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A collection of stories from Our Better World to inspire you to venture into the unknown, dig deep into the wider world, and make a difference.

Asia is our backyard

Sparkling seas and secluded beaches? Idyllic homestays and lush jungle hikes? Adventure is within reach right here within Asia, and we’re here to help connect you with authentic local experiences, while nudging your travel dollar towards making the world a better place.

Our stories will rouse you to explore unknown territories and encounter diverse cultures, and immerse yourself in the wider world and understand your place in it. You will also discover how your actions can create positive impact in the world.

The Goat Village, India

Amid high-altitude alpine beauty, rest and relax in this rural retreat run with pride by residents working to ensure their way of life survives into the future.

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Local Alike, Thailand

Experience Thailand’s high life beyond paradiscal beaches and glossy skyscrapers. Known for its notorious opium trade in the late 1960s, the hill tribes of northern Thailand are working hard to recover from their dark past with the help of Local Alike, a community-based tourism enterprise.

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SEMAI, Malaysia

Adventure sports and a chance to spot the world’s biggest flower are Ulu Geroh’s calling cards. But the indigenous Semai people who fend off threats to their forest are the real stars. Stay with them to experience the magic of the forest, and support their efforts to preserve their traditions and the environment.

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Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust, India

After years of poaching, it didn’t look good for the birds in Mangalajodi. Then locals, realising the harm of their actions, reversed course. Let Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust show you how they brought the birds back to this wetlands paradise — and travellers with them.

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Green Acres Orchard and Ecolodge, Malaysia

A treehouse getaway...on a durian farm? Fear not, you don’t have to love the stinky, divisive fruit to fall in love with the lush, eco-conscious surroundings of Green Acres Orchard and Ecolodge. This 16-acre orchard will show you why a sustainable life is a good life.

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Torajamelo, Indonesia

Famed for their elaborate rituals honouring the dead, Toraja is an adventure set in the highlands of South Sulawesi. Stay in the homes of locals to experience the community's heart and soul, and support their fledgling livelihoods in tourism.

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Grassroutes, India

In Walvanda, a verdant hamlet inhabited by the Warli, a rustic way of life has quietly survived amidst the pressures of modernisation. Spend a day there taking in their distinctive art and the joys of rural life, and help the Warli preserve their traditions.

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Lost Paradise Resort, Malaysia

Along the coast of Penang sits an oasis with a unique perspective. Savour the calm of the waves and sea breeze, surrounded by tropical flora and fauna. And bask in the glow of your tan, knowing your stay supports a school in the resort for special needs’ children.

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The Dorsal Effect, Indonesia

Explore Lombok’s natural beauty and laidback charm with a former shark fisherman who has hung up his nets in favour of guiding tourists, instead of hunting down the dwindling shark population. When you book an eco-tour, you support his new livelihood.

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SaveAGram, India

If waking up to birds chirping, enjoying fresh home-cooked meals and being surrounded by nature is your thing, then explore a homestay with SaveAGram in Kerala. Your visit will leave you feeling rejuvenated, and your stay will help empower the villagers hosting you.

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Sumba Hospitality Foundation, Indonesia

Sumba’s unexplored beaches and quaint villages are set for a tourism boom, and your relaxing getaway in this island resort will help enthusiastic locals like Jeffry meet the demand – funds go towards training programmes to hone their hospitality skills.

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Tigerland Rice Farm, Thailand

This farm in Chiang Rai will allow you to dig into the ins and outs of organic rice farming and experience the traditional way of life in the lush countryside. You also get the opportunity to support social impact programmes that benefit the community.

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