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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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Responsible Travel in Vietnam

We recently shared our guide to travel in Northern Vietnam and now we are back to talk about responsible tourism. Travelling responsibly in Vietnam has never been easier with more and more companies and organisations thinking, not just about profit, but sustainability and conservation too. The tourism industry has one of the biggest roles to […]

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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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Responsible Travel in Myanmar

We recently shared our guide to luxury travel in Myanmar and now we are back to talk about responsible tourism. Travelling responsibly in Myanmar is incredibly important given the country’s recent past. Only open to tourists in the last decade, Myanmar’s tourism industry is still learning and the benefits are only now beginning to reach across […]

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Responsible Luxury: Best Nature Lodges and Eco-Resorts in Asia

What could be more enjoyable than a relaxing holiday in a secluded lodge, surrounded by fascinating wildlife and spectacular scenery? If you can have world-class luxury accommodation, that is both eco-friendly and supports animal conservation at the same time, then we think you are off to a good start. That is why we have prepared […]

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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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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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[INFOGRAPHIC]: Asia Guide to Souvenirs: Wildlife Edition

How can smarter choices for souvenirs help protect Asia’s endangered wildlife? We teamed up with Animals Asia to create top tips for making wildlife-friendly choices in Asia! Spend just a few days travelling in Asia, and you’ll soon learn about the “world’s most expensive coffee”. Called ‘kopi luwak’, the story behind this prized bean is […]

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

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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[INFOGRAPHIC] What is Responsible Travel?

What is responsible travel, and what does it mean for your next journey to Asia? Check out this visual primer to responsible travel – and how you can make your next trip more sustainable! We admit it – we talk a lot about responsible travel, and how it plays a big part in how we create our journeys. […]

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Buffalo Q&A: Making 2016 a ChildSafe Year in Thailand

In 2011, Buffalo Tours teamed up with ChildSafe Thailand, a Friends International organisation tasked with combating child exploitation in the country. Since then, our team has helped bring awareness to these important issues through guide training and support – but you’re the key to taking their mission to the next level. We sat down with […]

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