The online reservation website Agoda.com recently complied a list of the top 10 green hotels in Asia for the greenest of travelers.
1.Banyan Tree Phuket, Thailand
Once described by the United Nations as a toxic wasteland, the abandoned tin mine of Banyan Tree Phuket was recently transformed into the environmental showcase it is today. Now a wildlife sanctuary, the complex resort serves as a popular green resort where guest fees go to support important conservation and community projects.
2.La Residence d’ Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Designed to blend harmoniously with the environment, La Residence also possesses a strong commitment to sustainable tourism. Beyond its environmentally sound practices, the hotel also regularly donates to charities and encourages its guests to do the same. The resort supports the Angkor Hospital for Children through the weekly video screening of a video where guests can contribute second-hand items or donate money for the cause.
3.Evason Hua Hin Resort & Six Senses Spa, Thailand
The iconic thatched huts of the Evason Hua Hin Resort are eco-friendly in nature. Drawing on biodegradable products and adopting practices that conserve energy and minimize waste, the resort supports several local initiatives including the Mangrove Forest Conservation and the Kervorkian Foundation (dedicated to assisting HIV+ babies and children).
4.Nihiwatu, Sumba Island, Indonesia
There is no place on earth like Sumba Island. Here, the indigenous traditions and animist culture of the Sumbanese people remain completely in tact. Located on 438 acres of tropical forest and rice terraces, Nihiwatu is surrounded by some of the world’s most pristine beaches. The resort is strongly committed to conserving its native surrounds and improving the quality of life of the Sumbanese people.
5.Anantara Resort & Spa Golden Triangle, Thailand
Nestled in the tropical jungle of Thailand’s most Northern province, Anantara’s Golden Triangle resort plays a significant role in elephant conservation. Part of the Royal Thai Government’s Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC), the resort helps protect the elephants, keeping them in an environment similar to their traditional surroundings. With programs for guests that include elephant trekking and forest living skills, the conservation experience is an interactive one.