What’s it like to travel to a community-based project in Thailand? Amelia takes us through her experience firsthand, visiting an incrediblw sustainability focused project in Phayao
Insights into local life tend to play a big part in ETG trips to South and Southeast Asia. From experience, we believe that looking beyond the must-see sights allows a much deeper connection with the destination you visit. We find that experiencing everyday life in a country often helps creates the conditions for memorable and random encounters. Our travellers frequently tell us that these moments become highlights of their holidays and very personal memories.
This archive dives into experiences and stories based on our time getting under the skin of a destination. We also tackle the impact of over-tourism on local life and prominent issues specific to that destination, as well as the the benefits of local-led community tourism.
Having travelled recently from Varanasi to Chambal Safari Lodge, where I visited the nearby Bateshwar temples, I was struck by the comparison between the two experiences. Here’s why I think Bateshwar…
Coming off the back of a whirlwind few days in Kolkata city, my trip to Odisha in east India started through fatigued eyes and on achy legs. Landing at night…
Co-founder of Experience Travel Group, Tom Armstrong, discovered the hidden riches of Malaysia. On an in-depth research trip, he found some fantastic experiences you could include in your holiday, the Suka Suka Homestay is but one example. Here he reviews his time with Aziz and family, the hosts – I hope you’ll feel inspired.
Guesthouses in The Maldives are the latest accommodation style to arrive in the country and they allow visitors to stay on local islands, gaining insight into Dhivehi culture. There are a large variety of them on offer, from basic rooms in simple houses, to grander hotel-like constructions, each providing very different experiences. They’re not homestays as such, but usually run by locals who’ll provide home cooked food and various insights into the heritage of this thousand-isle country.
Content editor Philly recently explored new local island experiences in The Maldives. From tucking into delicious local dishes, to exploring important cultural sights to appreciating the everyday life of Maldivians on inhabited islands, here she reports back on her findings that have formed the basis of our new cultural holidays to this fascinating country.