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
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Program Tuition: $4,990 - or - $4,741 with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $1,200

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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:

$4,740.50

Payment Plan

Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment, then we set up an automatic monthly payment plan. If you apply today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:

$948.59

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed by the Admissions Director upon enrollment.

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

Conservation Expeditions

Conservation Expeditions invite students to participate in scientific research projects, learn about diverse ecosystems, and lend a hand in community-based biodiversity conservation efforts.

Program Highlights


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 Silver Wat Temple of Chiang Mai

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

The Itinerary


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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
1USA - ThailandFly from USA to Bangkok, Thailand.Airplane
2Chiang MaiSawatdee 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
3Chiang MaiWe 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
4Chiang MaiToday 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
5Mae ChamThe 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
6Mae ChamToday 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
7Mae Cham - Chiang MaiWe'll spend the morning saying goodbye to our new friends before heading back into Chiang Mai.Payap Dormitories
8BangkokWe'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
9KanchanaburiToday 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
10KanchanaburiWe will work in the tree nursery, visit a local school, and help the park rangers build a check dam.Homestay
11Kanchanaburi - Sai Yok National ParkToday 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
12KanchanaburiAfter 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
13Kui Buri National ParkWe 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
14Kui Buri National ParkAfter 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
15Koh TaluToday 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.Talu Island Resort
16Koh TaluSnorkel and kayak, take part in coral and sea turtle conservation, and go squid fishing!Talu Island Resort
17BangkokOn 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
18Bangkok - USASay your goodbyes to Thailand, we're off to the U.S!Your bed!

Accommodations


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.

Travelers will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their Walking Tree group. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from other students. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

 

Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.
Payap Dormitories

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

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.

 

 

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
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24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

Communication was excellent! We had absolutely all the info we needed from the moment we signed up. LOVED the blog with photos. The prep and follow up activities on culture shock, re-entry, etc. were fantastic!!! Thank you!!!

Erika
Parent of John, traveler on Peru Service Adventure

Your Adventure Includes

Group Airfare Not Included

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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Our travelers are provided with fundraising opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling bird-friendly, fair trade coffee from our host countries. There is no limit to the amount you can raise, so get started now by selling coffee or referring your friends to earn credit toward your program!

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