Ecotourism

BEST Society - Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 Finalist

BEST Society, which stands for Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies, supports rural communities in Malaysia’s Sabah establish and improve their own social enterprises, improving their quality of life through business. Moving away from charity, now the NGO focuses on capacity building in social entrepreneurship, and is increasing access to markets for cottage industry artisans.

Tanjung Puting National Park's Environmental Impact

A slow boat trip through Tanjung Puting provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the Borneo forest and watch the behaviour of the primates that inhabit it. In the third and final part of this series, writer Simon Pridmore sums up his experience in Kalimantan's remote Tanjung Puting National Park.

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Karst Formation: Nature's Wonder

Until the discovery of an underground river in Mexico ’s Yucatan Peninsula in 2007, the 8.2-kilometer long Puerto Princesa Subterranean River was reputed to be the world’s longest underground river. The underground river arises approximately 2 kilometers south-west of Mount Saint Paul at an altitude of 100 meters. “The subterranean river is the park’s main calling card, and it passes through a mystical limestone cave before emptying into the South China Sea ,” UNESCO said.

Mekong Responsible Travel E-Guide Launched

A new online guide shows you how to have a great holiday using boutique hotels, guest houses, restaurants, shops and tour operators that all build positive change throughout Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the Guangxi and Yunnan provinces of China.

Thai Tourism Seven Green Concepts: Green Direction by Tourism Authority of Thailand

New green initiative boosts Seven Green Concepts, conservancy and social responsibility in its 2011 policy from Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Krabi’s Centara Resort Sustainability Review: Green Globe From Bronze to Gold

Krabi’s Centara Resort Sustainability Review: Green Globe From Bronze to Gold

Krabi’s Centara is just one of the few hotel and chain resorts under Centara’s portfolio to undergo a green wave of change by participating in a global benchmarking scheme through Green Globe to attain sustainability and promote awareness with its employees and stakeholders. The other four properties to also do so are Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villa Hua Hin, Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui and Centara Karon Resort Phuket. 

Gaia Discovery Partners Big Bubble for Coral Reef Restoration With Biorock® Technology

Gaia Discovery is embarking on a series of environmental projects in Southeast Asia, starting with coral gardening and assisted reef restoration programmes. It seeks the participation of scuba divers from around the world to join its scheduled group trips beginning 14 May 2011.

Timor Leste: Easy to Get-To, Unspoilt Ecotourism Destination

Travelling to Timor Leste is like travelling back in time to a less frantic age. But getting there is a cinch now that regular air services have started fro Changi, Singapore.

Arkitrek Camp, An Architecture Summer School, To Design and Build In Borneo

Arkitrek Camp, an architecture summer school in Malaysian Borneo is now taking applications for a three-week camp in May 2011. The camp is aimed at developing young architects’ skills and experience. Malaysia-based British architect Ian Hall, director of Arkitrek is working together with volunteer organisation Camps International for hands-on design and construction in the environmentally and culturally-sensitive Malaysian state of Sabah.

Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards 2010 Winners

Wild Asia announces the winners for the 5th Responsible Tourism Awards 2010 from Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka at ITB Asia. After months of short-listing the finalists and making site visits to the final six properties and tour operators, Wild Asia’s judging panel has finally selected its 2010 RT Awards winners.

Philippines: Pearl of the Orient Seas and Ecotourism Marvel

Often overlooked by travelers because of its location on the ‘wrong’ side of the South China Sea, the Philippines rewards those who go the extra distance to reach it, writes Henrylito D.Tacio.

Bohol Ecotourism: Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Research, Balicasag Island, Pamilacan Island

Bohol, an oval-shaped island province in Central Visayas bounded on the north by the Camotes Sea, on the west by the Cebu Strait, and on the South by the Bohol Sea. One of the more than 7,000 islands, it is considered an anchor tourist destination.