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Oscar Winner – Lord Puttnam Tackles Lao Tourism Challenges

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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

“Mark Community” Greets Elephants to UNESCO World Heritage

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 Elephant

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

Laos Nam Nern Night Safari

Cruise on Night Safari in Laos

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

Fair Trek’s Largest Volunteer Group

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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.

UXO Laos Museum

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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

New Heritage Café in Luang Prabang

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

Trekking in Luang Prabang | Fair Trek

Trekking in Laos – Fair Trek Go trekking in Luang Prabang, the Fair Trek way!     One of the most common activities that travelers seek to participate in when they come to Laos is trekking. While there are plenty of your standard, run-of-the-mill travel agencies offering a basic trek, Tiger Trail offers a trek

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

FAIR TREK | Eco Bungalow Film

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In the Hmong village of Long Lao Mai, you can stitch textiles, enjoy traditional music, or sit by the campfire listening to folktales. Volunteers and local people have built the Eco Bungalow to allow visitors from Laos and abroad to experience life in this fascinating Hmong village. Slow down your pace of travel and spend

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

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

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

11 Things I Love About Laos

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Random things that are awesome about living in Luang Prabang, Laos   I’ll be moving out of Laos in a week or two (or three…) and I have grown to love this country more than I ever imagined. It surprised me how quickly Luang Prabang has come to feel like home. Here are some of

Rice is Life – Living Land Farm in Luang Prabang Laos

Laos Luang Prabang Living Land Farm Rice is Life

Rice is Life Learning how to grow sticky rice at the Living Land Farm near Luang Prabang Living Land Farm The other morning I went to the Living Land Farm just outside of Luang Prabang to experience the Rice is Life program. It was fantastic! Our small group met with Mr. Laut Lee – a phenomenal farmer and

Project Kajsiab – Helping Women and Children in Bokeo Province Laos

Kajsiab Family Project Initiative helping mountain village people in Bokeo Province, Laos History The Kajsiab Family Project is a grassroots initiative in the Bokeo Province of Laos aiming to help the local mountain people of that region. The word kajsiab means ‘a flower that blooms, a heart that opens, a love that suddenly springs’. But the