Soft Adventure in Vietnam

Sapa in Vietnam

Vietnam tourism policy is geared towards promoting its abundantly available nature (N) and culture (C) products, next to increasingly more developed and accessible beach (P) facilities. Not counting backpackers who travel the country extensively and have time aplenty, due to the shape of the county and long distances between major tourist attractions, the average overseas […]

South East Asia’s Soft Adventure

Coffee plantation in the misty forest in South Asia

A couple of years ago the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) revealed a series of tourism trends in Asia Pacific[1]. A few of those are relevant for South East Asia’s tourism development. To start with, a very positive trend for the region is that Asia’s tourism is growing comfortably above the world average and will […]

Exploring El Nido’s Nooks and Crannies by Kayak

Woman kayaking in the Small Lagoon in El Nido , Philippines

Certified beach and nature lovers will find El Nido about 220 kilometres northeast of Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan Island in the Philippines. Here, the pristine blue waters of Bacuit Bay teem with marine life, and magnificent limestone outcroppings inspire awe. El Nido covers an area of 465.1 square kilometres, with 45 islands brimming […]

Water Sports In Brunei Amidst Abounding Marine Life

Brunei is blessed with a marvelous collection of marine life which has grabbed attention from all around the world. With a coastline of some 160 km along the South China Sea and many attractive beaches (e.g. Muara, Meragang and Pantai Seri Kenangan), water sports enthusiasts will be glad to discover that Brunei offers a lot […]

Brunei’s Natural Splendor

Tropical beach in the Dominican Republic at dawn

Brunei is rightly proud of its conservation efforts, most recently joining the Heart of Borneo initiative which is acting to save one-third of Borneo’s rainforests where endangered species such as the orang-utan, pygmy elephant and clouded leopard can be found.  More than 70% of Brunei’s land area is covered by primary rainforests, and the country […]

Ketinting and Close Encounters with Kiluan Bay’s Dolphins

Friendly dolphin

Dolphins are a regular, playful presence in Lampung’s Kiluan Bay in Sumatra. The bay is a regular migration stop for spinner and bottle-nosed dolphins, both of whom regularly jump out of the water in groups (scientists suspect this helps herd fish, which in turn aids in feeding). To see these dolphins up close, you’ll need […]

Singapore Sails: Sailing Along on Marina Bay

Boat at the pier

The bustling Singapore city centre is just about the last place you’d expect to find a vibrant sailing scene, but Marina Bay is nothing if not a hotspot of the unexpected. Against a spectacular backdrop comprising the Marina Bay Sands, the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Flyer and the rest of Marina Bay’s city skyline, […]

Dance with the Dragon: Kayaking on Halong Bay

Colourful kayaks with limestone mountains background

For centuries, Ha Long Bay’s sheltered cove and karst landscape have provided shelter to both storm-weary sailors and pirates avoiding capture. Boats within the bay enjoy an unparalleled view of thousands of elliptical islands jutting out of the waters; fearless travelers can disembark the boats and explore caves and lagoons carved into the islands by […]

Rapid Descent: Rafting the Khek River, Phitsanulok

A local ship sailing in Ha-Long Bay, Vietnam

From its source in the Phetchabun mountains, the Khek River travels through a turbulent series of waterfalls and rapids before it empties into the Nan River. An eight-kilometre stretch of the river has been designated for whitewater rafting – the course contains 11 rapids and takes about two to three hours to complete, with each […]