Thailand is in the middle of the peninsula of Southeastern Asia. Bangkok is both the largest city and the capitol. Approximately 25% of the land area is covered in rainforest. The environment within the country ranges from the northern mountains, the Khorat Plateau, the Chao Phraya river valley and the Mekong River. The overall climate of Thailand is influenced by the monsoon seasons. Over 100 national parks preserve 10% of the world’s animals. These include; over 285 mammals, 925 birds, 176 snakes and 310 lizards. Three species of tortoise are also native to Thailand. Among the most charismatic species are the Asian elephant, tigers, leopards, Malayan sun bear, gibbons, many raptors, cobras and vipers.
The capitol of Thailand is Bangkok. You will most likely fly through this city as a transfer hub. The culture is a mix of Chinese traditions, Indian influences and unique Thai traditions. The religion is a form of Buddhism with aspects of Hinduism and Chinese beliefs, so you will see that reflected in the architecture, festivals and the way in which people interact with each other and the environment. Thailand is a destination full of gorgeous scenery, incredible temples, and friendly people who show everyone respect.
This course is located in the Mae Tang area to the North of Chiang Mai, working initially from the Chang Land Elephant sanctuary (see conservation partner) and then in the surrounding jungle and Teak forests.
You will fly into Chiang Mai International Airport before you meet up for this expedition.
The main language in Thailand is Thai. English is also commonly known and understood throughout the cities and main tourist areas.
The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB). You can get cash from ATMS or do a currency exchange with Thai banks at the airport in the public area of the departures terminal. If you have a Visa or Mastercard, those are widely accepted at businesses, hotels and some taxis. American Express is usually accepted in large supermarkets, hotels and some restaurants. Discover cards may or may not be accepted in most places.
For information on the expedition location please see the itinerary page
The Chang Land elephant sanctuary is home to retired or rescued working elephants. It exists to give them a more natural home after their working life. The elephants here are fed, watered and have the ability to roam the sanctuary foraging the forest while interacting with each other. Chang-Land does not allow visitors to ride them or have them perform tricks like many other elephant sanctuaries do, so the elephants truly are left to have a more natural life. Visitors can watch them feed, dust bathe, and walk with them and handlers on the trails.
All Conservation Field Safety Expeditions (CFSE) work in a realistic field study environment where we employ our time studying the local fauna with some key species relevant to the environment and employ conservation skills in a real time study. All information recorded during our expeditions is made available to our conservation partners at the end of the trip.
Whilst conducting this research, we learn and put into practice field safety skills and procedures, again, relevant to the environment.
On day one you will be met at the Chiang Mai Railway Station and from here transported by road to the expedition location. On arrival at the elephant camp, (see accommodation) we will get acquainted and settle in, conduct initial briefings, and enjoy an evening meal. The journey time is approximately 1.5hrs
Day 2 – 8 will be spent training and putting into practice the many aspects of conservation and field safety in a dry jungle environment. These will include, but not be limited to:
Conservation Skills and Techniques.
On the final day, we will pack up and depart in time for your flights home or to book into your accommodation in Chiang Mai.
Detailed itineraries can be discussed by phone or email and full written itineraries will be made available on receipt of an expedition deposit. You will also receive a full printed program on arrival at the Elephant Camp.
For the expedition we will be based at the Chang-Land Elephant Sanctuary within the Mae Tang region, where retired and rescued working elephants are cared for in a natural environment. Here, you will stay in elevated bamboo platform huts that overlook the elephant’s valley (see above and gallery). The sanctuary includes clean restrooms and showers, and seating areas where meals and lectures will be held. There is also a bamboo bridge that spans across the rice paddies from the huts to where elephants are secured for their meals. We will then camp in hammocks and mosquito nets (under tarps) in the village’s nearby jungle later in the week (these will be supplied by CFSE). Meals will be taken out in the field camps.
The elephant sanctuary is a great location to acclimatize to the environment before we head out into the jungle around the village. We will practice some of the skills and scenarios in the surrounding forests of the sanctuary on a smaller scale before applying it to the field location where we will hike up and around a mountain trail that locals use to sustainably harvest the jungle’s resources.
Meals will be prepared by villagers and will consist of local SE Asian fare. All dietary types can be catered for with prior arrangement.
Dates: 25th August – 31st August 2024
Price: $2290.00 (USD)
Single Room Supplement: None. You will be staying in single occupancy tents and hammocks.
Nb. US dollar/Sterling exchange rates (where applicable) will be at standard rate on the day of any bank transfer. All monetary dealings will be in US Dollars.
Please note: 10% of your expedition cost will be requested on agreeing with and signing our terms and conditions which include our cancellation policies.
These terms and conditions are sent to potential expedition members after your initial expression of interest via the booking form.
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Full terms and conditions will be emailed on your initial expression of interest via the booking form.
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Be up to date on all your routine vaccinations as well as:
Yellow Fever is only recommended for travelers coming from endemic regions of Yellow Fever
Talk to your doctor about other health needs for your trip. Other recommended vaccines:
Chiang Mai International Airport
A packing list will be provided (or include the packing list document linked here too)
The intensity level of this course is Medium. Expect to hike up and down steep mountain terrain within a jungle for part of each day.
Thailand has four plug types to be prepared for. Type A, which is two flat parallel pins. Type B, which is two flat parallel pins and a bottom round pin. Type C, which is two round pins. And sometimes Type O, which is three round pins.
The voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz.
of 50 Hz.