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2Countries: Thailand & Cambodia
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Chiang Mai (TH), Bangkok (TH), Siem Reap (CAM), Angkor Wat (CAM)
15 days
The tour will start on Friday
The tour will end in Siem Reap on the Friday two weeks after your start date
Teaching OR Development and Elephants
Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
Siem Reap International Airport (REP)
Maximum 20 persons
Minimum age : 50-75
Going Solo? : over 70% of those on our tours start off as solo travellers
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DAY 1 (FRI): Arrival - Chiang Mai

Yeah baby! Let us pick you up from the airport and give you a great big welcome as we whisk you off into the artistic city of Chiang Mai. Today, you are free to explore the mesmerizing city or catch up on your sleep before our incredible journey begins.

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DAY 1 (FRI): Arrival - Chiang Mai

Yeah baby! Let us pick you up from the airport and give you a great big welcome as we whisk you off into the artistic city of Chiang Mai. Today, you are free to explore the mesmerizing city or catch up on your sleep before our incredible journey begins.

DAY 2 (SAT): Chiang Mai

You'll receive an in-depth orientation before a free day to explore Chiang Mai or get over the jet lag with some fruity cocktails at the hotel pool. Tonight we will re-group and hit the night market for a traditional welcome meal together. The smells, sights, and drinks are the perfect way to end our first day in this magical city.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 3 - 6 (SUN - WED): Elephant Project

A short jaunt from the city, amid the Thai rainforest, is a sustainable eco-tourism project launched to protect elephant welfare. Here will be our home for the next few days as we help to build a healthy environment for these incredible animals.

As part of your elephant experience, you will also get involved in different aspects of the continual work that goes on here. These include agricultural projects, community development, elephant exercise (walking with them through the jungle), and learning the importance of regular health checks with the resident vet.

On day six, we will give you as much time as possible to say goodbye to your new elephant friends before heading back into Chiang Mai.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (dinner not included on Day 6)

DAY 7 (THU): Chiang Mai to Bangkok

Today begins with a tour of Chiang Mai, where we will leisurely wander through the backstreets, markets, and temples that deem this town "The Rose of the North." Highlights include Wat Pa DaRapirom, the mountain summit of Mon Chaem, and a stop at an Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park where locals transform elephant dung into paper! After that, it's back to the hotel to give you a chance to freshen up before we depart on the night train towards Thailand's capital city - Bangkok.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8 (FRI): Bangkok

Arriving into Bangkok early morning, we will be off the train and onto another amazing city tour. We will whisk you off to a few of the most impressive sites and give some fast facts about all things Bangkok. After a day full exploring, we will gather this evening for some drinks and maybe even sample a few famous Bangkok buckets!

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9 (SAT): Bangkok to Siem Reap

Enjoy your breakfast before we head to the airport to bid farewell to Thailand and board our plane to The Kingdom of Wonder; Cambodia! On arrival, we will have time to settle into our accommodation before heading out for a group dinner to welcome you to the Angkor city of Siem Reap.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 10 (SUN): Siem Reap

It's a super early start today but, trust us, it's going to be worth it! A short drive from the city is the magical World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, where we will be heading before day-break to watch the sunrise over these awe-inspiring temples.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 11 - 13 (MON - WED): Siem Reap

This week you will have a choice of how you spend your time, either helping out with one of our community development projects or taking part in our cultural activity program (you will need to confirm your choice before arrival).

Our community development projects are based in and around the Cambodian countryside and include installing clean-water systems, building houses or building and installing toilets. This immersive experience will directly contribute to improved sanitation for the more impoverished families in Siem Reap while forming lasting relationships with the local communities.

The cultural activity program choice will see you supporting many NGOs around the city through visiting wildlife conservation sites, floating villages, and cycling tours.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 14 (THU): Siem Reap

Today is your final day on your chosen project so give your new friends one last big hug, take those last few selfies, and wave goodbye to the people whose lives you would have changed forever.

After you've had a chance to freshen up we will all get together in the evening for a Bamboo send off Siem Reap style - let's make it a night to remember! 

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 15 (FRI): Departure - Siem Reap

Two weeks have gone in the blink of an eye! The tour may have ended, but the stories and accomplishments will last a lifetime. Rather than saying goodbye, we prefer to say, “see you soon”...you’re part of The BamFam now.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Travel Highlights

  • A guided tours of Thailand's iconic cities, Bangkok and Chiang Mai!
  • Fill up on the best Pad Thai you've ever tasted
  • Unforgettable time getting up close and personal with majestic elephants
  • A chance to "give back" to the local communities
  • A temple-tastic day at World Hertiage Site Angkor Wat
  • The opportunity to give back and support our local communities teaching or getting your hands dirty

Accommodation and Meals

Accommodation throughout the tour is shared and you will be sharing rooms with other members of the group. If you would like to enquire about upgrading to a private room, please contact us at [email protected] to check availability and costs.

Bangkok: Shared (twin/double or triple rooms) bed and breakfast accommodation in a guesthouse. Air-conditioning, TV, hot water and western bathrooms.

Chiang Mai Elephant Project: Bamboo huts with Thai style mattresses on the floor covered by mosquito nets. Communal bathrooms with western toilets and cold showers. No WIFI available at the project.

Chiang Mai: Bed and breakfast in a nicely appointed twin share rooms guesthouse. Welcome dinner on the evening of day two. All meals included during the time at the elephant project.

Siem Reap: Shared (twin/double or triple) bed and breakfast accommodation in a hotel. Air-conditioning, TV, hot water and western bathrooms.

Meals: Breakfasts are included each day. You will have a traditional welcome meal in Chiang Mai and Siem Reap, Cambodia. Lunch and Dinner is provided whilst volunteering in the Elephant Village (not including day 6). Lunch is also provided whilst volunteering on project in Siem Reap.

Internet: WiFi s available at all locations except the elephant camps where you will be able to receive a 3G connection with a local sim. Laundry: There will be local laundry services in the cities of Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Siem Reap which are reasonably priced. Alternatively, you can purchase detergent and do washing by hand.

Locations

  • Chiang Mai
  • Bangkok
  • Siem Reap

What’s Included

Airport pick-up and transfer on arrival into Chiang Mai (if arriving into Chiang Mai's (CNX) airport on the tour start date between 6am and 8pm)
An in-depth orientation in Chiang Mai on the morning of day 2
Full support from our expert English-speaking local guides in each country
Guided city tour of some of Chiang Mai and Bangkok's best landmarks (The grand palace is not included in Bangkok tour)
Overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
Flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap (does not include the cost of entry visa into Cambodia – approximately USD $35)
14 nights' accommodation ranging from hotels to traditional homestays
All tour activities
Heaps of meals
Full pre-departure support from our ace travel coordinators
A flashy Travel Hack packed full of helpful advice
Donation towards the welfare of the elephants in Thailand
Donation towards the purchase of any materials required for your chosen volunteer project in Cambodia

FAQ

In short - anything that’s not on the "What's included?" list in the info pack! The main things you’ll absolutely need to get that aren’t included are:

International flights - we have people join us from all over the world so we leave these flexible so you can choose the departure airport and airline that suits you best.

Travel Insurance - you can choose your own travel insurance, or we can organise this for you. You can find details on the travel insurance here and will be able to add this onto your booking.

Visas – depending on the passport you hold you may need to get a visa before you travel. Please see below for more info on visas.

Arrival

You need to book a flight that lands into Chiang Mai airport (airport CNX) on the Friday that your tour starts, between the hours of 6am and 8pm. Providing you arrive between these hours on this day, one of the team will be there to meet you on arrival and take you back to the hotel in the city.

If you arrive later than 8pm on the Friday start date, we will organize for you to spend that first night at the airport hotel then, one of the team will pick you up from the airport hotel the following morning and take you to the hotel in the city to meet the rest of the group and have your orientation.

If you arrive before your Friday start date, you will need additional accommodation. We can book this for you and you will just need to make your own way there from the airport and pay on arrival.

Departure

The tour ends two Fridays later in Siem Reap, Cambodia, so you need to make your departure arrangements from there at any time that day. There is an international airport in Siem Reap (airport code REP) so you will be able to book a flight home from there.

Thailand

Passport holders of several countries will get a 30 day ‘visa exempt’ stamp in their passport on arrival into Thailand free of charge. A quick Google search will tell you whether you need a visa or not.

Cambodia

To enter Cambodia on a tourist entry stamp, you will need to complete the secure online e-visa form. We ask you to do this to save yourself and your other travellers time when arriving at Immigration in Cambodia. You can find all the information needed at www.evisa.gov.kh.

Please make sure you have at least one empty passport page and 6 months’ validity on your passport from the date you will be leaving Cambodia. Visas and passports are your own responsibility and we cannot be held liable for any issues or costs incurred relating to these.

This largely depends on you. All the breakfasts throughout the tour are included as are all of the meals whilst volunteering in Thailand as well as all of the lunches on project days in Cambodia. You will also receive 2 welcome meals (1 in Bangkok and 1 in Siem Reap) The rest of the meals are up to you. If you are having local meals it will cost a couple of dollars, if you prefer western food it will be more depending on where you eat. A bottle of local beer in Thailand and Cambodia is around USD $1. You should bring some local currency with you (Thai Baht in Thailand and US Dollars in Cambodia) but you will also be able to withdraw more from cash points in the major cities whilst you are away.
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Like any country in the world, there will always be some dangers (even when in your home country!) and it is important to exercise common sense, particularly when in major cities and tourist destinations. However, both Thailand and Cambodia are very safe countries to travel in and around. You’ll also be with our experienced team throughout your stay and will be travelling with a group.
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