Fah Thai Magazine May June 2018

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The Samui Elephant<br />

Sanctuary gained<br />

inspiration from<br />

the Save Elephant<br />

Foundation, whose<br />

founder Sangduean<br />

“Lek” Chailert, is<br />

known for being<br />

at the forefront for<br />

elephant welfare<br />

and ethical tourism.<br />

From a previous<br />

life of hard labour,<br />

the elephants now<br />

thrive in a caring<br />

environment.<br />


An experience not to be missed is<br />

Samui Elephant Sanctuary which<br />

opened in January this year and<br />

already has five adorable elephants<br />

in residence. Getting up close to the<br />

elephants is a memory you can never<br />

forget! According to the founder<br />

Khun Pao, “Here at the Samui<br />

Sanctuary, we treat our elephants<br />

with the dignity and respect they<br />

deserve. We do not allow riding or<br />

any type of performance; instead we<br />

work with our herd through positive<br />

reinforcement via food! Our tours<br />

follow a very relaxed programme<br />

which starts with an introduction<br />

to our work, followed by feeding<br />

the elephants. Then (it’s) a leisurely<br />

stroll through the sanctuary –<br />

accompanied by other elephants!”<br />

There are two tours each day,<br />

from 9am-12pm, 2-5pm.<br />

samuielephantsanctuary.org,<br />

Tel: +66 95 269 8343,<br />

email: info@samuielephantsanctuary.org<br />


Founded in Phuket in 2003, Soi<br />

Dog (which means Street Dog)<br />

has an excellent animal welfare<br />

programme, having efficiently spayed<br />

and neutered more than 200,000<br />

dogs since opening its doors. They<br />

also work tirelessly providing<br />

medical treatment, sheltering,<br />

adoption opportunities and<br />

sponsorship of dogs.<br />

Funded entirely by donations,<br />

Soi Dog currently has a mobile<br />

sterilisation unit in Koh Samui<br />

which neuters many dogs and cats<br />

every month. To find out more or to<br />

donate, please visit soidog.org.<br />


Every month, around 50 ladies<br />

gather for an informal lunch at one<br />

of Samui’s excellent restaurants.<br />

Aside from a fun social event, SOS<br />

supports local charities and has been<br />

the driving force behind several<br />

important causes.<br />

Its current focus is on raising<br />

funds to renovate the Children’s<br />

Ward at the government-run<br />

Nathon Hospital. In addition to<br />

the refurbishment programme,<br />

SOS is looking for sponsors and<br />

donations to provide new pyjamas<br />

for the children and to install bright<br />

new cheerfully coloured curtains.<br />

Details of the work by Sisters on<br />

Samui can be found at facebook.com/<br />

kohsamuicharity.<br />


And where there are humans, there<br />

is invariably garbage and Samui is<br />

no exception. Visitors and locals<br />

to the island can see an increasing<br />

number of large bins on the beaches<br />

that encourage disposal of trash<br />

responsibly and help keep the<br />

beaches in pristine condition.<br />

Decorated with the message<br />

Respect Our Beaches and bright sea<br />

images, they are the brainchild of<br />

local artist Idania Lucia Reiss, who<br />

creates the captivating artwork<br />

together with other artists. The<br />

bins are then distributed by Brent<br />

Jones, founder of non-profit<br />

organisation, Samui Clean and<br />

Samui Bins.<br />

Samui Clean, together with<br />

another group, Trash Hero,<br />

organises beach cleaning sessions<br />

every Sunday afternoon at 3pm.<br />

They welcome visitors to join<br />

them. Samui Clean accepts<br />

donations, however small, to<br />

finance the bins and the materials<br />

needed for the artwork.<br />

Details can be found on<br />

facebook/samuiclean.<br />


Two years ago, I co-founded<br />

Impact Samui with my partners<br />

Rodney Waller (an established,<br />

award-winning developer on the<br />

island), and financial and project<br />

manager David Birchall.<br />

With a clear focus on<br />

responsible development, we do<br />

new building projects and we<br />

also carve a niche through our<br />

restoration of existing, rundown<br />

buildings. Rather than<br />

demolishing them and adding more<br />

development to the island, older<br />

buildings get beautified and new<br />

life breathed into them. Whenever<br />

possible, usable materials get<br />

recycled before donating the<br />

remainder to various causes on<br />

the island – in particular, children<br />

and animals. Sometimes our<br />

company sells such materials<br />

and makes cash donations to<br />

worthwhile causes. With our first<br />

project, Lavaliere, we sold all sorts<br />

of items, and made a donation<br />

towards the redevelopment of the<br />

Children’s Ward at Nathon Hospital<br />

on the island.<br />

If you’re just visiting,<br />

consider a bit of volunteer or<br />

responsible tourism by visiting<br />

the organisations or sending a<br />

donation. It’s what keeps Samui<br />

beautiful.<br />

Top<br />

Above<br />

Respect Our Beaches’<br />

Idiana Lucia Reiss,<br />

an artist who paints<br />

the cans and Brent<br />

Jones of Samui Clean<br />

and Trash Hero<br />

work tirelessly to<br />

keep Samui shores<br />

pristine.<br />

Left<br />

Volunteers for<br />

Trash Hero may<br />

also be non-Samui<br />

residents. Jones says<br />

that many tourists<br />

ask to help with<br />

beach cleaning who<br />

directly contact the<br />

organisation.<br />

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