How to Experience Thailand’s Hill Tribe Culture from the Inside

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How to Experience Thailand’s Hill Tribe Culture from the Inside

Travellers that have had enough of southern beach life arrive in Chiang Mai hungry for culture, northern delicacies and the colourful vibrant hill tribe life. Wanting to experience something real, travellers often get disappointed on day tour to a hill tribe village, suspicious elephant camps or Tiger kingdom visit. Here few tips for a non-touristy way to experience authentic life in northern Thailand.

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3 Solo Female Travellers Tell about Their Experiences in Duara villages

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3 Solo Female Travellers Tell about Their Experiences in Duara villages

What’s it like to travel to Duara villages as a female solo traveller? We asked three adventurous women about their experiences in Tanzania, Bali and Sri Lanka. All of them shared the same core message: homestay is an excellent option for a solo (female) traveller and adjusting your expectations in advance is the key for receiving a rewarding, eye-opening and memorable experience.

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Our Guide to Socially Sustainable Travel

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Our Guide to Socially Sustainable Travel

During the summer we in Duara Travels have attended several responsible travel panel discussions. We want to share some of the issues that have been raised up in these panels with you as we believe they touch everyone travelling in locations where there’s huge financial inequality and where you are representing the wealthier part. Encounters with locals coming from different cultures and socio-economical backgrounds can be very rewarding and eye-opening for both parts but remember that these encounters come with some responsibilities. Here’s something to consider…

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5 reasons to book a homestay with a local family on your next family vacation

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5 reasons to book a homestay with a local family on your next family vacation

Taking your kids with you on your travels is a great way to enlarge their perception of the world we live in. However, spending the whole holiday at the hotel pool won't necessarily give your offspring a real idea about what the destination is really about and how the locals live their life. For a deeper experience we encourage families to stay with a local family in a rural village for 3 or 6 nights during their holiday. Read below the reasons why we believe staying with a local family in a Duara village on your next family holiday will be an experience worth trying:

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8 Tips for a Socially Responsible Trip

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8 Tips for a Socially Responsible Trip

A socially responsible traveller explores destinations beyond touristy hotspots and spends as much of their travel budget as possible to support the local community. If you want to be aware of the social impact of your holiday, read this article. And if you decide to plan your next trip with these guidelines, you might notice a significant difference.

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Tips to Consider when Travelling Alone as a Woman

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Tips to Consider when Travelling Alone as a Woman

There are not many things in the world anymore that women could not do just as men. However in many places it’s not common for women to travel alone and this might take some getting used to. It’s important to keep safe and respect each local culture, but keep in mind also that as a lady you might have entrance to places where groups or men are not allowed.  Go and venture out!

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Taste Vietnamese Kitchen and Learn to Cook Local Dishes in a Duara Village

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Taste Vietnamese Kitchen and Learn to Cook Local Dishes in a Duara Village

Whenever you stay in a local home during your travels, one of the highlights is tasting local specialities. In a Duara village the biggest perk is not just eating like locals, but learning how to cook like locals. All of our destinations have a characteristic kitchen, but Vietnam above all has a very distinct food culture influenced by its neighbouring countries.

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5 reasons why Duara Travels is different from Airbnb

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5 reasons why Duara Travels is different from Airbnb

When we introduce Duara to people who hear about it for the first time, we often hear things like “So you are like Airbnb!”, “But we already get private rooms from Airbnb!” and “Why should we book a homestay from Duara when we have Airbnb?”

Here are the main reasons why Duara Travels is so different from Airbnb...

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