Asia Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 What does a Japan Rail Pass really do?
  2. 2 Beijing
  3. 3 Beijing tours -- worth it?
  4. 4 A tour operator overwhelmingly mentioned on another site
  5. 5 Best beaches in Sri Lanka
  6. 6 Trip Report 4 wonderful solo weeks in South Korea
  7. 7 Kavey April 2016 Japan Itinerary Planning
  8. 8 Cambodia & Vietnam- 2 Weeks with Kids
  9. 9 Private guide and driver for India
  10. 10 Off the Beaten Path Near Kanazawa?
  11. 11 Hong Kong Layover at Night
  12. 12 Hong Kong - help please.
  13. 13 Help with our time in Mandalay, please
  14. 14 Yangon Birthday Dinner
  15. 15 Eating in India
  16. 16 Trekking in India
  17. 17 Where best to stay in Penang
  18. 18 Vietnam - September 2015
  19. 19 Hotel in Hanoi
  20. 20 17-Day Itinerary
  21. 21 Trip Report Myanmar- Popular Sights and even a few hospitals!
  22. 22 Advice on tour company to Sri Lanka
  23. 23 Need Help for the itinerary
  24. 24 Trip Report Sweltering, steamy, sizzingly southern India--It was hot!
  25. 25 India On Arrival Visa
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Volunteering at Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai

Jump to last reply

Hello fellow Fodorites!
I apologize for my delayed trip report, but better late then never. (and more to come on
our Burma trip, I promise!)
But just to give a bit of a background to my blog link with pics, I'll fill in a couple of blanks.
I've been to Elephant Nature Park for the Past 2 years with my 18 year old son and obviously, we love it. We've made it "our thing". The blog link will explain that.
But here's the the tactical details I left out in my blog:
They pick you up from your hotel on a Monday morning and bring you to their office.
After finishing up some paperwork you get a volunteer t-shirt and much needed water bottle.
The vans bring you up to the park and the ride is about an hour and 15 minutes.
Accomodations are rustic, simple but very clean.
Food is terrific, all vegetarian, but not a problem for us.
Be prepared to work and bring clothing you don't mind getting real dirty or ruined. You really do work! Basically, you're broken into groups and given 2 volunteer activities a day.
Those being: shoveling poo, elephant kitchen duties, cutting grass, cutting corn, planting new crops, painting walls ,fixing fences. and the favorite, visiting the local school. You do get down time in the mid afternoon. My son and I would usually go to the dog shelter and help out there. In the evening the local ladies come to the park to give Thai massages. That cost is about $5 and they're really terrific. They also have evening activities for about 4 of the 6 nights we were there.
Basically, it's just like summer camp. The other volunteers you meet are terrific, all ages and from all over the world. And the staff is terrific too.
I think my blog post and pics really say what I think about this place is all about, so take a look.
http://wp.me/1mHbG
And If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

5 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement