Hands Up Luxury Tailor Made Family Holidays with giving back! – Family Holdays with a twist

Hands Up Holidays specialises in luxury, tailor-made family trips that combine sightseeing with giving back.

Hands Up Holidays’ family trips are all tailor-made, and are ideal for families for these reasons:
–         So that children can appreciate how fortunate they are
–         To provide meaningful interaction with another culture in a safe context
–         To instil the values of service and giving back in children
–         To bond together as a family


They do loads, but we chose this one which is for families with children under 10, wildlife conservation trip.


Elephant Encounter – Thailand


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  • Getting up close and personal helping elephants
  • Bangkok immersion tour
  • Thai traditional massage
  • Chiang Mai and her temples


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Your “Taste of Volunteering” Project

Elephants were historically extensively used to move and carry heavy objects such as tree logs, but with deforestation and loss of habitat, elephants in Thailand face their greatest challenges ever.

You can help care for elephants at a center in Northern Thailand; help these beautiful creatures and gain an insight into Thai culture as you get to know the people who permanently care for the elephants.

Volunteer tasks are varied according to the season and needs at the time, but you should get to:

  • Prepare meals, feed and bathe elephants
  • Help preserve the rain forest, and help with replanting trees
  • Learn about diseases affecting elephants and how to treat them when they are sick





Trip Summary

This remarkable volunteer project blends the stunning sights, fascinating people and delicious food of Thailand, with a unique, hands-on elephant rehabilitation mission.

You have an overview of Bangkok’s highlights and we include a traditional Thai massage to finish your day before flying to Chiang Mai.

The northern reaches of Thailand are home to the Asian Elephant. Domesticated for centuries, it is commonly used in the forestry industry and tourism. Unfortunately these magnificent endangered creatures are often mistreated. Feel the rewards of making a real difference to their quality of life and get to know the people that care for them on a daily basis.

Spend the next day relaxing back in Chiang Mai – a fabulous zip lining day is an option if you still have energy to burn!

Then fly back to Bangkok, where your trip ends, and extension trips begin.


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Accommodation:  accommodation will be in 5* hotels based on 2 persons sharing a twin-bedded room, except for whilst volunteering, which is in 4* accommodation.



Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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