We received a sad email yesterday. The owner of the guest house we stayed at in the beautiful village of Nongriat is asking for support to help stop the building of a road which will ruin his beautiful, peaceful village.
Nongriat was one of our favourite destinations in our year of travel, and definitely one of the most unique and pristine places we had the privilege to visit. It's also home to the spectacular Living Root Bridges, built and maintained by the people of his community.
The construction of a new road into this ecologically fragile community would have devastating effects on the area. Currently it's pretty difficult to get there (which only makes the journey all the more rewarding), and with the new road the increase in tourism numbers will lead to higher levels of pollution and problems with waste management.
Byron and his community are fully in support for visitors to come and share their magical home, but they also realise that there is a fine balance in numbers that allow this to be sustainable. At the moment, most visitors stay in one of the only two guest houses in the valley, arrive on foot, and spend time within the community learning and living in the same way they do.
If you've never heard of Nongriat of the Living Root Bridges, click here to read a previous post we wrote on the area.
And if you've ever visited, every intend to visit, or just want to help keep this bit of the world special for all locals and visitors in the future, please click here to sign the petition to stop the construction of the new road.
EMMA & PETE
We're just two Aussie's who met in London, married in Prague and travelled overland back to Australia.