Buffalo Tours has taken over tour operator North by North East Travel Services in Thailand and officially launched a Buffalo Tours Thailand office in Bangkok.
The main aim of Buffalo Tours Thailand is to offer inspirational, unique, and affordable responsible travel experiences.
Thailand Country Manger, Ms Arabella Lakin (formerly Direct Sales Manager for Buffalo Tours) will offer niche holiday options engaging and supporting local communities, which in-turn also provides guests opportunities for authentic and mutually-respectful cultural exchange.
‘Buffalo Tours experience in the dynamics of sustainability enables us to both ‘raise the bar’ in terms of setting new high standards within the industry, and to contribute directly to the wellbeing of local communities, where tourism’s importance cannot be overemphasized. We go beyond the ‘sun, sea & sand’ image, and our guests visiting the Kingdom of Thailand will continue to contribute directly to local communities, whether by simply staying in carefully selected, responsibly managed accommodation; enjoying a diving trip with reputable dive operators actively involved in conserving the marine environment; or meaningfully interacting with local communities, rather than just observing through a camera lens’, explains Ms Lakin.
‘In short, we want our clients to return home with not only a memorable holiday but knowing that they have made a positive impact on the places they have visited’
Buffalo Tours Thailand can organize anything from standard leisure holidays, adventure holidays (such as sailing, kayaking, cave diving and trekking), to group volunteer conservation projects.
Their destinations tend to include those only found in tiny print in most guide books, such as Isan, Mae Hong Son, Khoa Yai National Park, Phang Nga and the Similan Islands.
Buffalo Tours is currently celebrating its 15th year anniversary. Established in Vietnam by CEO Tran Trong Kien, the company has grown from the humble beginnings of two employees and a telephone, to offering tours and ground handling services across Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand to over 200 travel agents and tour operators worldwide. In 2008 the company experienced a 35% increase in revenue turning over close to US $10 million, and forecasts it will provide services to approximately 28,000 customers in 2009. Buffalo Tours also has a representative office in Sydney, Australia and sales representation in the UK and Germany.
North by North East Travel Services, established by adventurer Mr Nick Ascot, has had over 10 years experience in ‘life-enhancing travel experiences” in Thailand’ and a strong reputation for boutique, niche travel programs and group volunteer holidays in North and North East Thailand and Laos.