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Responsible Travel in Cambodia with Panya Thin

Take a peek behind the scenes at Buffalo Tours and meet Panya Thin, our Regional General Manager for Japan, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. An advocate for responsible travel in Cambodia, he talks about his journey in the industry, successful leadership and shares his thoughts on sustainable, community-based tourism. […]

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Educational Travel in Asia

These days more people are on a quest for authentic, off-the-beaten-track adventures. They’re seeking hands-on experience, cultural immersion, and experiential learning all bound together by a desire to give something back. Buffalo Tours’ branch, BET, offers award-winning projects for educational travel in Asia. […]

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Supporting Sustainable Development in Cambodia with Community-Based Tourism

Make a trip to Cambodia more meaningful by immersing in the local life whilst helping to support the community. For more than 24 years, Buffalo Tours has been offering travellers unique opportunities to plunge into Asia’s local life – read more to find out about our community-based tourism initiative. […]

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Sustainable Tourism & Responsible Travel – A Year in Review

On the 3rd of January 2017, the UNWTO officially declared the beginning of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Under the slogan TRAVEL ENJOY RESPECT, tourism organizations, government agencies and private businesses alike committed themselves to creating positive change within the travel industry. As a leading tour operator and destination management company in […]

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Buffalo Tours Awarded Travelife Partner Status

Buffalo Tours is always striving to help improve standards for responsible travel and sustainable tourism in Asia. We are committed to working with international organizations and regional partners to continually develop strategies for improving environmental protection, social equality and economic empowerment in our local communities. For this reason, we are happy to announce that Travelife […]

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Responsible Travel in Cambodia

The sights of Cambodia are mighty to behold! From the majestic temples of Angkor, warm communities and lush landscapes, Cambodia has a great deal to offer any traveller. However, we at Buffalo Tours think it’s essential to note the importance of a responsible mindset and attitude when travelling to this dynamic nation. Responsible travel is […]

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Bali’s Fresh Water Crisis and How We All Can Help

Previously on the Buffalo Tours blog, we shared the issues facing Bali’s marine life and coastal communities. Today, we are going inland to understand more about Bali’s fresh water crisis; an issue that is facing the whole island and all who call it home. What is Bali’s Fresh Water Crisis? Densely populated coastal areas are […]

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4 Alternatives to ‘Orphanage Tourism’ in Asia

Last year the term ‘orphanage tourism’ made its way deeper into the public conscience when author J. K. Rowling took to twitter to confront those in the voluntourism industry who had reached out to her. She stated, very simply, why she could never support this kind of tourism: “#Voluntourism is one of drivers of family […]

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RTA2016: Student Guides on the Road

In the last Responsible Travel Awards update we followed Marketing Manager Mike Ellis as he visited the Bali office and personally celebrated with our graduated guides from Buffalo Guide School Indonesia. The young Balinese guides have now been on the road for a couple of months and one of our photographers was able to meet one […]

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Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism Day 2017

The 22nd of May is recognized globally as the International Day for Biological Diversity. With the UN’s declaration of 2017 as the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, it is no surprise that this year’s theme is “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism”. At Buffalo Tours, we are using this day to reflect on how important protecting our natural […]

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The Story of Seuang River, Laos

Some 80 km from the UNESCO listed town of Luang Prabang, sitting between 2 rivers and surrounded by mountains and farmland is the Pak Xeng District. More than 22,000 people call the area home; 70% are native Khmu, while smaller groups of ethnic Lao Lum and Hmong make up the minority. When Graham Harper, who […]

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A Day in the Life of a Bali Fisherman

Made and Nyoman wake early to start their day out on the Bali Sea around 7am. They set up with their nets, scoops, oxygen and a packed lunch, and leave from their home in Les Village, North Bali, to spend 4-5 hours on the open ocean. They are fishing for ornamental fish, the most beautiful […]

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RTA2016: Inspiring Social Enterprise in Siem Reap

Buffalo Tours Cambodia won our Responsible Travel Awards last summer for their work in supporting social enterprise through tourism. Content Team Leader Jade visited Cambodia this month and had the chance to experience not 1 but 5 different types of social enterprise in Siem Reap. She left inspired by the creative entrepreneurs and NGOs that are promoting responsible travel in […]

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A Day in the Life of an Elephant Veterinarian

Nissa Mututanont is an elephant veterinarian at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation and has dedicated her life to the well-being and happiness of the animals in her care. Since graduating from the Khon Khaen University of Thailand in May 2015, she has been in close contact with these gentle giants, monitoring their conditions and performing daily […]

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Marine Conservation and Community Spirit in Bali

With over 17,000 islands and the most diverse marine life on the planet, the oceans and the marine habitats of Indonesia are some of the country’s most precious natural landscapes. It will be of no surprise, then, that wildlife concerns in Indonesia are largely marine focused. Indonesia’s oceans are being threatened daily by poor fishing […]

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