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This amazing adventure will leave a lasting impression on you and make a sustainable difference for the organisations and communities you will be supporting!
In Thailand elephants are often abused as working animals, in shows or for street begging, many ending up disabled, blind or orphaned. Elephant sanctuaries offer a safe haven for these majestic animals.
By volunteering in an elephant sanctuary you will have the opportunity to care for and swim with elephants for a whole week! This adventure will allow you to bond with these beautiful animals and to support the work of the sanctuary, to oﬀer a better future to the elephants of Thailand.
Although Thailand is increasingly being seen as a developed destination, it still has many economic and cultural problems. Thailand faces many social issues and marginalised groups, particularly hill-tribes, who often don’t receive the support they need.
The hill-tribes villages are located in the most remote and beautiful locations, where no one else could take you! Every day these hill-tribes perpetuate ancestral traditions, wearing hand-made clothing, living in wooden houses and growing their own food. Volunteering in these villages is the opportunity of a life-time to experience a unique adventure while supporting underprivileged communities!
Fly into Chiang Mai where you will be met at the airport by a Challenges Abroad Australia rep and transferred to your accommodation in Chiang Mai. The next two days will give you time to settle into your new surroundings and start to sample some of the culture of Northern Thailand. You will have an orientation and introductory meal before the volunteering starts!
You will be transferred to the Elephant Nature Park a few hours outside of Chiang Mai. In this sanctuary the elephants which were abused as working animals or orphaned are sheltered and cared for. You will help to clean and swim with the elephants. This unique adventure will also be the opportunity to bond with and learn about these wonderful animals.
You will then move to the hill-tribe village for the second part of your volunteering project. Traveling to a hill-tribe village is usually an adventure in itself, as they are often located in the most remote and beautiful areas. Enjoy the trip that will take you to the most authentic locations of Thailand!
On your first day you will be able to visit the village and share a welcome dinner with some of the villagers. Keep your eyes and ears wide open for this truly unique experience!
This is your moment to give and grow as a volunteer! There are many things that you can do to support the hill-tribe, such as teaching English, doing manual labour to improve the school, coaching sports, helping in the ﬁelds, etc… Not only will you be able to share the ancestral way of life of the hill-tribe, but you will also see the results of your work as the lives of the children and villagers improve. It is the most rewarding kind of experience!
On the 14th day you transfer back to Chiang Mai for one last night.
Today you will either bid farewell to Thailand as you fly home at the end of your trip or it will mark the beginning of the extension trip which will start from Chiang Mai.
Traveling north from Chiang Mai the Northern Thailand Tour will give you the opportunity to see more of what Thailand has to offer. Sights include the famous White Temple, Wat Thampla, Chang Do caves and Pai canyons. Going as far as the Laos and Burma borders this is a trip not to be missed!
The best of Northern Thailand in 7 days for $800 only.
Starting early from Chiang Mai the first stop will be the famous White Temple, Wat Rong Khun, to see the extraordinary murals by the Thai artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat. From there you will hike to a waterfall to swim and relax. The day will end in Chiang Rai with the opportunity to explore its nightlife.
Today’s first visit is to Wat Thampla, also known as the Monkey Temple! Its unique mountainside location gives an amazing opportunity to see monkeys up close. The afternoon will be spent exploring the markets of Mae Sai on the border between Thailand & Burma, before heading back to Chiang Rai.
The Opium museum on the edge of the Golden Triangle region provides a very interesting view of the history of the opium trade and the part Thailand played in it. After that you will head to the point where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet on the Mekong River for a boat ride and quick stop in Laos!
After a final night sampling the delights of Chiang Mai today you will travel to Chang Do for an amazing hike in the famous local caves. En route you will stop in Fang and Thaton where there are opportunities to go bamboo rafting, see elephants and much more! Tonight will be spent in Chang Do.
Today we will head to the famous city of Pai for a day of relaxation! Nestled in a beautiful valley it is the place to enjoy nature, have a massage and chill out. On arrival you are free to do what you want, though we will be more than happy to give suggestions!
This morning you will visit the Pai canyons and a massive waterfall to enjoy the sun, go for a swim and make the most of your final full day in Thailand.
You will return to Chiang Mai in time for your return flight home.
6 nights’ accommodation
Breakfast and Lunch each day
All tours of sights
Today you have a last chance to grab souvenirs before transferring to Bangkok airport for your flight home.
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