Lek Chailert (foreground) accompanies elephants Sri Nuan and Somboon on their walk to a sanctuary in Koh Samui, Thailand, that is their new home, their days of taking tourists on rides finally over. Charity World Animal Protection estimates 110 million people take part in wildlife tourism that involves cruelty every year. Photo: Barton Walsh

Unethical wildlife tourism: one small victory as elephants walk to freedom on Thai island of Koh Samui

  • Holidaymakers who ride elephants or take selfies with tigers and dolphins may not be aware of the cruel treatment these wild animals suffer at hands of trainers
  • Hundreds of people lined the roads of Koh Samui recently to see two elephants freed from carrying tourists through its jungle walk to their new sanctuary home
Topic |   Asia Travel

TOP PICKS

Lek Chailert (foreground) accompanies elephants Sri Nuan and Somboon on their walk to a sanctuary in Koh Samui, Thailand, that is their new home, their days of taking tourists on rides finally over. Charity World Animal Protection estimates 110 million people take part in wildlife tourism that involves cruelty every year. Photo: Barton Walsh
READ FULL ARTICLE
Many people return from holiday having had an enjoyable trip, but what experiences make travel truly memorable? Photo: Alamy

A truly memorable travel experience: the three things that set a holiday apart

  • Novelty, involvement or social interaction is needed for most people to have a transformational travel experience, a new report on Chinese travellers says
  • Searching for perfect Instagram selfies could mean missing out on gaining deep insights into the places you visit
Topic |   Travel news and advice

TOP PICKS

Many people return from holiday having had an enjoyable trip, but what experiences make travel truly memorable? Photo: Alamy
READ FULL ARTICLE