Northern Thailand vacation, Hilltribes & homestay
Join a small group for a couple of weeks of trekking, homestays and cultural enlightenment as you travel from Bangkok to the Golden Triangle by overnight train and private mini van.
Bangkok Kanchanaburi River Kwai Erawan National Park Wat Baan Tham Ayutthaya, via Suphanburi Chiang Mai Doi Mae Salong Homestay Golden Triangle Hilltribe Trek Chiang Rai Wat Rong Khun
US $1730ToUS $2020excluding flights
Single supplement $230.
Late availability on these dates: 10 Oct, 31 Oct, 07 Nov
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1 Reviews of Northern Thailand vacation, Hilltribes & homestay
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 16 Mar 2017 by Lisa Falconer
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Meeting other people and getting to travel around Northern Thailand
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
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PlanetAs a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.
As a company our responsibilities donít stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travelers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.
Projects supported in Thailand in Friends of the Asian Elephant, which aims to protect and conserve the welfare of elephants both domesticated and in the wild, and also Baan Unrak (House of Happiness) an orphanage and community relief center to children and destitute women.
PeopleWe are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travelers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travelers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when traveling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment. On trips like this through Asia for example, dress standards are conservative, and we recommend loose, lightweight clothing so as not to offend, particularly outside of the major cities.
We take care to use local transport throughout, including sleeper trains and stay in small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses. This trip also includes a stay with local hosts at a small Thai village homestay before we embark on a three day hilltribe trek, staying with local hosts for two nights, experiencing the unique way of life the region has to offer. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travelers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.