Small group tour of Bhutan

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These small group journeys have a maximum of 16 like-minded travellers which ensures that all travellers have an amazing overall experience with the destination and that they enjoy the flexibility that comes with the small group dynamic. On this trip you will stay at boutique accommodation with character. Our numbers are discreet enough for us to interact with local families in their homes and meet people in markets, bazaars and temples – something that’s just not possible when you arrive as part of a large tour group. Along with our unique combination of Western tour leader and local English-speaking guide this will ensure an unforgettable travel experience.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Small group tour of Bhutan

Environment

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. We also offer guidance, both verbal and written, on how travellers can best help and preserve the local 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 2011. 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.

Community

We believe that travel should entail an exchange of knowledge and perspectives, a sharing of wealth, and a genuine appreciation of Vietnam’s beautiful natural environment. This philosophy underpins the heart and soul of our style of travel. We recognise that well-planned itineraries and well-informed tourists contribute positively to cross-cultural understanding and the livelihoods of local people.

On this journey our local guides are trained to share their knowledge of cultural and other local issues in a balanced, informative way; in this journey alone you are likely to meet several local guides from different areas across the country. They share real experiences from their own lives and insights into family life, influences and beliefs, thus providing our travellers with a deeper understanding of the places they visit. This is what motivates our guides, not shopping commissions.

During touring in Bhutan we try and utilise smaller hotels that are designed and constructed for a traditional look and feel. We also look to use hotels that are sustainable such as the hotels in Phobjikha Valley where the hotels are solar powered. While accommodation is comfortable, this is not ‘sanitised’ travel; by day you will walk through markets and villages, meet local people, and sample local food – all of which are fantastic ways to support the local community and encourage cultural exchange.

Where possible we also introduce the opportunity to support local artisans such as a stop at Yotong La - the tours second highest pass crossing – where we visit traditional households and see the weaving which this area is famed for. As with all of our tours to Asia we only travel in small groups (max of 18 persons – average of 12) to minimise impact of local communities and allow for a more genuine and intimate travelling experience.

Our operations head office offices in Vietnam finance the Loretto Foundation in Saigon (which assists disadvantaged, poor and disabled children through education), and The Fred Hollows Foundation (which provides ophthalmologic services to underprivileged Vietnamese).

Our operations head offices in Vietnam (Saigon, Danang and Hanoi) Cambodia (Phnom Penh) are also staffed with local people wherever possible and we have a long term aim of filling management roles with competent local staff. This presence in Vietnam means we are much better able to control the content, the actions of our suppliers, and the style of our small group journey.

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