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Experience Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy

Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy is a program that offers meaningful travel, allowing you the opportunity to create a positive impact as you explore and build deeper connections in local communities when you stay in our hotels.

With over 100 curated experiences, the program focuses on three pillars – Environmental Protection, Community Engagement, and Marine Conservation. 

Discover how you can contribute meaningfully to the community engagement with us at Rayong Marriott Resort and Spa.

Contact Us: +66 38 998000

Restore Habitat for Endangered Species

Deterioration of Seagrass is Endangering the Existence of Dugongs

Due to man-made factors, marine life is deteriorating rendering several species in danger of extinction. Marriott Rayong wishes to rehabilitate the integration of marine and coastal resources by means of transplanting seagrass.

The dugong is native to the coastal areas of eastern Thailand, and is in danger of extinction if their natural habitat continues to be eroded through lack of feeding opportunities. Marriott Rayong Resort & Spa, in cooperation with the Thai Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, is embarking on a rehabilitation program for the integration of marine and coastal resources by means of transplanting seagrass. The objective is to promote learning about marine conservation and to continue to restore marine and coastal natural resources. This initiative will help visitors and local communities alike rebuild an environment that will help rehabilitate dugongs as their natural food chain is restored. With the help of our guests, the crystal clear waters of the coast of Rayong will continue to be the home of dugongs and provide a natural habitat for the species for decades to come.

Restore Habitat for Endangered Species

Deterioration of Seagrass is Endangering the Existence of Dugongs

Due to man-made factors, marine life is deteriorating rendering several species in danger of extinction. Marriott Rayong wishes to rehabilitate the integration of marine and coastal resources by means of transplanting seagrass.

The dugong is native to the coastal areas of eastern Thailand, and is in danger of extinction if their natural habitat continues to be eroded through lack of feeding opportunities. Marriott Rayong Resort & Spa, in cooperation with the Thai Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, are embarking on a rehabilitation program for the integration of marine and coastal resources by means of transplanting seagrass. The objective is to promote learning about marine conservation and to continue to restore marine and coastal natural resources. This initiative will help visitors and local communities alike rebuild an environment which will help rehabilitate dugongs as their natural food chain is restored. With the help of our guests, the crystal clear waters of the coast of Rayong will continue to be the home of dugongs and provide a natural habitat for the species for decades to come.

Help Transplant Seagrass to Save Endangered Species!

Save the Dugong: The Experience

Rehabilitating the marine habitat for dugongs is one of the main programs led by TAT Rayong in collaboration with Prasae Marine Conservative Centre and is intended to be half a day with timings scheduled to coincide with tidal movements.

Guests can join us in this experience to restore and conserve the marine habitat of dugongs off the coast of Rayong. The half-day program will feature an educational part hosted by a local official for the volunteers prior the program. The activity requires both man-power and funds to ensure the fast conservation of the marine life’s natural habitat, hence the contribution of volunteers is crucial for success. The support and collaboration from local corporations and companies is also a very welcome contribution to the success of the program. 

Prior arrangement is required for the program, as it requires maximum one week advance notice to coordinate with the local authorities. This will be required for preparation of the young plants and the materials and logistics required, as well as availability of local officials to coordinate.  

Transplanting Seagrass: The Impact

Saving Endangered Species through Planting Seagrass

Transplanting seagrass is a unique hands-on experience submerging flowering plants found in shallow marine water along the coastline the Gulf of Thailand. This activity is a key fundamental step to stabilizing coastal ecosystems.

This unique experience helps stabilizing the sea bottom area that are devoid of seagrass and are vulnerable to intense wave action from currents. The extensive root system in seagrasses, which extends both vertically and horizontally, helps stabilize the sea bottom in a manner similar to the way land grasses prevent soil erosion. 

For Ecosystem support, seagrasses provide food, shelter, and essential nursery areas to commercial and recreational fishery species and to countless invertebrates living in seagrass communities. The Seagrass community is important to help rehabilitating dugongs on the East coast strip. 

While seagrasses are ideal for juvenile and small adult fish for escape from larger predators, many infaunal organisms also live within seagrass meadows. Species such as clams, worms, crabs, use the buffering capabilities of seagrasses to provide a refuge from strong currents. The dense network of roots established by seagrasses also helps deter predators from digging through the substratum to find infaunal prey organisms. Seagrass leaves provide a place of anchor for seaweeds and for filter-feeding animals.