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15- Day Elephants & Islands (Volunteer & Adventure)

Are you looking for an amazing adventure that lets you provide a significant positive impact? Are you short on time but want to spend your time both volunteering and travelling? Then continue reading about this exciting tour of Thailand where you can either care for elephants or teach English to disadvantaged children.

Thailand has long been a popular destination for its rich history and culture, spectacular wildlife and natural scenery as well as pristine tropical beaches. However, many visitors never get a taste of the real Thailand and spend all their time in the tourist hotspots.

The 15- Day Elephants & Islands 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

If you want an incredible experience travelling through Thailand while also immersing yourself in the local culture and leaving a positive footprint, contact IFRE about this 2-week Thailand volunteer tour today!

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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

Program Dates

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

The program fee needs to be paid in GBP to directly to the country coordinator before the project start date.

Program Fee: £679

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »

What’s included?

  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Two night guest house accommodation in Bangkok
  • Guided Bangkok Tour
  • Transfer to Surin
  • Accommodation throughout your trip – a range of guest houses / shared house / elephant village homestay and, if you choose the beach extension, an awesome beach front hotel
  • All activities listed in the itinerary – far too many to list here
  • Full orientation of project and surrounding areas
  • Daily transfers to and from project location
  • Full ongoing support
  • 24 hour emergency support

What Isn’t

  • Your flights
  • Meals – Please allow around $10USD/day
  • Visa to enter Thailand (if required)
  • Visa to enter Cambodia
  • Travel insurance
  • Any additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary

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