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“Thailand Achieves Sustainable Tourism Recognition: Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announced the Criteria for Thailand’s Community-Based Tourism Development, published by Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), has achieved GSTC-Recognized Standard status. By gaining GSTC-Recognized status, DASTA has affirmed that their standard blends universal sustainable tourism principles within the Thai socio-political context,” expressed Randy Durband, CEO, GSTC.” www.gstcouncil.org
Thailand is one of the most popular and most traveled destinations in Asia. Have you ever thought about traveling environmentally friendly in Thailand? There are a lot of possibilities to greener your next trip to Thailand. The country has over 300 national parks and 17% of the land are designated areas for environmental protection.
The economy of Thailand is mostly depending on the tourism industry. To ensure the healthy development of the tourist destinations in Thailand, it is essential to lower the impact that mass tourism has on the environment and the community. Sustainable tourism takes care of the present needs while preserving the needs of future generations.
Thailand is known for its exceptional wildlife and lush greenery. To preserve the wonderful nature, the country's authorities are aware that tourism and its concept has to change. There are a lot of possibilities to make your trip to Thailand environmentally - friendly. Travelers are offered sustainable life time experiences like living with local communities, staying at the houses of Thai Families, being part of projects that non-profit organizations as well as hotels offer.
More and more travelers decide for a homestay vacation, which means they live with local hosts. It is an authentic way to get to know the way the locals live: learning how to cook traditional Thai dishes, assisting with the production of craftwork or go fishing with the local fishermen is part of the special experience.
7 Greens of Thailand, helps you to greener your trip:
- Green Heart - Travel the eco-friendly way
- Green Logistic - Choose clean vehicles for either short or long excursions
- Green Attractions - Sustainable tourism management
- Green Activity - Choose environmentally friendly travel itineraries
- Green Community - Travel with awareness of value and preserve community identity
- Green Service - Managing Business, consciousness and eco-friendliness
- Green Plus - Volunteering brightens the world and cares for the environment
“7 green ideas aims for everyone to realize how important it is to ease globe warming and support sustainable tourism”
being local - authentic experiences
Tung Dap Village in Phang Nga earns global recognition for its sustainable tourism
Bangkok, 15 March, 2018 – The Moken village of Tung Dap on Ko Phra Thong in Phang Nga province has been named one of the world’s top sustainable destinations, in the ‚2018 Sustainable Destinations Top 100’ competition by Green Destinations.
The winners were announced at ITB 2018 in Berlin. Tung Dap village was among the best three entrants in the ‘Best of Cities, Communities & Culture’ category, which global leadership in protecting local culture and tradition, social fabric and sense of place while involving the local community in tourism and avoiding exploitation, human rights violation and disruptive mass tourism.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said: “It’s wonderful to see tourism initiatives like the Tung Dap village programme be recognised on the world stage for their commitment to community and environment.
Even more so, when you consider this type of experience is precisely what TAT’s ‘Open to the New Shades’ marketing concept is about – discovering Amazing Thailand from new and different perspectives.”
Tung Dap is a rural homestay initiative in which visitors are welcomed into the village where they can learn about and get involved in the local community’s lifestyle.
Cultural and nature-based activities; such as, fishing and vegetable foraging are some of the unique Thai local experiences they get to enjoy, while the villagers themselves benefit from fair employment opportunities and a secondary source of income.
The multi-award-winning community-based tourism initiative Andaman Discoveries offers the “Moken Immersion Tour”, where travelers get to know the village and its culture over a period of three days and two nights.
The Green Link – Phang-Nga
Did you know that Phang-Nga region, which is home to to five of the country’s most pristine national parks, is considered an emerging ecotourism destination in Thailand?
Besides the sea-sun-sand demand the region offers local and authentic experiences, supporting local communities that offer green experiences to the guests. Visitors are invited to indulge in the unspoiled nature and learn about local culture and wisdom, livelihoods and green practices to preserve the environment.
Bamboo rafting is one of the experiences you should not miss. You are invited to explore the pristine nature and the clear emerald water along the three kilometers waterway. You can enjoy local life and have a lunch with bamboo tubes and rice.
Ban Tat Din Dang
Located in Amphe Thai Mueng, Ban Tat Din Daeng offers a wide range of ecotourists activities like kayaking to learn more about the mangrove ecosystem, exploring hidden caves and visiting the island’s landmark, a cliff that resembles the face of a giant. Visitors are invited to enjoy the hydroponics vegetables and clean eating menus.
Ever since the villagers of Koh Yao Noie have protected the sea they depend on for generations. The villagers promote sustainable fishing practices which is the reason for the richness of resources.
When visiting the island villagers take you to floating and lobster farms, rubber plantations and paddy fields by the sea. Other offers activities are fishing at night and learning to cook local sweets or make batik, tie and dye fabrics with natural colors.
Thailand’s Royal Projects
A variety of impressive village-based community development projects have been implemented by His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej and members of Thailand’s Royal Family.
The projects have been set up nationwide and are now open for small-scale tourism. The projects are models of alternative economic development and provide unique insights into the King’s concept of a sufficiency economy.
The mission of Trash Hero is to keep the world clean for future generations. With the creation of sustainable community based projects, the aim is to remove existing waste and inspire a long-term change of behavior in order to reduce future waste.
Action and awareness, education, sustainable projects and inspiration are the key parts of the Trash Hero work. Actions speak louder than words – weekly environmental clean ups are as much part of the project as spreading educational information about the impact of trash on the environment.
HiveSters is a hub for authentic and local Thai travel experiences. The project is co-founded by Achi and Mint – two sisters born in a family travel business, who have the urge for explorations and adventures run through their veins.
Ever since their childhood, Achi and Mint have explored Thailand’s hidden gems. Because of their local expertise they were often asked for recommendations for local activities.
The team works directly with local communities, social enterprises and individuals to create and promote their projects.
While providing fun authentic adventures for the traveller, it is aimed to create positive impact by increasing the locals’ income, preserving the endangered cultural heritage, protecting the environment, and creating positive social changes.