Vietnam & Cambodia 15 day small group tour
Description of Vietnam & Cambodia 15 day small group tour
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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.
PlanetWildlife: There will not be many encounters with wildlife, but all the same, our local Vietnamese and Cambodian guides will instruct travelers on how to responsible and safely interact with any wildlife they may come across in a manner that protects the wildlife as well as the traveler.
Waste: Waste disposal is a problem in many Southeast Asian countries so we've selected as many hotels as possible that offer refillable glass water bottles that travelers can refill their personal bottles with instead of buying many small single-use plastic bottles of water. We also encourage travelers to have a day pack with them when out and about to keep souvenirs and small purchases in so they don't have to ask for a plastic bag. Small things can add up to make a big difference if everyone plays their part!
Water: We encourage all of our travelers to limit the length of their shower time and to turn off the water when brushing their teeth. We try to remind them that while they may be used to having access to clean water in their own country and probably don't think twice about it, it is a privilege in many parts of the world, unfortunately.
Energy: We remind travelers to turn of appliances and lights when leaving the hotel rooms and when not using them while in the rooms.
PeopleFriends & neighbors: We always use locally-owned and run guides, vendors and accommodations on our Vietnam/Cambodia tour. It is part of our mission to empower local business owners and entrepreneurs by patronizing their establishments or employing their services. For example, our Vietnamese guide and reservations manager started as a local day guide and has grown her business into a thriving one. She has utilized her success to help young Vietnamese people get introduced to the tourism industry and train them in English and guide tourists.
Campagining for change: Access to education remains a major issue in much of Cambodia. A portion of each person's trip payment goes toward a local bicycle program in the outskirts of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Each year, we donate 10 bicycles to local families so that their children may have easier access education as many have to walk 5 - 10 kilometers one way just to get to school!
A fair deal: We compensate all of our guides and vendors well above the local standard and also offer incentives for when they go above and beyond the call of duty. It is our hope that by paying them fairly and generously, we will empower them and others to learn a skill and help provide for their families and stimulate the local economy.