Thailand wildlife & beach vacation

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This set itinerary runs throughout the year at a time to suit you and departs with a minimum of two people
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Responsible tourism: Thailand wildlife & beach vacation

We try to ensure that all our trips not only minimise the negative effects of tourism but actually have a positive impact on the communities who welcome us into their villages and often their homes. Using local guides, local transport and local accommodation and paying fair wages, ensures that not only do our clients gain a unique insight into the culture they are visiting but also that as much of their money as possible stays in the local community.

Wherever possible we also contribute to community projects (helping to preserve traditional ways of life, providing education and supporting environmental initiatives) and encourage our clients to visit or even lend a helping hand. Running this trip as a small group or tailor-made and using local guides who help our clients to understand and respect the cultural differences means that our clients are often treated as welcomed guests rather than intruding foreigners. We travel at a leisurely pace to allow you the time to fully appreciate the charm of this fascinating country

Reviews of Thailand wildlife & beach vacation

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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 20 Feb 2013 by

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


Having spent 2 weeks, in 4 separate locations in Thailand, it was all memorable and all locations were different. That was the purpose of booking a variety of areas. That said, we went to see wildlife and this criteria was mostly ticked and very memorable.

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


Each traveler will have a different perspective on their likes and dislikes. If we did this vacation again, the only thing we would change, is halving the amount of tips we left and avoiding Bangkok, as a hot, humid city wasn't really what we wanted, but felt that we should visit it for the experience. Never again!

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


I'd like to think that local people benefit from tourism and the money it brings in but there is also the extra impact on the environment from the amount of people, their vehicles, the extra water, air conditioning, the concrete to build the hotels etc etc. I was aware that areas of natural forest/jungle are cleared for a hotel and then palms planted for visual effect. These donít support wildlife as a natural environment would. That said, not everywhere was like that and who am I to say after sitting on 4 different airplanes in 2 weeks! We like to think we're 'doing our bit' but in reality a trip abroad would have to be a totally different and not so luxurious experience and there aren't many of us willing to make that sacrifice.

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


Excellent. Everything ran smoothly. The guides, staff, and locals were lovely. No complaints.

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2010 by

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


Volunteering locally at the orphanage..it was just an unforgettable experience, there are no words to describe it, you have to live it!! The kids are amazing and I will miss them so much!!! It was only a week however it was long enough to create a bond for all my life. I will surely come back with same new ideas for the orphanage.

Secondly, If you want to know how Thai people live and their culture this is the way to go.

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


Wear long sleeves tops and long trousers to avoid moschito bites and sun burn :)

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Surely, staying at the volunteer center benefited the school.

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


Excellent!!!

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2008 by

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


Visiting Chew Lorn Lake, swimming there, staying in the raft houses, and walking in the nearby forest.

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


Bring/buy insect repellent!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, we had local guides and drivers. Use of electricity/water was minimal. Houses were built from renewable materials.

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


Fantastic!

Reviewed on 07 Aug 2007 by

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


The Koh Sok National Park trip with the kayaking company was truly amazing. Climbed a waterfall, saw a wild baby elephant and heard the singing gibbons. Lived like the locals and ate plenty of wholesome Thai food. No frills but no illnesses either!

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


Nikki's advice was great - and we would recommend going for the hotels that were up-market and away from the crowds. A good contrast to the more basic living in the rainforest floating bungalows. Take loads of insect repellent.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. I was very pleased to see how much our vacation spending money helped local economies. Eating out away from the hotels was incredibly cheap (often very tasty) and helped spread the wealth to the individual villagers rather than big multi-nationals. Tsunami -hit areas seemed very pleased to see us as they need the tourists to keep coming.

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


A really brilliant experience, with so much variety. Being met and transported between all our different activities and venues took a lot of stress out of our traveling plans and all connections etc went smoothly. We can't thank Nikki enough for all her arrangements as we were a group of 12 (2 families). Everything lived up to our expectations and much more.

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