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Posts Tagged ‘Mekong River’

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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Photo of the Week: Rolling Boats along the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

  • Huong Tran (photo and text)
  • 28 September 2012

The Mekong Delta is the biggest delta in Vietnam, located where the Mekong River divides up into nine mouths that run to the sea. Rich and fertile, this region is Vietnam’s agricultural heartland, full of tropical fruit orchards, fish farms and rice paddies. This photo was taken while enjoying a peaceful paddle in small rolling boats along the delta’s seemingly endless water-coconut channels.

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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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The Inside Word… on Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Cindy Fan
  • 23 January 2012

Phnom Penh demands your attention from the moment you arrive. Vibrant, exciting and utterly unpredictable are just a few words to describe Cambodia’s capital. It’s a city of stark contrasts: slick SUVs share the road with old-world cyclos; visitors can relax in a posh cafe and think they are in Paris, or join the locals at a pop-up stall selling fried noodles.

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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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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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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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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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Lee Sheridan and Teamworkz Consulting: A Responsible Tourism Triumph in Southeast Asia

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 12 October 2009

With a little luck, by early 2010, Lee Sheridan believes his company, Teamworkz, the whl.travel local partner in Laos, will have processed US$1 million worth of travel bookings. This dynamism was awarded the whl.travel Franchisee of the Year 2008-2009 recognition at the July 2009 whl.travel Asia-Pacific Regional conference.

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