2019 Thailand 18 Day Elephant Conservation Expedition
Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2019 Thailand 18 Day Elephant Conservation Expedition! We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting program so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page, is meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead.
Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we can't wait to start our enriching adventure!
|Travel Dates:|| July 10, 2019 -
July 27, 2019|
Deadline to Enroll: March 15
|Program Tuition:|| $4,990 - or - $4,741 with discount if paid in full|
Airfare not included in program tuition
Our admissions team makes the payment process simple, offering multiple payment options and easy monthly payment plans.
Program Tuition: $4,990
Pay in Full
Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a 5% discount off your program tuition! Your program tuition with this discount would be:
Thailand Conservation Expedition
There is a reason that Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. It’s impressive geography ranges from forested mountains and thick jungles, to white sand beaches with towering limestone cliffs, to bright green rice paddies that extend for miles. Thailand has become increasingly more modern, as you’ll see during your visits in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, yet the Thais also pride themselves on maintaining their traditional culture, values, and lifestyle. Come discover for yourself what makes Thailand so unique and experience first-hand what this enchanting country is all about.
Conservation Expeditions invite students to participate in scientific research projects, learn about diverse ecosystems, and lend a hand in community-based biodiversity conservation efforts.
Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.
Volunteer at Bring The Elephant Home
Volunteer at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center
Visit the Mae Chaem Elephant Sanctuary (Burm and Emily)
Stay on a houseboat in Sai Yok National Park
Stroll through a Bangkok flower market
Explore Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok
Explore the Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary
Explore the Grand Palace of Bangkok
Explore the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary
We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible.
|1||July 10||USA - Thailand||Fly from USA to Bangkok, Thailand.||Airplane|
|2||July 11||Chiang Mai||Sawatdee ka! Welcome to Thailand! We'll arrive in Bangkok for a connecting flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, we'll rest after our long day of travel and hold an orientation meeting and cultural introduction.||Payap Dormitories|
|3||July 12||Chiang Mai||We will wake up bright and early to enjoy breakfast at a traditional market. Afterwards we'll head outside of the city to the Thai Elephant Conservation Center and the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation, where we'll learn about medical care and conservation efforts for elephants.||Payap Dormitories|
|4||July 13||Chiang Mai||Today the students will break from their normal "elephant activites" and learn the art of Thai cuisine. After a delicious Thai cooking class, you will get to experience a traditional northern Thai meal and performance.||Payap Dormitories|
|5||July 14||Mae Cham||The group will be picked up early from the dorms and will head to an elephant sanctuary in Mae Cham. We will stop off at a few beautiful waterfalls along the way. Upon arrival we will meet rescued elephants, cats and dogs!||Homestay|
|6||July 15||Mae Cham||Today the students will get to experience being a mahout for the day. We will walk with the elephants through the forest, prepare their treats, and help bathe them in the evening.||Homestay|
|7||July 16||Mae Cham - Chiang Mai||We'll spend the morning saying goodbye to our new friends before heading back into Chiang Mai.||Payap Dormitories|
|8||July 17||Bangkok||We'll take an early flight to Bangkok and spend the day exploring the capital with a longtail boat ride through the small canals of Chao Phraya River. We'll visit the Grand Palace and the famous religious temples of Wat Pho and Wat Arun.||Bangkok Guesthouse|
|9||July 18||Kanchanaburi||Today we'll travel to Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary. We will be stopping off along the way at some important historical sites in Kanchanaburi. You'll meet your homestay family and learn about elephant conservation and what the community is doing to help.||Homestay|
|10||July 19||Kanchanaburi||We will work in the tree nursery, visit a local school, and help the park rangers build a check dam.||Homestay|
|11||July 20||Kanchanaburi - Sai Yok National Park||Today we'll team up with local community members and students in a tree planting event to help sustain local farmers and provide a larger habitat for the wild elephants.||Homestay|
|12||July 21||Kanchanaburi||After an early morning boat cruise, we will make our way to an elephant sanctuary close by. We will meet the elephant herd, feed them delicious treats, and bathe with them in the river. In the late afternoon, we'll head to Sai Yok National Park, where we'll swim in the river, bathe in a waterfall and sleep in a houseboat underneath the stars.||House boat|
|13||July 22||Kui Buri National Park||We will wake up bright and early and head to Kui Buri National Park. Once we arrive, we'll go on a tour of the park and have our first opportunity to see elephants in the wild!||Kui Buri Resort|
|14||July 23||Kui Buri National Park||After an early morning safari tour, we'll begin our service project, working alongside park rangers to help construct check dams and watering holes. In the late afternoon, we'll take a tour of the surrounding farm plantations and relax at our guesthouse.||Kui Buri Resort|
|15||July 24||Koh Talu||Today the students will break from their normal "elephant activites" and learn the art of Thai cuisine. After a delicious Thai cooking class, we will head south to Koh Talu and spend our last few nights learning about marine biology conservation efforts.||Talu Island Resort|
|16||July 25||Koh Talu||Snorkel and kayak, take part in coral and sea turtle conservation, and go squid fishing!||Talu Island Resort|
|17||July 26||Bangkok||On our last full day in Thailand, spend the afternoon relaxing on the island before we make our way back to Bangkok. If we have time, we'll visit one of Bangkok's famous malls, see a Thai movie, buy any last minute souvenirs, and have our last meal together!||Bangkok Guesthouse|
|18||July 27||Bangkok - USA||Say your goodbyes to Thailand, we're off to the U.S!||Your bed!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our travelers, teachers, staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors, we follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.
Payap Dormitories offer a home-like environment for travelers. These dormitories give students the opportunity to meet other travelers from around the world and exchange experiences.
Bangkok Guesthouse is centrally located as it’s walking distance from Bangkok’s Skytrain, market places, restaurants and other street food vendors. Bangkok Guesthouse can accommodate 2-3 students per room. Some of the amenities include private bathrooms, air conditioning and hot water.
Talu Island Resort
Talu Island Resort is a 3-star establishment that prioritizes ecotourism and the cleanliness of the island. This resort hosts a variety of activities and experiences such as Coral Conservation and Sea Turtle Conversation Activities.
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In order to give our travelers the flexibility for choosing the best itinerary and payment (cash vs mileage, vs rewards) for their particular situation, we do not include airfare in our program tuitions. Please visit this link for more details.
Program Tuition Excludes: Airfare to destination country, Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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