Elephants & Adventure

Elephants & Adventure

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Doubtless you’ve heard stories from those who have been lucky enough to explore this Kingdom of wonder, well now it’s your turn to test just how true those stories are. The warm and friendly locals, the mouth-watering food, the glorious weather, fascinating culture and history, and of course the incredible elephants; everything you’ve heard absolutely is true so what’s stopping you from having your own stories to tell!

WIth our Elephants & Adventure experience we’ve combined three perfect locations so that you can fill your head full of memories, tummy’s full of food and social media full of unforgettable memories. Furthermore, by joining us on this experience you will be directly aiding rescued and captive elephants and helping to sustain the projects that trunk is dedicated to supporting.

Travel that genuinely helps, that’s trunk!


DAY 1 – Arrival in to Bangkok international airport where our team will meet you and welcome you to the Land of Smiles

DAY 2 – Morning orientation followed by a full day Bangkok city tour and a trip on the RIver of Kings

DAY 3 – Flight north to Chiang Mai and an evening at the excellent night market

DAY 4 – Chiang Mai tour of the city and local culture

DAY 5 – Transfer to our supported elephant camp in the jungles outside of Chiang Mai

DAY 6 – Full day working with the elephants and supporting our Karen Hill Tribe friends

DAY 7 – Flight south to the city of Pattaya and transfer to the beautiful island of Koh Samed

DAY 8 – Lazy beach day exploring the island, or soaking up the sun

DAY 9 – More sun, sea and sand, and perhaps a cocktail or two

DAY 10 – Return to Bangkok airport (or choose to stick around a little longer!)


Meals Included: Dinner

Sa-wa-dee krab and welcome to the Land of Smiles, welcome to Thailand!
As arrival into a busy international airport can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming, to help remove that stress, our team will meet you in a pre-arranged location so you can simply wander through, grab your luggage and we’ll be on our way to the hotel in downtown Bangkok in no time!

Once we’re at the hotel and you’ve had a chance to freshen up and feel alive again, we’ll meet back up and head to a wonderful local restaurant for dinner and a relaxed chat.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Following breakfast your guide will sit down with you and go through your itinerary in more detail. You’ll learn more about the local culture and customs and how to really make the most of your time in Thailand.

We’ll then head out to explore this incredible city. We’ll explore on foot, by train, canal and river boat, all the while showcasing some of the city’s most remarkable landmarks. Prepare to be amazed as you really discover how this bustling metropolis goes about the day to day.

This evening will be our official ‘Welcome to Thailand’ dinner and perhaps a couple of drinks.


Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

This morning we’ll transfer from the hotel to Bangkok’s second airport for our 60 minute flight north to the charming city of Chiang Mai. On arrival we’ll transfer to our next hotel and settle in. We’ll meet up again to run through the plan for our time in the north and to explain more about the elephants.

As the sun starts to set we’ll take the easy walk from the hotel to the world-famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. This is a wonderful market full of local artists and craftsmen showing off their wares. We’ll get some dinner here and enjoy time shopping for the perfect souvenirs.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we’ll head out to explore this charming and quaint city with a leisurely stroll through the narrow old streets. We’ll stop to admire the hidden temples that have existed here for 100’s of years and learn more about the differences between the ancient capital of Thailand, and the modern capital of Bangkok.

This evening we’ll enjoy a very entertaining local show and wonderful traditional dinner. The perfect end to the day before we head to the elephants!


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

So today we’re off to the elephants! We’ll depart the hotel in the morning for the 45 minute transfer through the jungles. On arrival we’ll get settled in to the accommodation before introducing you to the team here. You’ll also get to meet the mahout’s and then it’s on to the elephants! But not before we have our detailed breakdown of the itinerary where we’ll learn more about the work that we’ll be joining with and without the elephants. You are going to have the most unforgettable time here and today will be right up there with the most surreal times ever.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Waking up and drinking your coffee as the elephants roam in the distance is the morning that best days ever are made of – well, welcome to the best day ever! Your activities today will depend on the needs of the camp and the surrounding communities. But we can assure you that it will absolutely involve time with the elephants and enjoying the local surroundings. We promise we won’t work you too hard but at the end of the day you will have achieved something that is needed and will benefit others long after you’ve departed.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Sadly, this morning we’ll be departing the camp early as we’re heading back to the airport for our flight south and on to the beautiful island of Koh Samed! The flight will be just over an hour to the regional airport of U-tapao, located just 45 minutes from the pier from where we’ll take the quick crossing to the island.

On arrival on Koh samed it’s a quick transfer to our new accommodation right on the best beach on the island and we should be checked-in by lunchtime. You will have free time to rest up, enjoy the beach, or head out and explore the island. Whatever you want, we promise you the most relaxing time ever!


Meals Included: Breakfast

Koh Samed is a sun worshippers paradise, but it also has heaps of activities to keep you entertained and relaxed. This is the perfect location to spend a few days just enjoying the world-famous Thai hospitality, filling up on the mouthwatering cuisine, enjoying the markets, restaurants and bars. There’s always something happening on Samed and we promise you’ll have the most wonderful time here.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we’ll depart Samed and head back to Bangkok. If your flight away from Thailand is today, just let us know what time so we can have you have you at the airport in time. Should you wish to stay one more night in Bangkok, we can arrange a hotel either close to the airport (perfect if your flight is early the next day) or a hotel in the centre of Bangkok if you have any plans to shop or enjoy an evening out.


At trunk we only support elephant and wildlife projects with genuine, achievable and sustainable goals and methods. A new location in the local area that is striving to be one of the leading elephant camps. We have worked very closely helping to establish this new elephant camp, having known the owners for many years. Their passion and drive is second to none. They have reunited elephant families back together. Allowing these beautiful elephants to walk freely through the day in vast fields, with rivers and mountains everywhere you look. It’s stunning! You’d be surprised how rare it can be to find a happy elephant and these are definitely happy elephants!



4-Star Private Twin or Double Rooms, including daily breakfast

Your first two nights are based here, in the centre of the city, in a wonderful hotel with all of the amenities you’d expect for a comfortable and welcoming stay. Very well appointed rooms with free WiFi, TV, mini-fridge, air-conditioning and more. The rooftop pool and bar is a great place to relax and recharge after a long flight to Thailand, or a long day exploring this wonderful city. Set down a quiet side street, it’s a wonderfully quiet and safe area yet just a short walk to the city’s hustle and bustle.

CHIANG MAI – Elephant Camp

Purpose-built accommodation unit

Living in a hill tribe community is basic yet one of the most welcoming and unforgettable activities you can do in Thailand. Here you’ll be resting up in a purpose built accommodation unit amongst the elephant camp. Bedrooms are basic with a mattress, mosquito net, and fans and bathrooms are shared but very clean. This all adds to the experience and allows to carefully support the local communities without causing a negative impact as they go about their day to day.


3-Star Private Twin or Double Rooms, including daily breakfast

Set on the outskirts of the city, yet still within walking distance of the centre, the Royal Panerai is very comfortable and very welcoming. Large and comfortable bedrooms feature all of the amenities that you need including large beds, western bathrooms, air-conditioning, Wifi and more. You’ll be made to feel very welcome as we use the Panerai for our base to explore this fascinating city.


Beachside resort

Rest and relaxation is the aim on Samed and we have the perfect location for you to do exactly that. The Samed Villas is the ideal location, at one end of a stunning beach. Restaurants, bars and shops on site ensure you have everything you need to simply soak up the sun, or to join in any of the activities available. Rooms are large and very comfortable and thanks to the enviable location this area is very quiet and relaxing.

Visa Details

Most foreign visitors to Thailand can enter without a visa and stay for up to 30 days. However, this does depend on the passport you hold. To find out if you are eligible for free entry, and for details of how you may stay longer, please check this website – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Thailand.


  1. To confirm your place on the tour we require a deposit of £100 ($130). This can be paid through direct transfer or PayPal. Deposits are non-refundable but are transferable with express written consent from the bookings team at trunk.
  2. We require the outstanding balance to be received no later than 6 weeks before your chosen start date.
  3. Minimum age of travellers is 17 years old unless accompanied by an adult aged 18 or older
  4. All travellers are expected to purchase their own travel and medical insurance prior to entering Cambodia.
  5. Whilst we do our best to cater for all dietary requirements, we can only do this with advance notice. If you have any dietary requirements, please ensure that you inform the bookings team.



  • Just $1,695(£1,356) based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room
  • Children aged 6 to 16 save 15%
  • Single Supplement just $400

**  NOTE – this unique tour requires a minimum of 2 people to confirm departure date

            If your chosen date does not reach the minimum required, you have the option to either cancel and receive a full refund or change your arrival date to an alternative.



Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok (Code: BKK)


Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok (Code: BKK)


A combination of hotels and a comfortable rural homestay


10 days / 9 nights

Minimum Age

  • Solo travellers, 17 years old
  • 6 years old if traveling with an adult or parent

Group Size

Maximum 8 people


  • Fully guided by English speaking local expert from day one
  • In-depth pre-departure information
  • All accommodation in a mixture of very comfortable hotels and a genuine hill tribe homestay
  • All transport throughout the experience in a variety of vehicles
  • Flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, and Chiang Mai to Pattaya
  • 19 meals including 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners – almost all diets can be catered for with advance notice
  • 2 full days with the elephants and the hill tribe communities
  • Guided Bangkok and Chiang Mai city tours
  • 3 relaxing days on the beautiful island of Koh Samed
  • Return airport transfer if required
  • Evening dinner and show at the excellent Lanna Theatre

Arrival Dates


  • November 6th and 20th
  • December 4th and 11th


  • January 8th and 22nd
  • February 5th and 19th
  • March 5th and 19th
  • April 2nd and 23rd
  • May 7th and 14th
  • June 4th and 18th
  • July 2nd and 9th
  • August 6th and 20th
  • September 3rd and 17th
  • October 1st and 15th
  • November 5th and 19th
  • December 3rd and 10th

* All dates are on a Friday

Looking for something else?

Here at trunk we are constantly striving to help more and more ethical locations. If you know of any such project that needs more support, please let us know and we will happily reach out to them.