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
 Explore the best Samui has to offer with boat, island and quad bike tours

Elephants in Thailand

TOUR COST

With 14 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.

To secure your spot you pay a deposit of US $250 (you can then pay the rest in weekly instalments or in full 90 days before you travel).

Elephants in Thailand

FAST FACTS

Locations: Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Bangkok
Tour Length: 14 days
Tour Cost: $1997
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

AVAILABLE DATES


9 January 2019 (9 spots left)
16 January 2019 (6 spots left)
30 January 2019 (8 spots left)
13 February 2019 (1 spots left)
27 February 2019 (2 spots left)
6 March 2019 (3 spots left)
20 March 2019 (full)
8 May 2019 (8 spots left)
5 June 2019 (1 spots left)

10 July 2019 (1 spots left)
24 July 2019 (8 spots left)
7 August 2019 (6 spots left)
4 September 2019 (12 spots left)
6 November 2019 (7 spots left)
4 December 2019 (1 spots left)
8 January 2020 (10 spots left)
5 February 2020 (9 spots left)
4 March 2020 (4 spots left)

13 May 2020 (12 spots left)
3 June 2020 (10 spots left)
8 July 2020 (13 spots left)
5 August 2020 (14 spots left)
9 September 2020 (14 spots left)
7 October 2020 (14 spots left)
4 November 2020 (12 spots left)
2 December 2020 (13 spots left)

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

- 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 in Chiang Mai on day 2
- Guided tour of Chiang Mai's greatest sights
- Flight to Koh Samui
- Guided tour of Samui Island
- Quad biking experience
- Boat transfer to Koh Tao
- 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

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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 to check availability and costs.

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.


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.

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Itinerary

DAY 1 (WEDNESDAY): ARRIVAL DAY IN CHIANG MAI

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.

Tonight, for those of you that are feeling up for it, there'll be an informal get-together and a few drinks; the perfect way to break the ice and get to know your fellow adventurers. Let the fun begin!

DAY 2 (THURSDAY): CHIANG MAI ELEPHANT SANCTUARY 

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]

DAY 3 (FRIDAY): ELEPHANT SANCTUARY 

Today will see you getting stuck in helping develop the infrastructure for the elephants. 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]

DAY 4 (SATURDAY): CHIANG MAI CITY TOUR

Once we're all up and ready, we'll have a final chance to feed the elephants yet another jaw-droppingly huge bucket of fruits. We encourage you to rise and shine early today and spend that last amount of time with the elephants, they'll appreciate it so much they might even give you a kiss. Gentle giants indeed.

It's then back to Chiang Mai where, on arrival, you'll be greeted by one of our local tour guides who will escort you around this amazing city today. Whether it's temples or monuments, we promise it to be fun, interesting and a great way to learn about Thailand. Once we return to the hotel you'll have time to grab a beer and relax.

Tonight we'll hit the legendary Night Market where, for good measure, we'll treat you to a delicious Thai welcome meal! If you're up for it afterwards, there's a hilarious, world-famous drag show and plenty of bars to try out.

[Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner]

DAY 5 (SUNDAY): TRANSFER TO KOH SAMUI

Before we all head off on our next adventure, we’ll sit down with the guides to discuss the plans and schedule for the islands. We’ll head off to Chiang Mai airport and await our flight to the south. We fly into Surat Thani airport before a coach ride to the ferry and a 90-minute transfer to the beautiful island of Koh Samui.

[Meals included: Breakfast]

DAY 6 (MONDAY): ISLAND TOUR

Today is the start of some serious action-packed discovery! The next four days are going to be epic - you'll see jungles, viewpoints, beaches and a lot more...so don't forget your camera!

Elephant Walk

 

To start things off, today you'll be whisked off on a mystical half day tour of this amazing island. Stopping at some of the best sights, you'll get a real taste of everything the island has to offer.

[Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch]

DAY 7 (TUESDAY): BOAT TOUR 

This morning you'll embark on a full day private boat tour to the largely unknown island of Koh Tan. This island is a reminder of how Koh Samui was around 40 years ago - very laid back life, zero traffic, quiet bars and restuarants - the perfect place to hang out.

We'll speed there from Koh Samui and spend the day exploring, swimming, sunbathing, playing beach games and more! Side-note: beer and soft drinks are plentiful when on the beach here 'Chin Chin!

*Subject to weather conditions; if this excursion is not available, we will have alternative activities scheduled for you.

[Meals included: Breakfast]

DAY 8 (WEDNESDAY): FREE DAY IN KOH SAMUI

The past few days has been a whole lot of adventure, adventure, adventure so today we have given you a free day to explore whatever you fancy or just relax and rejuvenate. There is so much to do around the islands you will not find yourself at a loose end.

If Ang Thong Marine Park is on your list of 'must do's' or you fancy another boat trip then just let one of our team know and they can help you arrange anything you would like.

[Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner]

DAY 9 (THURSDAY): KOH SAMUI

Let's think of something to end this incredible time of adventure...hmmmm? I know! Let's jump on Quads and get some off-roading done! Prepare for an island adrenaline burst. It's going to be insane!

You'll get to experience parts of the island only available through quad-biking. Don't be alarmed, you'll be safe and have expert staff alongside you.

[Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch]

DAY 10 (FRIDAY): KOH SAMUI TO KOH TAO

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]

DAY 11 (SATURDAY): KOH TAO MARINE CONSERVATION

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]

DAY 12 (SUNDAY): KOH TAO

Today will be our last full day on Koh Tao, and with this in mind, we are going to give it a big fat Bamboo send-off.

The best way to experience this stunning location is from the sea and so what better send-off than a boat tour around the island, stopping off at the best locations for snorkeling, swimming and fun!

Once back on dry land, 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, Lunch & Dinner]

DAY 13 (MONDAY): KOH TAO TO BANGKOK

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]

DAY 14 (TUESDAY): DEPARTURE DAY

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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FAQ

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 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 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.

DEPARTURE

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 - 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 one of our most popular tours 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 payment options?

Your final balance is due 90 days before you travel. 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. Any changes to your trip must be made more than 90 days before you travel.

8 - 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.

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 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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