Thailand Summer Camps was founded by Merritt and Kat Gurley, American sisters who were raised in Thailand. Merritt moved to Bangkok with her parents in 1990 and her younger sister Kat was born here in 1993.

Merritt attended ISB, RIS and NIST, and Kat graduated from NIST in 2011, so they know all the ins and outs of being international-school kids living in Bangkok. They both loved growing up in a big city but they missed the outdoors, especially on school breaks.

Merritt spent a magical two weeks at a rustic summer camp in Thailand in 1993 but when her sister Kat, who is 10 years younger than her, tried to find the same camp in 2010 they were disappointed to discover that it had shut down.

They looked for alternatives but it seemed that every other program was hosted by a either a school or a hotel, which just wasn’t what Kat had in mind. She wanted to go to the kind of camp she’d seen in TV shows, where she could explore the wilderness, meet kids from other schools and roast marshmallows by a campfire (yes, even in this heat – that’s how much Kat loves s’mores).

Merritt and Kat decided to team up with the adventure experts at the Wild Planet, to launch their own summer camp, giving Bangkok kids an escape from city life and a character-building experience of Thailand’s natural beauty.