How to be a Responsible Tourist (Simple Guide)

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In our previous blog article “Responsible Tourism in Chiang Mai”, we discussed what responsible tourism is and the main aspects that you should be aware of as a traveler.

In this article, we’ll be giving some simple tips and guidelines that you can easily put to use to become a more responsible tourist or traveler for your next trip.

Simple Rules

  1. Being aware of your choices is the most important rule. If you know how your actions can affect the host community, then you can choose not to contribute to the negative effects.
  2. Secondly, do the research yourself. This way you are in control of the activities you choose and you can gather as much as information as necessary. This goes hand in hand with the first rule.
  3. We understand that some might prefer to have professionals plan their trip, if so, choose travel agencies who promote responsible and sustainable tourism with the goal of helping locals earn their living. If you’re not sure, just ask them directly!
  4. Choose local, independent accommodations rather than 5-star hotels, even if it means sacrificing a few modern comforts. (More often than not, there will be alternatives that provide just as much modern comforts as a 5-star hotel.) Besides, you’ll have a much more unique and memorable experience!
  5. Eat at local restaurants. Every place has their local eateries.
  6. Book activities that are eco-friendly, culturally sensitive, and employ locals!

Responsible Tourism in Chiang Mai

It is not difficult to be a responsible tourist in Chiang Mai. Since Chiang Mai has been a travel hot spot for many years, there are many local businesses that cater to tourists, whether it be accommodations like bed and breakfast and small hotels or food and drink cafes and coffee shops.

The province has also been thriving even before the tourism boom. There are many authentic, cultural places to visit like museums, historical sites, temples, and nature sites. You will not be out of choices for what to do when you’re in Chiang Mai, and it won’t be hard to differentiate between responsible tourism activities and the rest.

Just look for signs about the nature of the business. The easiest is to see if they are a family-run business or not. Simply ask about the history or the origin of the place.

Look at the scale of the business. It’s often easy to tell a business apart by its size.

You can also observe the employees. How many are there? How do they interact? There is usually a difference between employees of a small, local business and a big, commercialized business. However, there are also local-owned independent hotels that train their staff to interact just like a five-star hotel.

How does Baan Orapin support responsible tourism?

Baan Orapin support responsible tourism in many ways.

In the environmental aspect, we’ve always had sustainability in mind. We always choose reusable materials over plastic when possible. We use glass water bottles and reusable plastic water bottles (not the same as normal plastic water bottles). Our bathroom amenities are also reusable bottles. We use electrical appliances that have energy-saving standards, including light bulbs and air conditioners.

We employ local and hill tribe villagers who come to Chiang Mai city to find jobs, teaching them the necessary skillset to perform their duties to a high standard.

We source materials such as furnitures, decorations, and ingredients from small, local businesses while ensuring the materials are as high quality or better than typical mass manufactured items.

We hope this simple guide gave you some useful information on how to be a more responsible traveler wherever you go! We really believe it’s well worth the effort to know you’re helping the community that you’re traveling to and create memorable experiences with the locals along the way!