History and geography have kept many of Laos’ natural treasures well hidden. But eco tourists will discover that this idyllic southeastern Asian country offers plenty of outdoor attractions tucked away in its hillside along the upper Mekong. Luang Phrabang is a magical place at the junction of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. It is also the confluence of French colonial elegance and Asian mysticism. Ecotourism in this ancient city is just coming into its own, bringing new financial opportunities for the local populace while ensuring the preservation of the natural ecosystems for generations to come.
The diverse terrain and biodiversity of the regions provides almost limitless number of activities for tourists. Probably the most popular destination in the area is the Elephant sanctuary that is located less than an hour from the old capital. The sanctuary is at the heart of the effort of local tribes to save this national symbol and provide a new source of income for the area. The sanctuary provides a natural setting for visitors to interact with elephants in non-exploitative environment.
Another popular destination near Luang Phrabang is the Nam Ha Protected Area located northwest of Luang Phrabang an ASEAN Heritage Site. Nam Ha is rich in biodiversity and arrangements can be made for biking and trekking expeditions through the park. You can take a guided trip on bamboo rafts down the Nam Tha River. Afterwards, experience staying in a local village with dinner collected from the forest.
When you are thinking about your next adventure, take time to find out about Wild Ark’s innovative and forward-looking approach to world travel. Sophie and Mark Hutchinson were concerned that our race to discover virgin vacation destinations would only hasten their demise. They introduce a new outlook on how to experience the remaining wild spaces. Part of the price of your vacation will go toward saving endangered ecosystems that you experience. Wild Arks experts will help create a vacation for Luang Phrabang or one of the other remaining spots that haven’t been overran by development. Contact Wild Ark online at http://wildark.com/get-in-touch/ to see about setting up an experience you’ll never forget.
The newest trend in vacations is far from a staycation- in addition to sorting disposables into proper sanitation containers, add an eco-friendly resort to the list. There are many ways to sort a trip into eco-friendly worthiness, factors include regions that support sustainable development, or do not contribute to a wasteful environment.
To be involved in the eco-friendly and sustainable travel movement, the consumer has a variety of resources to select a preferred travel destination. Popular locations as recently rated by a Travel Channel publication include regions throughout Mexico, South America, Philipines, and Africa.
One such company that is providing an eco-friendly service is called the Wild Ark. The goal of the Wild Ark is to connect consumers with eco-friendly travel options, the main form of point of contact being their website.
The website is extensive in detail. Upon arriving at the landing page the user is greeted with a simple and precise layout with a background in optic white and links in a neutral pine green. A link to the “Our Story” page outlines the mission of the company. The founders emphasize a spiritual link in their efforts- learning and research are encouraged along with preservation of native flora and fauna. The company offers locations that appeal to fledgling or established artist- surreal photography locales are highlighted.
Wild Ark was created by Sophie and Mark Hutchinson, who proudly declare their love for eco-conservation and have pledged their lives to “making a difference.”
Wild Ark has a variety of trips available and offers a wide array of information– from rates to which toiletries are provided at selected campsites.
One of their excursions lays in the exotic region of Botswana, Africa. The descriptive links under this selection describe the addition of guides and birdwatchers from indigenous tribes available to service consumers. The consumer can be certain that native civilizations are not disrupted as the group that provides guides has been sourcing from the same region for the last 34 years. The method of accommodation, bathing, water supply and electric facilities, as well as guest amenities, are discussed in detail for every trip offered.
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