Is Mass Tourism Damaging Thailand’s Phi Phi Paradise?

For years, the number of tourists visiting Thailand has been climbing steadily. In 2017, some 10 million visitors from China alone are expected in the country. Locals on Ko Phi Phi Le are complaining about the environmental impact. View video at Deutsche Welle.

‘Mekong Moments’ Campaign Video Wins Award at ITB

The campaign video for the public-private-partnership #MekongMoments social media campaign has won an award at ITB Berlin. Mekong Tourism Executive Director Jens Thraenhart announced the news via a Facebook post, as follows: We won! Still in testing phase but the @MekongMoments campaign to promote the Greater Mekong Subregion as a single tourism destination and empower […]

Should Elephant Riding be off the Tourism Menu?

Tourists from Europe and western countries often had a good grasp of animal welfare issues and were careful about which businesses they supported, World Animal Protection (WAP) Thailand’s Somsak Soonthornnawaphat told Laura Walters of stuff. However, Thailand was increasingly becoming a destination for domestic tourists and visitors from China and India, where there is less […]

Four Countries, 11 Provinces Join Upper Mekong Tourism Co-op

Eleven provinces across four countries in the upper Mekong basin have agreed to join in a development cooperation agreement that will seek sustainable tourism integration across the sub-region and its borders. Officials from these provinces signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the mechanism of their cooperation last Saturday at the conclusion of a half-day […]

Video: Angkor Wat from the Inside Out

Proudly contributed by John Cragen

Angkor Wat. Whether or not they’ve been there, these two words get the heart of any traveler beating a little bit faster.  And for good reason – they’re an iconic destination that’s part of any complete bucket list. I was excited to have the chance to visit the temple complex at Angkor Wat, and set […]

Southern Laos Launches Charming New Video

Southern Laos has a new promotional video: Southern Laos:_Charming by nature from QUO on Vimeo. With support from Swisscontact, Southern Laos now has its own brand identity as a tourism destination. The “Southern Laos, charming by Nature” brand positions the four provinces Salavan, Sekong, Attapeu, and Champasak as a single destination. The region features the […]

Video: Street Food Diplomacy in Hoi An, Vietnam

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Every city in Asia has a dish they’re known for serving on the street, and in Hoi An, Vietnam there’s no question what that dish is:  Co’m Gá.  It’s a simple chicken and rice dish prepared with seasoned chicken, shredded carrot and Papaya, and served with a bowl of broth with cilantro. In my book, […]

Video: UNWTO Commends GMS, MTCO

In a video message to delegates of the Mekong Tourism Forum 2016 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai commended the GMS Tourism Working Group and the MTCO for picking the theme of authenticity for the Forum. He also applauded the participation of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. “The […]

Video: Street Food in the Mekong Region – Part 2: Hanoi

Proudly contributed by John Cragen

After the first part – Street Food in Bangkok – we are now discovering street food in Hanoi. Hanoi is a colorful, vibrant city with endless opportunities to enjoy my favorite type of meal while traveling – street food. This video shows a couple of types of food you’ll find on the streets of Hanoi: […]

Video: Street Food in the Mekong Region – Part 1: Bangkok

Proudly contributed by John Cragen

Eating Off The Sidewalks?  Yes, Please!  Making The Case For Street Food If you’re anything like me, you’re interested in watching your budget when you travel, and one of the biggest factors when planning that budget is figuring out your expense for food.  So here’s my advice:  COMMIT TO THE STREET FOOD!  If you do […]