Responsible travel

Travel Indochina’s Responsible Travel Policy

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As well as having offices in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, Travel Indochina has offices in several cities across Indochina. Our direct presence in Asia means that we are much better able to control the content of our itineraries, the actions of our suppliers, and the style of our Small Group Journey and Tailormade travel arrangements. Our presence in Asia also makes us more responsible as we can more effectively implement this policy.

The Travel Indochina philosophy is premised on a belief that Small Group Journey and Tailormade travel arrangements allow for more genuine experiences with local people and their environments, and allow us to avoid the offensive traits of mass tourism.

  • We firmly believe that the most valuable assets in our organisation are our staff, and endeavour to train, treat and remunerate staff in accordance with this belief.
  • We staff our Travel Indochina Asian offices with local people, wherever possible.
  • Our bases in Asia make it more practical for us to demand that suppliers act in accordance with responsible travel principles. We have a history of demanding responsible behaviour from our suppliers and of working with our suppliers to develop standards in the tourism industry.
  • We firmly believe that our emphasis on Small Group Journey and Tailormade travel (with a focus on local experiences) allows opportunities for cultural exchange and the dissemination of information between travellers and local people.
  • We intentionally avoid the trappings of mass tourism such as organised shopping stops, dining exclusively at hotel restaurants, and sightseeing from large buses only.
  • A number of our Vietnam, Thailand and India itineraries include home-stay, farm and ecolodge experiences, allowing opportunities for social interaction and the sharing of ideas across people from different backgrounds.

We encourage you to look at our full Responsible Travel Policy, which outlines many of the responsible travel initiatives Travel Indochina is involved in. We also encourage you to refer to our Tread Lightly booklet, containing traveller tips for more 'responsible' travel in Asia, and the Chip in for a Charity section in this booklet, which suggests ways you too can give something back to developing Asia.

Charities we support

Vietnam

The Loreto Vietnam-Australia Program 

This inspirational organisation has operated as a registered charity association and non-government organisation (NGO) in Vietnam for ten years.

Creativity for Humanity

CFH’s mission is to build sustainable business enterprises in Vietnam’s handicraft sector by providing a platform linking designers and businesses with Vietnam’s underprivileged artisans.

KOTO (Know One Teach One)

KOTO has now trained nearly 250 Vietnamese street and disadvantaged kids to be chefs or bar and service staff.

Cambodia

Angkor Hospital for Children

The hospital provides inpatient and outpatient care to needy children. It also trains Cambodian health care professionals, and promotes public health initiatives in Siem Reap province and greater Cambodia.

Travel Indochina is a proud supporter of the inspiring Angkor Hospital for Children, in Siem Reap in Cambodia. This pioneering hospital provides much needed medical care to disadvantaged Cambodians and also runs a sustainable health care professional training program. For the past few years, Travel Indochina has paid for the employment of nurse Phannsy, who has kindly provided us with this letter.

ChildSafe Network

ChildSafe Network (a program of Friends-International) is a proactive child protection network involving local people, businesses and international communities, including travellers. ChildSafe Network and Friends-International.

Laos

Big Brother Mouse

Travel Indochina supports the work of Big Brother Mouse (BBM), a project aimed at publishing books for children to increase literacy levels in Lao PDR.

India

The Purkal Youth Development Society

PYDS assists children, young adults and women and primarily provides educational interventions and supportive actions in nutrition, health and other activities.

Thailand

Himmapaan Reforestation Project

Travel Indochina proudly supports the innovative Himmapaan reforestation project in northern Thailand. The area of land targeted by the project for reforestation is close to the award-winning, Lisu Lodge eco-accommodation, near Chiang Mai.