Local Staff Project:
Most of the staff you will meet at Flight of the Gibbon in Chiang Mai are from the local community. We have established successful training programs in the areas where we operate, which means that we always offer jobs to the local villagers first before advertising them elsewhere.
Ethical Sourcing Project:
We’re committed to buying and serving the highest quality, responsibly grown, ethically traded food and coffee to help create a better future for local farmers. The rice is farmed organically and served to you when you enjoy your meal at our restaurant.
Kitchen Rotation Project:
The food you eat at Flight of the Gibbon is not only locally sourced, but it’s also prepared by a team of locals from Mae Kampong Village. We have four such teams on a rotating roster and every 52 days the teams will swap out. This model allows local mothers, fathers, grandparents and housewives a chance to work and earn money locally and to share this work amongst the entire community so everyone benefits.
Homestay Rotation Project:
If you book a multi-day tour with Flight of the Gibbon you will be offered a chance to homestay in Mae Kampong Village. Thanks to our rotating roster of guest homes where you’re able to stay, it gives everyone in the community a chance to earn a little extra money, interact with foreigners and practice their English. This community-based tourism initiative benefits everybody and enables you to enjoy a truly authentic homestay experience.
Orphan and Underprivileged Project:
Flight of the Gibbon offers free Ziplining experiences for orphans and underprivileged children. As part of the project, children also learn about the flora and fauna as they enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mae Kampong. Seeing the big smiles on the children’s faces makes us especially proud to support this initiative.
Hunter Reform Project:
Hunting in rural areas and forests was once a way of life in Thailand, but with the reduction in wildlife populations and some species on the endangered list, attitudes have changed. However, some poorer villagers still hunt for food or for financial benefit. Flight of the Gibbon has set up a Forest Guard project to employ these villagers so that they no longer have to hunt. Instead, they now use their unique knowledge to protect the forest and the animals who live there.