Travel Thailand and discover the beautifully diverse landscapes and enchanting culture whilst giving back to a rewarding project on this sell-out volunteer tour!

 Discover Chiang Mai and its magnificent temples
 An unforgettable elephant experience
 Immerse yourself in a Tropical Paradise on Koh Samui
 Get busy with some marine conservation
 Explore the best Samui has to offer

Elephants in Thailand


With 14 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.


To secure your spot there are 2 simple payment options.

Option 1: Simply reduce your balance by US$500 and we will match it by US$500. Giving you US$1000 off the remaining balance due closer to when your tour starts.

You will also have the option to pay the rest of your balance in instalments. Just click here to save US$500!

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.

Elephants in Thailand


Locations: Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Bangkok
Tour Length: 14 days
Tour Cost: $2497
Finish date: The tour will end in Bangkok on the Tuesday two weeks after your start date
Arrival Airport: Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
Departure Airport: Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
Group Size: Maximum 14
Minimum age: 18
Going Solo?: over 70% of those on our tours start off as solo travellers
Available dates: Click here for dates


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Elephants2Islands Tour Group


- Airport pick-up and transfer on arrival into Chiang Mai (if arriving on the tour start date between 6am and 8pm)
- An in-depth orientation
- Night train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
- Guided tour of Bangkok
- Guided tour of Samui Island
- Boat tour of Ang Thong Marine Park
- Transfer from Koh Tao to Bangkok
- 14 nights' accommodation ranging from hotels to traditional homestays
- Full support from our expert English-speaking local guides
- 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

Bamboo Thailand Tour


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 to check availability and costs.

Chiang Mai: Bed and breakfast in a nicely appointed twin share rooms guesthouse. All meals included during the time at the elephant project.

Koh Samui: Self-catering house accommodation. One large 10 bed dorm room, two single rooms and one double room. All rooms have air-conditioning and bedding is provided. Western-style bathrooms, fully functional kitchen, large outdoor communal area and the house is a short walk from the centre of the lovely Mae Nam area of the island. 

Koh Tao: Bed & breakfast accommodation in twin share rooms.

Bangkok: Twin share bed & breakfast accommodation in a guest house near Khao San Road. Includes a/c, TV, hot water and western bathroom.

Internet: WiFi is available in all accommodation but not available at the elephant project.

Laundry: Local laundry services are everywhere, offer a quick, reliable and cheap service.

Elephants2Islands Swimming



Well it's finally here! The day you've been nervously and excitedly anticipating for months has arrived! This is a tour that definitely invokes an adventurous mindset and one that attracts a truly adventurous demographic.

The earlier you can arrive into Chiang Mai airport the better, as this gives you plenty of time to check-in, kick back, relax and prepare for an amazing tour of Thailand!

Once at your accommodation you'll be free to do as you please while our guides collect everyone else that will be arriving throughout the day.


After breakfast, your guide will gather you all for a very important orientation. This is necessary to make sure that each of you gets the most out of your time with us, understands what to expect together with some cultural and political norms that you may be unfamiliar with.

Once that's out of the way, we'll gather our belongings and get ready for a road-trip 'Thai-style' to meet the majestic elephants who, let's face it, are who you're looking forward to meeting the most!

On arrival at the project, you'll be greeted by the 'mahouts' (the human guardians of these amazing animals) - who themselves are great, fun people to be around. You'll be shown to your camp, enjoy some lunch and have a look around the project before we reconvene for another very important orientation about these elephants, where they came from and how the sanctuary is noted as being one of the true champions of elephant welfare within Thailand - a strict zero riding policy is adhered to at all times.

You can expect loads of elephant hugs and kisses and you'll have the opportunity to feed them. As mind blowing as that sounds, it pales in comparison to giving them a mud bath and a scrub in the cool river that flows through the sanctuary. Be sure to bring your camera - an instantaneous memory of biblical proportions awaits! Once all that's over, you'll have dinner and a chance to kick back with the mahouts and your fellow travellers.

You've not laughed and cried until you've seen a baby elephant splashing around in a river, and even more so when you've witnessed mum try to encourage it out of the water!

[Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]


Having now witnessed the enormity of foods that they can eat, all that produce needs to be harvested on a 24/7 basis.

As a group, and with the assistance of the Mahouts, we'll get our hands in the mud, planting heaps of sugar cane and bamboo to keep the stock of food required for the nutritional sustenance of the animals. This typically takes a few hours, and all of the necessary equipment will be provided for us.

When that much-needed work is complete, we'll head off to a stunning location for lunch by a shallow river where we'll be able to go for a dip and cool-off under the golden Thai sun.

Later in the afternoon, we'll head back to our accommodation for a chance to relax and reminisce about the days events. Why not pop along to the refreshing waterfall for a quick dip?!

Tonight we'll have dinner and a few drinks to celebrate this epic experience. It truly is an extraordinary place!

[Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]


Its our last morning with our new friends, so get your final goodbyes in and feed them one last time!

After a morning with the gentle giants, we will head back to Chiang Mai! Here we will give you 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 Wat Pa DaRapirom followed by the summit of a mountain named Mon Chaem. Prepare for a beautiful view across the mountains, where the locals farm vegetables and grow wildflowers. You will get the chance to do a little shopping and get some unique souvenirs from the local hill tribe.

On our way back to the hotel, we will stop at Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park. There you will see the process of how elephant dung can be transformed 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 the capital - Bangkok

[Meals included: Breakfast]


Your first morning will begin with a hearty breakfast. It’s the time for a group chat and a chance to run through the schedule, rules for the road and so on.

Once that’s over we’ll take you off on a guided tour of the 'City That Never Sleeps' - it's Bangkok baby! This city has to be experienced to be believed, and no, it’s not a cliche - trust us! Temples, markets and mayhem await those both cool and confident enough to try it on for size. Our experienced guides will show you the real Bangkok, open your senses to new sights, sounds and smells that will linger with you forever…. The evening is yours to explore!

[Meals included: Breakfast]


Who’s ready for some island life? I hope you are because today we will make our way down to the island of Koh Samui.

Elephant Walk


In the early morning we'll hop on a bus down to Surat Thani from where we'll take the ferry which will arrive in the afternoon. After checking into the hotel the evening is up to you to explore the island, maybe even head down to the beach and dip your toes into the water.

[Meals included: Breakfast]


Let’s explore the island.

We’ll hop in the Bamboo songthaew and see all there is to see on sunny Samui. From the eclectic assortment of beaches to the stony landscape, the ride across Samui is a treat for the eyes.

By late afternoon, we’ll head back home, where you can spend the evening however you please. Head to the party-filled beach bars at Chaweng or Lamai for a more “hippy” experience. Just embrace the Saturday sun— and sunset.

[Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch]


Your day should begin with catching the sunrise.

Our day together begins with a private boat to the largely unknown island of Koh Tan for a taste of Koh Samui forty-years-ago. The laid-back life features a bit of exploring, some swimming, sunbathing (or rather burning, if you’re us), and simply lounging on the beach. It’s just more paradise on top of the previous paradise.

*This activity is subject to change due to weather conditions. If weather is not permitting, we will have additional activities scheduled

[Meals included: Breakfast]


Ang Thong Marine Park is home to over 42 different islands in the gulf of Thailand. From breathtaking limestone mountains to beautiful tropical waters, this park will have many jaw dropping moments. Bring your waterproof camera, swim suit and most adventurous self for this all day excursion!

[Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch]


Today it's time to jump on the boat that will whisk us over to island number two: Koh Tao. Small but mighty, stunning and simple.

Once we reach land we'll get checked-in to our hotel and now you'll have some free time to rest up, explore, enjoy some cocktails, run along the beach, dance until your legs stop working or chill by the pool with a cold one.

[Meals included: Breakfast]


From the elephants on the mainland to the coolest dudes in the water - it's the sea turtles, dude!

Bamboo loves protectors of animals and so today we'll introduce you to a fabulous initiative in operation to protect and restore the local marine life. These guys rock and they're ready and waiting to inform us about how they track, recognise and protect the marine life and ecosystems of the sea to ensure the longevity of the island's vast number of marine species.

You will either be getting close to our turtle friends in the conservation centre depending on the breeding season or thereafter you'll slip into your flippers, snorkel-up and go for a swim for a game of spot-the-turtle.

[Meals included: Breakfast]


Today will be our last full day on Koh Tao, and the day is yours!

You are free to do whatever your little heart desires...whether thats chillin on the beach drinking a cocktail, swimming with the fishies or simply exploring more of this beautiful island, our guides will be there to help you arrange your last hurrah!

In the evening, we'll get our glad rags on and head out for a farewell meal and a final big night. Cocktails, beers and buckets await!

[Meals included: Breakfast]


The end may be near but there's enough time for one more memory-making night of fun!

You've not actually visited Thailand if you haven't experienced the infamous Khao San Road and that's exactly where we're heading today. It's an eight hour trip to get us there but believe us, it's worth it!

[Meals included: Breakfast]


Tears may be shed and there's no shame in that - this tour will leave a lifelong stamp in your heart, new friends for life and memories to last a lifetime!

However, it's now time for you all to hug, kiss and wish each other well as you await your flights back to your homeland or on to wherever you're heading next.

Whatever your itinerary has planned for you, our guides will be there to assist you and point you in the right direction.

[Meals included: Breakfast]

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1 - What isn't included?

In short – anything that's not on the "What's included?" list in the info pack and this 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 below for more info on visas.

2 - How should I book my flights?

There are great online resources like or 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


You need to book a flight that lands into Chiang Mai's International airport (airport code CNX) on the Wednesday that the tour starts. Providing you arrive 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 before your Wednesday 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 will end in Bangkok on the Tuesday two weeks later so you need to make your arrangements from there that day. If you are extending your stay with us your departure arrangements may be different. 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. 

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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 well as a number of lunches and dinners. 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 experienced 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 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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