Southern Thailand has a tropical monsoon climate and is warm all year long. There is a dry season (Dec-April) and a wet season (May-November) where rain can be quite frequent. Try to pack as many lightweight clothes as possible. In general, pack for a tropical climate. You may also want to bring a rain jacket of some type for the tropical showers during the rainy season.
Suggested Packing List:
- Warm sweatshirt / fleece
- Rain Gear - Waterproof Windbreaker or Rain Coat (especially during rainy season noted above)
- Short-sleeved shirts
- Gym / sportswear (for outdoor activities)
- Under garments, socks (for boots at the elephant sanctuary)
- Bathing suits
- Shorts (no shorter than mid-thigh given local customs)
- One pair of flip flops / sandals / water shoes
- One pair of closed toed shoes
Bath / Personal:
- Personal medication
- Anti-diarrheal 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).
- Natural Sunscreen
- Natural Insect repellent (Note: As this is a tropical country, mosquitos are present throughout the year, especially during the rainy season)
- One refillable water bottle
- Books and/or magazines
- Watch or small alarm clock
- Mini-flashlight / headlamp & extra batteries
- Light day bag or pack (small backpack would be ideal)
- 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
- Hand soap
For working with elephants: WHAT TO BRING
- Bring both flip-flops and walking shoes with grip
- Wear clothes that you don't mind getting wet and dirty while working with the elephants. ie. shorts / T-shirt / swimsuit / hat
- Bring a day bag with a change of clothes for a shower at the end of the day
- insect repellent
- Sun block
- Camera (optional)
The sanctuary will provide:
- Shower, soap, bag for dirty clothing
*Laundry service at the Home Base for an additional charge. We advise that you bring enough lightweight clothes to avoid having to do laundry more than once.
*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.