Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam tour

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam tour

Environment

On Day 4 of this trip, we will embark on a cycle tour of Ayutthaya before cycling to the rural areas around the city. Using no carbon transport such as cycling not only gives you a slower paced experience, but also cuts environmental damage and tourist carbon footprint.

We are committed to low-level tourism impact and we keep group sizes to a maximum of 12 to avoid huge tour bus loads of tourists, which increases environmental damage but also means we would be less likely to be welcomed by locals. We will also be sightseeing by bicycle on Day 9, Day 10.

Another mode of transport which directly puts income into the local economy, as well as being having a low carbon footprint, is the rickshaw. On Day 13 we will take a rickshaw ride through a local village to visit the market. Local markets are also a great way to engage with locals and directly ptu income into the economy.

On Day 16, we will be visiting the Free the Bears Projects, in Association with the Laos Department of Forestry. The Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre in Luang Prabang aims to rehabilitate Asian sun bears who are rescued from the wildlife trade. The rescue centre also aims to educate tourists and visitors on the threats to sun bears in South East Asia. Other threatened species are now taken care of in the wildlife hospital there, including red pandas and pangolins. Visiting this centre will educate you on the threats to these species as well as ensure income to the facility, to help preserve these species for future generations.

Community

On this tour we work alongside Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC), a nonprofit organization working in and around Siem Reap to improve living conditions of underserved communities through health, education, economic, and emergency relief projects. JWOC empowers Cambodian communities through providing educational opportunities to those in need, and works to promote economic, educational and improved health opportunities through access to basic services such as clean water, microfinance, education and community liaison programs. JWOC builds capacity and increases self-reliance, helping struggling communities to face daily challenges and better their own future. Based on the principle of ‘Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow’, their focus is education, including opportunities at local universities, JWOC’s Community Centre and in the villages surrounding Siem Reap. By focusing on education JWOC believes they can make the greatest difference in helping those struggling to better their future and become leaders in their community.

On this particular trip we will be spending several nights in homestays and guesthouses. On Day 4 we will be using bicycles to cycle through the countryside to a homestay.

On Day 18 we will be trekking through the Laos countryside passing small villages to learn about rural life, before staying with a local family. The best way to ensure local people benefit from tourism is to provide direct income and homestays are a fantastic example of this. It is also the best way to discover each others cultures and share stories of them over a home-cooked meal. The wonderful thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the families financially and us with the wonderful welcome and experience they give us. Wherever possible we stay in locally owned accommodation, eat in locally owned establishments and purchase supplies from the local nomads.

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