Thailand by rail vacation

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Thailand by rail vacation


On this trip around Thailand you will mainly be traveling in low-carbon ways, mainly by shared minibus transfer, a few ferries and also on a sleeper train.

In Chiang Mai you will visit Elephant Nature Park which is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre. They rescue and protect the elephants and teach visitors about the plight of the elephants. As well as providing a home for these elephants the profits go to their food, welfare and development.

During the visit to Khao Sok the clients will be with guides who are trained by our local office on animal welfare and the best practice with customers, suppliers and governments in the destinations in which they work. On top of this, we also provide customers with a 'How to be a responsible traveler' document before travel.

Our local office in Thailand takes protecting the environment very seriously and has put many measures in place to be responsible in the way that they operate. A while ago they installed a water purifier into their office instead of buying big bottles of water and this now saves 10,000 litres of drinking water a year, as well as reducing the plastic wastage. They also now recycle all of their waste, they offset all of their flight emissions for staff travel, use recyclable batteries, use environmentally friendly printing paper and eco-labelled cleaning products.


We try and use small family-run accommodation wherever possible during this trip as opposed to using big chain hotels. We also offer regular chances to stop at small shops, stands and stalls during this itinerary where you can buy snacks and drinks from the locals. This happens on the way to and from Khao Sok and also during our River Kwai trip. During this itinerary we use guides employed from the local area, helping to provide jobs in all of the areas that we visit. We also use minibus transfers for most of our transport in this itinerary and this also secures jobs for many drivers.

Our local partners have their Travelife accreditation and means that all of their employees are protected by the employment laws that they have in place. This includes schemes for maternity leave and they also provide medical insurance for employees. They also have rigorous checks to make sure there is no forced labour or child labour which happens in any of the destinations that we visit during this itinerary.

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