Andaman Discoveries

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The North Andaman coast of Thailand is an extraordinary region of ecological and cultural diversity and interest. Compared to other areas of natural beauty in the region, it is remarkably undeveloped and many communities still survive by their traditional livelihoods.

Most villages along the coastal belt are predominantly fishing communities that survive on the bounty of the sea to which their fate is inextricably linked.
Member since: 19 Mar 2007

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

  • The revenue from activities, guides, meals, homestays, etc. goes directly to the communities which then disperse it accordingly.
  • In addition, there is 20% fee that goes directly into a community fund. Each village has a committee that decides on how to spend the money.
  • Typical projects they hope to use the community fund for include a new floating pier, improved hiking trails, new community trails, waste management programs, etc.

Environmental responsibility

  • Seeing tourists spend money to walk in, swim in, and gaze in awe at natural habitats shows the villagers the importance of conserving their natural surroundings.
  • The fact that tourists spend money to see their traditional way of living teaches them the importance of preserving their ways of life.
  • This mentality will also help keep large size tourism (which usually brings environmental degradation) from entering their communities.

Social responsibility

  • These community based tourism programs were created and executed with constant collaboration from the host communities.
  • They provide the local people with a complementary source of income while still focussing on their traditional livelihoods.
  • Some of the activities have also created new jobs and revenue for women that previously had no employment.

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