The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.
This comfortable journey through Cambodia and Vietnam has been designed around our oal of operating low impact and even positive impact holidays. In addition to being a fantastic, value for money holiday that gives our travellers genuine, ‘real life’ experiences of two stunning South East Asian countries, this trip supports local business, contributes to regional economies, helps provide employment and works with a number of community projects that you’ll encounter on the way.
As a company we do not support ‘orphanage tourism’ whereby groups make unscheduled or random visits to orphanages and children's institutions. These are a child's home - a place that should be safe and respect their right to privacy and dignity. Instead we visit and eat at projects such as Sala Bai in Siem Reap, an organisation which works as a training centre with disadvantaged families to help develop a career in hospitality. We also visit KOTO in HCMC, which has a similar goal, but working with street children to develop hospitality skills.
You’ll visit some of the cottage industries that thrive in the Mekong Delta before spending the night at a traditional homestay, sampling local delicacies along with genuine Vietnamese hospitality. When dining together the group will favour small, often family run restaurants and cafes that source food locally, using traditional ingredients and recipes, for example we’ll dine on street food in Siem Reap and enjoy a fresh seafood buffet while aboard a boat exploring the coast of Nha Trang.
Accompanying your group will be an English speaking local group leader as well as a local driver.
We recruit all of our team ‘on the ground’ from within the countries we are visiting, believing that in addition to supporting the local economies through the creation of employment, this policy gives our travellers the best possible experience; a little local knowledge goes a very long way.
When travelling through South East Asia, we encourage our travellers to dress conservatively and respect the culture, particularly outside the major cities where more traditional values are dominant. For example, knees and shoulders should be covered particularly when visiting temples and places of religious significance. This is another of the areas that your guide will come into their own offering advice and guidance as you go.
As well as being aware of cultural sensitivities, we are also very conscious of the potential environmental impact of our trip. Our use of local transport on longer journey’s such as our overnight train between HCMC and Nha Trang reduces our carbon impact somewhat, but we know that isn’t enough. As a carbon neutral company for a number of years we offset all of the ground emissions of our passengers travelling with us. On this particular trip, that equates to 1,192kg offset per passenger, per departure.
Throughout your trip you will be encouraged to take steps to ensure that your journey is environmentally responsible as possible. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish en route, recycling wherever possible. We also encourage all our travellers to use refillable water bottles rather than purchasing regular supplies of bottled water.
The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. Once discarded a large proportion of these end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments and we believe that their use should be discouraged.