Embrace the enchanting Thai and Cambodian culture through adventure, exploration and volunteering whilst having a darn good time on this two-week tour!
Check out the highlights of this awesome experience:
Get up close and personal with Chiang Mai's awesome elephants
A guided tour of Thailand's iconic capital, Bangkok!
The opportunity to give back and support our local communities teaching or getting your hands dirty
Explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat at sunrise
With 20 people per group (maximum), 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).
Locations: Bangkok (TH), Chiang Mai (CAM), Siem Reap (CAM)
Tour Length: 14 days
Tour Cost: $1997
Finish Date: The tour will end in Siem Reap on the Sunday two weeks after your start date
Volunteer Work: Teaching OR Community Development and Elephants
Arrival Airport: Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
Departure Airport: Siem Reap International Airport (REP)
Group size: Maximum 20
Going Solo?: over 70% of those on our tours start off as solo travellers
Available dates: Click here for dates
- 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
- Guided tour of Chiang Mai's greatest sights
- Flight to Siem Reap (does not include the cost of entry visa into Cambodia – approximately USD $35)
- 13 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
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.
Bangkok: Shared (twin/double or triple rooms) bed and breakfast accommodation in a guesthouse. Air-conditioning, TV, hot water and western bathrooms.
Chiang Mai City: Very comfortable guest house in the city centre that's even got a swimming pool! Breakfast is included here. Free WiFi, hot water in western bathrooms and walking distance to all good amenities.
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.
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 is available at the guesthouse in Bangkok and the hotels in Surin City and Siem Reap.
Whilst volunteering at the elephant project, WiFi is not available but there will be 3G connection for smart phones with a local SIM. (SIM's can be purchased in Bangkok or Chiang Mai City.)
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 (Monday): 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 (Tuesday): The Ultimate BKK tour
Good morning! To get the ball rolling and to ensure you're fully up to speed with everything, we'll run you 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 (Wednesday): Fly to the Mai
We can almost guarantee that your previous night was a little too much 'fun' so, as we're a caring bunch, you have the chance to catch up on some sleep before the short hop north to Chiang Mai, also known as the 'Bangkok of the North'.
After we've checked you into your new guesthouse and you've dropped your bags into your rooms, you'll have a brief orientation to ensure you have all of the up to date tour details. This evening, we'll head to the local market where you can sample some local delights on us! [Meals: B]
DAY 4 (Thursday): Chiang Mai City tour
Following breakfast at the guesthouse we'll give you a morning briefing. We'll run through the plan for the next few days, the rules of the road and some do's and don'ts to help you stay out of trouble. Once we're all chatted out, it's time to start a guided tour of this amazing city. Chiang Mai is on every travellers must see list and we'll show you exactly why. [Meals: B]
DAY 5 (Friday): Elephant Project
Today is a day that you'll never forget. Once we're all ready, we'll head over to a very special elephant sanctuary located just an hour from Chiang Mai city. On arrival, you'll be introduced to the Mahouts (those plucky souls who dedicate their lives to caring for rescued elephants) and get your first up close and personal experience with these majestic creatures. Here you'll learn more about Thailand's elephant population, the history of the animals, why there's very much a need for sanctuaries like this one and have heaps of photo opportunities. We'll be staying the night at the elephant project! [Meals: B, L, D]
DAY 6 (Saturday): Elephant Project
Once you're all refuelled with a lovely breakfast, we'll have another full day with the elephants. At the end of the day we will make our way back to Chiang Mai to spend the night here. [Meals: B, L]
DAY 7 (Sunday): Chiang Mai
Today you'll have a free day in Chiang Mai. It's up to you what you'd like to do, from ziplining, to cooking classes or just hanging by the pool and working on your tan! Your guide will be able to help you organise anything you would like to do on this day! [Meals: B]
DAY 8 (Monday): Goodbye to the Land Of Smile, and hello to The Kingdom of Wonder
Today it's time to say goodbye to Thailand as we head off to Cambodia. Boy oh boy, do we have a treat in store for you here! We'll take a flight to the home of Angkor, via Bangkok.
Once we've landed in Siem Reap, we'll whisk you 'local-style' to your next hotel. Here you'll meet our Siem Reap team, learn more about the incredible things we're doing in Cambodia and we'll give you all the important information about the projects you'll be directly supporting over the next few days. *You have a choice of 2 projects in Siem Reap, Teaching or Community Development. Please inform our bookings team before your tour begins [Meals: B]
DAY 9 (Tuesday): Cambodia Volunteer Project
Once you arrive at your project location, you will receive a more detailed briefing on the background of the project, why we support it, who it helps and more. It's then time to get down to business. After a day's work, it's back to the hotel to cool off and recharge.
This evening is yours to explore the vibrant town of Siem Reap or relax poolside. Our team are always around to help you out with where to go, what to do, what to eat and much more. Just ask us, we don't bite! [Meals: B, L]
DAY 10 (Wednesday): Cambodia Volunteer Project
Every day, our team of drivers will collect you from your hotel and have you at the project on time. Breakfast is supplied for you in the morning and a local lunch is also organised so there's no excuse for not having enough energy day by day! Our team of professional guides and project coordinators will have you making huge differences to the lives of the locals from your very first day. [Meals: B, L]
DAY 11 (Thursday): Cambodia Volunteer Project
As your work progresses, you'll begin to understand much more about why we do what we do and how your time is helping. Voluntourism has an incredible impact on those it touches if it's handled professionally and respectfully. With Bamboo leading the way, you are guaranteed to have the most incredible experience and to absolutely be making the difference that you expect from a placement like this. [Meals: B, L]
DAY 12 (Friday): Cambodia Volunteer Project
Today is your final day at the project so make the most of it. We promise that the goodbyes will be tough but your legacy will live on forever. Make sure you capture all of those last-minute group photos from an unforgettable experience. [Meals: B, L]
DAY 13 (Saturday): Angkor Wat
Wat a way to end this inspiring tour! It's an early start as you simply must experience sunrise at this majestic temple. Head back over 1,000 years and explore these incredible marvels of human endeavour. A trip to Cambodia without exploring these ancient temples is not a trip to Cambodia. This is a truly inspiring site that must be seen to be believed. [Meals: B]
DAY 14 (Sunday): Goodbye
That's it! All over...you've completed the ultimate 2C Northern Thailand, Cambodia tour.
We'll be leaving you today and after many tear-filled hugs and hand-stingingly good hi-5's, it's time for you to head off. Our team will be around to help you arrange any transport you might need, be it back to the airport or wherever you're heading next. One final group photo? Oh go on then!
Meal Code [B - breakfast; L - lunch; D - dinner]
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.
- 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?
You need to book a flight that lands into Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport (airport BKK) on the Monday that your tour starts, ideally 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 to the hotel in the city. If you arrive later than 8pm on the Monday 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 Monday 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 weeks later on the Sunday in Siem Reap, Cambodia, so you need to make your departure arrangements from there at any time that day (Sunday). 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:
(i) 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.
(ii) 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.
(iii) Bangkok flight arrival time - if arriving after around 9pm we may organise your first night at an airport hotel.
(iv) 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.
We will be arriving into Cambodia from Thailand by plane (into Siem Reap International Airport) and most nationalities will be able to get a visa on arrival (again, check this to make sure this is the case for the passport you hold). On arrival, you will need to fill out two forms, one a visa application form with a visa photo attached (either bring some from home or have some taken in Bangkok) and an arrival/departure form. You then need to pay approximately USD $35 and you get a full page visa that lasts for 30 days. 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. Costs are approximate and may be subject to change
4 – How much spending money will I need?
This largely depends on you. All the breakfasts throughout the tour are included as is lunch whilst volunteering on project days in Cambodia. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included during your stay at the elephant sanctuary. 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 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 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 - 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 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 accreditations and recommendations for different worldwide organizations. You can also visit our Facebook page to see reviews from previous travelers and volunteers.