Andaman Discoveries (AD) is a social enterprise located on the North Andaman Coast of Southern Thailand that provides authentic community-based tours, study and service trips, and volunteering opportunities. Formerly the North Andaman Tsunami Relief (NATR), AD was formed in 2006 to continuing its work, seeking to serve the needs of local communities and turn relief into self-reliance.
Our projects take place in the context of a development continuum, which evolved after the tsunami, emphasizing empowerment, education and opportunity. Initially communities expressed concern that tourism would undermine their cultural traditions, spiritual practice, and pristine environment. After careful consideration the villagers decided to pursue community-based tourism, as a way to generate income and support the conservation of their culture, as this could fit into their lives while not displacing their traditional lifestyles. We create a sense of place, identifying what villagers see as important, and use this information to develop tourist activities.
AD continues to support the long-term rehabilitation of the region after tsunami, and empowers local communities to protect their culture and environment. We offer guests a unique opportunity to immerse in the cultural diversity and spectacular natural beauty of this region. Guests learn about the traditional culture of the local people by taking part in homestays, village and eco tours. Volunteers serve the underprivileged communities by building capacity in local schools.