Eco-Tourism in South East Asia – Thailand and Malaysia
Eco Tourism in South East Asia
The overwhelming natural beauty and rich culture of Southeast Asia account for the increasing incidence of foreign travelers showing an interest in eco-vacations in Southeast Asia. Several countries in this region offer ecotourism options, including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. Leave the everyday world behind for Pete’s sake and visit a few of southeast Asian eco tourism hubs! You won’t regret it.
Eco Tourism in Thailand
The immense boom in eco tourism in Thailand has prompted the Thai government and the Tourism Authority of Thailand to take active measures in promoting friendly eco tourism for travelers worldwide who want exciting, nature-based trips to Thailand. These ecotours can range from Phuket canoe trips to thrilling ocean-based paddling adventures to peaceful float trips through river villages. If you plan to have a tour that’s full of life, the various rock climbing, mountain climbing, hiking and other adventure trips in southern Thailand are ideal. Explore the magic of Khao Sok National Park, Phang Nga, Tarutao, Erawan, Budo Sungai-Padi and Khao Yai national parks and Thailand’s natural wonders by gliding through the jungles and coastlines on canoes and kayaks. Or explore the lush jungles and the interior of Samui Island on eco tours in Thailand.
The leading eco-holiday locations in Thailand are:
- Central Thailand,
- Golden Triangle
- Khao Sok National Park
- Koh Samui
- Northern Thailand
- North East Thailand
- Southern Thailand
- Thai hill tribes
Eco-Tourism in Malaysia
One of the top ecotourist hotspots in Asia, Malaysia offers unlimited opportunities to explore national parks, jungles, and wildlife viewing. Enjoy a culturally sensitive and environmentally friendly vacation in scenic Malaysia. Don’t miss a visit to Taman Negara National Park, which sprawls over 4,000 square kilometers of virgin forest and is home to more than 200 species of animals, plants, trees and flowers.
Besides, the states of Sarawak and Sabah in Malaysian Borneo are known for their natural diversity and spectacular sights. Sarawak is famous for the white “rajahs” (the Brooke family), and also for the aboriginal tribes who practice the art of head shrinking. Visit the most extensive Mulu caves, 600ft waterfalls and one of the largest colonies of bats in Sarawak. Sabah on the other hand offers an outstanding wilderness experience, from coastal villages to Mount Kinabalu, to an exotic variety of natural fauna and flora. But the major highlights of Sabah are the Orang Utans or “the old men of the mountains” of the world famous Sepilok sanctuary. On a conservation-focused tour of Malaysia’s Sukau rainforest, explore the jungles, paddy fields and rivers, and learn about local turtle conservation efforts. Stay at the Sukau Rainforest eco-lodge where solar power is used to heat water. The lodge charges one dollar extra for every international adult guest, and puts the money to use for funding projects like wildlife rehabilitation and tree planting.
The leading eco-holiday locations in Malaysia are:
- Malay Peninsula