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You MUST make a booking. Please do NOT just show up. We do NOT run a general day program or overnight stay (You may be able to visit in low season, but must come direct to our office in Maechaem). Our normal program is Mon-Thurs/Thurs-Sun OR 1 week...more
Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
34 Moo 1, Sub Village Mae Taen, Ban Thung Yaw, | Tambon Chang Keung, Mae Chaem 50270, Thailand
All reviews elephant sanctuary dogs and cats thong dee the river teaching english chiang mai local village spent a week their lives mosquito net at home an amazing experience thai culture take care hard work beautiful elephants food was great
My boyfriend and I stayed at Burm and Emily's Elephant Sanctuary for 4 nights and didn't want to leave at the end. We were lucky enough to get to know the couple a little over our stay, and they are two of the most amazing...More
I stayed at BEES for 4 nights as part of a volunteer project end of October 2018 and it was honestly one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Unlike some of the other 'sanctuaries' in Thailand, BEES really is just that, a sanctuary...More
I stayed at BEES for 2 weeks volunteering in November and had such a wonderful experience! I went by myself, and our group at that time had 4 people - slightly smaller than I expected but it was intimate and I have built some great...More
If you are seeking a TOTALLY ETHICAL elephant sanctuary experience where you really feel you are helping and making a difference please please visit BEES!
This wonderful sanctuary is situated in rural Thailand 2 1/2 - 3 hours from Chiang Mai, amidst breathtaking scenery.
This was unforgettable. I had been to Thailand ten years before and visited what I thought was an ethical elephant centre. I now know it was not. BEES and their founders Burn and Emily make sure information is available to educate you about Elephants and...More
BEES is by far the Best Sanctuary you could possibly volunteer at! Emily& Burm and their amazing helpers are sweethearts! - not only do they provide their Elephants with a nice retirement in their beautiful forest, they also rescue other animals such as birds, cats...More
This is an elephant sanctuary where elephants retire to after a hard life working in the logging and/or tourist industry. Burm and Emily take in elephants who have had tough lives and give them a second chance to live a life where the elephant’s needs...More
I had an incredible two week stay at BEES. Emily, Burm and the rest of the team are passionate, kind and dedicated people. The time spent with the elephants was unforgettable, the surrounding area is beautiful and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend...More
I came here by accident since I was trying to travel to another country to a different sanctuary. I look at it as if it was meant to be, since I had the time of my life. It's a priceless time that I deeply cherish...More
My 15 year old son and I spent a week at BEES in December 2017.
We had so much fun with the amazing people at BEES - Emily, Burm, Leo, Got, Toby, Tan, Glacie, Le Blanc and Ngae Ngae; the many animals - Mae Kam,...More
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Ahh, I'll be there the week prior! First off, it is amazing, and you will love it. It does get cold in the mornings and at night, so make sure to have some long sleeves/pants (a hoodie is good, I slept in mine with my hood... More
Ahh, I'll be there the week prior! First off, it is amazing, and you will love it. It does get cold in the mornings and at night, so make sure to have some long sleeves/pants (a hoodie is good, I slept in mine with my hood up a night or two!). Bug spray with Deet. SPF for sure (I use a pretty high level because I've got the luck of the Irish and burn!).
For temple visits throughout Thailand, knees and shoulders should be covered. I've heard that some even require ankles. I always wear a long skirt, t-shirt and carry a scarf to use as a shawl. A hat is a good idea, you're outside quite a bit in the sun. There was a collection of rain boots when I was there in February from volunteers who left them behind.
Bring some socks, flip flops for bumming around the project and a pair of sneakers that you won't mind getting elephant poop and river water on (though, this is where the boots are handy!). Gardening gloves are good to bring and leave behind, shovelling and sweeping the elephant enclosures can be hard on your hands if you don't have calluses built up already.
Cash gifts go a long way, but if you stay for weeks visit, you'll most likely visit one of the local schools. Some volunteers I was with brought stickers for the kids (if you do bring something, make sure you bring enough for everyone in the class). Make sure you bring a travel towel, a little flashlight for night time bathroom visits (I've never seen darkness or stars like it out there, so make sure you look up often because it is amazing!)
There are a lot of dogs and cats, some people bought some flea shampoo when we stopped at the grocery store on the way to the sanctuary. When I left the sanctuary, I left a bunch of stuff behind (boots, gloves, hats, towel, grubby clothes, etc) they will clean them up and if in good shape donate them to the locals, or use them in the animal enclosures.
Have a great time! It's an amazing place with amazing people and animals!
I would say a few days to a week, check in on the Facebook site with a message to the owners. It's an odd thing for us to pay/trust this kind of payment, but it's on the up and up and if you sent it, should have no issue... More
I would say a few days to a week, check in on the Facebook site with a message to the owners. It's an odd thing for us to pay/trust this kind of payment, but it's on the up and up and if you sent it, should have no issue! Everything about the whole experience is AMAZING! You'll work hard, eat better than you imagined, be humbled, fall in love with a dog or two. I'm heading back soon myself. It's life changing and the real deal! Have an amazing time!