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October 17, 2017 | Last Modified: 2017

Travel Experience

The guest's first encounter with the property is usually a virtual one via the property's website, clearly describing the property and its neighborhood. Guest booking requests or any questions regarding their planned stay are promptly and comprehensively responded to. Most visitors will take advantage of the free airport transfer offered, and will therefore be collected by the villa off their flight arriving at Udon Thani airport for the drive of twenty five minutes or so to the villa. Fully catered and serviced, and accommodating groups of up to 6 guests, the property is rented on an entire villa basis. The Thai host family lives in a small village nearby and is happy to accompany guests to explore the local area. Guest stays and experiences at the property will depend in part on the season, and in part on guests' own preferences. They may choose, for example, • to learn to cook local Thai dishes • to explore the farm or local temples, villages and lakes on foot or by bike or tuk-tuk • to participate in rice harvesting or planting • to offer alms to the Buddhist monks, • to simply relax with a traditional Thai massage by the private swimming pool • ...or to get involved with any of the other eclectic activities offered. Trips beyond the property can also be easily arranged, for example to the Red Lotus Sea Visit, to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ban Chiang, or to the market of Kumphawapee with its freely roaming monkeys....

Responsibility

Gecko Villa was constructed uniquely with local skills and labour, and promotes the creation of local employment, use of local products, and the preservation of Isan traditions. Proceeds generated are entirely retained by those involved from the local community. The operation has supported schooling, both for the children of staff and of children at the village school. Employment here slows the migration of parents to Bangkok and in so doing keeps families together. Gecko villa believes in small-scale, sustainable tourism that directly benefits the local community, rather than external third parties. The property is involved in organic herb and fruit growing, undertakes recycling, harvests rainwater, and is involved in reforestation. The private swimming pool uses a salt sanitation process rather than powdered chlorine. Direct interaction between guests and local villagers ensures a more meaningful experience for all.

Business Case

The property aims to nurture direct interaction with guests at all stages, from booking to departure. Not only does this permit had-tailored stays, ensure compatibility and a more personalized service, but it removes commission-based operators from the cycle, which in turn permits the best rates for direct guests and lower costs for the locals who benefit from guest stays. Traditionally, this saving represents 20% of income. Sourcing employment, services and products locally also directly benefits the local community, and can ensure stricter quality control.

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The guest's first encounter with the property is usually a virtual one via the property's website, clearly describing the property and its neighborhood. Guest booking requests or any questions regarding their planned stay are promptly and comprehensively responded to. Most visitors will take advantage of the free airport transfer offered, and will therefore be collected by the villa off their flight arriving at Udon Thani airport for the drive of twenty five minutes or so to the villa. Fully catered and serviced, and accommodating groups of up to 6 guests, the property is rented on an entire villa basis. The Thai host family lives in a small village nearby and is happy to accompany guests to explore the local area. Guest stays and experiences at the property will depend in part on the season, and in part on guests' own preferences. They may choose, for example, • to learn to cook local Thai dishes • to explore the farm or local temples, villages and lakes on foot or by bike or tuk-tuk • to participate in rice harvesting or planting • to offer alms to the Buddhist monks, • to simply relax with a traditional Thai massage by the private swimming pool • ...or to get involved with any of the other eclectic activities offered. Trips beyond the property can also be easily arranged, for example to the Red Lotus Sea Visit, to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ban Chiang, or to the market of Kumphawapee with its freely roaming monkeys....

Gecko Villa was constructed uniquely with local skills and labour, and promotes the creation of local employment, use of local products, and the preservation of Isan traditions. Proceeds generated are entirely retained by those involved from the local community. The operation has supported schooling, both for the children of staff and of children at the village school. Employment here slows the migration of parents to Bangkok and in so doing keeps families together. Gecko villa believes in small-scale, sustainable tourism that directly benefits the local community, rather than external third parties. The property is involved in organic herb and fruit growing, undertakes recycling, harvests rainwater, and is involved in reforestation. The private swimming pool uses a salt sanitation process rather than powdered chlorine. Direct interaction between guests and local villagers ensures a more meaningful experience for all.

The property aims to nurture direct interaction with guests at all stages, from booking to departure. Not only does this permit had-tailored stays, ensure compatibility and a more personalized service, but it removes commission-based operators from the cycle, which in turn permits the best rates for direct guests and lower costs for the locals who benefit from guest stays. Traditionally, this saving represents 20% of income. Sourcing employment, services and products locally also directly benefits the local community, and can ensure stricter quality control.

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