Thailand with a difference: Community-based tourism

“Can you see KL?” a Thai journalist shouts out, as a Malaysian travel writer takes to the skies on a giant wooden swing by the edge of a cliff. Of course, he was just ribbing as there was no way you could see Kuala Lumpur from there, unless you had superpowers. After all, we are […]

Community-based Tourism Key to Chin State, Myanmar: Minister

Myanmar’s Chin State, and its picturesque north in particular, is worth a visit, according to Jared Downing, writing for Frontier Myanmar. The region is home to an almost untouched land of sweeping ranges, hidden valleys and rustic villages. But the state has almost no proper hotels, limited mobile phone coverage, and most of its roads […]

Khlong Yai, Koh Kong Tourism Potential Explored

Since Trat’s Khlong Yai in Thailand and Cambodia’s Koh Kong share a heritage and a border, their potential as tourist destinations is being explored, reports Karnjana Karnjanatawe for Bangkok Post. The sandy beach of Hat Banchuen in Trat’s Khlong Yai district stretches out many kilometres, but there are not many visitors. Apart from a few […]

Passion + Purpose = Prosperity: Pollock to Keynote MTF 2017

Travel & tourism industry “visionary” Anna Pollock will keynote Mekong Tourism Forum 2017 (MTF 2017) “Prosper with Purpose”. Ms Pollock has undertaken seminal work in many aspects of tourism and is currently addressing ways of mitigating the negative impacts of “over-tourism”; looking at models of destination development that “generate higher yields with less impact”. These […]

Cambodia Pursues Clean, Green Tourism

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the country’s hospitality sector to increase the use of locally-grown produce at tourist destinations to improve rural economies. Emphasising the country’s green tourism policy, the PM told local media that “clean” and “green” were trends that needed to be adopted for the benefit of the economy and […]

The Woman Who Weaved a Thai Community Together

Villagers of Ban Na Ton Chan community in Sukhothai’s Si Satchanalai district describe Sangiam Sawaenglap as kind, caring and diligent. She is the force behind the success of her village, regarded as a role model for community-based tourism in Thailand as well as an ecotourism destination. More than 30 years ago, Sangiam was a typical […]

Bangkok Tourism Questions Chao Phraya Promenade Project

Bangkok’s tourism sector is worried the Chao Phraya Riverside Promenade Project will have adverse impacts on the local economy and local business owners are concerned that the plan would degrade the scenery and charm of the river and affect the number of visitors to the city. The River Assembly (RA) last week hosted a meeting […]

Ethnic Yunnanese Celebrate History in Northern Thailand

The village of Mae Salong in Thailand’s mountainous northern frontier is home to thousands of ethnic Chinese; descendants of Kuomintang soldiers, mainly from Yunnan, who retreated south after the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. The Chinese of Mae Salong continue to celebrate their colourful history as a way of maintaining their distinctive […]

Thoi Son, Vietnam Emerges as Ecotourism Hotspot

As well as a famous fruit-growing area, Thoi Son Island in the Mekong Delta is now also a must-see ecotourism destination, according to VietnamNet Bridge, thanks to local residents’ efforts to use the area’s natural features to develop tourism. The island is considered a “green tourism area” and welcomes more than 400,000 tourists every year, […]

Secrets of Laos’ Muang La Hot Spring

Proudly contributed by Paul Eshoo

I had heard that the Muang La hot spring was nicely done, but didn’t realize what it really had to offer until I made my own visit. My first visit was actually a failed one because I did not heed the directions on the website that the resort only accepts advanced bookings of two nights […]