I'm going to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and maybe Laos. I'd like to do the regular tourism but I would also like to hike and do some (if not a lot of) ecotourism. Do you guys have any recomendations that you can give me?
Thanks in advance
Ecotourism can be set-up in some pretty un-eco manners, but here are some good starting points that we've covered.
GibbonX in northern Laos
Trekking in the Cardamons, Cambodia (Chi Phat mentioned above)
Elephant riding in Cambodia - should you?
Saving Vietnam's bears
Eco tour or no eco tour: Some questions to ask
Hope that helps.
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Calling yourself an eco tourism company is a marketing ploy. Regardless of whether or not your company tries to work with the ecology, tourism is good for bringing foreign capital into a country and puts stressors on its environment. Not to mention air travel is obviously off setting anything you might otherwise be doing environment wise. Any tourist who is really concerned about the environment doesn't fly - he sticks to his own neck of the woods or travels very slowly (which most people don't have the time to do). Not trying to be cynical, but let's be honest with ourselves here.
Just look at Mr Gore. Flies all over the place selling his climate scam.
When I see "Ecotourism" or "Health retreat" I wonder if the prices have been increased by 300% or 400% over there true worth.
If you want something off the beaten path without the hype I'd suggest Ubon/Khong Chiam in the east and up north check up Phayao or Nan. Down south check out Trang.