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Camp Elephant

Duration

3 Week Blocks

Runs from

January - October

Cost

$1099

Camp Elephant

Slip into a Summer of Solitude, an Asian travel haven intertwined in a web of beauty, exploration and adventure at a mesmerising natural elephant adventure.

Write the first chapter of your travel story in the midst of bustling Bangkok, the epicentre of thrills, hub of activity, and hotbed of culture in Thailand

Marvel at magical temples, board long tail boats and gaze at the shining beacon of Golden Mountain. Travel to the site of the reclining Buddha, just one of the many captivating landmarks sure to seduce your sights whilst you travel through the Asian backdrop.

From the bright lights of Bangkok, travel to Thailand’s spiritual hotbed: Singburi. A region where temples cascade through the lush scenery, and night markets provide an opportunity to mingle with merchants under the moon’s mystical gaze, Singburi is diverse, as it is serene.

Camp Elephant, you’ll enter the realm of education and travel to local schools, during which time you’ll teach local children – an activity guaranteed to instil excitement.

Historical Kanchanaburi will be next on the travel itinerary, a city tucked cosily at the rendezvous point of the Kwai Noi and Kwai Yoi rivers. Whilst here, the delightful Thai elephants will be awaiting your arrival – an experience well worth the travel time.

With trips to breathtaking sites such as Pranburi National Park, enthralling Khao Kalok beach and time with Monks also on the agenda, to name a select few, your Elephant Adventure promises to be a travel extravaganza unlike no other.

Camp Highlights


Overnight Stay In Natural Elephant Sanctuary

Pool at Hua-Hin Resort

Help out in local communities in Singburi

Testimonials

Suraiya Begum

Camp Thailand was the best experience of my life!

Camp Thailand has easily been the best experience of my life and so different from what I originally expected but in a really really good way! We did so much from helping at schools to being at elephant sanctuaries as well as Thai Language lessons! Its was jam packed with activities from morning until evening!

Kathryn Smith

The best time of my life!

Camp Thailand has been amazing, such a great experience. We have done so many different things and experienced such a different culture. You never have moments to stop, there is always activities and you are always doing something exciting!

Available Tours and Extras

Extended Bangkok Tour! – $79

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Want to check out all the must see sites with expert guides, then you should definitely sign up to our Extended Bangkok Tour which is available at Camp Chiang Mai and Elephant Adventure. This tour is the perfect opportunity to explore Bangkok with our Camp Thailand Team who have travelled Thailand many times before, whilst getting to know your new best friends for the next month! You will be able to immerse yourself in Thai Culture and get a taste of the city that really does never sleep. We will take you to do a number of activities such as experiencing, a Long Tail Boat Ride, visit Wat Pho’s Reclining Buddha, The Golden Mountain, a Tuk Tuk ride around Bangkok and in the evening head out for food and to a Rooftop Skybar for a beautiful panoramic view of Bangkok! If you are not partaking in this extended tour, you will have free time. Phone us on: 0161 222 3780 or log in to your account to book on today, as there are only limited spaces available!

Island Hopping Tour – $449

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A trip to Thailand is not complete without visiting the country’s incredible islands. So, the Camp Thailand Team have created the Island Hopping Tour, exclusive to Camp Thailand applicants, where you will have the opportunity to visit Thailand’s best islands; Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan! With stretches of white sandy beaches, looming palm trees and crystal clear oceans – this kind of beauty has to be seen to be believed! For more information, just give us a call on 0161 222 3780!

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Day 1: Arrival

Morning/Afternoon

Following your arrival in Thailand, you and the rest of the group will be met at the airport ( BKK ) ahead of your transfer to Bangkok, the bustling center of activity where you will start your enthralling adventure.

Evening

Upon arriving and checking into your accommodation in this captivating city, we’ll be hosting a welcome meal (not included) to mark the inauguration of your trip to Thailand; this is the ideal opportunity for you to become accustomed to your new surroundings and introduce yourself to your new Campmates!

 

Please note in order to receive your free pick up you will need to arrive before 2 pm on your start day of Camp into BKK airport.

 

Day 2: Optional Bangkok Tour (£79)

If you choose to do the Bangkok Tour, then you’ll be exploring this incredible city for the day with the group.

Alternatively, then you are more than welcome to explore the capital at your own pace!

Day 3: Bangkok to Singburi

Morning

This morning marks the end of our visit to Bangkok, as we embark on our 3 to 4-hour minibus transfer to Singburi. One of the central provinces in Thailand, Singburi boasts an enviable history and inhabitants demonstrate staunch pride in their heritage; the city is sprinkled with streets christened with names paying homage to heroes of yesteryear.

Afternoon

Following our arrival in Singburi, we’ll be spending the afternoon delving into the delights of local landmarks. A visit to the instantly recognisable Wat Phikulthong will take your breath away – a spell-binding temple surveyed by a gargantuan golden monk sculpture.

Evening

As the sun begins its daily descent and the shadow of night falls on Singburi, prepare for an exciting visit to the local night market.

Accommodation

TGL Singburi Center

Meals Included

Dinner

Day 4: Singburi

Morning/Afternoon

During your time in Thailand, your time in Thai schools will rank as one of your most fulfilling experiences of your trip – if not your entire life; the children within the schools are not presented with the same educational opportunities as children in the UK, as such, the experience often serves as an eye-opener for applicants and generates even more hunger to make whatever difference they can.

The experience promises to inspire, captivate and enthral – but first, we need to plan your lessons!

During your morning and afternoon, we’ll plan lessons together and make sure that you’re well equipped for an awesome time in the classroom!

Evening

Thailand is a country whereby there is utmost importance attributed to respect and compliance with cultural norms. Therefore, tonight we’ll provide you with a rundown of behavioural expectations within Thailand; you’ll also be given a lesson outlining brief Thai language tips, to help you during your time throughout the trip, as well as in the classroom.

Accommodation

TGL Singburi Center

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 5: School Visit

Morning

This morning, we’ll head to the local school, for your first day of teaching. This promises to be an incredible experience – an opportunity to flourish in unfamiliar, yet welcoming surroundings.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, you’ll be presented with two options: continue teaching at the local school, or sample alternative activities, such as:

Muay Thai – A traditional form of Thai boxing; (1 time in the week)

Temple school effort – A construction project within the local community;

Sports coaching

Please note that some of the additional activities in the afternoon won’t always be available but an alternative will be put in place.

Accommodation

TGL Singburi Center

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 6: School Visit

Morning

This morning, we’ll continue working at the local school.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, you’ll be presented with two options: continue teaching at the local school, or sample alternative activities, such as:

Temple School Effort

A construction project within the local community;

Sports Coaching

Please note that some of the additional activities in the afternoon won’t always be available but an alternative will be put in place.

Evening

After a long day working at the school and enjoying the activities, we’ll spend the evening at the centre, where there’ll be a karaoke evening arranged for you and the group.

Accommodation

TGL Singburi Center

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 7: School Visit

Morning

This morning, we’ll continue working at the local school.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, you’ll be presented with two options: continue teaching at the local school, or sample alternative activities, such as:

Temple School Effort

A construction project within the local community;

Sports Coaching

Please note that some of the additional activities in the afternoon won’t always be available but an alternative will be put in place.

Evening

It’s no exaggeration to say working with children is exhausting work! Satisfy your hunger and indulge in an Authentic Thai BBQ for dinner during the evening.

Accommodation

TGL Singburi Center

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 8: School Visit

Morning

Continue working at the local school.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, you’ll be presented with two options: continue teaching at the local school, or sample alternative activities, such as:

Temple school effort – A construction project within the local community;

Sports coaching;

Please note that some of the additional activities in the afternoon won’t always be available but an alternative will be put in place.

Evening

Enjoy some much deserved free time with your Campmates and have fun with your new friends.

Accommodation

TGL Singburi Center

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 9: Kanchanaburi

Morning/Afternoon

Elephants are considered sacred and are a revered, respected species in Thailand. Today, we’ll head to Kanchanaburi, a town located in the west of Thailand, to spend a full day feeding and caring for the elephants – a unique experience to remember.

Evening

Following a day caring for the elephants, we’ll stay overnight at the elephant sanctuary where we’ll take part in evening activities as well as enjoy some free time to chill and freshen up.

Accommodation

Elephant Haven Kanchanaburi

Meals Included

Lunch/Dinner

Day 10: Elephant Sanctuary

Morning

It’s another day with the elephants!

Throw yourself into their day to day care, preparing food for them before feeding and even jumping into a river or lake and bathing them too!

Get ready to get muddy and have your camera on hand to get that once in a lifetime elephant selfie!

Afternoon

After lunch, we’ll begin our transfer to the seaside resort of Hua Hin; the journey will take approximately 3 to 4 hours.

Upon arrival, we’ll check into the Greenway Hua Hin Resort. The resort is just a 20-minute drive from the local beach and has a massive swimming pool on site which you are free to use and soak up Thailand’s sunshine.

Evening

Spend the evening getting settled into your new surroundings.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch

Day 11: Hua Hin

Morning/Afternoon

Today is your opportunity to explore the many delights of Hua Hin.

This province is home to stunning beaches, clad in decadent coves and majestic waters – grab your beach towel and soak up the sun in the midst of utopia.

Alternatively, enjoy some downtime and indulge in the pool at the accommodation; the choice is yours.

*Please note that activities on this day are subject to your own cost*

Evening

Free time to partake in a period of relaxation, take a dip in the sumptuous swimming pool and have fun with your Camp buddies.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner (At resort only)

Day 12: Hua Hin

Morning

Located 3km west of Hua Hin town, Hin Lek Fau viewpoint is the ideal way to start our day.

While the steep ascent to the summit will test your resistance to heights, the rewards are astounding, with panoramic views of the town, beach, the Gulf of Thailand and Royal Hua Hin Golf Course.

A park and bird conservatory on the hilltop serves as a testament to nature in amongst this haven of solitude.

After returning to ground level, we’ll embark on a trip to Khao Takiab Temple, before visiting the monkeys at Monkey Mountain.

Afternoon

Slap on the sunscreen and grab your sunglasses – we’re heading to Sea Pine Beach, home to silky sands and incredible waters. Marvel at stretches of stunning sands at one of the most absorbing beaches on the planet.

Evening

Freshen up and prepare for an evening at the night market in Hua Hin – an intoxicating assault on the senses.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 13: Phetchaburi

Morning/Afternoon

Today, we’ll head over to Phetchaburi, where we will be spending time with the adorable elephants.

The whole group will visit the elephant sanctuary in Phetchaburi; make sure to bring your camera – we’d hate for you to miss out on your opportunity to capture the perfect elephant selfie!

Evening

Free time to relax and enjoy leisure time with your Campmates.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 14: Free Day

This is a great chance for you to explore Hua Hin and take part in some amazing optional activities!

Head down to the local mall and treat yourself to some fast food (or maybe some new clothes).

There are fishing parks, wine tasting trips and so much more! Just ask your Rep for help in planning extra activities.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (At resort only)

Day 15: Free Day

This is a great chance for you to explore Hua Hin and take part in some amazing optional activities!

Head to Santorini Waterpark around 45 Minutes Away for only £15 equivalent and have a day full of fun, go down to the local mall and treat yourself to some fast food (or maybe some new clothes).

There are fishing parks, wine tasting trips and so much more! Just ask your Rep for help in planning extra activities.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (At resort only)

Day 16: Pranburi Forest Park

Morning

Following an evening of free time, wake up revitalised and ready to explore Pranburi Forest Park, famous for mangrove plantations.

Voluntary projects are fundamental to the maintenance of these beautiful sites, therefore, be prepared to get your hands dirty whilst helping to clean the beach and preserve its magical qualities.

Afternoon

Take a well-earned rest and relax at Pranburi Beach. Tune into the sound of silence, with the gentle lapping of wondrous waters and gentle tides the solitary sounds in the serene surroundings.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 17: Monk Visit & Hua Hin Night Market

Morning

Today, we’ll begin early and give food to the Monks, before partaking in the epitome of relaxation – a meditation session.

The temples in Thailand are highly-sacred grounds, as such, Monks endeavour to keep them pristine; we’ll contribute to the cause and assist the Monks in the upkeep of the temple.

Afternoon

Following lunch, we’ll delve further into this fascinating way of life and learn more about Buddhism at the temple, with a question and answer session with a local Monk the perfect opportunity to develop your understanding about a Monk’s lifestyle.

Evening

Experience the aromas of Hua Hin Night Market, sample delicious cuisine and immerse yourself in the bustling surroundings of a manic, yet highly enjoyable marketplace.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 18: Khao Kalok

Morning/Afternoon

Next stop on our itinerary is the splendid, coastal stretch Khao Kalok.

A true slice of haven, Khao Kalok lies 40km south of Hua Hin and is a bay of tranquillity – the ideal spot to slip into a state of sedateness.

The beach is widely acknowledged as being one of the most peaceful in the area, so whether you’re basking in the sunshine, partaking in beach games or dipping in the crystal ocean, shake off the shackles of time and enjoy your trip to Khao Kalok.

Evening

Enjoy free time at the accommodation around the pool and relax with your Campmates.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 19: Kui Buri

Morning/Afternoon

Today, the whole group will be going to Kui Buri to spot elephants roaming freely whilst exploring the National Park.

Evening

Enjoy free time at the accommodation around the pool and relax with your Campmates.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 20: Hua Hin

Morning

If you want to embrace your creative side and demonstrate your flair for the arts; this morning, you will have the option to visit an Artist village, where you will create your own masterpiece under the guidance of a local painter. (additional activity, not inluded)

Afternoon

Following a morning inundated by the arts, a landscape of our next destination, Sai Noi Beach, wouldn’t look out of place in the finest art gallery. While the beach is quiet, void of commercialism, this only adds to the lure and attraction of the beauty spot. The quaint beach bar nestled in amongst the backdrop of the sandy shores offers the chance to delight in ample refreshments in amongst surroundings befitting of a postcard.

Evening

Goodbye dinner and party to commemorate your last evening in Hua Hin!

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 21: Hua Hin to Bangkok

Morning

Pack your bags, enjoy the swimming pool for the last time and say goodbye to Hua Hin and the local team.

Afternoon

It’s time to begin your journey back to reality! Transfer to the hotel near the airport in Bangkok.

Evening

Enjoy your final evening with your Campmates; be sure to swap contact details before heading home!

Accommodation

Hotel Bangkok

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch

Day 22: Departure

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE 🙁

Morning/Afternoon

Board the shuttle bus to the airport, before jetting out of Thailand – your Summer of a Lifetime is officially over!

Meals Included

N/A

Accommodation

Bangkok – Rooms size 2-4, Aircon/Fan conditioned, Basic, Central location. 

Your Bangkok accommodation is smack bang in the heart of Bangkok close to the main strip with lots of local amenities nearby. 

Singburi –  Rooms Size 2-4, Fan conditioned, Basic, Rural location. 

Your Singburi accommodation will give you an authentic and real Thai experience and let you live life like a local firsthand. You will be situated in the local Thai community but will have a communal area and laundry facilities at Camp. There will also be a swimming pool for us to use around 10-15minutes from your accommodation in your free time for an additional fee.

Kanchanaburi – Rooms Size 2-4, Air-con, Basic.

Life at an elephant sanctuary couldn’t get better, in Kanchanaburi you will stay in a nearby hotel to the elephant sanctuary, so you can spend as much time as possible with these beautiful animals. 

Hua Hin – Room size 2-4, Air Con, Onsite swimming pool, Basic, Beach and city center 20-minute drive away. 

Hua Hin will be the cherry on top of your amazing Camp experience giving you a huge onsite swimming pool to kick back and relax after a hard day’s work. There will be onsite laundry facilities and you will be situated a 20-minute drive away from the main city center and the beach. 

Important Accommodation Notes –  All of our accommodation is pre-booked for every participant, however, due to standard expectations, booking numbers and delivery of service these may change. However, if these do change we will ensure to provide the same standard of accommodation for your trip and provide as much notice as possible. 

Something to Consider

Camp Thailand is not a typical idea of a holiday and it’s not always relaxing; at times you may find yourself in testing circumstances, as you would when experiencing any new culture. There may be bad weather, mosquitos, long journeys, slow Wi-Fi and limited food options.

However, here at Camp Thailand, we thoroughly enjoy stepping out of the comfort zone, embracing new cultures and learning how people live in other countries! Every year, we have a fantastic time, as have thousands of previous Camp Thailand attendees. Though we personally love the experience, we realise that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. As such, prior to your application, please make sure that you understand that this is a cultural experience, not a luxury holiday; our aim is to make a positive impact in the community – this is a product of hard work and dedication!

While we cannot guarantee that you will have a relaxing time, we fully recommend that you come to Camp Thailand with a sense of adventure and a willingness to embrace the experience – ultimately, there is only one person who will dictate how much you enjoy camp and that’s you! We provide the setup and infrastructure for you to have a genuinely incredible time that many would love to be involved with; the rest of the package comes from you and your commitment to the cause.

It is no coincidence that our best participants on the program immerse themselves in the activities each day; if you work with passion, your enthusiasm will not only be appreciated by us here at Camp Thailand, but the locals who you are helping will be grateful for your help. We present the opportunity to partake in some of the most unbelievable life experiences, including teaching in communities in local schools and getting up close and personal with Thailand’s elephants, while making friends for life.

Additional Costs

  • + £48.86 DBS Check
  • Medical Form (Your GP may charge you for completion)
  • Any additional tours or EP elective you wish to join
  • Flights and Insurance

Program Requirements

  • 18+
  • A clear criminal background check completed by Camp Thailand (£48.86)
  • Valid Passport (with at least 6 months left)
  • A basic level of English speaking
  • You have to be enthusiastic, outgoing, friendly, good with kids and ready to experience a totally new and exciting culture!
  • So what are you waiting for? This is a perfect Gap Year job abroad!

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Available Dates

15th May 2020 - 5th June 2020
5th June 2020 - 26th June 2020
26th June 2020 - 17th July 2020
10th July 2020 - 31st July 2020
17th July 2020 - 7th August 2020
31st July 2020 - 21st August 2020
7th August 2020 - 28th August 2020
28th August 2020 - 18th September 2020

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