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Posts Tagged ‘Champasak’

The Best Local Travel Pictures of 2012

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 January 2013

With another year of pictures under our belt, it’s time again to spotlight our Photo of the Year – an image that most captured the imagination of The Travel Word team and a group of external judges. Like our Photo of the Year 2010 and Photo of the Year 2011, we believe this year’s winning image truly captures the imagination, a glimpse of something uncommon in a very familiar place.

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Mynatour Ecotourism Contest Winner Recalls His Trip to Laos

  • Mario Difra with Jenna Makowski
  • 1 November 2012

When Italy native Mario Difra packed his bags and hopped on a plane to southern Laos – his third-place prize in the Mynatour Ecotourism Contest – he knew he was diving into a great adventure, all made possible by Teamworkz and whl.travel. On his seven-day journey on the waters of the Mekong River and through the treetops of the Champasak jungles, however, Difra recorded a parallel journey that takes travellers into the heart of local Lao life.

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Homestays: Experiencing the Real Laos

  • Cindy Fan
  • 16 July 2012

We’re in the small village of Ban Dong Muong in southern Laos. We’ll be staying in someone’s home tonight – no hotels here. Our accommodations will be the floor of a simple home. Village life is an integral part of Lao culture and society, and this homestay will allow us to experience how the majority of people in this developing country live.

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Photo of the Week: Peaks and Paddies, Southern Laos

  • Cindy Fan (Photo and Text)
  • 1 July 2012

It’s June and rice-growing season is in full swing in southern Laos. For the last few days, I’ve been travelling on the Stray Asia bus through the vast, flat and open landscape that is characteristic of the region. We’ve cruised past rice field after rice field alive with impossibly vibrant colours, the reflections in the water-filled paddies intensifying the natural beauty.

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Five MORE Ecolodges to Plan Your Trip Around

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 21 May 2012

While there are many interpretations of the ‘ecolodge’ concept, most of the structures share some special traits. They’re low-impact buildings that use materials repurposed or found locally, and adhere to sustainable-water and -power practices. They’re immersed in beautiful natural areas, which they’re committed to helping preserve. They amaze guests with their comfort and elegance, even in the midst of rugged nature.

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Top Tropical Rainforest Adventures

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 7 May 2012

Visiting a rainforest is a unique nature experience. During the day, these unique biomes burst with a busy buzz and bright flashes of colour, while at night, the air comes alive with the shrieks and calls of the forest’s many nocturnal creatures. Amidst all this natural beauty, it’s important to tread lightly. Rainforests are home to an estimated 40 to 75 percent of all the world’s plants and animals, including many still just being discovered.

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Ecotourism Prizes Selected by Winners of MyNatour Ecotourism Travel Blog Contest, Sponsored by whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 17 December 2011

The winners have now been announced of the Ecotourism Travel Blog Contest sponsored by whl.travel. The goal of the contest was to promote ecotourism and responsible travel through shared stories about real-world adventures. Now, from a shortlist of 10 finalists established by popular opinion, three winners have emerged, each entitled to an ecotourism adventure for two people courtesy of whl.travel.

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Finding Peace on the Sacred Grounds of Wat Phou, Laos

  • Kamran Marwah
  • 9 December 2011

Nestled in the foothills of the Phu Pasak mountain range of southern Laos, the ancient ruins of Wat Phou, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site, have a special atmosphere to them, inspiring serenity and bliss in those who walk the sacred grounds. In addition to the site’s clear historical appeal, a trip to the ruins is essential for anyone with spiritual inclinations: the calm surroundings, the inherent mysticism and few visitors make it a great place to meditate.

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An Interview with Lee Sheridan, Local Travel Guru in Southeast Asia

  • WHL Group
  • 27 April 2011

Every month, we delve into the travel experiences of people in the extended WHL Group network. This month we talk to Lee Sheridan of Teamworkz, the whl.travel local connection for 15 destinations in Laos, Thailand and Cambodia, where he is also the Green Path Transfers local partner.

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Chasing Adventure in Champasak, Laos

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 16 February 2011

In Southeast Asia’s so-called Emerald Triangle, a region of extensive natural forests growing along the tripartite border of Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, some of the most beautiful and least touristy landscapes are in southern Laos. Travellers who make it there, specifically to the lesser-known Lao province of Champasak, are always wowed by the region’s attractions and wonders, the first often being the phenomenal World Heritage site of Wat Phou.

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