Traveling to a new country need not be wasteful and harmful to the environment. You can experience clean energy living in Phuket while touring its many natural wonders with this carefree, responsible itinerary!
Day 1: Visit the Elephant Sanctuary
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary (PSE), the first ethical elephant sanctuary in Phuket, houses 12 elephants. PSE rescues older elephants who can no longer work in the logging industry due to their failing health and whose owners no longer have a use for them.
Montri Todtane, the founder of PSE, was once an owner of a riding camp. However, after seeing how hard the elephants worked and how badly they were treated, Montri began his ethical sanctuary.
Unlike some other ethical sanctuaries for animals, PSE does not hold the animals captive for their entire lives; instead, it provides older elephants with a “retirement home,” where they can roam freely in a 30-acre field.
PSE is open to the public, and you can learn a great deal about these animals by viewing them over a 600-meter canopy walkway that gives you the chance to view elephants at a safe distance. Who knows, you may also be inspired to start clean energy living after a visit to this animal sanctuary.
Day 2: Go on a Street Food Trail in Old Town
One of the best ways to get to know a destination is through its food, focusing on its street food instead of the country’s haute cuisine. For example, Phuket is a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, renowned for its rich culinary heritage and mouth-watering street food.
One of the most famous dishes is Hokkien mee, miniature egg noodles that people often eat for breakfast. Another is Khanom ahpong, a long crispy pancake filled with palm sugar and coconut.
You can find these types of street food in Phuket Old Town. The Old Town is centrally located in Phuket Town. It has evolved into an area where visitors and locals can experience the Phuketian lifestyle.
Buildings are decorated in Chinese architectural styles, while some exhibit Malay or European-influenced architectural elements.
Begin your day with a local breakfast dish called “dim sum,” which consists of small portions of meals that are steamed right in front of you, such as spring rolls and sticky rice served over jellies.
Then, walk into the Old Town and try butterfly pea sticky rice with custard, fresh pork spring rolls, and Hokkien mee (noodles). Next, don’t miss trying o-aew, Phuket’s standard dessert that consists of shaved ice served over jelly and drizzled with syrup. It’s incredibly refreshing!
Day 3: Check out Bang Rong Village
Bang Rong is a small Muslim community located in the northeast of Phuket with a history that goes back to more than 200 years. Surrounded by mangrove forests, Bang Rong has created a conservation program that allows visitors to participate in community-based tourism. This program will enable people from outside to get involved with the community and support traditional ways of life.
One way to see this community is by visiting Bang Rong and participating in the pineapple project. Pineapples have been grown in this area for hundreds of years, and you will have the chance to try out the freshest pineapple you’ve ever eaten. In addition, you can also participate in the rubber project and learn more about how they harvest this vital sap.
Experiencing this traditional, sustainable lifestyle could again motivate you to participate in a lifestyle of clean energy living.
Pack Your Bags and Experience Phuket
Phuket has many things to do and see, and most of them do not involve harming the environment. Even though you will be far away from home, you can experience clean energy living by learning about and appreciating the local culture and environment.
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