Malaysia vacation, 14 days

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Responsible tourism: Malaysia vacation, 14 days

Environment

Our local office in Malaysia only uses certified guides for all cultural and nature tours. On this Malaysia trip we use guides in the Taman Negara National Park who have lots of knowledge about the plants and wildlife and how best to visit responsibly with minimal impact to the environment, flora and fauna. This ensures that our customers visit the National Park responsibly with as little impact to the park as possible. In the Cameron Highlands we have a guide who educates our customers on the local environment and shows them how to pick tea.

During this itinerary we use various low-carbon modes of transport, including boats, local bus, cycling, and also ferry.

As well as this we also try to only use small-scale and locally owned accommodation which not only gives customers an authentic experience but makes sure that the revenue from this tourism goes to local families and communities who are the ones who need it the most.

Our responsible travel journey starts in our office in Brighton where we provide our staff with a healthy lunch every day, we also collect our food waste for compost so that it doesn’t end up in the land fill. We also try recycle as much as we possibly can and are nearly a paperless company. The paper that we do use in our office comes from the same company we recycled it with resulting in a closed loop system.

Community

By doing this itinerary you are supporting many local families and businesses that need it the most. The guides are all local, and in Penang you get the chance to help out many local and small businesses. In the morning you visit the Clan Jetties in Penang, which are small local houses/shops where you can buy souvenirs. You then have breakfast at a small local cafe, and lunch is at a local Hawker cafe.

Our local office ensures that all employees are well treated and that they exceed all the minimum requirements for salary, work hours and rest days. This also extends to local guides and makes sure that everyone directly working with our local office gets all of these benefits and is paid and treated fairly.
We advise all our customers on local customs and cultures in their travel documentation. This includes information about how to dress appropriately, respecting the local culture and also the local religion in Malaysia so that our customers can travel in a responsible way.

We believe in putting people first, and provide lots of benefits to our staff members in the UK to enhance their work and personal life, such as participating in the ride to work scheme, and providing discounts for local fitness centres and holistic therapies, and best of all a healthy free lunch – every working day!

1 Reviews of Malaysia vacation, 14 days

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


The visit to Georgetown, Penang was one of the most memorable. We enjoyed the guided bike ride around the ethnic areas and avoiding the traffic was a
challenge! Noordin Mews was a very pleasant place to stay. The visit to the tea plantation and factory was special as was the guided walk in the 'mossy' cloud
forest. The canopy walk In Taman Negara was also a challenge but disappointingly no animals were seen, well a couple of leeches and a butterfly.

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


Pack light clothes for the heat and humidity but some warm wear for the Cameron Highlands. Dress conservatively as Malaysia is a Muslim country.

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


Local people were employed as a result of tourism and their skills were being utilised and developed. This was particularly evident in Taman Negara.

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


Very interesting and enjoyable. We saw a lot of contrasting places in Malaysia.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Helen,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your trip to Malaysia. I am so pleased you enjoyed this beautiful country as much as I did - it sounds like you had some wonderful experiences!

Noordin Mews in Penang is one of my favourite hotels that I stayed in so I am glad you enjoyed it too. The bike ride is also fantastic and so informative - I love supporting the small local businesses on this too.

It is really nice to see and support the local people of the country and that they really care about their jobs!

Thanks again for your feedback Helen and we hope to hear from you again soon.

Best wishes,

Chloe

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