by Antoinette van de Water
(Bring the Elephant Home Chiang Mai, Thailand)
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Bring the Elephant Home
Please join our charity bike ride for the survival of Thai elephants!
The weekend of the 6th and 7th of February 2010 we invite you to join our “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 elephantbehavior 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 to 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 our 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” – can you join us for 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 theElephant 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 memories that will last a lifetime!!.
For Online Registration please click, or if you have any questions reagarding either the charity bike ride or “Bring The Elephant Home”, please email Antoinette directly at [email protected] .