The elephant experience is an exciting, fun filled way to get to know the Asian elephant. The elephant is iconic throughout Thailand and you’ll have the chance to learn about them and just how important they are to the people of Thailand.
Spending time in a rural village, you and your fellow travellers will help the local people care for the elephants. It’s a hands on, action packed insight into an authentic Thai lifestyle.
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 last night in the volunteer housing.
Day 8 – Free day. If you are staying with us for more than one week, its time to relax, unwind and explore Surin. Our team will be happy to help you organise activities and let you know the best places to visit in Surin and the surrounding area.
Alternatively, if you are only with us for one week, our team can help you arrange your transfer back to Bangkok, or your next adventure location. Return travel costs are is not included, but our team will help you make arrangements.
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