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Charity bike ride for Thai elephants - OurChiangMai.com

Join the charity bike ride for the survival of Thai elephants!

The weekend of the 6th and 7th of February 2010 we invite you to join the ‘Bike for Elephants’ tour in Northern Thailand. Two days of adventure and fun biking through the Mae Tang valley, in Chiang Mai province.

This event will raise much needed funds for the Elephant Nature Park and create awareness about the plight of Thai elephants. The Elephant Nature Park, in a beautiful mountain range north of Chiang Mai, is a safe home to rescued elephants that were previously neglected.

The route: Tour de Chang

February 6, 2010

48 km, 40% off road but flat land, 60% concrete with some hills, road quality is good, route is suitable for average bikers.

We will depart from a resort on the Samoeng road, following an irrigation canal through the rice fields and cycle off road to join the road to Pai. On a concrete road through the mountains we will cycle towards the Elephant Nature Park, where we will camp on Saturday night. Here you will not only have a chance to refresh in the river while washing free roaming elephants, but also to learn about natural elephant behavior and to see how your money will be spent. We will set up our tents in the Elephant Nature Park, have an early night and wake up with the sounds of elephants!

February 7, 2010

33 km, 95% small concrete roads, some climbing at the start of the route, road quality is good, route is suitable for average bikers.

After breakfast we will climb one hill to get out of the Elephant Nature Park valley. A shortcut will lead us to the rice fields near Sri Lanna National Park. After passing some villages, we reach Mae Ngat reservoir where we will take long tail boats to the Echachai houseboats. Here we can share experiences, swim, have drinks, snacks and relax after all the hard work. You can stay overnight in a houseboat or take the boat and minibus back to Chiang Mai.

Start your team

Join this event by starting a team with any of your social network. It’s a great team building event and fun and healthy way to do something good for the world!

A team needs to have at least 4 and maximum 10 members. As a team you will receive your own page on the Bring The Elephant Home website to help you with online fundraising. Your team will set your own target for the fundraising efforts, but a minimum amount of 5,000 baht per person is required.

Join Bike for Elephants

Will you join the Bike for Elephants event? You pay for the costs of the event, 2,500 baht pp – excl mountain bike (or 3,300 baht pp incl mountain bike, helmet and water bottle) and raise a minimum of 5,000 baht per person to support the Elephant Nature Park.

This fee includes insurance, safety instructions, a sponsor book, meals and drinks, camping at the Elephant Nature Park and the boat ride on Mae Ngat reservoir. Also included: elephant feeding, bathing, elephant morning walk, a lot of new impressions, friends and an experience you won’t forget.

Visit the Bring The Elephant Home website for more information.