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Reef Check in the Philippines, July 2011

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Dr Gregor Hodgson, founder of the Reef Check Foundation will be escorting a 10 night safari in the Southern Visayas, aboard the SY Philippine Siren. Dr Hodgson spent many years in the Philippines and was the first to campaign for the establishment of Marine Protected Areas. Many MPAs now exist ...

Moves to Expand Protected Forest in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Adding to yesterday's great news that the Titanium mine, planned for Chi Phat, has been shelved, the Cambodian government is now drafting a sub-decree to increase the size of Koh Kong Province's Protected Forest. Someone up there must have started fretting about his karma and the afterlife!

Special Offer: Explore rural life & hill tribes of Northern Thailand

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

For Family: 2 full paying adults traveling with up to 2 children (less than 12 years), children will be accommodated in separate room free of charge
. For Couples: 1 full paying adult with the second person receives 50% discount from the current rate (for new booking with specified date only) Programmes and ...

Chi Phat saved from destructive Titanium mine

Monday, April 11th, 2011

A late minute intervention by Prime minister, Hun Sen, has saved a thriving community-based tourism project in Cambodia's Koh Kong Province from a planned, highly destructive, Titanium mine. The mine project, by the United Khmer Group, was rumoured to have been just a cover to gain access to the ...

Luang Prabang to Phnom Penh adventure

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Nice appraisal from this French family from Japan who undertook a Mekong River Explorer trip, finishing this week: From: Marie-Cécile Conilh de Beysac Subject: thank you Date: 6 March 2011 20:02:48 GMT+07:00 To: Christopher Gow We have only have one word : wonderful ! One of our best trip. Thank ...

In Cambodia, Koh Kong Emerges as Eco-Tourism Destination

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

This New York Times story highlights some interesting eco-tourism developments in Cambodia. See some of my pics from Chi Phat here on the Symbiosis Facebook page

Do Voluntourists Help or Harm?

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Posted 3 Jan 2011 on Ethical Traveler by Katia Savchuk Performing short-term volunteer work abroad is “potentially exploitative” of vulnerable populations, according to a recent study of “voluntourism” in African orphanages. Authored by researchers from South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council and Queen Mary, University of London, the report found that ...

World Marine Cleanup Day, 25 Sept

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

How you can participate, go to Project Aware website International Cleanup Day is 25 September. This massive volunteer event is the largest of its kind, when underwater teams of volunteer divers in more than 100 countries tackle marine debris issues head on. For info on how you can participate, go to Project ...

Coral Bleaching: Malaysia bans divers in bid protect reefs

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Malaysia is renowned for its wonderful marine world and nearly half a million divers come here every year to admire some of the world’s most popular diving sites. The attention is fantastic as it helps raise awareness of some of the problems associated with global warming, yet on the other ...

Turning Poachers into Gamekeepers – Cardomoms, Cambodia

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

I recently visited a community deep in the Cardomom Mountains, western Cambodia that, until recently existed to plunder the rainforest of trees and wildlife.   [caption id="attachment_288" align="aligncenter" width="490" caption="Approaching Chi Phat"][/caption] Chi Phat is a former logging community a 2 hour boat trip up river from the newly refurbished road linking ...

Cambodia-Thailand Border Tensions

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Prime Minister Hun Sen and Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat met in Bejing on Friday, at the Asia-Europe Summint, to discuss the recent conflict at Preah Vihear. The two Prime Ministers made an agreement to avoide anyt further fighting on the border. They also agreed to set up a committee and negotiate ...

Cambodia-Thailand Border Tensions

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

The situation on at the border between Thailand and Cambodia, near the temple of Preah Vihear has remained unchanged, since violent clashes last week ended in a cease fire agreement. Prime Minister Hun Sen, (the Prime Minister of Cambodia) and Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat of Thailand have confirmed that there will ...

Thailand- Cambodian Border Quiet After Negotiations

Friday, October 17th, 2008

"A tense quiet hangs over Preah Vihear temple [today]" (Tha Cambodia Daily). After four hours of negotiatins between Thai and Cambodia military officials an agreement had been made that no gunfir will be exchange "just like before" (The Cambodia Daily). In what seems to be a somewhat unworkable agreement Cambodia and Thailand ...

Cambodia Putting the Past Behind it- Khmer Rouge Jailed for 20 Years

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

A Cambodian court has sentenced three former Khmer Rouge guerrillas to 20 years in jail over the 1996 kidnapping and murder of a British mine clearer and his translator After nearly 12 years since the Khmer Rouge laid down their weapons and were forced out of power in Cambodia some of ...

The Circus Travels To France!

Friday, October 10th, 2008

The Battambang Circus is touring France, but before going on tour in France, the exceptional team of “Phum Style” will give a few performances in Battambang.   "Phum Style" relates the story of a city boy coming back to his home village after years in a surrounding that totally changed his life style, “Phum Style” ...