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Tiwanon Road, Bangkasor
Nonthaburi 11000 Thailand

Lodge Manager ,Cardamom Tented Camp ,Cambodia

Cardamom Tented camp

Cardamom Tented Camp aims to help sustain the conservation of an 18,000 hectare forest and wildlife concession in Southwestern Cambodia. The tract of land is part of the Botum Sakor National park, managed by Wildlife Alliance and supported by the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, an initiative of the Minor Group.

An one hour boat ride over the Preak Tachan river South of Trapeang Rung, the 9-tent lodge is located in the heart of the national park and truly remote. It is designed for the environmentally conscious, eco-adventure traveller, seeking to be hands-on involved in nature and wildlife conservation. Developed by YAANA Ventures, the lodge is planned for soft-opening by end of September 2017, and to be fully operational by October 31st 2017. Cardamom Tented Camp features a riverside restaurant, an on-site staff quarters and boasts an extensive excursion program including ranger-led hikes and kayaking along the Preak Tachan river.

Job Description

Cardamom Tented Camp is seeking a capable LODGE MANAGER who is passionate about nature conservation, sustainability, staff development and authentic hospitality to assume leadership of the lodge and differentiate it as a leader in conservation tourism for the region.

During the pre-opening and soft opening period, the Lodge Manager will assist the Project Manager in completion and preparing for handover. In particular, the Lodge Manager will focus on operational preparation and team building.

Lodge Manager

The full-time position offers an exciting opportunity for a capable all-rounder with a real passion for nature and immersion in a local environment. The resort is open year round with peak occupancies expected between November and April, as well as July and the beginning of August. Collaboration with Wildlife Alliance and tapping into synergies with conservation efforts will be key for lodge success. Additionally, an entrepreneurial spirit and engaged leadership are essential qualities of Lodge Manager in order to achieve objectives in sales, costs, employee retention, guest satisfaction, food quality, cleanliness and sustainability.

Lodge Manager reports directly to the CEO of YAANA Ventures.

Duties & Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Striving to fulfill the broader aspirational goals of the lodge: being a leader in conservation tourism and community development – a best practice for the region
  • Ensuring guests feel welcome and receive responsive, friendly and courteous service
  • Ensuring food and drinks are consistently prepared and served according to standards, while observing food safety
  • Managing staff and continually striving to develop team members
  • Managing provisions for restaurant and tents and deal with suppliers
  • Overseeing the efficient running of supply transport (boats and company truck)
  • Addressing problems, trouble shooting and dealing with guest wishes
  • With assistance by the YAANA Ventures team, responsible for managing budgets and financial plans as well as cash management
  • Supervising maintenance of buildings and grounds
  • Promoting and marketing the business in coordination with YAANA Ventures
  • Assisting in content development for marketing channels such as website, and social media
  • Providing leadership in sustainability and championing the Triple bottom line

Salary: $1600 – 1800 per month (depending on experience), in addition to full board at lodge

Terms and Conditions

  • Full-time at 6 days a week (schedule self-managed, based on occupancy and business needs)
  • Annual holiday to be taken in off-season period
  • Full board while at the lodge
  • Based at the lodge, with housing in Trapeang Rung provided
  • Lodge vehicle (based at Trapeang Rung) at disposal for personal use, as long as it’s not needed for business purposes
  • Regular trips to Bangkok and Phnom Penh paid for, in combination with sales- and office visits.
  • 18 month contract, with 1 year extension option
  • Future promotion opportunities within YAANA Ventures’ hospitality
  • Probation standard 3 months
  • Resignation 2 months written notice

Send resume and cover letter to careers@yaana-ventures.com


New Tented Eco Camp Keeps Rainforest Standing in Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia

A NEW tented camp is being opened in southwest Cambodia with the tagline, “Your Stay Keeps the Forest Standing.”

Guests staying at the Cardamom Tented Camp will be sustaining a conservation-friendly business that was set up to help keep an 18,000-hectare (180 km2) concession out of the hands of loggers, poachers and sand mining operations. The tract of land in Botum Sakor National Park, part of a vital elephant migration corridor, is managed by Wildlife Alliance, a Cambodia-based organisation involved in wildlife rescue and forest conservation.

Wildlife Alliance is supported by the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, an initiative of the Minor Group.

The nature conservation concession includes diverse habitats: seaside mangroves, lowland tropical forests, and triple-tiered canopy in the hills, which reach up to 335 metres (1,100ft) elevation. Asian elephants, dhole, clouded leopards, hog badgers, sun bears, mouse deer and pangolin all rely on the mature forest habitat around the camp.

Neighbouring concessions have been taken over by companies that cut indigenous timber and replace it with rubber or palm oil monoculture trees that cannot sustain wildlife diversity. The new camp is making a stand against that trend.

Guests at the new lodge on the Preak Tachan river will be able to take guided day hikes and river trips with local rangers. While walking, guests will be able to spot wildlife and learn about the mangrove and rainforest ecosystems and the challenges of keeping naturally mature forests standing in face of pressure to ‘develop’.

Visitors can also help by replanting indigenous trees in degraded parts of the concession, go kayaking, help rangers on patrols with their camera traps, or engage in other conservation activities.

At the eco-camp, which is a three way initiative between the Minor Group, YAANA Ventures and Wildlife Alliance, a percentage of the revenue will go directly to Wildlife Alliance. Any profits will be reinvested locally.

“When we tell guests, ‘Your stay keeps the forest standing,’ we 100% mean it,” says John Roberts the Minor Group’s Group Director of Sustainability and Conservation. The Minor Group’s Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation has been fully funding the ranger protection efforts for the past four years at the site.

A condition of holding the concession from the Cambodian government is that economic activity must take place. Drawing on successful ecotourism models from across the world, a low impact tented camp was chosen by the stakeholders as the best sustainable option.

Bangkok-based YAANA Ventures was invited to create the camp, based on its previous experience running the Banteay Chhmar community tented camp in Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia and the Anurak Lodge at Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand.

“The tented camp sets an example for the local and national economy as a sustainable alternative to illegal logging, poaching and habitat destruction,” says Willem Niemeijer, CEO of YAANA Ventures. “The combined expertise of the stakeholders makes this a uniquely qualified project.”

The Cardamom Tented Camp will soft open 1 September with nine comfortable, furnished tented accommodations, each with an en-suite bathroom and a large patio area.

The camp, with a riverside restaurant, is off grid and largely powered by solar panels.

Cardamom Tented Camp can be reached by road from Phnom Penh, while Trat airport and Koh Chang in Thailand is less than a four-hour drive away.

The Cardamom Tented Camp will open bookings on 25 July for stays after 1 September 2017.  Pricing, packages with tours and activities, and all-inclusive deals, will be announced shortly.

Further information: CardamomTentedCamp.com.

New annual corporate bike tour challenge announced in Asia

The inaugural YAANA Bike Challenge will take place in Vietnam, 9-11 September, 2017. The objective is to bring together progressive corporate managers to have fun and enjoy amazing scenery while they push themselves mentally and physically. In addition they will promote sustainability and raise funds for Operation Smile, which pays for operations for Asian children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip.

The three-day 226 km ride from Quy Nhon to Hoi An is organised by YAANA Ventures and Grasshopper Adventures. It is not a race.

“It is a signature responsible tourism experience and fundraising event designed to be enjoyed by corporate managers who want to do more. They can test their ability on the bike, network in the evenings and give a beautiful new start for children born with cleft palates,” said Adam Platt-Hepworth, CEO of Grasshopper Adventures.

YAANA and Grasshopper are offering three fund raising corporate sponsorship packages for companies that want to contribute to Operation Smile. Thereís a US$5,000 sponsorship package that entitles participation of three riders from the company and assorted branding opportunities. There are also packages at US$3,500 (two riders, plus branding), and US$2,000 (one rider, plus branding).

“Apart from sponsors in travel, tourism and hospitality we are working to attract corporates from other sectors in Asia who share our sustainable business and fundraising objectives,” said Willem Niemeijer, CEO of YAANA Ventures.

Corporate sponsors from outside travel and tourism currently include Chow Energy, an investor in renewable power.

The organisers are seeking over 25 riders from diverse sectors for the inaugural event.

Participants who wish to raise their own funds for Operation Smile can pay US$850 to cover the cost of the three-day event and create their own fundraising platform through mechanisms such as GoGetFunding.

Grasshopper Adventures, a leading bike tour specialist in Asia, will provide full technical, equipment and guide support, including international standard helmets, well maintained bikes fitted for the conditions, support vehicles, English speaking guide, bicycle mechanic, meals listed in the itinerary, as well as all water and snacks during the rides. A support van allows riders to take a rest if needed.

Participation includes meals during the bike ride. Riders have to arrange their own hotels before and after the event and international air tickets. Grasshopper can recommend specific hotels and flights on request.

“The annual YAANA Bike Challenge is a great way to spend time among a crowd of regional business leaders, exchange ideas, make new contacts and transform young lives for the better,” said Niemeijer.

Additional information about the inaugural YAANA Bike Challenge is available here and here, including how to participate

Operation Smile details on how it helps fix young childrenís facial deformities such as cleft palates are available here.

To date, YAANA Bike Challenge signed up 15 riders from sponsors that include YAANA Ventures, Grasshopper Adventures, Antipodeans, Sansara, InVision Hospitality, Chow Energy, Khiri Travel, Green Trails, GROUND, Remote Trails, and ScottAsia Communications.

Companies or individuals with an interest in sponsorship are invited to contact the organisers on bike2017@yaana-ventures.com

Project Investment Analyst

YAANA Ventures seeks to hire a Project Investment Analyst to be based at its Nonthaburi office to support its eco lodge development projects to be rolled out regionwide. Project Investment Analyst should be a Thai national and MBA graduate proficient in English, with functional expertise in financial projections, investment analysis and business planning.

About the Project

YAANA Ventures is launching a new venture to develop, market and operate deluxe eco resorts in remote regions of ASEAN. This project entails a fundraising, development and operational phase.

About the Position

Working under the direction of the CFO and based at our Nonthaburi office, Project Investment Analyst initially shall help build financial projection models, perform market and business analysis, and develop powerpoint presentations for investors. Some travel within Thailand and the region is expected.

After the startup and development phase, this position will afford the Project Investment Analyst a great opportunity to develop additional skills in operational financial management and business systems and progress further in the YAANA Ventures organization.


Project Investment Analyst should be a self-starter capable of progressing projects from milestone to milestone with periodic supervision and have relevant experience and expertise in financial projection modeling, budgeting, analysis and finance principles. Hospitality and / or fundraising experience an advantage.

  • Thai national
  • MBA graduate, new graduates with high aptitude and eagerness to learn welcome
  • Expertise in financial projection models using Excel
  • Proficient in English


A competitive salary is offered based on qualifications and experience.

Interested Applicants

Interested applicants should send resume and letter of interest to careers@yaana-ventures.com



Marketing Executive

YAANA Ventures

YAANA Ventures is a passionate operator of a growing collection of entrepreneurial travel and hospitality ventures in Asia. Conceptualized nearly 25 years ago as a destination management company, our ventures and charity arm now employ over 200 associates across 8 countries. We are champions of the triple bottom-line: people, planet and profit.


Marketing Executive

YAANA Ventures is looking for an energetic, fun colleague to join the marketing department at its Nonthaburi headquarters. The Marketing Executive reports to the CEO or Marketing Manager.

Job Description

  • Social media operation (Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin) under the guidelines laid out by management
  • Sourcing and editing images for social media and promotional purposes
  • Simple design work following brand identity guidelines
  • Creating promotional documents, such as press packs, company profiles and product overviews
  • Managing stock and quality control of branded collateral
  • Coordinating periodical newsletter publication, including communication with country teams, editors and third party contributors
  • CMS operation (WordPress, MailChimp and others)
  • Trade show reservations and preparation
  • Ensuring online quality control (English & Thai) and brand compliance
  • Administrative tasks
  • Other responsibilities as instructed by CEO or management


Marketing Executive position will require the following qualifications:

  • Proficient in English
  • Bachelor degree, preferably in travel & tourism or marketing
  • Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Eye for design
  • Sense of responsibility and excellent communicator
  • Thai nationality only

What We Offer

We offer a competitive salary and career development opportunities. We also offer marketing-related training and a state of the art, fun working environment with both Thai and foreign colleagues.

Office Hours

Monday – Friday from 9am to 6pm.

Interested Applicants

Send resume and cover letter to careers@yaana-ventures.com


The YAANA Corporate Challenge

YAANA Ventures, in partnership with Grasshopper Adventures, will launch a corporate bike tour challenge this September in Vietnam. This is a corporate networking and fundraising event dedicated to promoting sustainability.
The objective of the annual bike tour challenge is to bring together progressive corporate managers to have a lot of fun and soak in amazing scenery while they push themselves mentally and physically and make an impact in promoting sustainability and raising funds for a worthy cause.
Dates:September 9 – 11
Ride:Quy Nhon to Hoi An, Vietnam
YAANA Ventures and Grasshopper Adventures
Operation Smile Thailand & Vietnam
Platinum Sponsor – $5,000 per package (175,000 THB for Thai sponsors)
  • corporate name and logo on banners and printed materials
  • mention of sponsorship in press releases and media communications
  • name and logo on social media posts – instagram, linkedin, facebook
  • name and logo on YAANA Ventures and Operation Smile website
  • name and logo on rider jersey
  • 3 complimentary rider slots — cost of 3-day bike tour program* fully covered
Gold Sponsor – $3,500 per package (125,000 THB for Thai sponsors)
  • corporate name and logo on banners and printed materials
  • mention of sponsorship in press releases and media communications
  • name and logo on social media posts – instagram, linkedin, facebook
  • name and logo on YAANA Ventures and Operation Smile website
  • name and logon on rider jersey
  • 2 complimentary rider slots — costs of 3-day bike tour program* fully covered
Silver Sponsor – $2,000 per package (75,000 THB for Thai sponsors)
  • corporate name and logo on banners and printed materials
  • mention of sponsorship in press releases and media communications
  • name and logo on social media posts – instagram, linkedin, facebook
  • name and logo on YAANA Ventures and Operation Smile website
  • name and logon on rider jersey
  • 1 complimentary rider slot — costs of 3-day bike tour program* fully covered

*see link below for details on inclusions and exclusions of 3-day bike tour program.


  • banner — logo prominently displayed on start and finish banner
  • jersey — logo prominently displayed on rider jersey
  • international PR — press releases
  • free slot riders — see package level above
  • web site exposure – YAANA, Grasshopper, and/or Operation Smile
  • social media exposure – dedicated event FB, Instagram, and/or LinkedIn
  • video, photo event digital souvenir

YAANA Ventures at the Career Day for tourism students of Assumption University

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YAANA Ventures Helps WTTC Tourism Leaders Support Bangkok’s ‘Green Lung’

YAANA Ventures Helps WTTC Tourism Leaders Support Bangkok’s ‘Green Lung’

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Around 100 attendees from the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit in Bangkok will plant more than 300 mangrove trees in Bang Krachao, Bangkok’s ‘green lung’ across the Chao Phraya River adjacent to the Thai capital.

The aim is to draw attention to environmental issues and the continuous pressure to develop one of the last green areas of the city.

The greening effort on 28 April is part of the global Tourism Cares non-profit initiative, which unites tourism industry members to give back to local communities and is held in close collaboration with the WTTC.

“I think WTTC tourism leaders will be pleasantly surprised by the wonderful 16 km2 of orchards, canals and rural walkways that we have on the doorstep of downtown Bangkok,” said Willem Niemeijer, CEO of YAANA Ventures, a sustainable tourism facilitator company which was chosen by Tourism Cares to organise a green event after the summit.

bang krachao

“Bang Krachao is Bangkok’s last oasis of calm, home to hundreds of bird and plant species. The pressure to pave it over in the name of ‘development’ is immense. We should keep it green. Our tree planting is a small step in that direction,” said Niemeijer.

There is a three-year scheme with the Royal Forestry Department, Kasetsart University and petroleum company PTT to enhance public green spaces and ensure at least 60% of the area remains green.

However, changing Bangkok lifestyles and developers offering to pay around 24 million baht (US$700,000) for an 80 x 80 metre plot of land mean that pressure to sell is immense.

Increasing numbers of the Thai capital’s walkers, cyclists and kayakers use Bang Krachao as a convenient escape to nature, a five-minute ferry ride from Bangkok. The eco-friendly solar powered Bangkok Tree House hotel in eastern Bang Krachao is indicative of how sustainable tourism is now popular in the area and could help keep Bang Krachao mostly green.

WTTC members will inspect the area first hand on Friday.

“It will be an important day,” said Gerald Lawless, WTTC Chairman. “One where we can personally demonstrate and inspire others by showing we are hands on, caring and engaged and leaving a positive contribution to the city of Bangkok.”

Social Media Specialist


YAANA Ventures

YAANA Ventures is an owner, partner and operator of entrepreneurial travel and hospitality ventures in Asia. We distinguish ourselves by sharing authentic experiences that are grounded in the cultural richness of Asia.

YAANA Ventures is a champion of the triple bottom-line: we empower our ventures with the values to nurture the people with whom we work, to sustain the planet we all share and to pursue profits to expand our mission.

Strategy, Advisory, Finance, Business Systems and Marketing is at the core what YAANA Ventures contributes to its family of brands.

YAANA Ventures is currently looking for a creative Social Media Specialist to ensure engaging and relevant representation of our brands on their individual social media platforms.

Social Media Specialist

The Marketing Team at YAANA Ventures, based in Bangkok (Nonthaburi) is made up of both internal and external resources. We are looking for a creative and driven Social Media Specialist to achieve effective customer engagement in line with the brand message and audience (which depending on the brand can be both B2C and B2B).

The right candidate should have a solid understanding of how each social media channel works and how to optimize content so that it is engaging on those channels.

Job Responsibilities

  • Build and execute social media strategy through competitive research, platform determination, benchmarking and audience identification.
  • Set up and optimize company pages within each platform to increase the visibility of company’s social content
  • Inspire and collect daily content (original text, images and/or video) from the teams at the individual brands under YAANA Ventures, then edit, publish and share to create meaningful connections and encouraging community members to take action.
  • Supplement direct brand and product messages with relevant third-party information, such as trade publications and reliable news sources, to further explain and accentuate strategy.
  • Moderate all user-generated content in line with the moderation policy for each community and joining relevant conversations on behalf of the brand.
  • Manage editorial calendars and syndication schedules
  • Manage editors, contributors of social media channels and bloggers to leverage a stream of localized knowledge to an international audience.
  • Capture and analyze the appropriate social data/metrics, insights and best practices, and then acting on the information with the aim to continuously improve effectiveness
  • Collaborate with management in times of crisis communication


  • Proven working experience in social media marketing, as editor or digital media specialist
  • Excellent consulting, writing, editing (photo/video/text), presentation and communication skills
  • Demonstrable social networking experience and social analytics tools knowledge
  • Adequate knowledge of web design, web development, CRO and SEO
  • Knowledge of online marketing and good understanding of major marketing channels
  • Positive attitude, detail-oriented with good multitasking and organisational ability
  • Fluency in English

We offer

  • visa and work permit (if needed)
  • regular regional travel opportunities
  • competitive salary

Send your resume with a cover letter outlining your motivation to careers @yaana-ventures.com

Khiri Travel Announces New Eco Tours in Thailand and Indonesia

New community and nature based experiences in Phitsanulok, Loei, Chiang Khan and North Lombok revealed ahead of ITB Berlin

Khiri Travel will unveil two new community and nature based tour experiences in northern Thailand and North Lombok at ITB Berlin. The emphasis is on unique insights into lesser-known corners of popular destinations, with the trips giving flexible options, depending on budget and interests.

In Thailand

Continuing its mission to reinvent tourists’ perceptions of Thailand, Khiri Travel will introduce its “Hidden Gem: Phitsanulok to Loei & Udon Thani” 4D/3N trip at ITB.

Chiang Kan Thailand

In it, guests enjoy a trip to Phra Buddha Chinnarat in historic Phitsanulok and a trip to Phu Hin Rongkla a former 1970s communist stronghold in the mountains and the strange Suan Hin Pha Ngan geological karst formations.

There’s a bicycle ride to a weaving village, lunch in an eco farm and overnight in Chiang Khan, a teakwood settlement with narrow lanes on the southern bank of the Mekong river overlooking Laos. Guests have the option of staying in a Thai-style villa with pool overlooking the Mekong or a chic hotel in town beside walking street.

From there guests can travel on to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos or on to Udon Thani via Phu Pra Bat historical rock formations for air connections.

In Lombok, Indonesia

Khiri Travel Indonesia is launching a two-day community based experience combining Sembalun*, North Lombok, the gateway to Mt Rinjani and the Gili islands of East Lombok.

Gili islands Lombok Indonesia

Guests ride a bicycle through verdant fields in Sembalun to a weaving village for coffee and a chance to listen (and play) traditional gamelan music, then ride through a bamboo forest to see a community school where the emphasis is on learning while playing.

The trip then takes guests to East Lombok for overnight camping on a deserted island in the eastern Gili islands. The Khiri guide takes guests by boat to a mangrove conservation area on Gili Petagan, to a remote beach on tiny Gili Layar and on to Gili Kondo for overnight camping.

In the morning enjoy snorkeling, beach exploration and relaxing followed by a beach barbecue then back to the mainland.


Visit Khiri Travel at ITB Berlin at Hall 26 B, Stand 226 to find out more about new travel experiences in Indonesia, Thailand and around Southeast Asia.

ITB Khiri


*  The Khiri Travel bicycle rides in Sembulan were developed as part of GIZ-SREGIP, a German-Indonesian cooperation project. Khiri Travel shares its best practices through GIZ-SREGIP to community partners to improve their knowledge on how to develop the trip with consideration of environment, local culture and visitor satisfaction levels.