Laos – The Peaceful Elephant

 

Local name of the country : ປະເທດລາວ Lao

 

Languages : Lao, Mandarin

 

For more information :

Visit Laos

Ecotourism Laos

Mekong Responsible Tourism

 

Activities

Hiking : Vang Vieng

The Hiker Laos : is a local travel agency and community-based eco-tours offering high quality trekking and eco-adventure tours in the Luang Namtha (Northern Laos)

Green Discovery Laos : offers eco excursions and cycling tours by internationally trained local guides (for climbing, kayaking, cycling, zip-lining)

Forest Retreat Laos : helps ethnic minorities and is acting for ecotourisme. Jungle Treks, Kayak & Rafting Trips, Cycling & Combo Tours

 

Places to stay :

Kamu Lodge (Luang Prabang) : is a private eco-lodge engaged with low-impact travel, seeking for a balance between tourism and the maintenance of the region’s cultural and ethnic heritage. 

Hill Side Laos : is an eco-friendly lodge based on ecologically and socially sustainable principles. It’s a nature retreat only 12 km from Luang Prabang, surrounded by protected area with primary forest, and yet escaping the city’s hustle and bustle. Hillside is a family run and therefor family-friendly place offering authentic bungalows with a twist of style for only 20 guests. Set amidst a lush tropical garden, it’s a heaven for a variety of beautiful butterflies.

Khammouane  :  Nong Ping Ecolodge 

Vientiane (Village World Label) : FruitFriends Fairstay

Bolaven Plateau (Village World Label) : Captain Hook Homestay

Dong Daeng Island (Village World Label) : La Folie Lodge 

 

Gastronomy :

 

Cultural characteristics :

 

Some words to learn :

Sabai dee – Good morning

Karuna – Please

Kho thot – Excuse me

Khoi seu … – My name is …

Maen – Yes

Bo – No

Khop chai – Thank you

Pai kong – Goodbye

Neung – One

Song – Two

Sam – Three

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