While you may be travelling to Thailand in search of adventure, culture or blissful relaxation, embracing sustainability throughout your stay can enhance not only your experience, but equally support this fascinating country and its community...
Forward-thinking Four Seasons Resorts in Thailand are constantly introducing new, earth-friendly initiatives and sustainable ideas to care for the planet, from energy conservation and waste reduction, to utilising local produce and recycled room amenities. Learn how each resort is eagerly playing their part in sustainably supporting the country, one eco-conscious step at a time.
Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui
In partnership with Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui launched an interactive Coral Conservation Project in 2018, with guests invited to engage with in-house marine biologists to learn more about how the resort is building up the reefs for future generations. They've already transplanted over 15,000 coral fragments into the ocean bed which are healthy and thriving, and the reef is regularly monitored by experts. You can see the results for yourself too, with marine biologist Benjawan Sansittisakunlird (Benji) leading regular snorkelling tours along the reef, on which you can help by picking up broken coral to be rehabilitated in the nursery before it's replanted.
For over a decade, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui has also hosted the Cancer Care Charity Fun Run in association with the Thai Red Cross Society. Since the launch of the annual event which sees individuals, couples and families running a choice of 2km, 5km and 10km trails through the lush local area, over THB ten million has been raised for cancer research projects in Thailand, contributing immensely to the health and wellbeing of thousands of local people.
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
A quintessence of Thai life and the country's top agricultural export, there are over 3,500 varieties of rice in Thailand. In support of this time-old tradition and the generations of Thai people who've dedicated their lives to the trade, the two acres of rice fields which surround Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai are tended to by local farmers - who also work as gardeners in the resort - and their peaceful water buffalo, utilising age-old methods. Travellers are invited to wear the traditional Thai farmer's outfit of a 'mor hom' shirt and boots and learn more about the rice planting process in the paddies, or savour breakfast amongst the fields with gloriously green views. All the rice cultivated from the fields is used in the kitchen, featuring in many of the mouthwatering meals served every evening.
Stirring up a sustainable storm, the resort also locally sources their tea and coffee. Forest-friendly Monsoon Tea from Northern Thailand is infused with local fruits and florals, wrapped in natural, unbleached bags. The tea leaves are grown amongst the forest and harvested by hill tribes - instead of being cultivated in plantations known to cause deforestation. There are also three signature blends from Thai High Coffee to sample, all featuring pure arabica beans grown by the local farming community. From a Wild Honey Blend marked by a hint of sweetness, to the rich Burgundy Wine Barrel Aged Coffee - exclusive to Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai - with nutty and oaky notes, coffee connoisseurs will be in their element.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
Undoubtedly, this one-of-a-kind camp is most recognised for its tireless work in supporting and housing rehabilitated Asian elephants. There is no unwanted riding or performing, they're placed at the camp to live a better life than they had before. Guests are welcome to meet the elephants in small groups, watching on as they enjoy wandering amongst the wilderness, bathing in the river and foraging for their favourite snack - bananas! This moving experience is made possible by the camp's close partnership with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF); this hard-working charity believes all elephants should live and freely roam in the wild, but until that far-reaching goal is met, they'll continue to rescue animals from damaging and unethical situations in Thailand and provide safe and healthy environments for their rehabilitation.
Private Balcony at the Superior Tent
When it's nearly time to depart your luxury Thailand holiday, why not head to the Trading Post Boutique? Relish the chance for some retail therapy, knowing you're supporting local people. You'll be able to purchase everything from textiles crafted by nearby hill tribes and silk scarfs made by the wives of the resort's mahouts, to a plethora of products made as part of the Doi Tung Royal Project, whether coffee or clothing lines - sustainable souvenirs you'll cherish for life.