Written by Amrita Paul The Xayaboury Elephant Festival is immensely popular with locals but has caused concern among international tourists who worry about the treatment of elephants. A major event held in the northwestern province each year, the Xayaboury Elephant Festival attracts thousands of people who gather to see the spectacle of captive elephants
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Lao coffee is seriously good – especially if you like your coffee strong and full-bodied. Whilst the majority of coffee in Laos is grown on the Bolaven Plateau, specialty roasters and extraordinary coffee shops can be found right throughout the country including Luang Prabang. Coffee has been a staple of Laos ever since it was
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National Geographic has named Laos one of the top destinates to visit in 2023. The COVID-19 pandemic closed the borders of many tourism-dependent countries, such as Laos. But the Southeast Asian country known for its emerald-green vistas of the Upper Mekong River got a boost in domestic travel with the December 2021 inauguration of a Chinese-financed and -constructed
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Category: Culture, Cycling, Elephants, Festivals, Food, Nature, People, Religion, Travel, Trekking
Tags: Activities, Adventure, Community, Culture, Laos, Luang Prabang, Tour, Travel
Gordon Ramsay named Laos and Vietnam as the world’s top food destinations in a recent interview. During a trip to Seoul, the 56-year-old celebrity chef stopped by his new pizza restaurant in the city, Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza, to speak with Korean YouTuber Cho Seung-yeon about the poor reputation of food, the obsession with celebrity
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Laos closed all borders in March 2020 and they only opened on 9 May 2022. People reliant on tourism went home and grew food or got other jobs in other industries such as construction. As if the pandemic didn’t cause enough hardship to this beautiful country of 7 million people, the current fuel crisis and
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Category: Adventures, Culture, Food, Hotels, Nature, People, Travel, Trekking
Tags: Activities, Adventure, Community, Culture, Laos, Luang Prabang, Tour, Travel
With travel opening up again and the expectation that from July 2022 tourists can enter with ease, have you wondered how you can travel more responsibly? Tourism can benefit local people and places, leading to much richer experiences for us travellers; but we all have a part to play. As well as benefitting communities, we
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Category: Adventures, Culture, Cycling, Food, Hotels, Nature, People, Travel, Trekking, Uncategorized
Tags: Activities, Adventure, Community, Culture, Laos, Luang Prabang, Travel
This article was published last year by Garland Magazine and we wished to share the art of floral offerings in Laos with you. Linda McIntosh and Tiao Nith describe the floral offerings that are traditionally offered in Lao temples, which are changing now that they depend more on items purchased from markets. The floral offerings
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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.
Category: Culture, Featured, Food
Tags: Adventure, Beer Lao, Community, Culture, Food, Lao food, Laos, Luang Prabang, Restaurant
If you are lucky enough to have made it to Luang Prabang in Northern Laos (travel is now possible again after a 2-year border closure) make sure you discover all the treasures of this UNESCO heritage town and unlock secrets and fascinating history with the help of a local guide. Here is a one-day itinerary.
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The caves sheltered the Pathet Lao officers during the second indo-china war in the 1960s. The United States believed Laos was crucial in the prevention of communist expansion, so became caught up in the conflict between the US and the North Vietnamese, known as the Secret War.
Muang Khua is a quaint town used for transit between Muang Khua and Dien Bien Phu and Muang Ngoi by boat over the Nam Ou river.
Category: Adventures, Culture, Hotels, Nature, People, Travel
Tags: Beer Lao, Buddhism, Culture, Laos, North Laos, Resorts, Travel
The place to go for ethnic tribes and culture, particularly the Khmu. Often overlooked there are some hidden gems to see if you are passing through.
Category: Culture, Nature, People, Religion, Travel
Tags: Activities, Culture, Lao food, Laos, North Laos, Resorts, Travel
Kajsiab Family Project Initiative helping mountain village people in Bokeo Province, Laos COVID-19 Update – March 2021 Let us all remember:“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” For now, all self-sustainability activities at our project are closed. We have no income to feed 46 people at Kajsiab
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Category: Culture, People, Projects, Travel
Tags: Charity, Community, Culture, Hmong, Home stay, Learning, Luang Prabang, Project, Restaurant, Traditions, Travel, Volunteer
The village home stay is built from clay bricks and provides a little bit of luxury where sensitive and culturally interested travellers can enjoy an ethnic interaction responsibility while staying in ecologically built accommodation that supports the community with ongoing income.
Category: Culture, Nature, People, Projects, Trekking
Tags: Community, community based tourism, Culture, Eco Bungalow, Fair Trek, Home stay, Luang Prabang, North Laos, Project, Tiger Trail, Tour, Trekking
Garavek is a small theatre based in Luang Prabang, promoting and preserving local traditional myths, legends, and folktales. Every evening, from 6.30-7.30pm, they present a selection of traditional Lao stories (in English) in an intimate thirty seat theatre.
3 magical days in Laos for Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year)
Category: Culture, Festivals, Nature, Religion, Travel
Tags: Activities, Buddhism, Culture, Elephant, Festivals, Food, Holiday, Lao food, Laos, Luang Prabang, Travel, Waterfall
Laos is fast becoming a popular cycling destination in southeast Asia. Here are five reasons why Laos is the best place to go cycling in Southeast Asia, and possibly the world! 1. The Amazing Views Laos has some of the most inspiring and varied landscapes in the region. For a small trip, we will take
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Category: Adventures, Cycling, Featured
Tags: Activities, Adventure, Culture, Food, Green Season, Home stay, Lao food, Laos, Tour, Travel
Fair Trek’s work with many groups of volunteers result in the village of Houy Fay having a beautiful primary and preschool and now, they also have safer grounds! The pre-school was totally redone, changing the mud floor and bamboo construction to a concrete and cement construction. The primary school was repainted and now the structures
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The community of Houy Hear is 40 minutes away from Luang Prabang and it’s a Kasack community. Sometimes all the communities want is a little help that can go a long way and mean a big change. In this case, the village school needed a little touch up! This village partnered with Fair Trek to
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Cruising the mighty Mekong in style Here I am, lounging in the shade, avoiding the hot, mid-morning sun along the Mekong as we slowly wind our way downriver to Luang Prabang. All is quiet and peaceful except for the sound of the boat’s motor slicing through the water, glistening as it rushes past us. Steep
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Category: Adventures, All, Culture, Hotels, Travel
Tags: Culture, Green Season, Hotels, Laos, Luang Prabang, Mekong, North Laos, Tour, Travel