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Smokey Tours


SEE MANILA'S SLUMS, SEE THE OTHER MANILA

We train and develop talents of people from underprivileged communities to run eye-opening tours around Metro Manila.

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Smokey Tours


SEE MANILA'S SLUMS, SEE THE OTHER MANILA

We train and develop talents of people from underprivileged communities to run eye-opening tours around Metro Manila.

OUR TOURS

Smokey Tours are not just bricks and mortar tours. We offer a special experience. Believing that deep experience equals deep insight. Our tours are unique and honest; a testimony of changing times and our global 'interconnectedness'.


All tours are guided by local Smokey Tours tour leaders, who are professionally trained and know the area and the social situation.


Our flagship tour, the Smokey Mountain Tour, which took you through the slums of Manila's garbage dumpsite was discontinued in June 2014. This Smokey Mountain Tour has now been replaced by the Slum Tour in BASECO, considered one of the poorest in the Metro. 

It is possible to do two tours in one day, depending on the availability and tours of your choice.
 

 
 

We're thrilled to announce that Smokey Tours has been awarded the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, reflecting the consistently great reviews we've earned on TripAdvisor. If you have done one of our Tours, you also help us improve, as the case may be, or encourage us through your critique when you write a review. Please do!

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About


100% of the profit from our Slum Tour are invested in the Aplaya Community in Baseco

About


100% of the profit from our Slum Tour are invested in the Aplaya Community in Baseco

ABOUT SMOKEY TOURS

 

OUR MISSION

Smokey Tours empowers, educates and trains people from underprivileged communities in Metro Manila by giving safe and eye-opening tours. Help people who want to help themselves. Through our tours, we:

  • Raise awareness about social issues and concerns,

  • Inspire individuals to bring about societal change,

  • Use proceeds to improve the living conditions in underprivileged communities; and

  • Bridge the gap between people from different backgrounds. 

 

OUR VISION

Smokey Tours seeks to inspire people from all walks-of-life to become agents of positive change and contribute to societal well-being, whether it is within their own communities or on a much larger scale. At the same time, we strive to help people realize that happiness/joy does not solely rely on wealth or material possession.

 

OUR HISTORY

In January 2011, a photo tour was organized in Smokey Mountain. This ‘photo walk’ portrayed the way children live and play in the area of Tondo, specifically Baranggay 105 Sitio Damayan.
Twenty local photographers volunteered and donated their photographs.  In the meantime, local talents from Baranggay 105 were discovered who told stories about their neighbourhoods with passion, pride and dignity. The idea of a special tour was born.

Juliette Kwee started recruiting and coaching potential tour leaders. To professionally develop the tours at international standards, Smokey Tours tapped Chris Way - founder of (Reality Tours & Travel), an outfit that was already offering slum tours in India, who readily and graciously flew over and lent a much needed helping hand.


WHY "SMOKEY TOURS"

The Smokey Mountain Tour was the first and only tour of its kind offered in the entire South East Asian region when it began. Smokey Mountain was Smokey Tours’ signature tour. The guests were mainly part of a network of acquaintances while the arrangements and planning were largely improvised. Since the start, all the profits made through the tours were donated to local NGOs in Barangay 105, where Smokey Mountain (an urban dumpsite) was located.

Smokey Tours now offers five different tours and keeps seeking improvement and growth opportunities. Smokey Mountain has since closed down and Smokey Tours has now created a new Slum Tour in one of the most impoverished areas of Manila.

Smokey Tours has consistently been ranked #1 on TripAdvisor.


WHERE DOES THE PROFIT GO TO?

100% of the profit from our Slum Tour are given back to the community. We work together with the PRRC, the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission, a Goverment Organisation, with the goal to transform Pasig River and its environs into a showcase of a new quality of urban life. The Pasig River ends in the sea in Baseco. We believe in helping the people who want to be helped and to start projects, which are suggested by the community itself. 

Smokey Tours is putting their efforts into Talent Development and Livelihood. The goal is to train residents to become financial independent. The goal is to help people to help themselves. 

ALL FINANCIAL HELP AND DONATIONS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED

Smokey Tours is a project of World Experience Philippines, Corp. a duly registered NGO in the Philippines (CN201400189). The goal of World Experience Philippines is to share skills, experience and knowledge.

Adopt and sponsor Smokey Tours as part of your Corporate Social Responsibility Program!

Please contact us for further details. 

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Looking to see the other Manila?


WHY NOT TRY ONE OF OUR TOURS?

Looking to see the other Manila?


WHY NOT TRY ONE OF OUR TOURS?

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Contact Us


Contact No. +63 917 578 5398 or +63 2 622 1325.

Social Media links with all the latest news can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please contact us more than 3 days in advance. Our tours are very popular and we cannot guarantee to get back to you in time.

If you have a specific Question, that is not answered in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), please use the Contact Form below.

The dates, when we don't do any tours can be found when you click the button: Book Now.

Contact Us


Contact No. +63 917 578 5398 or +63 2 622 1325.

Social Media links with all the latest news can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please contact us more than 3 days in advance. Our tours are very popular and we cannot guarantee to get back to you in time.

If you have a specific Question, that is not answered in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), please use the Contact Form below.

The dates, when we don't do any tours can be found when you click the button: Book Now.

Please bear with us.  We are a small team. During high season and fielddays, we will not always be able to pick up the phone during office hours as we are often out doing tours. Please get in touch with our tour leaders early morning on the day of your tour if you need to make booking changes.

We will reply to emails as soon as possible and during our office hours (Monday - Friday) 11 AM to 5 PM. For Tour Schedules, please click on the Button BOOK NOW, and CHECK THE TOURSCHEDULE.

Please be aware that during typhoons there will be days when we will not have internet connection in the office and can't reply immediately.

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We proudly present our team - You will recognize the Smokey Tours tour leaders by their uniforms and ID cards.

Would you be interested in joining our team?

We at Smokey Tours are always looking for proactive people that would like to be part of our team!

If you have what it takes to become one of our tour leaders or if you would like to volunteer in any way (whether via marketing, promotion, sponsorship, etc.). Please feel free to contact us!


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Availability of Tours

When can I book a Tour? Check the Tourschedule for up to date Tourschedules. Please check the Tourschedule first.

Reservation of Tours

You can reserve Tours online at most 3 Months ahead.

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Would you like to do an internship or volunteer? Please send us your resume and details of your intent.

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