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Welcome to VegVoyages, an adventure tour company founded by vegetarians for vegan and vegetarian travelers.
Finding tasty pure vegan food can be a daunting task while traveling. If you’re like us, you look forward to exploring new lands, learning about new cultures, crave adventure, having fun, love great food and don’t want to waste valuable vacation time searching for first-rate vegan meals. We understand this and invite you to join us and experience different cultures – vegan style!
At VegVoyages, we specialize in vegan adventures in select Asian countries.
On each adventure, we not only visit the “must see” sights, but also make sure to spend plenty of time well off the beaten “tourist trail” – giving you the opportunity to gain real insight into the region’s culture, history and heritage. On all of our adventures, our main focus is cultural immersion, local interaction, and of course, eating plenty of tasty vegan food along the way!
VALUE – THERE ARE NO HIDDEN CHARGES!
We know you work hard and have limited vacation time, which is why we pride ourselves on giving you the best value for your time and money. VegVoyages offers its travelers a very personalized adventure at a competitive price. There are no hidden charges! In fact, you’ll often spend less on a VegVoyages adventure than if you traveled the same route and standard on your own.
VegVoyages offers standards of accommodations, activities, meals and transport on a daily basis that other similarly priced companies do not. We don’t pile you on overcrowded buses or stay at shared bathroom facilities. We use modern air- conditioned vans, cars or buses (as needed) on all our adventures. If we do need to use local transport such as buses, trains or ferries, we make sure the ones we choose are as comfortable as possible.
Our accommodations are always unique, clean and comfortable and highlight the local lifestyle and architecture. We supply virtually all meals throughout the adventure and even have special “festivity nights” where in addition to dinner – alcoholic drinks, juices, snacks and live music are provided at no extra cost. All entry fees, all guide fees, all entertainment, and all activities such as yoga or tai chi lessons, trekking, kayaking, island hopping, snorkeling tours, desert safari, cooking classes, biking, local dance workshops, language and cultural lessons, and many more are all included in the price of our adventures.
Everything mentioned in your adventure itinerary is included in one set price, so there are no surprise charges. Many other companies charge a “local payment” in addition to their advertised price – VegVoyages does not. Simply compare what you get on a VegVoyages adventure with what you get from other companies and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see that a VegVoyages adventure is a true value for your money!
EVERYDAY SOMETHING NEW…
On a VegVoyages adventure, everyday is unlike the next. We may spend a day exploring an enchanting palace of an ancient Indian desert town; the next day may be spent venturing out on safari into the last natural habitat in the world of the Asiatic Lions; while the next may be spent admiring century’s old sacred temples, mosques, cathedrals, colonial forts and backwater trading outposts or exploring the local underwater marine life around uninhabited tropical islands.
Wherever we may be, VegVoyages also prides itself on providing our guests plenty of activities – which are all already included in the tour cost! So there’s always plenty to do and plenty of fun to be had! Whether it’s deserts, beaches, remote outback villages or safaris, everyday is spent doing something new – and everyday is an adventure!
We love our job and nothing makes us happier than sharing our enthusiasm and affection for the destinations we travel to with you. Your journey is important to us! Unlike big corporate run tour companies, VegVoyages, as a family owned company, believes in focusing on destinations we know best. We don’t have 100 destinations to choose from.
We travel to places where we have personally lived and/or worked in and are committed to offering you a personal and unique journey to the places we call home. We realize that most people don’t have the luxury or time to take many holidays, so we believe the ones you do take should be memorable, comfortable, hassle-free and fun!
With VegVoyages, you are not just a number, but a fellow traveler. That’s why we keep to a group size of 14–18 people maximum. This size allows us more freedom to stay where we want to stay, eat where we want to eat and go to all the places we want to go to. Smaller groups also allow us to devote more time to making your adventure unique and personal.
With small a group, we are more like a bunch of friends on a journey rather than a tour group.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE FOOD!
Ever wonder why people have such a hard time understanding that vegans and vegetarians like to eat too? We all know there’s much more to vegan and vegetarian cuisine than salads and side dishes. We love to eat and we know you do too! VegVoyages believes that food and drink are an important part in understanding a destination’s heritage, culture and lifestyle. Mouthwatering vegan cuisine that highlights the distinctive local ingredients and cooking styles of each destination compliment all our adventures – all vegan, and all already included in your tour price.
It could be a delectable feast at a remote palace in the badlands of Rajasthan, India, a spicy coconut based curry on the beach overlooking the South China Sea, a fiery Thai fusion dinner at a local diner in Bangkok, a delicious steamed salad with spicy peanut dressing in Bali, Indonesia, or a simple but healthy vegan meal in a small village on the banks of the mighty Mekong River in Laos.
Whether visiting a popular local veggie café or enjoying the simple pleasure of a sweet mango at a roadside stall – our goal is to bring you the very best of vegan Asia! For more details on the food served on a VegVoyages adventure, please see our Don’t Forget About the Food page.
WHICH TRIPS ARE VEGAN?
Over ninety percent of our adventures are vegan, but of course, all travelers are welcome. All our vegan adventures are indicated by a vegan symbol that appears on the itinerary page of each of our vegan adventures.
A VegVoyages adventure is just that – an adventure! We want you to walk away with much more than a few snapshots, postcards and a t-shirt. We strive hard to make sure each of our guests feel like they are part of the destination focusing on cultural immersion and local interaction, so when you leave the country you’ll have a better understanding of its people, history, culture and let’s not forget… cuisine!
It’s important to realize that we do not try to insulate you from the realities of a destination. When you travel with VegVoyages, you should expect to see the country AS-IT-IS. From the pretty to the not so pretty, we want you to experience all the rigors and wonders of traveling in Asia. This is all part of the adventure and we look forward to sharing it with you!
NOTE: We are not a conventional tour company. We don’t travel from one five star hotel to another. We care about where you stay and try to bring you as close as possible, including in choice of accommodations, to being a part of the destination you are visiting. Our accommodations are always clean and comfortable. It could be a centuries–old palace, a charming country inn, wooden bungalows over-looking lush paddy fields, a relaxing beach cabana or a UNESCO Heritage Mansion. Wherever we may be, we always try to stay in places that capture the region’s charm and uniqueness.
Transport on a VegVoyages adventure varies from place to place. Wherever possible, we use our own vehicles so we can get off-the-beaten- track and go at our own pace. It could be cruising down the Coromandel Coast of South India in our vans, or floating down river in a traditional village boat to the sounds of life along the water’s shores. It could be coasting along the banks of a peaceful lake where glimpses of a bygone era fill the sights and sounds in an almost half-millennium year old lakeside city, or navigating the sea by local boat out to remote uninhabited islands. It could be traversing the back alleys of an ancient temple town by rickshaw (tuk-tuks), traveling over the barren desert of Rajasthan in an open top jeep, or enjoying the tranquility of a world heritage protected bird sanctuary by bicycle. Whatever form of transport we use though – we strongly believe that getting there is half the fun!
Above all, VegVoyages believes in responsible and sustainable travel. We travel in a way that appreciates cultures and lifestyles that differ from our own. We respect local cultures and customs rather than imposing ourselves on them. We don’t compare our destinations to our home countries and encourage our fellow travelers to do the same and remember that cultural differences and standards are quite unlike what you may be used to – but that’s all part of the adventure. Though sometimes this may be trying, we guarantee you’ll appreciate the destination in its entirety.
Wherever possible, we make a point to use produce farmed locally, stay in locally owned and operated accommodations, eat at locally owned restaurants, work with local guides, local cooks, local drivers, as well as supporting locally run vegetarian and vegan businesses in the areas our adventures take place, thus helping to develop and sustain local communities.
We feel it is important to make travel and discovery beneficial for everyone – our guests and the people and places we visit. As part of VegVoyages’ aim to bring people closer to the destination we are in, we regularly visit with our groups to raise awareness and contribute to several worthy causes. From helping keep rural schools running by providing books and other materials to assisting in funding for grassroots animal rights and care organizations. For us travel is a way to do something – however modest it may be – to help communities, people, animals and other causes we believe in. We actively support grassroots animal rights and social organizations that make a difference in their communities, whether it is a hospital for local street animals, a rural village school, an orphanage, or a refuge and rehabilitation center for exploited animals. When you join a VegVoyages adventure you are helping to make a difference as part of the cost of everyone of our adventures goes directly to these groups and their causes.
ONE LAST NOTE…
Because we like animals so much, we are against the exploitation of animals in any form and we do not use them on our tours for expeditions, rides or safaris. Laws concerning the humane treatment of animals are rarely enforced in the countries we travel and animals can be forced to work long hours under stressful conditions and can be mistreated and live in poor surroundings. Thank you for your understanding.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING…
Extraordinary, amazing and discovery-filled adventure!
Definitely not your run of the mill, cookie-cutter tour!
Above and beyond expectations!
A unique and unforgettable experience.
You simply cannot buy experiences like these at any price. This is a very special adventure, enjoy and learn more than you would have ever thought possible. Thanks!
India · 23-day Badlands, Beasts, Bishnois & Beaches!
India · 16-day Desert Kingdoms of Rajputana
India · 15-day Camels & Canines & Cows – Oh my!
India · 12-day Vegin' out in the land of Rajputs
India · 8-day The Green Triangle
India · 16-day South India Serenade
Thailand · 14-day Terrific Tastes of Thailand
Malaysia · 15-day Rainforests, Reefs, Cultures & Cuisines!
Bali · 14-day Vegin’ Out on the Island of Gods
Laos · 16-day Mekong Moments: Laos Adventure