Thailand beach & rainforest vacation
One of our bestselling Thailand vacations takes you away from the established tourist trail to explore the quieter, more unusual parts of the country, supporting rural communities and wildlife conservation with unique stays including the Elephant Hills tented camp.
Bangkok Phuket Khao Sok National Park Elephant Hills Camp Cheow Larn Lake Khao Lak Optional snorkelling trips to the Similan and Surin islands
Description of Thailand beach & rainforest vacation
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe have tried to ensure that all elements of the itinerary take responsible tourism practices into consideration. The itinerary promotes natural experiences such as staying in a tented camp which is powered largely by renewable energy sources, thus limiting its impact on the surrounding rain forest. There is a huge variety of flora and fauna in the bark including horn bills, the largest flower in the world - Rafflesia, and even the rare clouded leopard. The wildlife is all observed through their Wildlife Monitoring Project which tracks the wildlife in the area to encourage conservation.
The hotel we have recommended on the beach does what it can to avoid impacting the local environment by leaving as much as possible of the landscaping to nature, avoiding pulling up indigenous plant life to make way for travelers.
All the excursions have been chosen with the intention of educating the visitor to the responsible tourism side of Thailand as well as providing a wealth of unforgettable experiences. The exploration in Khao Sok National Park will take you to the national park headquarters where you will learn more about the conservation measures which are being implemented in the park related to wildlife as well as environmental sustainability.
We have encouraged overland transfers where possible. As well as working well from a responsible perspective we also believe this will allow you to experience Thailand from a more direct perspective. We've also encouraged the use of re-usable water bottles in lieu of plastic.
PeopleWe encourage the use of smaller locally owned properties who employ locals from the surrounding areas. The majority of staff at all hotels are local people, and the vast majority of the guides and drivers used in the itinerary are local. This allows travelers to see the best of Thailand such as local restaurants and shops that source locally made goods. Nature guides within Khao Sok National Park are often local as well, allowing them to be educated in the unique aspects of the park.
All travelers are encouraged to learn about and absorb local culture and to be respectful to the community through the information given during the planning and pre-trip process. All the partners we've chosen to work with have been selected with a focus on sustainable and non exploitative practices including fair and ethical treatment of staff. Guides are encouraged to excellence through yearly guide awards and frequent feedback and training.