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Thailand – The Baby Elephant Experience

Take a step back in time to a small Thai village where local communities care for majestic elephants. Work with elephants and their caretakers, meet distant hill tribe communities, explore bustling markets & zip-line through the lush jungle landscape.


Our Purpose

Like many creatures, elephants are under threat from a variety of forces, including deforestation. This inspired a Thai family to come together and create a place where elephants can thrive in their natural habitat. Tucked in the lush green mountains of Northern Thailand lies this village.

Support the elephants of Northern Thailand through volunteering at this elephant nursery for rescued elephants. To achieve our purpose, learn from expert mahouts, or caretakers, as you walk, feed, and bathe the elephants, as well as collect grass for their meals and shovel dung to help clean enclosures.


What You'll Do

The first days will be spent exploring the cultural epicenter of Chiang Mai before traveling to a village where mahouts, elephant trainers, dedicate themselves to raising elephants and conserving their habitat. Work alongside the mahouts and learn exactly what it takes to care for an elephant. From morning walks through the forest to bathing elephants in a nearby river, you’ll directly contribute to the well-being of these amazing creatures.

You’ll also visit a hospital for sick and injured elephants to see how these majestic creatures are rehabilitated. Then see how another social enterprise is creating decorated elephant statues and placing them around the world to raise awareness of elephant conservation.


What You'll See

Spend your days alongside the friendly village elephants and the local community. Engage with the cultural blend of traditional and modern and enjoy the slow pace of village life.

You’ll also venture into Thailand’s authentic street markets in Chiang Mai, zip-line through the jungle, explore shimmering temples and raft down the Mae Taeng River. Travel into the mountains to a long-neck Karin village. Learn about their ancient traditions, meet with village elders and discover a community lost in time.

 

 

 

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Optional Post-Trip Extension

For those who want to extend their journey, we offer two post-trip extensions to Bangkok or Phuket & Koh Phi Phi Island (please contact us after booking if you are interested in both!). On the Bangkok extension, experience exuberance and energy like never before. We dig deep into the local culture, getting to know the people and history. Enjoy an evening cruise up the Chao Phraya River and dine whilst gazing upon the Wat Arun temple. Whizz through the city on an iconic tuk-tuk, visit family-run workshops, and take to the water to experience the hubbub of the Damnoen Sadauk Floating Market. A boutique four-star hotel in the city center is the perfect oasis of tranquility in the midst of the hustle and bustle. Learn more about this 3 Day/2 Night extension here. On the Phuket & Koh Phi Phi Island extension,

join us on a tropical adventure, taking in turquoise seas and cultural treasures. The beachside city of Phuket will tickle all the senses, with markets, mouth-watering local cuisine and a fascinating historic quarter. Embark on a memorable boat trip to the island paradise of Koh Phi Phi. Lounge by the pool in your 4.5-star hotel, take in a local performance, dig your toes into the sand or delve beneath the seas on a snorkeling or scuba diving adventure. Learn more about this 4 Day/3 Night extension here.

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Where You'll Stay

Over the course of the journey across Northern Thailand, you’ll stay in two locations. The first five nights will be spent in a delightful boutique hotel centrally located in the quaint Old City of Chiang Mai. Relax by the hotel’s tropical pool or take the short walk into town to explore the markets and small shops that line the streets. Head into the hills surrounding Chiang Mai to the elephant sanctuary for the next three nights. Spend the evenings in a basic lodge at the sanctuary and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Descend back into the city for the last night at the same  boutique hotel we started at.

Sharon U.

Chicago, IL

Traveler's Journal

“Elephants have always had a special place in my heart, and being able to interact with them and learn about them firsthand was a dream come true. I was extremely careful to find the right sanctuary to work with that was treating the animals right, and I found that here in Northern Thailand. As a solo traveler who met a great group of people on the trip, I would highly recommend!”

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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10 days / 9 nights

Program Cost: $2,495 Adult* / $2,295 Child*

These are our 2018 prices. Book now to lock them in before our annual price increase.

2018 Dates

Nov 18-27, 2018

Dec 23, 2018-Jan 1, 2019 (limited space!)

2019 Dates

Feb 10-19, 2019

March 3-12, 2019

March 17-26, 2019

April 14-23, 2019

May 5-14, 2019

June 16-25, 2019

July 7-16, 2019

July 28-August 6, 2019

August 25-September 3, 2019

October 6-15, 2019

December 26-January 4, 2020

2020 Dates

January 5-14, 2020

February 2-11, 2020

March 22-31, 2020

April 12-21, 2020

 

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
  • Single Room Supplement = $450
See What's Included
  • All activities: zip lining through the jungle, rafting down a river, visit to a Karen Hilltribe village, guided tours and more.
  • All meals included: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
  • 6 nights lodging at a hotel in Chiang Mai
  • 3 nights lodging at the Thai elephant home
  • Volunteer project at the elephant conservancy for approximately 16 volunteer hours
  • Bilingual guides
  • Airport transfers from Chiang Mai airport and all ground transportation
  • Note: There is a min age of 6 and max age of 60 for ziplining & min age of 12 and max age of 60 for rafting. Alternative activities will be arranged for those outside of these age constraints.

What's Included?

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and most meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • All activities: zip lining through the jungle, rafting down a river, visit to a Karen Hilltribe village, guided tours and more.
  • All meals included: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
  • 6 nights lodging at a hotel in Chiang Mai
  • 3 nights lodging at the Thai elephant home
  • Volunteer project at the elephant conservancy for approximately 16 volunteer hours
  • Bilingual guides
  • Airport transfers from Chiang Mai airport and all ground transportation
  • Note: There is a min age of 6 and max age of 60 for ziplining & min age of 12 and max age of 60 for rafting. Alternative activities will be arranged for those outside of these age constraints.

What’s Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tipping Guidelines: Monetary tips are not customary in Thailand, but feel free to bring something nice along as a gift for your guide and driver. Also note that we do include tips for restaurants, local guides, hotels and porters.

Alumni & Family Discounts

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

Extend your trip with our 4 Day / 3 Night extension to Phuket & Koh Phi Phi Island or our 3 Day / 2 Night extension to Bangkok. Want to add both extensions on to your trip? Contact us and we would be happy to accommodate.

For additional trips to Thailand, check out Thailand: Elephants & Islands Expedition or Thailand: Cultural Kaleidoscope.


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