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The Travel Word Supports the 2013 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards – NOW OPEN

  • The Travel Word
  • 27 March 2013

We are pleased to support this year’s 2013 Responsible Tourism Awards, which launched today for a seventh straight year. Developed by Wild Asia, the awards honour accommodation and tour operators committed to spreading responsible tourism practices across all corners of Asia.

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There’s More to Goa, India, Than Just Goa Beautiful Beaches

  • 25 March 2013

One of the many hotspots in India is Goa, the famous former Portuguese colony on the country’s west coast. Goa has a bit of something for everyone. Its incredible beaches and natural beauty are certain to impress, but its long and storied history and full menu of activities will interest everyone from history buffs to sports enthusiasts. Even its local cuisine is sure to satisfy the fussiest eaters. Here are five of the best things to do in Goa.

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Photo of the Week: Rice Paddy Field in the Backwaters of Kerala, India

  • Pravin Tamang
  • 25 February 2013

This shot was taken in the backwaters of Kerala, India, a highly complex network of inland waterways that connect the area’s remote villages. I hopped out of my canoe to watch and photograph this otherwise normal morning sight for the locals. I have always loved the simple life of the countryside in Kerala, so whenever I am in Kochi, I make it a point to visit.

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Photo of the Week: A Sunset in Hoi An, Vietnam

  • Huong Tran (Photo and Text)
  • 31 January 2013

Visitors to Hoi An, Vietnam, almost always already know about its narrow streets flanked by traditional buildings full of colourful lanterns, fusion restaurants, and shoe or tailor shops. But not many people know about the other Hoi An – a fascinating typical Vietnamese countryside of rice paddies, thatched cottages, water coconut and huge fishing nets right where the peaceful Thu Bon River runs into the ocean.

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Can Tourism Help Save the Tiger?

  • Brad Nahill
  • 17 December 2012

Tigers are one of the most charismatic and beautiful animals on earth. They are the world’s largest cat and can live across a wide range of habitats, from mountains to coastal wetlands. Most of the world’s tigers live in India among a number of national parks and tiger reserves but their numbers are decreasing rapidly. Tiger tourism has become a hot button issue in India, with the country’s recent Supreme Court decision to end a moratorium on tourism in these reserves.

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Video Spotlight: Bali, je t’aime

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 14 December 2012

Although it is just a small island, Bali, one of the most famous islands of Indonesia, has justifiably become one of the world’s top beach tourism destinations, attracting nearly three million visitors yearly. Aside from the island’s busy seaside resorts, awesome beaches and pounding surf, however, lies another side of island life. It’s open to anyone ready to venture just a bit off the tourist trail. It’s this more remote and local side of Bali that is captured in the short film

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Way Off the Beaten Path: A Homestay on the Togean Islands of Indonesia

  • Stephen Lioy
  • 11 December 2012

In a country like Indonesia that falls squarely on many tourists’ radars for its all-inclusive resorts and organised bus tours, I instead remember the Togean Islands as a place where the most serious decisions I made included “SCUBA or snorkel?” and “Should we walk across the beach for a warm beer or the island for a cold?” It was a place where, unlike most of the island paradises of my memory, paradise lived up to my ideals.

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The Lure of the Open Road: Tom Allen’s ‘Janapar’

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 30 November 2012

‘Janapar’, which is the Armenian word for journey, is the story of Tom Allen’s bicycle travels across three and a half years, 12,000 mapless miles and 32 countries. It is “an honest and life-affirming tale of finding what you’re looking for when you least expect it.” Including love. It is about the lure of the open road: something to live by and to be inspired by.

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An Interview with Kesang Wangdi, Director General of the Tourism Council of Bhutan

  • Adventure Travel Trade Association
  • 21 November 2012

In advance of this year’s Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Responsible Tourism Conference & Mart, Shannon Stowell explored Bhutan along with industry leaders and conference hosts.The following is an interview between Stowell, President of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, and Kesang Wangdi, the Director General of the Tourism Council of Bhutan at the Zhiwa Ling Hotel in Paro, Bhutan.

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Connecting with Locals Through Food in Jordan

  • Abigail King
  • 14 November 2012

Food in Jordan overflows with the flavours and colours of the Middle East. Served in large dishes and designed to be shared, its success lies in using ever-so-fresh and finely chopped vegetables, lashings of sesame-style tahini and plenty upon plenty of honey. Don’t limit yourself to the tourist taverns, though. Sign up for a cooking class at Beit Sitti, a grandmother’s kitchen in a real Jordanian home.

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