Koh Ra Eco Lodge is a sustainable community on the Andaman Sea island, Koh Ra or "Ra Island," that offers fellow nature-lovers, explorers, scientists, and appreciative supporters a chance to live life the way they wish it could be -- if only for brief periods when time permits.
Right now, the map (thanks, *oolgle) shows the marker in the ocean north of the island -- can't seem to change it, so I added a photo of the map marked properly. Please see the photos.
Located a couple of hours north of Phuket and a boat-trip off the coast (just below Myanmar), Ko Ra is part of Kuraburi Province in Pang Gna, one of the world's most famous regions for natural beauty. Within Pang Gna, Koh Ra is exceptional for its untouched rich flora and fauna, but more importantly for the careful methods used to preserve it.
If you wish that hotels would support the ideas they claim to support with action, then the founders of Koh Ra agree with you. After choosing a spot that's second to none in terms of sheer beauty, remoteness, quiet, and untouched natural abundance, they felt they could not justify destroying that habitat in the name of making it more accessible. Thus the building materials, methods and designs of the buildings of Koh Ra Eco Lodge were chosen and executed with the lowest possible impact on the surrounding forest, seashore and its plants and animals. The large canopy trees over-hanging the cabins attest to the care taken to preserve the environment during construction of the lodge. Every aspect of life at the lodge is governed by care for the environment. If you think that's admirable and want to support it, then this is the place for you. But if you want to do more than just stay in a beautiful place and wish you could not only help Koh Rah, but learn its methods to help spread or grow its ideas, then you should come as soon as possible.
Koh Ra offers the place and style of life many nature lovers yearn for. When you feel like exercising, then a variety of outdoor activities are available. There's snorkeling, SCUBA, hiking, kayaking, swimming, and to name a few. Quieter pass-times include yoga, birdwatching and cooking.
For those who wish to help and learn, there are a number of projects from which to choose. You can see a summary here: (website hidden). Whether you're a doer or a quiet supporter of preserving what remains of our world's most impressive tropical island habitats, you will be comfortable on Koh Ra.
Meals are served buffet style with the most impressive being at sunset each evening when the guests and resident scientists and staff gather to share their experiences on and around the island with each other while enjoying a carefully selected variety of local foods, spices, flavors washed down by a drink of choice. Fun and comradery are evident after a day of serious fun, science or adventure. Guests often enjoy sharing stories and learning from one another and make plans for the days to come.
When ready for bed they will return to their cabins and private rooms and spend the night in comfort because their rooms are well-appointed with necessities and private baths, and also because they know that their accommodations complement rather than take away from the beautiful island whose guests they are.
Lieu magique, inoubliable, unique! La vie s'y écoule au rythme du soleil et des délicieux repas partagés à la "sala" avec les autres hôtes et bénévoles. On y rencontre des personnes très différentes, passionnées et passionnantes, et on y apprend beaucoup (notamment sur la faune locale)... La nature, qui prend tous ses droits sur l'île, appelle à la contemplation et au respect. L'Ecolodge a été pensé dans ce sens, tant à travers les activités proposées que dans sa construction et son organisation. Les bungalows offrent tout le confort nécessaire.
a really fantastic place to experience!! everything!!! the food, nature, people, we almost cried when leaving them even if we had many nice places to look forward to go to!! a very unique place for those who doesnt like touristic places, who loves the nature in the way it is and wants to relax!