DISCOVER THAILAND [email protected] TOUR

Embrace the enchanting Thai culture through adventure, exploration and Giving Back whilst having a darn good time on this two-week tour! You'll take in cities both ancient and new, temples, mountain and lush jungles. And let's not forget those elephants...

Everyday is packed with awesomeness, but some of our highlights are:

River of Kings tour of Bangkok
Explore the ancient temples of Ayutthaya
Visit the world's largest outdoor market
Connect with communities by giving back your time on our projects
Discover the mystical hill tribes
Get up close and personal with Chiang Mai's awesome elephants
Embrace a beautiful culture
Bamboo raft through the most incredible scenery

Elephant Cuddle

TOUR COST

With 20 persons per group MAX! The exact cost of this tour is US $2497. 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.

READY TO BOOK?

To secure your spot there are 2 simple payment options.

Option 1: Pay a US$250 deposit today and the remainder is due 90 days before your tour starts (you will also have the option to pay the rest of your balance in instalments). Just click here to make your booking!

Option 2: If you are not sure of what date you wish to travel then you might be interested in a Bamboo Travel Voucher that matches the amount you pay. Pay $50 get a $100 voucher, pay $250 get a $500 voucher, pay $500 get a $1000 voucher. It's valid for 3 years so you have time to consider the tour or date in your own time. Click here to find out more and purchase.

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FAST FACTS

Locations: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Bangkok
Tour Length: 14 days
Tour Cost: $2497
Finish Date: The tour will end on the Saturday two weeks after your start date
Volunteer Work: Development and ELEPHANTS!
Arrival Airport: Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
Departure Airport: Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
Group Size: Maximum 20
Average age range: 50-75
Going Solo?: over 70% of those on our tours start off as solo travellers
Available dates: Click here for dates

AVAILABLE DATES


14 July 2019 (13 spots left)
18 August 2019 (19 spots left)
22 September 2019 (15 spots left)
20 October 2019 (11 spots left)
17 November 2019 (4 spots left)
8 December 2019 (18 spots left)
19 January 2020 (10 spots left)
16 February 2020 (full)
15 March 2020 (13 spots left)

19 April 2020 (17 spots left)
17 May 2020 (18 spots left)
21 June 2020 (17 spots left)
19 July 2020 (19 spots left)
16 August 2020 (17 spots left)
20 September 2020 (19 spots left)
18 October 2020 (17 spots left)
15 November 2020 (11 spots left)

20 December 2020 (16 spots left)
17 January 2021 (14 spots left)
21 February 2021 (13 spots left)
21 March 2021 (19 spots left)
16 May 2021 (19 spots left)
20 June 2021 (17 spots left)
18 July 2021 (19 spots left)
22 August 2021 (17 spots left)

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Elephant Walk

WHAT'S INCLUDED

- All Accommodation
- Airport pick-up on arrival in Bangkok
- Guided tours and in-depth orientations of each location
- All In-Country Transport
- 24/7 support from our hugely experienced, English speaking guides
- All tour activities as outlined below
- Heaps of meals!
- Project donation and supplies
- Full pre-departure support from our ace travel coordinators
- A flashy Travel Hack packed full of helpful advice
- A few surprises along the way

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ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

Bangkok: Twin or triple (single beds) share bed & breakfast accommodation in a relaxing guest house in a popular part of the old city Includes a/c, TV, hot water and western bathroom.

Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai City and Chiang Mai City - twin or triple (single beds) share in a comfortable hotel with air conditioning and western bathrooms.

Hill Tribe - Typical homestay. Dorm-style bedrooms with Thai style mattresses on the floor, mosquito nets and fans. Communal bathrooms with bucket flush toilets and cold showers. Wifi is available. All meals are included during your time with the hill tribe.

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. All meals are included whilst at the project.

Food: All breakfasts are included throughout plus a traditional welcome meal in Bangkok. In addition, lunch is also included when at your volunteering locations.

Internet: WiFi is available in all guesthouses.

Laundry: You can use the local laundry services that are quick and cheap and good!

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Itinerary

DAY 1 (SUNDAY): ARRIVAL IN BANGKOK!

You made it! You really made it! No more counting down the days! No more daydreaming and planning and having nightmares of forgetting to pack your underwear (maybe you should double check after you land).

Upon your arrival at BKK (provided you arrive between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.), one of our fabulous guides will snag you at the airport, give you an abnormally large welcome hug, and escort you to your hotel in the heart of the town. From there, feel free to relax and recover from the jetlag or, if you’re up for it, dive into the chaos of Southeast Asia. 

Meals included: None

DAY 2 (MONDAY): BANGKOK

Founded in the 15th century, Bangkok’s an ancient city where the familiar and exotic collide into fanatical, semi-overwhelming, though deliciously-smelling culture. The sterling skyscrapers exude the wealth of Hong Kong while the hidden markets and alleyways take us to old-world Asia, where you can haggle over delectable spices or even a Rolex—depends on how you’re feeling.

After breakfast, we’ll begin the day with an introductory orientation to ease any anxieties over the tour—we get it, it’s like the Wild West out here, except with delicious, delicious fried noodles.

Following orientation, we’ll venture out into the sun-filled streets for a day tour of the city’s temples. It’s a sensory overload for the eyes, ears, mouth, everything, really.

Once the tour concludes, we’ve given you the afternoon for yourself to find love in the City of Angels. Just be sure to return to the hotel by nightfall for our traditional welcome meal on the famous Khao San Road, where the pulse of Bangkok lives and the food, drink, and something called “buckets” reign supreme.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 3 (TUESDAY): BANGKOK - AYUTTHAYA

Waking up at your own pace, we’ll give you the morning to collect yourself—head into some last-minute temples or simply sip coffee and watch the Thai life pass—before heading out on a two-hour road trip to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Ayutthaya.

Reliquary Prang towers overlook the derelict, cobbled streets of the Ancient Thai capital. They’re 14th century skyscrapers in what was once (from the 14th to 18th centuries) one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan areas and a center for global diplomacy.

Once settled, we’ll relish in Ayutthaya’s age-old splendor—perhaps enjoying a breathtaking sunset and imagining life here just hundreds of years ago.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4 (WEDNESDAY): AYUTTHAYA

The shabby temples whisper to a royalty in disarray. The grandiose stupas and priceless artworks remind us of former grandeur. It’s another world, really. We’ll begin our day with a bicycle tour through the gilded palaces and treasure-filled lanes of Ayutthaya, an endeavor into the New York City of the old world.

You'll have more free time to wander the ancient temples as we'll spend one more night in Ayutthaya tonight.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5 (THURSDAY): AYUTTHAYA - CHIANG RAI

We'll be departing on the day coach in the morning and arrive in Chiang Rai in the evening. Download a film or get yourself a good book or sit back and see Thailand unfold around you.

Upon our arrival in Chiang Rai, we’ll get you to the hotel for some proper rest. From there, the Chiang chain’s off and you’re free to explore the city, be it the famous White Temple, Blue Temple, Wat Rong Sueten (you won’t get tired of the temples, we promise), and even meander to a tea plantation. Whatever your interest, we’ll help you out.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6 (FRIDAY): CHIANG RAI - HILL TRIBE VILLAGE

If you haven’t tired of the temples yet (who does, honestly?), we’re offering a guided tour of the town this morning. Stepping deeper into the White Temple, through the Morning Market, and into the 13th century—but with central air and satellite TV and not worrying about the Plague.

By morning’s end, we’ll have seen the sights, gathered our belongings, and traversed to the Thai mountains into the remote villages of the region’s hill communities where our volunteering OR trekking (it’s up to you!) begins.

We’ll set you up with an orientation to the next days’ itineraries before gathering for a hill tribe welcoming meal and readying ourselves for the hard work (and endless amounts of sweat) ahead.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 7 (SATURDAY): HILL TRIBE VILLAGE

Largely untouched by the modern world, the Thailand’s impoverished hill tribes lack even the most basic of contemporary resources like access to education, clean water, and, in some cases, even proper shelter.

Those who wished to volunteer will work with a tribe to help them help themselves. We’ll have the opportunity to teach English to the local children (or even adults if you fancy) while their parents tend the farm; get down and dirty building houses for the poor families (a personal favorite); or install fresh water pumps to ensure clean drinking water—something everyone deserves. Do understand, these volunteer projects vary tour-by-tour to reflect the current needs and priorities of the tribe. We take care of their essentials above all else.

That said, the trekkers in the group will have a much different experience. Hiking deep into the Thai jungles, we’ll learn about the flora and fauna—and how to avoid snakes—of the region. The climbs are steep. The views are stunning. And the jungle is…hot. Only semi-experienced hikers should consider this opportunity because, well, it isn’t easy. But it’s definitely worth it.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

DAY 8 (SUNDAY): HILL TRIBE VILLAGE

The work continues through today, as we knuckle down, sweat through our clothes, and finish the project we started.

Remember, we’ll be working together, arm-in-arm, muddy-face-in-muddy-face with the locals, so it’s not perfect until they say it is.

Our day concludes with a hearty dinner. We’ll then sit around the campfire (we promise we won’t bust out a guitar) and swap stories about the adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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DAY 9 (MONDAY): HILL TRIBE VILLAGE - CHIANG MAI

Waving goodbye to the tribesmen and the small part of our life that’ll forever remain in the Thai rainforest, we’ll bus to the incredible city of Chiang Mai, “The Rose of the North.”

Since the reign of the Lanna Kingdom over 500-years-ago, a surprising metropolis has developed around ancient Chiang Mai. The day begins with a tour of the city, where we’ll leisurely wander through the backstreets, markets and temples that deem this town “The Rose of the North.” Pit stops at the Wai Sri Suphan and Doi Suthep are remarkable enough to consider joining the monastery by mid-day—please, tell us beforehand, though.

Upon arriving, we’ll quickly settle into our guesthouse and head out to the Night Market for copious amounts of food, music, and, of course, probably some more Thai food. Pad Thai can also be dessert, right?

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 10 (TUESDAY): CHIANG MAI

Today we're giving you day off from us to go out and explore the magic city of Chiang Mai. We'll head out to the Night Market in the afternoon for copious amounts of clothes, jewelry, music, electronics and much much more

In the evening we'll all get together for an intimate group dinner.

Today we're giving you day off from us to go out
and explore the magic city of Chiang Mai.
We'll head out to the Night Market in the afternoon
for copious amounts of clothes, jewelry, music,
electronics and much much more
In the evening we'll all get together for an intimate
group dinner.
Meals

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 11 (WEDNESDAY): CHIANG MAI - ELEPHANT PROJECT

Just a jaunt outside of Chiang Mai amid Thai rainforest is the Elephant Project, a sustainable eco-tourism project launched by Karen hill-tribes to protect the welfare of elephants.

For the next two days, we’ll befriend, feed, and bathe the elephants, all the while planting food and building an ecosystem for the mammoth mammals. On our first day, the “Mahouts” (the elephants’ guardians) will supply the “whaddup” handshake used to greet the animals.

Like us humans, the way to their hearts is through their stomachs, so you’ll be feeding the creatures plenty of fruits and vegetables, while simultaneously hugging them and daydreaming about your future life together—marriage, baby elephants, taking little Dumbo to school. Once fed their daily diet of 300 kg (660 lbs.) of fruits, bamboo, and smiles, you’ll parade to the mud pit for a ceremonial ele-bath.

Your day ends, fully muddied, and in a traditional jungle house. It may be rough necking, but you’re on the elephant experience now.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 12 (THURSDAY): ELEPHANT PROJECT - CHIANG MAI

Weather permitting, our final day in the elephant project begins a little bit differently: Bamboo rafting along the river. The jungle scenery and stoic cliffs illuminate just how removed from the Western world we are. And they also illuminate just how pretty this goddamn place is!

Once returned, we’ll wave goodbye to our newest best friend, the elephants, obviously, and return to Chiang Mai, where a celebratory drink, perhaps a tear, and a night of memories awaits.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 13 (FRIDAY): CHIANG MAI - BANGKOK

From the “Rose of the North” to the “City of Angels,” this morning we’ll board the train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, where our final moments on tour await.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic train ride to the bustling city.

We’ll arrive in town and head to the hotel, where our final night together begins. Meet up for dinner, drinks, or simply amble through the boulevards and soak in your final moments in Thailand. Let the Bamboo mojo guide you.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 14 (SATURDAY): DEPART BANGKOK

Two weeks – gone in the blink of an eye. Don’t mind our sniffling.

The tour may have ended but the stories you’ll soon tell are only beginning. It can take weeks to realize what all you accomplished in such a short period of time.

Rather than saying goodbye, we prefer to say, “see you soon.” You’re part of The BamFam now.

Meals: Breakfast

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FAQ

1 – What isn't included?

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 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 below 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: STA Flights

ARRIVAL

You need to book a flight that lands into Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport (airport code BKK) on the Sunday that the tour starts, between 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 to the hotel in the city. If you arrive later than 8pm on the Sunday 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 hotel the following day and take you to the hotel in the city to meet the rest of the group.

If you arrive before your Sunday 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

If you are doing the two-week tour, this will end on the Saturday two weeks later in Bangkok so you need to make your arrangements from there that day. You can leave at any time that day.

If you are doing the three-week tour (Discover Thailand two-week tour plus Beach Bolt On), this will end in Bangkok on the Friday three weeks after. You can leave at any time that day.

3 – What kind of visa do I need?

Passport holders of several countries will get a 30 day ‘visa exempt’ stamp in their passport on arrival into Thailand free of charge meaning you will not need to get a visa before you travel. A quick Google search will tell you whether you need a visa or not. There is something called a volunteering visa but this is meant for more long-term volunteering projects so you don’t need to get one for the four days you will be volunteering in Thailand.

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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 you are volunteering. The rest of the meals are up to you and 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 is around USD $1. You should bring some local currency with you (Thai Baht) 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 – What are the Payment options?

To secure your spot there are 2 simple payment options.

Option 1: Pay a US$250 deposit today and the remainder is due 90 days before your tour starts (you will also have the option to pay the rest of your balance in instalments). 

Option 2: If you are not sure of what date you wish to travel then you might be interested in a Bamboo Travel Voucher that matches the amount you pay. Pay $50 get a $100 voucher, pay $250 get a $500 voucher, pay $500 get a $1000 voucher. It's valid for 3 years so you have time to consider the tour or date in your own time. Click here to find out more and purchase.

7 – Is Thailand 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, Thailand is a very safe country to travel in and around. You’ll also be with our award-winning team throughout your stay and will be travelling with a group.

8 – 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.

9 – How can I be sure this is not a scam?

We have been operating for over 15 years, have placed over 25,000 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 Verifications Page 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.

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