Beyond the Mekong small group holiday
Description of Beyond the Mekong small group holiday
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We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
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PlanetThis trip takes in the fascinating countries of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. It no only takes in the major highlights, but also spends time off the beaten-track in local villages.
We spend a large amount of time travelling by means other than flying, for example we take the overnight train between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and we take a 2-day riverboat cruise along the Mekong to Luang Prabang. By using these forms of transport we are reducing our carbon footprint of this trip, whilst offering plenty of opportunity for local interaction and immersion.
This trip also takes in several UNESCO World Heritage sites like the atmospheric city of Luang Prabang and the awe-inspiring jungle temples of Angkor. When we visit these fascinating sights not only do we learn about the region's rich history and diverse culture, but our entrance fees help to contribute to the upkeep of these special places, ensuring they are looked after for generations to come.
As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
PeopleDue to the continual aerial bombardment during the Vietnam War, Laos is the most-bombed country in the world. Many of the bombs dropped didn’t detonate, and unexploded ordinance (UXO) is a real danger to everyday life in parts of Laos. We visit the COPE museum in Vientiane whose excellent work includes increasing public awareness around UXOs and helping to provide prosthetic limbs to the many landmine victims.
In Cambodia, we help to support vulnerable communities through business; during our free time in Siem Reap we may choose to visit the land mine museum which helps to support affected families and land mine clearance. In Phnom Penh our Tour Leader will organise a group meal at the ‘Friends’ restaurant, where young people with limited resources are trained on all aspects of running a restaurant. This organisation also has worked with our hotels to ensure children are not exploited in any way.
As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.