Responsible Travel & Sustainability
Positively impacting local communities, the Mango Tiger family is committed to supporting on-going community development projects.Responsible Travel & Sustainability
The Mango Tiger family is committed to supporting on-going community development projects within the regions we operate. For anyone who has ever travelled to Asia and experienced a night in a local home stay or a dinner at a local family home or visited a traditional village, you will know that was likely the highlight of your time in Asia.
At Mango Tiger we believe that the travel industry and travellers in general have a responsibility to the world that we all live and travel in. The travel industry is now one of the largest in the world and with some common sense and a bit of effort we can all make a difference.
Look to buy from local businesses, markets and shops as opposed to supermarket chains and shopping malls where possible.
Follow The Money
Think about the attractions you are visiting, where your money is going and to what it supports. There are some incredible attractions in Asia but also some very unethical ones and you don’t want your money supporting ongoing animal cruelty or environmental destruction.
Using Local Companies
Mango Tiger often uses locally owned suppliers and suppliers who ensure that some % of profit goes towards supporting local communities. By supporting local companies we can hopefully create opportunities for them to grow their own businesses.
Bartering & Haggling
In many countries we operate in, it’s accepted and sometimes local culture to barter for the price of some goods. However don’t be too pushy and take it too far.
While tipping isn’t a common thing in Asia, it’s a decent thing to do. For small locally owned or independent business a little can make a big difference.
Perhaps the biggest issue facing developing countries and Asia in particular. Needless to say never throw litter on the floor or in the ocean!! It’s not right for anyone to do in any circumstance. If you can’t find a bin, then hang on to it until you do. As travellers we all have a responsibility in this area. Often in Asia convenience stores (I’m looking at you seven/eleven and others) give way too much excess plastic packaging, plastic straws and other plastic that you don’t need. Try and avoid unless you really need it, it’s fine to hand them back their plastic.
Refillable Water Bottles
Get your hands on a refillable water bottle. There are now plenty of refill stations and the number is growing. Think about your plastic consumption and how best to avoid it.
Elephant Riding & Animal Welfare
Don’t ride elephants, it goes without saying. There are plenty of great Elephant sanctuaries that are committed to supporting Elephant welfare. Mango Tiger works with a number of them across Asia. If you want recommendations on what’s ethical and what’s not, please contact us. Regarding animal welfare in general, avoid any visits to the Tiger Temple or any ‘attraction’ that involves animals outside of their natural habitats.
Orphanages & Orphanage Tourism
While there are no doubt some legitimate organizations out there removing the demand by not visiting them will reduce the supply. A better alternative is to support ethical restaurants or local businesses that provide teaching and training to underprivileged kids so that they can learn skills. Friends restaurant in Phnom Penh in Cambodia is a great example.
Learn new things yourself as that’s what travelling is all about. Also educate other people you know and meet. If you find ways on how we can make a difference then share with those you know. Likewise if you see someone doing something damaging take the time to tell them.