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Marine Biologist in Thailand Dives into Banyan Tree Krabi’s Sustainability Efforts

by Ron Bernthal

Feb 24, 2023

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Ms. Tipwimon Rattanawongwan, a marine scientist from Kanchanaburi in Thailand, recently joined Banyan Tree Krabi as sustainability coordinator.

Rattanawongwan, formerly a marine biologist at Four Seasons Koh Samui, brings a wealth of experience to the team, including working at Phuket Marine Biological Center and at Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation Phuket, where she worked as a foundation coordinator.


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Banyan Tree Krabi, opened in 2020, features 72 pool suites and villas and continues to embrace and expand its commitment to sustainability. The hotel’s sustainability initiative is headed by sustainability manager Thepsuda Loyjiw, who oversees projects at both Banyan Tree Krabi and sister resort Banyan Tree Samui, located on an island on Thailand’s East Coast, a one-hour trip by plane.

Banyan Tree Samui won international recognition in 2020 when Thepsuda and her team successfully protected and nurtured nests and eggs of a rare green turtle on the resort’s beach, resulting in the birth and survival of more than 200 hatchlings.

“Ms. Tipwimon will be a valuable addition to our team as we work continuously to create a carbon-free footprint at each of our resorts,” said Thepsuda. “Among her targets will be a focus on resource conservation, recycling and upcycling, pollution reduction, waste elimination, and limiting energy consumption.”


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Banyan Tree Hotels group is renowned as a wellness brand with strong eco-friendly policies. Among Banyan Tree Krabi’s industry-recognized awards is a Green Hotel Award – Gold Certification, presented by Thailand’s Department of Environmental Quality Promotion in recognition of the resort’s ongoing efforts to efficiently manage energy, waste and natural resources.

The 5-star property, located on tranquil Tubkaek Beach facing the uninhabited limestone islands of Than Bok Khorani Marine National Park, looks to follow in the gentle footprints of Banyan Tree Samui, which, in 2018, became the first hotel in Thailand to be awarded Gold Certification as a single-property level by Earthcheck, the world’s leading scientific benchmarking certification and advisory group for travel and tourism.


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Banyan Tree Krabi’s sustainability initiatives include an Earth Day beach clean-up, as well as the introduction of Forest Bathing, a nature-based educational tour for guests, including children, to help raise awareness about environmental conservation and protecting local flora and fauna. Double-occupancy rate for a seven-night pool suite or villa in mid-April is approximately $3,500, with buffet breakfast included.

Banyan Tree Holdings Limited is a leading international operator and developer of premium resorts, hotels, residences and spas, with 47 hotels and resorts, 63 spas, 72 retail galleries and three golf courses in 24 countries. Each resort typically has between 75 to 300 rooms, and commands room rates at the higher end of each property’s particular market.


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