After becoming one of the tourist hotspots of the world, Thailand has had to ensure its sustainability credentials to both appease green travelers and to safeguard its beautiful landscapes and cities. While most countries have always had a few fringes, green accommodation options, sustainability has become such a big trend that more and more hotels are catching on, with chic eco-friendly lodges and chains popping up all over the place! Thailand really does have some breath-taking eco-friendly hotels, so read on to find out which ones we think are best…
The Yard Hostel
Everything about The Yard Hostel is eco-friendly, from its upcycled shipping container construction and natural insulation, to the recycled paper and glass bottles that are used on the regular throughout the hostel! The hostel is situated in the up-and-coming area of Ari, close to the BTS Skytrain as well as loads of great restaurants and bars.
If you’ve ever dreamt of staying in a treehouse, now’s your chance with this impeccably impressive treehouse hotel in the heart of Bangkok. The sustainable bamboo treehouses are decorated with lush plants and energy-efficient lighting and the open-plan communal spaces are naturally cooled by the calm river breeze. The vegan-friendly restaurant serves up dishes that are created with local produce (including some grown on-site) and are cooked using their modern solor-powered kitchen. You won’t believe you’re staying just 1.5km from Bangna station!
Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort
If you’re heading to Chiang Mai and want to stay somewhere with green credentials, check out the Rabeang Pasak Treehouse, a boutique resort with just eight suites that have been created to blend into the environment and let you enjoy the sounds of nature. The resort has a low impact on the environment, with simple facilities, natural materials and a family-run style that makes commuting non-existent!
137 Pillars House
Another Chiang Mai favourite for sustainable travellers is 137 Pillars House, a refurbished 20th century manor house that has evolved into a eco-friendly haven in the city. Greenery is everywhere at 137 Pillars House, with trees and plants springing up around the resort and a vine-covered wall gracing the pool area. Not only this, but 137 Pillars House also features a non-toxic mosquito control programme and energy-efficient lighting and heating.
South Thailand and the Islands
For a slice of luxury (think: private butlers and infinity pools!) Soneva Kiri on Koh Kood is an exquisite villa resort that is proud of its environmental support. During the building process, Soneva Kiri tried to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible and aimed to have as little impact on the surroundings as they could. Since then they have set up coral restoration projects, banned imported water bottles and raised money for local charities through a self-set carbon levy.
Despite being located near to the bustling town of Phuket, Keemala is a peaceful retreat tucked away in the forest that seems worlds apart from the nightlife strip and cheap shopping malls of the famous tourist hotspot. Some of the villas look like giant birds’ nests while other options include cottages, tents and treehouses. The buildings are all low impact and are nestled into the surrounding trees to reduce the need for any deforestation during construction. Plus, loads of fruit, herbs and spices are grown on site so you know the food is gonna be good!
It’s amazing to think that a five-star resort like Tongsai Bay, built on the island of Koh Samui, can have been created without chopping down a single tree! But that is what founder, Akorn Hoontrakul, did, and the rest of the property’s green credentials are just as impressive! From flora and fauna conservation to eco-friendly energy use and waste management, Tongsai Bay ticks all the boxes. The fact that it is breath-takingly beautiful is just a bonus!