Trekking With Giants at MandaLao Elephant Conservation in Laos: An Ethical Elephant Sanctuary in Luang Prabang

Trekking With Giants at MandaLao Elephant Conservation in Laos: An Ethical Elephant Sanctuary in Luang Prabang

Laos was once known as Lan Xang, or the “Land of a Million Elephants”. Sadly, due to poaching, logging and war, the current population stands at a mere 400-or so wild elephants. According to the Elephant Conservation Center in Laos, Laos also has about 450 domesticated elephants: “Most of them are engaged in timber harvesting operations by…

Where to See Pink Dolphins in Hong Kong and How to Choose a Responsible Tour Operator

Where to See Pink Dolphins in Hong Kong and How to Choose a Responsible Tour Operator

Up until recently, I prioritized traveling to far-flung places like Italy, Australia and South Africa over my own backyard in Hong Kong. I could always explore Hong Kong later on, it would always be there and there’s no need for a sense of urgency, right? Turns out that I was pretty dead wrong, because seeing…

Koh Samui Elephant Sanctuary: Rescuing Elephants from Riding Camps and Beyond

Koh Samui Elephant Sanctuary: Rescuing Elephants from Riding Camps and Beyond

As more and more people travel to Thailand for its beaches, food, temples and culture, unfortunately as does the number of people who are unaware of the cruelty involved with riding elephants in Thailand or visiting elephant shows where they are forced to stand on their front legs and trunks, paint and “play” soccer. However,…