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Riding Dapper for a Cause

The first Luang Prabang Gentleman’s Ride Riding motorbikes in Laos for a good cause. Written by Juliana Guttierrez The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a worldwide event held annually to campaign and raise money for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer research and suicide prevention. This year was the first time that the Gentleman’s Ride

MOTOLAO CEO – Chief Exploring Officer a job on and offroad

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  Life as a Motorcycle Tour Manager Chief Exploring Officer in Luang Prabang (CEO)   Over the past years, Chris Corbett has covered 100,000km of Laos on motorbike. With a vast knowledge of Lao trails and experience under his belt, here at MOTOLAO, we’ve given Chris the title of Chief Exploring Officer, or for short,

Seeds of Culture – From Living Plants to Handicrafts at TAEC Luang Prabang

Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center Luang Prabang, TAEC, announces internationally curated exhibition   “Seeds of Culture: From Living Plants to Handicrafts” The Luang Prabang based Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre (TAEC) has opened a new exhibit entitled, “Seeds of Culture: From Living Plants to Handicrafts”. This exhibit features the Job’s tears (Coix) plant, indigenous to

The Tiger Trail Laos Team – Adventure Travel in Luang Prabang

– Tiger Trail Travel – a team that builds outdoor adventures in Laos. One of the perks of working at Tiger Trail in Luang Prabang, Laos is the awesome people that you get to work with.    I had the honor of working with the wonderful staff who really run the show at Tiger Trail.

Luang Prabang Documentary about Lao Ramayana Dance

Ramayana Dance Documentary Luang Prabang Laos

Phralak Phralam, Luang Prabang Documentary about Lao Ramayana Dance, published on the Cultural Media Library     A film by Houmphanph Phahongchanh Aynoi is a middle-aged dancer, artist, and teacher in the Phralak Phralam tradition in Luang Prabang, Laos, who is devoted to teaching the younger generation of artists and dancers in the traditional way:

Best Baci Ever!

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Laos Baci Ceremony, a Lao cultural encounter from the heart of the Lao people. Spending four nights in a very remote village in Laos is in many ways challenging, but even more rewarding. My colleague and I joined one of the World Volunteer groups in the village Ban Nongkhuay, in order to help them with

Laos presents country on ITB Asia

LAOS on ITB ASIA

Laos showcases the strengths of its tourism potential at ITB Asia in Singapore.   In a private and public effort, Laos successfully showcased the strengths of its tourism potential at this year’s ITB Asia in Singapore.   The yearly trade show for the Asian travel market took place from October 21-23 in the Sands Expo

MOTOLAO | Hardus & MOTOLAO.fr

MOTOLAO is proud to welcome Mr. Hardus as their new manger. Hailing from South Africa, Hardus has enough motorcycling under his belt to take on the wild frontiers of Laos. They have also recently launched MOTOLAO.fr for customers looking to book in France or access MOTOLAO via the French language. Please contact Mr. Damien, their

Luang Prabang Welcomes New Hospital

A New Pediatric Hospital Opens up in Luang Prabang Khou is an eight year-old girl from the village of Nong Khuay, a Khmu community two hours away from Luang Prabang. Ostensibly like other kids her age, she actually suffers frequent seizures and shows signs of a development disability. Because access to quality healthcare in Nong

Muang La Resort Tour

Muang La Resort Laos

    Exploring northern Laos and the Muang La Resort   This exceptional resort is in the heart of northern Laos where roads from Vietnam and China lead through unspoiled countryside. The MUANG LA RESORT is situated on the edge of a small traditional village with just about 100 inhabitants. Surrounded by dense forests and on the banks

Hmong New Year | A Celebration of Colors

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Hmong women in Phonsavan | Photograph by Cyril Eberle This is a remarkable story about the third largest ethnic group in Laos — the Hmong people — celebrating their biggest festival of the year. This colorful event showcases the fascinating culture and history of this group of people expressing their unique identity. Phonsavan market and

Racing legend Heidi Hetzer welcomed in Vientiane

The Embassy of Germany to Laos and the Lao-German Technical School gave a warm welcome to racing legend Mrs. Heidi Hetzer as she arrived in the capital of Laos on a world tour in her 1930’s Hudson Greater Eight. Mrs. Heidi Hetzer is a passionate about car racing ever since she started her apprenticeship as

Biking Laos | Noah in Luang Prabang

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On any given day at the Tiger Trail bike shop, Noah and his Lao team members will be outside fixing up the new fleet of bicycles. These bikes will then be quickly sent off with riders touring in and around Luang Prabang. If possible, make an effort to book a tour with Tiger Trail and take the

Exquisite dining at ‘Kitchen by the Mekong’

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As much as I love to find cheap food stalls and search for local spots to eat during my stay in Luang Prabang, I cannot help but enjoy the occasional splurge. Prepared by a new chef with an incredibly attentive staff, this five-course meal at “Kitchen by the Mekong” was a luxurious experience all to itself. Held at Victoria Xiengthong Palace, which is

Silk Dyeing 101 at Ock Pop Tok

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This past weekend I took a silk dyeing class at Ock Pop Tok’s Living Crafts Centre. The day was gorgeous, the sun was shining, and the skies were the brightest blue. As I walked into their cafe to wait until the class began, I was handed a complementary fruit tea. I was told that it was some snake

Is this the best Pho in Luang Prabang?

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One of the harder transitions I am having here in Laos is eating a heavy meal for breakfast. I still dream about eating my giant bowl of chilled almond milk poured over a mound of crunchy granola that I was so used to in the United States. I asked someone what Lao people eat for

TAEC: Help Preserve Cultural Diversity!

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It was extremely hot and sunny during my first two weeks here in Luang Prabang, a rarity during the ‘rainy season’. For my first weekend, I decided to cool off from the mid-day sun and experience some cultural diversity by visiting the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. While some may think that the TAEC is

The Finest Lao Breakfast: Khao Piak Khao!

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I usually go far away from the city center to find both delicious and authentic Lao food at a fair price. Though after passing this place everyday on Sisavangvong Road during my commute, I knew I just had to take a seat and order a bowl of khao piak khao (boiled rice soup). For only

Tiger Trail Gears Up for the high season!

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Last Thursday and Friday, Tiger Trail had a two-day tour guide training session at a local college in Luang Prabang. This was one of the few times of the year that all of our guides are together in one room! This training workshop was lead by both Peter Richards and Markus Neuer. Peter was an inspirational speaker and

The Best Lao Coffee Experience in Luang Prabang

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After stumbling across a few recommendations of this Lao coffee place online, I thought it may be too good to be true. Boy was I wrong. This local spot is known as “Pasaneyom Coffee Shop”, and it is very popular among local Lao. It is conveniently located near the banks of the Mekong, and it is