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Contributed by reader Susie Hamilton The idea of sustainable travel is still a fairly new one but, as more research is conducted on climate change and human impact on the eco-sphere in general, it is fast becoming an area of growing importance. A common misconception is that by choosing an eco-friendly holiday, or sustainable tourism in general, we might be…

Excellent post by our long-time friend and sometime colleague Armin on the controversial subject of Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand’s famous, or infamous, ‘Tiger Temple’. All text and photos are by Armin, (except the Bridge pic), and the original article was published in German language at this link. Finally I managed to escape the city. Just 130 kilometers from Bangkok; life is…

The Yangon, (Rangoon), circular – a local railway line not a 6 lane ring-road or an underground line – does a loop from the city’s main station through the inner city, suburbs and outlying villages, before returning to the station some 3 hours later. It’s a local train for local people; wooden seats, tiny fans, stopping every 500m, but an…

Firstly please note these are our personal opinions and observations based on a recent recce trip to Burma and from discussions with both, persons involved in the tourism industry there, and the ‘man in the street’/bar/restaurant/taxi,  who we found only too willing to share their thoughts. Now as with many other UK/US/Australian etc tour operators we have been, for the…

Hat Chao Mai National Park lies in Kantang and Sikao districts of Thailand’s Trang Province and consists of a stretch of coastline incorporating the spectacular beaches of Chang Lang, (Park HQ), Pak Meng, Hat Yao etc, an area of mangrove swamps at the mouth of the Kantang River and several offshore islands in the Andaman Sea such as Koh Libong,…

Elephants in Thailand, and particularly the role in the tourism industry of these charismatic giants, can provoke some unusual reactions in people; emotive and misinformed – irrational and knee-jerk – why’s that? We get a fair bit of, undoubtedly well-meaning, but often confused, correspondence on that matter – occasionally by persons perceiving a contradiction with our responsible travel ethos. Been…

Many thanks to Dom at Fieldskills for this interesting article on an unusual subject – building bridges for orang-utans in Borneo’s Sabah State! Conservation, green tourism, adventure travel and sustainability are often concepts mentioned in the same breath but actually making them work successfully together can be very difficult.  Fieldskills is an expedition travel and training business with offices in…

Firstly we’d like to say that we don’t agree with using the term ‘responsible travel‘ as a marketing tool. ‘Eco-tourism’, ‘sustainable‘ this and that, ‘green‘ whatever, are widely used as trendy catch phrases to flog trips by some fairly irresponsible tour operators, (bitch, bitch…). How companies that organize visits to: ‘Long-neck Karen‘ hill-tribe villages, monkey shows, the Kanchanaburi ‘Tiger Temple‘…

Fascinating article by Angela Dennis on the Penan ethnic group of Borneo. Picnic with the Penan. A unique travel option for adventurous tourists through some of the last intact forest in Borneo, guided by the Island’s only traditionally nomadic indigenous people, the Penan. While many visitors to Borneo take in a longhouse visit, tasting traditional Iban or Kenyah hospitality, very…

Some of the hard-pressed teachers at Meas Kong primary school, Baray District in Cambodia’s Kompong Tom Province and below…..some of the kids! Meas Kong is a large school – some 1,200 pupils – serving 5 villages in the area and located next to the 11th century ruins of Prasart Kuhananokor. Since we’ve been including this off the beaten track temple…