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Updates from the Andaman Coast!

Sustainability Matters

Andaman Discoveries strives to stay and evolve as a sustainable tour operator. One way of doing this is by looking at certifications that holds us to a high standard. We are currently a partner of Travelife and just submitted our Travelife certification application. The next step will be to have an audit in the office to ensure that we are following all the criteria and also have an action plan set in place to continuously improve our standards. It has […]

AD in the Community

Pi Tui, Pi Nat and Bang Hem from the community tourism team in Ban Talae Nok headed to Koh Yao Yai community based tourism training in partnership with IUCN. The community on Koh Yao Yai would like to open a homestay program and IUCN invited AD and Bang Hem to train them and have an open discussion about how to succeed in running a sustainable community based tourism program.  The first day was focused on introducing the principles of CBT […]

AD: Leaders of Sustainable Tourism

Andaman Discoveries has been announced as the runner up for the Thailand Green Tourism Awards under the category for best program created for foreign tourists. The award is issued by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), who has been working hard over the last year to promote community based tourism is southern Thailand. We have been working closely with TAT in connecting local communities and sharing our knowledge on how to create a sustainable homestay programs that are interactive for […]

Thank you Volunteers for Engaging, Integrating and Giving Back

Over the last month we have had 8 volunteers at four of our volunteer projects. The volunteers showed a willingness to adapt to the projects’ needs and integrated into the schools and the local Kuraburi community. English can be difficult subject for Thai students to tackle, often times leaving them extremely shy and scared to try and speak. Volunteers quickly break down these barriers by doing interactive and activity based English lessons.  Why is this important? Students are tested on […]

Study and Service Groups

Get out, Give back and travel with a purpose! We would like to thank all of the groups that participated in study and service trips this year. You are all an inspiration and make Andaman Discoveries’ purpose and mission exceed expectations. You help not only the communities in Thailand, but also spread the word on sustainable travel when you return to your countries. We hope that planting these seeds of meaningful stories and connections will allow for more people to […]

Burmese Learning Center Student Outreach

Ready to Learn Andaman Discoveries staff member, Lindsey, headed out with the Foundation for Education and Development staff to conduct outreach with the local Burmese Community. We wanted to register returning students and also new students. It is always the perfect opportunity to network with the Burmese families, build trust and support for our cause.  The best way to understand the students and their families is to see where they are living and what they are doing and it makes […]

See You Next Season Koh Surin

Thank you Moken Tourism Team Andaman Discoveries staff headed out for the close of the season meeting with the Moken Tourism Team. We gather feedback forms from guests throughout the season to share with the team and make plans for the next season. It has been inspirational to see the Moken develop their own voice for their group, speaking openly about their concerns, hopes and positive aspects of participating in the programs. It is becoming a clear trend that the […]

Blogger

The LINK Project From TAT Frankfurt Andaman Discoveries was proud to be the Destination Management Company (DMC) for a fantastic “blogger” trip that also hosted tour operators. The LINK project “Stands for Local experience, innovation, networking and keeping Character” pairing the TAT Oversea Office in Europe with hidden provinces to showcase Green Community Based Tourism to European Media and Tour operators. There were five bloggers from Germany and Austria that experienced Ban Talae Nok village for 3 Days 2 Nights. […]