Caring for Destination
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
Supporting the local destination in a variety of ways.
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
The Suwan Macha cruise stops in some villages on the journey. At these villages we encourage our guests to contribute money for the construction of schools, the purchase of school books and pencils, and other equipment for the children of the villages which were badly damaged by the Tsunami.
Our chefs will buy only local products from the communities for the meals on board the Suwan Macha boat. All leftover food from our cruises is given to local villagers to help feed their livestock.
Phang Nga Bay National Park has forested limestone pillars rising out of the sea like inverted mountains, while Tham Lot Caves provide plenty of scope for adventure. All visitors have to pay an entrance fee for this marine park (already included in our package prices) which in return is used by the Thai government to contribute to the conservation of this unique area.
Some of the islands in the Phang Nga Bay are providing local Seafood and Thai restaurants and also opportunities for purchasing local souvenirs.
We are visiting and mooring our boat at some offshore islands such as Koh Thalu and Koh Tapu which are ideal places for snorkeling under magnificent natural rock formations. Whenever possible we are using our dinghies to minimize the impact on the environment.
All bottles, cans and plastics that are used during the cruise are recycled. We are committed to reducing and recycling waste in our offices. Our offices practice double-sided printing, and recycle printer cartridges, whenever possible. Our offices turn off air-conditioning units and PC's when offices are not staffed. Much of the waste from our offices is naturally recycled (e.g. bottles and paper waste are sold, where they are re-used/ recycled).