Based in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, Track of the Tiger offers eco-education experiences to special-interest travellers, students, corporate groups and volunteers.
What to experience ?
Established in Chiang Mai in 1986, Track of the Tiger offers a variety of exciting programmes, aimed at showcasing the unique culture, people and natural environments of Northern Thailand. Guests include special interest travellers, international students, volunteers and corporations.
Creative travellers and their families can enjoy 3 to 4 day eco-education programmes, including nature hiking, interacting with elephants, cooking classes and visiting less travelled spots.
At Pang Soong Lodge, Track of the Tiger have established an outdoor, environmental education and research centre, offering hands-on learning programmes for international school groups. The Pang Soong Nature Trails Project, an environmental education/ecotourism partnership with the ‘fermented tea farmers’ of Ban Mae Lai, was awarded a coveted SKAL Ecotourism Award.
Track of the Tiger’s Volunteers Without Borders (VWB) programme operates 1, 2, 3 or 4 week multi-activity volunteer assignments. These cultural immersion programmes include teaching English, environmental education, assisting biodiversity monitoring and sustainable agriculture.
Corporate programmes combine team building, planning, communication and teamwork. A choice of 25-30 indoor and outdoor challenge options from meeting room based activities to action adventure challenges, each showcasing a different aspect of northern Thai culture.
A final adventure is Chiang Mai’s signature noodle dish at Just Khao Soy, Restaurant and Gallery.
How does it help ?
Track of the Tiger aims to develop and showcase attractions owned by local Thai communities and entrepreneurs. In 2004, the company established a CSR programme, Volunteers Without Borders. Through VWB, guests share money and energy supporting community and environment.
For example, at the Pang Soong Nature Trails Project based from the Pang Soong Lodge and Field Centre, visitors monitor biodiversity along 100kms of trails, through Ban Mae Lai community forest. They monitor changes to the flora and record the presence of fauna (tracks, scat etc).
Every visitor pays a trail fee (Baht 250- per adult/Baht 125- per student). The village uses these funds to subsidize the local school bus (20km per day); fund trips to the clinic for the elderly (60km round trip) and assist with ceremonies at the village temple for those who cannot afford them.
In addition, guests can teach English in the 4 schools close to the project, located in the same district as Pang Soong Lodge.
There is a binding agreement between the company and community, which defines roles and responsibilities. Accounts and activities are reviewed between the two parties every 3 months.
VWB provides a detailed breakdown of exactly where and how money is spent, and volunteers can keep up to date with project progress on the VWB blog, after they have returned home.
Track of the Tiger T.R.D. Co. Ltd. (Tourism Resources Development)
Head Office: 22/8 Moo 4, Tambol Nong Hoy, Ampur Muang, Chiang Mai, 50000
Phone: (66) 053-801-674 or (66) 053-801-257 – (0 for operator 1 for fax)
The markor shows Track of the Tiger Head Office. To see the other locations, use Google Map with the following GPS details:
Pang Soong Lodge: 18.883672,99.361144
Just Khao Soy: 18.783203,99.003014
Sanpatong Home Stay: 18.62521,98.881066