Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam cycling tour
Description of Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam cycling tour
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetBy travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we tread lightly to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment. On this trip, some parts of the itinerary stay in smaller towns using accommodation outside of busy cities.
Our trips adhere to ABTAs industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing.
We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead providing refills for re-usable bottles.
When visiting landmarks, cultural sites and National Parks such as Pang Sida N.P, Angkor Wat and the Genocide Museum, our fees contribute to the upkeep and maintenence of these places.
We provide clients with a re-usable tote bag at the start of the tour (locally made in Bangkok), offering an alternative to single-use plastic bags and a souvenir to take home!
Accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary use locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
Vegetarian and vegan options are available at majority of accommodation and restaurants.
PeopleThe use of local guides means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities. During the trip, we use one local leader from either Thailand, Vietnam or Cambodia and different local support teams and assistant cycling staff in each country so that clients have the opportunity to interact with support staff from all countries.
This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise.
In Siem Reap, we visit a village which directly helps to support the locals. During our visit, we'll have to chance to meet the locals and learn from them about their way of life including the art of Khmer Noodle making.
We do a lot to celebrate the cottage industries on this tour, as this is not only a way to directly benefit the locals, but it is also hugely fascinating and enjoyable for travellers. For example, in the Mekong Delta, we visit small businesses and factories which sell handmade coconut sweets, rice paper, soya bean sauce and popped rice amongst other things.
There is also the option to see a traditional folk dancing or water puppet show in Saigon (HCMC). This encourages local customs to continue and creates employment opportunities.