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7 Ecotourism Destinations in Southeast Asia

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7 Ecotourism Destinations in Southeast Asia

With plenty of amazing destinations advocating a greener way to travel, you’re now able to do your bit for a better world while enjoying stunning, breath-taking sceneries! So, check out these beautiful ecotravel locations for your next adventure!

Nihi Sumba Island Indonesia

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Located on the remote southwestern coast of Sumba Islands, this splendid resort was voted as the world’s top hotel in 2016 and 2017. Nihi Sumba Island was formerly a surf lodge before it was transformed into a world class resort, offering some serious indulgence, with intimate villas spread across acres of tropical forests and rice terraces. This eco-friendly accommodation recycles its water waste for trees in its garden and uses a curated menu based on seasonal vegetables and poultry caught from their own farms.


Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Malaysia

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This beautiful National Geographic approved lodge nestles on the banks of one of Borneo’s most important waterways, the Kinabatangan river. When you’re here, stay in one of the 20 available rooms and explore Borneo’s exotic wildlife including the iconic Proboscis Monkey, Orangutans and Pygmy Elephants. Sukau does its part for the environment as the lodge itself is built 100 feet away from the river banks to prevent soil erosion and all rooms are equipped with energy saving inverter air-conditioners.


Boat Landing Guesthouse, Lao PDR

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This family run accommodation in located close to the Nam Ha National Protected Area. This ASEAN Heritage park covers some of the most significant areas of wilderness in Lao. In the spirit of ecotourism, the bungalows here are built along the Namtha River, using local materials. The close proximity to ethnic villages, trekking, kayaking and mountain biking trails makes this a perfect spot to enjoy some environmental-friendly family fun.


Soneva Kiri, Thailand

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Start your day by embracing your childhood, as you get into a bamboo pod before being hoisted up to dine in a leafy canopy of an ancient rainforest. Once you’re well fed, head out for an exciting rainforest trek to get in touch with Koh Kood’s wildlife and discover a secret waterfall. After sunset, end your day with a classic movie under the stars while nibbling away on delectable delights. If you’re looking to head out and explore the area, make sure to use one of the electric powered cars!


Elysia Beach Resorts, Philippines

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Located in Donsol, this beach resort is the ideal place to unwind and experience the Philippines’s tropical allure. This province thrives in ecotourism, and Elysia perfectly embodies this. The owners are part of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiated whale shark photo ID project. So, the next time you’re here, don’t miss the opportunity to swim with these protected gentle giants!


Topas Ecolodge, Viet Nam

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Deep in the gorgeous Hoang Lien National Park, sits one of the ‘21 Places to Stay if You Care About the Planet’. The stunning views from the infinity pool is almost surreal as it provides unparalleled views of the majestic rice terraces and mountains. As impossible as it may seem, be sure to resist the temptation to spend all day within this magnificent accommodation, guided tours provide the fresh opportunity to explore the surrounding villages and experience the rich local culture.


4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Cambodia

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This luxurious eco lodge is situated along the Tatai River, overlooking the Cardamom Mountains. The concept behind this resort was to enable guests to kick back and enjoy the wonders of the rainforest while not having to sacrifice on comfort. A stay at one of the 12 African Safari-inspired tents offers you the chance to take your glamping experience up a notch. If you’re up for some fun, head out for a trek into the forests and uncover the rich wildlife, and then return to take a dip in the refreshing waters of the Tatai River.


If you’re looking for more inspiring destinations, catch WWF Ambassador Rovilson Fernandez on GOASEAN’s award-winning The Eco Traveller, as he makes his way across the Philippines in search of some of the best ecotourism destinations. On your next adventure, be sure to leave nothing behind and only take away memories, as you make ecotravel the only way to travel!


Written by: Sandeep Dhanoa

Sandeep Dhanoa is a content intern at GOASEAN, is pursuing a major in Communications at Monash University Malaysia. KL born and bred, Sandeep believes “tomato ketchup should no longer exist in our lives”.

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