Thailand small ship cruise

“An eight-day adventurous small group cruise around Southern Thailand’s lesser-known islands. Away from the tourists and into the heart of local communities. Paradise found. ”

Highlights

Phuket | Ko Miang | Similan Islands | Ko Surin Tai | Moken Village tour | Khao Lak beaches and Khao Lak Town | Baan Talay Nok village

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2018: 29 Dec
2019: 5 Jan, 26 Jan, 2 Feb
Single use plastic-free:
Traveling on a small ship and being that much closer to the water, you can’t help but notice how plastic rubbish is collecting in our seas and oceans. To do our small part, we have worked to eradicate single use plastics on board our voyages.
on board:
All our boats have water refilling stations and all guests are provided with an aluminum water bottle upon boarding to encourage them to use it. We use no plastic cutlery or cups and straws are not offered in drinks. Breakfast tends to be the meal that plastics can creep into so we ensure that butter, jam and yoghurts are bought in bulk quantities to avoid individually wrapped or packaged items. In our cabins, provided toiletries are in pump dispensers, not plastic bottles and we try to limit the amount of printing we do to avoid excess paper usage.
Preserving food:
We ask our chefs to be mindful of packaging when purchasing at local markets during the voyage and will continue to work with our bulk suppliers to limit any form of plastic that comes on board.
Bags:
Our tour leaders encourage clients to be mindful of packaging as they are making purchases during the voyage.
water bottles:
All our adventure cruise passengers are provided with an Aluminium water bottle at the start of their voyage.
Education:
Our tour leaders are 100% behind our company’s initiatives to prevent more plastic waste entering our oceans. They will work to educate our clients on what they can also do help and to make good choices while they travel. At the same time, we are working with our suppliers to also educate them on what they can do to improve their operations.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Thailand small ship cruise

Environment

Responsible travel is one of the pillars our company is built upon. All of our travelers are provided with information regarding Responsible Travel at all stages of the booking process and while traveling with us. Our leaders are also trained extensively in Responsible Travel and will advocate for this throughout our trips.

Traveling by small ship has a much lower impact on the environment and specifically, on the towns and rural areas that we visit. We are not impacting the local communities and countryside in the same way that large scale coach touring may.

Rubbish is segregated on board in food waste, paper, plastic, aluminium and glass. After, they are given to shore facilities where available. There is also a sewage treatment plant on board. Every passenger receives a water bottle to reduce plastic cups. In addition to water bottles the ships are equipped with FW evaporators (reverse osmosis systems) that produce fresh-potable water that is triple filtered.

Bio-degradable soaps are being used on our ships. We also follow the eco-friendly system for towels due to the amount of water used to wash towels that have only been used once is overwhelming. If passengers are happy to reuse their towel for another night they hang it up, if they would like to replace it stays on the floor.

Community

An important part of travel is mixing with the locals and experiencing “real life” in destination. On this trip, we venture out on a guided excursion to Moken Village, the home of the Moken people, a Sea Gypsy ethnic group of Austronesian origin who still mostly live a seminomadic hunter-gatherer life. This presents an excellent opportunity to observe village life up close and learn more about their unique culture. Also, on the seventh day we visit Baan Talay Nok village where we will have lunch with local families and try some local dishes.

We have a Destination Management Company in Thailand who manage our touring operations in the country. The DMC employs local people and means we can ensure our responsible tourism standards and philosophy is upheld. The company is following the International Labour Organisation (ILO) guidelines and fully Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) compliant, where the rights of the seafarers are safeguarded. There is no discrimination on the gender of the seafarers and best candidate is always employed.

We have a Foundation which was set up to empower travelers to have a positive impact on the communities they visit. Our Foundation now supports over 50 local, grassroots projects around the world. Over the past 15 years, The Foundation has distributed over AU $5 million to projects tackling areas such as sustainable development, human rights, child protection, environmental conservation, wildlife protection, education and healthcare. While we do not visit a project during this trip, our Foundation supports a project in Thailand called Friends of the Asian Elephant. The project was established to protect and conserve the welfare of elephants in Thailand. FAE’s elephant hospital provides free medical care for sick and injured elephants, as well as education for keepers.

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