TRAVEL TO THE NAN PROVINCE
It takes a lot of planning and preparation to travel to a new destination, and we’re here to help you every step of the way! Whether you’re purchasing your plane ticket, applying for a visa, or getting ready to pack, this guide (along with your expert Program Specialist) is your ultimate resource for a successful experience. So read on to learn more. And remember that we’re always available to answer any questions that you may have, and to share our personal expertise.
Your fellow volunteers will be from all over the world, and some of you may even end up on the same flight. Regardless of the flight that you choose, your arrival airport for the Nan Province is the Nan Nakhon AirportAirport (BKK)., which does require an international flight to Bangkok prioir to your domestic flight to the Nan Province.
Flight to Thailand: Arrive at NNT between noon and midnight on your program start date
Departure Flight: Depart NNT before 3:00 pm on your program end date
Of course, many volunteers choose to arrive early, or stay a bit longer in order to experience all that Thailand has to offer. If you plan to be in Thailand prior to your program start date, or have any questions about scheduling your flights, just let us know.
There are many online resources available to purchase your flight, but here are a few recommended by our team of volunteer travel experts:
Call Key Travel
Call STA Travel
Once you arrive at the airport, you’ll be greeted by a friendly CCS driver or staff member.
We’ll be waiting for you right outside of the arrival gate, so keep an eye out for a smiling face with a “Cross-Cultural Solutions” sign! It’s a 1 hour drive (depending on traffic) from the airport to our Home-Base, so you’ll be able to take in some of the sights of Thailand as you relax after your journey.
We want to make sure you're healthy during your CCS experience, so take a moment to review the recommended vaccinations for your destination at the Centers for Disease Control, or by visiting a travel doctor.
As long as you're traveling in Thailand for less than 30 days, you don't need to obtain a visa if you hold a passport issued from the US, Canada, or United Kingdom. If your travel plans will take you to Thailand for more than 30 days, you can apply for a 60 day tourist visa (3 months for Canadian passport holders). You can extend this 60 day tourist visa for an additional month (the extension fee is around $60) while you’re in-country, if needed.
Please apply for your tourist visa to Thailand 90 days before entering the country. All visas can be processed either in-person or by mail. You can use the CCS Home-Base as your reference or place of stay information on your visa application.
US passport holders: Visit the Royal Thai Embassy (Visa fee: $40).
UK passport holders: Visit the Royal Thai Embassy in London (Visa fee: £25).
Canadian passport holders: Visit the Royal Thai Embassy in Canada (Visa fee: $40).
Is your passport issued from a country other than those listed above?
Find out if a visa is required for your travel!
As a CCS volunteer, you’ll automatically be covered by our comprehensive Travel Medical & Emergency Evacuation Insurance while you’re participating in our program. If you’re traveling before or after your program, you may choose to extend your insurance so that you’re covered every step of the way.
Need to upgrade your insurance? There are alternate plans available to you, which can increase your medical expense limits to $500,000 and your trip cancellation insurance up to $5,000. Just log on to the Core Travel website to print your card, extend your insurance, or upgrade!
What to Pack
Bangkok has a tropical monsoon climate, and can be both hot and humid. Year-round, average temperatures are in the high 70s and low 80s (Fahrenheit), but be ready for the weather to be even warmer if you’re traveling April – May or September – October. Between May and October, the southern monsoons arrive, so get ready for some brisk and refreshing rain in the afternoons.
Thailand’s currency is the baht – you can exchange your currency into baht when you arrive at the Bangkok airport, or withdraw baht at an ATM within a few blocks of the CCS Home-Base. Remember to contact your bank and credit card companies before travel to let them know that you’ll be out of the country!
While everyone’s spending habits are different, you might want to budget for around $50 - $75 USD per week for keepsakes and free-time activities. The cost of weekend trips, should you choose to travel around the country, is relatively inexpensive - plan on around $200 for a weekend. If you're going to the islands, however, some do require a short and inexpensive flight, so you might want to budget for a bit more for these weekends.
Emergency Contact Information
It’s helpful to inform family and friends of your travel plans so they know how to reach you. Just input your flight information and you have a handy Travel Contact Sheet to email or print for your family and friends.
Remind friends and family that if they’d like to make an international call to reach you at the CCS Home-Base, US and Canadian residents should dial “011” before the number, and UK residents or residents of other countries should dial “00” before the number.
Citizen Services Abroad
Your safety is our top priority, and to make sure you comprehensive support, we request that all volunteers register with their government for access to emergency support and safety information. Please select the appropriate link below to follow some simple steps (it only takes a minute) to register your travel information:
US Citizens: Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) through the State Department
UK Citizens: Foreign Commonwealth (FCO)
Canadian Citizens: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT)
Australian Citizens: Smart Traveler Program through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
CCS partners with and verifies information for your safety in-country with several resources, including OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council), the UK High Commission, the US State Department, and iJet. You can learn more about services available to you through the US State Department (for US volunteers) at http://www.state.gov/travel/.