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Green Hua Hin, Eco Resorts in Pranburi and Cha-Am

Green Hua Hin, Eco Resorts in Pranburi and Cha-Am

In Thailand‘s Hua Hin and neighbouring Pranburi and Cha-Am a handful of eco-friendly resorts, spas, and a winery, are endeavouring to do their bit to reduce their environmental footprint, from establishing kitchen gardens and using local organic produce to recycling and supporting green initiatives. Thirty kilometers...
Green Hua Hin, An Eco-Friendly Escape in Thailand

Green Hua Hin, An Eco-Friendly Escape in Thailand

From organic farms and restaurants serving farm to table cuisine to nature conservation projects and community beach clean-up days, a handful of sustainable resorts, spas, and a winery in Thailand’s Hua Hin are doing their bit to save the planet. Most tourists who are in...
Why You Should Avoid Giving Money to Child Beggars

Why You Should Avoid Giving Money to Child Beggars

The problem of children begging for money is not unique to Cambodia. Yet a travelling exhibition in Siem Reap and a new campaign by Cambodian NGO Friends International and ChildSafe to combat children begging, makes a case for why you should avoid giving money to child beggars, wherever they are,...
Why You Should Avoid Orphanage Visits in Cambodia

Why You Should Avoid Orphanage Visits in Cambodia

As we waited at Siem Reap airport for our flight to Bangkok a few days ago, I overheard American tourists on their phones telling friends back home about their Asian adventures. A highlight of their trip, they said, had been orphanage visits in Cambodia. I don’t...
The Cats of Istanbul

The Cats of Istanbul

Want to live like a local in Istanbul? Take care of your neighbourhood cats. We should have added ‘cat food’ to the Istanbul shopping list. Because if you’re planning on settling into the city for a while, the first thing you need to do is to...
Tree Planting at Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

Tree Planting at Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

It was difficult on our final morning at Salt Lick to drag ourselves away from the non-stop animal entertainment we’d been enjoying the last couple of days from the window of our room and the verandas of the game lodge. But Oliver, our guide, was...
A Cultural Visit to Msorongo Village, Kenya

A Cultural Visit to Msorongo Village, Kenya

“This is the graveyard of a young woman, eight months pregnant, who was killed by an elephant,” 55-year old Jane Mwamburi of Msorongo Village, Kenya, tells us through our guide and interpreter, Oliver. There are actually two graveyards, because the Taita people do not believe...
More Monkey Business: The Colobus Trust, Diani Beach

More Monkey Business: The Colobus Trust, Diani Beach

It should come as no surprise to our readers that we’re fond of monkeys. Both in Bali and in Costa Rica we had close encounters with the primate kind. But we’re in Kenya, where it’s all about the Big Five, right? Not entirely… More Monkey Business: The Colobus Trust,...
Touring Cape Town’s Townships

Touring Cape Town’s Townships

Faldela had already taught us the meaning of Ubuntu – sharing, interconnectedness, being open and available – and we would see it in action during a day spent touring the townships of Cape Town. There had been no question about it. We had to visit...