Bangkok, Beaches and Elephants
15 days from $1,921
- Feed, bathe and care for elephants in an ethical elephant camp
- Trek and raft through unspoilt jungle round Chiang Mai
- Discover the highlights of Bangkok and its neon-soaked nightlife
- Bliss out on white sand beaches in southern Thailand
- Kayak through the atmospheric mangrove forests of Bor Thor
Discover amazing Thailand, with this unforgettable 15-day tour. See the best of Bangkok with temples, canal cruises and big nights out. Then travel to the beautiful north to stay in a rural elephant camp and go on an epic trek through the jungle. Finish up with a week on the paradise beaches of the south, including a snorkelling trip to exotic islands and beach party fun after the sun goes down.
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Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok. Your adventure begins when you land in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport! You’ll be met and taken to your guest house right in the famous Khao San Road area. Drop your bag and get straight out into the vibrant street life of the city. Meet your group later for a curry and a cold beer.
Day 2: Bangkok city tour. See the highlights of the city on a private boat trip. Chug down the network of canals, observing daily life and stopping at Wat Arun and Wat Pho, home of the famous reclining Buddha. Later, explore some of the city’s lively bars and clubs.
Day 3: Travel to Chiang Mai & elephant camp. Take the coach out of Bangkok, drinking in the beautiful countryside as it whips past. On arrival in Chiang Mai, you’ll be met and taken to the ethical elephant camp. Enjoy a dinner under the stars, while watching the herd – just amazing.
Day 4: Elephant camp. Rise early for a full day with the elephants. Activities include bathing the elephants, feeding them, trekking with them (no riding) and making their vitamin cakes. Fall asleep tonight with the sound of the elephants in the background.
Day 5: Chiang Mai jungle trek. Today we’ll begin our 2-day trek into the heart of the jungle. With breath-taking views and hidden waterfalls, it’s a day you won’t forget in a hurry. We’ll spend the night in a remote village, enjoying dinner and a camp-fire with the locals.
Day 6: Jungle trek & transfer to Chiang Mai. Get ready for another morning of hiking through some of the most stunning scenery you’ve ever seen. Later we’ll board traditional bamboo rafts and drift down the river. After rafting, it’s back to Chiang Mai for dinner and drinks.
Day 7: Chiang Mai. Free day in Thailand’s cultural capital. Explore some of the superb temples, get a traditional massage or join a cooking class. Don’t miss the legendary night market for incredible souvenirs and handicrafts.
Day 8: Transfer to Krabi. Fly from Chiang Mai to the dazzling beaches of the south. You will be undertaking the rest of the trip without a guide, but we’ll give you all the info you need. On arrival at Krabi airport you’ll be picked up and taken to the vibrant beach-town of Ao Nang.
Day 9: Bor Thor mangrove forest. We’re heading into the unique mangrove forests of Bor Thor by kayak today. The mangroves are full of life and you’re sure to see some amazing birdlife and possibly some monkeys. We’ll also stop to see some ancient cave paintings that are thought to have been made around 3,000 years ago.
Day 10 – 12: Ao Nang. We’ll spend the next 3 days enjoying the beach life in Ao Nang by day and partying by night. If you fancy a change of scenery at any point, beautiful Railay Beach is a short taxi-boat ride away and there are plenty of day trips on offer from Ao Nang – whether its snorkelling, adrenaline sports or hiking you’re after, you’re sure to find it here.
Day 13: Snorkelling boat trip. We’ve got a wonderful day in store with a boat trip round 3 – 4 of the paradise islands in Phi Phi National Park. Jump into the turquoise water, snorkel over colourful reefs full of tropical fish and sun yourself on deck - heavenly.
Day 14: Transfer to Bangkok. We’re heading back to the crazy city today! Check into the hotel and get ready for one last night out with your travel buddies.
Day 15: Ta Ta Thailand! All good things come to an end. Pack your bags, swap contact details and make you way to the airport. Safe travels!
- 14 nights’ accommodation
- 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
- Airport pick up on arrival
- Tour guide for days 1 - 7
- Bangkok orientation
- Bangkok guided tour including private canal boat trip
- Elephant camp stay
- Chiang Mai jungle trek
- Jungle homestay
- Bamboo raft ride
- Bor Thor mangrove forest kayaking and cave visit
- Ao Nang snorkelling boat trip
- All in-country transport including internal flight
- 24 hour emergency support
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Airport transfer on departure
- Most meals, snacks and drinks
- Optional activities and excursions
Your trip includes 14 nights’ accommodation. You’ll be staying in a mixture of guest houses and hotels in twin or triple rooms, all of which have air con and private bathrooms.
You’ll also have 2 nights in an elephant camp and 1 night in a rural village during your Chiang Mai jungle trek. This accommodation will be clean and comfortable but more basic. Rooms here are dorm style with fans and shared bathrooms.
8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself. Food in Thailand is affordable and seriously delicious, so it’s a great opportunity to explore the local cuisine. Typical dishes involve rice or noodles and use lots of coconut milk and spices.
You’ll need to arrive into Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok on day 1, between 6am and 10pm. One of our friendly local team will meet you from the airport and take you to your starting accommodation in the Khao San Road area.
Your trip ends in Bangkok on day 15. You’ll need to make you own way to the airport. Taxis are plentiful and affordable and take around 30 minutes. Your guide can help you arrange a transfer if you like.
Minimum age to participate in this programme is 18.
Without a visa, British nationals arriving by air can remain in Thailand for a maximum of 30 days, though if you arrive across a land border you may only be able to stay for 15 days. If you want to stay for longer, you’ll need to apply for a 60 day tourist visa before you leave the UK. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Please ensure your passport is valid, with at least six months validity remaining from the date of your planned return.
Are The Elephants On The Elephant Project Treated Well?
We’ve specifically chosen to work with this camp, because of their ethical approach to working with elephants. The camp is at the forefront of the movement in Thailand towards finding new, more positive ways to interact with these majestic beasts and everything is set up with their welfare in mind. Visitors are not permitted to ride the elephants or to trek with them. Instead you’ll be involved in a more authentic experience, caring for the elephants and living alongside them in way that is not only cruelty-free, but actually beneficial to the animals.
Do I Need Any Vaccinations?
We’re not qualified to offer you medical advice, so you should visit your GP well ahead of time to find out what inoculations you might need. Remember to tell them exactly where you’re travelling to as vaccination and medication requirements vary between different Asian regions. You’ll also need to make sure you have enough of any prescribed medication to see you through the duration of your trip.
Should I Bring A Mosquito Net?
You can if you like as nets won’t be supplied in some of the places we’re staying, but if you keep the windows and doors shut and wear repellent, the mozzies shouldn’t bother you too much.
I’m Travelling With A Friend, Can We Stay Together?
Of course! Let us know when you book and we’ll make sure you get to stay in the same room.
How Many People Will Be In My Group With Me?
Group sizes vary from trip to trip. To check the number of people on your start date please contact one of our travel advisers.
How Much Spending Money Should I Bring With Me?
Your accommodation is included in the trip price but you’ll need to bring cash for most meals, drinks and any additional activities you might want to participate in. Food and drink are very affordable in Thailand. Budget around 40THB-200THB/£1-£5 for meals, and between 20THB-150THB/50p-£3.50 for drinks. Extra activities, such as kayaking, scuba diving, excursions, and entrance fees to tourist attractions, can range anywhere from 500THB/£12 to 3500THB/£82 depending on what you want to do – it’s always best to look into costs before you travel. As a rough guide, £350 - £500’s worth of local currency should be a good amount for the 14 days, depending on personal spending habits.