Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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Thailand Wildlife Safari

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
10 days
From: $ 3,795 $ 380 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Bathe elephants in their natural habitat at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Phuket
  • Visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center and learn about their efforts to introduce gibbons back to nature
  • Hike up to the Bang Pae waterfall and swim in the clear waters of Kata Beach
  • Lend a hand alongside conservationists at the Sea Turtle Conservation Center
  • Snorkel in the crystal blue waters of James Bond Island and explore the stunning Maya Bay

Short Description

From elephants to gibbons to sea turtles, help protect Thai wildlife learning directly from local experts about the threats and efforts in place to conserve the region’s wildlife. Lend a hand protecting these animals and leave your mark on the important work taking place in Thailand.

Explore the thick jungle and photogenic coast of southern Thailand, and witness up-close the spectacular wildlife that the region is known for. Bathe elephants in their natural habitat, help conservationists at a sea turtle project, and learn from a center dedicated to introducing gibbons back into nature. When you’re not spending time with wildlife, island hop across the crystal blue waters that make Thailand unforgettable.

Our journey is based in Phuket, a large island in southern Thailand surrounded by 32 smaller ones. The region is characterized by its beautiful natural landscapes and turquoise waters. You’ll navigate the thick rainforest on a bamboo raft, riding along Kiang Koo Creek and stopping off to swim at picturesque waterfalls on the way; on the coast, boat trips will take you past paradisiacal deserted islands and the strange rock formations of Phang Nga Bay. You’ll also get the chance to explore Phuket Town, where Chinese and Portuguese architecture illustrates the island’s colonial past, today housing art galleries and trendy cafés.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Phuket
End City Phuket

Trip Includes

  • 9 nights lodging in superior level lodging
  • Most meals throughout the trip (24 total) and 1 soft drink or 1 local beer included with lunches and dinners
  • English-speaking local guides that are there to support, guide, and inform you throughout the trip
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive and Explore Phuket’s Town and Countryside

Meals: Dinner

Arrive in Phuket and meet your guide and driver before transferring to your hotel in Phuket. Have dinner in a local restaurant with the group and enjoy a relaxing first night together.

Day 2: Visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After an early start, we’ll head off to the rainforest and the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center, where rescued gibbons are re-introduced to nature. An afternoon hike takes us to the Bang Pae waterfall and incredible views over three beaches below. We’ll finish at Promthep Cape viewpoint, gazing across the Andaman Sea. By night, we’ll visit the Chalong Temple and explore Phuket Old Town, savoring some Thai cuisine and visiting the evening market.

Day 3: Help Care for Vulnerable Sea Turtles

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Visit the Sea Turtle Conservation Center (STCC) and learn about the important work being done to protect sea turtles before an afternoon of free time on the beach or relaxing at your beachfront hotel.

Day 4: Lend a Hand with the Marine Wildlife of Thailand

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Continue lending a hand at the center changing water in the ponds, nursing injured turtles, and preparing their meals. Afterwards, we visit the Phang Nga Coastal Research and Development Center, for continued experiences with the sea turtles and other native marine wildlife including clown fish and coral.

Day 5: Rafting on Kiang Koo Creek

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Next we'll drive south to Kiang Koo Creek for a gentle bamboo rafting tour, listening to the sounds of the forest and stopping by a waterfall for a swim. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before leisurely night on your own to explore the quaint town of Phang Nga.

Day 6: Enjoy a Free Day to Explore Phuket

Meals: Breakfast

Journey back to Phuket for a completely free day to explore markets, lay by the pool, get a Thai massage, or spend time at the beach, all walking distance from your hotel. Our guides will be there to give recommendations. Don’t forget to try the street food – Phuket has some of the best in the world!

Day 7: Visit the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Phuket

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we visit the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Phuket to learn about the threats elephants face in Thailand and how you can interact with them responsibly. Spend quality time with the elephants in their natural surroundings, on a private visit, and be prepared to get wet! After your time with the elephants, enjoy a free afternoon at the beach.

Day 8: Visit the Local Villages of Koh Yao Yai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning will see us zip along the ocean on a 20-minute speedboat ride to the island of Koh Yao Yai, where we will experience a day in the life of a local village. Learn about the ecosystem and lifestyle of the village, experience the local cuisine, and try your hand at making soap or oil treatment with the help of the villagers.

Day 9: Island Hopping to Hong Island, James Bond Island & Lawa Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we’ll depart on a speedboat to Hong Island, our jumping-off point for an afternoon’s island hopping. Enjoy paddling, sightseeing, and trekking at the scenic James Bond Island, discover the secret nature of the Mangrove & Diamond Caves at Panak Island, and swim, snorkel and relax at Lawa Island.

Day 10: Return Home

Meals: Breakfast

Your Thai wildlife adventure comes to an end today. After enjoying breakfast together, we’ll say our goodbyes and transfer you back to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Deposit Price: $ 395
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 695

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Optional Activities

Optional Extension: Chiang Mai

Day 10: Evening Tour of Chiang Mai

Meals: Dinner

Arrive to Chiang Mai by plane and enjoy a relaxing free day to explore nearby markets, local cuisine, or a drink by the pool. In the evening, experience a unique evening tour of the city, and learn about the history that makes Chiang Mai so special. Start with a visit to a local temple at sunset and join the locals in lighting incense and candles, offerings of good luck and health. For dinner, experience a traditional Thai dinner located on the river. End the evening with a trip to the lively Warorot Market for shopping and Thai desserts.

Day 11: Explore Wat Chiang Man and a Thai Cooking Class

Meals: breakfasts and Dinner

Feel the energy of Chiang Mai by day with a walking tour visiting colorfulmarkets and historic sites. Marvel at Wat Chiang Man, Chian Mai's oldesttemple, as you walk alongside the crumbling walls of the old town and admire the city's iconic Three Kings Monument. Dive further into the history of Chiang Mai with a tour to the Lanna Folklife Museum and the majestic Wat Chedi Luang. After a day of walking, relax your body with a traditional Thai massage. For dinner, get creative with a Thai cooking class!

Day 12: Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and the White Hmong Hilltribe

Meals: Breakfast

Travel high into the hills by songtaew, or local truck, for a day away from the city. Visit the sacred pagoda, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, for sweeping views of Chiang Mai from above. Continue highter along the dirt roads to the Chang Khien Coffee Research Project and enjoy a fresh cup of locallygrown Arabica coffee. By night, spend time exploring the White Hmong hilltribe village. (B)

Day 13: Return Home

Meals: Breakfast

Today sees the end of your Thailand adventure, and we’ll say our goodbyes before heading back to Chiang Mai International Airport for your flight home.

Extension Lodging

Although close to the center of town, you’ll feel separated from hustle and bustle of the outside world. Your 4.5 star hotel focuses on connecting guests with nature. Enjoy a pool (with a poolside bar), restaurants, Internet access in their luxury business lounge, and bikes for rent right at your doorstop.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Average 10

Accomodations

Superior Lodging

On our Thailand Wildlife Safari trip, you’ll start off in a colorful beachfront 4-star hotel, complete with an outdoor pool, spa, and wi-fi, before moving on to another oceanfront 4-star hotel on in the tropical Khao Lak. When you’re not working with wildlife or jetting off to new islands, relax with a poolside massage, explore the vibrant city and savor delicious Thai cuisine.

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • One lunch and one dinner
  • Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver
  • Laundry services, room-service, or phone calls

Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 7 Dinners

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