Responsible tourism: South East Asia grand tour, 71 days
Travelling on local public buses, sleeper trains, trains, boats and minibuses, this tour gives you plenty of opportunities to get to know the local people of Myanmar and South East Asia while using public transport. We use a combination of trains and local buses to reduce our carbon footprint. This also minimises our impact on the local environment and provides income to local businesses.
In Battambang we even have the chance to ride the Bamboo Train, a unique way seeing the paddy fields along the way whilst reducing our carbon footprint.
We visit the Elephant Conservation Centre in Kalaw. This is a community protects the wildlife and the traditions of the people living in the area. Our fees here will go back to the project and help protect Myanmar’s endangered elephants.
We visit a number of destinations on this expansive tour that give a true insight into Myanmar and South East Asia and educate passengers on the history and culture of these destinations. For instance in Myanmar we visit the States where passengers have the chance to get off the beaten track and discover villages which hold the deep-rooted traditions. We also go to the COPE centre in Vientiane, Laos and can learn about the effect UXO from the Vietnam had on the country with the chance to donate if passengers want to.
All our travellers are encouraged to learn a few words and phrases of the language and interact with the locals as much as possible to enhance their social experiences on tour. In addition to the phrase books which are available for purchase, our tour leaders are able to teach you useful words and phrases on the road. Your tour leader will brief you on etiquette such as the clothing required and behaviour expected by visitors to temples and other sacred places.
There are different guidelines for different cultures, so please bear that in mind so that as we travel we can avoid offense wherever possible. We will also visit many local shopping districts and markets along the way, giving you plenty of opportunity to support local merchants. We would encourage you to purchase traditional handicrafts from local artisans rather than mass produced goods from chain stores, as you will learn more about the skill involved in the production, while also support the craft