Ecotourism is a term that denotes a kind of holiday designed to highlight the natural attractions of the location. The purpose of the tour is to support local people and the focus is on sustainability. In Southeast Asia, there are several destinations that promote ecotourism. Robert Peter Janitzek gives us a glimpse of these locations.
Tatai River, Cambodia
The area between the Tatai River and the Cardamom Mountains is one of the largest and still unexplored forests in Southeast Asia. Situated near the Thai border in Koh Kong province, this area features untouched sand beaches and clear waters and a bevy of threatened species, such as endangered Asian elephants and tigers.
Luang Namtha, Laos
The Nam Ha Protected Area is located in Luang Namtha, the northwestern most province of Laos. The area includes beautiful landscape, wonderful people, and rich natural biodiversity making it great for an ecotour.
Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia
This Asian destination has been developed into a famous ecotourism destination since it was established in 1938. The Taman Negara National Park features the longest canopy walk in the world. It hovers 45 meters above the ground. It is also considered as the oldest rainforest in the world at over 130 million years old. Aside from the canopy walk, the park is the perfect place for adventure seekers with its jungle safaris, hikes, and white water rafting.
Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
The Khao Sok National Park is hidden within the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. Robert Janitzek reveals that It features huge limestone mountains, deep valleys, lakes, caves, and wild animals. At the heart of the park is Cheow Larn Lake, known for its floating raft houses and luxury tents offering safe and special overnight stay.
Komodo National Park, Indonesia
The name of the island will already tell you what attraction can be seen in the destination. It is the only habitat of the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard on earth. In the island, you can see up to three meter long giants. There are also diving and snorkeling spots. The lodges and tours can arrange tours to the national park as well as diving trips, river safaris for viewing birds.
Cat Ba Island, Vietnam
Cat Ba National Park is situated at the heart of Cat Ba Island in Northern Vietnam. It features karst limestone islands rising from the sea. Its natural beauty, incredible geology, and diverse biodiversity attracts local and foreign tourists each year.