WELCOME TO THE NEW HOME OF THE
MEKONG RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL GUIDE!
PLEASE CHACK BACK AGAIN SOON AS WE ARE PUTTING ON THE FINISHING TOUCHES.
IN THE MEANTIME, IF YOU ARE A RESPONSIBLE TOURISM EXPERT IN THE MEKONG REGION, BE SURE TO APPLY TO BECOME A MEMBER OF OUR MEKONG TOURISM CONTRIBUTOR PROGRAM. CHECK RESPONSIBLE TOURISM AS YOUR EXPERTISE TO BE CONSIDERED TO BE PART OF THE MEKONG RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL EXPERT GROUP.
Some places in The GMS have already become mass tourism destinations, some natural areas have been destroyed for the sake of tourism; the very assets that attract visitors – welcoming exotic people and customs, fine sand beaches, rich ecosystems, stunning landscapes, cultural heritage – are under threat. Tourism can destroy these; it can lead to inappropriate constructions spoiling the harmony of the original landscape, to tourist being harassed by locals selling cheap souvenirs made-in elsewhere, polluted sites, waste invading the beaches and the rivers, etc. Once spoilt, the tourists, operators, and investors move to another location and start it all over again, while the inhabitants of the first spot are left with memories only and a damaged site. Responsible tourism strives to achieve a virtuous circle.
Feel free to download the “Guide to Responsible Tourism in Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam“, as part of the Mekong Development Project, published in 2007.
PS: Please note that the website www.mekongresponsibletourism.org is not operated by the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office. However, we do appreciate and encourage all efforts from the private sector to promote responsible development and sustainable practices in the Greater Mekong Subregion.