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Asia's Top Responsible Travel Spots


Looking to make a difference on your next trip? Try, an online guide designed for eco-minded travelers. Previously a guidebook, the website hones in on over 185 carefully vetted, sustainable travel experiences in Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, and China’s Yunnan and Guangxi provinces. Here, four highlights.—By Liang Xinyi

Published on Nov 17, 2011

+ STAY | The 38 airy rooms aren’t the only draw at Siem Reap boutique hotel Soria Moria. There’s also a sleek rooftop bar and open-air Jacuzzi—plus, the hotel is 51 percent owned by the friendly local employees. Wat Bo Road, Salakamrouk, Siem Reap, Cambodia; +855 63 964 769;; doubles from US$50

+ SHOP | Beautiful artisanal handcrafts are the specialty at Luang Prabang’s Ma Té Sai, whose fair-trade products are sourced directly from local villages. Look out for hand-woven cotton scarves and sleek bamboo place mats. 02/58 Ban Xieng Mouane, Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang, Laos; +856 71 260 654;

| In Hanoi, sit down at a relaxed, French-inspired space and tuck into dishes like duck à l’orange and mousse au chocolat at Song Thu, a restaurant and culinary-training facility that supports underprivileged teens. 34 Chau Long Street, Hanoi, Vietnam; +84 4 3942 4448;; dinner for two VND490,000

+ DO
| Kickstart a Yunnan trekking adventure with a home-brewed coffee at Forest Café, which customizes itineraries to off-the-beaten-track villages and trails. Mengla Road 23, Jinghong, Yunnan, China; +86 691 898 5122; forest-café.org; guided treks from RMB250


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