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Responsible Tourism Training at Klong Nang Yon Community Enterprise

Last weekend Tui and Noon gave a presentation to the Klong Nang Yon community enterprise which is part of the Destination Development project by Prince Of Songkla University, Suratthani Campus.  5 local business group members such as Homestay, Bamboo Rafting, Boat rafting, Restaurant and Resort were participated in the meeting. They are interested in learning about responsible tourism. At the meeting, we discussed abouhow to be a good interpreter, Principle & guidelines for a successful community development and how to […]

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 […]

Volunteers experience!

We decided to include into our 3 months trip to Asia, one week of volunteering inside Home & Life orphanage. One week is very short but these kids were so nice and welcoming that it was long enough to have a strong relationship with them. During the day, we had some works to do (girly work for ladies and strong work for strong men!) and after school we could play with the children (football, swimming in the river, English teaching, […]

Andaman Discoveries 2014 Awards!

Andaman Discoveries is very pleased to be recognized by Wild Asia Awards and Thailand  Green Excellent Awards. We were selected as a WINNER of  Thailand Green Excellent Award for our volunteering program and a finalist for the Wild Asia Award under the category cultural preservation! Please see our Press Release here: AD 2014 Awards Press Release

Responsible Tourism Award Finalist!

Finalists for the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 Dear friends, guests and partners – We are very happy and excited to announce that Andaman Discoveries was selected as a finalist for this year’s Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards! This annual award recognizes best practices and innovative programs for sustainable tourism in Asia since 2006.  Along with basking in glory and honor of the award reception, the winners can exhibit at the ITB Asia in Singapore for free! We are […]

Andaman Discoveries Scholarship Program

Andaman Discoveries started a scholarship program after the 2004 Tsunami. The program started with 214 students, and up to now 53 students are still following the program. Some students that graduated came back to teach at their local school sharing their gift of education with the children. For example, Wilansinee ‘’Klang’’ Klathalay is teaching at Koh Surin School and Supaporn ‘’Kai’’ Mardmun is teaching at Ban Talae Nok School. Most of the students are currently still following higher education. With […]

Little Big Project Volunteers

Hi everybody, We just wanted to give you an update of what is happening at Andaman Discoveries. We are very happy to introduce you to TAT Volunteers, Esa and Rachman. They will be joining a 14-day program of Andaman Discoveries. They are currently writing a daily blog, please like the blog updates with 5-stars and help our volunteers win the final Little Big Project competition! Thanks! Check out their blogs on thelittlebigprojectthailand.com http://thelittlebigprojectthailand.com/blog/blogger/listings/esa.html http://thelittlebigprojectthailand.com/blog/blogger/listings/rachman.html Esa & Rachman enjoying some delicious […]

Take a walk on the wild side

Getting around in Thailand is fairly easy. Tuk-tuks, taxis and motorbike rentals are cheap and easy to find. The Thai’s acknowledge this, and therefore they consider everything further than 200 meters to be far. Have you ever asked for directions, and got the answer that the place you are looking for is “too far”, and then it turns out, it’s just a 5-min walk? This is actually a point where I recommend you not to do as the locals! As […]

My first homestay experience

This weekend I went to the little muslim village of Ban Talae Nok ,with my colleagues, for village guide training.  Ban Talae Nok is a small, coastal village with about 200 inhabitants where Andaman Discoveries is hosting community-based tourism with a homestay programs. We arrived late in the evening, settled in our house, and held a meeting with the village’s tourism group. Unfortunately, as I don’t speak Thai, I could not understand what was being said in the meeting, but […]

Update Wild Asia Award

This year we entered our Moken CBT Program for Wild Asia’s ”Most Inspiring Responsible Tour Operator”- Award. Even though we are not one of the selected finalists, we are proud to let you know we were one of the two organizations recognized by Wild Asia’s Judges. Wild Asia quoted: ”Your business was incredibly close to becoming a finalist, and we are very impressed by the work you do.” http://tourism.wildasia.org/2089/2013-responsible-tourism-award-finalists/