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Updates from the Andaman Coast!

Study and Service Trip Adventures

We had a stupendous season of study and service groups and specialized groups that fall into an ever growing niche of young adults and people that choose to travel with the mindset of immersing in the local culture in a sustainable way and giving back to local communities in whatever way is needed. The groups got to know the “people and the place” along the Andaman coast, relishing in an authentic experience that brings people together, creating memorable experiences that […]

Songkran: what is it and why is it one of my favorite holidays?

What is Songkran? Songkran, also called” water festival”, is one of the biggest Buddhist holidays in Thailand. It is an annual holiday in Thailand that is celebrated mid April. Each year Songkran is held from the 13th through the 15th of April. In some places the celebration even lasts for a whole week. On Songkran people celebrate the traditional Thai New Year. The official New Year is celebrated on the 1st of January like in most other countries. The traditional […]

Volunteering at Kuraburi high school

Hello! Sawadeeka! I volunteered as an English teacher at Kuraburi Chaipattana High School for 9 weeks from Mid-January to Mid-March 2018. It was the last semester of the academic year before the summer break. With little to no experience in teaching students formally in my home country (but my friends always filled me in with their teaching adventures), I set foot at Kuraburi Chaipattana on Monday, 15th January 2018, just 24 hours after turning twenty-six years old. I was attached […]

My first homestay experience

Last week I had the opportunity to come along on one of the tours of Andaman Discoveries. A family of three from Canada had booked the Moken immersion tour for 3 days and two nights so I joined Noon and the family on this trip. I am so thankful that I was able to join them and experience a homestay for the first time in my life. Moken Immersion The tour we went on is called “Moken immersion” and takes you […]

Meet our new intern!

Hello everyone! Last month I joined the AD team. With this blog post I would like to introduce myself.

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 […]