Photo courtesy of Stephanie Yoder, Twenty-Something Travel.com
For a while on LandLopers I had a regular feature called the Interactive Travel Guide. The idea was to throw out a destination and get you all to share your best tips and advice on what to do, see and eat. Some were more successful than others and after a while I just stopped publishing them. As I get ready for our big vacation in Southeast Asia though, I thought it would be a great time to bring this cool feature back and get some advice in the process.
I’ll post the full details of our trip next week, but an important stop is a new one for me, Laos. Specifically, we will be spending four days in Luang Prabang in the northern part of the country. Why are we going there? Well, I’ve never been and that’s almost always motivation enough for me to visit a place. But I was also influenced by a few travel experts. At the 2011 Travel and Adventure Show in Washington, DC I had the opportunity to interview several people, including Samantha Brown and the Lost Girls. In separate interviews I asked them for recommendations on cool new hotspots that aren’t on many people’s travel radar, and both named Laos. I was intrigued.
After some research and much waffling, we decided to add Laos to our itinerary. We both work full-time jobs, so we have to be frugal with our time but I really feel Luang Prabang will be a wonderful fit for us and our travel style. I have partnered with Orient-Express and their property La Résidence Phou Vao, in order to share their story of peaceful elegance in the city. The hotel looks stunning and I can’t wait to relax in this luxurious country retreat.
I’m not very good at relaxing though, so we’ll have to have plenty to do while visiting. I already know that one day will be spent visiting the Pak Ou Caves and surrounding countryside, a good way I hope of seeing more of Laos. But other than that, I really don’t know that much about Luang Prabang and could use your help.
I would love to hear what you have to say about the city and tell me what to do on our trip! Even if you haven’t visited Laos, what do you think would be a fun activity?