The Voluntour is a fantastic way to travel the real Thailand and at the same time give something back to the local communities.
Spending time in Surin is an incredible opportunity to learn more about Thailand’s iconic elephants and just how important they are to the people of this country.
After an action packed elephant experience, what better way to finish than visiting Koh Phangan, a mecca for all backpackers.
Day 1 – Arrival day. Meet your fellow travellers and our dedicated team, enjoy the sights and sounds of Bangkok
Day 2 – Orientation and Bangkok Tour. A great day sightseeing and then spend an evening on the famous Khao San Road
Day 3 – Transfer to Surin. You and your group will take the train to Surin. Taking around 8 hours it is an experience in itself. Sit back in the air conditioning and enjoy the journey. Be sure to take plenty of photos as you watch the Thai countryside go by.
Day 4 – 7 – The Elephant Experience begins. You will be picked up at a designated meeting point each morning and driven to the project. A member of the team will help you settle in and get started. Your average day would run from around 8am to 3pm. On your last day in the Elephant Village you will be transferred back to Surin main town for one night in the volunteer housing, ready for your transfer to Bangkok on Day 8.
Day 8 – Travel back to Bangkok. You will be travelling independently but don’t worry the team will have prepared everything for you. You will be taken to the train station, given your train tickets and your hotel booking and taxi money to get to your accommodation.
Day 9 – Transfer to Koh Phangan. After a day free to explore Bangkok, check in at the Lomprayah coach desk one hour before your departure time for your overnight coach to Koh Phangan. Our team will have already explained where the Lomprayah check in desk is at the original welcome and orientation.
*This hour gives you enough time to collect your bus and ferry stickers and tickets, and drop your bags off if you want to grab some snacks for the journey.
Day 10 -13 - Koh Phangan. An early morning arrival on the island, where resort staff will meet you at the pier to drive you to the resort. Enjoy the fun filled beaches of Koh Phangan. Relax, party and immerse yourself in island life.
Day 14 – Transfer to Bangkok. In the morning, the resort staff will take you to the pier for your return journey to Bangkok. On arrival in Bangkok check into your accommodation for a final evening on Khao San Road.
Day 15 – End. A final breakfast, and on to your next adventure.
At the elephant village you help the host family to look after the elephants, and learn how elephants have been part of the fabric of life in this part of the world for generations. As you will be living so close to the Elephants, there will be plenty of opportunity to feed and interact with them. General day-to-day activities include:
- Walking and bathing the elephants at the river
- Planting and harvesting food for the elephants
- Learning to cook Thai food by helping to prepare dinner each evening
- Kayaking and swimming in the river
- Visiting the local market