Southern Thailand holiday, tailor made

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Southern Thailand holiday, tailor made

Environment

In Khao Sok you stay at the wonderful Elephant Hills Luxury Camp, which was created to maintain the wellbeing of these majestic animals. Elephant Hills cares for ill or injured elephants, but it also has programs aimed at re-introducing elephants to the wild.

The carbon emissions created in Thailand by this holiday are all offset in Southeast Asia through our partnership with a local environmental charity. These offsets are paid for out of our company profits so that you can travel with a green conscience and at no extra cost to you.

Many travel companies offer their customers the chance to offset the carbon emissions from their international flights too but we have gone a step further and offer to share this cost with you 50/50. If you select to compensate for your international flight emissions when you book with us then what you put in, we put in too!

To ensure that we are offering ground-breaking itineraries and are always keeping up-to-date with the latest developments abroad, our UK staff travel regularly to our destinations. This ‘work’ also leaves a carbon footprint and we compensate for all our staff travel by donating carbon-mitigating funds to our charity partners.

Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener.

Community

The luxury tents at Elephant Hills Luxury Camp offer a stlyish experience and your stay also supports the local economy as well as conservation efforts. The local community is heavily engaged in the running of the camp and it provides fantastic employment prospects to members of the community.

We employ local guides and support staff who we pay fair wages, often exceeding government standards which we still consider too low, and thereby remove the reliance on tipping from travellers for livelihoods.

Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our holidays.

We encourage all our travellers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.

In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.

Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Southeast Asia and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travellers.

1 Reviews of Southern Thailand holiday, tailor made

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I enjoyed breakfast right on the beach and the sunsets tremendously. In terms of activity it was probably the bamboo rafting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do your own research when it comes to animal related activities to ensure that
your money supports a truly ethical organisation. Pack a reusable water bottle, cup and/or straw. Fresh fruit shakes and smoothies are available cheaply but come in one-time use plastic. Avoid that and use water refill station to reduce the
amount of plastic used during your trip.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not especially noticeable.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good. The agent I booked with was very communicative, each day/major
part of my itinerary was confirmed a day ahead while I was traveling by the local team. I returned relaxed and happy overall-exactly what I was hoping for.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Sabrina. Thanks for the great review, it's wonderful to know that you enjoyed your time in Thailand and that you thought the trip was well planned. There
are a number of fantastic areas where we show our commitment to responsible tourism in Thailand, although the majority of these are in the north. However,
by visiting the hotel you chose, you were able to put money into the community of Khao Lak, where there is little for businesses to generate revenue except by
tourism. You'll also find it comforting to know that the hotel operates a strict policy on the tours they offer to make sure they adhere to the national park rules.

It's also great to see that you visited the turtle conservation centre and found it informative and enjoyable. By supporting initiatives like this you are able to
keep the good work continuing.

Finally, thank you also for your tip on water bottles - we are currently discussing the best ways to tackle this issue and decrease the amount of single use
plastic that is used on our trips.

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