Eco-Tourism in Indonesia, Cambodia, and Borneo
Eco-Tourism in Indonesia
The world’s largest archipelago spread over 4,000 km along the equator, Indonesia flaunts more natural and cultural diversity than any other Southeast Asian nation. From the beaches and scuba diving of Sulawesi to the Sumatran jungles and orangutans, an eco tour in Indonesia will offer you options galore to enjoy the treasured wealth of Nature. Ride on Sumatran elephants, walk with komodo dragons, watch Sumatran rhinos and tigers, trek through tropical rainforests to observe orangutans, gibbons, tarsiers and monkeys in the wilderness, study brilliant, rarely seen butterflies and birds, drive on pristine coral reefs…the list simply goes on! Don’t miss a visit to Komodo National Park, which features a rich mix of mangrove forests, seagrass beds, coral reefs and other coastal and marine habitats.
The leading eco-holiday locations in Indonesia are:
Eco Tourism in Cambodia
The war torn nation of Cambodia is recent addition to the list of Asian ecotourism destinations. From the pulsating capital Phnom Penh to the magnificent ruined Khmer cities of Angkor — one of the 7 wonders of the world — and across the Tonle Sap Lake to Battambang town and it’s French colonial charm, a green tour to Cambodia lets you explore all these and more. Bird-watching at several sites in northern Cambodia is one of the major attractions for nature lovers worldwide. Here, you can watch several bird species that are among the rarest in South-east Asia, such as the highly endangered Giant Ibis Pseudibis Gigantea and White-shouldered Ibis Pseudibis Davisoni. Visits to these sites are designed to enrich you with a real understanding of Cambodia’s natural and cultural wealth, while providing direct and tangible benefits to the land and the local communities.
The prime eco-holiday locations in Cambodia are:
- Angkor Wat
- Phnom Penh
- Cambodian countryside
- Prek Toal
Eco Tourism in Borneo
Located at the heart of Maritime Southeast Asia, Borneo is a scenic island administratively divided between the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. One of most biodiversity-rich areas in the world, Borneo is reaping the fruits of ecotourism. Travel off-the-beaten-track to explore the tribal villages of Borneo, Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and enjoy exciting trek tours in Mt. Kinabalu National Park.
Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo showcases an extremely rich cultural, floral and faunal diversity, and is home to more than 20 different ethnic groups. From orangutans and dense forests to white water rapids — you can see them all on a green tour to Borneo.
Malaysian Borneo on the other hand provides opportunities galore for trekking along the famous head-hunters’ trail and climb the mighty Mt Kinabalu (South East Asia’s tallest mountain). Put up at picturesque fishing villages, longhouses and isolated jungle camps while on an eco tour in Borneo and get acquainted with the warm and welcoming communities of Dusun, Iban and Malay people. Responsible travel will also let you do your bit for conservation by supporting orang utans and giant turtle projects.
The leading eco-holiday locations in Borneo are:
Southeast Asian ecotours may also include a visit to Palawan province in Philippines, which features 1,200 miles of beach and 1,780 unspoiled islands. The perfect getaway for beach lovers and adventurers, Palwan is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Tubbataha Reef Marine Park and Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park. You can even head for northern Laos, and indulge in trekking, rafting and biking in the nearby protected forests. Stay at the Boat Landing Guest House, an eco-lodge certified by Green Globe (website at “EC3Global.Com”), an organization that strictly monitors environmental practices of eco hotels.