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Chiang Mai Elephant Experience- 7 Days

Chiang Mai Elephant Volunteering & Tour

Do you dream of working with elephants and providing them with care and love? Do you want to experience the wonders of Northern Thailand while making a difference? Then this Chiang Mai Elephant volunteering project in Thailand with Global Crossroad is ideal for you!

Thailand is a wonderful country filled with experiences that attract countless tourists every year. There are mystical ruins and temples, amazing natural sights, fascinating wildlife and incredibly friendly communities everywhere you go.

Traveling in Thailand is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will give you a newfound love of nature, culture and animals.

Sadly, many elephants in Thailand languish and suffer in cruel conditions. This is mainly due to poor economic circumstances as many elephant owners feel the need to exploit the animals for labor and tourism in order to make a living. Forestry has also taken a huge toll on wild elephants as their homes are taken away from them.

By volunteering with the Elephants in Thailand, you can prove that these practices are not necessary, and that owners of elephants can make a great living while treating the animals with the kindness and respect they deserve. Your love and passion will go a long way towards ensuring that the elephants are happy, safe and never again exploited in cruel ways.

Do you want to use your love, passion and dedication to make a real difference for these amazing animals while immersing yourself in Thai culture and sights? Then contact Global Crossroad today for more information!

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

During Chiang Mai Thailand elephant volunteer project, your responsibilities will include feeding and caring for the elephants. You will also be asked to help clean out their living areas, assist elephant veterinarians and other tasks depending on the needs of the project.

Through this work you will be able to share your love and passion with these amazing animals and show them a kinder side of humanity. The difference you make for them will be instantly visible, and your participation will help raise awareness with other tourists and locals on how they can interact with elephants in a mutually beneficial and ethical way.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific requirements for taking part in this tour. You simply need to have a great love and passion for animals, and a desire to travel and experience a country while providing a real positive impact. You should be willing to go outside your comfort zone and enjoy off the beaten track and rural living conditions.

Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary Volunteer- Itinerary

Day 1 – Pick up from your accommodation.

On the first day of your elephant volunteering project in Chiang Mai, Thailand, your guide will collect you from your accommodation in the early morning and escort you to the elephant village in Mae Wang. You’ll be served lunch on arrival and have the rest of the day to get familiar with the facilities and partake in some activities with the elephants to get to know them.

Day 2 – Day 3 - Volunteer with elephants.

These two days will be jam packed with rewarding and fun volunteer activities like feeding and caring for the elephants, making vitamin cakes for them, cleaning their enclosures, walking with and bathing them.

Day 4 - Jungle Trekking.

Today you’ll get to go on an exciting 4 to 6-hour jungle trek together with your guide and fellow volunteers in Thailand Chiang Mai Elephant project which will take you past small villages, rice paddies, amazing waterfalls and rivers. You’ll spend the night at a jungle camp where dinner will be served by an open campfire.

Day 5 – Rafting

Your trek continues on the fifth day before boarding a raft and floating down the river, stopping for lunch on the riverfront on the way before finally arriving back at the elephant village.

Day 6 – Volunteer at the Elephant Hospital.

Your final day of volunteering will involve making a visit to the elephant hospital and assisting the local veterinarians with their work to ensure the health of the animals.

Day 7 – Transfer back to Chiang Mai

It’s time to say your farewells as we take you back to Chiang Mai and conclude the tour.

Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary Volunteer: Dates and Fees

Start Dates


Global Crossroad is committed to offering quality volunteering in Thailand programs at the world’s most affordable price. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer program in Thailand application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee . You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

Program Fee: $531

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »

What’s included?

  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Two night guest house accommodation in Bangkok
  • Guided Bangkok Tour
  • Transfer to Surin
  • Accommodation throughout your trip – a range of guest houses / shared house / elephant village homestay and, if you choose the beach extension, an awesome beach front hotel
  • All activities listed in the itinerary – far too many to list here
  • Full orientation of project and surrounding areas
  • Daily transfers to and from project location
  • Full ongoing support

What Isn’t

  • Your flights
  • Meals – Please allow around $10USD/day
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Any additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary

Accommodation and Meal

You will be staying directly in the elephant village during your time as a volunteer. Here you will share a room with fellow volunteers. By staying here, you will get to become intimately familiar with life at the sanctuary and allow yourself plenty of cultural immersion. During your trek you will stay in a jungle camp, letting you get close to nature.

Read more about your Accommodation and Meal.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

Most of your time while on this tour will already be organized and planned. However, during your days of elephant volunteering in Thailand you will have time in the evening and late afternoon to relax, socialize or explore the local area. The included activities will also give you a chance to trek deep into the jungle and enjoy the nature that Thailand is so famous for.

Read more about your free time and weekend exploration in Thailand.

Safety and In Country Support

Global Crossroad takes your security as a volunteer very seriously. We ensure that all facilities are carefully vetted and inspected to ensure safety, and your guide will be available to help you with anything you need at any time during your tour.

Read more about our safety and in-country support.

Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary Volunteer: FAQs:

Arrival and departure

When taking part in this Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary Volunteer program in Thailand, you should fly to Suvarnabhumi International Airport at least one day prior to the start of the program. You should arrange accommodation for your first night and provide us with the details so that we can collect you on the first morning of the project.

Please be aware that for this tour, Global Crossroad does not arrange airport pick-up or drop-off, but we would be happy to help you arrange this, and it is very simple to book.


You will need a tourist visa to enter and volunteer in Thailand. This can be acquired at the official Thai embassy or consulate in your country, though be aware that this can take a few days. For more details on this process, visit this link:


Hepatitis B, Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis A, Routine Vaccinations, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, and Rabies are commonly recommended vaccines for visiting Thailand.

For more information, visit this link and consult with your medical doctor prior to departure.

Why join Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary Volunteer?

This tour allows you to get up close and personal with elephants while also experiencing the glories of Thai nature and making lifelong friends among your fellow travelers and locals who you work with.

Travel and Work with like-minded people from around the world

You will work and travel closely with like-minded travelers and volunteers and form lifelong friendships and memories.

Make a positive impact while traveling

While volunteering at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, not only will you get to experience an amazing tour of Northern Thailand, you will also be making a huge difference by sharing your love and passion with elephants and raising awareness of how to treat these animals with kindness and humanity.

Life changing experience

The memories and experiences you will get from this tour will stay with you for the rest of your life and broaden your horizons as you get a new perspective on many aspects of life.

Improve the lives of endangered elephants and raise awareness

Your efforts will significantly improve the lives of the elephants in your care. In addition, your work will go a long way to showing that it is not necessary to abuse elephants for profit and encourage elephant owners and tourists to change their ways and commit to ethical treatment of these amazing animals.

Immerse yourself in Thai culture

Staying in the elephant village during your Chiang Mai Thailand elephant sanctuary volunteering program will give you a up-close-and-personal look into Thai culture and allow you to immerse yourself in their daily life as you become part of their community for a short time.

Other Volunteering Opportunities in Thailand

Global Crossroad arranges many volunteering opportunities in Thailand. You can
help renovate schools,
work with elephants in several projects,
teach English,
provide crucial medical care,
work in childcare and much more.
Contact Global Crossroad today to find out which project is right for you!