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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 Rai, Thailand (Mae Fah Luang - Chiang Rai International Airport, airport code: CEI)
  • Arrive anytime on the day your program starts
    • Please note that you will commonly depart 1 day prior to arrive on your program start date.
    • 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.)
  • Depart anytime the day your program ends
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.




Suggested Route - Getting there:
  • OPTION ONE
    • All Nippon Airways
    • New York (JFK) to Tokyo, Japan (HND)
    • Tokyo, Japan (HND)to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)
    • Bangkok Airways
    • Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) to Chiang Rai, Thailand (CEI)
  • OPTION TWO
    • Eva Air 
    • Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Taipei, Taiwan (TPE)
    • Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)
    • Bangkok Airways
    • Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) to Chiang Rai, Thailand (CEI)
Suggested Route - Coming home: 
  • OPTION ONE
    • Bangkok Airways
    • Chiang Rai, Thailand (CEI) to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)
    • All Nippon Airways
    • Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) to Tokyo, Japan (HND)
    • Tokyo, Japan (HND) to New York (JFK)
  • OPTION TWO
    • Bangkok Airways
    • Chiang Rai, Thailand (CEI) to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)
    • Eva Air 
    • Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) to Taipei, Taiwan (TPE)
    • Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) to Los Angeles, CA (LAX)