Elephant Experience in Surin, Thailand


  • Make a difference in the lives of elephants
  • Immerse in the Thai rural community
  • Learn about a new culture and gain new experiences
  • Gain a rewarding experience working with animals


Thailand really does have it all; from beaches, mountains, jungles and waterfalls, to wildlife, temples, bustling markets, and some of the tastiest food you can imagine. The elephant experience is an exciting, fun-filled way to get to know the Asian elephant. The elephant is iconic throughout Thailand and you’ll have the chance to learn about them and just how important they are to the people of Thailand.

Spending time in a rural village, you and your fellow travelers will help the local people care for the elephants. It’s a hands-on, action-packed insight into an authentic Thai lifestyle. Monday to Thursday afternoon are your activity days, so you will be living at the elephant village. This is back to basics Thai Style living, sleeping on floor mattresses, with your and your fellow volunteers divided between a few rooms. The family who look after the elephants live in a house on the same grounds, and so do the elephants.

At the elephant village you help the host family to look after the elephants, and learn how elephants have been part of the fabric of life in this part of the world for generations. As you will be living so close to the Elephants, there will be plenty of opportunity to feed and interact with them. General day-to-day activities include:

• Walking and bathing the elephants at the river
• Planting and harvesting food for the elephants
• Learning to cook Thai food by helping to prepare dinner each evening
• Kayaking and swimming in the river
• Visiting the local market

Important Information

We want to do everything we can to ensure you have an enjoyable stay in Thailand. An important part of this means staying safe, so here are some things to be aware of before you travel:

Vaccinations – Thailand is very safe indeed, but as with any hot and humid country there are health risks and viruses that we may not be used to back at home. Contracting anything is very rare, but it’s always best to check with experts before you travel to get the latest and most up to date medical advice. Visit your local travel clinic or your local doctor before travelling to check if you do need any vaccinations or medication.
*We suggest doing this as far in advance as you can, as some courses of vaccinations can take several weeks to complete*

Food – Trying the local food is always a fun part of travelling, but it’s common to have the odd upset stomach within the first few days, as your body adjusts to the climate and different foods you may not be used to. Generally, it’s important to keep hydrated, keep your energy levels up and make sure you eat well and enough.

Water – Tap water is not safe to drink so please only drink bottled or filtered water. It’s very easy to buy bottled water throughout Thailand and it’s very cheap too.

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