Thailand island hopping holiday

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Responsible tourism: Thailand island hopping holiday

Environment

As with all our holidays, the accommodation you will stay at has been chosen to meet at least our basic environmental criteria, which include putting in place measures to conserve energy and reduce water usage and providing advice on how you can reduce your own footprint while youíre there. All the places you stay at buy their food locally, cutting down transport emissions and helping local farmers. Some of them have also been awarded the ASEAN Green Leaf certification which additionally covers air quality, waste management and co-operation with communities, amongst other areas.

We see protecting the environment as crucially important, especially in beautiful and fragile areas like Koh Chang national park. For this reason, we have chosen Thai partners that active promote higher environmental standards in Thai tourism as part of the Green Leaf Foundation. They are also developing new kinds of holidays that combine ecotourism and community tourism, for example working with the Doi Tung royal project which helps hill tribe people to protect their lands and traditions, or developing holidays at organic farms and the Petchaburi wildlife centre.

Community

Creating social and economic benefits for local people is the central goal of our company and as such we try to incorporate meaningful interaction with locals in all our holidays. One of the best ways of doing this is by staying at family-owned guest houses rather than big resorts which also spreads income from tourism more widely - we can suggest many great places in Koh Chang. If you'd like to stay at a hotel, we have chosen ones that employ all or nearly all Thai staff, provide them with training to further their careers and which give something back to the community through donations or selling local handicrafts.

We buy in services from small businesses wherever possible, for example for snorkelling and islands tours, again helping spread the money from tourism to more people. You might also choose to have an Engish-speaking guide who can introduce you to real Thai life and point you to the best local restaurants - so much better than resort food!

Our Thai partners are as involved in community development as they are in environmental issues and they do a lot of work in the rest of the country to develop more responsible tourism. On a national level, they have pioneered synergy training, bringing together hotels, tour operators and communities to better understand each othersí needs and so create more sustainable and enjoyable holidays. We are proud to be taking part in the push for stronger responsibility in the huge, and sometimes destructive, Thai tourism market.

Reviews of Thailand island hopping holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 09 Mar 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Our most memorable parts of the holiday were spent at Our Jungle House, we really enjoyed the ability to relax in a natural unspoiled environment with fantastic gracious hosts there. The two side "journeys" that we took while there will always be remembered. We were extremely lucky to have a knowledgable kind guide for our hike in the jungle, and were super excited to find he was the same for our trip to Chiaw Laan Lake. The guide told us of the local people, the
geography, and the local bird and monkey residents of the jungles. He was as excited as we were to go on binocular safari to meet the residents of the jungle. Elephants World in Kanchanaburi is something you must experience, we had a
great time learning about the elephants, preparing their meals and even taking a swim with them.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Our biggest tips would be to get out there and experience, the guides are there to make sure you are safe, but its up to you to bring back the greatest memories! I would also recommend researching as much as possible to find out all of the things that you'd like to do, responsibletravel.com is open to your suggestions and will custom organize an itinerary for you. Responsibletravel.com
also has great suggestions for things to do, go with and open mind and you will be supremely satisfied.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I would say that our holiday allowed us to interact with local people, shop at local markets, and to try foods that we never would have thought of trying. We were excited to be riding around in tuk-tuks and riding on the long tail boats up
the river Kwai. We saw the world in a whole new light. Prepare to have your idea of reality redefined.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Our holiday was fantastic, energetic, gracious, and packed with great memories. We really had a superbly fantastic time!

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It's really hard to decide! I think the variety of the locations made for a really fun "taster's menu" of Thailand.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't be afraid to travel far distances between cities because domestic air is super cheap and easy in Thailand.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely in Chiang Mai, where we visited the Elephant Nature Park and received a tour around Doi Inthanon from a local guide, as well as at Khao Sok National Park, where the owner of the bungalow drove us himself to our next destination. Hard to say for Koh Lanta but that may be mostly because of the amount of tourism to that island.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Between four and five stars. Only hiccup was that no ride was arranged for us between the Elephant Nature Park and our Chiang Mai hotel but that may have been a miscommunication between offices at ENP. (After a bit of confusion, they were able to arrange a ride for us with another van. Hard to complain about getting to hang out with the elephants for another hour!)

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Watching the sunrise at Angor Wat in Siem Reap Cambodia

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take it easy in Koh Lanta. There is plenty to discover I your own without booking a tour every day.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I feel it benefited local people by directly hiring locals as tour guide. Also, by staying in local accommodations helped the economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was wonderful!

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