2023 Colorado Springs Thailand Elephant Expedition

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2023 Thailand 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 Pre-Enrollment page is meant to share exciting details, highlights and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling.  Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page, will prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. We hope you are excited for all the amazing things Thailand has to offer!!
Travel Dates: May 31, 2023 - June 12, 2023
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Program Tuition: $2,790 USD
Deadline(s): As of 4/10, new enrollments will pay live cost of airfare. All group seats at $1779 are accounted for.

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There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan.  Follow whichever works best for your family. If we are within 90 days of travel, only the pay in full option is possible.

Program Tuition: $2,790

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Thailand Conservation Expedition

With world class rood, stunning natural beauty and friendly people, it’s apparent why Thailand is one of the most renowned destinations in all of Asia. It’s impressive geography ranges from thickly forested mountains to towering limestone pinnacles and from white sand beaches to bountiful rice paddies that extend to the horizon.  While Thailand has become increasingly modern, many Thais pride themselves on maintaining their traditional culture, values, and lifestyle.  Discover for yourself what makes Thailand so unique and experience first-hand all this enchanting country has to teach you!

Conservation Expeditions

Conservation Expeditions

Conservation Expeditions bring travelers to the heart of the modern-day conservation movement. Whether building nurseries for sea turtle hatchlings in Costa Rica, snorkeling alongside sea lions in the Galapagos or teaching local school children in Thailand about the importance of wild elephants to their ecosystem, these trips make the wonders of our world, and our responsibility to protect them, abundantly apparent.

Program Highlights

Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Eat AMAZING Thai food!!

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

Volunteer at an elephant sanctuary

Stay on a houseboat in Sai Yok National Park

Explore Bangkok, one of the world's great cities

Visit the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary

The Itinerary

We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers and given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

May 31USA - Bangkok, ThailandFly from USA to Bangkok, ThailandAirplane
June 1USA - Bangkok, ThailandIn transit, continue flying to Bangkok, ThailandAirplane
June 2BangkokSawatdee! Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand! After our long day of travel, we will check in and rest for a bit at our guesthouse. In the evening, we will have welcome dinner and explore the neighborhood around our guesthouse, soaking up the new sights, smells, and sounds!56 Surawong Hotel
June 3BangkokWe will have an orientation meeting and brief Thai culture introduction in the morning. In the afternoon, we will explore the busy and bustling capital city with a longtail boat ride through the small canals of Chao Phraya River, visit the famous religious temples Wat Pho and Wat Arun.56 Surawong Hotel
June 4Bangkok - SalakpraToday we will head to Kanchanaburi Province. We will partner with the local community and the organization 'Our Land' to learn about wild elephant conservation, the farmer/elephant conflict in the area, what action is being done to help, and how we can contribute! Before heading to Our Land's conservation center, we will learn about river and jungle ecology in during our hike of the area. OWL HOUSE Community Cabins
June 5SalakpraAfter a traditional Thai breakfast prepared by our hosts, we will start our training session on Human Elephant Conflict and begin helping village leaders and local community build a check dam in the wildlife sanctuary that allows water resources to be available for humans and elephants. Later, we will visit a local school before heading back to our lodge. OWL HOUSE Community Cabins
June 6Salakpra - Sai YokTeam up with local community members to work at the tree nursery as part of a project meant to help sustain both local farmers as well as provide a larger habitat for wild elephants. In the late afternoon, we will head to Sai Yok National Park, where we will spend the night camped on a houseboat, swimming in the river and sleeping underneath the stars.Sai Yok House Boat
June 7Sai Yok - KanchanaburiAfter our relaxing breakfast on the river, we will make our way to 'Elephant Heaven', a nearby elephant sanctuary where we'll spend the day learning more about the conservation movement and helping with the daily activities of the sanctuary and interact with elephants. In the afternoon, we will make a visit to the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum to learn about story of the Thailand to Burma Railway built in 1942/43, largely by Prisoners of War of the Imperial Japanese Army.Pavillion Rim Khwae Resort
June 8Kanchanaburi - Kui BuriToday we will participate in BTEH's Coexistence Walk to learn how the local community of farmers coexist with the local population of elephants sharing resources and finding alternative sources of income other than do not depend on crops that the elephants feed from, such as pineapples, mangos and durian. We will finish this walk with a workshop on how to make soap and candles, products that the farmers are encourage to make as part the Tom Yum Project that looks teach farmers to rely on crops that are not affected by the elephants and avoid conflict between theses groups. Baan Rai Kong Mun
June 9Kui BuriAfter breakfast we will begin our service project. Today we will continue working in BTEH's tree nursery and learn about alternative crops such as lemongrass and chili. After lunch we will learn how the local community makes natural dyes, pineapple leaf paper and beeswax as an alternative to agriculture. We will end the day swimming at the reservoir and a cooking class with our friends from the Tom Yum project where we will prepare our own dinner. Baan Rai Kong Mun
June 10Kui Buri - BangkokToday we will head back to the city but before we will get the chance to enjoy nature one last time. We will wake up early to catch breakfast at a viewing spot and on the way back we will do some birdwatching. We will then pack out bags and start the drive back to Bangkok in time for a celebratory dinner ahead of our international flight the next day.56 Surawong Hotel
June 11Bangkok - USAToday we'll spend some time exploring some city markets for last-minute souvenir shopping before heading to the airport for our flight. Say your goodbyes to Thailand, we're off to the U.S!Airplane
June 12USAArrive homeYour own bed


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.  We vet and inspect the accommodations to ensure they uphold the ethos of our programs, are great values for our travelers and nice places to rest after enriching days of travel.  

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
56 Surawong Hotel

56 Surawong Hotel is centrally located as it’s walking distance from Bangkok’s Skytrain, market places, restaurants and other street food vendors. 56 Surawong Hotel can accommodate 2-3 students  per room and everyone will have their own bed. Some of the amenities include private bathrooms, air conditioning and hot water.


OWL HOUSE Community Cabins

This community lodge is owned by Mrs. La-or, community leader of the Chongsadao, one of the host communities in the Kanchanaburi Province in Western Thailand. It’s simple and colorful cabins can fit 3 or 4 people each and are surrounded by nature and are only a short walk from a river where the group can freshen up after the service activities. Students will be able to engage with the host family that runs this community lodge. Students will be divided by gender.

Pavillion River Kwai Resort

Pavillion River Kwai Resort is located in Kanchanaburi, a 10-minute drive from the famous River Kwai Bridge. Its air conditioned rooms have private bathrooms with hot showers and cable TV. The hotel offers an outdoor pool with hot tub, free Wi-Fi throughout the property and free parking on site. Students will be distributed according to gender.

Sai Yok House Boat

The entire group will spend one night on their own private house boat in the Sai Yok National Park, a truly unique and Thai experience! Accommodations will be rustic and simple, but comfortable and unforgettable! A sleeping pad, pillow and light blankets will be provided. After floating down the river, the boat docks during the night. The boat also comes with a private bathroom. Life jackets are provided.

Baan Rai Kong Mun – Kui Buri

Baan Rai Kong Mun is a comfortable lodge located near Kui Buri National Park surrounded by nature and wildlife. This hotel offers air conditioned rooms with private bathrooms, TV and a mini fridge.

Safety and Support


This being my first experience with an international trip for my child I have nothing to compare it to. However I feel Walking Tree did an excellent job from conception to completion with informing me on costs, what to expect, safety concerns, and sharing the experience through their blog. While I was worried about how safe my child would be on a trip… on the other side of the world, she told me that she felt safer than school safe.

Parent of Brigid, traveler on Japan Cultural Journey

Your Adventure Includes

Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on the itinerary.

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