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I was on a yin yoga teacher training recently at The Yogarden, when I spotted some bamboo straws for sale! I bought some for my family and for Villa Red Samui, the villa we rent out. This set me thinking about how the island has progressed recently in terms of initiatives that support the environment. On a small island, such as Koh Samui, every little initiative really does have an impact and by supporting the growing number of initiatives here, we have the opportunity to educate our children and show them how they really can make a difference.

Here is the list I came up with as I pondered the eco projects on Samui - additions welcome to this list!:

1. Elephant Sanctuary

The first elephant sanctuary in Southern Thailand opened here in Koh Samui in January 2018. Set on 10 acres of forest land, it offers a retirement home for elephants who have worked exhausting hours in the logging and tourism industries. ​

Visitors can spend 3 hours with the elephants, feeding, walking with, and observing these gentle giants as they roam, socialise, bathe and enjoy the peaceful life that they deserve.

Tel: (+66) 095 269 8343

2. Samui Green Market

The Samui Green Market is a regular monthly event that has quickly become a known as a hub for the sale and purchase, sampling and exchange of healthy foods, eco initiatives and hand made goods. Small local businesses come to showcase their products and families come to play, mingle and sample unique goods and services. People are inspired by the feeling of community and the afternoon is sprinkled with music and laughter.

For more inför and the date of the next green market, see their website!

3. Yoga Gives Back Thailand

"For the cost of one y