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Mei "Ae was super friendly. Even tho she didn't talk much and her English was kinda poor, she always try her best too help you understand and translate for you when you need help the most. She give her best. She was never rude and was open minded about stuff us volunteers ask her. She was welling too teach and help us with are Thai also came in handy for us. Ae was helpful and kind and I hope I see he..."
Starts
Bangkok
Ends
Surin
Age Range
18 to 70 year olds
Excellent
88 reviews

Highlights

  • Explore the streets of Bangkok
  • Hike the trails of Surin
  • Work on micro-development projects
  • Help build safe habitats for elephants
Start in Bangkok and end in Surin! With the volunteer/community tour Volunteer with Elephants, you have a 14 day tour package taking you through Bangkok, Thailand and Surin. Volunteer with Elephants includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Volunteer with Elephants reviewer 1
    Written on February 16, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    I had such an amazing time working for Bamboo! The highlight of my time spent in Surin was not only interacting with the elephants, but the staff and people I met! Ae especially was such a joy to work with and made every day in the village special. She's an amazing person and now friend who inspired me to help others. The program was such an incredible experience and I would definitely recommend to others !
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  • Volunteer with Elephants reviewer 2
    Written on February 11, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    From the moment getting off the plane everything was well organized, I was hesitant at first and didn't know what I was getting myself into. The staff took well care of us throughout the entire program and made sure they were always there to help. The program itself could use a little improvement in the teaching structure, but with improvement it will be top notch in no time. Overall, the greatest three weeks! Very life changing!
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  • Volunteer with Elephants reviewer 3
    Written on February 2, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    My experience with bamboo most-definitely reached much farther than my original expectations. Yes, I knew that I was going to have the trip of a lifetime, but I did not know that I would meet the most genuine and wonderful people that I have met in my lifetime. The friends that I made while residing in the elephant village in Surin, left an imprint on my heart that will impact the rest of my life, never have I known such love from people outside of my family. I think of Ae, Pahn, Heidi, May, Gun, Cha Cha, and everyone else I met every day, which keeps them close to my heart. I hope that everyone gets a chance to have an experience on par with the stupendous time that I had in Thailand. I plan on living there part time, if that gives you a clue to how much my boyfriend and I adored it. I am currently going to university for nursing, and hope to apply to bamboo in the future.
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  • Volunteer with Elephants reviewer 4
    Written on February 1, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    My volunteering experience in the Elephant Village was the best 4 weeks of my life, and Ae was a HUGE part of making it so amazing. From the moment we met she made me feel at ease, welcome and excited about being in thailand. She is funny, cheeky and extremely kind and I could not recommend her enough as a tour guide. With her personality she is bound to become your friend! Her english, while not perfect, is improving everyday and she really makes an effort to have a conversation with you regardless of the language barrier. I not only had a great tour guide, but I made a friend for life, and I hope that many more people in the future get to meet Ae when they volunteer!
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  • Volunteer with Elephants reviewer 5
    Written on January 31, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Bamboo and its employees are incredible! I went with my mother a year go on this trip and it was, to be honest, rather intimidating being in such a foreign world. The bamboo employees made us feel right at home when we got there, and were more then accommodating when we needed assistance. Highly recommend touring with them.
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  • Volunteer with Elephants reviewer 6
    Written on January 31, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Ae was a wonderful tour guide! She was extremely helpful, and answered all of my questions with so much patience. She's such a sweet and nice person, and I found myself having lots of fun with her and the rest of the Bamboo family that helped out with the elephant project. I could not have asked for a better tour guide and team, my trip was fantastic and informative. Would definitely recommend to anyone!
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  • Volunteer with Elephants reviewer 7
    Written on January 31, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    AE was the best possible guide I could have had! She was so nice, funny, down to earth and knowledgable. Right off the bat I felt as though she was a great friend of mine and I honestly cannot wait to see her again! They do a fantastic job in Surin (the bamboo project) and I feel as though the team should really be acknowledged for all they do! They are wonderful people that work so hard at making every experience perfect!
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  • Volunteer with Elephants reviewer 8
    Written on January 31, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Volunteering in Thailand was made a lot more enjoyable because AE was part of the staff. Even though she's still improving her English, she completely makes up for that with her ability to connect with the volunteers. She is friendly and funny in a way that really makes the volunteers feel as though they are at home when they are there. Most of the people who are volunteering with her are coming from around world so having someone on the team who can make everyone comfortable with being in a place that's completely foreign to them is important.
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  • Volunteer with Elephants reviewer 9
    Written on January 31, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Ae made my trip to Thailand one of my favorite memories! She was amazing, full of good energy, laughter and fun. She was very helpful when I needed help or when I didn't understand few things!
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  • Volunteer with Elephants reviewer 10
    Written on January 31, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Ae was super friendly. Even tho she didn't talk much and her English was kinda poor, she always try her best too help you understand and translate for you when you need help the most. She give her best. She was never rude and was open minded about stuff us volunteers ask her. She was welling too teach and help us with are Thai also came in handy for us. Ae was helpful and kind and I hope I see her when I come back one day.
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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • November 1, 2016

      Can you cater a vegan diet on this trip?

      Yes, a vegan diet can be accommodated. As long as an advanced notice is given so that appropriate foods will be prepared for the trip.

    • September 1, 2016

      Are meals included and are there vegan options available?

      All of your meals in the elephant village are included, so that is Monday lunch until Friday lunch.

      We can certainly cater for a vegan. You will just need to let the tour operator know as soon as you book so that everything will be prepared.

      In Bangkok you will have breakfast included and a welcome lunch and the rest of the meals are not included but our guides can help you order to make sure that you get vegan food! (it is a bit of a new concept in Thailand!).

    • September 1, 2016

      What are the inclusions of the tour price?

      Once you arrive in Bangkok, as long as you come on the Friday, we will pick you up at the airport, all of your accommodation is included, we have an orientation, a city tour, an included lunch, we'll head to Surin by train, spend the Friday there and then head to the elephant village on Monday morning. Once you are in the elephant village, all of your meals are included and water. So that leaves only you dinners in Bangkok, lunch on the train, meals in Surin and your transport at the end of the trip (we bring you back to Surin and we'll help you get your onward ticket from there).
      There is plenty of shopping opportunity in Bangkok and in the elephant village we will take you to the village market on Wednesdays.

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    Guides who have led this tour

    • "Yo! I'm Doo! / from Surin, Thailand / work for Bamboo / backpacker / art-fan / steak, vodka and jack.-coke..."
    • "My name is Arron, and I am the a tour leader for The Bamboo Project. My talents include being a good..."
    • "I'm an American girl living in Thailand. While I still hold on to some of my obsessions from home (Go..."
    • "I am the Director of Volunteering for Bamboo. I have lived in Thailand for 6 years and I can speak Thai...."
    • "Hi..!..everyone I am May and I work with bamboo project.!..I very love my job and love all my volunteers..."
    • "Hi there!! I'm a teaching coordinator in Koh Samui. My students call me " teacher Ohm". In..."
    • "Hi I am Meaw! The craziest tour guide in Thailand! "
    • "Hi Guys, My name is Arm or Sammy, working on a wonderful island call "Koh Samui". with Bamboo-project..."
    • "Hello, my name is Kooga.I come from the northeast province of Thailand which is called Chiangrai but..."
    • "Hello, I am Sann, a volunteer coordinator at Siem Reap Bamboo team. I am a simple man, not so handsome..."
    • "Hello Sawasdee kaaa! My name is Pahn aka crazy girl. I'm from Surin. And I'm a volunteer coordinator..."
    • "Aloha my name is ae and i'm from surin thailand. I have been with the bamboo team for 6 months. I love..."
    • "5 Things about me 1 I am hilltrib people 2 I love to traveling 3 never been another country without Cambodia..."
    • " Hi my name is gun and i'm from surin. I have been with the bamboo team for 5 months. i like elephants..."

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      Destinations

      Covering a total distance of approx 347 km.
      • Bangkok (Thailand)
      • 347 km
      • Surin (Thailand)

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