Bangkok, Beaches & Elephants

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Trip code: BKBE

Duration: 15 days

Volunteer with elephants in Surin
Explore Thailand's best islands
Party in Bangkok with your group

They say that elephants never forget, and you certainly won’t be forgetting this amazing 15 day group experience in a hurry! Get up close with these majestic animals in an authentic Thai ‘elephant village’, feeding, bathing and trekking with them. There’s plenty in this trip for beach, city and party lovers too, with neon-soaked nights in Bangkok,tropical beaches and some of the best nightlife in the world.

Trip highlights

  • Spend three nights living in an authentic Thai elephant village with the locals
  • Feed, bathe and care for the elephants
  • Explore the best of Bangkok, and its epic nightlife
  • Soak up the sun on golden island beaches
  • Go wild at one of Thailand’s famous beach parties
Further trip information

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok: Your adventure starts here! Arrive in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport, where you will be met and taken to your guest house in the legendary Khao San Road area. Launch yourself into the steamy chaos of this fascinating city, before meeting up with the rest of your group for a curry and a few Singha beers. 

Day 2: Bangkok Tour: See the highlights of Bangkok with a guided tour. You’ll visit temples, Buddhas and palaces, as well as getting to grips with the rich street life of the city, with street food vendors and tuk-tuks on every corner. Later you’ll take a long-boat down the river and see a floating market, before heading out into the neon lights of Khao San Road with your new friends. 

Day 3: Travel to Surin: Leave Bangkok early by train. On arrival in Surin, transfer to your guest house before heading out with your group for dinner and drinks. The accommodation is in a lively location with plenty of food stalls and restaurants around, so you’re sure to find something tasty!

Days 4-6: Elephant Village Volunteer Project: Take the short bus ride to the elephant village. The village is in a beautiful rural location, far from the tourist trail. For the next 4 days and 3 nights you’ll be living here like a local and getting up close with the elephants! You’ll be feeding them, trekking with them, and walking them through the jungle to help bathe them in the river –a truly magical experience. 

As well as spending time with these magnificent beasts, you’ll have a properly authentic cultural experience, as you’ll be staying in the community as guests of the village elder. You’ll help the villagers with the crops that are used for the elephants’ food, get involved with cooking some simple Thai dishes and even make paper from elephant dung!

Day 7: Return to Surin: After another unforgettable day at the village, it’s time to say farewell to the elephants and go back to Surin. You might stop on the way at a market and try the local delicacy – fried insects!

Day 8: Back to Bangkok: Transfer back to Bangkok by train. Dump your bag at your accommodation before experiencing some more of the gritty charm of the Bangkok streets. Grab some street stall pad thai before unleashing your inner party animal in one of the many late-nightbars and clubs on Khao San Road.

Day 9: More Bangkok fun & Island Transfer: Plenty of free time today to explore Bangkok. Get a Thai massage, go shopping, or people-watch from one of the street-side cafes and bars. In the evening, hop on the overnight coach down to Koh Phangan (changing to Koh Tao in 2020).

Days 10: Arrive on the islands. Arrive in Koh Phangan in the morning, where you will be met and taken to your beachside hotel.  Cool off in the hotel pool or take a stroll on the sandy beach. The accommodation is close to all the action, so it’s easy to head out later for a taste of some of Ko Phangan’s famously hedonistic nightlife.

Days 11-13: Island Beaches. The next three days are all about finding your bliss. There’s something for everyone here–from yoga classes and beach massage to paddle-boarding and diving, with a famously epic party scene once the sun goes down. 

Day 14: Last stop Bangkok. Check out early and transfer back to Bangkok. Arrive in the evening for one last crazy night on Khao San Road.

Day 15: Trip End. Your amazing Thai adventure ends here. Say goodbye, swap contact details and either head home, with your mind and camera full of memories, or continue your travels.

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