Elephants & Islands
Elephants & Islands
Elephants & Islands

Elephants & Islands

Regular price £756.00

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.

Itinerary

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.

Day-to-Day Activities

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

We want to do everything we can to ensure you have an enjoyable stay in Thailand. An important part of this means staying safe, so here are some things to be aware of before you travel:

  • Vaccinations – Thailand is very safe indeed, but as with any hot and humid country there are health risks and viruses that we may not be used to back at home. Contracting anything is very rare, but it’s always best to check with experts before you travel to get the latest and most up to date medical advice. Visit your local travel clinic or your local doctor before travelling to check if you do need any vaccinations or medication.
    *We suggest doing this as far in advance as you can, as some courses of vaccinations can take several weeks to complete*
  • Food – Trying the local food is always a fun part of travelling, but it’s common to have the odd upset stomach within the first few days, as your body adjusts to the climate and different foods you may not be used to. Generally, it’s important to keep hydrated, keep your energy levels up and make sure you eat well and enough.
  • Water – Tap water is not safe to drink so please only drink bottled or filtered water. It’s very easy to buy bottled water throughout Thailand and it’s very cheap too.
  • Alcohol – Please drink in moderation. Remember that it’s very easy to become dehydrated, especially in the heat of Thailand, and so your tolerance to alcohol may be lower than normal.
  • Drugs – Extremely strict drug laws for possession or use. The penalties are severe. Drug use of any kind is not tolerated on any of our experiences.
  • Motorbikes – Riding a moped or motorbike is a common way for locals to travel around, and motorbike taxis are commonplace. Renting a motorbike when traveling through Thailand may look fun, but the fact is that it’s incredibly dangerous and Thailand does in fact have one of the highest road traffic accident fatality rates in the world.
    We strongly recommend you avoid using motorbikes at all costs.
  • Crime levels are no different to at home, and so please be as cautious as you would at home. Don’t leave your belongings on show or unaccompanied, and please don’t ‘show off’ your spending money.

 

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