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Our most popular Give-Back Packer tour takes you through two of South-East Asia's most exciting countries with a group of like-minded, awesome individuals.
Every day is packed with awesomeness, but some of our highlights are:
A guided tour of Thailand's iconic capital Bangkok!
Fill up on the best Pad Thai you've ever tasted
Unforgettable time getting up close and personal with majestic elephants
An authentic homestay experience
A temple-tastic day at World Heritage Site Angkor Wat
The opportunity to Give Back and support our local communities teaching or getting your hands dirty
With 20 persons per group MAX! The exact cost of this tour is US $1997. This goes towards covering everything from in-country transport and accommodation to project fees and tour-related activities (we really do cram it in!). Please note that your international flights are not included in the above price.
To secure your spot you pay a deposit of US $250 (you can then pay the rest in weekly instalments or 2 months before the tour).
Locations: Bangkok (TH), Chiang Mai (TH), Siem Reap (CAM), Angkor Wat (CAM)
Tour Length: 15 days
Tour Cost: $1997
Finish Date: The tour will end in Siem Reap on the Friday two weeks after your start date
Volunteer Work: Teaching OR Development and Elephants
Arrival Airport: Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
Departure Airport: Siem Reap International Airport (REP)
Group Size: Maximum 20 (Please note there may be more than one group travelling on the same tour start date, however, groups will have a maximum of 20 people and will be separated. You will be assigned to your group at the time of booking)
Going Solo?: over 70% of those on our tours start off as solo travellers
Available dates: Click here for dates
7 December 2018 (full)
14 December 2018 (full)
11 January 2019 (7 spots left)
18 January 2019 (5 spots left)
25 January 2019 (6 spots left)
1 February 2019 (15 spots left)
8 February 2019 (14 spots left)
15 February 2019 (4 spots left)
22 February 2019 (8 spots left)
8 March 2019 (7 spots left)
22 March 2019 (8 spots left)
19 April 2019 (8 spots left)
10 May 2019 (11 spots left)
7 June 2019 (14 spots left)
14 June 2019 (9 spots left)
12 July 2019 (9 spots left)
16 August 2019 (15 spots left)
13 September 2019 (9 spots left)
20 September 2019 (9 spots left)
11 October 2019 (18 spots left)
18 October 2019 (full)
1 November 2019 (15 spots left)
15 November 2019 (18 spots left)
22 November 2019 (17 spots left)
6 December 2019 (19 spots left)
3 January 2020 (13 spots left)
7 February 2020 (14 spots left)
6 March 2020 (4 spots left)
1 May 2020 (19 spots left)
5 June 2020 (18 spots left)
3 July 2020 (17 spots left)
7 August 2020 (18 spots left)
11 September 2020 (17 spots left)
9 October 2020 (19 spots left)
6 November 2020 (14 spots left)
4 December 2020 (17 spots left)
- Airport pick-up and transfer on arrival into Bangkok (if arriving into Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi (BKK) airport on the tour start date between 6am and 8pm)
- An in-depth orientation in Bangkok on the morning of day 2
- Full support from our expert English-speaking local guides in each country
- Guided city tour of some of Bangkok's best landmarks (The grand palace is not included)
- Flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
- Flight from Chiang Mai 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
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 Bangkok, Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia. Lunch and Dinner is provided whilst volunteering in the Elephant Village. 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.
DAY 1: Arrival - Bangkok Baby!
Let us pick you up from the airport and give you a great big welcome as we whisk you off to the heart of it all. Today you are free to explore the bustling city, we will have an informal dinner together to get to know one another before this incredible journey begins.
DAY 2: The Ultimate BKK tour
You'll receive an in-depth orientation on this unforgettable tour before beginning with a trip through some of Bangkok's famous sites (The grand palace is not included in this tour). In the evening we will meet for a traditional welcome meal before experiencing the infamous 'Khaosan' road!
[Meals: B, D]
DAY 3: Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Our day begins with a flight to the city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, and, just a jaunt outside of the city, amid Thai rainforest, is a sustainable eco-tourism project launched to protect the welfare of elephants where you'll be spending the next few days. [Meals: B, L, D]
DAY 4-6: Elephant Project
For the next days, we’ll befriend, feed, bathe, and cuddle the elephants, all while planting food and building a proper ecosystem for the mammoth mammals. As part of your elephant experience, you will also be involved in different aspects of elephant welfare such as agricultural projects, community development, elephant exercise (walking with them through the jungle) and learn the importance of regular health checks with the resident vet.
[Meals: B, L, D (dinner is not included on day 6)]
DAY 7: Elephant Project to Chiang Mai
We suggest you rise and shine early today as it's your last morning with the elephants and making the most of this unique experience. After lunch, we journey back to Chiang Mai and check in to our hotel for a free afternoon to relax. [Meals: B, L]
DAY 8: Chiang Mai
Now you're back to Chiang Mai and it's time to discover more about this amazing city with a tour. Whether it's temples or monuments, we promise it to be fun, interesting and a great way to learn about this place and Thailand in general. Once we return to the hotel you'll have time to grab a beer and relax. [Meals: B]
DAY 9: Chiang Mai to Siem Reap
Enjoy your breakfast before we then whisk you off to Cambodia; The Kingdom Of Wonder and the city of Angkor, Siem Reap. [Meals: B, D]
DAY 10: Siem Reap
It's a super early start today - but you won't mind at all because you're off on a half-day tour of World Heritage site Angkor Wat. Head back 1,000 years to explore these incredible marvels of human endeavour. This is a truly inspiring site that must be seen to be believed, better still we will be seeing it at sunrise! [Meals: B]
DAY 11 - 13: Cambodia Project Work
Now that you have been amazed by one of the beautiful historical sites Cambodia has to offer, it's time to check out where you will be all week. We will be working alongside one of the many NGOs in Siem Reap and depending on the project you choice you will either be supporting the Khmer Teachers in school or helping the local community on one of our development projects. Whichever you have decided to do it will definitely be a memorable experience and we guarantee all your hard work will help the surrounding community. [Meals: B, L] **Please ensure you have chosen your project before you leave for your tour and informed our bookings team.**
DAY 14: Cambodia Project Work
So today is your final day on project, give your new friends one last big hug and wave goodbye to the people whose lives you would of changed forever! Make sure you remember to take those last few selfies! Tonight you have the option of a BBQ at the hotel with the group or a night out on the town. Whatever you decide just enjoy!! [Meals: B, L]
Note: Accommodation on the Thursday night in Siem Reap is included so you can arrange onward transport for any time the following day (Friday)
Code for meals [B - breakfast; L - lunch; D - dinner]
Known locally as 'Krung Thep' or City of Angels, Bangkok has it all! There is no better thrill than that first trip from the airport into the heart of the city. We love it so much it's where Bamboo has its South East Asia Headquarters! A lot of cities claim it but Bangkok well and truly is the 'City that never sleeps', A theory that you will no doubt be testing with us. Delicious street food, Off the hook nightlife, stunning palaces and temples, the largest outdoor market in the world! "Bangkok has you" and will never let you go!
Chiang Mai is the largest City in Thailand with its Old City area still retaining walls and moats from its history as a cultural and religious centre.
There is a certain charm to the once French colonized city of Siem Reap. Not only is it in the shadow of the majestic Angkor Wat but it is in its own right a wonderful place to explore. With vibrant markets, the infamous 'pub street', quaint riverside cafes and restaurants, there are moments when you forget where exactly you are. Tuk Tuk's a plenty and be prepared to be asked a million times if you want anything, just remember to say "No Thank You" with a big smile, this is their livelihood after all! That is of course unless you need a Tuk Tuk then just say "Yes" with an even bigger smile.
One of the 7 wonders of the world, you really need to tick this one off your list. What many people don't know is that Angkor Wat is just one of 100s of temples to see and explore in the area. Wake up early for the sunrise view and get those cameras ready, although our advice is to turn your phones off, lay down those cameras and just soak it all in. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and what better way to visit this amazing place than by also supporting the people that live in and around this ancient wonder.
1 - What isn’t included?
In short – anything that’s not on the ‘What’s included?’ list in the info pack and guide! 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 organize this for you. You can find details on the travel insurance here and will be able to add this on to your booking when you pay your program fee
- Visas – depending on the passport you hold you may need to get a visa before you travel. Please see sectiom 3 for more info on visas
- Police check - as the tour involves spending time with local communities and children, you will be required to provide us with a police check noting any criminal record held against your name. If you have an existing check, we can accept this providing it was issued no more than 12 months before your tour is due to finish. Each country/state has varying procedures on how to obtain a police check so we recommend you contact your local police station to see how you should go about getting one issued.
2 - How should I book my flights?
There are great online resources like www.skyscanner.com or google.com/flights. If you'd like to speak to an agent, you can contact our friends at STA Travel by completing an online form here: www.wearebamboo.com/tours/sta-flights.php
You need to book a flight that lands into Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport (airport BKK) 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 then 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.
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 so you will be able to book a flight home from there.
The other option is to book a return flight in and out of Bangkok. However, remember that the tour finishes in Siem Reap so you'll need to make your own way back to Bangkok if you choose to do this. This is easy to do and a flight between the two cities only takes around one hour. It's important to note that there are two airports in Bangkok; Suvarnabhumi (BKK) and Don Mueang (DMK) so please bear this in mind if you are getting a flight that you need to connect with your international flight back home. There is a free shuttle bus between the two airports but you will need to allow for at least an hour to get from one to the other.
There is also a bus that goes between Siem Reap and Bangkok. This will probably be cheaper than flying but can take up to 11 hours.
Once you've booked your flights, please make sure you send us the below details:
Flight number of your flight that arrives in to Bangkok. If travelling via another country, please make sure you send us the correct flight number. This is usually a code with two letters and three numbers – for example, BA009
Bangkok flight arrival date - if you're arriving before the published arrival date, you may need to make extra plans for your airport transfer and any additional acc. Please let us know.
Bangkok flight arrival time - if arriving after around 9pm we may organise your first night at an airport hotel.
Mobile phone number including country code (if taking a mobile with you).
If you have booked to extend your stay with us after the tour, your departure arrangements may vary. Please check with us if you are unsure.
3 - Do I need a visa?
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.
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.
4 - How much spending money will I need?
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.
5 - Do I need vaccinations?
This depends on your home country and your vaccination history. You should visit a local travel clinic and see what they recommend.
6 - When does my deposit have to be put down?
There is no deadline for paying the USD $250 deposit but we cannot secure your place until we have received this. Places are limited and this is our most popular tour so we recommend you do this as soon as possible to be sure of a spot. Once we have received your deposit we will send you a confirmation email. If you do not receive this within 48 hours please check your junk/spam email folders and let us know if you cannot see it.
7 - What are the Program Fee Payment options?
Your program fee is due on the first of the month, two months before you travel (i.e if you are travelling in December, your balance will be due by 1st October). We will send you an email shortly after you have secured a spot offering you two options for payment. You can either pay the program fee in full (at any point before the date it is due) or you can can set up weekly installments to pay a small amount off regularly until it is paid in full. You can choose either of these with or without travel insurance.
8 - Are Thailand and Cambodia safe?
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.
9 - What currency is the tour in?
All of our prices are in USD. If you would like to see what this is in your local currency you can use a conversion site such as www.xe.com which will give you the current exchange rate. Please bear in mind that the amount will be taken in USD when you pay and exchange rates will fluctuate.
10 - How can I be sure this is not a scam?
We have been operating for over 15 years, have placed over 30,000 volunteers and have an experienced team with a wealth of knowledge and passion! But don’t just take our word for it - if you visit our website you can see our accreditation and recommendations for different worldwide organizations. You can also visit our Facebook page to see reviews from previous travelers and volunteers.