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Andaman Discoveries

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Khura Buri, Thailand
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About Andaman Discoveries
Only a few hours away from the touristy areas of Phuket and Khao Lak, a very different experience awaits you. Here, in the beautiful Northern Andaman region of Southern Thailand, friendly communities invite you to experience their traditional way of life and diverse eco-systems in an authentic and non-intrusive way. Volunteer, join a homestay tour, experience authentic ecotourism, and enjoy the real Thailand! ANDAMAN DISCOVERIES is committed to growing our company in a sustainable manner. We work towards addressing global issues such as climate change, human rights, nature conservation and sustainability through community based tourism. Our programs are created in collaboration with the communities in which we work and use local resources to have a positive human, environmental and financial impact. We pledge to always take into consideration the impact on both the environment and culture, and aim to provide a better quality of life for our communities, guests and partners.
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LeadersPlay2Win wrote a review Dec 2019
New York City, New York10 contributions2 helpful votes
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The team at GOOD Travel booked this Andaman Discoveries homestay for the group I was traveling with. This was my first experience with GOOD Travel as well as with Andaman Discoveries. But it won't be my last. I had read all of the information they provided and had Googled some on my own. I also spoke with friends who were familiar with GOOD Travel and Andaman Discoveries. So I was confident in my understanding of what was to occur. But I didn't "get it" till we drove into the village of Ban Tale Nok and were greeted by one of the village leaders. That's when the experience began taking on meaning that I had not anticipated. And thus began my transformation in Thailand. Lindsey, our Andaman Discoveries guide, had a warm neighborly relationship with the villagers she introduced us to. She knew the names of their children and her exchanges with the villagers reminded me of the conversations my mother used to have with neighbors and passers-by when I was a boy growing up in a small town in Georgia. They spoke of things that mattered to them. The village leader, an easy-going fisherman with a slow smile, told us about his community and answered our questions as he showed us around the village... the beach where the tsunami hit, the lasting impact of erosion, the health station, the mosque. He and Lindsey then introduced us to our "host moms," who insisted that we sit for the lunch of fresh seafood and vegetables that they had prepared for us using the culinary traditions of that region. The meal, like the tidy straightforward home we sat in, was an unadorned act of kindness and generosity that was as warm and inviting as any I have ever had. And what's not to love about authentic Thai dishes prepared by someone with the title, "mom?" There were four of us... all men, ravenous travelers eager to be guests. Our hosts seemed to enjoy watching us receive their hospitality, so they kept on being hospitable... even when my rather sizable American ass broke a stool apparently designed only for Thai behinds. We made soap as we learned about the village economy in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. And we probably looked kind of silly crafting panels out of long skinny leaves, but Lindsey and the villagers made it lots of fun. At nightfall, our hosts served dinner on the beach, giving us the opportunity to socialize with various members of the community. The highlight of the evening for me, though, was running around on the beach with the children, taking turns inventing games we all could play. I had my first bucket shower that night, and went to bed feeling refreshed. Open. Falling asleep in a tiny fishing village on the Andaman Sea was, in a sense, revelatory. It gave me the opportunity for self-exploration; to observe myself in the world differently and to gain a new perspective on my impact as a consumer. I felt like I think Anthony Bourdain, the late chef, author and travel documentarian, must have felt countless times on his forays into parts unknown. It also gave me a new perspective on roosters: they crow whenever they feel like it, and not just when the sun comes up. And sometimes they help you go to sleep when you're in a tiny fishing village on the Andaman Sea. Andaman Discoveries says that its programs are collaborative and "use local resources to have a positive human, environmental and financial impact." As far as I'm concerned, Mission Accomplished. 
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from andamand2018, Public Relations Manager at Andaman Discoveries
Responded Dec 5, 2019
Hi Curtis, What a wonderful review, I will pass along your review to the villagers in Ban Talae Nok Village and say hello to all of your homestay moms. The village knows Good Travel Guests now as the laughing, respecful, joyous people. We are always happy when long lasting relationships between groups and guests form. We hope that you will visit us again soon and visit your friends in Ban Talae Nok Village.
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Vicky S wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom66 contributions17 helpful votes
I spent 2 days and 1 night with Andaman Discoveries program in community Ban Talae Nok & it exceeded my expectations. I was reviewing for my site Earth-Changers.com & don't doubt they have their values & priorities in the right place, very focused on community positive impact & social benefits. Plus it was a wonderful customer experience. I was interested in their post-Tsunami community support & found a community very positive, proactive & empowered. The homestays were prettier, spotlessly clean & much more relaxed than I expected. It was a joy to spend time with the Ladies cooperative & try my hand at various crafts. They were all lovely, as was Andaman Discoveries fluent Thai tour manager, a vital interface & bridge to cross cultural learning & sharing.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from tui528, Manager at Andaman Discoveries
Responded Nov 6, 2019
Thank you for your kind feedback Vicky. We are pleased to hear that you had a fantastic experience with us and we hope that we will be able to welcome you again at Andaman Discoveries and in the beautiful area of Southern Thailand in the near future.
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Marta R wrote a review Aug 2018
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It's been a great experience to spend two days with a local family in Ban Talae Nok and meet their culture. It's a fantastic way of knowing Thai culture, food and people and collaborating with a social project. We highly recommend it!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from Andaman D, Manager at Andaman Discoveries
Responded Aug 19, 2018
Thank you for your kind feedback Marta. We are pleased to hear that you had a great experience with us and we hope that we will be able to welcome you again at Andaman Discoveries and in the beautiful area of Southern Thailand in the near future.
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Riley G wrote a review Apr 2018
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We spent 3 days with our excellent guide Noon on Koh Yao Noi Island. A fantastic way to visit this island, meet some locals and really start to get a sense of life on the island, as well as spending some time visiting some beautiful islands in one of the most picturesque bays I've ever travelled to. I highly recommend getting off the usual tourist path a bit and exploring Koh Yao Noi. We felt very well looked after, especially travelling with two young children.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Response from tui789, Manager at Andaman Discoveries
Responded May 25, 2018
Thank you for your kind feedback. We are pleased to hear that you had a fantastic experience with us and we hope that we will be able to welcome you again at Andaman Discoveries and in the beautiful area of Southern Thailand in the near future.
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Cole A wrote a review Apr 2018
Utrecht, The Netherlands16 contributions2 helpful votes
I couldn't be happier with Andaman Discoveries and how they led and organised our community focused school trip from the Netherlands. We spent around 8 days in Thailand mostly based around Khuraburi taking part in homestays, teaching English to Thai students, visiting Buddhist temples, improving schools, while also getting a chance to visit perfect, pristine and beautiful beaches. It was a memorable and meaningful experience. What I loved about the trip was how well our itinerary was planned for the trip, but also how our guides were helpful, patient and adaptable to whatever needs that our group had. I would definitely recommend using them for an eco-focused holiday and would hope to get a chance to go back sometime.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Response from tui789, Manager at Andaman Discoveries
Responded May 18, 2018
Thank you for your kind feedback. We are pleased to hear that you had a fantastic experience with us and we hope that we will be able to welcome you again at Andaman Discoveries and in the beautiful area of Southern Thailand in the near future.
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