It has always been at the heart of Unio Travel ethos to not exploit local communities’ culture and environment. We ensure our tours are of low impact on natural resources, respectful and observant of local customs and supportive of local economies. Our staff have led groups on medical treks in remote mountains and ethnic minority communities, and coordinated the building of schools, kindergartens, wells, toilets and bridges for disadvantaged regions.
Below are some guidelines on how you can contribute positively to the local economy, environment and society of the region you are visiting. You can also see this link for a copy of our Responsible Tourism Policy.often not comprehensive.
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• Respect Cultural Differences
• Assist the Locals in their Understanding of Western Culture
• Dress conservatively, especially when entering religious sites
• Swimming & Sunbathing
• Etiquette – the all important ‘Saving Face’
• Photography –Still & Video
• Drugs & Alcohol
• Prescription Medicines
More formal dress codes apply for temples, mosques or any other religious sites you may visit, and to prevent the wrath of the gods as well as the locals these should be closely followed. In general, both men and women should have covered shoulders and legs, and shoes and hats should be removed.
Các vấn đề xã hội
Be aware that it is taboo in some of the communities we visit to conduct an intimate relationship with a local person. If you find yourself in a situation where a relationship with a local could develop, seek the advice of your group leader who will find out, with the assistance of other locals, the correct courting process! Failure to do so could lead to compromising the credibility of future Unio trips, not to mention the heavy fines levied in some communities, while in others it can be punishable by serious injury. Homosexuality is not as accepted in Asia.
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Environmental Responsibility & Waste Minimisation
In Asia, the enormous economic growth of the region has been at the cost of the environment. Analysts are only now beginning to recognise the extent of the damage and the true cost to the environment and the welfare of its inhabitants. Debris-choked waterways, open sewers, excessive air pollution and plastic littering the streets are an obvious result of unrestrained economic growth. We don’t want our presence in Asia to add to this problem and need to minimise our impact on the places by practising waste minimisation initiatives whilst on holiday. We can also assist our Asian hosts in making informed decisions in developing social and environmental programs that will benefit future generations.