From monolithic temple protrusions, to the living, breathing, legendary white elephant herds of the royal order, the faded beer vests of Khao San Road travellers, to the somewhat infamous, green and gold labels of ´Chang´, if there is one symbol that reverberates the mystical and multifarious character of this Eastern land more than any other, it is the Thai Elephant. Discover their ways on the Xtreme Elephant Experience and spend one or even two weeks with these magnificent animals!


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Thai Elephant Experience

We´re offering you the chance to really get stuck in; with our week long Thai Elephant Experience package in the beautiful north of Thailand, you´ll be surrounded by trunk and tree from beginning to end, living and working ´at the coalface´ with these undeniably inspiring creatures.

The aim is to relocate elephants that have been injured, that are ill, that were previously abused or illegally owned into a sanctuary where they are well looked after and replicating their natural environment.

If you book the 2 week option, you will have an introduction week first. During the intro week you will learn more about Thailand, get to know other members of the group, and the local surrounding area. Emphasis will be placed on learning about Thai culture, Thai language and even try your hand at some Thai cooking. The perfect start to your Elephant Experience.

If you have only got 1 week, you can join the Elephant week straight away.

Xtreme Elephant Experience Highlights:

  • Live with and look after Elephants
  • Discover one of the most beautiful parts of Thailand
  • Bathe with Elephants
  • Learn from Mahouts and help conservation efforts
  • Get stuck in to the Thai culture
  • Perfect to combine with other programmes in Asia/Thailand
  • Have the experience of your life!

 

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The Elephant Experience

Our elephant experience package aims to give you an encompassing introduction to what life is like working with these animals. We try to make sure you get the broadest possible experience by getting you working, bathing and cuddling with elephants of all ages and genders, always in their natural habitat.

Naturally, the elephants are free to roam the project grounds during the day, when you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities necessary to providing good care, whilst helping to ensure the stability of the elephants´ lives here.

This project takes care of rescued and sick elephants. You will enjoy washing and swimming with the elephants. Also you will be helping to prepare the food and making sure that the elephants are living in a comfortable environment. Moreover, we will take you out to discover Kanchanaburi gorgeous nature.

Boasting some of Thailand’s finest forests, a statement not to be taken lightly, Kanchanaburi is rapidly increasing as a popular tourist destination. Situated 130km east of Bangkok, its central location makes it an ideal location as a stop off point for those travelling through Thailand. Our location is based in a beautiful setting where you can see the elephants enjoying their natural habitat.

The elephant care at our sanctuary is comprehensive, and we like to get participants involved with all aspects of this. From health-care check-ups and veterinary procedures, to washing the elephants on our grounds, or perhaps, simply socialising with these animals, so strangely human in their own way, your responsibilities are wide ranging and aim to give a broad cross-section of elephant care experience.

In addition, with a diet of up to 180kg of vegetation daily, you can see how preparing the elephants´ intake of greens (usually a mixture of locally sourced sugarcane, banana plant or grasses) could represent one of your main daily tasks, while the routine evening ´trek of the elephants´ back to their forest sleeping areas as the pink Thai sun drops behind the distant hill vistas, is something to always look forward to.

You will work directly with experienced native mahouts (elephant carers) who have grown up with these creatures, training them and ensuring their continued survival. Consequently, there are perhaps no people more readily in tune with the elephant mind than native Thai mahouts, and no better people with whom to experience what life with an elephant is like.

 

Day to day schedule elephant week.

Arrival on Saturday all day or Sunday before 3pm. You will be picked up from the airpòrt and stay at our accommodation. If you arrive late on the Saturday we put you up in a hotel near the airport, no extra costs. On the Sunday afternoon we go to the accommodation in Singburi and on the Monday your programme starts. We drive to Elephant project and meet the elephants on Monday Morning.

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Introduction, presentation and rules
  • Lunch
  • Elephant bathing & feeding
  • Welcome Thai ceremony
  • Dinner
  • Thai culture class & Thai elephant documentary

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Elephants sanctuary cleaning and fruit basket preparation
  • Bana grass cutting / Bana grass planting
  • Lunch
  • Elephants’ food preparation
  • Elephant bathing & feeding, bring elephants to the forest
  • Dinner
  • Thai language class & Thai elephant documentary

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Elephants sanctuary cleaning and fruit basket preparation
  • Mud bath cleaning
  • Lunch
  • Mud bath & elephant dung compost making
  • Dinner
  • Thai language class & Thai elephant documentary

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Elephants sanctuary cleaning and fruit basket preparation
  • Bana grass cutting and treatment
  • Lunch
  • Go to the forest
  • Making a bonfire, elephant behavior/observation & cooking dinner
  • Dinner
  • Mahout & participant cultural exchange around bonfire

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Plant preservation by Thai ceremony & Elephant food planting
  • Come back to sanctuary
  • Lunch
  • Grass treatment 7 grass planting
  • Floating in river Kwai
  • Dinner
  • Thai language class & Thai elephant documentary

 

Saturday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Erawan Waterfalls
  • Lunch

Accommodation & Meals

Elephant Experience Accommodation

Accommodation is provided in a spacious, idyllic bamboo bungalow which will be on a maximum of 2 person, single gender basis. Hot showers, bathroom, mosquito nets and a comfortable decking are all provided.

We will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends. Meals are typically Thai and vegetarian-friendly. So expect lots of rice and veggies.

Facilities

Due to the rural nature of this programme, please make sure you have enough money on you before departing to this resort. You should not need much because everything is provided however you might want to buy a drink or two at the bar! The closest atm is 15 KM away.

Sights & Surroundings

During this programme due to the nature of the resort and what it has to offer, most people tend to stay and enjoy their immediate surroundings. For those who want to explore further afield however, there are a number of waterfalls not too far away.

Arrival and Departure

Included is transportation from the airport. We pick you up!

You can easily add on an introduction week too.

Starting on the Sunday, you will be transferred to your new home in Singburi, a couple of hours from Bangkok, to embark upon a comprehensive introduction to Thailand.

During the intro week you will learn more about Thailand, get to know other members of the group, and the local surrounding area. Emphasis will be placed on learning about Thai culture, Thai language and even try your hand at some Thai cooking. The perfect start to your Elephant Experience.

Programme Description

Sunday: Pick up from the airport

Monday: After breakfast we will have a group meeting and take a short walk around the village. Schedules will be pointed out and a brief explanation of the programme will follow. A Visit to Singburi town for sight seeing and we will have lunch in a restaurant.

In the afternoon, there will be an introduction into Thai culture: do and don’t s in Thai society. In the evening, there will be an introduction to the projects and discussion about other programs if applicable. There will be a welcome party in the evening with the school students from the local town performing a Thai traditional dance. During the party we will try to know each other quickly and play a presentation game in which you can perform something that is typical for your culture of origin

Tuesday: All day trip to the ancient city of Ayutthaya is scheduled. Many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in a city that was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong when the Thais were forced Southwards by northern neighbors. We visit Wat Muang – Largest Bhudda statue in Thailand and the 7th largest statue in the world.

Wednesday: In the morning we start with another Thai lesson, after which will visit some of the beautiful and famous monuments and Buddhist temples near our centre: Wat Phranon Jaksi (A huge reclining Buddha image) and the Bang-Rachan hero monument. In the afternoon there will be some free time to spend in  town, whether to shop or check email. In the evening, we will dinner at a famous Thai BBQ restaurant.

Thursday: In the morning, we visit a school where we will do some activities with the children or teach English. During school holidays (from mid-March till mid-May and in October), when the school is closed, we may visit a palm tree farm instead.   Just before lunch, we will visit a local handicraft place.

There will be a continuation of Thai language lessons for those who are interested in learning more Thai. Following this, we have an interactive Thai cooking class: after a short Thai lesson introducing the different ingredients you will learn how to cook these ingredients into a Thai dish, and to cook dinner.

Friday: A full day travel with several visits in the Lopburi province. Some of the highlights would be visit to the famous Somdet Phra Narai National Museum and the Wat Phraputhabaht Temple (Buddha’s footprint) and we will experience some local cuisine at a nearby restaurant.

Weekends: Free time at the centre. Most people choose to swim in Singburi’s swimming pool or take a nice massage in our center. Others like to go with some friends to town or visit Bangkok. Participants can choose between optional Thai Cooking Class or Thai Language lesson or visit to the Swimming pool or visit to the Singburi Town.   (these are extra-curricular, please request on site!). Sunday you will be transferred to the Elephant week!!

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Kanchaniburi retains the reputation as one of the ´jump-off points´there are local falls with fresh, cool water; a place to distress your post-work muscles and swap elephant stories with your fellow travellers.

No, most of our travellers are solo travellers. You will meet lots of people on the different weeks. With group start dates and lots of group activities you will make new friends really easy.

You would take the bus after lunch. Its about 1.5 hr from Bangkok bus station. And then to airport will take about another hour. You need to check in for an international flights  2 hrs before your flight, so I would advise booking a flight after 10 pm or 9 pm, just to be sure

If you are planning on travelling to Thailand for 28 days or less and you have British, Dutch or USA passport you can get a Visa exemption on arrival. This is valid for 28 days and cannot be extended in Thailand. If you are planning on being in Thailand longer than 28 days you will need to pre-arrange a Visa. You can prearrange a visa for 60 days which you can extend to 90 days in Thailand.
There are two ways of arranging your visa. When you are from the UK. You can either go in person to the Thai embassy in London, or you can post your passport along with the necessary documentation and fee to one of the Thai Consulates. In general this works the same for the other countries like The Netherlands and United States too, but please contact the nearest Thai Consulate for visa enquiries.
Sing Buri is a province in the centre of Thailand. It has got a ver nice and chilled atmosphere. You stay in eco houses in the shade of banana palms trees by the Noi Nam river. Sing Buri is rich of cultural history. The province houses many temples, museums, and historical sites. You can easily say it is the epic centre for Thai history and a great place to get under the skin of the country.
Yes, if you arrive during the weekend we will pick you up. When you arrive during a week day we can still pick up at any time, but there is a 50gbp extra payment. If you wish a few extra days in Bangkok before hand you will have to make your own way on the Sunday to the meeting point at the Royal Hotel. Meeting time is at 1pm.
This is a hard question as age range does vary. On the groups that join the intro and culture weeks the average age is between 18 and 28. On Koh Tao with the Koh Tao Adventure (which are the last 2 weeks of this programme) the average age tends to be in the twenties.
There are about 10 Elephants at the moment. Average about b 10 people are on the conservation project.

 

 

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Included

  • All Accommodation
  • Transport to and from the Elephant Camp to our base in Singburi
  • Meals
  • Trips to Waterfalls
  • Elephant (not to keep of course!)
  • Instruction and supervision from trained Mahouts.

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

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