Tucked away in the high hills of Northern Thailand is the scenic town of Pai.
This sleepy hippie haven is a pretty popular spot for backpacker tourists, and is known for its chilled out vibe and beautiful surroundings. Pai is an eco-tourist playground with plentiful natural attractions and cheap eco-friendly lodgings.
Rafting down the Pai River, hiking up to waterfalls, taking a dip in natural sulfuric mineral baths, going on jungle treks, and taking in sweeping views from the top of Pai canyon are just some of the outdoor attractions this town has to offer. It is because Pai is so rich in eco-friendly tourist activities that Thailand has made it one of four key locations for its 7 Greens Project.
The 7 Greens Project was initiated in 2008 as an all-encompassing approach to promoting eco-friendly travel. The basic goal of the project can best be defined as creating guidelines for more responsible tourism from tourists, site operators, transportation companies, and destination communities. In 2012, The Pacific Asia Travel Association awarded The Tourism Authority of Thailand with the Grand Award in Environment for their 7 Greens Project.
As someone who has experienced the sheer beauty that Pai and all of Northern Thailand has to offer, I am delighted to see the Thai Government taking steps towards maintaining the sustainability of this area.
The 7 Greens Project is a continual push forward in boosting the economy of eco-tourist destinations throughout Thailand, and ensures that towns like Pai stay the eco-friendly playgrounds they are today.
Weekly, T. (2012, July 7). Pai in the Sky-Go Green. Retrieved August 20, 2015, from http://www.tatnews.org/pai-in-the-sky-go-green/
News, T. (2012, April 26). Thailand Wins Three PATA Awards 2012, All in Environment and Heritage Categories – See more at: Http://www.tatnews.org/thailand-wins-three-pata-awards-2012-all-in-environment-and-heritage-categories/#sthash.OjC1mq9g.dpuf. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
Photo Credit: “Pai river, north of Pai, Mae Hong Son, Thailand” by Lestermandersson – Photographed during motorbike trip north of Pai.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pai_river,_north_of_Pai,_Mae_Hong_Son,_Thailand.jpg#/media/File:Pai_river,_north_of_Pai,_Mae_Hong_Son,_Thailand.jpg
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