This adventure with World Animal Protection in Thailand begins at Khao Yai National Park where you enjoy a range of activities such visiting waterfalls, trekking in the jungle and taking safari drives to try to spot some of indigenous species such as gibbons, deer, macaques and elephants. Next you travel to Chiang Rai where you spend time observing and learning about the elephants at Elephant Valley Sanctuary. There is also an opportunity to assist with tasks such as maintenance of the grounds, cleaning, feeding and food preparation depending on the sanctuary's greatest need.
Day 1 (Saturday 9th November): London - Bangkok
Depart London on an overnight flight to Bangkok.
Day 2 (Sunday 10th 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.
Day 3 (Monday 11th November): Bangkok - Khao Yai National Park
After breakfast we depart the city for the peaceful 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.
Days 4-5 (Tuesday 12th - Wednesday 13th November): Khao Yai National Park
From our base, we have the chance to take part in a variety of activities including jungle hikes, a visit to wildlife hide, a safari drive, a visit to waterfall or a night drive. During our time at the national park there is a high chance of spotting animals such as gibbons, macaques and elephants, as well as a spectacular variety of bird and insect life (please note wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed).
Day 6 (Thursday 14th November): Khao Yai National Park - Bangkok - Chiang Mai
After a jungle trek this morning we return to Bangkok (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 7 (Friday 15th 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 two 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.
Day 8 (Saturday 16th November): Chiang Rai
Today is another full day at Elephant Valley. There will be opportunities to help feed the elephants and possibly help out with other tasks, such as planting or harvesting their food, clearing the ground, or some light construction projects, depending on the need at the time.
Day 9 (Sunday 17th 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 18th 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 19th 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
- Personal kit and equipment
- Thai visa (if required)
9th - 19th November 2019
Registration Fee: £350
This trip is graded as Moderate