Southeast Asia Tourism Needs to “Spread the Love”

July 8, 2015 by | Filed Under: Authentic Experiences, Hot Topic, Travel

Check out Khiri USA Michael Healy’s recent article on Travel Pulse about the growing need for the region’s travel industry to disperse tourist arrivals away from Southeast Asia’s “iconic landmarks such as Phuket, Angkor Wat, and Ha Long Bay.” These top “bucket list” destinations are suffering negative impacts from overcrowding and visitors are left with a “watered-down experience.” This way of travel doesn’t reflect well on responsible tourism.

Travel trip at Sambor Prei Kuk - Cambodia

things to do at Banteay Chhmar - Cambodia

Instead of legions of travelers wearing away Angkor’s ancient carvings and “fueling a manic building boom in Siem Reap,” Michael suggests the alternative is to better promote responsible travel at under-visited but “equally impressive destinations.” Sambor Prei Kuk and Banteay Chhmar temples are smaller scale but still offer an authentic experience of the ancient Khmer Kingdom. Both places also feature responsible tourism in the form of CBT projects with luxury tent accommodations or village homestays and expert local guides…and no crowds!

things to do at Chhmar temples  - Cambodia

what to do at tented camp - Banteay Chhmar  - Cambodia

Click here to read ideas on how to redirect travelers with better marketing of overland tour products and not “just selling the familiar.”

For more blogs by Michael Healy, you can read more on Michael’s page on

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