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Did you know that the travel industry is responsible for almost a tenth of total greenhouse emissions? While this does seem excessive, don’t let it stamp out your wanderlust.

As more hotels in the region become environment conscious, you’ll find it easier to choose an eco-friendly one that allows you to support the local communities while reducing carbon footprints. What’s more, many of these resorts are pocket-friendly and won’t bust your budget.

Here are some eco resorts in Southeast Asia that fit the bill:

1. Sharma Springs, Bali

Green Village
Green Village

Sharma Springs is an eco-friendly lodging located within a valley along Ayung River.

It is part of Green Village, a community made up of 18 properties, all made of bamboo. The six-storey high Sharma Springs is the latest addition to this community.

Made entirely out of bamboo, it is fitted with custom-made furniture, has four double rooms, a private pool and breathtaking sunset views over the Ayung river valley and Green Village.

Sharma Springs, Green Village, Sibang Gede, Abiansemal, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

2. Gayana Marine Resort, Sabah

Gayana Marine Resort
Aerial view of Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Another eco resort is Gayana Marine Resort. Located off the coast of Borneo, it has 52 over-water villas with sea or forest views. 

Its highest-tiered Palm Villa features a glass floor that lets you gaze at the waters below.

On its grounds is a Marine Ecology Research Centre which explores ways to protect the island and its inhabitants, including endangered giant clams and coral reefs.

If you are staying at the resort, you can get involved in marine conservation by signing up for the Reef Regeneration Programme. The programme allows you to replant corals in the reef as well as up close and personal with seahorses and bamboo sharks.

Gayana Marine Resort, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Gaya Island, Sabah, Malaysia

3. The Gibbon Experience, Laos

The Gibbon Experience

For eco-warriors, staying at The Gibbon Experience is a must. The treehouses here are touted to be the highest in the world. Some of them are even suspended on wires. You can go on treks and zipline from hill to hill.

The retreat aims to uphold sustainability by preserving the ancient trees of the Bokeo Forest. Reforestation schemes to restore parts of the National Park are ongoing.

The Gibbon Experience, Ban Houayxay, Bokeo Province, Lao P.D.R

4. The Boat Landing Guest House, Laos

The Boat Landing Guest House

The Boat Landing Guest House hotel is a Green Globe-certified hotel located in Luang Namtha, Laos’ northenmost province. This environmentally friendly, nature-based hotel comprises riverside bungalows.

If you are interested in adventurous activities, there are plenty of opportunities to go trekking, kayaking, mountain biking and enjoy various outdoor activities in the protected forests.

You can also visit the Nam Tha River to experience the local villages’ traditional foods harvested from the forests, watch woodsmen at work and even learn bushcraft in the jungles.

The Boat Landing Guest House and Restaurant, PO Box 28 Ban Kone, Luang Namtha District Luang Namtha Province, Lao PDR

5. El Nido Resorts, Miniloc Island, Philippines

El Nido

This resort in Miniloc Island in the Philippines has rooms that are thatched-roofed and furnished with indigenous Filipino materials. Floors are wooden and walls are covered in woven bamboo slats.

The resort also observes sustainable practices like water and energy conservation, waste treatment and conservation of marine life. If you have an interest in marine life, you can take part in a range of eco-friendly activities like swimming with the fish and getting up close and personal with a variety of marine species.

El Nido Resorts, Miniloc Island, El Nido, 5313 Palawan, Philippines

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