The Team

Tony Mallia
Lek Hatkhun
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Yo and Boy

Teaching and Learning in the Big Outdoors

I am Tony Mallia.

I trained as an outdoor education teacher at the University of North Wales Bangor Campus more years ago than I care to think about now. I have been involved in residential education and in leading young people in the outdoors in a career which covers 16 schools in 9 countries on 4 continents.

I am a climber, mountaineer, sailor and canoeist, (also a skier but that is hardly relevant in Thailand). 

My wife and business partner, Lek has worked as a housemistress or houseparent in schools in the UK, Africa and Malaysia. More importantly she is an accomplished runner and sailor and is able to manage all the contacts we maintain with Thai speaking organisations, from caterers to insurance companies. Lek has been co-leader working with school groups in the outdoors, not just with BMC, but also with school groups over the last 18 years.

Our 2 permanent instructors and group leaders are Yo and Boy. Both First Aid trained, they have been working with Big Outdoors since 2014 and have been trained to European standards to instruct the activities we offer. They usually work together as a team, and Yo is a fluent English speaker. Last, but not least is Mot, our cook. She is expert at preparing nutritious, child friendly meals and at organising locally hired staff to assist.

Lek and I started Big Outdoors in 2014 and the company has built up a loyal clientele of schools who have mostly stood by us even during the COVID crisis, running their extra curricular programs and fieldwork trips when the situation permitted..

We can offer a great range of suitable accommodation, from tents to top end resorts, exciting and educational activities while continuing to meet the most exacting standards of planning and safety. Contact us to discuss your residential course requirements and get a quote. Most courses are around 3000 Baht/day for the students (teachers free) inclusive of food, accommodation, activities and local transport.

During the school holidays we will also  offer amazing educational and activity camps and tours for families. Group size 3 to 10. Contact us for information.