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Bird Watching for Pleasure

Join the Tour De Chang charity bike ride for the survival of Thai elephants!


Bird Watching for Pleasure

 Barbets and a Cuckoo


Join the Tour De Chang charity bike ride for the survival of Thai elephants!

The weekend of the 6th and 7th of February 2010 you are invited 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 set in a beautiful mountain range north of Chiang Mai is a safe home to rescued elephants that were previously abused and neglected.

One of the charity riders on the trail to raise funds for the Elephant Nature Park.
The tour departs from a resort on the Samoeng road on February 6, following an irrigation canal through the rice fields and cycle off road to join the road to Pai. Cycle through the mountains towards the Elephant Nature Park, where riders will camp on Saturday night. Here you will not only have a chance to refresh in the river while washing liberated elephants, but also to learn about natural elephant behavior and to see how their 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!
After breakfast on the 7th, riders will climb one hill to get out of the Elephant Nature Park valley. A shortcut leads to the rice fields near Sri Lanna National Park. After passing some villages, bikers reach Mae Ngat reservoir where, after lunch, they will take long tail boats to the Echachai houseboats. You can stay overnight in a houseboat or take the boat and minibus back to Chiang Mai.
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. Teams will receive their own page on the Tour De Chang website to help with online fundraising. A minimum amount of 5,000 baht per person is required for fundraising.
Register at www.bring-the-elephant-home.org. The cost of the event is 2,500 baht pp – excluding mountain bike (or 3,300 baht pp including 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.
Bike for Elephants registration www.bring-the-elephant-home.org/bike-tour-en/bike-for-elephants-registration/en/ Sponsor a team: The teams will try to find their own sponsors, but all support is very welcome! Support the Bring the Elephant Home Bike Team with an online donation.

Elephants at the nature park enjoy a peaceful existence.

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