- Volunteer with rescued elephants at the Thai Elephant Nursery. You’ll spend several days caring for rescued elephants alongside expert mahouts. You’ll immerse yourself in the life of a mahout, rising early to walk and bathe the elephants, collecting grass for their meals and feeding them. As you work, you’ll learn about these beautiful, intelligent creatures, and gain a deeper respect and appreciation for their relationship with humans.
- Visit the Lampang Government Elephant Conservation Center, home to white elephants which once belonged to the late Thai king. White elephants have special significance in Thai culture and law dictates that all of them must be gifted to the king. The center is home to an elephant hospital and mobile clinics, providing care for elephants across Thailand which otherwise would not receive medical attention.
- Delve into the ancient history and culture of Chiang Mai through a walking tour. Explore beautiful monasteries, historic Buddhist temples and bustling street markets where you will savor Thai cuisine.
- Venture into the beautiful countryside of Northern Thailand, experiencing the jungle in an unforgettable way as we zip-line and raft through the trees.
- Explore Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a magnificent Buddhist temple and monastery dating back to the 1300s – although judging by its gleaming golden stupas, it could have been built yesterday. Legend has it that the site for the temple was chosen when a white elephant carried a relic here, believed to be one of the Buddha’s shoulder bones.
Please see a detailed itinerary below:
- Day 1. Arrive and meet your group. Arriving in Thailand, you’ll be met at the airport by our representative and taken to the hotel, where you’ll meet our group for the trip. We’ll enjoy a local dinner and outline the plans for the next ten days as we get to know each other.
- Day 2. Take a walking tour of Chiang Mai and visit the Elephant Parade House. Visit local temples, try new food at an outdoor market and take in the sights and sounds of this northern Thai city. After lunch, we’ll pay a visit to the Elephant Parade House, which is creating a global movement through painted baby elephant statues. The life-size statues are exhibited in international cities and raise awareness about elephant conservation.
- Day 3. Visit the Lampang Government Elephant Conservation Center. Tour the Lampang Government Elephant Conservation Center, which cares for more than 50 Asian elephants and houses six of the late Thai king’s ten “white” elephants. We’ll interact with the elephants and learn how they are being cared for. After lunch we’ll visit the center’s elephant hospital, that treats sick and injured elephants and operates a free mobile clinic.
- Day 4. Head into the countryside and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Heading into the green hills around Chiang Mai we’ll visit an ornate Buddhist temple which offers breathtaking views. Next we’ll explore the lush botanical gardens of Doi Pui and visit a local market, getting a sense of the traditions of the Hmong, the ethnic hill tribe community that inhabits the area.
- Day 5. Zip-Line through the Hills of Northern Thailand or visit a traditional market. Enjoy a relaxing morning before setting out on a day full of adventure. Zip-line through pristine rainforest for a new perspective on Northern Thailand’s beauty. For those who prefer, experience a market full of interesting and different shopping.
- Day 6. Live the life of a mahout at the elephant nursery. Over the next two days, we’ll experience the life of a mahout, rising early to feed and bathe the elephants, compost their poop and collecting grass for their food. Set in its own valley about 1.5 hours from the city, drive through stunning mountain landscapes to reach the Thai Elephant Nursery, a place where elephants often roam free and forage in the nearby forests. Throughout the day, spend your time walking with the elephants through the mountains, bathing them, and feeding them.
- Day 7. Continue to care for the elephants. Start your day with an early morning walk with the elephants, helping to feed and bathe them. You will also harvest food for the elephants, learn about sustainable agriculture, compost with elephant poop and making herbal medicine balls to feed to the elephants that need it.
- Day 8. Spend a final day caring for the elephants.After morning walking, we’ll continue to collect grass for food and feed the elephants before we say goodbye. Arriving back in Chiang Mai, have a relaxing night before dinner together.
- Day 9. Experience a white-water rafting or bamboo rafting adventure. White-water raft through the jungle along the Mae Taeng River with grade 3 and 4 rapids. If you’re looking for something more relaxing but just as beautiful, experience a unique bamboo raft through the jungle or opt for a karen hilltribe hike. By night, enjoy an evening candlelit river cruise for a farewell dinner
- Day 10. Today sees the end of your Thai adventure and we’ll return you to the airport for your flight home.
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