Located about 30 kms (40 mins) south west of Chiang Mai city in the rural farming village of Ban Yu Wa, 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 caters to both visiting and residential clients attending; corporate team building, outdoor & environmental education programmes, special interest tourism courses & workshops and for those attending CAS & CSR projects.
It acts as a base for English language training and tourism & 2nd revenue stream training workshops provided by the Volunteers Without Borders Foundation for local entrepreneurs and community leaders. It includes a training school for the commercial RAW (working at height) industry, offering IRATA and GWO courses and certification, as well as training in rope-based rescue techniques. It also functions as a venue for 3rd party providers of course and workshops covering a wide range of subjects.
Accommodation & Recreation Areas
Our main centre accomodation can sleep 60 people - it is a 2 story building with 8 bunk bed rooms, each room can accommodate up to 5 occupants in bunkbeds, and each has an en suite bathroom.
The centre has its own dedicated Sala (open sided restaurant) that seats 60-80 people, and also serves as a meeting room.
There are also 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. Two separate dining areas can also be used for recreational activities, meals or meetings and a lounge/meeting area on the ground floor of the main farm building.
The Bamboo Centre
The centre piece of the project is a 2 storey conical shaped building (a fish trap design) constructed primarily from cured bamboo and thatch that overlooks a pond.
It is located on a small plot next to the student accommodation and supporting structures. Both floors provide excellent venues for running a variety of special interest courses.
Presently we have a meeting classroom area, a games room and a post harvest centre.
The Cooking School
The centre has its own 10-station Thai cooking school located on the farm itself, close to the greenhouse and nursery areas. We offer Thai cooking classes where students can collect their own herbs and vegetables from the farm so that they can enjoy healthy and organic food, made from freshly picked ingredients.
Farm and Facilities
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 community members as viable second 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) Aquaponics (d) Raised bed gardens (e) Hanging basket gardens (f) Mushroom houses (g) Greenhouses & nurseries (h) Beekeeping
On-site Outdoor Education
The SEEC boasts a 12m multi-route climbing & abseil wall, zip wire circuit, abseil and rapid descent options, multi-activity cross canal challenge course, multi-station team-building stations, a knot station, a VWB Intelligent Playground, a critical thinking test station, an archery range, a static bike challenge and many more outdoor facilities.
The Bamboo Curing Facility
In order to provide cured bamboo for various projects, we have our own bamboo curing centre on-site. The aim is to produce:
(a) Bamboo poles for VWB small-scale sustainable agriculture projects (mushroom houses, greenhouses 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.
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