By exploring alternative travel choices, you can have a unique trip and avoid leaving
negative marks on cultures, economies, and the environment.
1. At the hotel: Ask about environmental policies and practices.
Talk with staff about working conditions. Does the hotel support community projects?
2. Language: Learn a few words of the local language and use them.
3. Dress: Read up on local conventions and dress appropriately.
In many countries, including Thailand, modest dress is important.
4. Behavior: Be respectful of local citizens’ privacy.
Ask permission before entering sacred places, homes, or private land.
5. Photos: Be sensitive to when and where you take photos/video of people. Always ask first.
6. Environment: Respect the natural environment. Never touch or harass animals.
Always follow designated trails. Support conservation by paying entrance fees to parks and protected sites. Take nothing with you but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.
7. Animal products: Never buy crafts or products made from protected or endangered animals.
8. Pay the fair price: Don’t engage in overly aggressive bargaining for souvenirs.
Don’t short-change on tips for services.
9. Buy local: Choose locally-owned lodges, hotels, and B&Bs. Use local buses,
car rental agencies, and airlines. Eat in local restaurants, shop in local markets,
and attend local festivals/events.
10. Hire local guides: Enrich your experience and support the local economy.
Ask guides if they are licensed and live locally. Are they recommended by tour operators?
Amy's Earth House is a member of TIES The International Ecotourism Society