Cambodia: Cardamom and Elephant Mountains

The Cardamom and Elephant Mountains ranges, stretching along the west coast, are densely forested and sparsely inhabited, one of the last forest wilderness areas in mainland southeast Asia. By way of contrast to areas of Cambodia such as the Tonle Sap lake region, the Cardamom and Elephant Mountains ranges, stretching along the west coast, are densely forested and sparsely inhabited, one of the last forest … Continue reading Cambodia: Cardamom and Elephant Mountains

Cambodia: Tonle Sap Region

The giant Tonle Sap lake region is probably one of the better known areas of Cambodia, if only because of its proximity to the temples of Angkor. Most people who visit Angkor, however, may only take a 2-hour “tourist” boat trip to the floating villages along the lakeshore, thereby missing the chance to appreciate what is perhaps one of the most unusual and diverse ecosystems … Continue reading Cambodia: Tonle Sap Region

6 Question Checklist for Ethical Travel Companies

When planning an organised Ethical Travel trip, here are a few things you should look for in your travel company: Do they have a published responsible travel company? More importantly, does it make sense and talk about things they DO rather than things they aspire to? Have they always been working in this way? If not, why not? Can they give you categorical examples (names, … Continue reading 6 Question Checklist for Ethical Travel Companies

What does Ethical Travel really mean?

It seems every where you look now, companies of all kinds are talking about how “green” they are. The words “responsible”, “sustainable” and “ethical” seem to be used by everyone, from companies in travel, oil, cosmetics – the list is endless. You won’t be alone in wondering what this really means: how does it really benefit the environment, the local tribes, the rain forest? Unfortunately … Continue reading What does Ethical Travel really mean?

Cambodia: Cultured Traveller

It may surprise some to learn that Cambodia boasts no fewer than seven national parks and nine animal sanctuaries. However, protection of habitats is not new in Cambodia. Prior to 1957, about one third of the country had been subjected to the some form of inventory and classified into 173 forest reserves and six wildlife reserves. Many sites recently declared protected areas were well known … Continue reading Cambodia: Cultured Traveller

Telegraph Travel Writing Competition – Win £200

Courtesy of the Telegraph Newspaper, your travel writing could earn you £1,000 if you win the 'Just Back' article of the year. You might not win the article-of-the-year prize, but you could still get your hands on the weekly prize of £200 in the currency of your choice from the Post Office. Terms and conditions: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/4207858/Telegraph-Travel-Just-Back-competition-terms-and-conditions.html To enter, email your entry of no more than 500 … Continue reading Telegraph Travel Writing Competition – Win £200

UN crowdsources wildlife conservation

A newly launched website from the UN Environment Programme is turning to crowdsourcing and wiki technology in an effort to improve protection of the natural world. www.protectedplanet.net – helps people identify and visit little-known protected areas, and in doing so, hopefully generating revenue and improving knowledge and awareness about them. The site uses existing web-based resources, including Google maps, Wikipedia and Panoramio in order to … Continue reading UN crowdsources wildlife conservation

Hajj Information and Checklist

This year thousands of British Nationals will attend the Hajj. We all hope that you have a trouble-free Hajj. However, if something does go wrong, the British Hajj Delegation, working with the British Consulate-General can provide you with a range of consular services The British Hajj delegation will be located at the Elaf Al Khalil Hotel (see useful information at bottom of article) The Delegation can: … Continue reading Hajj Information and Checklist

Vaccinations needed for Hajj Pilgrims

The FCO is urging British Muslims who will be participating in the Hajj this year to ensure they have checked the up-to-date travel advice before embarking on their trip. This year, a Meningococcal Meningitis vaccination certificate is a compulsory visa requirement for the estimated 25,000 British Muslims expected to travel to the Hajj. It is also advises that pilgrims are vaccinated against Seasonal Influenza before … Continue reading Vaccinations needed for Hajj Pilgrims