8 reasons to book your next dream holiday with Samsara Vegan Travels

Travel with Vegan Companions

Eat Vegan food, all the time

Travel in small groups (6-16)

All restaurants checked and approved

Visit Animal Sanctuaries and Rescue Centers

Package tours with plenty of freedom

Very motivated, enthusiastic and Vegan tour leaders

Local, English speaking, tour guides

During travels with Samsara Vegan Travels, we pay a lot of attention to meals that meet the requirements of a vegan. Of course, we do our very best selecting restaurants that refrain from using animal products in the preparation of the meals. Although we will have agreements on this with the hotels and restaurants where we will eat, it is always possible that a mistake is made somewhere, we cannot claim responsibility for that.
The restaurants we have selected are preferably classified as vegan, so no animal products are used in the kitchen. If vegan restaurants are not available, we select vegetarian restaurants. In some countries or locations no vegan or vegetarian restaurants are available, in this case we can eat in an 'ordinary' restaurant where vegan options are offered.

We are keeping a database of restaurants that offer vegan food. As new vegan restaurants are opened every day, and other restaurants disappear, we keep updating this list. Restaurants that we select are often reviewed by other travelers and have also been visited and approved by our tour leader.

Specific dietary restrictions and allergies have to be discussed with the restaurants on location.

Being Vegan entails more than eating a vegan meal, Samsara Vegan Travels is aware of that. In addition to eating a nutritious and healthy, or deliciously greasy vegan meal we aim to show compassion to all sentient being by avoiding to exploit animals and people in any way whatsoever. We will not be visiting zoos and other places that keep animals in captivity for economical or entertainment reasons. So no elephant rides, visits to snake or crocodile farms, fish markets or other venues where animals (dead or alive) are tortured and exploited. Unfortunately animal cruelty is all around us. There is no way to avoid seeing it, but what we can do is not support it in any way and have a discussion if possible.

In our destination countries we carefully select sanctuaries, rescue centers or projects that are ethical and are definitely worth a visit. The main purpose of these projects or sanctuaries has to be to promote compassion toward these living beings. Mostly this is done by harboring animals that are endangered or threatened or that do not get to live a happy life in that particular country.
We will only visit a sanctuary if it meets our requirements and if it is safe for our travelers to visit. For these reasons some tours might not include a sanctuary visit yet, please check the detailed itinerary of your specific tour.

Vietnam

Vietnam is home to a number of animal sanctuaries that are keeping animals first of all as a place of rescue but also to create public awareness. During our journey we will be visiting one of these sanctuaries, depending on the season (for instance, turtles hibernate and are not much fun to visit during the winter season ). Check details of your specific travel to find out which sanctuary we will be paying a visit.

Endangered Primate Rescue Center

Samsara Vegan Travels - Vietnam - EPRC Langur
Samsara Vegan Travels - Vietnam - Loris at EPRC
Samsara Vegan Travels - Vietnam - Langur at EPRC

The Endangered Primate Rescue Center is a not for profit project dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnam's endangered and critically endangered primate species. First established in 1993, through a collaboration between Frankfurt Zoological Society and Cuc Phuong National Park, the center is presently managed under the umbrella of the Vietnam Primate Conservation Program, jointly operated by Zoo Leipzig and Cuc Phuong National Park.  More than 180 animals have been born at the center, some being the first of their species to be born in captivity, including the critically endangered Cat Ba langur, Delacours langur and the Grey shanked douc langur.

Today the center is home to around 180 primates representing 15 species. The primates are housed in more than 50 large enclosures including two fenced semi wild areas of primary forest, measuring 2 and 5 hectares in size. These enclosures serve to prepare animals for release into the wild and provide opportunities to study the behavior of animals in semi wild conditions.

The EPRC currently employs 31 staff both from the local community and abroad.


Asian Turtle Program

Samsara Vegan Travels - Vietnam - Asian Turtle Program
Samsara Vegan Travels - Vietnam - Asian Turtle Program turtle

The Asian Turtle Program (ATP) was established in 1998 and incorporated into the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo/Cleveland Zoological Society's Asia regional program in 2003. Since the ATP originated with the development of the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) at Cuc Phuong National Park together with our local partner NGO, Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV), we have been working on the conservation of tortoises and freshwater turtles (TFT) in southeast Asia with a focus on Vietnam’s priority species including critically endangered and endemic species of greatest conservation concern. With the aim of establishing a safe and sustainable future for Asian turtles, and ensuring that no further turtle species become extinct in the region, we implement strategic interventions that directly contribute to the conservation of Asian turtles, helping to ensure efficient use of limited resources, as well as developing capacity, strengthening leadership, and ultimately effecting positive attitudinal and behavioral change within society. Various prominent events and activities have taken place in Vietnam including enforcement training for forest rangers, raising public awareness about the importance of protecting Vietnam's turtles, conducting conservation-focused research, and building the next generation of young scientists and professionals with expertise in Vietnam's turtles.


Vietnam Bear Sanctuary

Samsara Vegan Travels - Vietnam - Bear Sanctuary logo
Samsara Vegan Travels - Vietnam - Bear Sanctuary

Spread over an area of 11 hectares, the sanctuary has almost 30,000 square meters of semi-natural outdoor enclosure space designed to stimulate the bears’ natural behaviors. There are five double bear houses, each containing two rows of conjoined concrete dens. Each row of dens opens out onto a large outdoor enclosure with pools, trees and various structures and furniture designed to aid rehabilitation. There are also two houses with no outdoor access, a polytunnel area with cages for housing bears recovering from surgery, and an undercover area that provides temporary housing space for new arrivals in large cages while they are in quarantine.

As the team in Vietnam regularly receives cubs confiscated from wildlife traders or poachers, we have also constructed a 280 square meter cub house with a 1000 square meter outdoor area split into seven enclosures. Furnished with cub-sized wooden sleeping platforms, the cub dens house young bears until they are mature enough to be moved to the larger double bear houses and integrated with the adults.


Jack's Cat Cafe

Samsara Vegan Travels - Vietnam - Jack's Cat Cafe logo

Jack's Cat Cafe is part of Vietnam Cat Welfare. We started rescuing abused and abandoned cats in 2009. We provide medical treatment, shelter and attempt to find good homes for every animal. Our goals are both reactive and proactive; we wish to educate people on how to help animals here and end animal cruelty in Vietnam. We look after as many animals as we can and rely on our amazing volunteers, supporters and the generous people who re-home these precious animals to help.


Myanmar

In Myanmar we have so far agreed with the Yangon Animal Shelter and the Royal Heart Shelter & Animal Rescue in Mandalay to include them in our travels.

Yangon Animal Shelter

Samsara Vegan Travels - Myanmar - Yangon Animal Shelter
Samsara Vegan Travels - Myanmar - dogs at Yangon Animal Shelter

Together with a fellow animal loving teacher and a wonderful parent of one of my students, we decided to set up a shelter. Thanks to the generous donation of some land, our first shelter was established. Initially, our goal was to house 40-50 dogs, and use the TNR (trap-neuter-return) method to decrease the stray dog population in the long run. However, our efforts to stop the poisoning of street dogs have been unsuccessful, and therefore, releasing dogs back onto the street was not an option.
Our shelter was soon full, as we would constantly receive calls from people begging us to take in more dogs.  Fortunately, another larger, piece of land was generously donated and the shelter was relocated.  We are currently at capacity with approximately 500 dogs.  It is heartbreaking to have to tell people we cannot accept any more dogs, but it is a struggle financially to care for the dogs already at the shelter.
We will continue to try and persuade the local authorities to use more humane dog population management. Our hope is to bring in organizations who will help with TNR to reduce the stray population and mass vaccinations to prevent the spread of diseases like rabies. Many of these organizations however will not provide their services until the poisoning stops. Campaigning against dog poisoning is thus a priority of YAS.


Nepal

In Nepal we will pay a visit to the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre.

Kathmandu Animal Treatment (KAT) Centre

Samsara Vegan Travels - Nepal - KAT Centre

More than 22,500 dogs live on the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal, and many suffer from starvation, infected open sores, mange, and other injuries and illnesses.

The Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre (KAT Centre) is a non-profit registered charity organisation dedicated to improving the welfare of Nepal's animals. We are humanely creating a healthy, rabies-free, sustainable street dog population in Kathmandu.

Our goal is to reduce the number of stray dogs in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley and eliminate rabies through:

• Animal Birth Control (ABC) & Rabies Vaccinations
• Public Education: Teaching compassion and rabies awareness
• Rescue & Treatment: For sick and injured street dogs and cats, many of whom are now available for adoption
• Re-homing and adoption Campaign

The following links are very useful for vegan people who want to travel around the world:

The Nomadic Vegan

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HowDoIGoVegan.com

For those of us we are not convinced yet that being Vegan is the only way forward.

Lekker Vega

A Dutch platform for the promotion of Vega consumption and cooking.

Happycow

HappyCow.net is your one-stop resource for everything VEG. Find vegetarian restaurants and health food stores worldwide; read travel and health articles; download mobile app; exchange recipes and stories. Join HappyCow's growing community of caring people who are dedicated to promoting a healthy, compassionate, and sustainable lifestyle.

Health Coach Brenda

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