Northern Thailand holiday, Hilltribes & homestay
Description of Northern Thailand holiday, Hilltribes & homestay
Northern Thailand tours are what we do best as this was our first ever travel experience and still remains one of our favourites and much loved by our travellers, past and present.
As you’d expect, we know what works on Northern Thailand tours which is why this two week itinerary has been designed to feature not only the night markets and coffee shops of Chiang Mai but also river adventures on the Mae Glong and the River Kwai.
Homestays close to the Golden Triangle and hill tribe treks are essential for exhibiting the hospitable nature of local Thai people with chances to explore in bamboo jungles and amongst fields of lychees and rice paddies, just another reason why this Cambodia tour has become an absolute classic and the benchmark across the responsible travel industry.
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1 Reviews of Northern Thailand holiday, Hilltribes & homestay
Reviewed on 16 Mar 2017 by Lisa Falconer
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Meeting other people and getting to travel around Northern Thailand
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
PlanetAs a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.
As a company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.
Projects supported in Thailand in Friends of the Asian Elephant, which aims to protect and conserve the welfare of elephants both domesticated and in the wild, and also Baan Unrak (House of Happiness) an orphanage and community relief centre to children and destitute women.
PeopleWe are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment. On trips like this through Asia for example, dress standards are conservative, and we recommend loose, lightweight clothing so as not to offend, particularly outside of the major cities.
We take care to use local transport throughout, including sleeper trains and stay in small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses. This trip also includes a stay with local hosts at a small Thai village homestay before we embark on a three day hilltribe trek, staying with local hosts for two nights, experiencing the unique way of life the region has to offer. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.