Although I have seen elephants in their natural environment, from a jeep in Kruger National Park, I couldn't compare that to my first hike in Huay Pakoot where I truly got to admire these amazing animals. After trekking down the long, winding road to the hike...
There are only around 415,000 remaining wild African Elephants. In Asia, the situation is worse: there are only around 50,000 elephants remaining. Elephant numbers are in decline due to threats such as poaching for ivory, conflict with humans and habitat loss and...
For my first week in the village I was able to go on a cave hike. What we were told was that the cave would be a 40 minute hike away and it turned out to be an almost three hour hike. In the beginning we got lost in a corn field, which was actually fun. Once we got...
Original photo: Shinsuke Ikegame The town of Pai is nuzzled against green mountains. The place has a distinctly bohemian feel, with live acoustic music and independent artisan stores lining the river. On a moped, take roads flanked by shining paddy fields. Slide down...
Our world, and the wildlife within it, is being threatened by unsustainable human behavior. This issue is prevalent in Thailand, as evidenced by often irresponsible practices within its wildlife tourism industry. While immersing yourself in the coastal province of...
Are you passionate about wildlife conservation? Spend your summer holidays, gap year or sabbatical making a long-term difference to endangered species around the world. With climate change, loss of habitat, and the illegal wildlife trade, animals around the world face...
The United Nations (UN) recently revealed that 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, with that number estimated to rise to 68% by 2050. With more of us inhabiting towns and cities than ever before, the urge to reconnect with nature is undeniable. While...
Arriving in Huay Pakoot just after my 21st birthday had my expectations very low for any celebrations, however I was pleasantly surprised by the warmth of the village and the volunteers inside it.
Whether you are planning on attending a project at either of our Thailand hubs or if you are simply interested in travelling responsibly and ethically as you travel this remarkable country, there are a few choices to keep in mind when planning your visit to see elephants. Every choice you make, and every baht you use at an ethical sanctuary over a basic tourist attraction helps the industry to develop and make better choices of its own so that future elephants will be treated better.
Photo: Alex Carter The internet is flooded with awe-inspiring pictures of white sand beaches, mountaintop views, and everyday travelers volunteering around the world. After a while you start to think, “How can I get there? How can I make this happen for me?” Why not...
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