ASIA

5 of the most amazing eco-hotels opening in 2017

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I admit I’m always a little wary of the term ‘eco-hotel’. As there is nothing to stop any ol’ hotel owner from whacking this label on their property – and many do – travellers can easily be duped into supporting…

5 of the best: social enterprises in Luang Prabang

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I recently spent a sizeable chunk of time in Luang Prabang, one of my favourite cities in Southeast Asia, to research a guidebook. A 1995 Unesco listing has helped this northern Lao city retain much of its Franco-colonial charm, but…

How to travel sustainably in Phuket

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It’s no secret that Phuket is no longer the unspoiled tropical paradise that first started luring international travellers to its shores in the 1970s. Yet thanks to its still-beautiful beaches, choice of good value hotels, excellent food and convenient air links, Thailand’s favourite…

Why I’ll never ride an elephant again

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I was rummaging through a storage box the other day when I came across something that made me cringe: a framed photograph of my partner and sitting atop an elephant, grinning for the camera. We were 19-years-old, and on our…

50 ways to travel more sustainably

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It’s fair to assume that most travellers would prefer to travel responsibly rather than irresponsibly. And to travel responsibly, is to travel sustainably. But what does that even mean? Does it cost more? Does it suck out the fun of…

10 of the best apps for eco-conscious travellers

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As responsible tourism becomes ever more popular, there are more and more ‘green’ smartphone applications available to can help you be kind to the planet on your travels. These handy apps can help you do everything from track your CO2…