Thailand is building up to what will be a historic period with final preparations under way for the funeral of the late King. The Royal Cremation Ceremony will be held in Bangkok from October 25-29. It will be a sad time for Thai people, but the country will remain as welcoming as ever for tourists
The annual Half Marathon Weekend is coming soon with many activities from Oct 19-Oct 23rd in the beautiful and historic UNESCO heritage town of Luang Prabang, Laos. This is an opportunity for locals, expats and tourists to have a great time while supporting the Lao Friends Hospital for Children. The charity race takes place on Sunday,
Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) and Hopineo present Fair Trek in partnership with Tiger Trail Outdoor Adventures. Fair Trek is a community-based tourism initiative that works with local communities to create authentic travel experiences that leave a positive impact.
Visiting the Lao Elephant Conservation Center A visit to the ECC in Xayabouri is a very special travel experience in Laos. Follow us into this exciting Elephant interaction program with a personal video review on the 3 day exploration program. In just 3 days you can learn all you like to know about the Asian
New Beginnings: A Baby Elephant Excursion in Luang Prabang We at Tiger Trail Travel strive to engage in animal welfare and sustainable travel. We constantly look for ways to improve and increase the positive impact through tourism here in Laos. Now a new authentic therapeutic elephant interaction program has opened its doors to a
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,
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 Fair Trek Eco Bungalow welcomes its 100th visitor! Today the Fair Trek team is proud to announce that the Eco Bungalow has just reached its 100th guest! With or recent listing on Airbnb, it is now easier to book the eco-bungalow than ever! We will strive to increase this number, connecting more tourists with
The community-based eco-tourism project at Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area is one of the few opportunities in Laos to view rare wildlife. It is designed to support alternative livelihoods for local villages and generate community support for the conservation of tigers and other rare wildlife species. Explore Nam Et with Tiger Trail Travel.
Lord Puttnam Tackles Lao Tourism Challenges Oscar-winning producer Lord Puttnam was recently walking along Luang Prabang’s streets. He notices a fine-looking four-storey hotel topped with a terrace. He hikes up the stairs and takes in the view. He then asks the staff if he can order a drink. The smiling worker replies, “Yes sir, on
The Luang Prabang “Mark Community”, Greets Elephants to UNESCO World Heritage festivities in Dec ember 2015 LUANG PRABANG, LAO PDR; “The Mark Community” led Luang Prabang’s public and private sector tourism stakeholders in sponsoring an Elephant Baci Ceremony during the city’s 20th anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The event welcomed a 20-strong
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 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
The annual Boat Racing Festival is a widely celebrated event in Luang Prabang where long boats race one another down the Mekong River. It is also a celebration of the spiritual Nagas (dragons) that help protect the country.
Jonathan Look of LifePart2 travels to remote villages of Phongsali with a member of Soap4Life to help train rural women in soap-making.
The Nam Nern Night Safari in Laos The Nam Nern Night Safari is a 24-hour, boat-based adventure tour into the core of the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area in north east Laos. The highlight of the trip is the nighttime wildlife-spotlighting, when long-tail boats drift down the Nam Nern River looking for wild and endangered animals before
In Laos, food is the most important activity throughout the day. In the local language, it is quite common for people to greet each other by immediately asking, “Have you eaten food?” (“Kin khao laeo bor?”). Food is often the topic of many conversations, especially when eating and sharing dishes between friends and family. Additionally, Lao people take great passion in sharing traditional dishes with curious travelers.
In May, Fair Trek hosted 144 students and teachers from Hwa Chong International School in Singapore. They came to Laos with Fair Trek’s partner, World Volunteer, a Swedish-based service-learning organization, to support the Eco Bungalow.
The UXO Laos Visitors Center is easily one of the most important places to visit in Luang Prabang. It features a simple, but highly informative exhibit that details some of the more disheartening consequence of being heavily bombed during the Vietnam War. This important museum in Luang Prabang features an extremely informative exhibition on the
Luang Prabang Artisans Café Located right next to the Heritage House in the city center, the Luang Prabang Artisans Café boasts a one-of-a-kind environment for relaxing with an ice-cold tea paired with a local Lao snack. Take a seat in one of their countless wooden chairs and small tables right in front of an ancient