It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Leaders & local suppliers
As a part of our continued commitment to responsible tourism, we work closely with our local operator to run this trip in a way that aims to reduce impacts and to give as much back as possible to the local communities.
During the trip we use 3 separate leaders so that clients have a Thai leader in Thailand, Cambodian leader in Cambodia and so on. This ensures that leadership skills and pay are not retained exclusively by one country and provides clients with first- hand knowledge of the culture, customs and history of the places they visit. Our leaders are committed to responsible tourism and helping to preserve the way of life in their area. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit.
We use predominantly locally owned and run accommodation, including a village home stay in the Mekong Delta. This contributes directly to the local community as local staff are employed and locally produced and sourced goods are bought for the accommodation benefiting the wider community.
The entrance fees for our visit to the temples of Angkor go toward the upkeep and maintenance of this expansive site, one of the great wonders of the world.
Responsible Tourism Projects
There will be the opportunity to eat for a good cause at either Sala Bai or Green Gecko restaurants in Siem Reap, both of which train under-privileged young Cambodians and provide street children with vocational training and general education to allow them to find a job in the tourism industry.
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.
Our trips have minimal environmental impact, particularly as you will be providing much of the power yourself! When cycling off road our leaders brief groups on how to ride responsibly and all routes follow developed trails to reduce erosion. Many trips venture into remote locations rarely visited by tourists, helping to support and develop traditional communities.
The product manager who put together the cycling holidays for this company was a true pioneer - he cycled all 7 continents, including virtually all of Australia, and obtained special permission to traverse the Antarctica. His enthusiasm was infectious; there are now more cycling racks at this companyís office than car parking spaces. Your guides wonít follow stringent itineraries thus offering you greater flexibility. If youíre on a bicycle you can escape the crowds, access remote areas, and get closer to the country youíre in as opposed to seeing it from behind the windows of a sealed coach.
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