All things eco were on the menu when 20 agents joined the team at Excite Holidays, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and OzHarvest for a Thai Cooking Class – ‘Cooking for a Cause’ – at Highgate Perth on Wednesday, 28 August 2019. 

The event celebrated the launch of the latest collaboration between Excite Holidays and TAT – and their eight-page guide “Open to the new shades” dedicated to environmental, ethical, socially conscious travel experiences.

OzHarvest kicked off introductions with a brief insight into some of the amazing work they do collecting quality surplus food and distributing it to people in need. Following this, attendees slipped on their Excite & Amazing Thailand aprons and got their hands dirty in the kitchen creating-and-plating up some delicious Thai favourites!

Once the cooking was complete (among the traditional dishes were chicken laksa; pad thai; son in law eggs; five-spice flourless chocolate cakes; gado gado; green bean and citrus salad

green Thai curry paste; vibrant orange and rocket salad), over 120 meals were packed into containers that were sent off for delivery to those in need – including residents of a local women’s shelter as well a crisis accommodation centre. For a sweet finish, each attendee was able to write a message on the containers for the recipients.

Good deed done, the agents walked around the corner to a private dining room at Must Wine Bar (where they received a Thai-themed Siam Sunrise welcome cocktail on arrival) for a scrumptious dinner of their own.

But facts came before feasting, as guests were given the opportunity to learn a little more about all the amazing work being done by the Thai Government to reduce the carbon footprint of both locals and tourists. Among the most significant, was the annual seasonal closures of many attractions and national parks across the Land of Smiles in order to preserve biodiversity and natural resources.

Sherly Handjojo from TAT also shared a few responsible Thai tourism operators for different types of experiences, from dining, wildlife to local communities, before dinner was served – and in keeping with the sustainable spirit eaten off bamboo plates, with bamboo straws and among candles made from recycled wine bottles.

To end the evening, Excite ensured agents took the eco-tourism ethos home with them – literally! – a branded Excite Holidays Keep Cup and an Amazing Thailand bamboo spork.