Magic day on Mystic Mountain Coffee sojourn

Mystic Mountain Coffee and Homestay is one of the best tourism spots in southern Laos and most probably the whole country providing visitors with adventure via a jungle Jeep tour, history and Laven ethnic group culture.

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Mystic Mountain Coffee and Homestay brews up perfect recipe for success

Mystic Mountain Coffee and Homestay is a relatively new community-based tourism venture that is prospering by attracting many visitors to Pakxong district, Champassak province in southern Laos.

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Borobudur, an inspirational temple in Yogyakarta

Exploring archaeological sites is the highlight of a trip to Yogjakarta, Indonesia, and should be at the top of every visitor’s itinerary.

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Ban Don, one of 4,000 islands: go there before it’s lost

Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature,

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A hidden heaven in Pakxong

If you want a true taste of heaven in this world, it can be found in the south of Laos in Nongluang village among the hills of Pakxong district in Champassak province.
A day-and-night camp out organised by the local community will take you to earthly perfection at Lan Yai, atop the Bolaven plateau.

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Viengxay extends warm invitation for liberation command centre 50th anniversary celebrations

Scenic Viengxay district is rolling out the welcome mat for the thousands of visitors expected for celebrations from November 28-30 marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation forces command centre.

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West Lake, the must-visit attraction of Hangzhou

"A trip to Hangzhou city isn’t complete without visiting West Lake,” said Ms Bounleua Bounsong, a journalist from a Lao newspaper who

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Phadeng, a breathtaking viewpoint in Vangvieng

Standing at the top of a hill where your eyes can take in a panoramic view of Vangvieng and your nose and mouth can suck in lungfuls of fresh air is a truly wonderful experience, but you will first have to make a strenuous one-hour climb.

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Xieng Khuang’s old Buddha endures scars of war to entice visitors

Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong.

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Two days of paradise by the Lik River

When the rainy season ends, river levels drop and once again there’s space for people to enjoy a picnic by the water’s edge, have a drink and maybe cook up the catch of the day.
Rivers in Laos are abundant and essential water sources, so people tend to live close to rivers even if they are far from a town and have no shopping mall or supermarket. But such amenities are unnecessary because people don’t need them as nature provides for all their needs.

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Experience Laos’ simple beauty through ecotourism

Laos is offering several packages that allow visitors to sample the lifestyle of ethnic groups living in mountains and forests as a part of efforts to promote ecotourism.
The country has focused on ecotourism since 2009 and, as a result of developments in this sector, villagers are earning more income from tourists by selling food and homemade products, and by providing services such as homestays, which enable visitors to experience the local lifestyle firsthand.
Deep in the jungle, from Laos’ northern to southern provinces, travellers can experience peace and excitement in equal measure while helping local people benefit from forest conservation.

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Inthira proves a fine perch for views over verdant Vangvieng

Standing on a private balcony of a unique cosy hotel room facing the Nam Xong River in the early morning I admire fog over the adjacent mountains and inhale the refreshing aroma of nature. Feeling the fresh air touch my face and the sound of early morning birds and a small motorboat approaching, the moment grabs my mind to be in the here and now.    Vangvieng is well-known with visitors for its stunning natural beauty; however, staying in unique and comfortable accommodation can make the visit even more relaxing and memorable. ... More >>>

Travelling in wonderland - Visit Laos 2018 from another perspective

Laos is a dream for many travelers from Western countries. In some reports it has already been called a “wonderland”. And for the first time - coming from Berlin, Chicago, Seoul or Sydney - to embark on a tour, it may seem like that from the outset. Even in busy neighbouring countries like Thailand or Vietnam you do not easily get that feeling.
Why is that? Laos has only a fraction of the population of these countries and, geographically speaking, people live in a very decentralised way. And modern history has often passed the country by in recent decades. For example, traditions are still prevalent in Laos that have mostly been superseded elsewhere by the advent of modern ... More >>>

Bali - a paradise for tourists, a jewel of Indonesian archipelago

Bali an island, located in the eastern part of Indonesia, is a popular tourist destination that attracts people from around the world because of the sheer beauty of its sandy beaches, coral reefs, exotic temples set against natural backdrops and lively nightspots. 
This writer recently had the chance to visit to Bali, the jewel of Indonesia, for the first time and found it to be a place where nature, the sea and stunning architecture come together in a charming and impressive manner. I travelled to the island as one of the participants of a “Familiarization Trip” organized during August 16-23 by the Embassy of Indonesia in Laos.

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Cliffview Bungalows: offering tranquility in Vangvieng

Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images
inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong.

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Vangvieng, a place for all seasons

I don’t know how many times I’ve visited Vangvieng but I know it’s at least three times a year because it’s one of my favourite places and just three hours by car from Vientiane.
A visit there always gives me new challenges and opens up new doors, so that I yearn to return even before my stay has ended.

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Beautiful South Korea – one visit is not enough!

If you are planning to visit iconic sites and learn about the culture of the Republic of Korea, its history and former presidents, as well as sample the local food, there are plenty of places where you can indulge your every wish.

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The many attractions of Udon Thani

Hundreds of people from Vientiane visit Udon Thani province of Thailand every day, and a majority of them travel there to shop or to seek medical treatment.
Officials at the first Lao-Thai friendship bridge are always busy, catering to the numerous Lao and Thai nationals using the passage. Thai people usually travel to Laos for tourism, and they visit Vientiane and famous tourist sites such as Vangvieng.

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Chilling out lakeside a cool surprise at capital’s new urban centre
Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong.

In most large cities, many people usually look for getaways that can help them escape the pressures and stresses of daily life.
Vientiane, the capital of Laos, has a lot of interesting places to visit, including renowned spots such as Patuxay or the Victory Gate, That Luang Stupa and Hor Phra Keo (the emerald Buddha Hall).

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Good weather, Plain of Jars among top attractions in Xieng Khuang
Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong.

Xieng Khuang province was once known to some as the land of unexploded ordnance because of the prevalence of cluster bombs dropped by US warplanes during the Indochina War of 1964-1973. 
The ethnically diverse province is now emerging as a favourite destination for domestic and foreign tourists. 

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Thakhaek, a town firmly rooted in history

The French were forced out of Indochina during the 1950s but their legacy remains, with the most notable feature being the old buildings that bear their architectural stamp.
In the late 19th century, the French began to colonise Indochina and by the early 20th century they controlled vast areas of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

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Boat trip offers new challenges in the rainy season

After many weeks of rain, there’s been so much flooding in Laos that it’s hard to travel anywhere unimpeded.
This year, widespread flooding has caused problems throughout the country and thousands of people have lost their belongings and farmland, while several dozen have died.
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Reporters take a speedboat ride, but not for pleasure

Normally, a ride in a speedboat would be an attractive proposition, but that was not the case last month when 11 journalists needed to get from one town to another in flood-hit Attapeu province.

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Modern Singapore, a dream destination for travellers

Being a land-locked nation, it’s no surprise that many Lao folk are tempted by the allure of holidaying in a seaside destination such as neighbouring Vietnam or Thailand with the latter often preferred for its perceived quality of shopping.

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A one-day trip to Vientiane province makes for a great escape

For those looking for a short break not too far away from Vientiane, there are plenty of options; one suggestion is to visit Phabathphoukhaokhuay temple and the nearby Nam Ngum dam, where you can buy locally made handicrafts, go cruising, and take a swim.

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