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Elephants2Islands Tour

Elephants2Islands

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Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Bangkok
14 days
The tour will end in Bangkok on the Tuesday two weeks after your start date
Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
Maximum 14 persons
Minimum age : 18
Going Solo? : Over 70% of those on our tours start off as solo travellers
COVID-19 PROTECTION GUARANTEE : If by the end of 2023, you have not been able to travel due COVID-19, we will refund any payments made. You also have the flexibility to change your dates as many times as you need, free of charge
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DAY 1 (WED): Arrival - Chiang Mai

It's finally here! The day you've been excitedly anticipating for months has arrived!

The earlier you can arrive in Chiang Mai airport, the better, as this gives you plenty of time to check-in, kick back, relax and prepare for a fantastic tour of Thailand!

Once at your accommodation, you'll be free to relax or explore while our guides collect everyone else that will be arriving throughout the day.

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DAY 1 (WED): Arrival - Chiang Mai

It's finally here! The day you've been excitedly anticipating for months has arrived!

The earlier you can arrive in Chiang Mai airport, the better, as this gives you plenty of time to check-in, kick back, relax and prepare for a fantastic tour of Thailand!

Once at your accommodation, you'll be free to relax or explore while our guides collect everyone else that will be arriving throughout the day.

DAY 2 (THU): Chiang Mai to Elephant Project

After breakfast, your guide will gather you all for a Bamboo orientation. This is necessary to make sure that each of you gets the most out of your time with us, understands what to expect together with some cultural and political norms that you may be unfamiliar with.

Once that's out of the way, we'll gather our belongings and get ready for a road-trip 'Thai-style' to meet the majestic elephants who, let's face it, are who you're looking forward to meeting the most!

On arrival at the project, you'll be greeted by the 'mahouts' (the human guardians of these amazing animals) - who themselves are great, fun people to be around. You'll be shown to your camp, enjoy some lunch and have a look around the project before we reconvene for another orientation about these elephants. We will learn where they came from and how the sanctuary is recognized as being one of the true champions of elephant welfare within Thailand - a strict zero riding policy is adhered to at all times.

You can expect loads of elephant hugs and kisses, and you'll have the opportunity to feed them. As mind-blowing as that sounds, it pales in comparison to giving them a mud bath and scrub in the cool river that flows through the sanctuary. Be sure to bring your camera - an instantaneous memory of biblical proportions awaits! Once all that's over, you'll have dinner and a chance to kick back with the mahouts and your fellow travelers.

You've not laughed and cried until you've seen a baby elephant splashing around in a river, and even more so when you've witnessed mum try to encourage it out of the water!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3 (FRI): Elephant Project

Having witnessed the enormity of food that they can eat, all that produce needs to be harvested on a 24/7 basis.

As a group, and with the assistance of the Mahouts, we'll get our hands in the mud, planting heaps of sugar cane and bamboo to keep the stock of food required for the nutritional sustenance of the animals.

When that much-needed work is complete, we'll head off to a stunning location for lunch by a shallow river where we'll be able to go for a dip and cool-off under the golden Thai sun.

Later in the afternoon, we'll head back to our accommodation for a chance to relax and reminisce about the day's events. Why not pop along to the refreshing waterfall for a quick dip?!

Tonight we'll have dinner and a few drinks to celebrate this epic experience. It truly is an extraordinary place!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4 (SAT): Elephant Project to Bangkok

It's our last morning with our new elephant friends, so get your final goodbyes in and feed them one last time!

After a morning with the gentle giants, we will head back to Chiang Mai! Here we will give you a tour of the city, where we’ll leisurely wander through the backstreets, markets, and temples that deem this town “The Rose of the North.” Prepare for a beautiful view across the mountains, where the locals farm vegetables and grow wildflowers. You will get the chance to do a little shopping and get some unique souvenirs from the local hill tribe.

We will stop at Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park. There you will see the process of how elephant dung can be transformed into paper. After that, it's back to the hotel to give you a chance to freshen up before we depart on the night train towards the capital - Bangkok

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5 (SUN): Bangkok

Arriving into Bangkok early morning, it's time for a group chat and a chance to run through the schedule. We'll then take you off on a guided tour of the 'City That Never Sleeps' - it's Bangkok, baby! This city has to be experienced to be believed, and no, it's not a cliche - trust us! Temples, markets, and mayhem await those both cool and confident enough to try it on for size. Our experienced guides will show you the real Bangkok, open your senses to new sights, sounds, and smells that will linger with you forever…. The evening is yours to explore!

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6 (MON): Bangkok to Koh Samui

Who’s ready for some island life? I hope you are because today we will make our way down to the stunning island of Koh Samui.

In the early morning, we'll hop on a bus down to Surat Thani from where we'll take the ferry, which will arrive in the afternoon. After checking into the hotel, the evening is up to you to explore the island, maybe even head down to the beach and dip your toes into the water.

Meals included: Breakfast.

 

DAY 7 (TUE): Koh Samui

Let’s explore this incredible island!

We’ll hop in a local truck and see all there is to see on sunny Samui. From the eclectic assortment of beaches to the stunning landscape, the ride across Samui is a treat for the eyes.

By late afternoon, we’ll head back home, where you can spend the evening however you please. Head to the party-filled beach bars at Chaweng or Lamai for a more “hippy” experience. Just embrace the Saturday sun and sunset.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 8 (WED): Koh Samui

Our day together begins with a private boat to the mostly unknown island of Koh Tan for a taste of Koh Samui forty-years-ago. The laid-back life features a bit of exploring, some swimming, sunbathing, and simply lounging on the beach. It’s just more paradise on top of the previous heaven.

*This activity is subject to change due to weather conditions. If the weather is not permitting, we will have additional events scheduled

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9 (THU): Koh Samui

Today's adventure is a trip to Ang Thong Marine Park, home to over 42 different islands in the Gulf of Thailand. From breathtaking limestone mountains to beautiful tropical waters, this park will have many jaw-dropping moments. Bring your waterproof camera, swimsuit, and most adventurous self for this all-day excursion!

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 10 (FRI): Koh Samui to Koh Tao

Today it's time to jump on the boat that will whisk us over to island number two: Koh Tao. Small but mighty, stunning and simple.

Once we reach land, we'll get checked-in to our hotel, and now you'll have some free time to rest up, explore, enjoy some cocktails, run along the beach, dance until your legs stop working, or chill by the pool with a cold one.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 11 (SAT): Koh Tao

From the elephants on the mainland to the coolest dudes in the water - it's the sea turtles, dude!

Bamboo loves protectors of animals, and so today, we'll introduce you to a fabulous initiative in operation to protect and restore the local marine life. These guys rock and they're ready and waiting to inform us about how they track, recognize, and protect the marine life and ecosystems of the sea to ensure the longevity of the island's vast number of marine species.

You will either be getting close to our turtles in the center, or you'll slip into your flippers, snorkel-up, and go for a swim for a game of spot-the-turtle.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 12 (SUN): Koh Tao

Today will be our last full day on Koh Tao, and the day is yours!

You are free to do whatever your heart desires whether that's chilling on the beach drinking a cocktail, swimming with the fishies or simply exploring more of this beautiful island, our guides will be there to help you arrange your last hurrah!

In the evening, we'll get our glad rags on and head out for a farewell meal and a final big night. Cocktails, beers, and buckets await!

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 13 (MON): Koh Tao to Bangkok

The end may be near, but there's enough time for one more memory-making night of fun!

You've not visited Thailand if you haven't experienced the infamous Khao San Road, and that's precisely where we're heading today.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 14 (TUE): Departure - Bangkok

Tears may be shed, and there's no shame in that - this tour will leave a lifelong stamp in your heart, new friends for life, and memories to last a lifetime!

However, it's now time for you all to hug and wish each other well as you await your flights back to your homeland or on to wherever you're heading next.

Whatever your itinerary has planned for you, our guides will be there to assist you and point you in the right direction.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Original Price US$2,497
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Travel Highlights

  • Discover Chiang Mai and its magnificent temples
  • An unforgettable elephant experience
  • Immerse yourself in a Tropical Paradise on Koh Samui
  • Get busy with some marine conservation
  • Explore the best Samui has to offer

Accommodation and Meals

Accommodation throughout the tour is shared and you will be sharing rooms with other members of the group. If you would like to enquire about upgrading to a private room, please contact us to check availability and costs.

Chiang Mai: Bed and breakfast in a nicely appointed twin share rooms guesthouse. All meals included during the time at the elephant project.

Koh Samui: Self-catering house accommodation. One large 10 bed dorm room, two single rooms and one double room. All rooms have air-conditioning and bedding is provided. Western-style bathrooms, fully functional kitchen, large outdoor communal area and the house is a short walk from the centre of the lovely Mae Nam area of the island. 

Koh Tao: Bed & breakfast accommodation in twin share rooms.

Bangkok: Twin share bed & breakfast accommodation in a guest house near Khao San Road. Includes a/c, TV, hot water and western bathroom.

Internet: WiFi is available in all accommodation but not available at the elephant project.

Laundry: Local laundry services are everywhere, offer a quick, reliable and cheap service.

Locations

  • Chiang Mai
  • Bangkok
  • Koh Samui
  • Koh Tao

What’s Included

Airport pick-up and transfer on arrival into Chiang Mai (if arriving on the tour start date between 6am and 8pm)
An in-depth orientation
Night train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
Guided tour of Bangkok
Guided tour of Samui Island
Boat tour of Ang Thong Marine Park
14 nights' accommodation ranging from hotels to traditional homestays
Full support from our expert English-speaking local guides
All tour activities
Heaps of meals
Full pre-departure support from our ace travel coordinators
A flashy Travel Hack packed full of helpful advice
Donation towards the welfare of the elephants in Thailand

FAQ

In short – anything that's not on the "What's included?" list in the info pack and this guide! The main things you’ll absolutely need to get that aren't included are:

International flights – we have people join us from all over the world so we leave these flexible so you can choose the departure airport and airline that suits you best.

Travel insurance – you can choose your own travel insurance or we can organize this for you. You can find details on the travel insurance here and will be able to add this on to your booking.

Visas – depending on the passport you hold you may need to get a visa before you travel. Please see below for more info on visas.

Arrival

You need to book a flight that lands into Chiang Mai airport (airport CNX) on the Wednesday that your tour starts, between the hours of 6am and 8pm. Providing you arrive between these hours on this day, one of the team will be there to meet you on arrival and take you back to the hotel in the city.

If you arrive later than 8pm on the Wednesday start date, we will organize for you to spend that first night at the airport hotel then, one of the team will pick you up from the airport hotel the following morning and take you to the hotel in the city to meet the rest of the group and have your orientation.

If you arrive before your Wednesday start date, you will need additional accommodation. We can book this for you and you will just need to make your own way there from the airport and pay on arrival.

Departure

The tour ends 14 days later on Tuesday in Bangkok, Thailand, so you need to make your departure arrangements from there at any time that day. There are two international airports in Bangkok (airport code BKK or DMK) so you will be able to book a flight home from there.

Passport holders of several countries will get a 30 day ‘visa exempt’ stamp in their passport on arrival into Thailand free of charge. A quick Google search will tell you whether you need a visa or not.
This largely depends on you. All the breakfasts throughout the tour are included as well as a number of lunches and dinners. The rest of the meals are up to you and if you are having local meals it will cost a couple of dollars, if you prefer western food it will be more depending on where you eat. A bottle of local beer in Thailand is around USD $1. You should bring some local currency with you (Thai Baht) but you will also be able to withdraw more from cash points in the major cities whilst you are away.
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Like any country in the world, there will always be some dangers (even when in your home country!) and it is important to exercise common sense, particularly when in major cities and tourist destinations. However, Thailand is a very safe country to travel in and around. You’ll also be with our experienced team throughout your stay and will be travelling with a group.
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