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Hotels and Guesthouses built with ecological Intentions

In tourism in Thailand various steps have been taken to promote Green Tourism. The ambitious goal by the TAT in 2001 to make the "Five Green Leaves" popular, did not get very far. At least we do not know of any hotel or resort that has honestly received this label. Instead international commercial companies have taken over the costly task to certify resorts according to international standards which of course have nothing to do with ecological standards and achievements reached in Thailand.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand made a second try in 2009 when it conceived the “Seven Greens” concept:
-- Green Heart,
-- Green Logistics,
-- Green Destinations,
-- Green Communities,
-- Green Activities,
-- Green Service,
-- Green Plus.

When I started writing about Thailand as a travel writer for Loose Publications 25 years ago, my guide books were soon labeled "greenish", for example in a book review by the Far Eastern Economic Review, and they did not mean it positive at all. For over 20 years, though, I carried this label with a sense of pride and never forgot to look behind the facades of tourist businesses using or misusing the label "eco", as it became popular in Thailand.
I am very happy that for this website we found a friend, Danit, whose main interests have for long been ecology, sustainability, self-sufficiency, as proclaimed by the King of Thailand, and biologic and organic gardening.
In 2010/11 she worked and improved her knowledge at Chumphon Cabana Resort, the leader in ecology in tourism in Thailand.
For this website she travels around to identify the true and real ecological projects in tourism and to find "greenish" attractions that have not yet come to the attention of the mainstream tourist industry. On this page we will summarize a few of Danit's discoveries which together with many more appear elsewhere in
The leader in all ecological aspects of tourism and much more:
Chumphon Cabana Resort - Accommodation
150 rooms  from 1,600 to 2,400 Baht
Tel.: 077-560246-7 or 089-7249319
Chumphon Cabana Resort (ชุมพร คาบาน่า รีสอร์ท) (ThungWuaLaenBeach)
Rates: 1,600 to 2,400 Baht

Excellent resort with a very good reputation, located on the most beautiful part of the beach, the wooden beach chairs are surrounded by high coconut palms and a botanical garden with ecological projects. The Chumpon Cabana Resort is very popular with Thai people during weekends and holidays. 6 cozy cottages with fan and bathroom set in a green tropical garden under the open sky. There are also 20 comfortable bungalows, two of them especially built for people in wheel chairs, with air con and a hot water kettle. An impressive hotel building with 3 storeys was built with ecologically friendly technology, 99 beautiful rooms with balcony and a high standard of comfort. However, the rooms located on the ground floor are rather dark and musty. For families there is an additional bed free of charge. Chumpon Cabana Resort has a beach bar and a nice restaurant with a large choice of excellent dishes prepared with organic vegetables and rice grown on their own farm and a fantastic buffet for breakfast also. The entrance hall is open on all sides, equipped with beautiful wooden furniture,a bamboo roof and sea view, daily newspapers and magazines and books in different languages are available.In addition, there is a shop with local and handmade products, Thai Massage and a herbal sauna, free WLAN, licensed money changer, PADI diving school, large pool (30m) beautifully located in a tropical garden. Interesting day trips with cultural and/or ecological backgrounds. There is a shuttle bus to Chumphon, 4 times a day, 150 Baht/person. The bus stops at the train station, bus station and shopping mall in town.
Phone no:081-9703779 (Werner)

69 Moo 8, Thung Wua Laen Beach, Saphli, Pathio, Chumphon 86230
Tel.: 077-560246-7 or 089-7249319 - Fax.: 077-560245

Two camp resorts actively promoting the conservation of nature:
The Camp Resort - Accommodation
 from 400 to 1,500 Baht
Tel.: 081-9024651 or 087-2803702
The Camp Resort (เดอะแคมป์ รีสอร์ท) (ThungNangDam)
Rates: 400 to 1,500 Baht

The Camp Resort on Thung Nang Dam Island is a unique tent resort in the south of Thailand. The tents are set up 5 metres from the sandy beach under huge casuarina trees. These tents are true 3-star tents with a sleeping room and a separate sitting room in front, from where there is a fantastic view of the sandy beach, the Andaman Sea and Ko Ra Island further to the left. The rooms are well equipped with mats on the floor, very comfortable thick mattresses, some nice and cozy furnishings and a good fan. The doors consist of zipped mosquito screens. The sitting room is very comfortable and nice to look at.
Sanitary rooms are 40 meters back behind the restaurant building. Food is served under a large roof from natural material. This food is a reason already to come to The Camp Resort. The dinners are a sensation in itself: seafood in quantities that nobody is able to finish, in a quality that could compete with any famous seafood restaurant in the south, served with a warmth of character that makes your heart to really enjoy the meal.
All guests to whom we spoke were full of praise for this dinner, but also for the breakfast and the slightly smaller lunch.
Listening to all this praise (that we fully share from our own experience) makes us almost forget the other facilities that the resort has to offer. These are swimming in the sea, walking along an absolutely lonely beach, collecting big seashells, walking through the pristine nature of the island, riding mountain bikes to the farthest corners, kayaking in the sea, and taking a guided boat trip around the island visiting fish and crab farms.
In the package the transfer from Khuraburi bus station to the island and back is included.
In a two day package a trip to the Surin Islands can be arranged at self cost.
Diving and snorkeling in the north of Ko Ra is possible but not recommended as the currents tend to be too strong creating a less than acceptable visibility.

14 Moo 5, Ban Thung Nang Dam, Kura, Khuraburi Phang Nga 82150
Tel.: 081-9024651 or 087-2803702 - Fax.: 02-5846816

Sawasdee Lagoon - Accommodation
20 rooms  from 400 to 1,200 Baht
Tel.: 076-484258
Sawasdee Lagoon (สวัสดี ลากูน) (ThaiMueang)
Rates: 400 to 1,200 Baht

Sawasdee Lagoon liegt 4,4 km vom H4 entfernt in ländlicher Umgebung. Die einzigartige Idee des Besitzers ist es, einen preiswerten Campingplatz mit vielen Freizeitangeboten und Bewirtung anzubieten. Die 12 Zelte "Ing-Nam" stehen am Ufer des recht grossen Sees aufgereiht unter einem Schattendach aus Palmblättern. Weitere Zelte "Kiang-Daow" stehen weiter hinten sehr ruhig unter Kasuarinen. Die Zelte sind gut eingerichtet mit Betten, Nachttisch, Bodenmatten, Lampe und Steckdosen. Auch 3 schöne Zimmer stehen fuer Gäste zur Verfügung, die komfortabler nächtigen wollen. Neben Fahrrädern und Paddelbooten gibt es auch Ballspiele, einen originalen Tischfussballkasten und echte Thai-Massage. Im Restaurant wird original lokale Kost serviert wie man sie als Tourist sonst kaum bekommt.
Etwas ganz Besonderes sind die Toiletten des Platzes, die vom Gesundheitsministerium als "Best public Toilets 2009" ausgezeichnet wurden. Sie sind wirklich die schönsten, die wir je in Thailand gesehen haben. Auch eine geräumige Toilette für Behinderte steht zur Verfügung.
Die Preise von 590 bzw. 790 Baht pro Person verstehen sich inklusive Abendessen, Frühstück und freier Nutzung aller Freizeiteinrichtungen.

89/4 Moo 3, Na Toei, Thai Mueang, Phang Nga 82120
Tel.: 076-484258 - Fax.: 076-484259

The leader in solar energy for small resorts on remote islands:
P. P. Land - Accommodation
16 rooms  from 500 to 950 Baht
Tel.: 081-6784310
P. P. Land (พี พี แลนด์) (AoHinKao)
Rates: 500 to 950 Baht

P.P. Land is a quiet, comfortable and ecological bungalow resort at the northern part of Ao Hin Kao. Paul from Belgium and his wife Pearl generate their 24-hour electricity supply completely with solar energy. They provide 16 nicely furnished wooden bungalows with thatched roof, open-air bathroom and veranda which are harmoniously integrated in the surrounding nature. P.P. Land offers a restaurant with excellent cuisine, homegrown organic vegetables from the own garden, Espresso and Cappuccino, homemade ice cream, yogurt, bread and bakery. No MSG is used in the kitchen. From the top of the restaurant you can enjoy watching the birds with a beautiful view of the surrounding nature. Swimming pool with filtered sea water is here for guests to enjoy. By the pool there is a spa with massages and treatments. Yoga classes, Batik courses and fishing trips are available. Free Wifi internet or you can use the computer in the restaurant if you don't have one. Motorcycle rental. The beach is not always suitable for swimming. Peaceful atmosphere, for nature lovers. Popular resort, so call ahead for reservation during high season.

7/20 Moo 1, Ao Hin Kao, Ko Phayam, Ranong 85000
Tel.: 081-6784310

Leaders in employing ecological principles in the construction of resorts:
Holiday Homes
Sita Garden - Accommodation
6 rooms  from 1,600 to 2,800 Baht
Tel.: 0878966154
Thai Life Home Stay Resort - Accommodation
20 rooms  from 800 to 4,000 Baht
Tel.: 081-8120388 or 081-9784388
Thai Life Home Stay Resort (ไทยไลฟ์ โฮมสเตย์ รีสอร์ท) (BangMuang)
Rates: 800 to 4,000 Baht

Thai Life Homestay Resort and Spa features very special holiday houses. Khun Maneerat, the owner, wants to make tourists acquainted with Thai lifestyle in the countryside. The small and beautiful resort is situated at the edge of a cashew plantation, 1 km from the beach. The 20 bungalows are built in central Thailand style on high stilts and they are equipped with all 4-star amenities, including a kitchenette and a large bathroom. One house is a double bungalow where the two units are connected by doors from the kitchenette. From the terraces there is a magnificent view over a lake to the sea. All bungalows are situated in a vegetable garden, where typical Thai vegetables were planted by the owner and her staff.
A coffee shop serves breakfast (included in the room rate) and also small meals à la carte. Salas at the lakeside invite for relaxing. An exclusive spa belongs to the premises.
There are 4 newly built bamboo bungalows at the lakeside with very beautiful views for 800 Baht.
An extra bed costs 150 Baht per night.
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Thai Life Homestay Resort & Spa, Ban Nam Khem, Takua Pa, Phang Nga 82190
Tel.: 081-8120388 or 081-9784388

Some achievements by Sita Garden:
-- First biological water treatment 
   system for a resort in Phang Nga
-- Air flow system reduces the use of 
   air-conditioning to a minimum
-- Introduced hand-made interlocking
   bricks to Khao Lak after the tsunami
-- Supports small businesses with micro
   loans and part-time jobs in low season
Main achievements by Thai Life:
-- Developed the ecological research results
   into marketable construction techniques
-- Builds biological water treatment systems 
   Sub-Terra for resorts in Andaman Triangle
-- Cleans water by means of silver colloid:
   well water, pond water, pool water 
-- Supports food supplement production for 
   alternative treatment of serious deseases
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