Thailand floating market & beach tour
Description of Thailand floating market & beach tour
This Thailand cultural tour gives an authentic taste of Thai life and food, as we travel through the heart of the country before heading to the coast. You’ll find out how Thai foods and ingredients are grown and produced, from sugar palm to pomellos, and will have the opportunity to tuck into wonderful, authentic dishes that aren’t served in Thai restaurants back home. You will also meet local producers and growers to learn more about their agricultural methods.
Begin by enjoying two days of exploration in the canals, villages and spend two days exploring the canals and villages, farms and orchards west of Bangkok. Then head to the coast at Hua Hin, a resort little visited by tourists, for fishing and relaxing. This is a fully tailor made tour, so stop offs can be extended or dropped as you choose.
PlanetAs with all our holidays, the accommodation you will stay at has been chosen to meet at least our basic environmental criteria, which include putting in place measures to conserve energy and reduce water usage and providing advice on how you can reduce your own footprint while you’re there. All the places you stay at buy their food locally, cutting down transport emissions and helping local farmers. Some of them have also been awarded the Green Leaf certification which additionally covers air quality, waste management and co-operation with communities, amongst other areas.
On this itinerary, we’ve tried to keep the environmental impact as low as possible by travelling on trains and boats where possible, as well as using a traditional sampan paddling boat to explore the floating markets up close. We’ve also included visits to a mangrove study centre and several villages which are practising and developing organic and low-impact farming techniques - by going there you are helping to support their exciting work.
We see protecting the environment as crucially important, so we have chosen Thai partners that active promote higher environmental standards in Thai tourism as part of the Green Leaf Foundation. They are also developing new kinds of holidays that combine ecotourism and community tourism, for example working with the Doi Tung royal project which helps hill tribe people to protect their lands and traditions, or creating holidays at organic farms and the Petchaburi wildlife centre.
PeopleCreating sustainable social and economic benefits for local people is the central goal of our company and as such we try to incorporate meaningful encounters with local people throughout our trips, never ‘human zoos’. For example, on the Flavours of Thailand tour you have the chance to stop at Amphawa village to learn about the process of making coconut sugar - part of the rich culinary heritage of the area - directly from the people who make it their livelihood.
We have chosen hotels that employ all or nearly all Thai staff, provide them with training to further their careers and which give something back to the community through donations or selling local handicrafts. We also buy in services from small businesses wherever possible, helping spread the money from tourism to more people.
Some of the stops in this programme contribute even more directly to supporting communities. For example, at Bang Phlap earnings from tourism are shared among the community as well as supporting their organic farming projects. At Ban Thamrong, the community runs vocational courses in handicraft skills which help to preserve their cultural traditions and by linking them to tourist visitors, brings income to the village.
Our Thai partners are as involved in community development as they are in environmental issues and they do a lot of work in the rest of the country to develop more responsible tourism. On a national level, they have pioneered synergy training, bringing together hotels, tour operators and communities to better understand each others’ needs and so create more sustainable and enjoyable holidays. We are proud to be taking part in the push for stronger responsibility in the huge, and sometimes destructive, Thai tourism market.