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Posts Tagged ‘Southeast Asia’

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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Experiencing the World with All Five Senses

  • WHL Group
  • 25 July 2012

To dig deeper into the concept of ‘experiential travel,’ we asked the WHL Group’s partners – local travel experts from around the globe – to tell us how life feels in their destinations. We asked them to get sensory about it. Find out which of the five senses is most heightened when you open your eyes, nose, mouth, ears and hands in a new place.

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Homestays: Experiencing the Real Laos

  • Cindy Fan
  • 16 July 2012

We’re in the small village of Ban Dong Muong in southern Laos. We’ll be staying in someone’s home tonight – no hotels here. Our accommodations will be the floor of a simple home. Village life is an integral part of Lao culture and society, and this homestay will allow us to experience how the majority of people in this developing country live.

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National Holidays: Experiential Travel at Its Best

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 July 2012

The (northern hemisphere) summer holiday season is now well and truly upon us, complete with major celebrations. Independent travellers with a particular penchant for direct, deep and engaging discovery – something sometimes called experiential travel – of new lands and cultures often wrap their travel plans around these happenings. Here are some of our favourites.

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My House Is Your House: Unique Homestays Around the World

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 2 July 2012

No matter where you travel – the saying goes – there’s still no place like home. Luckily, for many travellers, it’s now possible to forgo run-of-the mill hotel stays in favour of a night (or more) spent with a local family. Commonly known as ‘homestays,’ such local travel opportunities offers win-win outcomes for both travellers and their hosts. Considering a sustainable alternative to staying in a hotel? Here are five of our favourite cultural homestays that offer enriching travel experiences while also improving local livelihoods.

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Photo of the Week: Peaks and Paddies, Southern Laos

  • Cindy Fan (Photo and Text)
  • 1 July 2012

It’s June and rice-growing season is in full swing in southern Laos. For the last few days, I’ve been travelling on the Stray Asia bus through the vast, flat and open landscape that is characteristic of the region. We’ve cruised past rice field after rice field alive with impossibly vibrant colours, the reflections in the water-filled paddies intensifying the natural beauty.

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When Travel Mishaps Turn Experiential

  • WHL Group
  • 29 June 2012

By the looks of glossy travel magazines and flashy vacation websites, things can only go right on the road. But anyone who has practiced the art of travel knows it’s not always lollipops and rainbows. The staff at The Travel Word has had its fair share of travel mishaps. We found that some of our richest travel stories started with a mini-crisis and ended with a mega-experience.

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Delivering Better Internet Marketing Tools to the Tourism Industry is More Fun in the Philippines

  • Hotel Link Solutions
  • 26 June 2012

Comprehensive digital-marketing packages are introduced to the Filipino accommodation sector as Hotel Link Solutions, a key supplier of internet marketing and sales solutions, enters the Philippine market.

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Travel Chat with Cindy Fan, a Nomad in Laos

  • WHL Group
  • 22 June 2012

Every month, we delve into the travel experiences of people in the extended WHL Group network. Cindy Fan is a Canadian travel writer and photographer addicted to exploring the planet. Since 2005, she’s had adventures (and misadventures) in 29 countries – hiking, biking and paddling her way through the world’s great landscapes.

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Join a Paper Flower Tradition in Thanh Thien, Vietnam

  • Rachel Greene, Rose Charities
  • 18 June 2012

For 400 years, the villagers in Thanh Thien, Vietnam, have been making beautiful handmade paper flowers using unique designs passed down through the generations. Today, Thanh Thien is regaining fame for its paper flowers. To develop a program to attract tourists to the village, Thanh Thien has recently partnered with Rose Charities Vietnam.

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