We went on the trek that takes in 3 villages, a boat ride and the waterfall. Our guide Yia was... read more
Laos doesn't really have a 'national average' per se, but the guides for Tiger Trail are well paid by industry standards. They work on a merit based system, so the higher their skills, the more experience they have and the... More
Laos doesn't really have a 'national average' per se, but the guides for Tiger Trail are well paid by industry standards. They work on a merit based system, so the higher their skills, the more experience they have and the better feedback they receive the higher their pay grade. They also receive bonuses (national style ones like for New Year, as well as for good Trip Advisor feedback etc). Staff receive benefits such as paid holidays, maternity leave and so on. The company is very generous to employees in other ways such as providing loans, salary in advance, and helping when personal problems arise, plus creating a collegial work environment with social outings, training etc. How do I know this? I used to manage the company and designed the pay system myself. As for the support for villages, Tiger Trail both works in partnership with villages and other NGO's (eg: The Akha Experience) and runs Fair Trek trips where a portion of the tour fees goes directly to the village representatives. There are also revenue streams into the village when staying overnight etc through accommodation, transport, local guide hire and food/beverage. In the background, Tiger Trail also uses local labour and local companies where possible (eg: catering, making items, office improvements/construction etc). Once again, I have first hand knowledge of this because I designed tours and audited tour costs etc, as well as commissioning locals to provide items. I have no affiliation whatsoever anymore, so I am just telling you the information as an objective person.