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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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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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Homestays: Experiencing the Real Laos

  • Cindy Fan
  • 16 July 2012

We’re in the small village of Ban Dong Muong in southern Laos. We’ll be staying in someone’s home tonight – no hotels here. Our accommodations will be the floor of a simple home. Village life is an integral part of Lao culture and society, and this homestay will allow us to experience how the majority of people in this developing country live.

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Trekking to Northern Thailand’s Mountain-top Villages

  • Gina Douglas
  • 9 April 2012

I look around at the motorcycles, the well-dressed children and the minimalist huts and find myself wondering if it’s all an act. Do they head back down the mountain after we’re all asleep? Is this just a well-produced illusion for tourists? Then I notice a woman hanging up laundry and I pass what looks like a bare-bones general store. This definitely is a lived-in – and by all appearances happy – village.

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When Is International Day of the World’s Indigenous People? Today!

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 9 August 2011

Today is International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Proclaimed by the United Nations, it’s a day on which, as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, to “celebrate and recognise the stories, cultures and unique identities of indigenous peoples around the world.” The Travel Word is very proud to salute the cultural roots from which we have all sprung, roots that remain robust but require our admiration, care and protection.

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Ethnology Museum in Laos Helps Travellers Understand Local Ethnic Groups

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 5 August 2011

Living in the remote mountains around Luang Namtha in northern Laos, the country’s most traditional ethnic groups have for centuries cultivated rice and inhabited small rural villages. These tribes, however, are at a crossroads between traditional ways of life and the forces of modernity and tourism. In response, the Traditional Arts and Ethnography Centre (TAEC) provides information to travellers about Laos’ diversity of cultures and ethnic groups.

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Top Five Indigenous Cultures Tours

  • whl.travel
  • 2 August 2011

The theme “linking cultures” has been chosen for the 2011 World Tourism Day (to be celebrated on September 27). Often, in an area with indigenous populations, or people who are original to the land, one of the greatest assets is traditional culture. Through mindfully operated cultural tours, indigenous groups have something a great deal to offer – and to gain! – from exchanges with tourists. Here we share a roundup of some of our favourite indigenous culture tours.

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Top Five Things to Do in Lijiang, China

  • Lily Zhang
  • 15 July 2011

Lijiang, China, is a charming city in the heart of Yunnan province, a region notable for its ethnic minorities. Lily Zhang, a local Naxi woman who grew up in a beautiful Naxi village about 15 kilometres from Lijiang City, is the whl.travel local connection in Lijiang. As a Lijiang local, Lily shares the top 5 things to do in Lijiang while on a Lijiang holiday.

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Chasing Adventure in Champasak, Laos

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 16 February 2011

In Southeast Asia’s so-called Emerald Triangle, a region of extensive natural forests growing along the tripartite border of Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, some of the most beautiful and least touristy landscapes are in southern Laos. Travellers who make it there, specifically to the lesser-known Lao province of Champasak, are always wowed by the region’s attractions and wonders, the first often being the phenomenal World Heritage site of Wat Phou.

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Travelling with a Heart to the Hill Tribe Villages of Northern Thailand

  • Mika Santos
  • 1 December 2010

One major destination in the Golden Triangle is the historic city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. The second-largest city in the country, it is a vibrant gateway to the spectacular northern region. Sitting comfortably at 316 metres above sea level, it is also a vital hub at the heart of a mountainous territory perfect for anyone seeking a cooler climate and opportunities to experience the rich and diverse cultures of the many ethnic minorities who reside in these hills.

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