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Modern Girl – Traditional Traveller

  • Samantha Libby
  • 9 March 2011

Whether one agrees with local cultural norms or not, it is often advisable to abide by them: Following common customs – especially those pertaining to women – will not only make your trip safer, it will bring you far closer to a culture than an expensive camera or souvenir ever will.

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Pasola: The Heart-racing Horse and Harvest Festival of Sumba, Indonesia

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 4 February 2011

The annual Pasola festival is a hallmark of culture on Sumba, one of the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia. Wrapped in legend and of uncertain origin, it is a raucous event that attracts huge crowds of locals and visitors, all drawn to its curious combination of wild celebration and rigid ceremony pulled straight from ancient Indonesian lore.

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Save the Rhino, See My Horn!

  • Andy Scott
  • 31 January 2011

The rhinoceros is critically endangered! Approximately 200 years ago, at the turn of the 19th century, there were an estimated one million rhinos. By 1970, the count was about 70,000. Today, there are fewer than 24,000 remaining in the wild. If there is no change in our appreciation of this magnificent animal – if we do not take action to stop poaching and support the protection of our rhinos – the five surviving species (white rhino, black rhino, Indian rhino, Sumatran rhino and Javan rhino) will become extinct in the wild in our lifetime.

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And the Winners of Wild Asia’s 2010 Responsible Tourism Awards Are…

  • WHL Group
  • 26 October 2010

Last week, Wild Asia at last announced the winners of the 2010 Responsible Tourism Awards, a competition that showcases exemplary resorts, hotels and tour operators that are committed to responsible tourism practices. After months of site visits and very careful review of the final six candidates, the judging panel selected winners from Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka

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Top Five Picks for Mouthwatering Street Food

  • WHL Group
  • 6 October 2010

Forget ritzy restaurants and fine gourmet dining. If you want to taste the real essence of a place, you need to hit the streets and see what’s cooking. These eats are more than just for locals and budget travellers, they’re also a sure-fire way to get straight to the heart of a country and its people. Just look for the busiest pushcart, stall or street hawker you can find and say hello to the tastiest and cheapest, although not necessarily healthiest, grub of your trip.

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Sarinbuana Ecolodge in Bali, Indonesia: A 2010 Responsible Tourism Award Finalist

  • Melissa Cornejo
  • 4 October 2010

Less than one month remains before winners are drawn for Wild Asia’s 2010 Responsible Tourism Awards, a competition that celebrates the noble efforts of small- and medium-sized hotels and tour operators in Asia for their focus upon responsible tourism practices. The fourth of six finalists to be visited by the Wild Asia team is the Sarinbuana Ecolodge, a small accommodation located in a rainforest village in the northwest of Bali, Indonesia.

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The Inside Word… on Manado, Indonesia

  • Briggita Londok
  • 4 September 2010

With so many destinations in the WHL Group’s ever-expanding network, we have an incredible wealth of local travel information at our fingertips. Through the Inside Word, our local partners – all travel experts – share their top tips on what to do, what to eat, where to party and where to shop in their necks of the woods. Here we learn about Manado, the provincial capital and administrative centre of Indonesia’s North Sulawesi Province and heart of the Minahasa people, who are known for their gregarious and hospitable nature.

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Wild Asia Announces 2010 Responsible Tourism Awards Finalists

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 5 July 2010

Wild Asia has announced the finalists for the 2010 Responsible Tourism Awards. The selection of the trim shortlist of six candidates narrowed the focus to endeavours in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Winners will be announced on 21 October 2010 during the Responsible Tourism Award ceremony at ITB Asia in Singapore (20–22 October 2010).

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Top Five Favourite National Parks for Nature Appreciation

  • WHL Group
  • 21 June 2010

Every year, curious travellers journey throughout the globe to escape into the untouched wild. The goal: to witness incredible plant and animal life without human interference. The WHL Group presents here five of its favourite national parks, the kinds of places where nature comes first.

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Ten More #whltravel Tweeps Tweeting

  • Ethan Gelber (@thetravelword)
  • 26 March 2010

Inspired by Make Travel Fair’s 10 #whltravel Tweeps Twittering, which was in turn inspired by the 10 #Travel Tweeps Twittering post published on Matador’s Travelers Notebook, here are another 10 pictures of twitter users from the WHL Group.

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