Throughout each journey we offer guidance, both verbal and written, on how travellers can best help and preserve the local environment. When travelling our local guides are able to offer guidance to our travellers on the best way to protect the local environment. Although we offer a comprehensive pre-departure guide on ‘Treading Lightly’ we find this hands-on and local advice to be the most effective.
When our tours reach more than 7 passengers each group will be accompanied by a Western tour leader who is able to offer even more detailed advice and speak from firsthand experience on travel and the environment. As the majority of our tour leaders are residents of their specialist countries our passengers often quiz their tour leaders on matters pertaining to the environment!
This company is also committed to measuring and assuming responsibility for our carbon emissions. We have worked with Cleaner Climate to offset emissions from our Australian, United Kingdom and USA offices during 2013. The emission reductions are generated from Clean Technology (Kyoto compliant) projects in India (run-of-river hydro), Thailand (rice husk biomass), and China (hydro). These not only reduce emissions, but also contribute to the sustainable development of disadvantaged communities.
In Thailand we funded the purchase of a block of land in the country's north which is to be used for reforestation.
Elephant Hills Camp has an excellent environmental record. The camp draws all its power from solar and wind generation and has a neutral impact on the local environment using advanced waste management techniques.
Where possible this journey avoids the use of large buses, instead opting for smaller vehicles. A popular example is the chance to cycle in the peaceful wilderness of Bang Kra Jao, the green heart of Bangkok which has been left untouched.
GUIDES AND TOUR LEADERS:
We encourage all of our travellers to travel responsibly and offer advice on how they can best help local people through charitable donations and the purchase of certain goods.
In Thailand, our guides and Western tour leaders are always on hand to assist with travellers' questions around responsible travel and can help travellers avoid common pitfalls (like begging, child labour) that offer little help and often encourage irresponsible practices.
We work with Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp which is deeply involved in the local Thai community. They collaborate with a local school and many of the camp's local guides are recruited and trained from the local community.
In this little-visited area, meet the friendly locals with visits to several community arts and crafts groups.
Like all of our Small Group Journeys, on this tour most evening meals and lunches are not included. This gives our travellers the freedom to try authentic local cuisine while supporting small businesses.