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Helping the Hidden for the Holidays [Link]

Thailand has a reputation as a welcoming place, but that’s really only true if you’re a tourist with money and means. The country has a pretty poor record in its treatment of refugees, and being effectively stranded in a foreign

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Soi Dog Foundation

If you’ve ever visited Thailand, you’ve probably noticed them: those mangy mongrels that are practically a fixture of Thai streets. They’re generally referred to as "soi dogs" and they are, for all practical purposes, homeless strays. People often feed them

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Making a More Rewarding Vacation

More news from my friends that help support responsible travel choices. In Search of Sanuk’s Dwight Turner has a guest blog on Mark Wien’s Migrationology web site titled "7 Steps to a More Rewarding Vacation". In it, he suggests seven

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A Cornucopia of Responsible Choices

It figures, I have just a few hours before leaving for my Songkran holiday, and the post material just floods in. So, while I usually like to keep my posts confined to a single topic, on this occasion I’m going

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In Search of Sanuk

In Thai, sanuk simply means "fun" or "having fun", but as with so many things about Thai culture, it’s a bit more complicated than that. It can also mean "enjoyable" and anything that’s not sanuk is generally avoided. In Search

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A Hand UP Rather Than a Hand Out

You may have noticed the little Kiva banner in the center column, below the categories list. I discovered Kiva a few months ago, through a travel forum I check in on to from time to time. The concept amazed me,

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Making a Difference Through Travel

In times like these, even people that can afford to travel are having second thoughts. Is it right, when so many other people can’t afford it? That’s really a question each person has to answer for themselves, but consider for

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