- Check-in time 14:00
- Check-out time 12:00
Working with local communities to bring elephants home to the forest.
There are more than 3,700 captive elephants in Thailand, most of whom are living in inadequate conditions with incorrect care and lack of freedom. Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary recognizes that this is not the right environment for elephants, which is why we are working towards bringing as many elephants as possible back to their natural habitat as well as raising awareness about the captive elephant situation. We work alongside our elephant owners, our community, our research partners and other organizations to try to bring about a brighter future for all captive elephants. If you want to have a unique experience of hiking in the forest to find the elephants everyday and observe their natural behaviors in their home environment, then you have found the right place. Come and join us for the experience of a lifetime.
Our accommodation is very simple but comfortable. Guests will be staying with a host family in a homestay where you will be provided with your own room that will consist of a mattress on the floor, a mosquito net and a bathroom with a cold shower (perfect for after a hike!) although a hot shower is available depending on the water pressure. All homestays vary in shapes and sizes depending on the homestay allocated, some with squat toilets and some with western style toilets. Homestays will provide a Thai packed lunch and dinner in their home whereas a basic western breakfast will be provided at our communal base hut where our visitors hang out during free time.
My name is Kerri McCrea, I am the manager and co-founder of Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary and I co-ordinate all the guests stay to ensure your journey goes as smoothly as possible. I am originally from Northern Ireland in the UK and I have been living and working in Thailand with the Karen hill tribes and elephants for over 7 years now. I look forward to meeting you!
Any questions? Nils from Socialbnb will be answering all your questions!
Here is the schedule for our 2-day stay, longer stays will be slightly different.
Day 1: Pick up from Chiang Mai at 9 am. Travel through a national park and stunning mountains inhabited by local hill tribes until you arrive in our unique village. Meet your homestay family, our friendly staff and the other volunteers, immerse yourself in hill tribe culture by cooking with your homestay and learning how to basket weave from one of the elders in the village.
Day 2: Wake up early to hike in the forest and find our elephants. Feed our female elephants some fruit, before stepping back to observe these amazing animals. Spend all morning/afternoon observing and learning about them and their natural behaviors. Have lunch in the forest with the elephants and return to Chiang Mai in the afternoon.
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