Welcome to the MRVR Outdoor Education Centre!

Offering educational courses in the heart of Northern Thailand

The Maekok River Village Outdoor Education Centre opened its doors in 2000 and since then has established a reputation as a provider of high quality programmes which more than satisfy the varying and demanding requirements of international schools.

The centre is co-owned and managed by Bryan and Rosie Massingham, themselves ex-international school teachers and during their teaching career had extensive experience in organising numerous overseas school trips. They therefore fully understand the intricate needs of the visiting schools and the importance of getting everything right.

Every year, more than 2,500 students and teachers from schools around the world come to participate in activities which cover a range of curricular areas ‘beyond the classroom’. A list of all 140 or so schools which have been to the centre is available on request.

We offer:

Adventurous activities

Archery, biking, climbing, expeditions (AYP/DoE), hiking, kayaking, rafting, ropes courses, bushcraft skills, as well as team and leadership challenges.

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Community Projects

Which involve construction projects to improve conditions in local schools, as well as English teaching and general interaction with local students.

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Cultural Activities

Buddhism, meditation, local ethnic minority studies as well as activities such as Thai cookery, vegetable and fruit carving, basketry and umbrella painting.

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We cover several curriculum areas from junior to IB / A-level work. These include: Biology, Business Studies, Environmental Studies, History and Geography.

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Wider Trips

The area also lends itself to general visits to places of diverse interest. These can either be informal ‘look-see’ visits, or could be more a formal information gathering experience.

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There are three accommodation villas with a total of 17 eight-bed ‘min—dormitories’. Each room is air-conditioned and has two bathrooms. There are thirteen teachers rooms altogether – 7 singles and 6 double-bed rooms. These are hotel quality with en-suite bathrooms, A/C, TV, and a fridge. Should more teacher rooms be required, then the additional staff will be accommodated in the resort. From September 2018, we will be adding 20 ‘premium’ students rooms and 12 extra teachers’ rooms. This will increase our overall capacity to over 200 students and 25 teachers.


Our student restaurant has wonderful expansive views across the Fang Valley to the Wa Wee Mountains. Breakfast combines Asian and western foods, lunch is a Thai-Western Buffet and evening meals will generally be Thai although ‘chicken and chips’ and ‘hamburgers’ are served a couple of times during the week. Water is provided throughout the day. We will ask for any particular dietary requirements and allergies before your arrival, but we do have a general no nut and no shellfish policy for all student food.

Recreational & On-site Facilities

The ‘Bamboo Club’ comprises a large, social area with a bar selling drinks snacks and ice creams. There is a snooker room, table tennis room with two tables, half-court basketball, beach volleyball and a playing field for football etc. The swimming pool for the exclusive use of students is perfect for a splash or for water volleyball.

The Instructor Team

The instructor team are qualified, or experienced, or both. They comprise both expats and Thai graduates from Chiang Rai University. All instructors are First Aid trained and also have a variety of other qualifications. However, we do feel that experience is of equal importance. Instructors keep a log book of all their instructor activities. A list of qualifications and experience is available on request.

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