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Thailand: The Elephant Village Initiative

IMPORTANT: Please be advised that United Airlines is now requiring that travelers who are 15 years old or younger travel as Unaccompanied Minors. You can read more about their specific policies here. 

Flight Requirements:

  • Fly into and out of Chiang Mai, Thailand (Chiang Mai International Airport, airport code: CNX)
  • Arrive between 07:30 (7:30am) to 23:30 (11:30pm) on the day your program starts
    • Although you can arrive up until 23:30 (11:30pm) we advise an earlier arrival, if possible.
    • Please note that you will commonly depart 1 day prior to arrive on your program start date.
  • Depart between 05:00 (5am) to 0:00 (12am-midnight) on the day your program ends
  • Flights stopping in Bangkok (BKK) to arrive to Chiang Mai (CNX), should allow at least 2.5 hours to transfer flights (ample time to go through customs, etc.)
Suggested Route:

The suggested route - usually the most direct, least number of stops, and always leaving from a US gateway airport. Often times, multiple students from the same program will be on this flight, simply because it is a popular route to take. We cannot guarantee that other students will be on this flight, but very often, there are. You do not have to take the suggested route, it is just one option. You may take any flight you wish that falls within the flight parameters above.

NOTE: Contact STA Travel to confirm the most updated route information, 877-211-4351

14-Day Program

Suggested Route - Getting there:
  • OPTION ONE
    • Cathay Pacific
    • New York (JFK) to Hong Kong (HKG)
    • Hong Kong (HKG)to Chiang Mai, Thailand (CNX)
  • OPTION TWO
    • Cathay Pacific
    • Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG)
    • Hong Kong (HKG) to Chiang Mai, Thailand (CNX)
Suggested Route - Coming home: 
  • OPTION ONE
    • Cathay Pacific
    • Chiang Mai, Thailand (CNX) to Hong Kong (HKG)
    • Hong Kong (HKG) to New York (JFK)
      • Stops in Vancouver (YVR) 
  • OPTION TWO
    • Cathay Pacific
    • Chiang Mai, Thailand (CNX) to Hong Kong (HKG)
    • Hong Kong (HKG)Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
      • Stops in Vancouver (YVR)