As purpose driven Thai-German entrepreneurs and die-hard Thailand fans we are known for designing offbeat and out of the box travel experiences that unwrap and reinvent "Behind the scenes Thailand" and develop innovative initiatives to address the needs of urban and rural communities
To connect, inspire and empower people through our passion for exploration, conservation, sports, education and social innovation.
To facilitate meaningful Thailand experiences that inspire, empower and thus benefit every community across the greater Bangkok region.
"Bangkok Vanguards builds cultural appreciation making close connections to local communities"
Sawyer L., Chicago, Illinois, United States
We are a passionate and dynamic team of Bangkokians with Thai - German roots taking you BENEATH THE SURFACE to show you our LOCAL and BI-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES on Thailand. We explore along offbeat and unexpected routes, in places off the tourism radar and learn from the narratives of locals, their communities, dreams and aspirations. Our Vanguard Experience Officers (VEO's) are PURPOSE-DRIVEN and PASSIONATE Thai nationals, experts in their fields and fluent in various languages. Vanguard Experiences are QUALITY and VALUE driven and our day-tour groups are limited to a maximum of 6 PARTICIPANTS! Check out our RETREATS and V-IGNITE TRIPS (coming soon) for more valuable, different and meaningful ways to experience Thailand.
INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS OF FRIENDS STUDENTS OR COLLEAGUES, GOVERNMENT, COMPANIES, NON-PROFITS OR MEDIA. OUR PASSION FOR EXPLORATION AND SOCIAL INNOVATION ALLOWS US TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
I found the Bangkok Vanguards team to be very well organized, friendly, energetic and knowledgable about the local culture in Thailand and the activities they planned for us was well thought, keeping the audience in mind to ensure that we had an amazing Thai experience.
Devika R, IYLA (International Young Leaders Assembly)
Lets put networking, talks and presentations in air-conditioned conference rooms aside for a moment and instead expose young minds to purpose-driven entrepreneurs and inspiring individuals in local and culturally immersive settings. We fuse innovative ideas and inspiring content with fun, local and offbeat activities to create a deeper Thailand experience and widen people's consciousness, sense of community and connection to the causes you care about.
We don't really see ourselves as a "tour operator" but as a purpose and passion driven community of Thailand fans who believe that positive change has to come from the bottom up, namely from Thailand's communities. Like a bridge we have two ends, one to connect visitors to our country and one to connect our communities and people with the opportunities and responsibilites of a globalized and interconnected world. Value needs to be created on both ends. Below you will find a range of projects and initiatives which we aim to move to the next level. For comments, more information or support, click below or contact us.
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VANGUARD OF THE MOMENT
Vanguards of the moment are purpose driven people, the unsung heroes that make a difference in the world and that we're desperately in need for. Our world needs role-models, uniters, healers, innovators to inspire the next generation of changemakers that will help propel humanity to its full potential to achieve peace, equality, happiness and meaning. We want to feature those exceptional human beings with whom we share a common mission.
Our first feature is about Khun Preeda - The Human Powerhouse for Good
Born to a Thai mother and a German father allowed him to grow up between two cultures. At age 17 he drew maps of Bangkok by heart as a remedy against his Thailand withdrawal symptoms. Now 18 years on he's the CEO, connector, experience designer and purpose-driven force behind bangkokvanguards and ready to let you experience Thailand from a whole new perspective.
CO-FOUNDER - ACCELERATOR
Mighty D is our half Thai - half German powerhouse whose passion for Bangkok and love for sports, travel and outdoor adventures makes bangkokvanguards the perfect date for him. In Germany his background was in finance, media and marketing communications but he followed his heart to Thailand to bring in his insatiable hunger for challenges and drive to make a positive difference while living life to the fullest.
VEO - SUNBEAM
Born to Thai parents and grown up in Berlin Sunny is not just simply a name but a mantra exemplifying her positive persona. Spice that up with a passion for travel and education and you have a young, charming Berliner in full pursuit to live life to her full potential. Sunny joined the Vanguards in their quest for growth and purpose and to reconnect to their Thai roots to become true connectors between people and cultures.
CFO AND GIFT
Suprinya or Gift as she goes by the nickname is a gift indeed. A teddy-hugger by trade she knows how to captivate people with her wits and charm. Born in the south of Thailand and graduating in Economics she worked as the secretary to the advisor of former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, learning first-hand how the system works from the inside. Now free from red tape Gift is crafting a life-path that blends her entrepreneurial skills with the purpose of making a positive difference in her country.
(VEO) VANGUARD EXPERIENCE OFFICER
An archeologist by trade and explorer by nature, he is Michael's wingman deep in the bowels of Bangkok. He's a human wikipedia on everything Thailand who stamps the awe-effects on people's face where ever the opportunity arises. Though slightly shorter than George Clooney, Mu's charm is definitely on par with Clooney's, making him a perfect match for every traveler seeking meticulous service or simply a great friend to spend an awesome time in Bangkok with.
Ohm is our fun and energetic off-the-beaten-track expert who gets fair skinned Japanese shopping girls out of the malls and onto motorcycle sidecars cruising through plantations and jumping into canals. His passion for offbeat Thailand adventures fueled by his unconventional ways of having fun turns grey into colorful and tourists into locals. When Vanguards and Ohm mix then brace for the extra-ordinary and be prepared to experience Thailand inside out and outside in.
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BANGKOKVANGUARDS AIMS TO DRIVE SOCIAL INNOVATION IN TOURISM AND ENJOYS SUPPORT BY STRONG LOCAL AND GLOBAL NETWORKS AND PARTNERSHIPS TO ACHIEVE ITS MISSION