Published on August 4, 2007
The countries of the lower Mekong River are publishing a guidebook on "responsible tourism" to minimise the impact of the burgeoning trade.
The 140-page guide - financed by tourism organisations in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and the Asian Development Bank - is expected to generate income for local people while protecting the natural and cultural heritage.
It will list about 90 tourist outings, destinations and accommodations that meet specified criteria, including development projects and volunteer opportunities.
The book should make it easier for tourists to trek with hilltribes, buy handicrafts made by people in need and get to know the locals in a positive way.