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Morning Alms in Luang Prabang, Laos: Religious Tradition Turned into Tourist Spectacle

  • Cindy Fan
  • 8 April 2013

Tak Bat or morning alms is a living Buddhist tradition in Laos that has become a tourist attraction on the must-see/do list of Luang Prabang. It is indeed a beautiful sight. But over the years, as more and more travellers discover Laos, the Buddhist tradition has turned into a spectacle of disruptive, disrespectful tourists who act like they’re on the It’s a Small World Disneyland ride full of animatronic dolls in bright ethnic costumes.

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A Hands-On Cooking Experience in Luang Prabang, Laos

  • Cindy Fan
  • 6 June 2012

Buzz from travellers about Tamarind Café’s cooking class flew around Luang Prabang’s easy-going and placid streets, chatter tagged with words “authentic” and “real local food.” The course includes a morning market tour, the chance to make (and eat) six dishes and an education in the food of Laos. And an education is needed. Lao cuisine is mysterious.

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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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From Logging to Tourism: A New Deal for Asian Elephants in Laos

  • Cindy Fan
  • 11 April 2012

Laos was once majestically known as Lane Xang – Land of a Million Elephants. Today, however, the outlook for the Asian elephant population in Laos is bleak. Only 1,000 remain and their numbers are steadily decreasing. An estimated 560 still work in logging, the industry that is primarily responsible for their slow demise. Fortunately, tourism is offering one positive solution.

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How Long is Long Enough? A Slow Travel Cheat Sheet

  • whl.travel
  • 22 February 2012

We’ve asked our global network of local tourism professionals about the ‘length of stay’ factor in their destinations. Answers varied, but they all agree on one thing: the average tourist isn’t a slow traveller and just doesn’t stay long enough to really appreciate a place. Here are their thoughts on how long is long enough and what the average fast traveller is missing.

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Luang Prabang, Laos P.D.R. – Please Don’t Rush

  • Cindy Fan
  • 15 February 2012

Time is such a precious commodity these days; we’ve been led to believe that if we don’t maximise our scant vacation time by hitting all the major tourist must-dos, we’ve somehow failed. But travelling and living in Laos has taught me that slowing down adds richness to your experience – like seeing the world vividly in Technicolor.

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Learning Slow Travel Through the Eye of Time Lapse

  • WHL Group
  • 13 February 2012

There are lessons to be learned from time-lapse photography about the beauty of slow travel. Park yourself somewhere and stay awhile. Be still. Go for long exposure. Reconsider time, stretch it, condense it and watch its flow. Leave a place with a long time-lapse memory of it rather than a handful of sporadic snapshot seconds. Here, we’ve asked our local partners from all over the world for time-lapse footage that moves them.

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Tiger Trail Outdoor Adventures and Fair Trek in Laos

  • Markus Neuer
  • 6 January 2012

I lead the Tiger Trail team in Luang Prabang, Laos. I always had a passion for adventure and travelling but, even more important, for other people. I also believe that the world is not fairly developed and even its most beautiful landscapes can be the stage for poverty and degradation. I aim to approach these problems by seeking a better way: Through our Fair Trek in Laos projects, I combine community work with tourism and bring people together from all over the world to work with Lao communities.

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Ethnology Museum in Laos Helps Travellers Understand Local Ethnic Groups

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 5 August 2011

Living in the remote mountains around Luang Namtha in northern Laos, the country’s most traditional ethnic groups have for centuries cultivated rice and inhabited small rural villages. These tribes, however, are at a crossroads between traditional ways of life and the forces of modernity and tourism. In response, the Traditional Arts and Ethnography Centre (TAEC) provides information to travellers about Laos’ diversity of cultures and ethnic groups.

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The Inside Word on… Luang Prabang, Laos

  • Tamarind
  • 1 July 2011

Luang Prabang, the focus of this month’s Inside Word, was once the royal capital of ‘The Kingdom of a Million Elephants,’ retains the beauty of its regal and French colonial past. Well-preserved buildings and a plethora of glittering Buddhist temples nestle at the confluence of two picturesque rivers and against a backdrop of densely forested mountains.

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