Thailand vacation & development project

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This trip can run throughout the year and is tailor made trip to suit your requirements.
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Volunteer travel - what's it all about

Are you looking for an adventurous trip with a purpose, or on a gap year or career break? If you want to make a difference in some of the world’s most important conservation areas - and in community projects - then volunteer trips are for you! Volunteers tend to have a sense of adventure, and come from a range of different backgrounds and from all over the world.
Edward Abbey said 'sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul'.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Thailand vacation & development project

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.

Reviews of Thailand vacation & development project

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

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 06 Dec 2010 by

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


I loved riding the elephant and there was a lot of opportunity to do that.

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



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


I feel that I helped the locals by being in there and I think they enjoyed having me. They made me feel very welcome.

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


I thought that it was one of the best things that I have done. The accommodation, the experience and the people were all great.

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2005 by

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


The most exciting part of the trip was probably the stay in the National Park. The Riverside Cottages at Khao Sok were wonderful and the activities we could do there were great: elephant safari, jungle trek and tubing down the river was awesome.

The most memorable part of the trip was the Tsunami volunteer work, particularly meeting the people of Ban Talae Nok, the women's soap collective and playing with the children. The homestay was memorable also, both for good and not so good reasons! (outside loo being the downside in a blowing gale in the middle of the night).

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


Other tips to travelers: do you really need stuff like hair straighteners, and other beauty gadgets (as some of our group did) it's just not that sort of trip. The toilets are very different and basic from European toilets and this can be a bit of a shock, particularly for women. Take tissues and wipes with you.

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


Yes the trip did appear to benefit local people - a) spending money and not haggling too much, b) volunteer work, although this was a small drip of a contribution. It raised my awareness of things and hopefully fundraising back in the UK will be an ongoing source of support. Minimum impact on the environment I think.

4. Any other comments?


Many thanks - I will certainly look at 'Responsible Travel' when I go on another trip.

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