Laos holidays, tailor made

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Responsible tourism: Laos holidays, tailor made

Environment

The Boat Landing Guesthouse is arguably one of the most prestigious ecolodges in Southeast Asia. This eco-friendly guesthouse provides its own energy from solar panels and also supports and promotes many local wildlife projects in the nearby Nam Ha National Park.

In Luang Nam Tha we use an adventure company called Green Discovery who have established an ecotourism project in conjunction with the local community ensuring that they benefit directly from tourism in the area. Such empowerment projects encourage villagers to appreciate and preserve both their heritage and natural environment.

The use of boats is also a more eco-friendly way to explore the countries and does not have such an adverse effect on the environment.

Community

Situated on a hill overlooking the Mekong, the Lanjia Lodge in northern Thailand is owned and run by Hmong and Lahu villagers. The four bungalows are built in traditional Hmong style and although facilities are simple, they do provide some western comforts. The lodge is a fantastic base for trekking, bike riding and bird watching and offers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of how tourism can play a positive role in the preservation of ancient cultures. Contributions from your stay will be used on community projects that improve the local hilltribe people's living conditions.

While in Luang Nam Tha or Luang Prabang you may wish to visit the Big Brother Mouse bookshops, where you can purchase children's books which can be distributed to a school teacher or village elder during your treks to some of the more remote regions. Alternatively you may wish to simply donate funds towards future book publications.

Reviews of Laos holidays, tailor made

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Sailing down the Mekong River from Northern Thailand to Luang Prabang.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Slow down and enjoy. There is no need to rush in Laos

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so, I tried to use local hotels and guides.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fabulous 10 out of 10

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were many, but we loved arriving at Hin Boun park by boat - even if we did have to do a lot of pushing! and La Folie down in the south of Laos was perfect!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you want to get off the beaten track a bit in Laos you do have to do some homework - unless, like us, you have a car to take you places. Otherwise it could be difficult and I wasn't aware of lots of road signs or even detailed maps. Food away from towns is basic but delicious - like Vietnam, Laos knows how to make the best of fresh veg and fish. Luang Prabang is apparently now heaving with visitors, but the centre and south, where we were, is relatively quiet - parts of the 4000 lslands would be busier - and definitely worth the effort.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We did our bit by taking impromptu adult English classes one Saturday morning - to our surprise! Otherwise, who knows. We were taken to a mlnorities village and hated that and have suggested it be taken off any future visits. The villagers didn't appear to be involved in any sort of activity and we felt very uncomfortable, getting out as quickly as possible. Sorry.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Super!

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