Responsible Travel Adventures in Thailand
Are you planning a trip to Thailand? Why not make it a responsible one? We’ve highlighted some responsible trips you can take that showcase the true beauty of Thailand including national parks, tropical rainforests, wildlife sanctuaries and remote villages while giving you the opportunity to enjoy homecooked meals, learn how to make regional dishes and discover how to ‘live like a local’. We also feature a selection of articles – from visiting ethical elephant sanctuaries to following the best cycle routes in Thailand. Plus, we detail a small collection of delightful hotel stays in some gorgeous settings.
Explore the Contrasts of Thailand With These Responsible Tour Itineraries
15-Day Cultural Tour of Real Thailand
Bespoke Multi-Centre Private Tour
This 2-week tour of Thailand is an immersive adventure for those who want to really get under the skin of the country. This is for the really cultural adventurers only.
Why we love this trip…
Enjoy a delicious homecooked dinner in Bangkok
Cycle on a car-free island in the Chao Praya River
Discover Thailand’s rural Central Plains
Explore Isan in Thailand’s northeast – undiscovered by most tourists
Visit Mukdahan, a town along the Mekong River
Join your hostess in Krabi for market shopping and learn how to make some local dishes
Enjoy a private boat trip around the Andaman islands
** Overnight in an Idyllic Boutique Hotel – The Tubkaak, in Krabi **
Price includes 13 nights accommodation, selected meals, privately guided tours as detailed in the itinerary, private chauffeur-driven transfers and return flights
13-Day Mountains, Rainforests & Tropical Beaches
Small Group or Family Tour
A 2-week south Thailand tour taking in the famous sites and hidden secrets from Bangkok back-streets to the lush rainforest of the interior and tropical islands in the Andaman Sea.
Why we love this trip…
Journey by boat through the serene landscapes of lotus-filled Thale Noi Lake and Bird Sanctuary
Sample the superb regional Thai food of Bangkok and southern Thailand in street stalls and local markets
Hike through the tropical rainforest and discover the lush flora, fauna and dramatic landscapes of Khao Sok
Canoe through mangrove swamps and sea caves in Hat Chao Mai National Park
Explore Bangkok – temples, markets, museums as well as the hidden parts few visitors ever see
Take the train over the Bridge on the River Kwai and stay overnight in floating raft houses
ATOL protected and recommended by responsibletravel.com
** Explore Khao Luang National Park, Site of the Dramatic Kharom Waterfall**
Price includes 12 nights accommodation, tours as detailed in the itinerary, transport and transfers
16-Day Hidden Hotels & Secret Adventures
Bespoke Multi-Centre Holiday
This holiday offers a thoroughly unique way to explore the very best of the country, combining nights in heritage hotels with stays in village communities.
Why we love this trip…
Stay with small communities in both the north and south, parts of Thailand most travellers miss
Observe jungle life from a unique perspective in Chiang Mai
Explore the Phayao Province, a part of Northern Thailand untouched by mass tourism
Sample Bangkok’s amazing street-food, take a sundowner with an awesome temple view
Swim in a waterfall and watch the sunrise over the forested hills of Phatthalung
Spend time relaxing on a hidden island in a beautiful resort overlooking the Andaman Sea
ABTA & ATOL protection
** Overnight in a Lovely Boutique Resort Set on a Lake in Tale Noi **
Price includes 14 nights accommodation, privately guided tours as detailed in the itinerary, ‘signature’ experiences, transfers and return flights
Must-Read Articles to Help Plan Your Next Trip to Thailand
We’ve selected a few of our favourite articles that showcase some lovely sustainable initiatives happening right now and ideas on travelling greener in Thailand. You can see who won a Responsible Thailand Award for 2022 here.
21 Ways to be a Responsible Tourist in Thailand
Check out a number of ways you can be a responsible tourist on your next trip to Thailand including a list of community-based tourism projects, supporting local artisans, becoming a trash hero, enjoying the benefits of slow travel, being ‘reef safe’ and using responsible tour operators…
13 Ethical Elephant Sanctuaries in Thailand
Seeking an authentic elephant experience? Look no further than these responsible elephant sanctuaries that offer a natural and ethical way to see these incredible gentle giants…
7 Agro-tourism Projects to Visit in Thailand
Agro-tourism projects give visitors the opportunity to gain an insight into rural life while giving something back to the country’s rural communities. Take your pick of these agro-tourism projects to check out on your next visit to Thailand…
9 of the Best Cycling Routes in Thailand
Thailand is a fantastic destination for cyclists, whether it’s the winding coastal roads or the narrow hilly tracks, which are attracting a growing number of the world’s top mountain bikers. Here are the best spots for anyone considering a two-wheeled exploration of this beautiful country…
Hotels Supporting Responsible Tourism in Thailand
Whether it’s through sustainability, eco-friendly policies or helping the local community, the hotels featured below all support responsible tourism in Thailand. You can view a list of 40 courtesy of Fan Club Thailand here.
The Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Hotel, Chiang Mai
Visitors are assured of an unforgettable stay in the Chiang Mai countryside at the delightful Chai Lai Orchid. Enjoy ethical elephant experiences, eat locally sourced food and learn more about Chiang Mai from the local team that Chai Lai Orchid employ. Chai Lai also donates back to the community through Daughters Rising, an anti-trafficking organisation that helps at-risk women and girls.
Anurak Community Lodge, Khao Sok
The stunning Khao Sok National Park is the location for Anurak Community Lodge, an eco-resort ideal for nature lovers and eco-conscious travellers. Anurak Community Lodge is part of the local community and wherever possible employs local people and supports businesses in the Khao Sok area.
Zeavola Resort & Spa, Phi Phi
Zeavola adopts a self-sufficient lifestyle and tier approach to sustainability has been recognised with the World’s Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel Award. Amongst the changes made at Zeavola include the installation of their own drinking water bottling plant and the introduction of ‘Refill My Bottle’ water stations throughout the resort.
Thailand’s the Perfect Destination for Responsible Travellers
Thailand offers a wide array of experiences that not only create unforgettable memories but also contribute positively to the local communities and environment.
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