Yin and Yang Perspective on Tourism: An Interview with Jens Thraenhart, CEO of Mekong Tourism

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“Balance is key to many things in our life. Right now if we look at tourism, we can say that we lost this balance,”  says Jens Thraenhart, CEO of Mekong Tourism during the discussion on the concept of balanced tourism with Graham Harper, Director of Sustainability & Social Responsibility. Graham: Jens, we’ve been talking about “overtourism,” […]

Nong Khiaw and a Hundred Waterfalls, Laos

Proudly contributed by Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson takes a Tiger Trail adventure to Nong Khiaw to discover 100 waterfalls, homestays and Lao-Lao, and finds himself stumbling around in the dark. Tan lifts his glass once more towards mine and smiles yet again. Cutting the air in a horizontal with his free hand, he lifts his murky glass of Lao-Lao […]

Bangkok works up an appetite for contemporary Thai food

Proudly contributed by Vincent Vichit-Vadakan

The traditional Thai kitchen takes a seemingly nonchalant approach to composing a meal. Shared items are usually served together in samrab (home) style, arriving on the table more or less at the same time, or as the cook sees fit. But appearances are deceiving. Stir-fries complement boiled soups and curries, fried and grilled foods are offset with […]

Menus of change at the ASEAN Tourism Forum

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The Future of Food: Turning ASEAN Tradition and Craftsmanship into Sustainable Gastronomic Tourism was the title of the ASEAN Gastronomy Conference that took place on 25 January 2018 within the framework of the ASEAN Tourism Forum, 22-26 January 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Tourism and Sports Minister of Thailand, Weerasak Kowsurat presided over the opening ceremony of the […]

Cambodia’s bamboo train back on track

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Tourists missing Cambodia’s beloved ‘bamboo train’ in Battambang can now board a replacement service that has been set up on a different set of tracks. The improvised rail vehicle, often comprising a small motor and a bamboo platform on wheels, was shut down in October 2017 to make way for a proper train service. The […]

Thailand’s 12 hidden gems a treasure trove of Thai local experiences

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) continues to expand the ‘12 Hidden Gems’ campaign that encourages visitors to go off the beaten path and discover new Thai local experiences in emerging destinations around the kingdom. First introduced in 2015, the campaign features 12 provinces which offer countless attractions for visitors to explore and discover. Lampang […]

Myanmar Tourism – the moral dilemma

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Proudly contributed by Andrew Wood Does tourism promotion have any role in resolving complex religious, political, socio-economic challenges such as currently being experienced by the Rohingya people and the Myanmar authorities? Can tourism provide solutions for the long term settlement of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees crossing over the border of Myanmar into […]

Myanmar prepares for unique festivals

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Myanmar is preparing for the end of the Buddhist Lent. During this period many unique festivals take place throughout the country, offering excellent opportunities for tourist to participate and experiencethe type of celebrations you would normally only see on NationalGeographic Channel. It also coincides with one of the best periods to visit Myanmar, with September […]

Doors Open to Princely Kengtung in the Golden Triangle

Proudly contributed by Keith Lyons

Once a key strategic town on the old caravan trade routes between China’s Yunnan province and Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, the old city of Kengtung might be the capital of the Golden Triangle, but it has missed out on half a century of development seen elsewhere in the region. The town, […]