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TRACK OF THE TIGER T.R.D. Chiang Mai, Thailand. (Est. 1986)

The Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre

Overview

Location, Access & Client Base (Read more / read less)

Located some 30 kms (40 mins) south west of Chiang Mai city, in the rural farming village of Ban Mai Muang Korn. The Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre is halfway along the main route to the less touristic outdoor activity attractions of the Mae Wang area, and northern Thailand's highest mountain Doi Inthanon.

The centre is perfectly located to provide programmes and accommodation for our core markets.

Our Core Markets

1. Corporate Team Building.

2. Outdoor & Environmental Education.

3. Volunteers (on Community Service (through our non-profit Volunteers Without Borders.)

4. Special Interest Travel.

5. Industrial Training.(Working at height, Safety & Rescue.)

Products & Services by Market

Product / Service

Core Markets

ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCTION (With VWB) Volunteers Without Borders

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  • For rural school children - either limited to our Saturday school programme, and or on several evenings per week.

 

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  • For local adults - basic and tourism related English for government officials, small businesses and SME based tourism & specialised industry workers, schedule to be determined but probably early evenings, weekends.

 

 

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OUTDOOR & ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

 

 

 

 

 
  • Corporate team building programmes.

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  •  Outdoor education (climbing, cycling, kayaking, rafting, trekking .)

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  • Environmental Education (ESS, Biology, Geography, )

 

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  • Small scale sustainable agriculture development - establishing and monitoring and studying projects intended for use as 2nd revenue streams for local schools and the responsible tourism industry (mushroom houses, vermiculture, vertical gardens, aquaponics and more) all located on our Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre and undertaken in collaboration with Volunteers Without Borders.

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  • Community service projects (as above) for rural schools, and on a community outreach programmes - with Volunteers Without Borders.

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  • Life skills (cooking, drama, dance, meditation, art etc.),for both visiting international and local schools.)

 

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BAMBOO & RECYCLED ARTS & CRAFTS

 

 

 

 

 
  • The curing of bamboo for the production of various items (see below.)

 

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  • The design and fabrication of items and equipment used on VWB's intelligent playground project, and as 2nd revenue generation stream options for micro and small responsible tourism businesses - with Volunteers Without Borders.

 

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SPECIAL INTEREST TRAVEL  DEVELOPMENT

 

 

 

 

 

Responsible Tourism Development

·         The development and roll out of Track of the Tiger's non-commission based, Travel4Good, a social enterprise driven online platform developed in collaboration with Volunteers Without Borders and aimed at levelling the playing field for locally owned responsibly operated micro and small scale tourism businesses. Especially those that preserve and promote local cultures and lifestyles, and help reverse the migration of working aged people from rural areas to the cities.

o   Programming - web site/databases (we are also keen on exploring the possibilities of a block chain technology based booking / payment system.)

o   Content generation and upload.

o   Product selection, web presentation design, photography & video.

o   Teaching basic small business management skills.

o   Digital marketing and analytics.

o   Fundraising for VWB.

 

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·         The Bamboo Man Challenge - an adventure racing based challenge for individuals and teams - designed primarily to generate funding for the VWB Foundation.

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LIFE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

 

   

 

 

·         The volunteers/interns would have the opportunity to join with visiting school groups on, or can arrange reduced cost training on such activities as:

o   Meditation classes.

o   Thai cooking classes.

o   Art classes.

o   Thai boxing classes.

Woodcarving.

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INDUSTRIAL TRAINING

 

 

 

 

 

·         Track of the Tiger is in the process of constructing a 14m climbing wall, secondary tower and confidence course on site. In addition to it being used for outdoor education and corporate team building programmes we intend to use the facility to provide industrial training to an international standard for the Global Wind Energy sector (Working at Height, Fire & Rescue, Medical Emergency Training, Emergency First Aid) as well as customised rope rescue training for the police, military and fire services. Many of the modules involved could be made available to our interns on a discounted cost basis and would provide them with valuable life skills, as well as basic training for those interested in working in related sectors.

 

 

 

 

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Area Map (Read more /read less.)

Google map coordinates : 18.6262664,98.8717326

Google map link : https://goo.gl/maps/WYgdNMWCBrP2

 

The Sanpatong Experiential Education Centre ( Read more / read less.)

 

Farm House Accommodation ( Read more / read less.)

5 bedrooms in the 2 floor farm house building that can be configured to accommodate single, twin, or triple bed options to suit the client's needs.

 

Farm House Restaurant / Recreation Areas ( Read more / read less.)

There are two separate dining areas that can also be used for recreational activities, meetings etc., and a lounge / meeting area on the ground floor of the main farm building.

       

 

Main Centre Accommodation ( Read more / read less.)

8 bunk bed rooms in a custom built 2 floor building. Each room can accommodate up to 5 occupants in bunk beds, and has its own en suite bathroom.

     

 

Main Centre Restaurant / Recreation Areas ( Read more / read less.)

The activity centre has its own dedicated Sala (open sided restaurant / recreation structure) that seats 60-80 people, and acces to a meeting room.

 

The Bamboo Centre Building ( Read more / read less.)

The centre piece of the project is a 2 storey conical shaped building ( a fish trap design) constructed primarily from cured bamboo and thatch, and overlooking a pond. It is located on a small plot next to to the student accommodation and houses: 

  • A meeting classroom area.
  • An environmental studies lab.
  • A post harvest centre.
  • Equipment stores.
  • A food/drink service station.
  • A separate toilet/shower block. 
  • The 2nd floor houses a 10 station Thai cooking school.
  • Both floors provide excellent venues for running a variety of special interest courses.

   

 

The Farm Area ( Read more / read less.)

The farm is dedicated to demonstrating small scale sustainable agriculture projects that can be replicated in local schools (to supplement/subsidise school meals) and for individual commnunity members as viable 2nd revenue streams under an outreach programme. Still in its infancy, the following projects are at various stages of design and implementation:

(a) Composting, (b) Vermicomposting, (c) Aquaculture. (d) Vertical & raised bed gardens. (e) Hanging basket gardens. (f) Mushroom houses. (g) Greenhouses. (h) Beekeeping.

     

 

The Bamboo Curing Faciity ( Read more / read less.)

In order to provide cured bamboo for various projects, we are building our own bamboo curing centre onsite Image shows curing tank in place.). The aim is to produce: (a) Bamboo poles for VWBs small scale sustainable agriculture projects (mushroom houses, greehouses etc., in a knock down format.) (b) The component challenges of VWB's Intelligent playground project (in a knock down format.) (c) Bamboo poles etc. for other farm and centre related projects.

  

 

Local Tours, Activities & Workshops (Read more / read less.

Choose from the following menu of options. Also see those listed under outdoor education in the Outdoor & Environmental Education section.

Local Tours

Travel4Good - The non-commissioned based Travel4Good programme has its pilot project route (with 50 plus attractions / activities) running through Sanpatong. Guests at the centre are perfectly located to access them, and can book programmes online - (www.travel4good.com)

Village Bicycle Ride - The network of narrow roads that connect the village communities of the area, are perfect for safe cycling, and provide a window onto the local lifestyle.

Guided Hands On Farm Tour - Enjoy aguided tour of our organic farm project complete with demonstration models for schools/villagers covering vertical gardens, vermiculture, composting, greenhouse, fishponds and more. There is an opportunity to get involved working alongside the villagers to get a feel for it all.

 

Activities On Site

Thai Cooking Lessons - 10 cooking stations are set in an arc around an instructor's demonstration station to allow participants to follow and then implement the instructions with ease. Individuals, or groups (in rotation if need be), harvest produce from the farm, prepare their ingredients, then cook the dishes as taught by our experienced English speaking staff. The meal prepared is enjoyed whilst overlooking the fishpond in front to the centre.

Eco-Kitchen Class - In these days ofa return to traditional  outdoor cooking methods that use charcoal produced on site from maize husks,we have a variety of ovens, grills, smokers etc., that are used to produce an 'interesting' menu of dishes. The Eco-Kitchen programme best suits small and medium sized groups.

Archery - An old favourite, allows you to test your skills in a relaxed environment.

Climbing, Abseil - The wall is 12 m high and offers an abseil tower, slab, vertical, overhang, roof, chimney and arete climbing features with multiple colour coded climbing routes of differing difficulty.

It is suitable for both beginners and advanced and climbers and can be modified, added to accommodate the training requirements for professional RAW (rope access workers) and others who work at height. It is part of a multi activity adventure challenge circuit (schedule for completion by mid 2018.)

Team Building & Leadership Programmes - The facilities and activities at the centre afford Track of the Tiger the opportunity to provide its corporate team building clients a unique platform on which to deliver interesting team building and leadership programmes incorporating challenges that allow all participants to shine.

We have established 6-8 shade covered stations, (pavilions/vertical gardens) some with fixed challenges and some to accommodate portable challenges. These stations combined with other obstacles, 12m climbing and abseil wall, over water confidence course, fish and frog ponds, allow us to run high quality team building and leadership courses for our various client groups.

The programme can be extended to include an amazing race style challenge - using classic old bicycles - around the local  villages, as well a off-road mountain bike trails and lake based kayaking - all within a 2-3km of the centre.

Thai Boxing Lessons - Take a 2hr basic introduction to the martial art of Muay Thai, conducted in a traditional village boxing gym by an ex champion. Individuals and groups accepted.

Thai Massage - Traditional Thai massage, of 1-3 hrs in duration. Traditional massage is practised throughout Thailand. Local provide by qualified massage ladies from the village, can be provided at the centre.Individuals and groups accepted.

 

Workshops/Courses

Sustainable Agriculture / Organic Farming Courses - Vermiculture, Aquaponics, Green houses, Fish and frog ponds,Vegetable grown in car types and in hanging baskets work together to allow us to produce a wide range of organic vegetables/herbs, in  a small space, at a low cost. The centre, is used to help train others (local and foreign residents) in using this sufficiency based model to grow their own produce - for themselves or as a 2nd revenue stream, enjoying both cost benefits and a healthier lifestyle.

Courses run by local experts - (in Thai & English) from 1-3 days in duration can be arranged.

Pandan & Banana Leaf Workshop - Take a 2-4hr workshop run by village elders (with our staff translating Thai-English) who have a lifetime's worth of experience in crafting these materials into designs for both ceremonial and decorative use.

Woodcarving Workshop - Take a 2-4hr workshop run by village craftsmen (with our staff translating Thai-English) who have years of experience producing work for temples and for export. Instruction on both teak wood and bamboo is available.

Enquiries & Quotations- For the quickest and most detailed response use the booking forms designed for your particular market segment. (Corporate Team Building, Education (School/University),or  Special Interest Traveller.)

 
 

Fixed Departures - Thai Cooking & Rural Lifestyle ( Read more / read less.)

A Fixed Departure Programme - Runs weekly, starting Tuesdays - ending Thursdays.
Dates 2017. (enter.)
Dates 2018. (enter.)
 Note* Also note the Saturday School English Programme starts Fridays - ends Mondays ( See Detail.)

Duration- The programme has a Short = 1 day, Intermediate = 2 day, Full = 3 day option.

Enquiries and Quotations- Pricing is based on the number of participants you are booking, and on the accommodation option required.

 

Day

Period

Description

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Morning

·         0800 hrs. Depart Chiang Mai City for the Sanpatong Farm Stay & Activity Centre by minibus with English speaking guide.

·         0845 hrs. Check in (single/twin/triple/family.)

·         0900 hrs. Check in, Introduction and programme safety briefing.

·         0930 hrs. Depart for a visit to the local market to learn about and buy fresh produce for the cooking programme.

·         1130 hrs. Return to the Centre.

 

Afternoon

·         1200 hrs. Lunch. (A Thai buffet of foods selected to demonstrate the range of tastes and textures in the Thai diet.)

·         1300 hrs. Farming activity (fishing, frogs, rice production etc.)

·         1500 hrs. Harvesting fresh vegetables for the meal.

·         1600 hrs. Commence multi-dish cooking lesson.

 

Evening

·         1800 hrs. Set Thai dinner.

·         1900 hrs. Those on short programme depart for the city.

·         2000 hrs. Those staying on, choose between (a) A 2 hr Thai massage. (b) A 2hr Thai fruit/vegetable carving and table decoration workshop.

·         2100 hrs. Retire to bed.

Wed

Morning

·         0630 hrs. Optional merit making at temple.

·         0730 hrs. Breakfast.

·         0830 hrs. Bicycle based treasure hunt programme - Lamphun City. (includes purchase of food items for dinner.)

 

Afternoon

·         1200 hrs. Lunch in Lamphun.

·         1300 hrs. Return to the Centre.

·         1400 hrs. Commence food preparation & harvest of vegetables for cooking lesson.

·         1500 hrs. Commence multi-dish cooking lesson - using our Charcoal based Eco Kitchen. Adds a traditional dimension to the cooking course that is BBQ /Grill/Oven/Hot Pan - outdoor meal production.

·         1600 hrs. Commence multi-dish cooking lesson.

 

Evening

·         1800 hrs. Set Thai dinner.

·         1900 hrs. Those on the intermediate programme depart for the city.

·         2000 hrs. Those staying on, choose between either (a) Handicrafts workshop. (b) Climbing Wall, Abseil, Archery.

·         2200 hrs. Retire to bed.

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Morning

·         0630 hrs. Optional village bicycle ride.

·         0730 hrs. Breakfast.

·         0830 hrs. Visit to local activities/attractions on the T4G tourist route.

 

Afternoon

·         1200 hrs. Lunch back at the centre.

·         1330 hrs. Check out.

·         1345 hrs. Continue programme of visit to local activities/attractions on the T4G tourist route.

 

Evening

·         1700 hrs. Those on the full programme - arrive back at your hotel in the city.

 

Services (Read more / read less.)

Typical meals

Breakfast – Egg, Sausage, Bacon, or Rice Soup, Fresh Fruit, Toast & Jam, Tea or Coffee.
Lunch – 3 Thai dishes, (one not spicy), Rice, Fresh Fruit.
Dinner - 3 Thai dishes, (one not spicy), Rice, Fresh Fruit.
Picnic boxes are available for field trips/excursions.

Halal Meals - Available if requested on booking

Drinking water- Available 24/7

Bar & Snacks – Available from 0730 -2230 hrs.

Laundry – A laundry service is available.

Electrical Power – 2 pin flat blade plugs, 220V/50 cycle. Accommodation block has multi plug sockets including 3 round pin sockets.

Communications

Cell phone  -  Reception all around

Land line -  No landline

Internet access - Wi-Fi 24/7 – No charge (only available in the common area) not in the accommodation.

Field communications  - Cell Phone and/or VHF.

Use of cash/credit card – Cash is possible.

Transport - The following options are available.

  • Transfers in/out from the city can be arranged by our staff - local songtaew, taxi, minibus.
  • Transport on local tours - free use of bicycles, local songtaew, minibus.

 

 

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Safety ( Read more / read less.)

Safety on Site – The Home Stay is well located within the centre of the village, close to local shops, school etc.

Access to Project Manager – The project manager lives on site, is available throughout the working day and on call at night in the event of an emergency.

Medical treatment on site – We keep medical kits on site and have one on each field trip. There is always an EFR trained staff member on site.

Emergency procedures – Full emergency procedures are posted on the main notice board.

Emergency medical evacuation – As above (nearest hospital is 5km - 15 minutes away.)

Risk Assessments - For all activities to be undertaken are included in our proposal document sent out in response to programme enquiries.

 

Enquires, Bookings, Quotations (Read more / read less.)

Use the Enquiries & Quotations Form provided  to put together your draft programme at / from the Sanpatong Farm Stay submit it to us and we'll get back to you promply with with a detailed response and quotation.

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