We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging our clients to donate and/or assist such projects in appropriate and sustainable manners.
We passionately believe that Responsible Tourism can be of immense help to local communities; providing income, positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect the natural environment.
Our tours are never more than 12 people to minimize any social and environmental impact. The itinerary for this trip, and all subsequent information, is sent electronically in the form of pdf files, reducing the need for printing in most cases.
Adopting a “carry in – carry out” policy, we actively engage in environmentally responsible practices to minimise tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re-usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and means to help them identify and implement effective ways to positively protect local nature and communities. It is a vital ethos that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip has ended.
We make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. In Stung Treng we’ll have dinner at a restaurant where youth are learning hospitality skills to gain experience in the industry.
On the Emerald Triangle tour we also stop and visit a small community-based eco tourism site called O'Russey Kandal. As we visit the village of 446 families we learn what they are doing to manage their natural resources to live in a sustainable manner. We then enjoy a picnic along one of their natural resources - a cool stream with six rapids.
We stay at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenirs, generating income for local businesses. We use a local tour operator and travel with a Japanese crew. We employ and train local guides, drivers and assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefits not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.