It's small and cosy and I love it
Our project and office is based in Mae Sariang town, Mae Hong Son province, Northern Thailand. Mae Sariang is a small town and often overlooked on the tourist route. Neighbouring areas are much more touristy, partly because there’s not a lot of tourist information on Mae Sariang with only a few sentences about it in the Lonely Planet.
However over the past few years Mae Sariang has seen a growing number of visitors, as people become more interested in seeking areas which are untouched and offer that the ‘real thing’. So before Mae Sariang becomes another commercial tourist destination we want to prepare the communities for this impending change. This means educating people of the negative impacts that tourism could bring, all too often communities may only see the $ signs when they see foreign tourists, unaware that eventually this could lead to a loss of their cultural heritage and homeland.
So I think our project has come about at the right time and in the right place.
There’s a lot to do here sometimes I don’t even know where to start. So much I want to achieve not only in terms of making a livelihood for myself here, but in terms of helping people and communities. I can see how much I could help and how I could make a difference. This is something you can’t easily do in the west.