Khiri Travel has announced the launch of Khiri Travel Indonesia. The operator has teamed up with Sunda Trails and has opened with offices in Lombok and Flores, with dedicated English and Dutch speaking teams in place.
Sunda Trails has 12 years of inbound tourism operations experience in Indonesia, focusing mostly on ecotourism and rural community exploration, all with an emphasis on responsible travel. The company offers hiking, bicycle tours, diving, marine expeditions and anthropological trips throughout the Indonesian archipelago.Initially, the islands east of Bali (Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba and Flores), also known as the Lesser Sunda Islands (Nusa Tenggara Timor or East Nusa Tenggara) will remain as the cornerstone of the new tours.
The operator has also introduced luxury tented accommodation alongside the Banteay Chhmar temples in a remote corner of Cambodia. The initiative is being done with cooperation from the local community who are involved with tent setup, maintenance and providing hospitality. The aim is to help the community learn additional skills, which bring much needed extra income.
The company's general manager for Cambodia, Jack Bartholomew, said: “The tents are erected right alongside the temple ruins and guests get an authentic, away-from-it-all Khmer cultural experience. It’s a very peaceful, low impact and rewarding way to enjoy Khmer heritage and give back to the local community.”
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Please note: Khiri Travel does not operate a luxury carriage between Luang Prabang (Laos) and Hanoi (Vietnam) as a train track does not exist here. This was printed in error in the May 23 issue of Travel Bulletin.