|1 person/1 elephant|
|3 days/2 nights||15,000||18,000||4,000|
|7 days/6 nights||25,000||30,000||3,500|
|14 days/13 nights||42,000||47,000||3,000|
|2 persons/1 elephant|
|3 days/2 nights||28,000||32,000||8,000|
|7 days/6 nights||48,000||54,000||7,000|
|14 days/13 nights||80,000||84,000||5,500|
|3 days/2 nights||35,500||42,500||10,500|
|7 days/6 nights||64,500||72,000||9,000|
|14 days/13 nights||*Opt.||Opt.||Opt.|
High Season: 31 October 2016 to 31 May 2017 2 November 2017 to 30 May 2018
One Day: 5,000 baht per person. Please email us regarding availability.
More than one elephant: Please choose a combination of packages.
Extra days: can be booked on request.
Start days: Mondays and Thursdays, except where indicated.
Start tme: 9:30am for both start days.
Minimum booking: 3 days / 2 nights.
NOTE: We cannot make any exceptions to start days or start time.
All sections must be completed
We will send a confirmation by email once your booking has been received. If you do not receive the confirmation within 3 days, please check your JUNK/SPAM box and contact us again as the internet is not infallible.
Start days: Monday and Thursday only
Arrival: 9:00am (no exceptions – all must attend induction & safety instructions)
Departure: 5:00 pm
All packages include: caring for an elephant, riding and bathing in the river, t-shirt and handbook for every guest, air conditioned bungalow, twin beds with bathroom and free wifi. All daily meals except breakfast on arrival day and dinner on last day of stay.
Book more than one elephant: Choose a combination of packages.
Extra days: Can be booked on request.
Minimum booking: 3 days/ 2 nights.
Please pay on arrival to Elephantstay. Please note that we ONLY accept cash as we do not have credit card facilities at this stage.
- 2 people and Family packages/prices include one (1) elephant
- Prices are based on twin share accommodation
- For stays 4 weeks or longer please contact Elephantstay
- Airfares and transfers are not included in the price
- Private transport from and to airport or within Thailand can be arranged for an additional fee
- Ayutthaya has many ATMs which take most credit cards
- We offer a reasonably priced laundry service
- We do expect everyone to make arrangements for their own travel insurance
We suggest you bring the following items for your stay:
- Long, loose comfortable pants for riding the elephant. As they are quite hairy and a bit prickly, long pants are better
- Flip flops
- Spending money (small notes/coins) for extra drinks, snacks, souveniers etc
- Changes of clothes. You will get wet when you go into the river on the elephant twice a day
- Tropical strength insect repellent for the evening. We are not a malaria area so you will not need to take anti malaria medicine. However, we do suggest you see your doctor for vaccination recommendations.
For further information
- Check out our Frequently asked questions below
- Read testimonials from former Elephantstayers
- Ask your questions on our Facebook Community Group “Help Elephantstay Help Elephants!”
Frequently asked questions
Can I start on a day that is not marked in green?
No. As we have limited accommodation and we do a welcome and safety induction. We require people to begin on the days marked in green on the Availability Calendar.
How do I get to you?
Please refer to the Getting to Us section
What is the cost for extended stays?
Please check our Packages section for prices and cost of extra days in each package
What should I bring?
What’s the best time of year to come?
Please refer to our Weather section.
Can I extend my stay once I am there?
Yes, but it will depend on availability. As we have very limited spaces to not miss out we suggest you book beforehand.
How far ahead do I need to book?
How do I book?
1. Check the availability calendar for your desired dates
2. Choose a package; and
3. Submit a booking form.
Can I pay in another currency?
We are only able to accept payment in Thai Baht. You can check with the XE Currency Converter.
Can I pay by credit card?
No, at this stage we do not have the facilities for that.
Is the accommodation air conditioned?
Yes. Please refer to our accommodation section for more information.
Is there internet access?
Yes, we have free wifi.
If I book for 2-3 weeks, can I go on other overnight tours/ visits during that time?
As the program asks you to look after your elephant on a day-to-day basis, we recommend you book other visits/tours to other areas in Thailand before or after your stay. However, if would like to go on a local tour in Ayutthaya during your stay, we can organise that when you are here.
Can you recommend any hotels in Bangkok or Ayutthaya?
Bangkok: we recommend you check the internet or one of the various travel guides for Thailand to locate a hotel to suit your needs/budget. Also, there are many travel websites with reviews and recommendations by people who have stayed there.
Ayutthaya: we recommend the guesthouse Tony’s Place for centrally located accommodation, or Promtong Mansion for a quieter guesthouse with excellent service or Tamarind, very cute guesthouse, good location across from the UNESCO World Heritage Historical Park and wonderful owners. Again, we would recommend you to try the web as these may not be the type of accommodation you would prefer.
What else is there to do in Thailand?
We suggest you check the internet or travel guides for Thailand.
If there are two of us and we have our own elephant each, do we do things together?
Can I come and stay the night before my program begins the next day?
No. The program begins at 9.30am on the first day when we do our induction.
Can I book a room only ie: not take part in the elephant program?
Yes, however the rates would be the same.
What vaccinations do I need to get?
We suggest you go to a doctor or travel doctor about vaccinations. We are not a malaria area but it depends on where else you are traveling. You can also check out sites such as the Thai Travel Clinic.
How much time do I get to spend with my elephant?
As much as you like.
Can I play with the baby elephants?
How fit do I need to be to do the program?
Anyone can come and do the program and only do what they feel comfortable and capable of doing. Each individual will have to assess that for themselves as we cannot assess your health or health issues, and decide what you are capable of.
Is there an age requirement to do the program?
No. If you can get here, you can participate.
Can I book a one day or two-day, one night package?
Minimum stay is three days / two nights package. If you opt to leave earlier the cost remains the same.
What can I do to help Elephantstay?
Check our How to Help section for ideas on what you can do to help us.
Can I make a donation?
Yes and are greatly appreciated. All donations go directly to helping our elephants and their needs. Please see our Donate page for more information.
Getting to us
Elephantstay is located at the Royal Elephant Kraal Village, Ayutthaya
Getting to us from Bangkok:
The quickest way to get here, if you are located in Bangkok, is by car (it takes about one hour). We recommend that if you want to book a car, you book through us, (one way-1500 baht for a car or 1800 baht for a mini van, price includes expressway tolls). Beware, as generally if you book a car in Bangkok, they are not familiar with Ayutthaya surroundings and will have trouble finding us.
Getting to us from Suvarnabhumi Airport:
The quickest way (1 hour and 20 minutes) is to either take a taxi (you will have to negotiate the price, between 1500 and 3000 baht, depending on your negotiation skills). Or else we can organize a driver and car. (one way -1800 baht for car, 2000 baht for a mini van)
Getting to us from Don Mueng Airport:
We can organize a driver and car (one way-1200 baht for car)
How to get to Elephantstay Information Sheet:
If you are making your own way, it is useful to print out the following How to get to Elestay (includes a map of Ayutthaya) to show the taxi and/or tuk tuk drivers. We are listed as number 1 on the map.
You can also print out the following, which is the address for the Royal Elephant Kraal Village in Thai:
ติดต่อคุณนัน 0959 755 508
Making your own way on public transport:
Go to Mo Chit Bus Terminal and then take a minivan to Ayutthaya (no need to book and goes every 30 minutes or when full) (80 baht + luggage, about 1 hour). You then take a tuk tuk from the last stop to the Kraal about 15 minutes. (about 150 baht.
Take a train from Hualumphong Station, to Ayutthaya. The trip takes about 1 hr 20 minutes- 2.5 hrs depending on the type of service. Second class seats (A/C) cost 245-345 baht, third class is just 15-20 baht. No reservations and seats are not guaranteed. Then a tuk tuk, which takes about 20 minutes about 120-150 baht to the Kraal. Not recommended to take in the morning to get to us as it is not reliable.
Thailand’s weather of course can vary and this is a rough guide only
- Hot/Dry – March to May
- Rain – May/June to October
- Mild – November to February
What to expect during Thailand’s rainy season
- No rain for a week at a time
- Night rain and clear days
- Torrential rains that last 30 minutes to 2 hours, then clearing and sunny
- Overcast days with little to no rain
- Two to three days of partial day rain in a week. Especially later in the rainy season
- You can also check the AccuWeather website for more detailed information on Thailand’s weather.