Thailand Green Excellence Awards 2015

Thailand Green Excellence Awards 2015

If you want to champion sustainable travel when you visit Thailand, get in touch with these award-winning charities and organisations

The Thailand Green Excellence Awards UK highlight Thailand's dedication to the conservation of its natural and cultural resources, and support sustainable tourism development. This year's winners are:

Nature, Marine & Heritage

Winner: Trash Hero, an organisation that sets up community-based rubbish collection projects and educates about recycling and littering.
Judges' comments: "A simple idea yet so effective, influential and inspirational. This initiative has achieved extraordinary results, and deserves to be copied in other countries."
Runner-up: Soneva Kiri, luxury eco-resort on Koh Kood.

Community-Based Tourism

Winner: Local Alike, fun and responsible tours - from 'A Day as an Artisan' to 'Hill-top Tea Plantation Camping' - that provide cultural immersion and benefit local communities.
Judges' comments: "A dynamic and well thought-out social enterprise. Working at grass roots level, Local Alike has already made a significant social impact, while giving visitors an enriched travel experience and unique insight."
Runner-up: The Sarojin, a boutique beach hotel, strong on eco-thinking.

Animal Welfare

Winner: Elephant Hills, a luxury forest camp with a strong focus on offering close elephant encounters with the highest standards of animal care.
Judges' comments: "An exemplary example of elephant care. The elephants are not ridden, are treated with respect, and there is an in-house vet. Visitors have a fantastic holiday experience yet there is a strong educational element too."
Runner-up: Boon Lott, a sanctuary for retired elephants.


Winner: Volunteer Teacher Thailand, a non-profit organisation that places English teachers in schools that need them.
Judges' Comments: "A well thought-out and well-managed scheme that ensures best use of the volunteers and a consistency in the lessons. Streets ahead of other teaching programmes we have seen."
Runner-up: Hands Up Holidays, luxury voluntourism company.

How the winners are picked

Last June we asked Wanderlust readers to nominate the organisations they felt deserved recognition for their work across four categories; community based projects, volunteer group organisations, animal welfare and nature, marine and heritage tour operators.

The criteria for judging include the sustainability of the projects/organisations, their demonstrable successes, and the legacy benefits for both Thailand and international visitors.

The difficult task of picking the winners fell to the judging panel: Soren Stober (ABTA), Salli Felton (The Travel Foundation), Derek Moore (AITO), Lyn Hughes (Wanderlust Travel Media) and Martin Symington (Travel journalist).

After much deliberation, the results were revealed at the World Travel Market in London in November 2015. The winners were presented their awards by Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, who is known for her charity work and enthusiasm and support for the awards.