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Walking with elephants in Thailand

Sarah Blaine’s life changed after a visit to Thailand volunteering at an elephant project. Recognizing the obstacles the animals, mahout handlers and local families face, she set up Mahouts Elephant Foundation whose aim is to support responsible tourism in the country. Here she shares her story and details of her latest project: walking with elephants.



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How a Myanmar holiday changed Duncan’s life

We invited Duncan, founder of our destination charity: Heal Kids, to talk about how travel inspired him to set up the foundation. On his visit to Bagan, he met a group of streetchildren all wishing they could go to school. Struck by their drive to learn, he went back out just a month or so after returning from his holiday to make a difference and start empowering locals to improve their own lives.


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Restoring Fort Bazaar in UNESCO heritage Galle

Teardrop hotels feature some of our most popular boutique properties in Sri Lanka, including the stunning boutique heritage villa the Wallawwa. We’re incredibly excited about the recently opened Fort Bazaar, lovingly restored by the group. Here, we invited Henry (Managing Director) to talk a little bit about his interested in Sri Lanka and the process behind restoring this heritage property. Over to Henry:



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Co-founder Sam on Sri Lanka’s undiscovered Mannar island

Co-founders Sam and Tom recently visited the off-the-beaten-track region of Mannar, Sri Lanka with travel photographer Damon Wilder. Situated in the northwest of the country, it’s a flat, wild west kind of landscape with an overlooked culture and identity. Here Sam reviews the new holiday experiences we have in development on the island:



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The best beaches of Borneo

There are a range of beaches with a mixture of accommodation options in Malaysian Borneo. In certain regions to the far east of the island we must also consider FCO advice when looking for a brilliant beach stay. This guide will provide you with a brief overview of what the beaches in this area have to offer so you can start planning your perfect Borneo beach holiday.



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The Great Indian Homestay Conondrum

Philippa Kaye, our ‘on the ground’ travel expert in Delhi, says everyone travelling to India should stay in a homestay. I was surprised because for me ‘homestays’ conjure images of quaint local houses, with pretty basic conditions, in remote rural locations – they certainly weren’t for everyone. I went to investigate myself to resolve the great Indian homestay conundrum.



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The Best Eco Lodges in Asia

Eco Lodges offer guests a much deeper insight into a destination and can make the difference between a good holiday and an unforgettable experience. From the inclusion of local communities, to the design of the accommodation itself, its the personality of the accommodation that makes your stay much more insightful.



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Elephant Riding – The Ethical Dilemma

I have been thinking about this blog for a while. As we are developing and refining our sustainable travel product, this issue has kept cropping up and quite frankly, I simply can’t decide what to do about it! The issue I am talking about is that of elephant riding throughout our destination countries.