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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 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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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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What We Mean When We Say "Change Travel, Change Lives"

Change travel, change lives – that’s what the Buffalo Tours team is all about this year. But what is responsible tourism, and what do we mean when we say “changing lives through travel”? Our Managing Director Matt Masson digs into how little changes in our travel decisions make a big impact on local communities – […]

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6 Asia Itineraries With a Responsible Travel Twist

  • Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Searching for the perfect itinerary in Asia that you can feel good about? These awesome Asia itinerary choices for responsible travellers puts a premium on feel-good travel. This is our list of top Asia tour alternatives that do travel differently. Asia has gone from the backpacker destination of choice to the perfect getaway for families, honeymoons and […]

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Searching for the perfect itinerary in Asia that you can feel good about? These awesome Asia itinerary choices for responsible travellers puts a premium on feel-good travel. This is our list of top Asia tour alternatives that do travel differently. Asia has gone from the backpacker destination of choice to the perfect getaway for families, honeymoons and […]

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