Highlights of Thailand & Elephant Eco Tour

9 days Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai private tour

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19 Reviews
4.8

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Bangkok

Bangkok
2days
Modern City, Temple

Kanchanaburi
1day
Elephant Sanctuary

Chiang Rai
2days
Golden Triangle Border

Chiang Mai
3days
Mae Kampong, Safari

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Chiang Mai

Highlights

  • Hotel: 4 Stars
  • Attractions: 16+
  • Destinations: 4
  • Age: 7 - 80
  • Comfort: Moderate
  • Style: Cultural & Wildlife

[Temple]: Pilgrimage to Buddhist temples & oriental palace hidden among the modern architecture.

[Elephant]: As an elephant volunteer, no ride, no hook, no chain. Give them a shower and enjoy a swim.

[History]: Drug trafficking history in Golden Triangle and glance at Laos’ markets across Mekong River.

[Culture]: The classic Lanna - style White Temple and Black Temple - exotic culture about heaven and hell.

[Local]: Explore Mae Kampong Village, learn traditional handcraft art and relax on a coffee on the tree.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - International Arrival, Bangkok

    • Accommodation:

      U Sukhumvit Bangkok  

    • Meals:

      None
    • Activity:

      Welcome to Thailand! On arrival in Bangkok, we will meet you and take you to the hotel. After check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure.


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  • Day 2 - Bangkok Sightseeing

    • Accommodation:

      U Sukhumvit Bangkok  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      Today you will enjoy a private guided tour of Bangkok.Start with the the dazzling, spectacular  Grand Palace. It’s undoubtedly the city's most famous landmark, where you will find Wat Phra Kaew there (the temple of the Emerald Buddha).Continue to Wat Pho,one of the oldest,most extensive and famous temples in Bangkok, home to an immense reclining Buddha statue.After lunch,walk to the pier and take a boat ride to Wat Arun, aka“The Dawn Temple”,belong to an immense stupa.Your tour also concludes with the magnificent  Jim Thompson Museum, where you will find traditional Thai houses surrounding the gardens and many stunning pieces of artworks.

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    • Good to know

      Wear something light and long when you visit palaces or temple.You’ll need to wear pants or a dress/skirt that extends well past your knees, and a top that fully covers your shoulders. If you don’t, the Grand Palace does offer a clothes rental service in which you can borrow some stylish trousers and/or tops for a refundable 200 baht deposit from an office near the entrance. Hang onto your claim ticket, however, as you will need it to get that deposit back.

  • Day 3 - Kanchanaburi Elephant World and Floating Villa

    • Accommodation:

      The Float House River Kwai Resort  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      Elephants World in Kanchanaburi is a non-profit sanctuary for sick, old, disabled, abused and rescued elephants. Founded in 2008, the centre’s aim is to give the elephants a place where they can enjoy themselves in their own natural environment. The conservation camp is located in peaceful natural surroundings. Visitors are welcome to volunteer at Elephant's World by taking part in a variety of activities including feeding and bathing the elephants;preparing special foods for the older elephants, and gathering and planting food for the elephants. Activities tend to differ each day, depending on the needs of the elephants.After finishing your volunteer experience in the morining, afternoon is at your leisure, just relax at your floating villa or join in some jungle activities recommended by your hotel. 


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  • Day 4 - Back to Bangkok and Fly to Chiang Rai

    • Accommodation:

      Le Patta Hotel Chiang Rai  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast

    • Activity:

      After breakfast,you will back to Bangkok and take your internal flight to the historical city of Chiang Rai, located in the northeast of Thailand. Your driver is waiting for you at the airport to take you by private car to your hotel. After settle down in your hotel , spend at your own leisure!

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  • Day 5 - Chiang Rai Trekking

    • Accommodation:

      Le Patta Hotel Chiang Rai  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      In the morning, we will take you to the border village Mae Salong, which is fascinating for its resemblance as a small slice of China. After a relaxing stroll, we will drive to Mae Sai Border (migration fee on your own for one day crossing to Myanmar). Later, we make a rest stop at the Golden Triangle in Chiang Sean, where the three borders of Myanmar-Laos-Thailand meet.

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  • Day 6 - White Temple & Black House and tansfer to Chiang Mai

    • Accommodation:

      Tamarind Village Hotel  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      After breakfast, we will head to Chiang Mai today! On the way , we will visit‘The Black House’, known as‘Baan Dam’in Thai.Baan Dam is Thawan Duchanee’s artful portrayal of hell.The opaque decor and dead animals adorning each room make Duchanee’s estate the complete opposite of the White Temple, the glimpse of heaven designed by his teacher Chalermchai Kositpipat. Although off the beaten track, the Black House is not something to be overlooked.Then continue to Wat Rong Khun or “the White Temple”, blending traditional Buddhist art with contemporary themes.Followed by a visit to hot spring for relaxion.Late afternoon, we will arrive Chiang Mai and free at your leisure.

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  • Day 7 - Eco Tour in Mae Kampong Village

    • Accommodation:

      Tamarind Village Hotel  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      Enjoy a full-day trip to the high-altitude village of Mae Kampong. The picturesque Northern Thai village of Mae Kampong is located only 50 kilometers from Chiang Mai city. Nestled on a hillside, 1300 meters above sea level and surrounded by pristine forest, Mae Kampong has a cool and pleasant climate. This village is surrounded by tea plantations which successive generations have woven into the verdant natural landscape. You will have ample time to walk around the village to enjoy the atmosphere and relax into the rustic charm of Mae Kampong. Walk through the forest, passing tea, coffee and herbal gardens, enjoy strolling through pristine forest and learning how the community manage natural resources and harness hydropower. Lastly, you can enjoy your afternoon tea & coffee at the famous coffee shop which was built on a big tree, called “The Giant Chiang Mai”.


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  • Day 8 - Elephant, Orchid and Butterfly

    • Accommodation:

      Tamarind Village Hotel  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      Elephant Nature Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand where you can volunteer and visit to help (join-in). This park does not use heavy chains, hooks or sticks to beat the elephants, nor do they use elephants for tricks such as painting, dancing or other unnatural behaviours. On arrival, join others and learn about the magnificent elephant, then you will have a chance to feed the elephants from the viewing platform. Walk with the elephants to the river that skirts the park. Bathe these gentle giants as they splash around. If going into the river is not for you then watch the elephants bathe and play while you stay dry on the river bank. After having your lunch, you will be transferred to an Orchid and Butterfly Farm, you can enjoy exotic butterfly and plant life year round.


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  • Day 9 - Chiang Mai fly to Bangkok, Departure

    • Meals:

      Breakfast

    • Activity:

      After breakfast at hotel, free at leisure then depart for Bangkok by flight. On arrival, connect your international flight home or to your next destination.


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Accommodation

U Sukhumvit Bangkok

81 Sukhumvit Soi 15, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey- Nua, Wattana, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand

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  1. 26km Airports
  2. 14km Public Transport
  3. 3.2km Center
Why This Hotel:

U Choose Welcome drink 

24 Hour Breakfast “Whenever Wherever” 

24 Hour Use of Room

Free Bikes or Shuttle Service

The Float House River Kwai Resort

Sai Yok National Park, Tambon Wang Krachae, Amphoe Sai Yok, Chang Wat Kanchanaburi 71150 Thailand

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100% satisfaction!

We only recommend you best hotels inspected by our team. Positive feedbacks continually arrive for their outstanding service and unique characters.

  1. 243km Airports
  2. 79km Public Transport
  3. 79km Center
Why This Hotel:

A fancy boutique hideaway and can be found in very few places in the world

Floats on a flowing river surrounded by thick green jungle

Visitors to the hotel can take pleasure in touring the city's top attractions

Popular pick for both family and leisure travelers

Le Patta Hotel Chiang Rai

610 phahonyothin Rd., T.Wieng A.Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 Thailand

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100% satisfaction!

We only recommend you best hotels inspected by our team. Positive feedbacks continually arrive for their outstanding service and unique characters.

  1. 9.2km Airports
  2. 186km Public Transport
  3. 0.8km Center
Why This Hotel:

Offering quality accommodations in the culture, sightseeing, restaurants district of Chiang Rai

Popular pick for both business and leisure travelers

Within walking distance to Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

Tamarind Village Hotel

50/1 Rajdamnoen Road, Sri Phoom, Muang, 50200 Chiang Mai, Thailand

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100% satisfaction!

We only recommend you best hotels inspected by our team. Positive feedbacks continually arrive for their outstanding service and unique characters.

  1. 4km Airports
  2. 4km Public Transport
  3. 0.1km Center
Why This Hotel:

Night bazaar is only a short stroll away

Surrounded by ancient temples and quaint shopping streets

Many of the city’s most colorful celebrations take place just at this hotel's doorstep

The hotel will hosts special activities to coincide with festive dates

    All transfers specified, in private car or air-conditioned minibus

    The service of an English Speaking guide

    Accommodation based on two people sharing (for each person not sharing a room, the single supplement will be added)

    The flight from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai to Bangkok, including baggage fee

    All excursions specified in the itinerary

    All entry fees

    All meals specified in the itinerary

    One bottle of drinking water and cold towel per guest per day

    City Map

    SIM card

    All bank charges and exchange rate changes at time of payment

    All insurances including cancellation, travel, repatriation and lost luggage insurances

    All drinks with meals and other items of personal expenditure

    All tips

    All services not specified in the itinerary

    All meals not specified in the itinerary

    Domestic flights not mentioned

    International flights

    Entry visas and visa fees (contact us for further information)

    Travel Insurance (Please DO purchase the Travel Insurance before your trip)

19 Reviews
4.8

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  • Bong
    4.7

    We were very lucky in that it was only me and my partner on our tour. Jig our guide was friendly and fun and kept the tour at a reasonable pace so that we covered a lot of ground but could also pause where we wanted. If we come back to Thailand, we will definitely use ume travel again !

  • Emilie
    4.7

    We found this company after looking online and decided to go with them after all of the good reviews, we were not disappointed! We booked the half day tour of Doi Suthep and full day elephant sanctuary. The booking experience was great with prompt replies from Tip. She has been very helpful and supportive and provide excellent advises to make the best of your journey in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. It was a wonderful day all round , thank you guys at UME.

  • Katrina
    4.5

    We wanted to get outside of the city while staying in northern Thailand, but many of the itineraries offered in this route seemed rushed or included activities we weren't interested in. We ended up booking a two day activities which in day tour site of UME, We see something different and were really happy we did! UME can tailor made our itinerary, so that we can choose all we want to see. Great!

  • Mahesh
    4.8

    The tour was especially made for us, Eva came with the best advice regarding the hotels and the sights. The trip was amazing, we will always remember her kindness. Book your tour with Tip, you won't regret it. I never had a single problem. I wish I stayed longer and tried all of her tours. The private room we stayed in was very comfortable and clean and had everything we needed. The guide was also able to recommend places to go for all the interesting things in the area.

  • Donald
    5.0

    I am pleased to write this after had a wonderful experience with uem's services. Very reliable I'd say. We were collected from the hotel, and had a great group, with just 6 of us. We then travelled to a 'butterfly farm'. This was a disgrace, and had only 10 small butterflies. While the elephant jungle sanctuary was one of the best experiences of my life. Bee had us picked us for the morning booking and we spend hours there swimming with elephants and feeding them bananas. There was even a little baby elephant naughty boy who was full of mischief and fun.

  • Dan
    4.9

    We did Bangkok and Chiang Mai on a private tour, Phoebe was very quick on response and booking went on smoothley. When we arrived at Bangkok, Tip was so helpful and we got the number from their site, and contacted Tip directly. She was always very kind, happy to answer any question and a great help with our 9 month baby (much more than what we could expect, carrying her around while we went in with the elephants, helping us with her while we had lunch etc.) The tour included all we want to see in Thailand and close touch with elephants! All we want came true! Tip was fun to be with, knowledgeable and spoke terrific English. This was the second time we used UME and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them for your next visit.

  • patrick
    4.7

    Very easy online transaction with Eva, we communicated via emails, booked and paid online. Good service and very friendly staff. Tod was an amazing guide! Very knowledgeable about the plants, animals, Thai culture, and just an all around great Thai guy who always went out of his way to make sure We were having g a great time. We went up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai. It was so wonderful being there before the large crowds. He gave me an extensive tour of the Wat and his knowledge was incredible and extensive. We learned so much. Lunch was really good in the elephant sanctuary and watching the elephants swim whilst eating, even better.

  • Sandra V
    5.0

    I am pleased to write this after had a wonderful experience with Eva's services. A very friendly lady I'd say. Love that she would attend to your numerous queries at all the times! We like elephant but we do NOT want to see them playing as human wishes but naturally. So we choose to be elephant volunteers! That was a wonderful experience. We were allowed to feed the elephants and walk with them and watch them bathe. This is a very upclose and personal experience watching the elephants in their own environment.

  • Zeel
    5.0

    I've seen a fair bit of the world on my travels including SE Asia over the past decade, however, Thailand had never really appealed to me before as it's one of those destinations everyone goes to and talks about. All I could ever picture in my head was a paradise full of beaches. So, I thought I'd give into the hype and see what else Thailand had to offer. As this was my first time travelling solo to a SE Asian country I decided to find a reliable travel company for the start of my travels, and then venture out on my own after getting a feel for the place. This is always a great way of seeing part of the world for as well as designing my own trip. After doing an online search I came across ume travel and its itinerary for the 12 day Thailand Experience which looked like it had a good mix of things to see and do. The thing I was most excited about seeing was Khao Sok National Park, especially staying in the floating bungalows. Let's just say it did not disappoint - as with any place with breath-taking scenery, no picture will ever do it justice! Koh Lipe was another great place to hang out at with a little bit breeze. I was stranded for awhile on this secluded beach on the day I was due to leave due to the weather turning for the worse. I ended up having to wade across the river during a thunderstorm - who doesn't like a bit of adventure?! As any greatly experienced traveller will tell you, things don't always go to plan and these situations will always make for a much more interesting story to tell at the end of the day. Other than that, I also enjoyed watching the sunset at Tiger Cave Temple and getting acquainted with Bangkok at the beginning of the tour with its elaborate temples and the party scene at the all famous Khao San Road! I've been on a few different tours with other companies before with larger groups and I would have to say it was great to hear from Ben a couple of weeks before. He had been to Thailand with Ume travel in 2016.(made a great change to just rocking up on tour and not knowing anyone beforehand). My private guides Ben, Ingo and Ryan were all very personable friendly guys with high energy, was awesome to have them around and have a care-free experience throughout Thailand. It was lovely to have a local drive from Bangkok on tour with us too - Minnie Noinah, her English was good and we had no difficult in communicaton , she was good fun too and she shared some great insight about the Thai culture. It was good to get some onward travel advice from Ryan as I ended up changing my plans from staying in the south due to bad weather to going up north to Chiang Mai after the tour - was easy and straightforward enough as it's so easy to travel around Thailand. It certainly has been an incredible 12 day journey for me and have met some amazing, friendly and fun people along the way and made some new friends and memories for life!

  • Monique
    4.9

    Pahn was a delight! Her friendly personality, infectious laugh and positive attitude, were so enjoyable. I found her to be very helpful in everything from communicating with local mahout to explaining the story of each elephant and even advising us with food recommendations. She is also a lot of fun to have around.

  • Kevin
    4.8

    I'm having such a great time here in Thailand! Jack is a very friendly and enthusiastic tour guide, always great with us! We can see that he really enjoy what he's doing! All this trip had been amazing! Kevin Matsuda Cheers!!

  • James
    4.6

    Better than expected, awesome guide

  • Eva
    4.6

    Very well organized and was ready to help at any moment. Would recommend doing a tour with UME Travel.

  • Ben
    4.9

    My husband and I just returned from Thailand and spent a day at Elephant Nature Park while we were in Chiang Mai. It was absolutely our favorite part of the trip! These gentle creatures are breathtaking. Being around them, interacting with them is simply unforgettable.

  • Austin
    4.7

    The trip was amazing!! It was hard work but totally worth it, the views on the trek were stunning and it's an experience I will never forget! The trek and the overall experience was amazing and would highly recommend this tour .

  • Polly
    5.0

    Would highly recommend this tour. We managed to fit so much in during the 9 days with the tour itinerary while still having plenty of time to do our own thing at each location. Top marks to our guide - Tip was always there to help out when needed.

  • Lisa
    5.0

    I loved my time here so much! Everything I expected and more. The elephants are amazing and being around them has been a great experience. Thailand is great and the staffs are so helpful! I would definitely do it again and recommend it to everyone; it's the experience of a lifetime!

  • Janet
    4.8

    It was really well planned and organized. The service companies that they hired were the top quality. They really considered limitations and interests of everybody. We all have a great time there. Not too tiring yet not boring at all!

  • Wendy
    4.7

    This eco tour was amazing. I met all kinds of people, experienced a completely different culture, took care of lovely elephant, enjoyed beautiful islands and got to see most parts of Thailand. My local tour guide was very helpful. He knew all of the answers to our hundreds of questions and always be patient to help. I can't say I have a highlight because the whole trip was phenomenal!

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