Cooking for the monk – divine vegetarian Thai food

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Cooking for the monk – divine vegetarian Thai food

Once upon a time there was a chef called Duang. He lived in Bangkok, owned a restaurant and even had his own TV show. But he wasn’t happy. He wanted to escape the busy city life to the green hills of Northern Thailand. He settled in a picturesque little village one hour from Chiang Mai called Tung Lakorn, and committed to make his best effort in Northern Thai cuisine for the monk of the village.

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10 tips how to travel longer – and fly less

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10 tips how to travel longer – and fly less

We love to travel, but how to make it more sustainable? One clear answer is to travel less frequently and stay for longer periods. Slow travel means less flying, but also more time to get to know the country and its people.

Here are 10 easy tips how you can travel longer – and leave a positive footprint.

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Our Tips for Ethical Travel Photography

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Our Tips for Ethical Travel Photography

Photography is a great way of capturing and later returning to those fascinating sceneries, memorable little moments and colourful local settings that we come across during our travels. However, there are some ethical questions to consider especially when the camera lense is pointed towards local people.

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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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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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