The Challenge

This adventure with World Animal Protection in Thailand begins at Khao Yai National Park where you will go in search of hidden waterfalls and indigenous species such as gibbons, deer, macaques and elephants, you will take safari drives to travel to more remote areas of the rainforest and spend some time at wildlife hides to see what elusive creatures come by.
Next you travel to Chiang Rai where you spend time at Elephant Valley Sanctuary assisting with tasks such as maintenance of the grounds, cleaning and food preparation depending on the sanctuary's greatest need. You will also spend time observing and learning about the elephants and learning about the conservation work that goes on in Thailand.


Day 1 (Saturday 7 November): London - Bangkok
Depart London on an overnight flight to Bangkok.

Day 2 (Sunday 8 November): Bangkok
Upon arrival in Bangkok we will transfer to a central hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening. Depending on flight times there may be some time to explore this bustling and exciting city.

Days 3-4 (Monday 9 - Tuesday 10 November): Bangkok - Khao Yai National Park
After breakfast we depart the city for Khao Yai National Park (approx. 3 hours' drive) and check into our hotel. This afternoon we have a briefing on the activities we'll be taking part in over the next few days such as taking part in a jungle trek in search of hidden waterfalls and local wildlife, safari drives, a visit to a wildlife hide and more! During our time at the national park there is a good chance of spotting animals such as gibbons, macaques and wild elephants, as well as a spectacular variety of bird and insect life (please note wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed).

Day 5 (Wednesday 11 November): Khao Yai National Park - Ayutthaya - Chiang Mai
After another jungle activity this morning we head to Ayutthaya (approx. 3 hours' drive) and take the overnight train to Chiang Mai. We'll take a packed dinner to eat on-board and will enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned sleeper cabin.

Day 6 (Thursday 12 November): Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai
Upon arrival in Chiang Mai we make a stop for breakfast then start the 3-hour drive north to Chiang Rai and Elephant Valley Sanctuary, our base for the next three days. Over the next couple of days we'll spend time observing the elephants and enjoying the beautiful environment of the sanctuary, whilst learning about each elephant from the expert guides. We'll also learn about the history of the sanctuary and the challenges facing the species.

Days 7-8 (Friday 13 - Saturday 14 November): Chiang Rai
We spend two further days at Elephant Valley. There will be opportunities to help with tasks such as planting or harvesting the elephants' food, clearing the ground, or some light construction projects, depending on the need at the time.

Day 9 (Sunday 15 November): Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai
After a final morning with the elephants we return to Chiang Mai (3 hours' drive), stopping for lunch en-route. This afternoon we check into our hotel and there will some free time in this fascinating town before a farewell dinner to celebrate your achievements this evening.

Day 10 (Monday 16 November): Chiang Mai - London
Depending on flight schedules there may be some free time this morning before transferring to the airport for the flight home (possibly via Bangkok).

Day 11 (Tuesday 17 November): London
This morning we arrive back into London depending on flight schedules.

N.B. This itinerary is complex and details may change due to unusual weather patterns, the needs at the sanctuary and so on. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour manager will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group. Adventure travel is often unpredictable so flexibility and an open mind is recommended.

What is included
  • Return flights from London
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Local transfers and transport in Thailand
  • All accommmodation and meals per itinerary
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Different Travel UK tour manager
  • Conservation fees, permits and entry fees
What is not included
  • Spending money (tips, drinks, souvenirs)
  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal kit and equipment
  • Thai visa (if required)
Trip Dates

7 - 17 November 2020

Tour Price

Fundraising option
Registration Fee: £350
Sponsorship: £3700

Self-funding option
Registration Fee: £350
Self-funded balance: £1850 plus fundraise at least £1000.

Trip Difficulty


This trip is graded as Moderate


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