Home To The Elephants - An Elephant Tour Thailand

19 Days
18 Nights
Bangkok | Chiang Mai | Chiang Rai | Phuket
From $5970 Per Person
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Do you know why the elephant has a close relationship with Thai people and are so important Thai society for thousands of years? The answer lies in this 19-day tour. With the help of elephant experts and mahouts, you'll find out problems facing Thai elephants today, feed them, bathe them, other tasks concerned with elephant care, and experience their daily life in their natural habitat. Your tour starts from Bangkok where you get insight into Thai culture, then continues to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai for unforgettable elephant experiences, and finishes in Phuket where you relax in a luxurious private pool village and laze on the sun-drenched beach. No wonder, this is one of the most striking journeys in our Thailand tours.

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Brief Itinerary

Day 1 -2: Bangkok. Explore the modern and historic side. 

Day 3-12: Chiang Mai. The best volunteer elephant-caring program.

Day 13-15: Chiang Rai. Visit the one-and-only white temple in Thailand and more elephant learning experiences.

Day 16-19: Phuket. It's time to get relaxed on the astounding turquoise island.

A tropical beauty that is full of colorful culture, spectacular cuisines, gorgeous southern coastlines, and timeless temples within lush jungles. 

Capital: Bangkok Population: 70.21 million (2022) Currency: Baht (THB)




DAY 1 Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and one of the most visited cities in the world. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to meet your private guide and driver who will privately transfer you to your hotel to check-in.

In Bangkok, you will stay at the Chakrabongse Villas - a gem of metropolitan Bangkok, sitting elegantly on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

DAY 2 Bangkok

Today's highlightsBangkok stunning temples

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, head to Bangkok's historic town, Rattanakosin which straddles the Chao Phraya River to visit the regal Grand Palace, built-in 1782, the awe-inspiring beauty of Wat Phra Kaew, as well as the traditional learning center Wat Pho. 

In the afternoon, relax in your charming room or explore Bangkok on your own. Go to Rajnee pier to board a ferry if you want to visit the riverside attractions.

DAY 3 Chiang Mai

Today's highlightsEnjoy the vibrant Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a flight to Chiang Mai, a colorful region of hill-valleys, mighty rivers, magnificent temples, and fascinating hill-tribe villages. After checking in, a local guide will take you to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar - one of the most fascinating night markets in Thailand. This night market is a hive of activity after dark - where stall after stall serves up local handicrafts, souvenirs, irresistible street food, and drinks of every kind, making it a great place for a relaxing stroll at night. Stop at a local restaurant where you will try specialties in the local cuisine.

DAY 4 Chiang Mai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, you’ll set off to Chiang Mai Elephant Nature Park. Though elephant sanctuaries can be found across Thailand, this park is a far cry from others. It’s like a healing haven for Asian elephants, where they can roam freely in the wild.

You will stay here for one week to help improve the plight of elephants and make real contributions to Asian elephant conservation.

DAY 5 Chiang Mai

Today's highlightsElephant preservation program

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Every day you will help prepare food for the elephant, feed them, and see the delight they have playing around in their herds. During your stay, you will know about the challenges facing elephant conservation in Thailand and the part that this project plays in the preservation of their herd. This is a great way to understand and enjoy all parts of the conservation mission, whilst enjoying a place tucked away from the beaten track.

DAY 6 Chiang Mai

Today's highlightsElephant preservation program

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Every day at the Elephant Nature Park you have the same tasks as on Day 5. Your day starts with breakfast at 7:00 am and finishes with dinner at 6:00 pm. From close approaching, we learn about elephant families and how they make friends. We also find out how these magnificent creatures think, play, and react in their natural habitat.

DAY 7 Chiang Mai

Today's highlightsElephant preservation program

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After some days at the park, you’ll know why volunteer programs that we are providing are the best Chiang Mai Thailand elephant tours. Here, the elephants are just elephants instead of a logger or an entertainer roaming the street performing tricks to beg for food and money. They are free-roaming in the wild and playful swimming in the river at the place now they call Home.

DAY 8 Chiang Mai

Today's highlightsElephant preservation program

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

During your volunteer week, you won’t just care for elephants. The park has hundreds of rescued dogs and cats that you’ll be happy to lend a hand for help. They’re all clean, well-fed, and healthy. Every day, we meet volunteers and visitors from all over the world who want to make a difference to the elephant just like us. We’re fed with a large buffet lunch and dinner with many different dishes to choose and fall asleep to the sound of elephants calling.

DAY 9 Chiang Mai

Today's highlightsElephant preservation program

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day in our volunteer program and another good day in which we can help the animal that we love. Though many of our tasks are not directly with the elephants, they are usually around us and let us approach to make friends. When we’re not working, we can relax at the viewing platform where we can observe all of the elephants in the park.

DAY 10 Chiang Mai

Today's highlightsElephant preservation program

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Apart from our everyday tasks, we still have leisure  time to enjoy social life as sipping a cup of cocktail in the bar on site, being with awesome volunteers at all ages, or exploring the nearby village to learn more about local life.

DAY 11 Chiang Mai

Today's highlightsElephant preservation program

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy the most of your day because it’s the last day you’re with the elephant. In the morning, you’ll walk with the elephants again to see them roaming in the open pasture then return to the park to feed and bathe them the last time. After a week, we’ve known all the elephants so well that we can distinguish them by their shape and attitude. 

After lunch, say goodbye to these highly intelligent and loving elephants. A private car will drive us back to the city center.

DAY 12 Chiang Mai

Today's highlightsExplore the charm of ancient Lanna Kingdom

Meals: Breakfast

Leave early in the morning to visit the sacred mountain temple Wat Doi Suthep and witness the chanting monks- an exotic experience that goes some way in reflecting the significance of religion and monkhood in Thai society. 

Back to the hotel for breakfast. After that, you continue to Wat Si Suphan - the Silver Temple completely covered by silver from the Buddha statues to the roof and walls. Set off for a short drive to Wat Chedi Luang, an ancient temple once the home of the Emerald Buddha that is now held in Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaew. Finish your morning with a walk through a local market where most of the produce has come straight from the farm.

DAY 13 Chiang Rai

Today's highlightsWat Rong Khun Temple

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, we’ll head out to Chiang Rai for the next elephant experience. Stop on the way to visit Wat Rong Khun - the iconic white temple in the north of Thailand. After lunch at a local restaurant, get back in the car to drive to Anantara Golden Triangle. This elegant camp is perched on a hillside with sweeping views of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. 

DAY 14 Chiang Rai

Today's highlightsBefriend the giant elephant in their natural habitat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Anantara Golden Triangle provides a highly acclaimed elephant experience for animal lovers to choose from: 

  • Elephant Learning Experience: A great chance to ask an elephant expert all that you want to know about the elephant. Then take the opportunity to spend time with the rescued animal: feeding them, taking photos, observing their behavior, and learning how they communicate.
  • Walking with Giants: Walk and interact with the elephants and their mahouts as you’re wandering through the forest. Observe their behavior in their natural habitat and watch them playing joyfully during their bath time.

DAY 15 Chiang Rai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thailand elephant vacation isn’t just about elephants. It can be cultural exploration. Today, you’ll be free at disposal for your own exploration or optional activities of the resort. Bring your passport and your adventurous spirit to explore three countries in one day. Go with an experienced guide to discover the contrasting characters of Thailand and Myanmar, with the option of adding an experience in Laos.

DAY 16 Phuket

Meals: Breakfast

With white-sand beaches and turquoise seas, not many islands can beat Phuket in the island's gateway. Less than two hours by plane, it offers idyllic beaches and high-end resorts that is great to relax for a few nights. 

DAY 17 Phuket

Today's highlightsFree to be pampered by the stunning beauty of beach island

Meals: Breakfast

Free at leisure to discover the exotic tropical beaches and Phuketian rich culture. Or you can seek privacy in your glamorous pool villa.

DAY 18 Phuket

Meals: Breakfast

Free at leisure to enjoy your hotel’s facilities. Don’t forget to taste the fabulous Thai food which takes on its own distinct character in Phuket.

DAY 19 Phuket

Meals: Breakfast

Private transfer to Phuket airport for your departure flight.


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