GEORGETOWN, Tex., June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- VegVoyages, a travel company that specializes in vegan and vegetarian travel, today announced new trips in honor of its fifth anniversary. Besides adventure tours through India, Malaysia and Laos, the company will now host veggie-centric tours in Thailand and has added a 15-day volunteer vacation at an animal sanctuary in India. After five years of leading experienced travelers and newbies alike through Asia, VegVoyages co-founders Zac Lovas, Jason Lovas and RK Singhji show no signs of boredom or slowing down. "Each group feels like the first time. Watching our guests discover things about the country and themselves... it's a good feeling," Singhji explains. "We get a lot of guests who come back and take our other tours again and again. They're our 'repeat offenders' so we must be doing something right," he adds.
This year VegVoyages will start its 'Camels and Canines and Cows...Oh My!' adventure where guests will have a chance to experience the culture and heritage of India while helping at a grassroots animal sanctuary. Their Thailand tours will start in 2011 where guests will explore off-the-beaten-track destinations in Thailand's far-less visited North East and Southern regions.
In addition to being one of the only US vegetarian tour companies operating in Asia, VegVoyages is also unique in its commitment to the local communities in its travel destinations. "We try not to impose ourselves on a community but rather try to be a part of it," Singhji said. "If we can offer a memorable adventure for our guests and at the same time help local communities – there's nothing better," he added. "It's the least we can do - these communities open their hearts and homes to us," Singhji noted. Involvement with local communities in the form of providing support for community development, environmental preservation and animal welfare projects, as well as support for local village schools, clinics and eco-friendly businesses, is an important guiding philosophy of the company.
Similarly, VegVoyages avoids the feel of a package tour. Adventures take travelers off the "tourist trail" but still ensure visits to "must see" sights. "With us, you see more of the way everyday people live and experience more local culture than you would on a more conventional tour," Singhji noted. After a few days traveling, most who have experienced package holidays before said that they forgot they were on a group tour and felt like they were traveling with friends. With VegVoyages' new packages, there's no better way to explore the Far East!
VegVoyages offers tours in India, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand. In addition to vegetarian/vegan meals, each tour also includes yoga, cooking classes, cultural immersion and more. VegVoyages' limited group size (12 people) attracts travelers looking for an intimate and personalized travel experience. For information, visit www.vegvoyages.com.