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Responsible Travel

We are totally committed to responsible travel and true sustainability and firmly believe that the destinations we operate within continue to maintain their natural and cultural diversity. As an organization, we are dedicated to sustainability in all aspects of planning and operating our business from minimal environmental impact to contribution to conservation, where possible. Our operation maximize the positive effects of tourism in the host communities, this includes employing local staff and ensuring that our tours do not divert resources away from the local communities.

We educate travelers about destinations and appropriate behavior to minimize the impact. We use locally owned infrastructure for accommodation and transportation making sure that the communities we visit benefit directly from our operation. We provide employment opportunities to local people and spread financial benefits amongst the host communities. Limit the physical impact of trips in all destination communities’ particularly sensitive to natural and cultural environments.

We try to provide support to organizations and local communities visited by our groups and encourage travelers to interact with the local people. We dissuade our participants in activities that exploit animals both wild and domestic, actively ban passenger’s participation in or endorsement of commercial sexual activities or illegal drug use on our trips. We use local operators that adhere to our sustainable philosophies and provide our customers the best possible value.

 

 The Responsible Traveler


 

  1. Respect cultural differences, local customs and values may be different from your own, take time to learn what behavior is acceptable and what isn’t.
  2. Learn a few phrases, take the time to learn about the country you are visiting. Learning about the customs and a few words in the local language can go a long way and is appreciated by the local people. It also makes your interaction with the locals more meaningful and memorable.
  3. Dress respectfully, covered thighs and shoulders are expected in most of Asia. Dress modestly with an awareness of local standards particularly at religious sites and ceremonies.
  4. Support the local economy, make use of the local services, hotels and restaurants. You will not only experience the culture but directly support the people.
  5. Take photos with care, Always ask permission to take photos of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. If you do take photo, offer to send back copies and make sure to follow through with your promise. If asked for money or immediate compensation in return for the photo taken, offering souvenir from home or similar are the proper ways to do it.
  6. Respect wildlife and endangered species, Viewing animals from a safe distance is fine, pestering them, touching them or any kind of bodily harm is not. Do not buy products that exploit wildlife, aid in habitat destruction or come from endangered animals.
  7. Protect local water systems,  Use only bio degradable soaps and shampoos while camping or washing nearby a local water source.

 

Visiting Holy Places

  1. Temples, monasteries and other places of religious significance are highly venerated places of worship and you behavior when visiting these site should respect this. Loud and intrusive behavior, general loitering and public display of affection are in appropriate.
  2. Before entering a holy place, please take off your shoes, there is generally someone looking after them while you are inside for an obligatory small fee.
  3. Cameras might not be permitted inside depending on the site, check before entering. Most temples will not appreciate photos being taken of the inner sanctum. In monasteries, you might be asked to pay a small donation in exchange for photography, please do not try to cheat or take a sneak photo.
  4. Touching the image of a deity is not permitted and touching a person’s head is not advised. The head is regarded as the spiritual centre by most Asians, directing the sole of your feet towards a person, religious shrine or image of a deity is offensive.