Our Sustainable Tourism pledge
Here at Bamboo Travel, we care deeply about the destinations we sell. When travelling in the developing world it is essential that we are mindful of how we affect the countries we visit and the people living there. Tourism has the potential to either help or damage a destination, but we believe that when practised responsibly travel can bring great benefits to both the tourist and the country they are visiting. We work hard to ensure that our tours are beneficial to the local community and that your money goes directly to the communities you visit as much as possible, by working with carefully chosen locally run partners in all our countries, ensuring that our guests will be accompanied by local guides & drivers throughout, and staying in smaller locally owned accommodation wherever possible.
In cooperation with AITO, we are working to increase our bookings of sustainable tours. There are a number of worthwhile projects already being run in many of the countries we work with, and we would like to increase awareness of these projects by encouraging more people to take part. We have hand picked a few select experiences from some of our key countries to promote this year. For every person booked onto one of these excursions in 2018 & 2019 we will donate $10 per person to one of our selected charitable causes (more on these below). These selected experiences can be easily included on most itineraries. In this way, we can make an impact across a wide range of areas in a variety of countries, while also providing much needed funds to a very worthy cause.
How you can get involved
To help us achieve our goal, you can choose to include one of our chosen sustainable experiences in your tailor-made trip. We have selected projects which genuinely work to improve the welfare of their communities in some way, whether it’s providing training to underprivileged youths in Cambodia or protecting elephants in Laos. The excursions have all been designed to offer an enjoyable experience to you the traveller as well, so you will be learning more about the country you visit and getting a memorable travel experience while giving something back at the same time.
Here are the selected excursions for each of our countries. More will be added to this list as this project develops.
Taste for a Good Cause, Siem Reap
Phare the Cambodian Circus, Siem Reap
Jahoo Gibbon Camp, Mondulkiri
MandaLao Elephant Sanctuary, Luang Prabang
Rural Village Experience with Big Brother Mouse, Luang Prabang
Salaam Balak City Trust, Dehli
Pink City Rickshaw Tour, Jaipur
Support the Tea Plantation Community, Nuwara Eliya, Hatton
KOTO Cooking Class, Hanoi
Safe Haven Children’s Trust
For a number of years now we have been making a donation for each person booked onto a Cambodia tour to the Safe Haven Children’s Trust. This charity does great work in Cambodia, helping orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children find safety and support wherever needed.
For more information, please see their website - http://www.safehavencambodia.org/
Bicycles for Girls
We are working with one of our trusted partners in Nepal to sponser the education of young girls in the Chitwan National Park area, and provide them with a means of transport to get to and from school, as well as much needed school supplies. The simple act of providing them with a bicycle cuts down their long journey time to school, meaning they stay in education for longer.