Discover a new travel experience in Thailand ``volunteer tourism`` – or “voluntourism”. Get the satisfaction of helping out in different communities while having fun at the same time. Whether you’re up north or down south, you’ll find that you can do more for other people while exploring the Land of Smiles. Find you inner volunteer with this list of exciting destinations. Let's go!
Plant Wild Himalayan Cherry Trees at Phu Pa Poh
Nature lovers and environment-conscious travelers will love a visit to “Phu Pa Poh”, the so-called Mount Fuji of Loei. This natural attraction has been developed into a lush mountain forest with great views from the top. Every Buddhist holy day, wild Himalayan cherry trees are planted in order to increase the green area and help preserve nature.
Klong Kon Mangrove Forest Conservation Center
Experience the fisherman’s life at “Klong Kon Mangrove Forest Conservation Center”. Plant trees to protect the fragile ecosystem and work on developing a conservation and habitation center for marine animals. Visit a mussel farm on a boat, learn how to make shrimp paste, and end your eco-friendly day out by some wild feeding monkeys.
Sirinart Rajini Ecosystem Learning Center
Prachuap Khiri Khan
While Prachuap Khiri Khan’s regular forests are home to numerous animals, the coastal mangrove forests are equally as important with their populations of shrimp, clams, crabs, fish and plants. Support the effort to increase the forest area at “Sirinart Rajini Ecosystem Learning Center”, one of the Royal Projects for forest development focusing on mangrove forest recuperation. Plant some trees and help nature regain its balance while enjoying the view of the vast forest. This is another activity for those who love the great outdoors and want to take care of nature.
Kung Kraben Development Research Center
Invite your friends on a volunteer trip to “Kung Kraben Development Research Center”, an eco-learning site situated beside a large mangrove forest. Learn about land development, agricultural career support, fisheries, and marine animal breeding. Plant trees in the mangrove forest, release coastal animals to the wild, and build sanctuaries for the fish in order to help preserve the ecosystem.
Take care of the forest at “Tung Prongthong”, an eco-tourist attraction home to seemingly endless coverage of sun-lit Indian mangroves. This is what attracts volunteer tourists to come plant more mangrove trees to maintain the forest, with the fresh sea air and the pleasant shade making this a great travel experience.
Ban Nai Salakpet Mangrove Forest
Admire the beauty of the mangroves from the red wooden bridge at “Ban Nai Salakpet Mangrove Forest”, an area that truly deserves to be developed. Protecting the various unique plants here is just one of the reasons for us volunteer tourists to take part in the reforestation, replenishing the richness of the ecosystem by planting mangrove trees. In turn, this will expand the green area, bringing in fresh air that will be appreciated by future visitors for years to come.
Koh Mannai Sea Turtle Conservation Center
At “Koh Mannai Sea Turtle Conservation Center” you can learn about the life of sea turtles, as well as the reproduction and breeding habits of other marine animals. Release turtles back to the wild, clean and paint the pools, make artificial reefs, plant seagrass, clean the island and help spread the word on marine resource conservation. This is all part of a wider effort to turn the island in a suitable, permanent home for the turtles.
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Mae Taeng Elephant Sanctuary
Apart from seeing the majestic elephants, a visit to “Mae Taeng Elephant Sanctuary” offers the chance to participate in their volunteer elephant care activities, such as cleaning elephant stalls, removing feces, feeding and bathing the elephants, digging mud pits, and plenty more tasks that are aimed to promote the conservation of Thai elephants.
Photo Credit: FB ศูนย์อนุรักษ์ช้างไทย จ.ลำปาง The Thai Elephant Conservation Center Lampang
Thai Elephant Conservation Center
As well as being home to a shady elephant training and performance center, Lampang’s “Thai Elephant Conservation Center”, claims to take care of injured and older elephants. Volunteers can feel like they’re making a difference by feeding and bathing the elephants, planting seeds, cleaning the stalls and most importantly, getting that important content uploaded to social media. They will also get a chance to learn about the elephants’ lives within this small enclosure. Volunteering with elephants is definitely something!