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4 Best Destinations for Ecotourism

THAILAND | Wednesday, 24 January 2018 | Views [210]

Responsible travel helps to reduce our impact on the environment, preserving it for future generations to love and experience. This is why everyone should consider ecotourism such as green hotels and travel options to make sure we all do our bit. Here are 4 of the best destinations for eco-conscious travellers:

1. Bangkok, Thailand

Despite it being a bustling city, Bangkok is home to a number of fantastic eco resorts. The Thai people have the greatest respect for the environment and have a deep connection with nature. Particularly for those who practice Theravada Buddhism. But you won’t have to sacrifice comfort or style for sustainability, because Thai hospitality is all about making their guests feel right at home, with all the luxuries you could wish for. Some of the best places to stay include the Bangkok Treehouse Resort (great for getting out of the central city area and for families) or the Old Bangkok Inn (run with solar water heating and energy efficient appliances).

2. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It’s the biggest coral system on earth and is so vast that it can even be spotted from space. Attracting over two million tourists every year, it’s the jewel of Australia. But climate change, poor water quality and overfishing have caused it to go into serious decline. Whilst tourism is highly encouraged, it’s important for visitors to consider the most eco-friendly ways to travel.  From shopping sustainably (such as #YooxLovesTheReef swimwear which donates to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation) to staying in green accommodation (such as the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort), everything we choose can make a difference.

4. Walai Turtle Conservation Park, Libaran Island

The Walai Turtle Conservation Park on Malaysia’s Libaran Island is one of the most incredible places for wildlife lovers. There are a number of packages and programmes, with opportunities for those who want to volunteer. One of the best ways of reducing our impact as travellers is to give back along the way, and this conservation park gives you a glimpse into the world of sea turtles as well as chance to witness newborns entering the world at the hatchery. The volunteering program starts at RM 145 per person per night and will include your breakfast, lunch and dinner.

5. The Amazon Rainforest

One of the most popular destinations for ecotourism is the Amazon Rainforest. Covering vast areas of Brazil, Colombia and other South American nations, it is the largest tropical rainforest on the planet. Crossed by thousands of rivers (including the Amazon) and boasting incredible biodiversity and wildlife. But sadly, with the problems of deforestation, it is estimated that within 100 years, all the rainforests in the world could be completely destroyed. Making green travel more important than ever if we want to save the earth’s beautiful forests and habitats.

Some of the best eco lodges in the Amazon include Cristalino Jungle Lodge in Brazil, Sani Lodge or Yachana Lodge in Ecuador, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge in Peru, Chalalán Lodge in Bolivia, and Iwokrama in Guyana.

Tags: ecotourism, travel

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