5-21 March 2016
We will be transferred to our 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.
After a buffet breakfast, this day is free for shopping, exploring & relaxing. Tours may be organized if you prefer. The Grand Palace is a ‘must see’ for those on their first visit.
Days 3 - 8
After breakfast, we will be transferred to Ayutthaya where we have reserved 6 nights
twin-share accommodation in a working elephant village, all meals included.
Today we will be introduced to 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 have plenty to eat and drink.
Twice a day we will ride/take our elephants to the river so we can all cool down, drink and play. Each afternoon we will also pamper elephants with an extra scrubbing massage.
There will be plenty of time to witness daily life in the community, to join in village activities and to enjoy interacting with the calves in the nursery. We will experience and celebrate National Elephant Day during our stay.
During our week we will also go to local markets, temples and historical sites, including the area where the ‘working’ elephants take tourists for rides around the ruins of ancient Siam. Ayutthaya was once the capital of this empire.
After a full day caring for our elephants we will spend a night in downtown Ayutthaya where we have reserved one night’s accommodation and breakfast in a colourful backpacking establishment.
Days 10 - 12
Today we will transfer to beautiful Khao Sok National Park, the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. Here we will explore its beautiful limestone mountains and emerald-green waters with a dedicated team of researchers and educators. Wildlife spotting may include deer, gibbons, langurs and hornbills as well as many other species. All camping, trekking and boating equipment, meals included.
Day 13 - 15
After breakfast we transfer to Krabi province to explore the elusive dugong's coastal seagrass ecosystem. We will have an opportunity to dive and snorkel under expert supervision within the Phi Phi Islands National Park.
Today concludes our unique adventure. We will be transferred by plane to Bangkok in time to join our flights home.
Price & inclusions:
$3650 per person. An $800 deposit is required to hold places after confirmation of availability. Balance is due in two payments, 4 months and 1 month prior to the tour dates.
Internal flights Bangkok to Surat Thani, Krabi to Bangkok, all listed transfers, road vehicles and boats for activities
All accommodation (mainly based on twin-share rooms with private bath or shower)
Activities as indicated, (subject to weather etc)
Field equipment, trekking equipment
Water supplied during all activities
Conservation and community levies and National Park fees
Travel insurance (compulsory for all participants)
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
Snacks, food and activities outside scheduled itinerary
Additional transport required due to an emergency situation
Tips / gratuities
**This itinerary 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.