Honour the earth with Airbnb

Thailand April 06, 2017 10:30

By THE NATION

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Airbnb is inviting its subscribers to observe International Earth Day on April 22 by checking out its list of the “greenest homes” in Southeast Asia. Travellers with an environmental conscience can visit tranquil urban locales or choose to stay on a farm or in a “green village” while helping spread the sustainability message at a local school.



Airbnb is inviting its subscribers to observe International Earth Day on April 22 by checking out its list of the “greenest homes” in Southeast Asia. Travellers with an environmental conscience can visit tranquil urban locales or choose to stay on a farm or in a “green village” while helping spread the sustainability message at a local school.

Amid growing concern about climate change, Airbnb cites a recent study by the Cleantech Group that found the homes it offers consume less energy than traditional accommodation. On a “per guest night” basis, energy use was 63 per cent lower, green-house gas emissions 61 per cent and water use 39 per cent.

“Airbnb is a trusted platform for people to discover unique accommodations and experiences,” says Robin Kwok, Airbnb’s man in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. “By helping people share their homes, Airbnb is encouraging the efficient use of existing resources and sustainability awareness of both hosts and guests. We provide not just memorable experiences, but also a more environmentally sustainable way of travelling.”

Among the suggested destinations is Nature House in Bangkok, a cosy cottage in “a quiet village just outside the city centre” with a garden balcony, a multitude of trees and the air filled with birdsong.

Then there’s the All Bamboo House by the River in Bali, Indonesia, an “ecovilla” of stunning architecture, bamboo from floor to walls to stairs to roof. The “river” in its name is the sacred Ayung, and surrounding the house is the Green Village, with an organic farm and a school whose curriculum focuses on sustainable living.

People there grow all their own food and generate most of their own power. They arrange workshops where guests can learn how to construct buildings from bamboo and using coconuts for food, shelter and even soap.

You could stay in a Malay farmer’s hut on Langkawi Island in Malaysia, surrounded by untouched nature, paddy fields and the Geopark, a Unesco World Heritage site. The beautiful hut on the side of Mount Mat Cincang is a fully restored, 100yearold traditional farm dwelling, but with modern amenities.

In West Bali, the beautifully crafted Eco Beach House is made from bamboo, limestone, timber harvested in a sustainable manner, and wood recycled from a boat.

The Clean and Green apartments in Penang, Malaysia, not far from George Town, offer sea views from a lovely balcony. 

Find more details on the Airbnb website.