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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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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 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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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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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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Responsible Travel and Child Protection in Asia

While tourism can provide a vehicle for economic growth and positive societal change, it can also have an adverse effect on local communities if we do not act responsibly. Some of the major issues contributing to the endangerment of children include the rise in child labour, begging, orphanage tourism, volunteer tourism and the sexual exploitation […]

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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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Do’s and Don’ts at Historic Sites in Asia

When exploring historic sites in Asia, it is important to follow a few simple guidelines that will help you get the most out of your visit: Don’t Remove Anything from the Site Perhaps the most important and obvious one: don’t take anything home! Even if it seems small and insignificant, such as a stone or pebble, […]

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RTA2016: A Special Experience with Guide School Indonesia

Three months ago we introduced the inspiring Indonesia team at the very start of their new guide school program. The 9 students chosen to become Indonesia’s Destination Ambassadors have now completed their theory training and will move on to three months of supervised touring. Marketing Manager Mike Ellis was lucky enough to meet the group […]

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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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What NOT to Eat in Asia!

Source Travelling is all about new experiences, meeting new people and trying new food. However, there are some foods that you should stay away from, not because they look strange, taste bad, or make you sick, but because they are made from animals that have been hunted to the brink of extinction. While we may […]

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