Thailand - Paving the way in Ecotourism
Join the responsible tourism movement by learning how to be a sustainable and eco-friendly traveller on your next holiday. Here is everything you need to know about ecotourism in Thailand, from what ecotourism is and why it matters, to the best eco-friendly destinations and activities in Thailand.
What is Eco-Tourism?
Eco-tourism, also known as responsible travel or sustainable tourism, is a type of tourism that minimizes the negative impact on both the environment and the local communities where tourists visit. This includes everything from the way tourist attractions are developed and operated to the way visitors travel to and from their destination. When done correctly, eco-tourism can have a positive impact on both the environment and local economies.
Why Does Ecotourism Matter?
With international tourism growing rapidly every year, it's more important than ever that we make an effort to travel responsibly. The negative impacts of tourism are well documented, and include things like pollution, cultural appropriation, and the exploitation of local communities.
On the other hand, ecotourism has been shown to have positive impacts on both local communities and the environment. When done right, ecotourism can create jobs, empower local people, and conserve natural resources. So if you're looking for a way to make your travels count, ecotourism is a great option!
Why Visit Thailand?
There are many reasons why Thailand is an excellent choice for eco-conscious travellers. For one, the country is home to some of the most stunning natural scenery in Southeast Asia. From pristine beaches and turquoise waters to verdant jungle landscapes, Thailand has it all. And with a wealth of national parks and nature reserves, there are plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten path and explore her untouched beauty.
In addition to her natural beauty, Thailand is also home to a rich culture and friendly people. From bustling Bangkok to laid-back Chiang Mai, there's something for everyone in this Southeast Asian gem. And with a wide range of accommodation options available, it's easy to find a place to stay that suits your needs (and your budget).
Ecotourism Destinations in Thailand
Now that you know a little bit about what ecotourism is and why it matters, let's take a look at some of the best eco-friendly destinations and activities in Thailand.
- Chiang Mai - This beautiful city in Northern Thailand is well known for its many temples and traditional architecture. But Chiang Mai is also home to a number of sustainable initiatives, including community-based recycling programs and an extensive network of walking and biking trails.
- Phang Nga Bay - This world-famous bay near Phuket is full of dramatic limestone cliffs and crystal clear waters. But it's also an important breeding ground for turtles and other marine life. Visitors can enjoy swimming, kayaking, and hiking in this beautiful natural setting while supporting conservation efforts at the same time.
- Bangkok - Bangkok may not be the first place you think of when you think of "eco-travel", but this bustling metropolis is actually home to a number of sustainable attractions! Visit one of the city's many rooftop gardens or take a ride on the newly opened electric tram system. There are even organic restaurants and farmers markets to be found if you know where to look.
- Khao Sok National Park - Last but not least, Khao Sok National Park is one of Thailand's most popular natural attractions. This lush rainforest reserve is home to elephants, tigers, gibbons, and countless other species of plants and animals. Adventurers can enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, and bird watching in this pristine wilderness area while supporting conservation efforts at the same time.
How You Can Be A Responsible Traveller
Just because you're travelling responsibly doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your sense of adventure. There are plenty of ways experience Thailand without harming the environment or taking advantage of local communities. Here are a few ideas:
- Hike through jungles and national parks
- Visit elephant sanctuaries (rather than riding elephants, which is against our Animal Welfare Policy set up by The Treadright Foundation)
- Take part in beach cleanups
- Eat at locally owned restaurants to support local businesses
- Shopping at local markets and buy home-made, locally-made products
- Book tours and activities through small, independent operators (We can recommend some!)
Ready to jump on board the eco-tourism train? South Africa may be known for its wildlife safaris, but Thailand offers travellers an opportunity to see another side of Southeast Asia – one that is rich in culture and natural beauty. And by following these tips, you can be sure that your trip will be eco-friendly! Book your holiday package to Thailand with Thompsons Holidays.
Visit Treadright.org to discover more ways you can be a more responsible traveller.