Tourism Authority Thailand
“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
Bo Hin Farmstay in Trang
Trang province in southern Thailand is located on the west coast of the Andaman Sea. There are a total of 46 islands in the mountainous region. The best time to visit the province is between December and May. The locals live from rubber cultivation and palm oil extraction as well as fishing.
If you want to experience authentic Thailand, we recommend a homestay in Trang province. You will stay in the accommodations of local fishermen and get to know their everyday life. On the shore of the Sikao River in Trang Province, you will find the Bo Hin Farm. The family invites you to learn more about the unique ecosystem along the Sikao canal, which extends into the clear blue bay of the open sea.
Bo Hin Farm in Trang
In 2020, the Bo Hin Farm was awarded the Thailand Rural Tourism Award in the category of the best homestay. The small fishing villages were nearly displaced a few years ago as professional fishermen moved into their areas. Additionally, the mangrove forests surrounding their homes were cut down. Through the homestays, you support the fishermen and their families sustainably.
On the farm, fish populations are cultivated in floating farms, and nets are used to catch fresh marine animals directly from the water. You will learn all about the people and their responsibilities on the fish farm. Plus, learn all there is to know about the dugongs, called fork-tailed manatee or sea pig, which are native to the waters of Trang. The dugong’s food source is seagrass, which also provides clean seawater and is therefore essential to the ecosystem. Trang province has the largest seagrass beds on the coast of Thailand, which must be protected and preserved.
Artist House Baan Silapin in Bangkok
A special place for art and culture lovers is located in the southwest of Bangkok. The district of Thonburi is less frequented by tourists and quite unique with its beautiful location on the river. On the western side of the Chao Phraya you find the Artisthouse Baan Silapin where guests can experience traditional Thai theater live.
The artisthouse with gallery and café is housed in a charming century-old open teak building. In 2010, it was founded by Thai artist and environmental activist Chumphon Akhpantanond. Throughout the building, artists work on a variety of pieces and visitors can purchased the work. A large selection of traditional masks is also on offer.
A special recommendation is the performance of the ensemble for traditional puppet theater. The performances take place daily on a donation basis. The puppets as well as all the costumes are elaborately handmade by the artists themselves and are based on traditional examples. They are made of eye-catching fabrics that shine and glitter. This is how the costumes were more visible in the past, when there was no electric light. The dolls are usually carried by several players, who in turn are dressed completely in black, so as not to distract from the movements of the dolls.
Thailand in Green Season
Traveling in the off-season or shoulder season is becoming more and more popular. You have more time to see the sights, avoid the crowds of tourists and you can save money, because the price-performance ratio is much better.
You get to know the country and its people under completely new conditions. Green Season doesn’t mean it’s gonna rain for days. Mostly it is a rain shower of a few hours and then the sun shines again. During this time it is worth visiting the sauna, or you can treat yourself to a Thai massage, which is an absolute must, or attend a cooking course. Try it out !
Slow Travel Thailand: By train through the land of smiles
Traveling luxuriously in the private Eastern & Oriental Express from Bangkok to Singapore or Malaysia or on the State Railway’s first, second and third class trains – there is something for every budget.
A trip on the Eastern & Oriental Express is not easily forgotten: from Bangkok to Singapore it takes about 40 hours, three nights in a luxury train compartment, breakfast in the cabin, 3-course lunch, afternoon tea and 4-course dinner. The Express is also the only train where alcohol is allowed, so guests are supplied with wine and spirits. The compartments exude the charm of the 1930s while offering modern comfort.
Flying dealers in wood class
Although the third class of the State Railway of Thailand is much less luxurious, the open windows provide fresh wind and a good view of the passing landscape. An absolute highlight are the merchants who walk through the corridors and provide the travelers with typical delicacies.
A route with history: Death Railway
In addition to the regular train routes there are some extraordinary highlights, for example the “Death Railway”. The route was built by the Japanese military during the Second World War: almost 16,000 prisoners of war and 100,000 forced laborers died of illness or overwork during the construction of the 415-kilometer-long route, giving the route its eerie name. Today, a large part of the “Death Railway” is closed, only the approximately two and a half hour stretch from Kanchanaburi to Namtok Sai Yok is still passable: Through tropical forests and along the wild Kwai Noi River it is a truly spectacular ride. It is worth staying in Kanchanaburi for one night before returning to Namtok Sai Yok to learn more about the local history at the war museum and especially to enjoy a dinner in one of the restaurants along the river, which became famous through the Oscar-winning film from 1957 “The Bridge on the Kwai”.
Shopping on the tracks
An exciting spectacle can be seen at the railway market in Mae Klong: For decades there has been a market on the rails, but eight times a day a train passes through. As soon as the train announces itself with a loud honking, the traders routinely pull their stalls off the tracks, fold in the tarpaulins that serve as protection against sun and rain and wait at the edge of the tracks while the train slowly moves forward – only a few centimetres away from traders, visitors and the goods!
On the way to the morning
Overnight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai it is worth taking a first or second class sleeping berth. While the sun slowly rises, the train rolls towards the mountains and forests of northern Thailand. On the way there it makes a few stops, which can certainly be used for intermediate stops on the journey.
Thailand’s star food and a food mecca in the North
Thailand and its diverse cuisine belongs inseparably together. Whether a luxuriously star restaurant or street food at one of the many cook-shops: food is the key to Thai culture.
However, the dishes differ greatly from region to region, and the new MICHELIN Guide 2020 also addresses this issue.
With the regions Bangkok, Phuket, Phang-Nga and now also Chiang Mai, the guide covers a wide range of culinary diversity.
Chiang Mai in particular is considered a Mecca for Foodies: the regional cuisine is characterised by the former Lanna Empire, combined with influences from the Mon, Khmer, Lao and Burma. The total of 27 Royal Projects, established by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej for the sustainable development of the area, supply the restaurants with fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables from organic farming, which definitely has an impact on the quality of the dishes.
A lucky fruit
Also the jackfruit, which can be bought in more and more supermarkets and is often used as a meat substitute, is often found in Thailand’s North. Last but not least, the name Khanun, as the jackfruit is called in Thai, is attributed with lucky charm and so dishes with it also appear at festive occasions like weddings.
Recommended by MICHELIN
According to the MICHELIN Guide, you should definitely try Saa makua: “saa” stands for mixing different ingredients together. This traditional dish is Thai eggplant, which is thinly sliced and seasoned with chilli paste and garlic, and pork. Delicious! If you follow in the footsteps of the MICHELIN guide through Chiang Mai, there is a lot to try, because the food mecca offers culinary delights in over 50 restaurants! Click here for the complete list.
Vegan and vegetarian through Chiang Mai
Thai cuisine also offers an impressive variety of vegetarian and vegan options – and Chiang Mai is no exception! It is rather a small paradise for vegans and the possibilities are constantly growing. For example, we were impressed by Pun Pun, which offers incredibly tasty vegetarian dishes as well as some with organic meat. In addition there is home-made yoghurt, organic coffee and very tasty smoothies.
Eating tasty food and doing good things at the same time, that’s what Free Bird Café is all about. The team around founder Lisa Nesser serves plant-based dishes here, the proceeds of which go to the Thai Freedom House. The centre is aimed at refugees from Burma and supports them with language courses, art therapy and health education, among other things. Whether it’s a salad of fermented tea leaves, pumpkin-ginger curry or vegan pancakes for breakfast – there’s something for everyone!
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.
With HiveSters, they live their vision to share and promote sustainable Thai travel activities and hence contribute to a sustainable impact in Thailand tourism industry.
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.