12 days
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai (Or add 3-day extension) – Estimated 10 Service Hours
Meaningful. Sustainable. Unforgettable
This trip through Thailand is service meets sightseeing meets seriously beautiful temples. In northern Thailand, work alongside locals to benefit underserved hill tribe communities. Then ask yourself: What’s cuter than a happy elephant? Answer: A sanctuary of happy elephants! Observe the gentle giants and help maintain the place they call home. Then, head to bustling Bangkok to explore winding canals, historic sites, and local flavors.
Your Service Project Themes
We work with local non-profits to better understand the needs of each community and then focus projects on those issues. Themes include:
  • Education
  • Infrastructure
  • Community Building
  • Elephant Welfare
 

Day 1: Fly overnight to Thailand

Day 2: Bangkok 
Meet your Tour Director at the airport

Day 3: Bangkok • Chiang Mai
Learn about Thai culture and history at the Museum of Siam
Travel to Chiang Mai

Day 4: Chiang Mai
Take a tour of Chaing Mai
With your Tour Director you will:
  • Visit Wat Ket Karam
  • Explore a local market
  • Visit Wat Suan Dok

Visit a monastery for a local exchange with one of the head monks

Day 5: Chiang Mai • Wat Doi Suthep • Service project • TK
Travel north to your service project location via Wat Doi Suthep
Visit Wat Doi Suthep, a gilded hillside temple
Tour the Elephant PooPooPaper facilities, and try your hand at the sustainable paper-making process
Learn about your specific service work during your project orientation

Day 6-7: Service project
As communities evolve so do their needs. That’s why we work closely with local non-profits to better understand each community’s issues. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like.
  • Explore a community where you’ll work with locals on a service project.
  • Throughout your stay, you’ll also be immersed in cultural activities, celebrating local customs, and traditions.
  • Evenings are a chance to reflect, discuss events as a group, and draw connections between the day’s work and relevant global issues.

Day 8: Chiang Rai
Travel to Chiang Rai

Visit an elephant sanctuary for a walkthrough of your next service project and an introduction to the complex history of elephants in Thai culture

Day 9: Chiang Rai
Focus your service efforts on the upkeep of the elephant sanctuary

Day 10: Chiang Rai • Bangkok
Fly to Bangkok
Take a tour of Bangkok
With your Tour Director you will:
  • Enjoy a guided boat tour on the Chao Phraya River
  • Visit Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
  • Visit the enormous Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

Day 11: Bangkok
Travel to Ayutthaya
Enjoy a thrilling tuk tuk tour of Ayutthaya's old-town

Day 12: Depart for home

Add 3-day tour extension 

Day 12: Bangkok • Cha-Am
Travel to Cha-Am

Enjoy free time on Cha-Am Beach

Day 13: Cha-Am
Take an excursion to Kuri Buri National Park
Spend the day enjoying Thailand’s natural wonders
Observe elephants in their natural habitat

Day 14: Cha-Am • Bangkok
Return to Bangkok
Explore Bangkok on your own

Day 15: Depart for home

Interested in learning more about this tour?
Your Service Project Themes
We work with local non-profits to better understand the needs of each community and then focus projects on those issues. Themes include:
  • Education
  • Infrastructure
  • Community Building
  • Elephant Welfare
 

Day 1: Fly overnight to Thailand

Day 2: Bangkok 
Meet your Tour Director at the airport

Day 3: Bangkok • Chiang Mai
Learn about Thai culture and history at the Museum of Siam
Travel to Chiang Mai

Day 4: Chiang Mai
Take a tour of Chaing Mai
With your Tour Director you will:
  • Visit Wat Ket Karam
  • Explore a local market
  • Visit Wat Suan Dok

Visit a monastery for a local exchange with one of the head monks

Day 5: Chiang Mai • Wat Doi Suthep • Service project • TK
Travel north to your service project location via Wat Doi Suthep
Visit Wat Doi Suthep, a gilded hillside temple
Tour the Elephant PooPooPaper facilities, and try your hand at the sustainable paper-making process
Learn about your specific service work during your project orientation

Day 6-7: Service project
As communities evolve so do their needs. That’s why we work closely with local non-profits to better understand each community’s issues. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like.
  • Explore a community where you’ll work with locals on a service project.
  • Throughout your stay, you’ll also be immersed in cultural activities, celebrating local customs, and traditions.
  • Evenings are a chance to reflect, discuss events as a group, and draw connections between the day’s work and relevant global issues.

Day 8: Chiang Rai
Travel to Chiang Rai

Visit an elephant sanctuary for a walkthrough of your next service project and an introduction to the complex history of elephants in Thai culture

Day 9: Chiang Rai
Focus your service efforts on the upkeep of the elephant sanctuary

Day 10: Chiang Rai • Bangkok
Fly to Bangkok
Take a tour of Bangkok
With your Tour Director you will:
  • Enjoy a guided boat tour on the Chao Phraya River
  • Visit Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
  • Visit the enormous Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

Day 11: Bangkok
Travel to Ayutthaya
Enjoy a thrilling tuk tuk tour of Ayutthaya's old-town

Day 12: Depart for home

Add 3-day tour extension 

Day 12: Bangkok • Cha-Am
Travel to Cha-Am

Enjoy free time on Cha-Am Beach

Day 13: Cha-Am
Take an excursion to Kuri Buri National Park
Spend the day enjoying Thailand’s natural wonders
Observe elephants in their natural habitat

Day 14: Cha-Am • Bangkok
Return to Bangkok
Explore Bangkok on your own

Day 15: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & Transportation

    Your flights—covered. Ground transportation—covered. We take care of getting you around so you can enjoy the ride.

  • Hotels

    10 overnight stays and 13 with extension.

  • Regional Meals

    Traditional breakfasts, lunches and dinners bring local flavors to life as part of your trip experience.

  • Field Director

    Your bilingual, culturally connected Field Director stays with you 24/7 to handle all on-trip logistics and facilitates post-project reflection activities.

  • 10 Service Hours

    Earn up to 10 service hours that count towards academic credit and the presidential award.

  • Volunteer and Leadership Activities

    Participate in volunteer, leadership, action planning and social issue activities.

  • Guided Sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from your licensed local guides while they lead you on sightseeing tours.

  • Entrances

    Gain access to local attraction, like nature hikes with your guide—we'll take care of lines and tickets.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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