Andaman Discoveries Blog

Monday, March 23, 2009

 

What makes an ecolodge more than just another hotel?

Experiences in Thailand
By Leslie Welshimer
The Koh Ra Ecolodge experience begins with a scenic boat ride.


There are seemingly endless options available on where to get some much-needed z’s while traveling. One option is to select an ecolodge for your accommodations. So, what makes an ecolodge different from any other hotel?

Our bungalow was reached by walking along a peaceful path.

An ecolodge is defined on encyclopedia.com as a, “Type of tourist accommodation designed to have the least possible impact on the natural environment in which it is situated.”

I had never stayed at an ecolodge before three friends and I traveled to Koh Ra Ecolodge. The only way to Koh Ra is by boat, which is about a 20-minute trip from Kuraburi Pier. The lack of easy access to Koh Ra enhances its isolation, giving the feeling of escaping to a hidden paradise.

Sea kayaking offers a different perspective of Koh Ra.
We spent our two-day stay swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking, napping in hammocks and enjoying the natural beauty of the area. The accommodations are comfortable. The natural feeling is completed by sleeping under a mosquito net in the bungalows. Our bungalow, sans items like a television and phone, allowed us to fully relax in nature. Our palates took delight in a healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Relaxing is a task achieved easily with the sound of the sea and cozy hammocks.
The Koh Ra Ecolodge is an ideal place for those who want to relax and/or be active in nature. The ecolodge runs on generator power from about sunset to 11 p.m. Then it’s lights out, or time to find a flashlight.

Koh Ra offers numerous special packages for activities like diving. Rates may vary depending on season and occupancy.


An organic garden provides fresh produce and a volunteer opportunity for guests.
Also, there is a chance for a discount if you’re willing to put your hands and mind to good use. The Koh Ra Ecolodge provides volunteer and research opportunities, in addition to a chance to soak up the sun on the beach. Volunteer experiences include coral reef monitoring, organic gardening and community education to name just a few.

The Andaman Discoveries' team can book your stay at Koh Ra Ecolodge.

To arrange accommodation at an ecolodge near you, visit Responsible Travel.

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