Respecting Nature When I Can
Every month, we put the spotlight on one of the key players that make it happen for your privileged clients.
The Spotlight On: Yutthana Duangsuwan, Khiri Travel Thailand, Assistant Branch Manager, Phuket
Please tell us a bit about your personal life
I was born in Bangkok. At age six my parents and I left Thailand. I lived in Germany for 17 years including Switzerland and Turkey. I graduated from Germany in Hotel Food & Beverage Industries and was trained as a restaurant manager.
Can you tell us about your hospitality career?
I first started as a restaurant manager at Tropica Bungalow in Patong Beach after I moved back to Thailand. After one year I decided to join the Sheraton Laguna Phuket as a Banquet Coordinator. By 2002 I decided to completely jump into another field: tour operations. I started to work for one of the biggest German tour operators in Thailand followed by another international tour operator. I built up nine years’ experience in tour operations.
When and why did you choose to come with Khiri?
I joined Khiri in July 2012. I really like the way that Khiri initiates and supports community and environmental projects. I am proud that 100% of donations go to the projects.
What special experience does Khiri have to offer in southern Thailand? Why should clients book it?
Khao Sok National Park is my favourite. It is ideal for nature lovers. Khao Sok is probably the best eco-tourism destination in southern Thailand and one of the oldest rainforests on Earth. If you visit, the stunning scenery, virgin rainforest, magnificent limestone mountains and beautiful waterfalls are everywhere. I love the jungle noises: gibbons whooping, cicadas singing, hornbills calling.
We heard you are soon to become a father! How do you think this will change your life?
It’s the best gift that a person can wish for! I will spend more time with my family and can’t wait to show my lovely daughter how beautiful our world is. My family will continue to help environmental projects – to give back to nature.
What is for you the best family outing or holiday?
Our best holiday was on Koh Lipe in Thailand’s Andaman Sea near the Malaysian border. It was an amazing underwater world, with lots of big fishes, colourful corals and waterfalls on the island. We will certainly go there again with our daughter in the future.
Any little secret advice travellers need to know about Phuket?
I recommend a trip to a small remote island called Koh Kaeo. It is opposite famous Promthep Cape. It has two large golden Buddha statues, one sitting and one standing as well a small temple on top of the hill. This tiny lovely island can only be reached by longtail boat from Rawai beach.