Episode 066: Bodhi Garrett | Founder of Andaman Discoveries, & Eco-entrepreneur in Khao Sok

Bodhi Garrett is the Founder of multiple social projects including North Andaman Tsunami Relief and Andaman Discoveries among others, and an eco-entrepreneur of several community-based tourism initiatives in the Khao Sok National Park region.

Listen to his journey from growing up exposed to myriad cultures across the world, to helping with relief work during the tsunami in Thailand (2004) and the earthquake in Nepal (2015). Learn about his expansive community projects, and tourism development initiatives, while finding a home and empowering native folks in Southern Thailand.

When not creating newer opportunities for locals, expect to find him exploring the jungles and soaking in the natural surrounds.

North Andaman Tsunami Relief was set up to empower people in several tsunami-affected villages, via various means so these communities can build livelihoods independent of aid.

Andaman Discoveries is a social enterprise that serves the needs of local communities through education, conservation, development, and cultural empowerment in Southern Thailand.

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Sign up for themed tours to villages and islands, or give back through volunteer programs in schools and orphanages.

Khao Sok Riverside Cottages and Coco Hostel are family-owned boutique accommodations in close proximity to Khao Sok National Park, which offer immersive experiences in the region.

Explore the wonderful flora and fauna of this tropical rainforest surrounds highlighted by the picturesque Cheow Larn Lake and the Ratchaprapha Dam.

Enjoy a bunch of activities here that include canoe trips, cave explorations, lake cruises, raft house stayovers, waterfall hikes, wildlife excursions, rafflesia hunting, night walks, village encounters, jungle cooking, and more.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Animist traditions
Ban Talae Nok
Carry Your Bottle
Cheow Larn Lake
Coconut beetles
Community based tourism
Ferns in Southern Thailand
Gems Elephant Farm
Glowing fungus
Khao Lak
Khao Sok Lake
Khao Sok National Park
Khlong Phanom National Park
Koh Surin
Lindsey Reding
Mangosteen Cosmopolitan
Moken people
Mondop “Bee” Sreshthabutra
Mount Kailash
Nam Kra Jieb
Nam Prik Kapi
Nattaya “Nat” Sektheera
Our Jungle Camp
Our Jungle House
Pandan juice
Phang Nga
Rafflesia Kerrii
Riang beans
Rohingya refugee crisis
Rhinoceros beetles
Sambar deer
Sakai people
Sonchana Farm
Thamrong “Tui” Chomphusri
The Hippie Trail
The Hillside Retreat
The Red Cross
United Nations


Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8
Music by Nordgroove from Fugue

Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library
A Trip Around The Moon
by Unicorn Heads
Crater Laker
by The Mini Vandals

All photographs courtesy of Andaman Discoveries, Bodhi Garrett, and Khao Sok Riverside Cottages, unless otherwise stated

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