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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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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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whl.travel Welcomes Indonesia’s Coastal Paradise of Manado

  • whl.travel
  • 6 September 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND INDONESIAN. As the provincial capital of North Sulawesi in Indonesia, the coastal town of Manado is the stunning region’s gateway. Surrounded by lush greenery, azure seas, majestic volcanoes, beautiful waterfalls and an abundance of natural beauty, Manado truly is an ideal destination for travellers looking to enjoy ecotourism experiences.

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Seven Hidden Harvest Festivals to Celebrate Locally

  • WHL Group
  • 2 September 2012

In the northern hemisphere, late summer and harvest time are upon us. We are reminded of the earth’s bounty as agriculturalists reap the fruits of the land. Across cultures far and wide, harvest is a time of feasting and merriment. The best thing about harvest festivals is that they are local and small-scale by nature. Every region has its own seasons and crops to celebrate, with its own customs and rituals surrounding the harvest.

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Orangutan Information Centre (OIC): Visiting Sumatra’s Orangutans Responsibly

  • Melanie Jae Martin
  • 20 January 2012

If you want to see great apes in the wild, Sumatra’s rainforest is one of the most accessible places to do just that. Seeing orangutans in the wild, along with silver Thomas leaf monkeys, pig-tailed macaques, and a diverse range of birds like hornbills, will leave you with a renewed appreciation for the beauty and ingenuity of other species.

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Travel in Makassar and Toraja, Indonesia, with whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 9 September 2011

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND INDONESIAN. At the heart of Indonesia’s South Sulawesi territory lies the vibrant provincial capital of Makassar. Formerly known as Ujung Pandang, the city has for centuries made its mark in Indonesian history as a bustling port. Today it’s a sprawling metropolis, still rich in history and culture – a perfect gateway from which to discover the rest of South Sulawesi and East Indonesia.

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Top Five Horse Sports in Asia

  • whl.travel
  • 6 June 2011

All around the world, horses are often the star athletes of best-loved sports that go way back in history, most tracing their roots to the ancient equine traditions and horsemanship originally practiced in Asia and the East. We’ve taken a look at some of the most fascinating horse sports in Asia – tournaments, games and traditions that helped define the local cultures of which they are still an integral part today.

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Photo of the Week: Forked Tongue of the Dragon, Komodo, Indonesia

  • Ng Sebastian (Photo and Text)
  • 3 April 2011

This picture of a Komodo Dragon was taken on November 01, 2006. It is one of the best pictures of the giant lizards that I have ever taken, although I have been visiting Komodo National Park almost every year since April 1988.

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