Holidays and Day Trips
Pun Pun Center for Self Reliance
Pun Pun Center for Self Reliance is an amazing certified organic farm in Chiang Mai that offers an educational experience and a holiday. You can organise a day trip or stay a while and best of all even volunteer at the farm. Most amazing are the regular retreats and courses they hold. Courses include Seed Saving, Natural Building and Organic Gardening. These are run in both Thai and English. Go to their website for more details. They also offer cooking courses and yoga courses at You Sabai which is a part of Pun Pun.
Here you will find Organic holidays filled with Cooking Courses, Sustainable Building Workshops, Yoga and Organic Market Tours. Also part of Pun Pun Organic Farm is The Panya Project – permaculture certification design courses. Highly recommended.
Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai| T: 081-470-1461 E: email@example.com| http://www.punpunthailand.org/
Khao Kho Talaypu Natural Farm a certified organic farm with resort accommodations, a holistic health farm and a lovely organic restaurant. While they don’t have courses, their organic ethos is very prominent in the way they run the resort and restaurant. Immerse yourself in organic goodness while on holiday. Looks amazing!
Khao Kho Talaypu, 137 Moo 5 Tuangsamor, Khao Kho, Phetchabun, 6270, Thailand| http://www.khaokhonaturalfarm.com/
A beautiful certified organic farm in Chiang Mai, offering farm stays in quaint eco mud houses, serving certified organic food grown on their property. They also offer courses in how to build eco houses.
Dara Dalay Banndin Farm, 189 Baan Huay Leuk, Umphur Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai | 086 378 3837 or 089 499 2878 | $ | http://www.daradalay.com/
Not Certified Organic, but they have the right idea
Bangkok Tree House
The Bangkok Tree House is one of the few green hotels in Bangkok, perfect for a day trip or one-nighter. Located in the Phra Phradaeng peninsula (aka Khung Bang Kachao), an unlikely pocket of countryside just south of the city, it makes for a refreshing escape from the concrete jungle. Despite being only a short walk and ferry ride from a BTS sky train station, the area has remained pristine thanks to the Chao Phraya River cutting it off from the rest of not-so-charming south Bangkok in an almost 360 degree circle. A handful of cheap homestays are available, but if you can swing it, eco-conscious Bangkok Tree House brings its guests “back to nature” without sacrificing comfort in their “Nest” rooms – stunning. The team at the Bangkok Tree House have a strong commitment to environmentally sustainable practices that go above and beyond what you’d expect. Much of the resort’s electricity is solar-generated, meals are prepared with state-of-the-art carbon-free cookers and dry toilets are available in some rooms. You can forget about plastic and paper here — water is only available in reusable containers and receipts are handwritten onto leaves. One of their green policies is to remove 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of trash from the Chao Phraya River for every booking made with them.
60 Moo1 Soi Bua Phueng Pattana, Bang Namphueng, Phra Padaeng, Samut Prakarn | 0829951150 | $$| http://www.bangkoktreehouse.com/
Rose Garden Organic Farm Tour
Rose Garden Organic Farm. Across the river from the Rose Garden is a piece of land that is being developed into an Organic Farm. The Farm not only showcases best practices in traditional Thai agriculture but also allows visitors a glimpse and immerses them into Thai farming the way it used to be. This farm is not certified organic, but I went on this day trip and had an amazing experience. Highly recommended.
Fair Earth Farm
Fair Earth Farm is a small natural farm in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. They call themselves an “experiment in food sovereignty and restorative agriculture at the family and community levels, informed by values of ecology, justice and peace.” Beautiful description. Owned by a guy called Jeff, he and his family live and work the farm, trying to live healthy lives in harmony with nature, they aim to help recover local food economies; to raise awareness about indigenous and local cultures and ways of living. They offer tours, workshops, retreats, farm camps for kids, community events and consulting.
Dr. Tui’s B&B
Dr. Tui’s B&B is a small bed and breakfast serving up organic breakfast in a quaint setting, located near Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai. A free Tai Chi, meditation class or a visit to Dr. Tui’s Organic Farm can be arranged upon request. While not certified organic, they have the right idea!
Thanyamudra Organic Resort
Thanyamundra Organic Resort is a boutique 5 star Resort adjacent to Khao Sok National Park in the Phang Nga province. Not certified organic, but they have some basic initiatives in place to make them somewhat eco-friendly. They use recycled paper, eco cleaning products, vegetable waste fertiliser. They also use off cuts of Tep Taro wood as a room deodoriser.
Thanyamundra Organic Resort, 102 Moo 6, T.Klong Sok, Panom, Surat Thani 84250, Thailand | T: +66 (0)77 395-031 to 4 F: +66 (0)77 395-036|$$$|www.thanyamundra.com
Limestone Lake Rainforest Tours
Limestone Lake Rainforest Tours of Khao Sok National Park. They offer a selection of jungle and lake tours including canoeing and trekking.
Real Experience Thailand
Real Experience Thailand offers eco friendly travel around Thailand as well as wildlife volunteer adventure experience programs.
Koh Jum Lodge
Koh Jum Lodge is situated on the island of Koh Jum, between Krabi, Lanta and Phi Phi islands. Cosy cottages in traditional Andaman style are set in a natural coconut plantation and tropical gardens. Thai eco-resort with a natural individual charm.
Chumpon Cabana Resort and Diving Center
Chumpon Cabana Resort and Diving Center located in Chumpon, whose website tells us that they have environmentally friendly practices, including water-cooled walls, onsite water treatment facilities and also sustainable waste practices. Oh and of-course there is diving!
The Wild Lodge
Details coming soon.
Cycling Tours (Thailand and our Neighbours)
- Cycling Thailand offer cycling tours all around Thailand. An amazing way to get fit and see Thailand. This company is endorsed by The Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association.
- Spice Roads offers bike tours and mountain bike tours around Thailand and our neighbours. If your ideal getaway involves being active, discovering cultures, fabulous food and the camaraderie that results from traveling with interesting people, then a SpiceRoads Cycle Tour is for you.
- Thai Wild Orchids offers eco-tourism in Phuket. A combination of kayaking, cycling and trekking.
- Amazing Bike Tours Thailand offers bike tours all around Thailand including Khao Sok, Krabi, Phuket and many others.
- Mountain Bike Tours Thailandoffers singletrack and leisure trips cycling around Bangkok, Central Thailand, Kanchanaburi, Chiang mai and Nothern Thailand.
- Bike Tours Thailand. An eco-friendly way to see Phuket with your family and friends.
- Bangkok Bike Rides offers bicycle tours in and around Bangkok. Day trips and Overnighters.
- Crouching Tiger Cycling Tours. Address: 69 Mahidol Road, Hai Ya Tel: 053-202-501 Web: http://crouchingtigertours.com/thailand-cycling-tours/tour-of-lanna/index.html
- RBB-Chiang Mai Biking Address: 135/48 Baan Nai Fun 1, Soi 2, Tambon Pa Daed Tel: 053-282-055 Web: http://www.chiangmaibiking.com
- Chiang Mai Bicycle Tours Address: 96/8 Ratchiang Saen Road Tel: 053-208-184, 081-881-9839 Web: http://www.chiangmaibicycle.com
Also, did you know about the The Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association? Visit their website for their eco friendly holiday ideas including Birdwatching, Canoeing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing and others. They have the the right intention, although the organisations listed as preferred vendors have no green certification and aren’t really that green. But definitely a few good ideas here!
Thailand Eco Portal your link to Thailand’s Natural Wonders. Great website with lots of resources for Eco-Travel around Thailand. Details on National Parks, Recommended Tours. Excellent. Their sister website Green Root Asia is also a great resource.