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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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How to Support Elephant Welfare as a Traveller

Elephants have been a part of Asian culture for millennia and with the recent rise in tourism, issues have been raised about poor conditions, cruelty and lack of regulation in many Asian elephant […]

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Elephant Welfare in Asia 2017

This January is Wildlife Month at Buffalo Tours and we are kicking off a month of animal action with a look at elephant tourism in 2017. Wildlife issues are close to our hearts and we hope we can help to create a better environment for all Asia’s animals through our combined responsible travel efforts in 2017 […]

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RTA2016: How Cambodia Plan to Become Leaders in Supporting Social Enterprise

For the last few years Buffalo Tours Cambodia has been leading the way in responsible tourism. Through collaboration with local social enterprises and NGOs they have been able to add responsible products to their tours in a seamless and authentic way. In Siem Reap, where the Buffalo Office is based, they have multiple alternative experiences […]

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RTA2016: New School for Tour Guides – Helping Indonesia’s Youth

Last month we introduced our Buffalo Tours Responsible Travel Award winners and their innovative ideas for increasing our focus on responsible tourism. Today, we’ll be looking more deeply at the Indonesia team and their guide-training school. The idea for the in-house guide training first came about in 2015 when Country Manager Peter Christiansen proposed the […]

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Buffalo Behind-the-Scenes: Responsible Tourism in Action

Responsible tourism isn’t just something we talk about here on the Buffalo Tours blog but something we practice in all that we do as a company. We sat down with Regional Product Manager, Ed Pettitt, to discuss how responsible travel practices are considered when creating our unique range of tours across Asia. As both a long-term […]

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Buffalo Tours Responsible Travel Awards 2016

Preserving the natural environment and helping local communities is just as important to us as it is to you. That is why Buffalo Tours is constantly striving to come up with new ideas on how we can be better at having a positive impact on the countries in which we operate. In this spirit, Buffalo […]

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Responsible Travel Packing: Small Changes that Make a Big Difference

At Buffalo Tours we are committed to responsible travel. Whether we are conducting an audit of South East Asia’s Elephant Camps or choosing to eat in restaurants that go the extra mile, we are always striving to be better travellers to help the places we travel in. And we know that you care about responsible […]

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How to Be a More Responsible Traveller through Local Life Experiences

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener In the Summer of 2015 Buffalo Tours launched a new range of tours to help travellers have meaningful local life experiences. These tours take you beyond the tourist track and into the […]

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Buffalo Q&A: Preserving Cultural Heritage with Ock Pop Tok

When you buy a souvenir on your travels, it usually holds a story or memory of the time and place in which you purchased it. To immortalise our travel memories is often the reason we buy local handicrafts. But the backstory of the souvenirs you buy goes much deeper than this. Local handicrafts are historically and culturally important […]

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Cultural Tourism: The Domino Effect

In 2013 the Buffalo Tours General Managers Meeting took place in Siem Reap and coincided with the wedding of a Cambodian staff member. The wedding took place an hour from the city, in the sleepy Cambodian village of Chansor. The peaceful rural setting stole the hearts of the Buffalo team and inspired them to create […]

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Buffalo Q&A: The Sapa Experience with CBT Vietnam

Go behind the scenes with CBT Vietnam, an organisation dedicated to helping Sapa, Vietnam’s ethnic minority locals create sustainable businesses for their families and communities. Among many other things, one of the most important elements of responsible travel is supporting local business and communities with your travel dollar. But sometimes, it’s not as easy as […]

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Buffalo Q&A: Creating Change with Animals Asia

As far back at 1998, Animals Asia has been a major player in the lives of animals in Asia. Over the years, the organisation has gone from rescuing bears in China to now advocating for the protection of elephants and even dogs. So when the Buffalo team wanted to share the best tips for animal-friendly […]

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Wildlife Close Encounters: Do’s and Don’ts

Do you like the sound of wildlife tourism in Asia but you’re not sure what’s animal-friendly and what’s not? We’ve created this wildlife do’s and don’t infographic to answer all of your questions. The do’s and don’ts of interacting with wildlife can be a bit of a minefield. There are activities that don’t seem harmful to animals when they […]

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Asia’s Elephants in Captivity – A Closer Look, Part Two

Last year, Buffalo Tours launched an ambitious initiative to tackle an important issue: the welfare of captive elephants in Asia. Coming from a long history in logging, many elephants now live in captivity within tourism camps whose main income is elephant riding – a practice that raises important questions about animal welfare. As leaders in responsible travel, […]

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