Thailand - Wildlife Safari | Nature & Wildlife Adventure with Discover Corps

Thailand – Wildlife Safari

Bathe elephants in their natural habitat, lend a hand alongside conservationists at a sea turtle project, and learn from a center dedicated to introducing gibbons back into nature.

When you’re not spending time with wildlife, island hop across the crystal blue waters that make Thailand unforgettable.


Our Purpose

Thailand’s rainforests and mountain slopes are home to a fantastic array of wildlife. Home to the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, huge limestone mountains that shoot up into the air, deep valleys, clear-blue lakes, and ominous caves, it is a place full of excitement and beauty.

From elephants to gibbons to sea turtles, learn directly from local experts about the threats and efforts in place to conserve the wildlife and nature of the region. To achieve our purpose, clean turtle enclosures and prepare meals, clean the moss off of the turtle shells and apply medicine to injured turtles, bathe, feed, and clean elephant enclosures at an elephant sanctuary, and finally learn from conservationists about the protection in place for Thailand’s gibbons at a local rescue center.


What You'll Do

Find yourself deep in the lush rainforest at The Gibbon Rehabilitation Center, and learn about their efforts to introduce Gibbons back into nature before hiking up to a nearby waterfall to swim and soak in breathtaking panoramic views. Spend your afternoons interacting with elephants in their natural habitat (even bathe them in the river!) and help prepare food for sea turtles at The Sea Turtle Conservancy Center (STCC). Spend an afternoon in Phuket with gentle rafting on Kiang Koo Creek. By night, meander through the streets on of Phuket’s Old Town.

Leave the city for island life as you take a speedboat over to crystal clear waters of Koh Yao Yai, Hong Island, James Bond Island, Panak and Lawa Island. Snorkel, swim, learn to make oils with the locals, explore the Diamond Cave, and spot wildlife along the way!


What You'll See

Experience the jungle and the coast of Southern Thailand by visiting ethically-responsible programs working to conserve and protect the wildlife the region is known for, including gibbons, elephants, and sea turtles. When you’re not spending time spotting wildlife, you’ll enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the island’s three main beaches – Kata Noi, Kata (stop to swim!), and Karon – and gaze across the Andaman Sea where the horizon meets the sky. By night, immerse yourself in the spiritual heart of Phuket at the largest temple in the city, the Chalong Temple, and explore the street markets and local Thai street food.

After zipping across the turquoise waters to the islands off the coast of Thailand on a speedboat, discover the secret nature of the Mangrove Cave & Diamond Cave at Panak Island and explore the Mangrove Forest at Lawa Island.

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Itinerary Overview

For those who want to extend their journey, we offer two post-trip extensions to Bangkok or Chiang Mai (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 Chiang Mai extension, experience the beauty of Northern Thailand, from the people to the temples to the rolling hills in the

distance. Experience a city tour to learn about the history of the city, including local temples at sunset where you can join the locals in lighting incense and candles, offerings of good luck and health. Enjoy a dinner on the river before a week of visiting colorful markets, a trip to Wat Chiang Man, a tour of the majestic Wat Chedi Luang, and a Thai cooking class. Travel high into the hills for a day away from the city for sweeping views and a trip to a coffee research project as you explore the White Hmong hilltribe village. Learn more about this 4 Day/3 Night extension here.

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Where You'll Stay

The lodging level of this trip is superior, our second highest level of luxury! The journey will begin along the colorful coast of Phuket at a 4-star hotel across the street from the beach complete with an outdoor pool and spa. Continue North to the jungle-enshrouded mountains of Phang Nga where we’ll stay at another 4-star deluxe resort located right on the beach before returning to Phuket for the last night.

When you’re not working with wildlife or jetting off to new islands, relax with a poolside massage, or explore the tropical beaches and delicious Thai cuisine along the streets at night as you watch Phuket come alive.

Kelly B.

Aurora, IL

Traveler's Journal

“What drew me to this trip was the variety of wildlife interaction while also being given free time to explore. I knew it would be necessary for my children to keep interested, and they absolutely loved it! Gibbons one day and sea turtles the next, I thought it was such a unique way to see Thailand.”

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: $3,795 Adult* / $3,495 Child*

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

2018 Dates

November 18-27, 2018

2019 Dates

January 27-February 5, 2019

March 17-26, 2019

May 26-June 4, 2019

June 23-July 2, 2019

July 14-23, 2019

August 4-13, 2019

September 1-10, 2019

October 6-15, 2019

November 17-26, 2019

2020 Dates

January 26-February 4, 2020

March 15-24, 2020

 

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger at the time of travel sharing a room with an adult
  • Single Room Supplement = $695
  • Although unlikely, prices, dates, and accommodations subject to change with a 60 day notice from Discover Corps
  • All dates are Family Friendly
See What's Included
  • Most meals included: 24 total
  • One soft drink or one local beer with all of the included lunches and dinners
  • 9 nights lodging in two 4-star hotels
  • Expert local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you throughout the trip
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • An active daily itinerary including day trips and an interactive wildlife experience alongside a local elephant sanctuary, sea turtle conservation center, and gibbons rehabilitation center
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage & transportation
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare
  • One lunch and one dinner on your own
  • Tip for driver and guide
  • Laundry, room service charges, drinks or phone calls

What's Included

  • Most meals included: 24 total
  • One soft drink or one local beer with all of the included lunches and dinners
  • 9 nights lodging in two 4-star hotels
  • Expert local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you throughout the trip
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • An active daily itinerary including day trips and an interactive wildlife experience alongside a local elephant sanctuary, sea turtle conservation center, and gibbons rehabilitation center
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage & transportation
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare
  • One lunch and one dinner on your own
  • Tip for driver and guide
  • Laundry, room service charges, drinks or phone calls

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 Chiang Mai or our 3 Day / 2 Night extension to BangkokWant 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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