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PaddleAsia Mission Statement
PaddleAsia delivers the highest quality outdoor experiences, achieved through the education and safety of our guests, respect and preservation of our environment, personal growth of our staff and an unwavering commitment to ethical excellence.
PaddleAsia was developed as a result of seeing what was happening in the various existing kayaking companies in Phuket and Krabi. Being a life-long naturalist and a veteran kayaker before getting into the busiess of paddling, I (Dave) felt that there was a definite niche that needed to be filled.
The kayaking in Southern Thailand was and still is all about the day trip and getting as many guests on trips as possible to the most convenient places possible. The majority of these guests are acquired through travel agents who are often more interested in making commission than in offering the best possible tour for your hard-earned money. The result is that you are put on whomever offers the best commission instead of who offers the best trip. PaddleAsia therefore chose to do primary marketing, whereby we talk to you. You do not have to go through anyone to book our adventures.
We questioned the status quo: Where could you go if you wanted a unique experience with nature sans the thundering masses? Where could you go if you did not want to share Mother Nature's wonders with a bunch of people who didn't share your desire for solitude and a one-on-one affair with these wonders? Where could you go if you wanted to paddle for yourself instead of having a guide paddle for you? Where could you go if you wanted a proper sit-inside kayak instead of a sit-on-top or an inflatable boat? Where could a potential visitor go to talk directly to the person responsible for how they are going to spend their very valuable vacation time without having to go through a commission-intensive travel agent?
These were the questions that lead to the formation of PaddleAsia.
Some companies offered overnight and multi-day trips, but they were not up to speed on their natural history knowledge, safety or paddling skills. Additionally, more time was spent in hydrocarbon powered escort boat than in a carbohydrate powered kayak. PaddleAsia strived to do just the oppose, resulting is us doing all that we could to avoid seeing any other visitors.
PaddleAsia focuses on quality, the same level of quality that you find with top tour operators elsewhere.
Though we do operate private trips, our main mission is to provide safe adventures for school group and private individuals by focusing on international safety standards while having a solid knowledge in the sciences.
Besides offering high quality tours to our guests, PaddleAsia is attempting to show the government and other tour operators that they do not have to compromise their environmental ethics in order to have a viable business. Another goal is to provide our Thai staff with personal growth opportunities with the full understanding that the protection of Thailand's remaining natural wonders in paramount for the future of the Kingdom.
PaddleAsia does not apply for meaningless eco tourism awards, most of which are handed out by organizations that have nothing to do with low impact responsible tourism and who hold their award ceremonies in fancy five-star mega resorts. Recognition for doing what should be the industry standard is a bit superfluous. Our focus instead is on minimizing our impact and being the safest adventure tour company in the region. No one is as highly certified to international safety standards as the PaddleAsia team!
Kayaking Day Trips
No matter how beautiful a kayaking destination is, if the guides do it day after day they will get tired of it. That boredom will reflect in how they run the trip.
not in the day trip business for that very reason. Yes, we offer a
day trip, but that
is not the focus of our attention. We are an expedition company and
we are the best at what we do... period.
All of the above business ethics are of course applied to our other adventures such as mountain biking, rock climbing, birding, and jungle survival.
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