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.
Asia is a fascinating continent that has been a bucket list destination for decades. With its rich heritage, delicious food, vibrant culture and mix of terrains and landscapes, it is a location with a huge amount to offer visitors. However, while we think we know everything about this part of the world, some facts might surprise you.
Mu explored the wild and varied nature of India’s famous national parks. Spotting wild peacocks rooting at the side of the road, to hearing the chattering of Nynah birds to close encounters with rather confident monkeys, here she shares her experience:
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.
ETG stopped selling Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage years ago after our own findings from company investigations and supporting reports from animal welfare experts at NGOs such as the Born Free Foundation. Here we hope to empower you in making an informed decision about visiting the ‘orphanage.’
At just under an hour’s drive from Borneo’s Kuching International Airport, Bako National Park and the Santubong Peninsula offers an authentic jungle experience as soon as you’re off your flight. A favourite place for our new Borneo travel specialist, James, he gives his insights into visiting this idyllic region in the western state of Sarawak.
With a New Year comes new adventures and for those considering Sri Lanka as a destination, we have some exciting reasons why 2016 is a brilliant time to visit. From new luxury holidays, to exclusive resort openings, to new wildlife spotting opportunities, here we provide some of our top travel insights to inspire you with your planning.
India is always an explosion to the senses and brilliant place to explore and relax. This year, there are some exciting new experience on offer that give you the perfect excuse to start planning your holiday to this diverse country.
One of our travel specialists, Lauren, recently tried out our new whale watching experience off the coast of Mirissa, Sri Lanka. Spotting them from a new smaller, faster speed boat – it made for an unforgettable memory.
Thank you so much to all of you who entered our 2015 photography competition. The quality of entries has been particularly good this year and we wanted to share some of our favourites before the deadline closes.
A luxury camping experience can really help you get back to nature without giving up on comfort. Think sumptuous canopy beds, wooden decking and antique furnishings – set against stunning natural landscapes, of course.
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.
The key to a good family holiday is making sure everyone is happy. It’s sometimes difficult to balance everyone’s interests and excite older kids wanting a bit more independence and exhilaration, so I’ve put together some of my favourite experiences that would work well for families with older children.
With the launch of our newest destination, I thought it’s time to share some of my insider secrets and favourite experiences in India.
For three months Janis Brod, a German cinematographer, has travelled around Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand capturing the various ways of life. Here is the film of her experience.
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.
Sad news today that Netherbyres Bungalow, near Bandarawela, is no longer available for paying customers.
One of the aims of the trip down to the islands was to try and spot the illusive and rare Irrawaddi Dolphins. They are a fresh water species of Dolphins that was once common to the Mekong delta throughout Cambodia and Laos.
We know that we are definitely doing something right by the sudden arrival of monkeys to both our forest and farming area. Where we previously grew fruits for years without any hassle, the pesky buggers have re-appeared from neighbouring jungles and are feasting on our papayas and other sweet fruit.