Elephants Village & Temples

  • Duration: 14 DAY(S)
  • Type: Tour, Wildlife Protection, Volunteer – A real adventure.
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The best of Siem Reap, Bangkok and Chiang Mai!

Overview

Three great Asian cities across two countries.  Enjoy Siem Reap and the timeless beauty of Angkor Wat. Swim under the waterfall at Kulen Mountain, a not to be missed adventure. Experience the bustle of teeming Bangkok followed by a chill-out in the quiet beauty of the Chiang Mai elephant sanctuary. You'll be immersed in the local cultures, eat and socialize with the local people and be amazed at how quickly and warmly you are embraced. 

You will meet and support Chhaiky the young and inspirational village school principal as she works to lift her community out of poverty.  At the Chiang Mai elephant sanctuary, you may meet Lek Chailert one of six Women Heroes of Global Conservation. Help sustain her mighty effort to save and expand the Asian elephant population. 


Basic Itinerary
DAY 1 Itinerary

Arrive anytime on the first day. If you have purchased the airport collection add-on your team leader will be waiting for you in an ROV shirt holding an ROV sign. Alternatively, you can meet us at the accommodation listed in your 4 week prior to program email. There is a walking tour of Siem Reap in the afternoon and a group dinner giving everyone a chance to get to know each other. Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2 Itinerary

This morning you will travel by tuk-tuk to the ROV Community School which is just outside Siem Reap. There you will have an orientation and meet Chhaiky the principal who has helped grow the ROV school from 30 students to 300 students. All students at the ROV school are receiving a free education thanks to people like you joining our programs. You will then get stuck into the project which may include building a new classroom, library, bathroom, or home for a disadvantaged family. The building projects are always reflective of the needs of the community and will vary from program to program. After dinner, you'll have a Khmer language and history class. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3 Itinerary

Today you'll travel by tuk-tuk back to the ROV School to continue work on the building project. Every day on the building project you will enjoy a traditional home-cooked lunch. This is supporting local village women and providing a source of employment and income for them - the food is also amazing. In the afternoon you can spend time interacting with the students at the school. They are soccer fanatics and love a good dance-off! Or for those who are interested you can learn to drive a tuk-tuk - see the add ons for more information. After dinner be treated to a relaxing traditional Khmer massage. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4 Itinerary

Make sure you've had a good night's sleep as you will be visiting Angkor Wat to see the sunrise! This allows for some pretty amazing Insta snaps! After seeing the breathtaking sunrise over the temples you will have a guided tour of Angkor Wat which is one of the largest religious monuments in the world, and learn about Cambodia's rich history. While on tour you'll even see the famous Ta Prohm Temple which is where Tomb Raider was filmed. On return from Angkor Wat there is free time for those who haven't purchased the Floating village add on. If you have purchased the add on you will visit the floating villages which are on the Tonle Sap lake - South East Asia's largest lake. Locals here live on houses raised by stilts, and you will enjoy a boat cruise through the villages. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 5 Itinerary

This morning we are once again on our Tuk-Tuks and off to the ROV school. You will finish work on your project and then take part in a farewell party - get those tissues ready! In the afternoon you have the option of visiting a local beach and waterpark. Why not relax under a shaded awning and enjoy a cocktail. What better way to finish up your week. The evening is yours to explore Siem Reap city. You can enjoy drinks in Pub street, shop at the markets, grab a massage or dance the night away. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch.

DAY 6 Itinerary

Breakfast at the hotel and the chance for a lazy lie-in for those who haven't purchased today's optional activities. You can then the day exploring Siem Reap at your leisure. If you have purchased the add on you will be visiting the beautiful Kulen Mountain, swimming under waterfalls, hiking the nature trails and visiting the sleeping Buddha. Finish the evening with a trip to see the acrobatic circus which is providing a creative outlet for local Cambodian's. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7 Itinerary

Today you'll be off to an early start as we make our way to Bangkok! Enjoy seeing the scenery as you travel through the jungles of Siem Reap, across the Thai border and make your way into the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Settle into your accommodation and enjoy dinner out in Bangkok. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8 Itinerary

Explore the vibrant city of Bankok with a visit to the Chatuchak weekend market where there are over 15,000 stalls. Make sure you've left some space in your suitcase! This evening we will visit Khao San Road which is famous for its nightlife, bucket cocktails, and local cuisine. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9 Itinerary

Today we leave Bangkok and make our way to Chiang Mai, a beautiful city in the mountains of northern Thailand. Enjoy dinner out at a local restaurant. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10 Itinerary

After breakfast, we make our way to the elephant sanctuary which is home to a number of elephants who have been rescued from the logging and tourism industries to be given a new chance at life. You will be given an orientation tour and spend some time settling into your new home for the next few days. During your time at the elephant sanctuary, you will be assisting in the day to day running of it. You'll help feed the elephants, wash them in the river, take them for walks, prepare their food and more. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 11 Itinerary

Today is another full day at the elephant sanctuary where you will be busy hanging out with your new elephant friends and helping to take care of them. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 12 Itinerary

Wake up to the sounds of elephants. Enjoy the day spending time with the elephants while you walk them, bathe them, feed them as well as assist to prepare their meals. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 13 Itinerary

Spend some time this morning saying goodbye to the elephants before we make our way back to the center of Chiang Mai. There will be time to explore the tourist sites and temples in Chiang Mai and explore the markets there. You'll then enjoy dinner out as a group and spend your final night together. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 14 Itinerary

Departure day. Enjoy a relaxed morning where you can say goodbye to your new friends. If you have booked the airport drop off add-on, your team leader will drop you at the airport. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch.

What's Included
  1. All accommodation
  2. All on ground transport Excl. airport transfers
  3. ROV Team Leader
  4. Guided tour of Angkor Wat
  5. Street food tour including bug tasting for the brave! Local massage
  6. All materials for the ROV project
  7. Khmer Culture: Language & History
  8. Siem Reap Culture: Walking Tour
  9. Local Markets & Traditional Carnival
  10. Night out in Bangkok (Koh San Road)

For more details see your Program Booklet.

Included Meals
  1. Breakfast 13
  2. Lunch 13
  3. Dinners 12
Add-Ons
  1. Acrobatic Circus ($32.50)
  2. Floating Village ($47.50)
  3. Learn to Ride a Cambodian Tuk-Tuk ($9.50)
  4. Standard ROV T-Shirt (Unisex) ($10.00)
  5. Save The Elephants t-shirt (Unisex) ($17.50)
  6. Kulan Mountain ($59.95)
  7. Flight Booking Service ($75.00)
  8. Airport Collection & Drop-Off (Siem Reap -Bangkok or Chiang Mai) ($18.00)
Airport Information

Programs commencing Nov 2019 - Feb 2020

  • Arrival: Siem Reap International (REP) – you can arrive at any time on the arrival day. Take the airport pick-up Add On and we will be there when you arrive.
  • Departure: Bangkok International (BKK) – you can depart at any time on the final day. Take the airport pick-up Add On and we will be there when you arrive. Take the airport drop-off Add On and we will return you to the airport.

Programs commencing from May 2020 onwards

  • Arrival: Siem Reap International (REP) – you can arrive at any time on the arrival day
  • Departure: Chiang Mai International (CNX) – you can depart at any time on the final day

Need help booking flights ROV can help, check out the add-on section in your profile.

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  • Program cost $1,999.00/ person

  • Program cost excludes flights.

Program cost $1,999.00