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Volunteering Solutions bring you a 29 day trip that really does give you the very best of Thailand! Learn all about the life of mahouts and elephants by spending time volunteering at a rural ‘elephant village’ in the heart of North East Thailand, then spend a week helping on a building and renovation programme in the rugged hills of North West Thailand and finally, reward yourself with two weeks relaxing on a stunning tropical island. It doesn’t get much better than this?

Trip Highlights
  • Work with amazing Thai Elephants
  • Experience Bangkok on a tour
  • Help local communities, take part in construction project in Sangkhlaburi
  • Chill out and party at the party Island of Thailand – Koh Phangan
  • Lifetime of memories packed in a 4 week tour!

You’ll be met at BKK international airport by your guide and transferred to our Bangkok accommodation on the world famous backpackers hub of Khao San Road. The accommodation is right in the heart of the action and a great place to be based to soak up the sights, sounds and smells of this fantastic city. 

After a morning orientation making sure you know all the do’s and don’ts (!) and what’s coming up, you’ll head out with your group to see some of the iconic sites of the city. Your Bangkok tour includes a fantastic boat trip along the Chao Phraya river and surrounding canals, takes in Wat Arun and Wat Pho (home of the famous reclining Buddha) and you then have the option to visit the Grand Palace if you wish (note: entry fees to the Grand Palace are not included – currently +/- 500THB). Once the tour finishes you’ll walk back to your accommodation experiencing yet more of the hustle and bustle that makes this such a vibrant city and then enjoy the evening sampling different foods around Khao San Road.

An early start today as you leave Khao San Road for Bangkok’s main train station and then jump on the train to Surin – don’t worry, you’ll be accompanied by one of our team! The journey to Surin takes around 7 hours and you get the chance to see Bangkok’s sprawling suburbs slowly change to forests and then to flat plains of rice paddies stretching into the distance. Also take the opportunity to sample all sorts of different snacks and fruit as vendors line up at different stations. Once you arrive in Surin you’ll then transfer to our ‘volunteer’ house accommodation in Surin city and introduced to the team who’ll look after you for the next few days.

thailand elephant volunteers in surinDay 4: ELEPHANTS!
You’ll transfer from Surin city to the elephant village in the morning, around 1 hour, and ‘check in’ to your ‘homestay’ for the next 3 nights. Our team will introduce you to the village and the mahouts and then it’s straight to work learning about life in the village and what you’ve come to see – the elephants! Over the next 3.5 days you’ll have the opportunity to:
  • Walk with the elephants and help bathe them in the local river
  • Harvest and / or plant crops for the village and the elephants
  • Help feed the elephants
  • Kayak on the local river
  • Learn how to make elephant dung paper
  • Learn how to cook simple but healthy Thai food
  • Spend as much time as you want up close to the mahout’s elephants!

You’ll spend these two days carrying out a range of activities as laid out on day 4 and spending time not only with these wonderful animals but also with the warm and friendly villagers

You’ll spend most of the day at the elephant village and then head back to Surin city in the late afternoon, checking in again to our ‘volunteer’ house accommodation.

Today is a free day to relax, catch up with some washing, check into Facebook (!) or to explore Surin city – a small and friendly city of around 50,000 people. Within 5-10 minutes walk of the accommodation there is a huge range of foodstalls, restaurants, bars and even a sports ground for those needing some exercise!

It’s time to get back on the train and head back to the big city, ready for the next part of your adventure. You overnight tonight on Khao San Road where you’ll meet our team from your next destination, Sangkhlaburi, who look after you on the building and renovation part of this trip.

A long day of travelling but an amazing one! Travelling by local bus you’ll head first out of Bangkok and eventually up into the hills bordering Burma in the West of Thailand. The final couple of hours of this trip are spectacular as you go up and down ‘mountains’, skirt glistening lakes and begin to see a whole new side of the country. On arrival (late afternoon), you’ll check into a local guest house and meet the whole Sangkhlaburi team who’ll tell you about what’s going to happen for the next 5 days.
construction volunteers in thailand
For the next 5 days you’ll work alongside our team, and other travellers, on a range of different projects. You could be part of re-decorating a rural school, installing drainage in a local village or even building a new village toilet! The actual nature of the work you do depends on the time of year you travel, the weather and, of course, the needs of the local communities at that time. However, whatever you do, you’ll learn a huge amount about life in this part of Thailand and know that you’re helping make a difference to those in the area.

Say goodbye to the mountains and lake and head back to Bangkok for another quick burst of life in the big city. Stay overnight on Khao San Road and catch your breath before heading off to the islands of Southern Thailand.

You have a free day in Bangkok prior to your overnight coach to the South so why not take in some temples, have a relaxing massage or even load up on some souvenir shopping. In the evening you then board the coach taking you to the South, finally changing to a ferry in the early morning of Day 18.

Day 18: THE BEACH!
You’ll arrive on Koh Phangan in the morning and check into your hotel for the next two weeks. The hotel is located right on the beach with it’s own pool (if you get bored of the sea in front of you!) and in a great location – far enough from the craziness of Had Rin so you can get some sleep, but close enough that it’s easy to head out and about and join in the evening parties!

thailand beach party volunteers, thailand voluntourDays 19-27: AND RELAX (OR PARTY!)
The next 9 days are spent on Koh Phangan where there’s a world of choice available to you. From exploring beaches and snorkeling to jungle trekking and kite surfing, there’s something for everyone here – and of course don’t forget what made the island famous, it’s ‘Moon’ Parties! Whether your trip coincides with a Full Moon, Half Moon or Black Moon there’s always a party going on on the island and if the ‘Moon’ isn’t your thing then try one of the regular ‘Jungle’ Parties! But don’t worry – if partying in a tropical paradise isn’t your thing (?) there are plenty of chilled out places to explore and experience. 

You’re up early and transfer by ferry and coach back to Bangkok. Stock up on snacks, Thailand is a long country! You’ll arrive back in Bangkok in the mid / late evening and check in again to the guest house on Khao San Road and have time for one blast in the city that never seems to sleep.

Day 29: HOME (or further travels!)
Your trip ends today when you check out from the guest house at midday. Pack your bags and think of the amazing things you’ve seen and done over the last 4 weeks.
This tour is only partially guided. You will be looked after by our team from Day 1 through to Day 8. You then transfer back to Bangkok unaccompanied but don’t worry, you are given detailed instructions how to get from the train station to your guest house!

You are then accompanied again from Day 9 through to Day 15 by our Sangkhlaburi team.

Your transfer back to Bangkok on Day 16 and then travel to and time on Koh Phangan are all unaccompanied. However, our team do give you detailed information on how to get everywhere, the hotel management on Koh Phangan are excellent and look after you and, of course, you have access to our 24/7 duty phone throughout your tour.
Thailand Program Booking
Volunteers need to arrive on a Friday as per your start date. Volunteers should book their flights to arrive in Bangkok between 8am – 8pm for our staff to pick you up from the airport.
Volunteering Solutions Thailand Reviews
Surin, Thailand
Lydia Loxton
(United Kingdom)

Going to a temple to teach children during the day was fun. We played lots of games and as a group bought lots of sweets to hand out to the children at the end. .

Surin, Thailand
Yetunde Olaniyan
(United Kingdom)

The 2 week special was definitely good because you could spend each week doing a different project. The projects in Thailand was amazing, Volunteering solutions by far are the most informative organization.

Surin, Thailand
Alexandria Grosso
(United States)

The week at the islands was amazing and a great end to the trip. Additionally, all of the extra excursions that our program leader had planned for us were amazing! .

Surin, Thailand
Jaclyn Cifuni
(United States)

Thailand has taught me so over the past month that I will take and cherish with me forever! I'm already looking into a new program for next year 2017! .

Surin, Thailand
Megan Aarsvold
(United States)

The best memories of my trip are experiencing the culture, food, people, cities and landscapes around different parts of Thailand ..

Surin, Thailand
Kayla Collins
(United States)

I loved every minute of my trip to Thailand, even the super sweaty parts! It definitely makes me appreciate things in America a lot more than I did before..

Surin, Thailand
Ayla Olden
(United States)

I had an absolutely amazing time in Thailand. VolSol staff helped us in adjusting to the culture shock of Thailand and helping us learn and submerge ourselves in the culture..

Surin, Thailand
Magdalena Schricker

I loved my placement. The kids were so much fun and the staff was really nice and helpful. I think the kids were very excited about us volunteers being there. And the staff at the project definitely appreciated us being there..

Chiang Mai, Thailand
Coperchini Lise

The highlight of my trip is being with elephants and meeting thai people. I learn a lot about my self and the Thai culture. It's an amazing experience that I really want to do again. I will never forget it. .

Chiang Mai, Thailand
Dora Stepan

I like meeting new people from all around the world and get to know the health system in Thailand. Also the weekend trips were great, I would recommend it to each of my friends..

Chiang Mai, Thailand
Debbie Vasquez
(United States)

I am very grateful that your organization provided a positive opportunity/experience to volunteer abroad. I have wanted to volunteer abroad for a very long time and with this experience I look forward to many more..

Surin, Thailand
Sandeep Saini
(United Kingdom)

The elephant village gave me a lot of joy, I gained peace of mind adapting to a different lifestyle, also I enjoyed the kids daycare in Surin..

Surin, Thailand
Rachel Daniels
(United States)

My highlight of the experience was visiting and working at the elephant village in Surin. It was definitely one of the top three highlights of my entire life!.

Surin, Thailand
Allen Zeng
(United States)

I learned new cultures and met lots of other great volunteers from all over the globe. The program itself was educational and unique..

Surin, Thailand
Louisa Culley
(United Kingdom)

I had the best month of my life and I would recommend it to anyone even contemplating the idea. It's more than just volunteering as you get to travel and see amazing sights you haven't and will never see again..

Surin, Thailand
Aiyana Dancy
(United States)

I totally enjoyed my placement. The in-country staff was very nice. Working at The elephant village was the best part of our trip. .

Chiang Mai, Thailand
Joseanne Villeneuve

I have found so much happiness in Thailand surrounded by these amazing smiling kids and everyone around. I've learnt a lot about myself, moral values and life and opened my heart like never before. .

Surin, Thailand
Jacob Lee
(United States)

Meeting new people and clinical experience in my healthcare program is the highlight of my volunteering experience. .

Surin, Thailand
Chun Hoe Ho

I absolutely loved my trip, was easily the best trip I have ever experienced. I wish I could do it again but I wanna go to a different country with Volunteering Solutions..

Surin, Thailand
Devon Adlawan
(United States)

I just wanted to thank you for everything and this three week ThaiIand program was beyond amazing! I had the time of my life! It was so much fun and the coordinators were incredible.

Bangkok - Thailand Program Cost
Volunteering Solutions strives hard to keep costs low and offers one of the most affordable volunteer abroad programs. Compare our prices and services to other organizations and you would be surprised to see the difference. 
4 weeks$1,127£958$1,578€1,094
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