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15 Day Elephant Experience in Surin - Thailand

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15 Day Elephant Experience in Surin - Thailand - Starfish Adventure
15 Day Elephant Experience in Surin - Thailand - Starfish Adventure
Sam "I had a great time, loved my coordinators, the project was really good, worth every penny. Me Lee is the coolest Thai man in the world! Waking up and walking down to see the elephants in the back garden was the most amazing experience of my life so far, as well as going for a walk and swimming with the elephants; not to mention the riding. And the kids coming around the house every night are so mu..."
Excellent
16 reviews
Starts
Bangkok
Ends
Surin
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Highlights

  • Create vegetable gardens
  • Be surrounded by natural beauty
  • Get immersed in local culture
  • Take Thai cooking classes
Age range
18 to 35 year olds
Max Group Size
15
Travel style
Volunteer/Community, Wildlife
Start in Bangkok and end in Surin! With the volunteer/community tour 15 Day Elephant Experience in Surin - Thailand, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Bangkok to Surin and through Bangkok, Thailand and Surin. 15 Day Elephant Experience in Surin - Thailand is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

16 Reviews

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21%
Average
7%
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  • 15 Day Elephant Experience in Surin - Thailand reviewer 1
    Written on June 23, 2018
    2.5 - Average

    I had virtually no information from Starfish before leaving, in fact I didn't even discover that they were the company coordinating the tour until I arrived in Thailand. (I booked with Gap360 and as a first time traveller didn't realise that they were an agency not a tour company) I fortunately had information about where to meet them in the airport, unlike others on the tour and they ended up completely lost in BKK. We had Thai guides which was fun for the experience of it however there was some communication barriers that would not have been present if we had a native English speaking guide. We also had no way of contacting them in our off time at the weekend when we had been left to our own devices. There were so many different groups doing different things on the same transfer (different types of volunteering and either pure volunteer or the voluntour) and between us we had no idea what was going on or not. The actual volunteering was good and the elephants were wonderful but my two weeks there could not have been more contrasting; on my first week there was more than 20 of us staying in the village and in my second week there was only 2 people. As I was then the only native English speaker at the home stay and having so much free time, it provided to be a mentally exhausting and quite lonely week. The weekend accommodation was basic, which was fine, however with nothing planned, I found it to be very boring and was sold Surin as a far more busy place than it actually was. Many nights I found myself eating a microwaved meal from 7-eleven alone for dinner outside of the house. The tour overall wasn't bad but there was a distinct lack of clarity present that led to me believing it was going to be something very different. I have been on another tour with a different company since and have realised the difference between the two is far greater than I would have imagined. (Note also that not all activities on the itinerary are included in the price) The tour was fine and as I said, the volunteering itself was beyond compare but I feel as though I may have been a tad misled. To anyone booking in the future, please make sure you know exactly what the tour is about.
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  • A
    Written on June 20, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    Starfish is a fantastic organisation and we would recommend their volunteer abroad projects to anyone. The placements are well organised and the people are both helpful and knowledgeable. Many other volunteer organisations only offer 3 or 6 month placements, which don’t cater for people who have full-time jobs. We volunteered for 2 weeks with Starfish and had a brilliant time – we’d definitely go again!

  • A
    Written on March 14, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    I recommend volunteering with Starfish, and further encourage people to work on the elephant project as it is an incredible experience, being up and close with elephants every day.

  • 15 Day Elephant Experience in Surin - Thailand reviewer 4
    Written on May 30, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    I loved my time here so much! Everything I expected and more. The elephants are amazing and being around them has been a great experience. Thailand is great and the staff are so helpful if you want to take trips on the weekend! I would definitely do it again and recommend it to everyone; it's the experience of a lifetime!
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  • 15 Day Elephant Experience in Surin - Thailand reviewer 5
    Written on April 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I loved working at the elephant village, everyone was really friendly and helpful :D I will definitely try and volunteer again here, and I will definitely recommend Starfish to my friends! All the facilities were amazing and a special mention to Mr Lee for letting us stay at his house and provide copious amounts of entertainment :) Another special mention to Wendy for being an amazing coordinator and showing us the best places to go and for looking after us :) All my love! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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  • 15 Day Elephant Experience in Surin - Thailand reviewer 6
    Written on February 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    It was great fun and loved my coordinators and fellow volunteers. The work was hard but made my time with the elephants and other activities feel deserved. Just be prepared to get dirty and get involved!
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  • 15 Day Elephant Experience in Surin - Thailand reviewer 7
    Written on January 31, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I enjoyed myself the whole experience was amazing especially the trip to the night market
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  • 15 Day Elephant Experience in Surin - Thailand reviewer 8
    Written on January 31, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I had a great time, loved my coordinators, the project was really good, worth every penny. Me Lee is the coolest Thai man in the world! Waking up and walking down to see the elephants in the back garden was the most amazing experience of my life so far, as well as going for a walk and swimming with the elephants; not to mention the riding. And the kids coming around the house every night are so much fun to hang out with. Starfish and its staff has definitely been adding to how good of an experience this has been.
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  • 15 Day Elephant Experience in Surin - Thailand reviewer 9
    Written on January 20, 2013
    4.5 - Excellent

    Top time lovely place
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  • 15 Day Elephant Experience in Surin - Thailand reviewer 10
    Written on January 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Amazing experience ! Staff was amazing and very accommodating. It was fun being able to live with a Thai family
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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1 – Arrive in Bangkok
  2. Day 2 – Bangkok Tour
  3. Day 3 – Transfer to Surin, Welcome Meeting and Orientation
  4. Days 4-6 – Volunteer at the Elephant Village
  5. Day 7 - Elephants and then back to Surin town
  6. Days 8 - 10 - Free time
  7. Days 11 - 13 - Back to the Elephant Village
  8. Day 14 - Elephants and then back to Surin town
  9. Day 15 - End 

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  • Accommodation

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  • Guide

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  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Good by past passengers
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Typhoid
Recommended for Thailand. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
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Cholera
Recommended for Thailand. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Thailand. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
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Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Thailand. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Japanese B encephalitis
Recommended for Thailand. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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Location
Bangkok is the starting point and Surin is the endpoint.
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TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Starfish Adventure booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 23 November 2018 the full payment of $992 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $992 for 15 Day Elephant Experience in Surin - Thailand, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
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Some departure dates and prices may vary and Starfish Adventure will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
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Destinations

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

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