Trip Details

Embark on an unforgettable adventure as you volunteer to help care for rescued elephants! Located at Kanchanaburi, the elephant sanctuary rescues injured and sick elephants. At the sanctuary they are free to roam in the natural surroundings and the work carried out is purely in their interests. For that reason there will not be any riding of the elephants. However, you will be able to bond with these wonderful animals  giving them their feeds. Working closely with the Mahouts, you will develop an acute understanding of elephant behaviour and how to care for these rescued elephants who may be old, have suffered abuse, or have been ill. In the evenings, the elephants are taken back to the forest where they will spend the night. Kanchanaburi boasts a balance between tradition and tourism. You will fall in love with its beautiful landscape dotted with bamboo-style buildings, incredible temple caves and gorgeous meandering rivers. Truly one of Thailand’s jewels, it is the perfect place to absorb nature while gaining experience working with elephants.

Aims & Objectives

  • Take care of relocated, injured, ill, previously abused or illegally owned elephants at the sanctuary
  • Give you a unique, unforgettable experience in caring for elephants
  • Assist the local sanctuary staff by providing an extra hand

Please note that we currently restrict the Elephant program to a one week maximum due to popular demand

Trip Itinerary


  • Departing to Kanchanaburi from Singburi
  • Breakfast
  • Introduction and Safety Rules
  • Feeding the elephants
  • Observation of elephants in the river
  • Sticky rice cooking lesson
  • Lunch
  • Observation of elephants
  • Short film Presentation
  • Preparing and washing fruits
  • Sticky rice ball making and feeding
  • Elephant feeding
  • Dinner


  • Fruit basket preparation
  • Breakfast
  • Walk with the elephants
  • Elephant feeding
  • Observation of elephants (grass eating)
  • Lunch
  • Observation of elephants (mud bathing)
  • Floating over Kwai River
  • Cookies and Tea time
  • Elephant feeding
  • Walk with the elephants
  • Dinner
  • Watch a Thai elephant documentary


  • Fruit Basket Preparation
  • Breakfast
  • Erawan National Park Waterfall Trip
  • Dinner


  • Fruit Basket Preparation
  • Breakfast
  • Fruit Shop Cleaning
  • Lunch
  • Feeding area cleaning
  • Floating over Kwai River
  • Nature Trekking
  • Overnight Jungle Stay in tents provided
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Snake course
  • Elephant feeding
  • Observation of elephants (grass eating)
  • Lunch
  • Elephant bed cleaning
  • Farewell party, BBQ


  • Breakfast
  • Depart from the elephant sanctuary, taken to Kanchanaburi bus station if it’s the end of your  program or back to Singburi for further programs out with the sanctuary.

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

Trip Accommodation

Boasting some of Thailand’s finest forests, a statement not to be taken lightly, Kanchanaburi is rapidly increasing as a popular tourist destination. Situated 130 km west of Bangkok, its central location makes it an ideal stop off point for those travelling through Thailand. Our location is based in a beautiful setting where you can see the elephants enjoying their natural habitat.

Accommodation & Food

Accommodation is provided in a spacious, wooden house within the Sanctuary grounds. The rooms are simple, yet comfortable and appropriate for this setting.

Available Room Types

  • Standard 2-5 people
  • Private 1-2 people ( Subject to availability)

Food Arrangements
We will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays. Meals are typically Thai and vegetarian-friendly.

The closest ATM is 15 kilometers outside of the Elephant Camp.

Sights & Surroundings
Due to its rural location, participants on this program normally stay on site at the park and enjoy their immediate surroundings. For those wanting to trek further afield, you might stumble across some waterfalls!

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Akha Village Chiang Rai
  • Hua Hin
  • Kaeng Krachan
  • Mae Sot
  • Singburi
  • Suphan Buri
  • Train Track Northern Thailand
  • Trunk to the South
  • Udon Thani
  • Umphang
  • Wang Nam Khiao

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

Over 18 (Unless accompanied by a Parent/Guardian)

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