Tours and Bespoke Experiences
Authentic and responsible travel are the travel buzzwords on the block, and you don’t have to be a hard core ‘eco-warrior’ travelling to remote places without electricity and running water to travel responsibly. In fact, we’ve found that being responsible whilst travelling can produce some of the best travel experiences. If you’re looking for a more immersive experience, would like to sample some of Asia’s succulent street food, join a cooking class, pay a visit to a local village or pedal down some quaint back roads and experience the magnificent Temples of Angkor by bicycle, we’ve got you covered… We love travelling and we’d love to share some of that passion with you.
Mekong Experiences – a selection of tours and flavours from the Mekong region
Bursting with breath-taking temples, gorgeous beaches and a fascinating heritage, Cambodia is truly a Kingdom of Wonder. Around Angkor allows you to wander the airy boulevards of charming Phnom Penh; discover the rustic towns of Kampot and Kep, relax on the white sandy beaches of Sihanoukville, embrace the colonial charm of Battambang, cruise the tranquil waters of Tonle Sap and discover the magic and mysticism of Angkor Wat and the Temples of Angkor.Enquire now
The Mekong Odyssey will take you through some of Vietnam’s cultural centres, natural wonders and fast-paced cities before cruising upstream along the mighty Mekong. You will get the chance to cruise on the tranquil waters of Halong Bay, wander the elegant streets of Hoi An, take a tour of Saigon’s colonial treasures, cruise the mighty Mekong from Vietnam to Cambodia, take a cyclo ride through the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh before the Temples of Angkor await your discovery.Enquire now
Vietnam and Cambodia Discovery
This tour will allow you to discover some of the highlights of these two fascinating countries. You will get the chance to hike through the verdant rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi, taste the street food in Hanoi, cruise on the emerald waters of Halong Bay, cycle through imperial Hue, wander the charming streets of Hoi An, take an exhilarating ride on the back of a vintage vespa in Saigon before your journey ends with an unforgettable exploration of the Angkor temple complex by tuk tuk.Enquire now
Educational trips, corporate events or a holiday out of the ordinary
Having worked with a range of individual travellers and corporate clients as well as school and university groups from Australia and the UK organising placements for undergraduate physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses and teachers, we know first-hand the benefits of having expertise on the ground.
Whether it’s sourcing quality products from social enterprises or local artists for your corporate event, organising a special lunch or dinner in the Angkor temple area or ‘glamping’ in the vicinity of one of the less visited temples of Angkor, we’ve got you covered.
With in-depth knowledge of Cambodia and the Mekong Region, we like to use locally owned and responsible hotels and accommodation providers and we have found that helping literally can taste good when dining at a local hotel and restaurant training school. As a member of Independent Travel Experts (ITE), we can also sell packages, flights, accommodation and all related travel products from all the UK’s biggest brand names to the smaller and more individual operators.
Responsible and Ethical Volunteering
Our first-hand experience shows that volunteering can be a rewarding and eye-opening experience. The term ‘voluntourism’ has received some critical press and media attention recently, but we believe it’s possible that volunteers can have fantastic experiences whilst, at the same time, doing some good if they prepare properly and are aware of their skills and limitations.
Over the years we’ve taken the time to listen to the locals and understand their needs, before engaging with universities to see if they could help deliver those goals. We’ve successfully initiated the start and sustained the growth of village education centres including building classrooms, toilet blocks and libraries and built a physio / exercise room and kitchen at a Military Handicap Hospital. This has been made possible both through the work of volunteers on the ground sharing their skills with local people and their efforts at home fundraising to make things happen on the ground.
If managed properly, we believe fairly and succinctly volunteer tourism does have a place in responsible tourism. Spotting the good companies from the bad can sometimes, however, be difficult. Some volunteer sending companies have also been criticised for charging ‘too much’, but, when done right, many would argue that paying for a service, a safety net, vetting and organisation on the ground is worth the money you pay.
Whether you’re arranging an educational school trip, a corporate event or simply want a packaged trip or holiday out of the ordinary, we’d be happy to sit down with you to discuss your requirements.
We’d love to hear from you
Frequently Asked Questions:
- How do I know if 'green' places really are green?Unfortunately, there are no bulletproof ways to tell unless you do a bit of research before you travel. We do, however, keep a finger on the pulse and aim to promote tours and accommodation providers that address environmental, economic and social impacts without compromising the customer experience.
- Can I really save the world in a couple of days?Unfortunately, no. We’d love to be able to save the world ourselves, but what we can do is provide you with loads of responsible travel tips (of which we hope you will share with your friends, family and fellow travellers) and put you in touch with vetted organisations that will help you learn more about the destinations you are travelling to.
- What's your take on 'orphanage tourism'?Most people want to travel responsibly and ‘do some good’ whilst travelling. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous people take advantage on their generosity and genuine want to do good. For some, ‘a visit to an orphanage’ has even become an integral part of the tourist trail without thinking about the potential consequences. We don’t think children should be tourist attractions and, therefore, we strongly encourage people to do some research and learn more about the unintended consequences of people visiting (and volunteering at) orphanages. If in doubt, chances are that there are better ways to use your enthusiasm and benefit the local community.