Create unforgettable memories in Southeast Asia!
Southeast Asia is warm year-round, making it a popular travel destination.
Global urbanisation, resulting in multitudes of shopping centres, high traffic and population density can contribute to the feeling that a peaceful day in nature would be the equivalent to visiting a different earth.
As nature is abundant in Southeast Asia, ecotourism can be seen as a common resource as ecotourism utilises and protects these valuable natural areas. Traditional tourism methods and the business aspect of those and environmental protection seem that they would not be compatible together. However, many countries in Southeast Asia are more and more seeing the value of ecotourism as a form of environmental protection, as well as a financial resource which benefits local and often low-income communities. As such, one will witness traditional tourism business more and more adopting the principles of ecotourism, as that is why travellers want. Demand and supply.
Known for their beautiful beaches and bustling cities, Thailand could be the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, many tourists don’t bother to travel outside of Bangkok or the other major tourist cities. Thailand has a plethora of nature parks and animal protection parks available to visit.
Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand is a good idea for visiting, if you are in the area. This facility is a valuable opportunity to see elephants up close, in an environment focused on protecting the animals, not exploiting them. There is a small entrance fee for visiting the elephant sanctuary, which is utilised for operating expenses and protection of the animals.
Khao Sok National Park is a nature reserve in the south of Thailand. Khao Sok really has something for every adventure. There are rainforests, wildlife, caves, valleys and limestone mountains. If you choose to do so, you even have the possibility to stay the night in a floating house, or a tent if you prefer dry land.
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Offering picturesque views of waterfalls, lakes, rainforests and cave systems, Vietnam is a country rich in biodiversity. There are 14 nature reserves in Vietnam, as well as many nature areas that have been converted into parks.
Cat Ba National Park in Hai Phong, northern Vietnam is an archipelago designated as a biological reserve. The islands are bountiful with coral reefs, mountains and caves.
The Tam Cốc-Bích Động scenic landscape in northern Vietnam, is part of the Unesco Trang An landscape complex. In this area, one can enjoy the majestic mountains and flowing rivers. Located in the countryside, it is the perfect background for a relaxing day under the bright blue sky. Tam Cốc-Bích Động is 2 hour travel by car, from the Vietnam capital of Hanoi.
Laos is a country with many national reserves and is well-known for their trekking opportunities. Laos’s diversity can be evidenced in the recent discovery of many new animal species over this decade.
There are a stated 20 national reserves in Laos, where travellers are able to enjoy many activities and can even take in nature on a bicycle trip. Luang Namtha province is a popular location for incredible scenery, making friends with the villagers as well as rafting and camping possibilities on the Namtha River.
Cambodia is a popular wildlife destination. In recent years, Cambodia has made real efforts pertaining to the preservation of their nature areas. Due to logging activities and poaching over the past 50 years, Cambodia has been known by environmentalists as one of the most vulnerable countries in asia. In recent years, Cambodia has made much progress in the conservation of both nature areas and to create heritage-friendly sites.
Chonbuk town, approximately a 2 hour drive by car from the capital Phnom Penh, has been conducting community-based tourism since 2003. The goal of Chonbuk towns’ tourism is simple: to preserve the forests and improve the lives of the local residents. Chonbuk town has much to offer in the form of waterfalls, and the possibility to experience traditional life in the area via village stays, homestays, horse riding and of course, the opportunity to purchase high quality handicraft.
If you find yourself in the northern region, we would recommend a trip to the Mondulkiri project. The Mondulkiri project is a NGO which works to protect the elephants.
Myanmar offers a large array of ecotourism options. Ranging from marine life, snow covered mountains, wildlife refuges, caves, national parks, elephant sanctuaries and even crocodiles – the possibilities truly seem endless!
If you are in the Northern region, there exists a tiger reserve names Hukuang Valley Wildlife Conservation. They offer the possibility to see many flora and fauna, but also acts a tiger reserve.
If you are searching for an incredible trekking experience, Khakaborazhi National Park has trekking opportunities on the snow covered mountains. It is said to be possible to experience new species in that area.
There are countless opportunities for unique ecotourism experiences in Southeast Asia. Some may surprise you!
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