Archive | August, 2014

Keeping Koh Phangan Beautiful!

27 Aug

Green Cross Koh Phangan was a volunteer group started in 2004 in an effort to curb the deterioration of the island caused by people throwing their rubbish onto the ground and into the ocean. The group originally began with organised beach cleans on the full-moon party beach in Haad Rin. Over time, some of the local businesses, such as the Haad Rin Business Association and the Phangan Tourism Association, began to pitch in and help Green Cross by sending out helpers and by donating funds.

Some years after the inception of Green Cross, the Haad Rin Business Association took notice of what was being done and saw the difference that even this small group of people was able to make. They came up with a plan to fund daily beach cleanups by charging tourists an admission fee upon entering the party. Since then, they have used that money to buy a beach cleaning machine and hire a crew of workers to clean the beach on a daily basis. The full moon party beach is now a much more beautiful beach where people can enjoy spending their time during the day, instead of just a party site.

The Green Cross group received so much positive feedback, that it soon became clear that many people all around the island have an interest in keeping this island beautiful. Moving forward from there, helped by the growth of social media use, Green Cross and its volunteer group has grown to cover many beaches around Koh Phangan. The volunteers are everyday normal people, both Thai and foreigners from around the island. The most recent cleaning day, June 1 2014, had over 30 beaches being cleaned and around a hundred participants.

The Green Cross volunteers realize that this one-day cleanup, by itself, cannot make as big of an impact as the situation requires. However, when tourists and locals are confronted with the reality—that the island cannot keep itself clean—they are prompted to change their mentality as far as waste management is concerned. There have been many instances in which tourists and locals have seen the Green Cross volunteers participating in a beach clean, taken interest, asked questions, and then ended up lending a hand. From this interaction Green Cross is able to raise awareness and to educate the local people and the tourists about the impact they are having on the environment. Having physically picked up rubbish around the island, a person is much less likely to throw their own rubbish on the ground when they have the opportunity to dispose of it in a rubbish bin!

For more information about Green Cross Koh Phangan or to volunteer at the next clean up day, please visit the Green Cross Facebook page



8 Things That make Luxury Travel in Thailand Unique

27 Aug

Below are just some of the top reasons why people from all over the world are looking to Koh Phangan, not just for a short holiday stay but also to purchase/lease land, build a house, or run a business!

1.    A NATION OF ISLANDS: So many different islands with their own special features all within a day’s travel of one another make for an exciting adventure and endless possibilities.
2.    A LOVE AFFAIR WITH WATER: Beaches of dreamlike caliber line the coasts and offer endless water related activities.
3.    ENJOYING THE VIEW FROM INFINITY: The infinity pools that you find in the pages of luxury estate magazines? They’re everywhere and just waiting for you to jump in and enjoy the view.
4.    THE WHOLE FAMILY IS WELCOME: The Thai islands are safe and full of amazing activities for any type of traveler or expat—whether it be the bachelor, the honeymooners, or the Brady Bunch—they’re sure to have the time of their lives.
5.    WORLD CLASS CUISINE: If you haven’t tried Thai food yet, you are definitely missing out! Thai cuisine is often perfectly composed of sweet, sour, hot and salty flavors, which make is so irresistible! If you would rather eat a more familiar western dish, worry not– there are plenty of restaurants serving western food as well.
6.    A LAND OF SMILES: The Thai people tend to be very friendly and usually greet you with a warm smile. You’ll find this positive energy very contagious and see a smile on the faces of those traveling with you and when you look in the mirror, the good ole’ vitamin D from all of the sunshine you’ll be getting won’t hurt your mood either!
7.    PAMPERING THAT’S ALL ABOUT YOU: Facials, massages, manicures, if you can dream it you can probably get it. Being pampered in Thailand doesn’t have to be a ‘once-in-a-blue-moon’ treat. It’s so affordable you can treat your self pretty much as often as the craving arises.
8.    IT’S MEANT FOR YOU: Thailand is friendly on the pocketbook. As in most Asian countries, the cost of living is much lower than in western countries. A family could easily spend a luxurious vacation in Koh Phangan that they couldn’t even dream of affording in the likes of Europe, the USA or Australia for example.