Trip Details

Take part in an incredible opportunity to spend time volunteering with majestic elephants during your gap year! Located in the spectacular mountain-lined setting of Umphang, the project will bring you close to the elephants as you take part in bathing, feeding, trekking and even riding routines! Privileged to see elephants in their natural habitat, you will also be in awe of the surrounding landscape with its impressive limescale cliffs that encircle the town of Umphang.  Under the supervision of the experienced mahouts, you will be allowed to prepare and administer feeds to these magnificent animals, and learn how to give them the best care possible. A lake onsite, where the elephants are bathed, will also give you the chance to try out some rafting. Also, you will visit two stunning waterfalls, Nam Tok Tharark and Nam Tok Pha Charoen, where you will be able to unwind and cool down.

Please Note: Projects start on a Monday, however you should arrive over the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday.

Trip Itinerary


Arriving at Singburi, you will be met by project coordinators and transferred to the project site at around 8pm.


Before breakfast, you will be collected from Mae Sot bus station and taken to Umphang on a local truck. After the four hour journey, you will enjoy a good breakfast and have time to relax and recover. Visits to the elephants take place after lunch when you will also have a chance to bond with them during feeding time. Dinner will be served at the end of the day at the accommodation centre.


After enjoying your own breakfast, your early morning job will be to prepare food for the elephants. Usually coming from Bana grass, sugar cane and Banana plants, you’ll be able to feed the elephants the meal you’ve prepared. After lunch, the elephants will need a wash and will play in the water as you swim with them. If the weather permits, you’ll also be able to try out kayaking or canoeing before returning for dinner.


Mirroring Tuesday, your day will follow the same pattern of preparing food and feeding the elephants before breaking for lunch and enjoying a swim with them. Before dinner, there’ll be a visit to a Karen Tribe village near the centre, where you will experience some of the local culture.


Today, after the elephants have been fed and washed, you will head for the mountains to watch a spectacular sunset. If the weather is good there’ll be an opportunity to camp and possibly catch the sunrise as well.


A relaxing day after your busy week. A short trek after breakfast takes you to a gorgeous waterfall location. A perfect spot to relax and enjoy swimming in the refreshing water. After a break for lunch, you’ll return to the guesthouse to relax and have a tasty dinner.


If you are continuing to other programs, you will be transferred back to Singburi. Alternatively, if you are heading home you’ll be taken to Mae Sot bus station. From there you will easily be able to connect with other locations in Thailand.

** Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances. **


Trip Accommodation

Trip Country Info


Population: Approx. 67 million
Capital: Bangkok
Language: Thai
Currency: Baht (THB)
Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)

From trekking in the beautiful mountains of the north to enjoying the glorious beaches in the south and experiencing the hustle and bustle of the metropolis that is Bangkok, Thailand is certainly not a country that lacks variety.

Whilst it really is at the heart of Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, its cultural identity remains very unique. As the only country in Southeast Asia to avoid European powers, the Thai are proud to refer to themselves as ‘The Land of the Free’ and many tourists might also know it as ‘The Land of Smiles’ due to its friendly people.

Thailand is not only a famous holiday and gap year travel destination, but one of the most exciting countries in the world. Gap year travel to Thailand enables you to experience the excitement of city life as well as the serenity of some of the most spectacular remote islands and countryside areas.  By booking your gap year holiday to Thailand with TRU, you will be able to get a unique view of this amazing country that is difficult to replicate on your own.  We have a fabulous selection of gap year adventures in Thailand from Gibbon encounters and Elephant Sanctuary work to Clayhouse building and volunteering programs.

With our range of ongoing programs, you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.  Have a look at our latest volunteering and gap year travel to Thailand below or give us a call to find out more about our exciting gap year programs in Thailand.

You can take this opportunity to mix and match projects tailor to your preference. Why pick one when you can pick several.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa