Experiences in Thailand
By Leslie Welshimer
|The Koh Ra Ecolodge experience begins with a scenic boat ride.|
There are seemingly endless options available on where to get some much-needed z’s while traveling. One option is to select an ecolodge for your accommodations. So, what makes an ecolodge different from any other hotel?
|Our bungalow was reached by walking along a peaceful path.|
An ecolodge is defined on encyclopedia.com as a, “Type of tourist accommodation designed to have the least possible impact on the natural environment in which it is situated.”
I had never stayed at an ecolodge before three friends and I traveled to Koh Ra Ecolodge. The only way to Koh Ra is by boat, which is about a 20-minute trip from Kuraburi Pier. The lack of easy access to Koh Ra enhances its isolation, giving the feeling of escaping to a hidden paradise.
|Sea kayaking offers a different perspective of Koh Ra.|
We spent our two-day stay swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking, napping in hammocks and enjoying the natural beauty of the area. The accommodations are comfortable. The natural feeling is completed by sleeping under a mosquito net in the bungalows. Our bungalow, sans items like a television and phone, allowed us to fully relax in nature. Our palates took delight in a healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner.
|Relaxing is a task achieved easily with the sound of the sea and cozy hammocks.|
The Koh Ra Ecolodge is an ideal place for those who want to relax and/or be active in nature. The ecolodge runs on generator power from about sunset to 11 p.m. Then it’s lights out, or time to find a flashlight.
Koh Ra offers numerous special packages for activities like diving. Rates may vary depending on season and occupancy.
|An organic garden provides fresh produce and a volunteer opportunity for guests.|
Also, there is a chance for a discount if you’re willing to put your hands and mind to good use. The Koh Ra Ecolodge provides volunteer and research opportunities, in addition to a chance to soak up the sun on the beach. Volunteer experiences include coral reef monitoring, organic gardening and community education to name just a few.
The Andaman Discoveries’ team can book your stay at Koh Ra Ecolodge.
To arrange accommodation at an ecolodge near you, visit Responsible Travel.