day 3.

  • Breakfast.
  • Briefing on the Bamboo Man

Team / Individual Challenge.

  • Village bicycle ride.
  • Lake based kayaking component.
  • Return for lunch at the SEEC.
  • Challenge.
  • Continue Bamboo Man Team / Individual Challenge.

 

  • Thai style buffet dinner.
  • Relax & retire to bed.

Day 4.

  • Breakfast
  • Check out of the SEEC.
  • Depart for *Visit to Long Necked Karen Village.
  • Lunch in a traditional Thai restaurant,
  • Team Building - Chiang Mai City Challenge.
  • Return to hotel
  • Relax - (pool access.)
  • Dinner in local restaurant.
  • Free time in night market - shopping/exploring.
  • Return to hotel.
  • Relax & retire to bed.

Day 5.

  • Breakfast.
  • Check out of hotel.
  • Debrief on programme.
  • Group photo.
  • Transfer to airport/railway station via shopping centre where you have lunch and some free time.
  • Continue to airport / railway station for check in.

On the way home.

Activity Notes:

Bai See Traditional Welcome Ceremony: A traditional ceremony during which senior representatives of the village welcome you, and offer a Buddhist prayer for your safety and well being whilst with them and beyond, signified by a white thread tied around your wrist.

Farm Skills Challenge: In this day and age of pre-packaged, plastic wrapped foods and fast food deliveries we lose touch with exactly what is involved in getting  rice (and everything else) from the paddy (or plot) to the plate. This hands-on challenge puts it all into context.

Bicycle Training: Many students are inexperienced bicycle riders, andwill benefit fromtraining using our customised circuit, before being allowed on the village (not busy) roads, or being let loose on our custom designed mountain bike circuit.

Climbing & Abseil Wall:The centre has a really good full featured 14m high climbing and abseil wall (slab, vertical, overhang, chimney and more.) Ready for use with a well qualified team of instructors, it is a component past of larger project designed to incorporate high ropes, zip wires, a confidence and adventure racing course. On completion it will be a venue for industrial training programmes: Rope Access Work, Working at Height, and Emergency Rescue.

Hill Tribe Trek: The forests and ethnic minority hill tribe groups of northern Thailand have had huge appeal to a segment of the tourist market, normally the young, for some 50 years. We have used our access and experience to select a range of one day trek options that are (a) not overused. (b) suited to each particular group demographic.

Traditional Thai Meals: Throughout the programme you are served traditional Thai meals in clean local restaurants selected for their authenticity, quality, hygiene and service.

Traditional Charcoal Cooked Dinner:In modern Thai cooking most of the dishes are stir-fried in order that they may be served within minutes of being ordered. There are however a number of fantastic dishes that need to be 'slow cooked' and taste better if done in a charcoal oven, many of which are custom designed for particular tasks. The dinner is part prepared by our staff, and part by the guests.

Kayaking: We are fortunate to have a lake within easy reach of the SEEC. It surrounds an island that houses the local government office, fire and emergency services, and is used for water activities by rowing clubs and the Sanpatong Sports School. Depending on the group skills level and demographic we have a range of lake based kayaking options to offer.

Bamboo Man Challenge: Goes beyond just physical strength and endurance, to include teamwork (communication, planning and ability to work together) to undertake a range of

physical and critical challenges designed to assess ability of the individual and team, to overcome challenges they may face in emergency situations.

Village Bicycle Ride: The centre is located in a small rural village full of old style local shops, traditional wooden houses, rice mills, boxing gyms, canal gates, markets, and a wide range of arts and craft 'cottage industries' that invite exploration. All this can be safely accessed by riding our classic red bikes along villages lanes normally travelled by slow tractors and slower buffaloes.

Long Necked Karen (Paulong) Hill Tribe Village Visit: There is alwaysa fine line between what is acceptable in tourism, and allowing people to earn their way out of poverty. This unique group are normally found only in Myanmar.

Chiang Mai City Challenge: Track of the Tiger is a well established leader in the field of corporate team building. We modify our programmes by selecting the challenges best suited to the group and aimed at improving planning, communication and teamwork amongst participants. This challenge is designed to showcase the attractions, customs, cultures and lifestyles of this delightful city.

Night Bazaar Shopping: Is Chiang Mai's popularshowcase for the arts, crafts, souvenir and other items (clothing, jewelry etc.), favoured by visiting tourists. 

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5 Day Volunteering & Mixed Activity Programme (Read more / read less.)

Programme Objectives: The programme is designed to allow client groups the opportunity to undertake their choice from a range of CS projects designed to be part of an integrated set of solutions aimed at ensuring rural people opportunity and employment in their on (local visitor based economy.) It also offers a number of supporting activities that showcase the local culture, customs, crafts, and lifestyle.

It offers two alternatives for the 4th day - Option B being where day 4 coincides with VWBs Saturday School Programme.

Day / Date

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Day 1

  • Arrive and be met at the airport or railway station.
  • Transfer by minibus to the Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre.
  • Check into your accommodation.
  • *Attend a Bai See (Traditional) welcome ceremony.
  • Lunch - A Thai Food Buffet.
  • Tour of the premises.
  • Programme & Safety Briefing (with practice drills.)
  • *Farm Skills Challenge:
    • Rice planting/ harvest/or milling.
    • Ploughing with buffalo.
    • Fishing - traps & nets.
  • Dinner.
  • A briefing on your chosen CS project or projects.
  • Relax then retire to bed.

Day 2.

  • Breakfast.
  • Depart by vehicle for the CS project site.
  • Picnic box lunch.
  • Continue with CS project.
  • Return to the SEEC.

 

  • Dinner - *Traditional Charcoal cooker dinner (prepared & self cooked.)
  • Relax then retire to bed.

Day 3.

  • Breakfast.
  • Continue with CS project to completion.
  • Thank you and hand- over ceremony.  
  • Return for lunch at the SEEC.
  • *3 Part Cooking School Programme.
  • Harvest/Purchase
  • Cooking.
  • Vegetable Carving

 

  • Self cooked Thai Style Dinner.
  • Relax & retire to bed.

Day 4.

(Opt.A.)

  • Breakfast
  • Check out of the SEEC.
  • Depart for a hands-on crafts tour (wood carving, doll making, painting, pottery in support of responsible tourism.)
  • Lunch in a traditional Thai restaurant,
  • Continue hands-on tour programme.
  • Check into city hotel.
  • Dinner in local restaurant.
  • Free time in night market - shopping/exploring.
  • Return to hotel.
  • Relax & retire to bed.

Day 4. (Opt.B.)

  • Breakfast.
  • Take on an assistant teacher role in our Saturday School Programme.
  • Lunch at the SEEC.
  • Check out of the SEEC.
  • Depart for a reduced hands-on crafts tour (wood carving, doll making, painting, pottery in support of responsible tourism.)
  • Dinner in local restaurant.
  • Free time in night market - shopping/exploring.
  • Return to hotel.

Relax & retire to bed.

Day 5.

  • Breakfast.
  • Check out of hotel.
  • Debrief on programme.
  • Group photo.
  • Transfer to airport/railway station via shopping centre where you have lunch and some free time.
  • Continue to airport / railway station for check in.

On the way home.

Activity Notes:

Bai See Traditional Welcome Ceremony: A traditional ceremony during which senior representatives of the village welcome you, and offer a Buddhist prayer for your safety and well being whilst with them and beyond, signified by a white thread tied around your wrist.

Farm Skills Challenge: In this day and age of pre-packaged, plastic wrapped foods and fast food deliveries we lose touch with exactly what is involved in getting  rice (and everything else) from the paddy (or plot) to the plate. This hands-on challenge puts it all into context.

Traditional Charcoal Cooked Dinner:In modern Thai cooking most of the dishes are stir-fried in order that they may be served within minutes of being ordered. There are however a number of fantastic dishes that need to be 'slow cooked' and taste better if done in a charcoal oven, many of which are custom designed for particular tasks. The dinner is part prepared by our staff, and part by the guests.

Traditional Thai Meals: Throughout the programme you are served traditional Thai meals in clean local restaurants selected for their authenticity, quality, hygiene and service.

CS (Community Service) Programmes: Conducted incollaboration with our non-profit partner the Volunteers Without Borders Foundation, there are a range of CS & CSR Options (See: Volunteers Without Borders section on the website.) Examples: Intelligent Playgrounds, Mushroom Houses, Green Houses - all in cured bamboo and in knock down format, are easily erected by small unskilled groups.

Saturday School Programme: Given the disparity in teaching resources across the local schools system, and our interest in assisting interested students from all schools in the area with English language training, we have opted to establish our own Saturday school and develop lesson plans to cover the requirements in the Thai school curriculum.

Special Interest Travel (Hands On Arts & Crafts): We provide access to short workshops/hand on experiences that showcase the local art & crafts industry. They offer the unique and rewarding experience that special interest travelers seek but struggle to find.

Night Bazaar Shopping: Is Chiang Mai's popular showcase for the arts, crafts, souvenir and other items (clothing, jewelry etc.), favoured by visiting tourists. 

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