Ethical Elephant Experience | Half Day – 5 Days | from SEN MONOROM, CAMBODIA


  • Visit an ethical elephant sanctuary and make unforgettable memories!
  • Trek into the jungle and enjoy watching elephants be elephants.
  • Interact with elephants in a responsible way. 
  • Different trip durations (including volunteering opportunities) available.
  • Help to sponsor the protection of wild elephants in the Seima Protection Forest!
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Elephant Valley Project (EVP) 

Quick Trip – Half Day (4.5 hours) 

Perfect for travellers on a budget!

  • Monday – Friday

This option is perfect for travellers on a tight budget or who are short on time. Spend the morning hiking 3-4 km out into the forest to meet a group of elephants. Here you will see them in their natural environment, a truly special experience which is not always easy to find over Southeast Asia.  

Ele Lover – Full Day (7.30am-5.30pm)

Great for those who want to see elephants in their natural habitat!

  • Mondays – Friday (+ Sundays*)

You will hike between 5-8 km in and around the stunning Cambodian jungle to observe two different elephant herds. Follow them as they play, graze and navigate their forested home. The Ele Lover full day program also gives travellers the opportunity to learn more about the elephants, the conservation work done by the EVP and the lives and culture of the local indigenous people. 

Lunch is included and will be a Khmer style buffet lunch! Unlimited water refills are available at base camp. 

*Guaranteed departures in Nov-Feb and June-Aug (no minimum number of people required). Limited departures in Mar-May and Sep-Oct (minimum of 5pax). 

Taste of the Jungle – 2 Days/1 Night (Day 1: 7.30 am – Day 2: 5.30 pm)

Incredible elephant experiences and a taste of volunteering! 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. 

On the 2D/1N programme, you will have two elephant experiences, walking around 3-4km in total. As well as observing the elephants, you will also get involved in the volunteering work where you work on current projects alongside staff, locals and other volunteers. These projects can include, small building activities, farming for food for the elephants and reforestation. 

Accommodation is provided in a shared room although upgrades can be requested at additional cost. (Please note, upgrades may not always be possible.) All meals are included (lunch x2, dinner, breakfast). 

Volunteer Program  – 5 Days/5 Nights

Get to really know the elephants!

  • Begins on Sunday (3.00 pm) – Friday (5.30 pm)

You will spend day one meeting the elephants and learning about the community, forest and conservation efforts of the EVP. 

The rest of the program will be a mix of elephant observation, elephant health checks and other volunteering projects. These projects can include,  farming for food, small building projects and reforestation. This will help visitors to really get involved in the day to day running of the sanctuary and help with projects directly related to elephant welfare and the success of the Elephant Valley Project.

Throughout the 5D/5N programme, you will have six elephants experiences which will amount to roughly 3-4 km of hiking each time. There will be 4 sessions volunteering at the sanctuary and accommodation in a shared room will be provided. For an additional cost, you may be able to upgrade, although this is not always possible. 

All meals are included in the price, starting with dinner on Sunday, right through to lunch on Friday.


Can you cater to my dietary requirements?

The chefs at the EVP are more than happy to cater to dietary preferences. Please let them know of any requirements in advance of your visit.

Are there free water refills?

Free drinking water is available from the kitchen.

What does the volunteering involve?

Examples of previous projects include, building water towers, trail maintenance, digging trenches, constructing guesthouses and working on bamboo, pineapple and banana farms.

Volunteering work will usually involve manual labour and you will get sweaty and dirty! However, all of the volunteering projects help to keep the sanctuary running so your contribution is invaluable.

What should I bring?

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Rain jacket
  • Appropriate footwear (e.g. walking boots, trainers – no flip-flops!)
  • Trekking clothes (e.g. long trousers and shirts – no short shorts or visible cleavage to be sensitive to the indigenous communities and staff)

For a day trip:

  • Drinking water for morning forest trek. At lunch time, you can refill your bottle as base camp.

For an overnight stay:

  • Passport
  • Flashlight for us after generator stops in evenings
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Warm jumper (Nov-Feb)

Is the sanctuary located in a malaria risk area?

Yes. You are advised to take malaria preventative medication and practice bite avoidance. Long sleeves and trousers can help, as does mosquito repellent.

Are there laundry services?

Laundry is done free of charge for stays longer than 2 days.

What's Included

What’s Included:

  • Return transport from Sen Monorom to EVP
  • Unlimited drinking water refills
  • Volunteering sessions (where applicable)
  • Accommodation (where applicable)
  • Meals (where applicable)

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • For cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time, free of additional charges.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed, as long as it is within 48 hours of the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link or upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.


Elephant Valley Project

The South East Asia Backpacker Community have tried and tested adventures across the region and handpicked a selection of only the BEST companies to work with.

Why we chose Elephant Valley Project?

  • This registered local non-government organisation works to support local communities and also helps to conserve the wild elephants natural environment.
  • They operate a truly ethical sanctuary which allows working elephants to retire in peace, truly putting their needs first.
  • The EVP provide employment opportunities and training to the mahouts in the area and the Bunong community.
  • Elephant Valley Project is the largest captive elephant sanctuary in the whole of Asia and has over 1,500 hectares for these majestic animals to room freely.
  • They invest in the protection of the Seima Protection Forest and the wild elephants that live there.
  •  There are different types of elephant experiences to suit all travellers, no matter their time constraints or budget!


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