Penang to Singapore overland tour

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10 Sep 2021
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Responsible tourism

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Water: Our clients are sent detailed pre departure information before travelling with us which contains information on a variety of ways in which they can reduce the environmental and social aspects of their trip. This includes recommending taking a water bottle with a built in filtration system on the trip with them. In order to encourage this, we have set up an arrangement with a filtration water bottle supplier which not only gives our clients a discount to purchase these bottles but also, donates money to one of our favoured charities for every bottle purchased.

Transport : On this trip you will be travelling on a mixture of public buses, trains, private charter buses and boats and ferries. By using shared means of public transport we are not contributing to further road emissions and are maximising our interactions with local communities.

Wildlife: The Guiding Company we use to visit the orang-utans in Indonesia are carefully selected for their knowledge and commitment to the local environment. Their knowledge of the local flora and fauna is impressive and they ensure that our groups leave as minimal an impact as possible.

The Impacts of this Trip

On this trip we stay at a variety of small locally run hotels/hostels from rustic lodges to beach 'bungalows'. We encourage our travellers to immerse themselves in the local culture and to support local enterprises along the way. We very keenly promote local small scale food and drink suppliers, including the local palm wine 'tuak' in Indonesia! The Batak people of Indonesia, in particular, whom we spend time with at Lake Danau Toba are known for their love of singing and playing music, and 'tuak' is just the thing to get you fired up for the singalong! Our stay in the Batak community helps support local people very directly - we can hire out bikes/scooters/kayaks from them; and indulge in massages and boat trips! Local wood carvings also make great souvenirs!

During parts of this trip, although we may be visiting beach destinations, we are very aware that it would not be culturally appropriate to dress as we might on a beach back at home. Our crew therefore give guidance on suitable dress and behaviour.

As a company, we are keen to share the benefits of travel with local communities that would not normally gain from the 'tourist dollar.' As such, in Zimbabwe (one of our other areas of operation) for the past ten years plus, we have been taking a group of approximately 100 children from a Children's Home out on a series of day trips every year, ending the trips with a big party at their Home. Last year we ran this trip in conjunction with Responsible Travel's 'Trip for a Trip' scheme. These children rarely leave the compound they live on. Many have never seen the fantastic scenery and Game that Zimbabwe has to offer. We feel privileged to be able to share some of their country's sights with them. We use our own vehicles and crew to run the trip (along with the Home staff) and we're never really sure who enjoys it the most, our crew, or the children!! We are looking at ways of replicating this scheme in other areas we operate in, such as South East Asia.


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