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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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Buffalo by Numbers: A Snapshot of 2016

It’s that time of year where we cast our eyes over the previous year and consider our strengths and weaknesses. Did we satisfy our clients? Where were our biggest successes? What did we do for the local communities in which we work? How did we shape the future of the travel industry for the coming year?  […]

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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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Not Just for Kids: 4 Awesome Workshops to Try in Asia (For Grown Ups!)

Learning during your travels isn’t just for kids! Check out our roundup of unique, inspiring and culturally-focused workshops to try for your next trip to Asia. Let’s be honest – few of us would consider putting a workshop or class on our list of things to do during a holiday in Asia. When we think […]

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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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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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[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: Empowering the Next Generation with BaliWISE

Part of the R.O.L.E. (Rivers, Oceans, Lands, Ecology) Foundation, BaliWISE has supported the continued growth and empowerment of women in Bali, Indonesia since 2007. From hygiene to administration and even environmental sustainability training, the BaliWISE program offers women in disadvantaged situations the resources they need to begin their fulfilling, lifelong careers with a commitment to environmental […]

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Buffalo Q&A: How a Meal in Asia Can Change a Life

Where you choose to eat dinner in Asia can be life-changing for the locals. We sat down with a Vietnam-based social enterprise to talk about how hospitality training are changing local lives for the better – and how you can help! Since 1999, KOTO has trained countless disadvantaged Vietnamese youth in a bid to give […]

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