As the people in this world go greener day by day, green scams are also increasing. Green scams are nothing else but scams made in the name of environment. Ecotourism has been hailed as a win/ win proposition for conservation, Thailand, the traveler, and the tourism industry. The reality is much more complicated. Much of what is marketed as environmentally sustainable travel is “ecotourism lite”–simply nature or adventure tourism with a new name, or conventional cruise or beach holidays with “add-ons” (a short trek in the rainforest, a day’s canoeing). Properly practiced, ecotourism is multifaceted: it’s low-impact, small-scale nature tourism that educates the traveler, provides funds for environment conservation, and gives work to local communities The Khao Sok national park is under the control of the Royal Forest Department. Most national parks in Thailand provide trekking trails for nature explorers. There are also camping sites for those who want to stay overnight in the parks. Trekking and camping are available in the mountainous areas all over Thailand . Actually, trekking and camping are not new tourist activities in Thailand. But they are better managed today than ever before. Apart from trekking along the marked trails, you may also hire a local guide to take a tour deeper into a forest to explore off-the-beaten-track routes. An organized elephant trek is another popular activity for anyone who isn’t too adventurous. However, the eco-tourism boom can have both positive and negative impacts on the environment. The positive effect is that more people are interested in nature and want to learn more about ecology. However, the greater numbers of people visiting natural areas bring more damage and disruption to the site as in the Galapagos Islands for example. For the time being, the Thai government is continuing in its efforts to promote eco-friendly tourism. Some scrupulous Resort owners, will tell you a lot of lies on their eco tourism fact sheet in order to get your money, but those people are the first to milk the industry :
We only hire local staff
This is just impossible now days, Thailand like America, France or Germany is facing serious immigration problems, most of the Thais don’t want to work as gardeners, maids, construction workers or cook helpers. anymore, therefore most of those jobs are done by Burmese immigrants, regarding the Thai immigration department 70% of the workers in the southern plantations are now Burmese migrants.
We build respectfully
A lot of Eco Resorts will tell you that they build respectfully, but is cutting trees and bamboo to build bungalows really sustainable, now a days they are a lots of new construction materials available on the Market such as smart wood are Shera wood.
We buy local
Goods in remote areas are very expensive due to the transportation cost and the low competition, therefore most of local store owners are acting like sharks and charging two to three times the price for basic groceries like rice, milk are eggs. This is the reason why 90% of the local Resorts owner are driving once a week to Phuket are Surat Thani to purchase goods at a reasonable price. None of this is sustainable of course, but those are real facts. What are the questions you should really ask yourself? Am I contributing to the Local Economy? Using local tour guides and locally owned resorts and local tour operators will for sure make a difference Am I Minimizing my ecological foot print? Sharing transportation for example is a good way to reduce our impact on earth. By Eric Limbos