Thailand

Should you visit the famous long neck tribe in Thailand?

The long neck tribe in Thailand has long been a popular tourist attraction, but this has not been without controversy. Some people say that you absolutely should visit the Kayan people because they are in desperate need of the tourist Dollar. Your visit will be...

Why you should NOT visit Thailand’s Tiger Temples

Many tourists consider a visit to Thailand's tiger temples on their travels. I mean, who wouldn't want a super cute photo taken with a baby tiger? Or to take a full grown tiger for a walk? These make for the perfect Insta shots, right? Wrong. Oh so wrong. Once upon a time I was a naive twenty-something year old who did exactly this. Heck, my Facebook profile picture was of me and a baby tiger...

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The shocking truth about elephant riding in Thailand

Elephant riding in Thailand has become somewhat controversial in recent years. When I first went backpacking back in 2011 it was a right of passage to climb onto an elephant's back and to be paraded along the street. But nowadays, things are very different. Society has become more aware of animal welfare and ethical tourism has moved to the forefront of travel planning. But awareness still isn't...

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10 UNETHICAL elephant sanctuaries in Thailand you should avoid

Sadly, there are many unethical elephant sanctuaries in Thailand. These organisations often promote themselves as being 'ethical', but in reality they are not. Tourists who visit the unethical elephant sanctuaries in Thailand are unknowingly contributing to these poor animals' pain and hurt. This malpractice needs to stop and it needs to stop now. It is difficult to know what goes on behind the...

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The 7 best ETHICAL elephant sanctuaries in Thailand

Ethical elephant sanctuaries in Thailand, or any other country in the world, are the only kind of elephant attraction that you should visit on your travels. And even then some of the 'sanctuaries' are questionable in their practices. With the growth in ethical tourism and an increased awareness of animal cruelty, many people nowadays are looking to sanctuaries for their elephant experiences. But...

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The ethics of going to a ping pong show

Have you ever considered going to a ping pong show? It might seem like a good idea after a few Changs, but trust me when I say that going to one of these shows may just scar you for life! If you've ever been to Khao San Road, Bangkok in the evening you will probably be familiar with the ping pong touts, putting their fingers in the side of their mouths in attempt to replicate the sound of a ping...

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Sex tourism in Thailand: What where and why

Sex tourism is something that happens around the world. A potentially unfortunate byproduct of the tourism industry as a whole, it’s particularly prevalent in Thailand. In this post I will delve into the what, where and why of sex tourism in Thailand. The scale of sex tourism in Thailand A major part of sex tourism is prostitution. This has been common in Thailand for centuries - as far back as...

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Dr Hayley Stainton

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I’ve been travelling, studying and teaching travel and tourism since I was 16. Through Tourism Teacher I share my knowledge on the principles and practice of travel and tourism management from both an academic and practical perspective.

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Ethnography: A SIMPLE explanation

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