In order to make sure that there is only a small impact on the local ecology, a great deal of effort is used to find craftsmen and materials from the local area. Dick Sandler, the owner, is a pioneer in eco-tourism in Thailand. You can read more about his story here.
- The use of power has been minimized. We are able to do this by foregoing the use of TVs, hot water and air conditioning. This will help with the reduction of carbon emissions from power plants that burn fossil fuels.
- Everything is natural. We now have a policy of only using chemical free cleaning supplies for our rooms. This allows us to avoid polluting our forest while we are cleaning our rooms.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle is our motto. We sort all of our waste into paper, plastic, compost, metal and glass. Ever since this program started, the landfill has received half the amount of trash it did before. A Phuket artist has made use of our empty juice boxes by using them to construct furniture.
- Everyone loves our trail. There has been a nature trail built in the woods for guests to use. It allows them to see all of the beautiful flowers, lianas and trees that are growing nearby.
- We are always respectful when we build. Only natural materials are used to build our riverside cottages and treehouses. The amount of undeveloped land on the property totals 80 percent. Because we treasure the forest, it will be left intact. This enables humans and the surrounding ecosystem to live in harmony.
Making a Difference in the Community
- Education is always supported by us. More than two million baht was raised in 2011 in an effort to construct a school for children from Burma who have no educational access. In 2012, the Bang Pru school needed a new kindergarten. We helped build it for them.
- We always hire local people. We contribute to the local economy by hiring local tree trimmers, electricians, bartenders, guides and many other positions.
- Our local guides always have our support. A guide training program has been offered by us in an effort to provide better safety procedures, wildlife knowledge and English skills for all of our guides. This will enable them to share their knowledge of Khao Sok National Park with all of the visitors they will encounter.
- There are a wide variety of community and conservation projects that have our involvement. These include tourism that is community-based, a youth conservation network, constructing community centers and scholarships.