14-28 March 2020 **filling fast!**
An 'Elephantastic' Adventure
...tailored for you to participate in providing a sustainable future for Thailand's elephants!
Day 1 + 2 Bangkok
Twin-share accommodation ideally situated in Bangkok’s exotic shopping and entertainment centre near to Siam Square with easy access to Skytrain. Amenities include swimming pool and restaurant. Day 2 is a 'free' day with the opportunity to explore the aspects of Bangkok that interest you or simply rest and relax as you desire. We will meet late afternoon for an exclusive tour of Bangkok's highlights, dinner included. Breakfast included.
Days 3 - 8 Ayutthaya with elephants!!
After a sumptuous buffet breakfast, we will be transferred to Ayutthaya where we have reserved 6 nights twin-share accommodation in an innovative elephant village, set up to provide safe homes and a sustainable future for elephants.
We will meet the elephants we will be caring for over the next week! Under the guidance of experienced mahouts, you will be responsible for a 'retired' elephant’s daily welfare. Throughout the week you will get to know your elephant’s personality and enjoy the mutual delights of that insight.
Every day we will clean up after our elephants (so be prepared to use a rake and broom) and throughout the day make sure they all have plenty to eat and drink.
Twice a day we will take our elephants to the river so we can all cool down, drink and play. (Riding is optional) Each afternoon we will also pamper elephants with a scrubbing massage.
There will be plenty of time to witness and explore daily life in the community, to join in village activities and to enjoy interacting with elephant calves in the nursery.
During our week we will also visit local markets, temples and historical sites, including the area where the ‘working’ elephants may take tourists for rides around the ruins of ancient Siam or hang out together eating tourist snacks and providing educational opportunities...Ayutthaya was once the capital of this empire and elephants are credited with being the backbone of Thai society. All meals included.
After a full day caring for our elephants we will spend a night in downtown Ayutthaya in twin-share accommodation with breakfast included at a boutique backpacking establishment. Ayutthaya offers many different dining options. You may choose to explore these or sample street-food with the group at a local market. All meals included.
This morning we have a long, restful drive down the Gulf of Thailand (5 hours) in a private vehicle. We will stop for lunch. Our destination is Kui Buri where our twin-share resort accommodation is delightfully situated on the beach in close proximity to National Parks to ensure we make the most of this exceptional area. Here we will have the opportunity to relax with swimming, perhaps a massage, beach activities and wi-fi at our finger tips.
This evening is a perfect time to enjoy seafood at our beachfront restaurant. Breakfast & dinner included.
Days 11-13 National Parks
Both Kui Buri and Sam Roi Yot National Parks offer unique opportunities to explore a range of habitats and species. For three days we will make the most of the area. Mornings are discretionary and afternoons perfect for wildlife spotting. In the company of expert Rangers, we will go in search of elephants and other wildlife. Perhaps we will even catch a glimpse of one of the three tigers known to live within KBNP! Sam Roi Yot National Park is Thailand’s oldest Marine National Park. The name means 300 peaks so here we can expect beautiful limestone karsts & caves and, hopefully numerous bird species, deer, macaques and Dusky Leaf monkeys, lizards & frogs and perhaps Serow, civets and Gaur. All meals included.
Hua Hin is a thriving seaside resort town on the Gulf of Thailand. Once a quiet fishing village, it grew into a fashionable escape for residents of Bangkok after the 1920s when the Thai royal family built summer palaces. There's plenty to enjoy here! We will experience dinner in a night market renowned for good food and entertainment with traders/artists/artisans selling a variety of quality goods. Wonderful for last-minute souvenirs & gifts! Breakfast & dinner included.
After a leisurely morning, we will transfer to Bangkok airport where the tour concludes as we go our various ways. Breakfast and lunch are included.
Price & inclusions:
$2800 aud per person (twin-share). A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place (and price) after confirmation of availability. Balance is due 60 days prior to tour departure.
All internal Thailand transfers, vehicles and drivers
All accommodation based on twin-share rooms with private bathroom
Most meals - as indicated above
Water supplied during all activities
Conservation/community levies and National Park fees
Activities as indicated, (subject to weather etc)
Travel insurance (compulsory for all participants)
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
Snacks, food and activities outside scheduled itinerary
Single room may be available on request, supplement will be charged.
Additional transport required due to an emergency situation
Tips / gratuities (optional, $60 is plenty)
**This itinerary, accommodation and pricing is based on information available at time of print and is subject to alteration due to changing circumstances beyond the control of Elephant Encounters.