ELEPHANT VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCE
Spend two weeks on our most popular project hanging out with Thailand's majestic elephants!
Starting with a weekend in the country's buzzing capital Bangkok, you'll then head to the northern province of Chiang Mai where locals and elephants have lived together for hundreds of years.
During the project you'll be getting up close and personal with the friendly giants themselves and living amongst the beautiful people that call this place home; gaining an insight into rural Thai culture and lifestyle. Helping out with agricultural projects which benefit not only the welfare of the elephants but also the local communities that protect them, you'll leave with an unforgettable experience and new-found friends for life! [Read below for more info ↓]
With 15 persons per group MAX! The exact cost of this tour is US $1497. This goes towards covering everything from in-country transport and accommodation to project fees and 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 trip 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.
Locations: Bangkok, Chiang Mai
Experience Length: 2 weeks
Arrival Airport: Bangkok International Airport (Code: BKK)
Finish Date: The program will end in Chiang Mai on the Friday two weeks after your start date. We can help arrange onward travel but it isn't included in the price.
Recommendations: Healthy, Minimum age 18, unless accompanied by an adult. Aged 17 is acceptable only with signed consent from a parent or guardian. Open-minded and willing to be accepting of a very different culture.
You will be spending Monday to Friday nestled deep in the jungles of Northern Thailand, just a jaunt outside of the city, amid Thai rainforest, is a sustainable eco-tourism project launched by Karen hilltribes to protect the welfare of elephants. This is a truly perfect location to house some 85 elephants spread across nine camps.
On arrival you'll be greeted by the 'mahouts', those selfless champions that devote their lives to supporting and caring for the elephants. You'll be sat down and given the history of the project, it's reason for existence, where the elephants come from and the work that goes on here and why. You will have the evenings to relax along the river, take a dip in the waterfall or swap stories with others at the bar! Your days will end, full of delicious Thai cuisine, in a traditional jungle house. It may be rough-necking, but you’re on the elephant experience now.
On the Friday we will transfer you back to Chiang Mai city and get you checking into your hotel. The weekends are then yours to do as you please, explore the local area, check out some remarkable temples, take a walk to the market or just chill by the hotel pool. On Monday you will be collected and taken back to the Elephant Project for another week of hardwork and elephant fun!
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner whilst at project.
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Every day on this project is unbelievable and unforgettable - guaranteed! We've packed so much into this that you'll be exhausted! Here are a few snippets to whet your appetite.
- If you arrive into Bangkok international airport between 6am and 8pm on the official arrival day, we'll arrange for you to be met and transferred to the guesthouse to start your adventure.
- Daily support from our experienced team of coordinators
- Two nights bed and breakfast in one of the most exciting areas of Bangkok.
- In-depth orientation in Bangkok
- Guided experience of the some of the most beautiful sights of Bangkok and a traditional Thai welcome meal.
- Accompanied coach or train transfer from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
- Return transport from Chiang Mai to the elephant project.
- All accommodation in a shared volunteer house in the elephant village.
- All meals during your time in the elephant village.
- All activities in the elephant village.
- All volunteering project materials and guidance.
- Fully supported throughout your stay
- Detailed pre-departure information to help you prepare for your time with us
BANGKOK: Guesthouse accommodation in the heart of one of Bangkok's most popular areas. Breakfast included. Free WiFi, western bathroom, hot water, A/C, TV and fridge. Twin or triple share.
CHIANG MAI: Rooms here will be twin share. All rooms include air conditioning, a satellite TV, a mini fridge and a private bathroom.Our chosen accommodation has a private restaurant that opens daily and offers a variety of local and International meals. Drinks are also available for purchase.
ELEPHANT PROJECT: Your accommodation at the project is basic but clean and comfortable. Thai style mattresses are provided for all guests in addition to mosquito nets - This is all part of the full-on authentic, mahout experience. All cabins have an outside sitting area where you may be able to watch the elephants during the day. There are shared bathrooms with western toilets and showers. There is no hot water, but after a long hot day with the elephants, a simple shower is the only way to cool down!
- Minimum age 18, unless accompanied by an adult. Aged 17 is acceptable only with signed consent from a parent or guardian.
- Enthusiasm and flexibility - schedules can change without notice due to uncontrollable factors.
- Willingness to get your hands dirty and work as a team.
- An open respect for other cultures and customs.
- Travel and medical insurance.
- All accommodation
- All in-country transport
- 24/7 support from our guides
- All tour activities
- Heaps of meals!
- Project donation and supplies
- International flights
- Spending money
- Travel visa - if required please check with the Royal Thai Consulate or Embassy closes to you. Visas cannot be obtained in Thailand.
- Meals and drinks other than those stated in the above descriptions.
- Travel and medical insurance
- Transport away from Chiang Mai at the end of your placement
- Weekend activities
Elephant Volunteer Experience (14 days)
Please note that your international flights are not included in the above price.
There are great online resources for finding cheap flights, such as www.skyscanner.com or www.google.com/flights. If you would like to speak to an agent you can use our preferred agent by clicking on this link STA Flights.
Please book a flight that arrives in to Bangkok's main international airport (named, Suvarnabhumi or airport code: BKK) on the chosen arrival date. If its between 6am and 8pm one of our team will be there to meet you. If you arrive after 8pm we can arrange for an airport hotel to collect you from the airport and you'll spend that night with them. The following morning we'll have a driver collect you and transfer you to the guesthouse where you'll meet up with the other volunteers.
If you arrive in Thailand before your chosen arrival date then you will need to make arrangements for your early accommodation but just get in touch with our team who can give you more details.
When you have your flight booked you must send to us the flight number (usually a code consisting of two letters and three number. For example; BA009) and the arrival time. Without this information we cannot collect you from the airport and that would just suck!
It's also a great idea if you can send us a number for a mobile or cell phone that you plan to bring with you so that we can try to contact you if for some reason we're unable to locate you at the airport.
Due to the wide of array of destinations accessible from Chiang Mai, and that not everybody wants to travel back to Bangkok, it's far easier for our team to just let you choose where you're heading once your placement has ended on the Friday, 2 or 4 weeks after you begin. Of course our team will help you to organize tickets and a schedule but you will need to pay for your onward travel yourself.
Thailand uses a monetary system called 'Baht'. At the time of writing the exchange rate is $1 = 33 Baht or £1 = 44 Baht. It's a very helpful idea to bring some with you if you can get it. If not, there are heaps of ATM's in the airport and on almost every street corner in Bangkok.
General day to day living in Thailand can be very cheap with meals costing as little as 35 Baht, a beer for 90 Baht, bottled water for 5 Baht and upwards. The further you are from Bangkok, the cheaper day to day living costs. It's highly likely that you can live on as little as $10-$15 per day but if you like to shop or party then you need to budget accordingly.
As we're not medical professionals we're not permitted to give medical advice. However, most travel clinics suggest having the following vaccinations; Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, Polio and Typhoid.
There is no malaria in either Bangkok or Chiang Mai but if you're travelling before or after joining us you may want to check if any of the areas you plan to visit suffer with malaria. Please note there is rabies in Thailand.
Please do seek medical advice from your GP or local medical travel advice clinic for absolutely up to date information.
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).
Throughout your project you will be accompanied by an experienced team of coordinators. They are there to help you understand the Thai culture and customs, to help you with arrangements, answer any questions that you may have and to ensure that you enjoy your time to its fullest. If at any time you feel unsafe, either in general or on your placement, we expressly urge you to speak to your coordinators immediately. In almost all cases whatever the issue is can be resolved quickly and with minimum effect to your placement.
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