Asia

| 5 Star Eco-Consciousness | While northern Goa’s post-hippie-yet-perfectly-hip beach communities (including Arambol, Vagator and Anjuna) have pretty much everything I’m looking for in tropical Indian vacation spots, the one less desirable quality is the increasing quantity of tourists. Fortunately, just a couple hours’ drive away in south Goa my friend and I find a shanti […]

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| My Brief Tour | Hailed as one of the world’s top eco-tourism destinations, the Philippines and her 7,107 islands offer stunning biodiversity, incomparable diving and pristine white sand beaches from Palawan to Boracay. Yet Manila, the sprawling metropolis that is her capital, poses somewhat more of a challenge for a green-conscious traveler. Once known […]

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Hong Kong-based Shangri-La is the first Asia-Pacific hotel group to be named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

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| Follow The Green | Nearly seven in ten Americans will gamble this year, and that statistic is matched or doubled-down in other parts of the world. No wonder the casino industry is worth some $30 billion—more than the gross domestic product (GDP) of Bolivia! Green, in gaming, usually means the color of money, or […]

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| Surreal Nights In Malaysia’s Capital | Circling high above Kuala Lumpur, I’m in a free-fall. It’s about the weirdness of what waits in that vast metropolis below. I’m about to witness an outrageous  Hindu festival that promises to make San Francisco’s fetish parades preposterously tame by comparison. But I’ll also be shacking up in […]

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| Finding ‘Undiscovered’ Bali | My quest for ‘undiscovered’ Bali continues. I yearn to be alone in the wilds, with scarcely another tourist within miles, in the Bali of my imagining before it was inundated by outsiders like me. This road trip is to the island’s north coast, following rumors of a sweet treat of […]

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| Down Duvets in Bali? | When afternoon rain clouds part, the limitless panorama stretches well beyond Bali’s southern shores. Ahhhh, this is more like it. Only an hour’s drive from the island’s overcrowded tourist beaches, these Bedugul central highlands feel blissfully remote. And that’s exactly why we’ve come to Desa Atas Awan (Village Above the […]

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Winners of the HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards are resorts in Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Cambodia. Every year since 2007 the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific, or HICAP, has honored hotel operators and developers in the Asia Pacific region who demonstrate exemplary sustainable practices and

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| Sacred, Shocking Sustainability | I weave my motorcycle down a narrow, potholed road past exquisitely terraced rice paddies and through a tiny village. This is Bali, but not the Bali of the island’s highly trafficked locales—and I feel deliciously remote from the bustle even though Kuta and Ubud are each only thirty minutes away, […]

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Curious about electric cars? On your next vacation, give one a test drive—and instead of paying high gas prices, charge up for free. Major car rental companies, which have been offering hybrid vehicles for years, are now getting into the electric car (EV) market. And an ever-growing number of hotels, resorts, and even B&Bs

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