Provinces showcase conservation efforts


Thailand is known for its warm hospitality, lush rainforests with spectacular waterfalls, pristine beaches, and spicy cuisine from the freshest ingredients. Yet, its surging global popularity as a tourism hotspot means the government has to work hard to preserve and conserve the country’s natural wonders.

Bearing this in mind, there are a number of initiatives designed to boost the sustainability of the local travel industry including one spearheaded by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to reduce plastic garbage by up to 50% by 2020.

The federal collaboration,Travel Thailand in Style, Reduce Plastic Waste, involving hotels, Expedia and local communities encourages tourists and businesses to address waste problems generated by the country’s 32 million-plus visitors each year.

Provinces showcase conservation efforts
Tourism authorities are encouraging visitors to leave “only their footprints and take only good memories”.

The campaign encourages reusable or sustainable items including substituting plant-based drinking straws, using cotton bags instead of plastic bags, water tumblers instead of plastic bottles and reusable food utensils instead of single-use plastic or foam items.

While the initiative began in the eight million-strong megalopolis Bangkok, a number of the nation’s quieter, relatively unspoiled tourist destinations are leading the charge. For example, in Trat province, the island of Ko Mak, famous for its pure white sandy beaches and the popular diving isle Ko Tao, have embraced an environmental imperative.

Hub Kao Wong Reservoir – Daan Chang – Suphanburi

Hub Kao Wong Reservoir is a new tourist attraction that had just been launched in December 2015. Known to the Locals as Pang Oung, Hub Kao Wong Reservoir provides the opportunity for visitors to enjoy the nature. Hub Kao Wong Reservoir is located in Daan Chang District, Suphanburi province. The Reservoir itself is measured approximately at around 85 rai, with the surrounding areas being farmlands, plantations, and small hills. Due to its geographical location, Hub Kao Wong Reservoir has Cool temperature all year round. However, during cold season, the temperature can be even cooler than usual.

Hub Kao Wong Reservoir provides the opportunity for visitors to live with (and in) the nature. There is no electricity; the only sources of light are from lamps or campfires. Furthermore, there are no telephone signals. Visitors must bear in mind the rules of the Reservoir and must make sure not to endanger the Local environment. In terms of Accommodation, visitors can bring their own tents, for authentic camping activities, or stay on the boathouses/rafts available, for a unique and unforgettable lodging experience.

If you are looking for a break from the noisy, hectic and well populated City, Noen Maprang district in Phitsanulok should be on your list due to a peaceful place among scenic landscapes.

Noen Maprang formerly was a lush jungle. Migrants from nakhon Thai District and Loei province gradually moved in and set up villages just about 40 years ago. A stunning scenic landscape and comfortable weather make it a new haven off the beaten tracks.

At Ban Mung, towering limestone peaks pop up among vast plain, surrounded by lush rice paddies, Flowers and plantation. This creates a beautiful scenery for dream pictures taken by travelers. Peaceful rural lifestyle offers a nice atmosphere to lean back and relax. Driving around for a picturesque view, you will be fascinated by the nature here. Mighty mountains amidst utmost peace of the wilderness sometime make you feel like a tiny creature in the vast world. At dusk, a long trail of bats flying out of caves in the mountain highlights the end of the day.

Another famous Landmark of Noen Maprang is the swing on a tall tree with a background of the vast land down below. Located among rubber plantation and fruit orchards, Ban Rak Thai is another highlight of Phitsanulok.

Get a glimpse of tranquility at Noen Maprang, you may fall in love with its nature.

This paper examines the case of elephant-back safaris in Thailand and Botswana; it argues that tourism has extended and deepened neoliberalism by targeting and opening up new frontiers in nature. In essence tourism redesigns and repackages nature for global consumption. Through a cross comparison of the same product (the use of captive/trained elephants) in two very different contexts (Thailand and Botswana) this paper analyses the variations in “actually existing neoliberalisms” (Brenner and Theodore 2002) and demonstrates that the effects are not unremittingly negative (Castree 2008b). It also draws out the ways that neoliberalism is challenged and reshaped by context specific processes and so it does not completely displace existing ways of approaching nature. Instead, existing approaches mix with neoliberalism to create new ways of valuing and conserving elephants.

Learning the Greatness of Mother Nature Festival Tourism: A Case of Loy Krathong Water Festival in Thailand
Suwattana Thadaniti

Urban and Regional Planning, Division of Urban and Environmental Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand

In Thailand most of settlements are along the banks of rivers and canals that constitute a unique cultural heritage and national identities. This country is the blessing of the river which is called in Thai “Mae Nam” or Mother Water. Thailand has many symbols representing water, whether in ritual, literature, dancing or folk art. Learning the greatness and the significance of water resource as Mother Nature could be derived by tourists through the festivals, especially, the Loy Krathong, a water festival. To understand that greatness, tourists need to realize the value of Loy Krathong festival. In all, the value of the festival affects the family, the community, the society and the world.

Thailand, as we all know, is a country blessed with abundant natural scenic beauties ranging from mesmerising beaches, freshwater lakes, waterfalls, forest reserves and wildlife. It’s not something we can describe with words. Usually, we expect tourist destinations to be crowded and loitered but not Thailand. A quaint little travellers’ haven in Asia, Thailand is a beauty untouched. Thailand, unlike your usual tourist destination, hides its folklore and natural beauty but it’s not that hard to find once you actually arrive in Thailand. You might find tonnes of information about nature in Thailand but none of those articles does the justice of perfectly portraying the jaw-dropping beauty of nature in Thailand. While we all aim for development, tall buildings and metros, Thailand has managed to find an ideal balance between new and the old charm. While metro cities might provide you with all the luxuries, it’s the nature which rejuvenates your body and soul. From its serene mountains covered by lush green forests to tranquil beaches and waterfalls – finding your own little space in Thailand is pretty easy. Thailand is a trip for rejuvenation of mind and body, so come to Thailand and get lost in the nature of Thailand.

The Reservoir is open for visit from the 1st of April until 12th of August every year. The Reservoir is only open during this period for nature conservatory efforts. During this period, the Reservoir is open for visit from 0600 until 1800, except for those who wish the stay for the night. Visitors can book the Accommodations (tents, boathouses/rafts, meals) or they can bring their own tents and Food to enjoy. The entry point is at Wat Nam Pu Ron, where visitors must pay entry fees (20 Baht/car, 10 Baht/bike). They will then receive the cards that will allow them entry into the Reservoir. Visitors who do not wish to stay overnight must keep in mind that they must leave before 1800, due to the safety concerns during the Travel, as the roads can get dark and dangerous. during the night.

Selected as Thailand’s first low-carbon destination, Ko Mak, with its bucolic fishing villages nestled among bendy palm trees, has established itself as a role model for surrounding islands.

The island’s residents, who are anxious to keep their home a laidback, natural destination have reached out for advice from the designers of other green initiatives after being selected for the honour by Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA).

Their commitment includes using only locally sourced food, avoiding petroleum-based fuels, implementing water and waste management as well as preserving local activities and traditional ways of life.

Serene, romantic destination
Known as Thailand’s best kept secret, Ko Mak is a smaller island away from the bright lights and throbbing music of nearby Ko Chang. As one of Thailand’s more serene destinations, it is increasingly attracting couples and those with young families keen to get away from late-night bars and the party scene.

But what it does do, it does very well. A chance to rewind and recharge while staying on the beach, with some fantastic food options, including the popular breakfast haunt, The Food Art Hut, and deserted white sandy beaches are within arm’s reach.

Meanwhile on Ko Tao in Surat Thani Province, the azure waters that attract tourists including many divers from around the world, are being fiercely protected by local dive operators.

A group of dive centres have banded together to form Get Involved Ko Tao, a community-based conservation initiative to help preserve the natural resources and environment of the island by organising a monthly clean-up to remove waste and encouraging locals and tourists to “get involved” by saying no to the use of plastic straws, cups and bags.

The private sector has collectively embraced the “5Rs” dedicated to reducing, reusing, repairing, recycling and rejecting.

This involves reducing consumption; no-recyclable packaging, reusing items that can be used again like glass bottles, boxes or paper; repairing an item instead of buying a new one; recycling all materials that can be transformed into a new product and; finally, rejecting any item that pollutes or harms the environment.,60801175.html

From palm-fringed beaches to crisp mountain air
The eight-square mile island, with a permanent population of just over 1300, is known for its palm-lined beaches and coral reefs. Restaurants and bars are concentrated at Mae Hat Beach and near Sai Ri Beach.

If you are visiting Ko Tao, a day trip to Ko Nang Yuan is essential. This tiny island is only a brief speed boat ride away from the main island and, has a stunning beach and secluded places to take a swim.

A short hike to the island’s summit gives visitors views of the whole nearby island chain.

Moreover, Thailand not only boasts some of the best diving in the world, it is also one of the most affordable and best places to get your PADI diving certification, and Ko Tao just happens to be the most popular place in Thailand to get your credentials.

While the fragile island marine ecosystems are a focus of Thailand’s drive to promote sustainable tourism, some of the nation’s stunning natural landlocked destinations are also playing a significant role. A case in point is Loei province in the north-east, renowned for its cool mountain trails, rainforests and many waterfalls.

In May, Loei’s Phu Kradueng National Park—with its misty hiking trails up mountain crags—introduced the Go Green: Go Clean: Go Grow program which encouraged visitors to plant a tree and help clean up the area during a two-day event.