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How to Be a Slow Traveller: Choose the Right Accommodation

  • whl.travel
  • 14 March 2012

In the best-selling book and motion picture ‘Eat Pray Love,’ Elizabeth Gilbert spends an entire year on the road. She visits three different countries for four months each. How did she do it? Apart from having a book deal already in place to fund her journey, she also travelled smart and travelled slow, especially in her choice of lodging. From Italy to India and Indonesia, she chose longer-term apartment and lodge rental.

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How Long is Long Enough? A Slow Travel Cheat Sheet

  • whl.travel
  • 22 February 2012

We’ve asked our global network of local tourism professionals about the ‘length of stay’ factor in their destinations. Answers varied, but they all agree on one thing: the average tourist isn’t a slow traveller and just doesn’t stay long enough to really appreciate a place. Here are their thoughts on how long is long enough and what the average fast traveller is missing.

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Learning Slow Travel Through the Eye of Time Lapse

  • WHL Group
  • 13 February 2012

There are lessons to be learned from time-lapse photography about the beauty of slow travel. Park yourself somewhere and stay awhile. Be still. Go for long exposure. Reconsider time, stretch it, condense it and watch its flow. Leave a place with a long time-lapse memory of it rather than a handful of sporadic snapshot seconds. Here, we’ve asked our local partners from all over the world for time-lapse footage that moves them.

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Maliau Basin: The Lost World of Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

  • Joebonaventure Matius
  • 17 November 2011

Maliau Basin is one of the world’s finest remaining wilderness areas. It encompasses over 390 square kilometres of pristine rainforest in the south-central part of Sabah, Borneo, in Malaysia. The rainforest is so dense that less than 50 percent of it has ever been explored. Today, the Maliau is awaiting UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

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Borneo Penan Ecotourism: Cultivating Connection with the Forest and Empowering Local Communities

  • Hollie Tu
  • 23 September 2011

“Load up quick, bad weather, come very quick!” These are the last words you ever want to hear when you are a passenger in a tiny 20-seater plane flying into the rainforest. As the engines whirred into life, I wondered for a split second whether or not I’d bought enough supplies to last a trek to the nearest village should the plane crash. Risky or not, the flight into the interior of Sarawak only served to highlight the nature of the trip that was to come – remote and, at this point, reckless.

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The Indigenous Rungus Tribes of Northern Borneo, Malaysia

  • Mika Santos
  • 3 August 2011

Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies (BEST) focuses on the sustainable development of Borneo’s local communities, utilising the benefits of tourism to provide opportunities for employment and income. On a cultural safari tour to North Borneo, for example, travellers are brought to the heart of an indigenous Rungus village, where they can stay in a longhouse with a family for a night and truly immerse themselves in the fascinating culture.

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Photo of the Week: Orangutan, Sandakan, Borneo, Malaysia

  • Frans Gesell (Photo) Jessica Peter/Willie Ki (Text)
  • 30 January 2011

Meeting our ‘ancestors’ is a must when you pay a visit to mysterious Borneo. Sharing over 90% of their DNA with humans, the orangutans, or ‘red apes’, are one of the most endangered species of the 13 types of primate found on the island. In Sabah, one of the best spots to see orangutans is at the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, located approximately 25 kilometres from Sandakan.

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The Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa, Malaysia: A 2010 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award Finalist

  • WHL Group
  • 6 September 2010

With the finalists of Wild Asia’s 2010 Responsible Tourism Award now announced, the honourable endeavours of six small- and medium-sized hotels and tour operators that champion responsible practices in the travel industry are being celebrated. The first of the finalists to have received a visit from the Wild Asia team was the Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa in Malaysia.

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Yet Another 10 #whltravel Tweeps Tweeting

  • Ethan Gelber (@thetravelword)
  • 31 August 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, in March 2010 we published 10 More #whltravel Tweeps Tweeting, all from the WHL Group. Given the interest in this, we decided to share yet another 10 #whltravel tweeps tweeting.

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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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