Northern Thailand adventure tour

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Northern Thailand adventure tour

Environment

On this trip you値l get off the beaten path and discover a different side to Thailand, visiting community-based projects and remote villages.

You will be exploring the North, mainly be travelling in low-carbon ways, mainly by sleeper train (just like the locals do), transfer, bike, trek, bamboo raft and even by sawngthaew (converted pickup truck).

In Chiang Mai you will visit Elephant Nature Park which is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre. They rescue and protect the elephants and teach visitors about the plight of the elephants. As well as providing a home for these elephants the profits go to their food, welfare and development. The local community can get employment at the park where they are empowered to make a difference while making a sustainable living.

Visiting the Mae Wang National Park will allow you to trek uphill to the jungle, through protected forests where nature is abundant. You値l walk with a local guide before arriving at your small jungle camp and stay with a local family in a bamboo house built on their fields. By visiting protected areas and staying with local families you値l be ensuring the trip will be contributing to the preservation of local ecosystems and traditions.

Our local office in Thailand takes protecting the environment very seriously and has put many measures in place to be responsible in the way that they operate. A while ago they installed a water purifier into their office instead of buying big bottles of water and this now saves 10,000 litres of drinking water a year, as well as reducing the plastic wastage. They also now recycle all of their waste, they offset all of their flight emissions for staff travel, use recyclable batteries, use environmentally friendly printing paper and eco-labelled cleaning products.

Community

You will also get a chance to spend some time at a Karen hill tribe. You値l learn all about local Karen traditions and its people and sample some tasty home-made treats (and even help prepare them). Because the guides are from the community, they see most of the income from travellers. They can maintain their traditional way of life and feel a sense of pride as they show it off to visitors on their terms. With this trip, you won稚 just meet hill tribes, you will stay in the village with them, immersing into their daily lives. You値l stay in a simple hut with a mattress on the floor. Mosquito nets are provided and a simple shower and Thai style toilet are available to use too.

We try and use small family-run accommodation wherever possible in Bangkok and Chiang Mai as opposed to using big chain hotels. Also this trip includes two homestays (Karen hill tribe villages) where you値l be staying with local families. We also offer regular chances to stop at small shops, stands and stalls during this itinerary where you can buy snacks and drinks from the locals.
During this itinerary we use English-speaking guides employed from the local area, helping to provide jobs in all of the areas that we visit. We also use minibus transfers for most of our transport in this itinerary and this also secures jobs for many drivers.

Our local partners have their Travelife accreditation and means that all of their employees are protected by the employment laws that they have in place. This includes schemes for maternity leave and they also provide medical insurance for employees. They also have rigorous checks to make sure there is no forced labour or child labour which happens in any of the destinations that we visit during this itinerary.

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