For many people, vacations are a way to relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life. For others, vacations are a very conscious decision, taken only when they are environmentally-friendly or there is a chance to give back. As the green movement gains momentum, ecotourism is becoming more popular. If your family is looking for a fantastic way to spend a week, an Eco-friendly vacation in Thailand may be just what you’ve been dreaming of.
Tigerland Rice Farm
During the rice-planting season of early summer and the harvesting season of early fall, Tigerland offers six-day trips to tourists, giving them a taste of life they would otherwise not experience. Tigerland is located in the hills of Chiang Rai and offers guests the opportunity to do much more than plant and harvest rice. Swim in the nearby river, weave bamboo, visit the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar, or take a trek to Lahu Village. During your stay you’ll be guests of the Thai Watasittikul family, the owners of the farm. This Eco-friendly vacation is a fantastic way to spend a week away from the office!
Wildlife, Waterfalls and Mountains
Over a span of 15 days, guests will be exposed to a vast nature reserve, exploring remote areas of jungle and getting up close and personal with the amazing elephants of the region. Rather than traipsing around the countryside with little time to see the sites, this tour concentrates on activities in a few select locations, allowing guests time to relax and explore at their own pace. The private tours can be catered to couples and families alike, making it a perfect getaway no matter how old, or young, you are!
You can spend six days riding elephants, kayaking and trekking your way through Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary. You’ll find the sanctuary in western Thailand, in the Kanchanaburi Province. The Karen people call this region home, settling in small villages and communities within the forest’s protective embrace. As part of your journey, you’ll stay as a guest in the village of these welcoming people, living and working like a local for a week.
Excitement on the Shore
From lush rainforests to the tropical see, you’ll adore your time spent in south east Asia. Spend time in the country’s capital city, Bangkok, and then learn about how the simple life is really lived in this amazing section of the earth. Explore nature, spend time with the locals or sit back and soak up the sun; the choice is yours! The trip is perfect for families with young children. Tour operators can tailor your activities with age in mind, and schedule appropriate activities for even the youngest tourist.
Your 13 days will be spent in hill tribe villages, lodges and resorts; all offering their own version of sustainable living in Thailand. Spend your days riding elephants, touring villages and bamboo rafting along the river. Before you leave, you’ll visit Khao Yai National Park, the oldest park in Thailand. Native wildlife calls this park home, guaranteeing stunning views of elephants, gibbons and macaques. From quaint villages to urban metropolises, your vacation will be filled with the best that the country has to offer.
Thailand is a top destination for those seeking Eco-friendly vacations. From welcoming tribes and locals, to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, you’ll be amazed at how sustainability is at work in this beautiful country. If you are looking for an environmentally-sound holiday, you can’t go wrong in choosing to spend time in Thailand.
Diane Magruder is a hotel and resort reviewer and, while she’s in between destinations, blogs for thailandholidays.net where you can find great Thailand holiday deals for 2013. For more information click here.