Laos tailor made vacation, culture & adventure

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Responsible tourism: Laos tailor made vacation, culture & adventure

Environment

All our adventures are privately guided vacations and as such we retain a commitment to working with small group sizes. By traveling in small numbers and using expert local guides we can limit the potential for damaging ancient temples and trails.

The carbon emissions created in Laos by this vacation are all offset in Southeast Asia through our partnership with a local environmental charity. These offsets are paid for out of our company profits so that you can travel with a green conscience and at no extra cost to you.

Many travel companies offer their customers the chance to offset the carbon emissions from their international flights too but we have gone a step further and offer to share this cost with you 50/50. If you select to compensate for your international flight emissions when you book with us then what you put in, we put in too!

To ensure that we are offering ground-breaking itineraries and are always keeping up-to-date with the latest developments abroad, our UK staff travel regularly to our destinations. This ‘work’ also leaves a carbon footprint and we compensate for all our staff travel by donating carbon-mitigating funds to our charity partners.

Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener.

Community

Talk to one of our tailor-made specialists and ask us about packing for a purpose on your vacation to Laos. This initiative allows you to use some of your luggage space to take supplies to Pakbeng Lodge. Here even the most basic supplies will help to support the great work of the associated free community health clinic.

We employ local guides and support staff who we pay fair wages, often exceeding government standards which we still consider too low, and thereby remove the reliance on tipping from travelers for livelihoods.

Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our vacations.

We encourage all our travelers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.

In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.

Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Southeast Asia and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travelers.

Reviews of Laos tailor made vacation, culture & adventure

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


My wife and I agreed that our vacation in Cambodia was without doubt the best we have ever had. Every day was different, ranging from the magic of the temples of Angkor, the wildlife, ranging from dolphins to elephants, the sadness of the Killing Fields, the majesty of the Royal Palace to the beauty of Lonely Beach. To pick any one thing was impossible, but if forced to it was the absolute
brilliance of the staff of the company at every level, in the UK organising and supporting the vacation and in Thailand as brilliant guides and when due to a travel delay, caused by extreme weather, rearranging and supporting us in a way that actually enhanced our vacation!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take a good camera, you will see so much that it will all blur together after two weeks of diverse excitement. Be prepared for a fair amount of walking, but my wife and I are in our mid 60's and not super fit, but we easily coped. Take suitable walking shoes, and a rucksack to hold items such as sun screen, water, hat etc.. The vacation is however well planned with days of rest and chauffeured
driving, to have easier days. This was a vacation for people who want to discover the real Cambodia and do not want to spend endless days on the beach, although we did have time to also do this on some days. Accommodation was generally of a good standard with food good and varied.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


At all time our guides were respectful of both local people and flora and fauna. Almost without exception everything paid for went to local people, rather than international conglomerates. Often meals at lunchtime were taken at local eating places. We were taken to many local initiatives for local people, such as elephant sanctuary, agricultural and fishing to meet with local people and allowed to
support their efforts. Indeed on one occasion we were taken into a school classroom to meet the local children and talk with them.
(My wife is a retired teacher).

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I have never been on vacation before, when about two or three days before coming home, I realised I was actually looking forward to going home! This most definitely was not the case this time. Every morning we started the day thinking we knew the days itinerary, but although we did do these things, they only represented a fraction of what we actually did. The vacation was mentally
stimulating, I'm sure I learnt more in the last two weeks, than the previous two years, it was without doubt everything I want in a vacation, scenery, happy people, great history, good food, and marvellous beaches.

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