Northern Thailand: Chiang Mai has a tropical wet and dry climate, tempered by the low latitude and moderate elevation, with warm to hot weather year-round. The hotter (summer) season in Chiang-Mai runs from March through May whereas the rainy season occurs from May through October. From November through February is a much "cooler" season compared to the others.
Suggested Packing List:
- Passport (Must be valid 6 months after the trip)
- Personal Medication. We suggest to pack this in your carry-on rather than your checked luggage. Also, this medication should be in its original container.
- Mosquito repellent
- Warm sweatshirt / fleece (during cooler months - November-February)
- Rain Gear - Waterproof Windbreaker or Raincoat (especially during rainy season noted above)
- Short-sleeved shirts
- Gym / sportswear (for outdoor activities)
- Under garments, socks
- Bathing suits
- Shorts (no shorter than mid-thigh given local customs)
- Hiking pants
- One pair of flip flops / sandals / water shoes
- One pair of closed toed comfortable walking shoes
Bath / Personal:
- Personal medication
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Glasses / contacts / contact solution, if applicable
- Personal toiletries (If you have certain items that you absolutely need, bring enough to last until you return home. Don't forget to bring gender specific hygienic products).
- Insect repellent (Note: As this is a tropical country, mosquitoes are present throughout the year, especially during the rainy season)
- Shampoo, conditioner, soap
- Travel towel for after rafting
- One refillable water bottle
- Books and/or magazines
- Watch or small alarm clock
- Mini-flashlight / headlamp & extra batteries
- Day bag or backpack for the elephant nursery. You have the option to leave your luggage checked in at the Chiang Mai hotel and packing just one bag for the sanctuary.
- Personal snacks that you may need or crave (such as granola bars or power bars). We provide all stated meals; however, some have particular dietary/health needs.
- Disposable camera, film camera or digital camera - and film or memory card(s) for digital camera
- Linens / blankets
For service with the elephants:
- Caring for elephants can be a dirty business! You will be provided with clothing for working with the elephants. While there are boots provided, all sizes do vary. If preferred, bring comfortable footwear that is OK to get wet and dirty! In your time off we suggest more comfortable clothes.
- There will be some down time throughout the volunteer days. We suggest bringing a book, card games, and old fashioned fun to keep you entertained.
*Laundry service is limited. We advise that you bring enough lightweight clothes to avoid having to do laundry.
*Voltage in Thailand is 220 volts. Most tablets, computers, and cameras can support this, however, most hair dryers cannot. Please bring a converter if you will be using high-voltage items. Most of the outlets will be the 2-prong, with occasional 3-prong outlets.