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Sustainable Restaurants & Shops – Make Your Choices Count

May 29, 2015 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , , , ,

At Khiri Travel, promoting responsible tourism is fundamental to our business model. We believe that with the right choices, tourism can enhance cultural understanding, respect the environment and bring economic growth. Our local managers from around Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka have highlighted some easy choices for restaurants and souvenir shops that reflect our Khiri core value of using tourism to benefit local economies, improve education and/or promote cultural understanding.

Our sustainable restaurant recommendations not only serve delicious dishes but also use their businesses as platforms to train employees for sustainable jobs in the hospitality industry. Friends Restaurant in Phnom Penh, famous for its Asian style tapas and creative cocktails, employs former street children who gain valuable work experience. In Vientiane, the Balcony Bar in Luang Prabang serves fresh food from their garden and makes a difference offering tourism education to their employees. Dining at the Koto Hanoi Restaurant, a charming venue of fine food and good service, allows the Koto Foundation trainees to fine-tune their culinary skills.

Koto is a sustainable restaurant option in Hanoi, Vietnam. Support youth training with this responsible dining option. (c) emerinn.com

The Elephant Walk, a souvenir shop situated in the historic Galle Fort, encourages local artisans from poor communities to sell their arts and crafts. Badung and Kumbasari are two traditional markets where your travelers can experience the vibrant life of Bali. Purchasing from vendors selling anything from fresh produce to skillful woodcarvings directly supports the local economy.

If your travelers value learning about local culture, try the House of Memories in Yangon. This restaurant is located in a building that once housed the office of Myanmar’s independence hero, General Aung San. Cabbages and Condoms, a cultural icon in Bangkok, has excellent Thai cuisine and supports a non-profit organization that promotes birth control, rural development and AIDS awareness. We hope our recommendations can be a fun and easy way to choose responsible tourism.

For a sustainable restaurant option in Bangkok, visit Cabbages & Condoms on Sukhumvit Soi 12

For further information and for extensive lists of responsible shopping and sustainable restaurants, please refer to our Trade Log In section on the top right corner of this webpage.

Photo 1 by Emerinn.com

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