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Posts Tagged ‘Southeast Asia’

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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Soria Moria Boutique Hotel Raises the Bar in Locally Driven Hospitality in Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Thomas Holdo Hansen
  • 8 November 2012

By virtue of its Employee Ownership Scheme, the Soria Moria Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, has raised the bar on local travel and hospitality by becoming the country’s first employee-owned hotel. In fact, each member of the staff, from housekeeping to front desk, and from kitchen and restaurant workers to the local management, is an owner.

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Mynatour Ecotourism Contest Winner Recalls His Trip to Laos

  • Mario Difra with Jenna Makowski
  • 1 November 2012

When Italy native Mario Difra packed his bags and hopped on a plane to southern Laos – his third-place prize in the Mynatour Ecotourism Contest – he knew he was diving into a great adventure, all made possible by Teamworkz and whl.travel. On his seven-day journey on the waters of the Mekong River and through the treetops of the Champasak jungles, however, Difra recorded a parallel journey that takes travellers into the heart of local Lao life.

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Video Spotlight: Hanoi in Slow Motion, Vietnam

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 19 October 2012

This week’s video spotlight is a beautiful video portrait of what you find when you look beyond the plain facts about a destination and its major tourist attractions. The little visions are both inspiring and wonderfully revealing about the local life in Hanoi, Vietnam’s political centre and a prime tourist spot.

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Preserving the Tribal Custom of the Ibans, Once the Headhunters of Borneo

  • Oshin Chin
  • 14 October 2012

Ibans are the native people of Sarawak and the dominant ethnic group in Malaysian Borneo. Today, their headhunting days are long gone, but they have succeeded in preserving many tribal customs, rituals and traditional beliefs. These are clearly visible during their harvest festivals, weddings and unique art and crafts such as Pua Kumbu, the Ngajat dance and the Iban tattoos.

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Photo of the Week: Rolling Boats along the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

  • Huong Tran (photo and text)
  • 28 September 2012

The Mekong Delta is the biggest delta in Vietnam, located where the Mekong River divides up into nine mouths that run to the sea. Rich and fertile, this region is Vietnam’s agricultural heartland, full of tropical fruit orchards, fish farms and rice paddies. This photo was taken while enjoying a peaceful paddle in small rolling boats along the delta’s seemingly endless water-coconut channels.

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Our Favourite Farmers’ Markets from Around the World

  • WHL Group
  • 18 September 2012

To culminate our agritourism theme, The Travel Word asked everyone in the WHL Group network about their favourite farmers’ markets. The answers we received are as varied as the places they identify, but they all have some common roots: shoppers and vendors love to meet locally to exchange their fresh goods in the open air. Which one of these is most like the farmers’ market where you live?

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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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Can Agritourism Save Small-scale Farming?

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 4 September 2012

For those who are not convinced that a farm tour or farm stay is for them, there’s one side of the story they may not have considered – the supply side. Agritourism brings great benefits to small-scale farmers all over the world. Researchers and policymakers hail this eco-friendly form of tourism as a useful tool for rural development. Here are three ways that agritourism helps small-scale farmers sustain themselves.

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