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An Eye-Opening Family Visit to a Chinese Migrant Workers’ School

  • Ethan Gelber and Jane Higgins
  • 14 August 2017

The children of Chinese migrant workers do not necessarily have the same opportunities as resident kids. So many of them attend special schools created for them by their community. This is an eye-opening account of the complex context and experience of an American family’s visit to a Chinese migrant workers’ school.

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Asia’s Elephant Tourism Problem: A Search for Answers

  • Matthew Barker
  • 12 August 2016

There’s a big debate about Asian elephants in tourism. It is anchored in a growing belief that we need to make elephant tourism work for more elephants.

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The Fight Against Human Trafficking: A Visit to the Indian Border with Maiti Nepal

  • Christine T. Mackay
  • 25 May 2015

A donor trip to Nepal bears witness to the work of Maiti Nepal in its fight against human trafficking, the heartbreaking tragedy of which is enormous in a country suffering from poverty, illiteracy and now recovery from major natural disaster.

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Street Food in Thailand: Neat Treats and Sustainability

  • Heather Rath
  • 12 May 2014

Grasshoppers, crickets, assorted insects – down the hatch! Although it’s easy to dismiss Patong, as a tourist haven, you just can’t dismiss the exceptional street food in Thailand. To eat or not eat: that is the question. With the enjoyment of exotic culinary delights, however, comes environmental responsibility.

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Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards 2013 Honor Responsible Travel Providers

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 21 November 2013

A few months ago, The Travel Word put its support behind the seventh annual 2013 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards, a contest that honors exceptional tourism providers in Asia with business strategies that meet responsible tourism criteria. Now, after reviewing more than 45 quality applications from a geographically diverse pool of contestants, the award judges last month announced the winners.

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Cambodia Calling! The PEPY Ride Is a Trip of a Lifetime

  • Amy McLoughlin
  • 4 November 2013

The PEPY Ride is an annual 1000-kilometre cycling extravaganza across Cambodia, run by PEPY Tours, an award-winning social enterprise. It is a unique opportunity to explore far beyond the tourist traps, by experiencing authentic cultural exchanges and expand one’s minds through learning about global development from experts. Best of all, every journey funds a dynamic program of education and youth empowerment projects for rural Cambodian students.

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The Fight For Survival: Elephants in Laos

  • Phyllis Kaplan
  • 22 July 2013

Laos was once called the “the land of a million elephants,” but currently there are fewer than 900 living elephants in Laos: 450 domestic and 400 wild. ElefantAsia has partnered with Elephant Conservation Center in Sayaboury, Laos, to address this sad issue. However, going to the ECC is anything but sad. For me it was transformative to be with these animals.

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The Finalists of the 2013 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards Are Revealed

  • The Travel Word
  • 2 July 2013

After much debate, a panel of expert judges has selected the finalists for the 2013 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards. Selected from the widest geographical spread to date of responsible tourism practitioners, the finalists will now undergo the last round of review.

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Sustainable Development and Ecotourism in Maldives

  • 17 June 2013

A combination of Maldives’ ever-increasing popularity and its desire to meet tourist demand could have potentially damaging consequences to the country’s delicate ecosystem. In an attempt to head off some of the worst, the government has been introducing sustainable development measures and ecotourism practices.

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Morning Alms in Luang Prabang, Laos: Religious Tradition Turned into Tourist Spectacle

  • Cindy Fan
  • 8 April 2013

Tak Bat or morning alms is a living Buddhist tradition in Laos that has become a tourist attraction on the must-see/do list of Luang Prabang. It is indeed a beautiful sight. But over the years, as more and more travellers discover Laos, the Buddhist tradition has turned into a spectacle of disruptive, disrespectful tourists who act like they’re on the It’s a Small World Disneyland ride full of animatronic dolls in bright ethnic costumes.

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