Be a part of the Elephants 2 Beaches Voluntour Program in Thailand with Volunteering Solutions and discover the country like never before! In a span of just 2 weeks, participants will get to experience the goodness of volunteering for animals and feel the love, as well as indulge in some fun activities and tickle their adventure cells! No matter whether you are a student or a backpacker, gap year traveler or seeking a family vacation - you'll definitely enjoy every bit of this trip.
It's an incredible opportunity to explore the amazing elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, relax and detox by the beaches in Koh Samui, explore the natural beauty of the virgin islands, dive deep into the sea for a visual treat of the underwater world and lots more. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best volunteer adventure programs in Thailand.
DAY 1 (Wednesday): Arrival - Chiang Mai
Welcome to the start of your next big adventure and what can be a better place than Chiang Mai to begin with! Our in-country coordinator will receive you at the airport/ train/ coach station and drop you at a guest house. You can make yourself comfortable and meet the other volunteers there.
This evening, once every traveler has checked in and sorted themselves, we’ll head out to explore the local area, grab a bite to eat and get to know everybody over a few drinks.
DAY 2 (Thursday): Chiang Mai - Elephant Sanctuary
Post breakfast, there will be an orientation regarding your volunteering journey. You’ll given a day to day plan, the rules of the road, do’s and don’ts and everything you need to know to really make the most of your time with us.
Once we get done with the orientation, we shall head out to explore the amazing city of Chiang Mai. You can discover by yourself why travelers love the city so much!
In the evening, we’ll head to the famous night market are of the city for a traditional local dinner with drinks!
DAY 3 (Friday): Elephant Sanctuary
You can relax for the morning, read your favorite book or catch up with your fellow mates. Those who want to check out the shopping places can head out for that.
Just before lunch we’ll leave Chiang Mai for the 30 minute transfer to the elephant sanctuary nestled in the hills on the outskirts of the city.
On arrival, we’ll get you all settled in your new accommodation before we have a quick briefing about the itinerary of the next few days. You’ll then be introduced to the elephants, something that I’m sure will be the highlight of the trip!
DAY 4 (Saturday): Elephant Sanctuary - Chiang Mai
Today, you’ll be spending all day with your new friends. You’ll help with preparing food at the camp, washing, playing, walking and interacting with the amazingly friendly elephants.
You’ll learn all about the plight of the elephants in this area of Asia and how your contribution can actually make a difference.
DAY 5 (Sunday): Chiang Mai - Koh Samui
After breakfast, we’ll feed and then say our goodbyes to the elephants.
Before leaving the sanctuary, we’ll have a get together to discuss your volunteering option for Koh Samui. We’ll discuss your projects in more detail, what to expect, how to make the most of your time on the island and so on.
Around midday, we’ll head to the airport for the flight to Surat Thani. From there we’ll take a quick coach ride to the pier and onto the ferry for the 90 minute ferry crossing; a wonderful way to see the island from the ocean.
We’ll have you at the volunteer house in the early evening; enough time to settle in to your new place, meet the rest of our team and prepare for the rest of your stay.
On the evening of day six we’ll meet up with the adventure group and head to a very special little place for an evening drink.
DAY 6 (Monday): Koh Samui
Today, we’ll have a mystery island tour and show you the best of what Samui has to offer. We’ll visit heaps of places of interest today from waterfalls to viewpoints, to beaches to jungles. This is a great day, just don’t forget your camera!
DAY 7 (Tuesday): Koh Samui
Your own private boat tour to the largely unknown island of Koh Tan. This island is a reminder of how Koh Samui was around 40 years ago – very laid back life, zero traffic, quiet bars and restaurants; the perfect place to hang out. Spend the day exploring, swimming, sunbathing, enjoying beach games and more!
DAY 8 (Wednesday): Koh Samui
Today we’re off on the sea again to visit one of Asia’s ancient wonders - the Ang Thong Marine Park. This place is a ‘must-see-it-to-believe-it’ collection of incredible limestone islands reaching up out of crystal clear water.
Soak up in the sun on the boat trip and then join in the snorkeling, swimming and more.
We can guarantee that you’ll never forget this experience!
DAY 9 (Thursday): Koh Samui
Hands up who knows what an X-Quad is?
Well that’s your only cue for what today involves – and it’s gonna be a whole heap of adrenaline-fuelled fun!
DAY 10 (Friday): Koh Samui to Koh Tao
All volunteers and adventure junkies will get back together today. You can share your stories with each other and show the photographs you’ve clicked.
Later, as a group, we’ll head to the school to show everybody what we do as an organisation, where a portion of your money goes and why we do what we do.
We’ll then head off to the pier to take the ferry over to Koh Tao island. We’ll be at our lovely resort by late afternoon where you can just relax or run barefoot on the sand and take a dip in the water.
DAY 11 (Saturday): Koh Tao Marine Conservation project
It’s not just teaching and school development that we’re involved with. We also support a marine conservation project located on the island of Koh Tao and a part of your tour fee goes to maintaining the work that’s carried out here. This project is responsible for the breed, care and conservation of the local turtle population and needs constant support. The Koh Tao Marine Conservation Project would be an amazing addition to your entire experience.
For those of you interested in knowing more about the work that’s done here, we’ll arrange a guided tour of the project so that you can see how your money is used and the work that’s completed.
DAY 12 (Sunday): Koh Tao
It’s the last full day on the island - so what better way to go out than with a party!
Today, we’ll go for the Koh Tao boat tour. We’ll set sail on the high seas today to see Koh Tao from a different angle. There’ll be plenty of time to swim and snorkel, soak in the sun and think about the incredible two weeks we’ve had!
Once back at the resort, tonight there’ll be a group dinner to see off the last night in style! We shall party hard tonight and celebrate the farewell in style.
DAY 13 (Monday): Koh Tao to Bangkok
Today we need to get you all back to Bangkok for one final send-off ‘Khao San Road Style’! We will have you back to where it all began by 8pm, in plenty of time to check-in, get showered and get out to paint the town red!
If you’d rather stick around on the islands and perhaps head back for some more volunteering, we’d be happy to make this happen.
Sign up to the volunteering extension, choose your project, and we’ll make the arrangements for you.
DAY 14 (Tuesday): Bangkok departure
For those of you who have returned to Bangkok, today we have to say goodbye!
We can meet up for one final group breakfast, group photos and group hugs. Any of you need help making onward travel arrangements, our in-country team will help with everything that we can.
We hope to make your journey memorable in all possible ways.
Volunteering Solutions provides end to end services as far as living arrangements of the volunteers are concerned. VolSol volunteers just have to land at the placement destination and the rest is on us to arrange it for you.
Customers can be met on arrival in to Chiang Mai international airport between 6am and 9pm. If customers arrive by another method (train, bus) they will need to make their own way to the guesthouse on the arrival day. Early arrival accommodation can be arranged on the condition that it is paid in advance.
All group members are provided with an orientation by the group leader/guide on the second day of the tour. 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.
Meals are as per the itinerary. All breakfasts are included during the tour and for the rest of the meals some are included while some are not.
You can take part in the Thai Cookery classes or Thai Massage course which are available all around Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai also boasts of restaurants of every international cuisine. During the weekends, you can travel to the cities of Pai , Chiang Rai or fly down to the capital city of Bangkok. There will also be plenty of free time while you will be in Samui
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