About Us

Thailand CBT Network (CBT-N)

Community based tourism (CBT) gives guests a fun opportunity to meet local people and learn about life, culture and nature in Thai communities. Programs are managed and operated by local community members, working in a CBT group. CBT programs are designed to build local capacity while supporting social and environmental work.

The CBT-N Coordination Center (CBT-N-CC)

The Thailand CBT Network Coordination Center is a central hub responsible for information and promoting CBT-N members, as well as coordinating between members and stakeholders. CBT-N-CC is based in Chiang Mai, the cultural capital of Thailand. The center gives information to the public, tourists, tour operators, government, NGO’s and academics interested to learn about, visit, or work with member CBT communities.

CBT-N-CC is responsible for helping its members to access manageable numbers of responsible visitors: tourists who are interested to meet local people, experience and learn about Thai life. The Coordination Center can assist responsible tour operators to identify CBT communities which are appropriate for the needs of their trips and guests.

The CBT-N Coordination Center has a database of information about different CBT communities and the programs and services available in these communities, as well as the types of trips and guests which different communities are best suited to host.

The Coordination Center can suggest communities based on the needs of tour operators, schools, universities, special groups, or study trip facilitators. The Coordination Center can arrange survey visits for tour operators and communities to meet each other and develop a program. The Center also works in partnership with a group of ‘Responsible Thai Tour Operators.’ CBT-N can also provide contacts for organisations looking for a good ground operator to help organise a program to a CBT-N member community.


“Build people, strengthen communities and contribute towards a learning-based society through community-based tourism.”


    1. Human Resource Development
    2. Knowledge development
    3. Conservation of communities’ natural and cultural resources
    4. Promotion
    5. Policy