Dining & Shopping
• Local delicacies form part of the joy of travel. Eating local food and have a local drink is not only part of your memorable travel experiences, but also your money will support the locals. Throughout Indochina, you may find quite a few wildlife restaurants, especially when it comes to mountainous places. Trying this wildlife food will encourage the local supply, and in turn, may lead to the extinction of several rare species, as there is virtually no farm that supplies these products but hunting. Asiana Travel Mate runs a few culinary and gourmet tours, please if you are interested in this kind of trips.
• Handicrafts are better priced and more authentic when bought at local village makers. Asiana Travel Mate support community cooperatives and handicraft center run by disabled or handicapped people.
• We discourage the purchase of endangered fauna or floral products; this will contribute to illegal trade in wildlife and damage the local environment and biological diversity. Please also note that these wildlife products may not be allowed to go through customs when you get home.
• Bargaining is common in most Asian countries. Just keep in mind that it is not a matter of life and death, and a few dollars will not be a big amount to you but to the local sellers. Bargaining with a smile will not make you any less tougher as a buyer, and please remember that once the bargaining is set, then you must buy.
• Be careful to be the first client in the morning. First clients are believed to bring good lucks or bad lucks of the day, better that you buy some small things for the shops if you are not really interested in their goods.
Environmental Issues
• Waste management in Indochina is a huge problem for the environment. Disposal system and recycling of plastic are not yet properly in place. Also, the awareness of people on environmental protection as well as littering is still not widespread. you can then set good examples for the local to follow.
• It will be no problems that you refuse plastic bags offered for wrapping food or souvenirs.
While trekking or traveling through remote villages, it is recommended that you keep all the plastic bags and water bottles and dispose of them safely at the next town.
• Avoid using soap or shampoo when bathing at rivers, streams, or lakes.
• When visiting National Parks or Protected Nature Reserve, please make sure that you follow the NP guidelines. Please keep in mind the saying for National Park: “Take nothing but photos, Leave nothing but footprints, Kill nothing but your time.”
Our guidelines are not intended to be overbearing but informative; we need your participation to make your holiday a memorable experience, to bring benefits to local communities, and to protect the environment.
Please kindly inform us any way that we can make our guidelines better, and how we perform with these Guidelines.

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