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Vol 03 issue 03 champa holidays tour and guide inlao

Issue 03 Jan - Feb 2011

ປະສົບການໃໝ່ໃນພາກໃຕ້ຂອງລາວ

ຕາມຮ່ອງຮ່ອຍທີ່ມາຂອງວັດພູ, ໃນຈຳປາສັກ ສະລິງຜ່ານຫນ້າຜາ, ຢ່າງປ່າ, ນອນປາຍໄມ້, ຢູ່ກາງປ່າ

Southern Laos Travel Theme

Experience the authentic Laos - Off the Tracks in Champasak Wat Phou the Mysterious Khmer Temple Ruins Zip-lining waterfalls, jungle treks and tree top sleepovers in Bolavan Plateau

ຮຽນເຮັດອາຫານລາວ

Get the Insiders Tips on Lao food ໄປທຽ່ວງານບຸນຊ້າງ, ເມືອງປາກລາຍ

Want to go Dancing with Elephants? Go to Pak Lai Elephant Festival


ຄຳອວຍພອນຂອງທ່ານ ດຣ. ສົມພອນ ດວງດາຣາ ຜູ້ອຳນວຍການໃຫຍ່ລດ ັ ວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວ Message from Dr.Somphone DOUANGDARA President of Lao Airlines

ສະບາຍດີປີໃໝ່!

ໃນທ່າມກາງບັນຍາກາດທີ່ປະຊາຊົນລາວ ທົ່ວທັງປະເທດກຳລັງເບີກ ບານມ່ວນຊື່ນກັບການສະເຫລີມ ສະຫລອງ ວຽງຈັນເປັນນະຄອນ ຫລວງ ຄົບຮອບ 450 ປີ ແລະວັນສະຖາປະນາ ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະ ຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ ຄົບຮອບ 35 ປີ ຊຶ່ງລັດວິສາຫະກິດ ການ ບິນລາວ ກໍໄດ້ມີສ່ວນຮ່ວມທີ່ສຳຄັນໃນການປະກອບສ່ວນຮັບໃຊ້ວັນ ສຳຄັນຂອງຊາດດັ່ງກ່າວຄຽງຄູ່ກັບການປັບປຸງແລະພັດທະນາສາຍ ການບິນແຫ່ງຊາດໃຫ້ເຂັ້ມແຂງ ເທື່ອລະກ້າວເພື່ອໃຫ້ຫຍັບເຂົ້າສູ່ ມາດຖານສາກົນ. ນອກຈາກນີ້ ລັດວິສາຫະກິດ ການບິນລາວ ກໍຍັງໄດ້ ຮັບພາລະໃນການຮັບໃຊ້ກອງປະຊຸມລັດພາຄີຄັ້ງທີ່ 1 ວ່າດ້ວຍການ ເກືອດຫ້າມລະເບີດລູກຫວ່ານ (ບອມບີ) ໂດຍໄດ້ຈັດຖ້ຽວບິນຮັບໃຊ້ ຄະນະຜູ້ແທນທີ່ໄປຢ້ຽມຢາມສະໜາມ, ກວດກາເກັບກູ້ລະເບີດທີ່ບໍ່ ທັນແຕກ ທີ່ແຂວງ ຊຽງຂວາງ. ຕັ້ງແຕ່ມື້ສ້າງຕັ້ງມາເຖິງປັດຈຸບັນ ພັກແລະລັດຖະບານ ແຫ່ງ ສປປ ລາວ ຍາມໃດກໍ່ໄດ້ເອົາໃຈໃສ່, ເປັນຫວງເປັນໄຍຕໍ່ລັດວິສາຫະກິດ ການບິນລາວ ຊຶ່ງໄດ້ສະແດງອອກໃນການສະໜັບສະໜູນ ແລະອະ ນຸມັດໃຫ້ການລັດວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວ ຈັດຊື້ເຮືອບິນໃໝ່ ຊະນິດ ATR72-500 ມາເພີ່ມ ເພື່ອຮອງຮັບງານສຳຄັນ ຂ້າງເທິງ ແລະເຮັດ ການບໍລິການການຂົນສົ່ງທາງອາກາດຂອງລັດວິສາຫະກິດ ການບິນ ລາວ, ຊຶ່ງລຳທີ່ 4 ກໍໄດ້ເດີນທາງມາເຖິງນະຄອນຫລວງວຽງຈັນເມື່ອ ວັນທີ່ 24 ທັນວາ 2010ທີ່ຜ່ານມາ. ມາຮອດມື້ນີ້ ລັດວິສາຫະກິດ ການບິນລາວ ມີເຮືອບິນ ຊະນິດ ATR72-500 ຈຳນວນ 4 ລຳ ແລະ MA60 ຈຳນວນ 4 ລຳ. ຂ້າພະເຈົ້າເຊື່ອໝັ້ນວ່າ ການນຳໃຊ້ເຮືອບິນໃໝ່ນີ້ ຈະເຮັດໃຫ້ລັດວິ ສາຫະກິດ ການບິນລາວ ໄດ້ຮັບຄວາມໄວ້ວາງໃຈ ແລະຄວາມເຊື່ອ ໝັ້ນຈາກຜູ້ໂດຍສານ ກໍຄືນັກທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ທີ່ໃຊ້ການບໍລິການຂອງ ສາຍ ການບິນພວກເຮົາ. ພວກເຮົາກໍຈະພະຍາມປັບປຸງຕົນເອງ ເພື່ອເຮັດ ໃຫ້ການບໍລິການຂອງພວກເຮົານັບມື້ດີຂື້ນ ເປັນກ້າວໆ ແລະຫວັງວ່າ ຈະໄດ້ຮັບການສະໜັບສະໜູນຈາກບັນດາທ່ານຫລາຍຂື້ນກວ່າເກົ່າ. ດັ່ງນັ້ນ ຂ້າພະເຈົ້າ ຂໍຕາງໜ້າໃຫ້ພະນັກງານ ແລະ ກຳມະກອນຂອງ ລັດວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວ ຂໍສະແດງຄວາມຮູ້ບຸນຄຸນ ມາຍັງທຸກ ທ່ານທີ່ເລືອກໃຊ້ການບໍລິການຂອງພວກເຮົາໃນທີ່ຜ່ານມາ ແລະ ໃນໂອກາດ ປີໃໝ່ສາກົນ ຄ.ສ. 2011 ຂ້າພະເຈົ້າຂໍອວຍພອນໄຊ ອັນປະເສີດ ມາຍັງບັນດາທ່ານ ຈົ່ງມີແຕ່ຄວາມຜາສຸກ, ສຸຂະພາບ ເຂັ້ມແຂງ, ປະສົບຜົນສຳເລັດໃນໜ້າທີ່ການງານ ແລະ ສົມຫວັງໃນ ທຸກສິ່ງ ທີ່ທ່ານປາດຖະໜາ ຕະຫລອດປີໃໝ່ ນີ້ດ້ວຍເທີ້ນ.

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Happy New Year!

As the Lao people is enjoying both the celebration of the 450th Anniversary of Vientiane Capital and the 35th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Lao Airlines is striving to simultaneously support these important events and at the same time improving and developing the National Flag Carrier in order to meet the expectations of international standards Furthermore, Lao Airlines has provide services to the First Meeting of States Parties concerning the Clusters Munitions (Bombs) by organizing the flights of the delegates to field visit in Xiengkhouang Province. Since the establishment of the airline, the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and the Government of Lao PDR have been committed to taking care of Lao Airlines in supporting and authorizing Lao Airlines to purchase the new brand ATR72-500 aircraft to its fleets in order to guaranty the services of the above mentioned events as well as the general air services of Lao Airlines. The 4th ATR arrived in Vientiane on the 24th November 2010. At present Lao Airlines posses four ATR72-500 and four MA60 aircraft. It is my hope that the operations with the new aircraft will render Lao Airlines more confident and I firmly believe that the local passengers as well as the tourists who are using our airlines’ services will experience the improvements. We are dedicated to always keep improving ourselves and hope to get the support from all passengers. On behalf of Lao Airlines’ staff and workers, we would like to express our gratitude to all of our passengers for choosing our services and for the New coming International Year 2011, may I wish you happiness, health, success in your work and all your wishes come true during the New Year.


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ສາລະບານ

Contents

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8 14 Lao Food what’s that?

ມາ​ທ່ຽວບຸນຊ ​ ້າງ​ແດ່ຈ ​ ັກ​ໜ່ອຍ A little journey to a jumbo festival

16 Aluna and the new sound 16

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ຊີວິດ​ຜະຈົນ​ໄພ ຄວາມ​ຕື່ນ​ໃຈ​ທີ່​ບໍ່​ສີ້​ນສຸດ

20 Adventure of a Life Time

The Thrill is on!

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33 Vat Phou ຮ່າ​ໂນ້ຍ ນະຄອນຫຼວງ​​ແຫ່ງ ວັດທະນະທຳຂອງຫວຽດນາມ

38 Hanoi – The Cultural Capital of Vietnam

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ນາງສາວລາວປະຈຳປີ 2010 (Miss Laos 2010)

ເຂົ້າຢຽ້ມຍາມລັດວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວ

Laos 2010 Thanks 45 Miss Laos Airlines for Sponsoring the Miss Laos Contest.

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Editor’s note Lao Airlines In-Flight Magazine EXECUTIVE ADVISER:

MR SOMPHONG MONGKHOUNVILAY MR SOUKASEUM PHOTHISANE DR SOMPHONE DOUANGDARA MR. SOMSANOUK MIXAY MR. CHANTHY DEUANSAVANH

Editor-in-Chief:

Mr. Soukhee Norasilp

proof Editor:

Mr. Somsouk souksavath

Executive Editor:

Inphom Deuansavanh

English Editor:

Jeppe Bauer Carlsen Xaysana Champanakone

Project manager

alexander olsen

Graphic Designer:

Phitsamai Chanthaboury Xayaphone Thesavong

translation:

thanongsak vongsakda

Account-Finance:

Khounkham Chanthaboury

Executive Marketing:

Jeppe Bauer Carlsen Somphathai chankongsin

Marketing & Creation By:

insmai Creative Communication Tel/Fax: (856-21) 223590

info@insmai.com www.insmai.com

Owner & Publisher:

Inter Media Lao Co.ltd Tel/Fax: (856-21) 480947

intermedia_laos@gmail.com under license of lao airlines Lao Airlines Head Office:

02 Pangkham Rd, Xieng Gnune Village, Chanthaboury District, Vientiane, Lao PDR Tel : (856-21) 212051-54, 212016 Fax: (856-21) 212056, 212058

info@laoairlines.com www.laoairlines.com

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Dear Champa Holiday Readers As you may notice when you start Reading this third issue of CHAMPA HOLIDAY that you are holding in your hands, everything from its layout, design to it’s content and even the management team have changed completely. These changed have been made in order to make this magazine live up to the expectations and standards of the international air travel and tourism industry that is served by Lao Airlines. We hope that you will agree that these changes are improvements and we can promise you that we are dedicated to keep improving the quality of both contents and the way it is presented to you in the future. We now celebrate the 35th anniversary of Lao Airlines Service or Lao Aviation - the original name of the company as it was founded on January 19, 1976. The first flight was from Vientiane – Savannakhet – Pakse – Vientiane and was conducted by its first pilot Comrade Sounthal PHONKHAMPHIM. Up till now Lao Airlines has improved its new business operation by importing the ATR 72-500 and changed the former name of Lao Aviation to Lao Airlines. Before the logo on the wing was the National Flag but now we use CHAMPA flower as it is the national flower. As we know all things change in due time and according to events, just like Lao Airlines has been developing their services, so will we at Champa Holiday Magazine be committed to supporting this development through our efforts to make a great magazine for you the read and enjoy during your travels. See you next edition! Yours Sincerely Soukkee NORASILD, Editor-In- Chief


ບດ ົ ບ.ກ.

ວາລະສານຂອງການບິນລາວ

ທາ່ ນ​ຜ​ອ ໂຮລິ​ເດ ທີ່ ​ນ ັບຖື ູ້ າ່ ນ ຈຳປາ​ ທາ່ ນ​ຜ​ອ ູ້ າ່ ນ

ອາດ​ ຈະ​ມ​ຄ ແປກ​ ໃຈ​ກ ັບ​ວາລະສານ ີ ວາມ​ “ຈຳປາ​ ໂຮລິ​ເດ” ສະບ ັບ​ທ່ ີ​ສາມ​ທ່ ີ​ມ​ຢ ທາ່ ນ​ຜ​ູ້ ີ ​ໃູ່ ນ​ມ​ຂ ື ອງ​ ້ ​ ອາ່ ນນີ້ ທີ່ ​ໄດ​ຖ ດາ້ ນ​ຮບ ູ ​ເຫຼັ້ມ, ສີສ ັນ, ​ເນືອ ື ​ປບ ັ ປຸງ​ທາງ​ ້ ກ

ໃນ ຕະຫຼ ອດ​ ທງັ ​ຄະນະ​ ຈ ັດ​ທຳ​ກ່ ​ໄໍ ດ​ຖ ​ໝ.່ ທັງ​ ື ​ປບ ັ ປຸງໃ ້ ກ ໝດ ົ ​ນ​ີ້ກ່ ​ໍເພື່ ອ​ໃຫ້​ເປັ ນ​ວາລະສານ​ທ່ ີ ​ເທດ​ເໝາະ​ກ ັບ​ການ​

ເດີນທາງ ​ທາງ​ ອາກາດ ​ແລະ ການທອ ່ ງທຽ່ ວ ທີ່ ​ບໍລິການ​ ໂດຍ​ ບໍລິສ ັດ “ການບິນລາວ” ຢາ່ ງ​ແທ​ຈ ້ ງິ . ທາ່ ນ​ຜ​ອ ູ້ າ່ ນ​ ້ ​ໃນ ​ແມນ​ ຈະ​​ເຫັ ນ​ໄດ​ວ ູ ​ເຫຼັ້ມ, ສີສ ັນ, ​ເນືອ ື ​ ່ ໄດ​ຖ ້ ກ ້ າ່ ​ຮບ ຍ ົກ​ລະດ ັບ ​ແລະ ປັບປຸງ​ໃໝ​ຫ ່ ຼ າຍ​ພໍ​ສ ົມຄວນ.

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ມ ັງກອນ

1976

​ໂດຍ​ ປະ​ ຕ​ບ ິ ັດ​ການບິນ​

ຖຽ້ ວ​ປະຖ ົມມະ​ ເລີກ ຈາກ​ “ວຽງ​ຈ ັນ - ສະຫວ ັນະ​ ເຂດ

- ປາກ​ ເຊ - ວຽງ​ຈ ັນ” ດວ ິ ​ Lao Avia້ ຍ​ເຮືອ​ບນ tion ​ໂດຍສະຫາຍ ສູນ​ທະລາ ປອ ພິມ ​ເປັນ​ນ ັກ​ບນ ິ ​ ້ ງຄຳ​ ່ ັ ກາ່ ວ. ຈາກ​ວ ັນ​ນນ​ ຮ ັບຜິດຊອບ ຜູ​ທ ິ ​ໃນ​ຖຽ້ ວ​ບນ ິ ​ດງ ັ້ ້ ຳ​ອດ

ເຖິງ​ວ ັນ​ນ ີ້ ການບິນ​ລາວ​ໄດ​ມ ປບ ີ ານ​ ັ ປຸງ ​ແລະ ບໍລິການ​ ້ ​ກ

ທຸລະ​ ກດ ໃໝ່ ​ໂດຍ​ ນຳ​ ເອົ າ​ເຮືອ​ບນ ATR72 – ິ ​ແບບ​ ິ 500 ປຽ່ ນ​ຊ່ ​ເື ດີມ Lao Aviation ມາ​ເປັນ​ Lao Air-

lines ພອ ທງັ ​ເຄື່ ອງໝາ​ ຍການ​ ຄາ້ (Logo) ຈາກ​ປີກ​ ້ ມ​ ທີ​ມ​ທ ຈຳປາ ດອກ​ ໄມ​ປ ຈຳ​ຊາດ​ ີ ງຸ ຊາດ​ ມາ​ເປັນ​ດອກ​ ້ ະ​ ແທນ. ທຸກ​ສ່ ງ​ ຸ ​ຢາ່ ງ​ຍອ ມ​ກ ການ​ ິ ທກ ີ ານ​ປຽ່ ນແປງຕາມ​ ່ ມ​ ເວລາ​ເພື່ ອ​ຄວາມ​ ເໝາະ​ສ ົມ ​ແລະ ຖືກຕອ ້ ງ. ​ເຊັ ນ​ດຽວ​ ກ ັບ “ການບິນ​ລາວ” ກໍ່ ຍ ັງ​ຈະ​ກາ້ ວໜາ້ ​ຕ່ ໍ​ໄປ.

ພບ ົ ​ກ ັນ​ໃໝ​ສ ່ ະບ ັບ​ໜາ້

ຫົວຫນ້າບັນນາທິການ: ທ່ານ ສຸຂີ ນໍຣະສິລປ໌

ບັນນາທິການພິສູດອັກສອນ: ສົມສຸກ ສຸກສະຫວັດ

ບັນນາທິການບໍລິຫານ:

35 ປີ ແ ​ ຫງ່ ກ ​ ານບິນ ບໍລິການ​ ຮ ັບ​ໃຊ ້ ຊຶ່ ງ​ການບິນ​ລາວ ້ ​ເມື່ ອ​ ຫຼື Lao Aviation (ຊື່ ​ເກົ່ າ) ​ໄດ​ຖ ື ​ກຳ​ເນີ​ດຂຶນ ້ ກ ວ ັນ​ທີ

ຄະນະທີ່ປຶກສາ:

ທ່ານ ສົມພົງ ມົງຄົນວິໄລ ທ່ານ ສຸກກະເສີມ ໂພທິສານ ທ່ານ ດຣ ສົມພອນ ດວງດາລາ ທ່ານ ສົມສະນຸກ ມີໄຊ ທ່ານ ຈັນທີ ເດືອນສະຫວັນ

​ໂດຍຄວາມ​ ນ ັບຖື,

ບ.ກ

ສຸຂີ ນໍຣະສິລປ໌

ອິນພົມ ເດືອນສະຫວັນ

ບັນນາທິການພາສາອັງກິດ: ເຈພີ ເຢຍເປີ ຄາຣເຊັນ ໄຊຊະນະ ຈຳປານະຄອນ

ຫົວໜ້າໂຄງການ

ອາເລັກຊັນເດີ ໂອນເຊີນ

ອອກແບບ ແລະ ຈັດຫນ້າ: ພິດສະໄຫມ ຈັນທະບູລີ ໄຊຍະພອນ ເທສາວົງ

ຈັດທຳການແປ:

ທະນົງສັກ ວົງສັກດາ

ບັນຊີ-ການເງິນ: ກຸນຄຳ ຈັນທະບູລີ

ຜູ້ຈັດການ ຝ່າຍການຕະຫຼາດ: ເຈພີ ເຢຍເປີ ຄາຣເຊັນ ສົມພະໄທ ຈັນກອງສີນ

ການຕະຫຼາດ-ໂຄສະນາ ແລະ ສ້າງສັນ: ອິນສະໄຫມ ການສື່ສານທີ່ສ້າງສັນ, ໂທແຟັກ: (856-21) 223590

info@insmai.com www.insmai.com

ເຈົ້າຂອງ ແລະ ຜູ້ຈັດພິມ:

ບໍລິສັດ ອິນເຕີ ມີເດຍ ລາວ ຈຳກັດ ໂທແຟັກ: (856-21) 480947

intermedia_laos@gmail.com under license of lao airlines

ສຳນັກງານໃຫຍ່:

02 ຖະຫນົນປາງຄຳ, ບ້ານຊຽງຢືນ ເມືອງຈັນທະບູລີ, ນະຄອນຫຼວງວຽງຈັນ ໂທ : (856-21) 212051-54, 212016 ແຟັກ: (856-21) 212056, 212058

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A little journey to a jumbo festival Ingrid Suter, Elefant Asia

February 2011 is the perfect time to escape the bustle of the bigger towns and head to the Sayaboury Province. Why? Because it’s here that you’ll find the jumbo gems of Laos – the endangered Asian elephant. Wild elephants in Laos are very tricky to spot, especially if your holiday time is limited. However February brings you the opportunity to mingle with up to as many as 50 elephants all in one small town for free. Welcome to the annual Elephant Festival! The upcoming Elephant Festival will be held in the city of Paklay on the 18, 19th & 20th of February 2011. Paklay is conveniently located only a 5 hour drive from Vientiane and 6 hours from Luang Prabang. Now in its 5th year, the Elephant Festival is simply getting bigger and better. Held over a three day period, February’s festival will celebrate all the finest traditions of elephant ownership in Laos; the nation that was once known as “the Land of a Million Elephants.”

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ມາ​ທ່ຽວບຸນຊ ​ ້າງ​ແດ່​ ຈັກ​ໜ່ອຍ

ເດືອນກຸມພາ ປີ 2011 ທີ່​ຈະ​ມາ​ເຖິງນ ​ ີ້ເປັນໂ ​ ອກາດ​ທີ່​​ເໝາະ ທີ່ສຸດ. ທີ່ທ່ານຄວນ​ເອົາ​ຕົວ​ໜີ​ຜ່າຍ ​ ຈາກສຽງອຶກກະທຶກນຶກ ນອງຂອງເມືອງໃຫຍ່ ແລະ ມຸ່ງໜ້າ​ເດິນທາງໄປສູ່ ແຂວງ ໄຊຍະບູລີ. ຍ້ອນ​​ເຫດຜົນຫຍ ​ ັງກັນລະ? ຄຳ​ຕອບ ກໍ​ຍ້ອນ​ ວ່າ​ຢູ່​ທີ່​ດິນແ ​ ດນ​ແຫ່ງນັ້ນ, ທ່ານຈະໄດ້ເຫັນໄດ້ຊົມອັນຍ ​ ະມະ​ ນີຊ້າງໃນປະເທດລາວ ເປັນຊ້າງທີ່ໃກ້ ​​ ຈ ​ ະ​ສູນພັນໃ ​ ນອາຊີ. ຊ້າງ ປ່ າ ໃນປະເທດລາວ ແມ່ ນ ຫາ​ໂ ອກາດຍາກທີ່ ຈ ະໄດ້ ຊື່ ນ ຊົ ມ , ໂດຍສະເພາະແມ່ນໃນເວລາທີ່ທ່ານມີເວລາພັກຜ່ອນຈຳກັດ. ຢ່າງໃດກໍຕາມເດືອນ​ກຸມພາ​ທີ່​ຈະ​ມາ​ເຖິງ​ນີ້ຈະ​ນຳ​​​ໂອກາດມາ​ ໃຫ້ທ ​ ່ານ​ໄດ້​ເປີດຕ ​ າ​ຊື່ນຊ ​ ົມກັບຊ້າງປະມານ 50 ເຊືອກ ທີ່ດິນ​ ແດນ​ເມືອງ​ນ້ອຍ​​ແຫ່ງໜ ​ ຶ່ງ​​ໂດຍ​ບໍ່​ໄດ້​ເສຍ​ຄ່າ. ຍິນດີຕ້ອນຮັບ ທ່ານສູ່ປະເພນີບຸນຊ້າງປະຈຳປີ. ງານມະໂຫລານ ບຸນຊ້າງທີ່ຈະມາເຖິງນີ້ ຈະໄດ້ຈັດຂຶ້ນທີ່ເມືອງ ປາກລາຍ ໃນລະຫວ່າງວັນທີ 18, 19 ແລະ 20 ໃນເດືອນກຸມພາ ປີ 2011. ປາກລາຍ ​ເປັນເ​ ມືອງ​ທີ່​ມີ​ຈຸດ​ທີ່​ຕັ້ງໃ ​ ນການ​ເດິນທາງ​ ເຂົ້າ​ອອກ​ຢ່າງ​ສະດວກ ​ແລະ ​ເໝາະ​ສົມທ ​ ີ່​ສຸດ, ຖ້າ​ຈະ​ເດິນທາງ​ ໂດຍ​ທາງ​ລົດຈ ​ າກ​ນະຄອນຫຼວງ​ວຽງ​ຈັນ ກໍ​ໃຊ້ເ​ ວລາ​ພຽງ​ແຕ່ 5 ຊົ່ວໂ ​ ມງ​ເທົ່າ​ນັ້ນ ​ແລະ ຖ້າອ ​ ອກ​ຈາກ​ຫຼວງ​ພະ​ບາງ ກໍໃ ​ ຊ້ເ​ ວລາ ທາງ​ລົດ 6 ຊົ່ວ​ໂມງ. ​ເປັນງ​ ານ​ບຸນຊ ​ ້າງ​ຄັ້ງທ ​ ີ 5, ​ເປັນບ ​ ຸນທ ​ ີ່​ໃຫຍ່​ ແລະ​ກະກຽມ​ດີກວ ​ ່າຄັ້ງທ ​ ີ່​ຜ່ານ​ມາ ໂດຍຈະໃຊ້ເວລາພຽງສາມມື້ ງານບຸນຊ້າງ ເດືອນກຸມພາ ຈະໄດ້ສະ​ເຫຼີ​ມສະຫຼອງ​ໃຫ້ເ​ ຫັນ ທຸກ ຮີດຄອງປະເພນີຄວາມເປັນເຈົ້າຂອງຊ້າງ ທີ່ດີທີ່ສຸດໃນລາວ. ປະເທດນີ້: ແຕ່ກ່ອນເກົ່າເຄີຍມີຊ ​ສ ື່​ ຽງ​ໂດ່​ງດັງວ ​ ່າ ປະເທດລາວ ລ້ານຊ້າງ “​ເປັນດ ​ ິນແ ​ ດນ​ແຫ່ງຊ ​ ້າງ​​ລ້ານ​ໂຕ”​.


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The Lao Elephant Festival rejoices in all things Xang (elephant). Watch the elephants bathing and frolicking in the Nam Lay River. Like pigs in mud, elephants like nothing more than dipping and bobbing under the river’s current while being bathed by their mahout. If not content with being a bystander, visitors can take an elephant trek around the festival grounds and Paklay surrounds. Other festival activities include sensational elephant processions, an elephant Baci ceremony, logging and command demonstrations, monk blessings, prize giveaways, children’s activities and the much sought-after “elephant of the year” competition. This competition isn’t about model looks or swimwear apparel, but rather which elephant is the healthiest and in the best condition. With great prizes at stake, this is a win-win competition for both the mahout and his elephant. Nocturnal events are just as busy as daytime activities. With Lao dancers, circus performances, markets, restaurants, a funfair and outdoor cinema, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Party into the night or have a good nights’ rest so you can wake early to watch the elephants prepare for the day’s events. On that note - need somewhere to rest your weary head after a long day of elephant excitement? Do what the locals do at spend the night at a homestay. Homestay is the best (and cheapest!) way to meet and mingle with locals from Paklay. Inexpensive, safe and convenient, homestay offers visitors a chance to make lifelong friends while experiencing the authentic Laotian lifestyle. HINT: If your Lao vocabulary isn’t the best, overcome this barrier by bringing plenty of photos of your family, friends or hometown to show your homestay family. If this isn’t your style, Paklay offers a range of guesthouse accommodation.

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ງານບຸ ນ ຊ້ າ ງຈະປະກອບກິ ດ ຈະກຳ​ຫຼ າ ຍ​ຢ່ າ ງກ່ ຽ ວກັ ບ ຊ້ າ ງ ເຊັ່ນ; ການ​ຊື່ນຊ ​ ົມ ​ເບິ່ງຊ້າງ​ອາບ​ນ້ຳ ​ແລະ ກະ​ໂດດ​ເຕັ້ນ​ ຢູ່ ​ໃ ນ​ສ າຍ​ແ ມ່ ​ນ້ ຳ ລາຍ ຄື ກັ ນ ກັ ບ ຝູ ງ ​ໝູ ​ເ ກື ອ ກຫຼີ້ ນ ຕາມ​ນ້ ຳ​ ຂີ້ຕົມ. ​ແຕ່ວ ​ ່າ​ສຳລັບ​ການ​ຫຼີ້ນນ້ຳຂອງ​ຝູງຊ ​ ້າງ​ນີ້ພວກ​ເຂົາເ​ ຈົ້າ​ ມີ​ທັງ ການ​ມຸດລ ​ ົງ​ນ້ຳ ​ແລະ ພົ່ນນ ​ ້ຳ ​ໃນ​ເວລາ​ທີ່ຄວານ​ຊ້າງ​ ອາບ​ນ້ ຳ ​ໃ ຫ້ . ຖ້ າ ຫາກວ່ າ ທ່ າ ນ​ຜູ້ ​ທີ່ ​ມ າ​ທ່ ຽ ວ​ຊົ ມ ບໍ່ ​ຢ າກ​ເ ປັ ນ​ ພຽງ​ແຕ່​ເປັນ​ຜູ້​ເບິ່ງ, ທ່ານ​ກໍ​ອາດ​ຈະ​ຂຶ້ນ​ຂີ່​ຊ້າງ​ຍ່າງ​ທ່ຽວ​ອ້ອມ​ ເບິ່ງຕາມ​ເດີ່ນຂອງ​ງານ​ບຸນ ​ແລະ ​ຍ່າງອ້ອມ​ແອ້ມເ​ ມືອງ​ປາກ​ ລາຍກໍໄ​ ດ້. ກິດຈະກຳອື່ນໆ ພາຍໃນງານທີ່ຈ ​ ະ​ສ້າງ​ຄວາມ​ ຕື່ນຕ ​ າ​ຕື່ນໃ ​ ຈ​ນັ້ນ ລວມມີ ພິທຈ ີ​ ັດການ​ບາສີສຂ ູ່​ ວັນໃ ​ ຫ້ຊ ​ ້າງ, ການລາກໄມ້ທ່ອນ ແລະ ການສະແດງຕາມສັ່ງ, ພະສົງສ ​ ູດ​ ມຸງຄຸນການ​ສ່ຽງ​ໂຊກ, ແຂ່ງຂັນຊິງລາງວັນ ກິດຈະກຳ​ການສະ​ ແດງ​ຕ່າງໆ ຂອງ​ເຍົາວະ​ຊົນ ແລະ ການປະ​ກວດ​ຊ້າງ​ປະຈຳ​ ປີ. ການ​ປະ​ກວດ​ຊ້າງ​ນີ້ ບໍ່ແ ​ ມ່ນຈ ​ ະ​ເອົາ​ຮູບ​ຮ່າງ​ລັກສະນະ​ທ່າ​ ທາງ ຫຼື ການ​ປະດັບປ ​ ະດາຕົບແ ​ ຕ່ງ ​ເປັນມ ​ າດຖານ​ໃນ​ການ​ ຄັດເ​ ລືອກ ​ແຕ່ວ ​ ່າ​ຕ້ອງ​ເບິ່ງວ່າ​ຊ້າງ​ໂຕ​ໃດ​ມີ​ສຸຂະພາບ​ແຂງ​ແຮງ​ ກວ່າ​ຫມູ່ ແລະ ມີທ່າທາງທີ່ດີ. ໂດຍໄດ້ຮັບລາງວັນໃຫຍ່ກັບທີ່ ເປັນການແຂ່ງຂັນແບບຊະນະທັງ​ຄູ່​ໄດ້ລາງວັນ​ທັງ​​ຄວານ​ຊ້າງ ແລະ ຊ ​ ້າງ. ການຄົບງັນໃນຕອນກາງຄືນກໍມ ​ກ ີ​ ິດຈະກຳ​ຫຼາຍ​ຢ່າງ ເຊັ່ນດຽວ ກັບຕອນກາງເວັນ. ຊົມການຟ້ອນແບບລາວ, ລະຄອນສັດ, ງານຕະຫຼາດນັດ, ຮ້ານອາຫານ, ການ​ຫຼີ້ນຕະຫລົກ ແລະ​ ເບິ່ງຮູບເງົາກາງແຈ້ງ, ຕ້ອງມີສິ່ງໃດສິ່ງໜຶ່ງ ເພື່ອ​​ເຮັດ​ໃຫ້ທຸກ ຄົນໄດ້ມ່ວນຊື່ນ. ງານລ້ຽງ​ສ້າງສັນໃ ​ ນ​ຕອນ​ກາງຄືນ ຫຼື ພັກ ຜ່ ອ ນນອນຫຼັ ບ ຕື່ ນ ແຕ່ ເ ຊົ້ າ ​ເ ພື່ ອ ເບິ່ ງ ຊ້ າ ງກະກຽມການສະ​ ແດງ​ໃ ສ່ ​ຕ ອນ​ກ າງ​ເ ວັ ນ . ຕ້ ອ ງຈຳ​ໄ ວ້ ​ສ ະ​​ເ ໝີ ວ່ າ ຄວນ​ຊ ອກ​ ຫາ​ບ່ ອ ນ​ພັ ກ ຜ່ ອ ນທີ່ ​ເ ປັ ນ ​ບ່ ອ ນ​ພັ ກ ຜ່ ອ ນ​ສ ະໝອງ​ບໍ່ ​ໃ ຫ້ ​ອິ ດ​ ເມື່ ອ ຍ ຫຼັ ງ ຈາກທີ່ ໄ ດ້ ມ່ ວ ນຊື່ ນ ຫມົ ດ ​ມື້ ກັ ບ ງານຊ້ າ ງຢ່ າ ງ​ຕື່ ນ​ ເຕັ້ນ? ຕ້ອງ​ໄດປະຕິບັດຕາມປະຊາຊົນທ້ອງຖິ່ນທີ່ເ​ ຂົາ​ເຮັດ ຖ້າ​ ຫາກ​ທ່ານ​ໄດ້​ແວ່​ພັກ​ເຊົາ​ຢູ່​ນຳ​ເຮືອນ​ເຂົາ​ເຈົ້າ. ການ​ແວ່​ພັກ​ ເຊົາຢູ່ເຮືອນປະຊາຊົນ ເປັນບ່ອນທີ່ດີທີ່ສຸດ (ແລະ ລາຄາຖືກ) ເພື່ອຈະໄດ້ພົບປະ ແລະ ຢູ່ປົນກັບຄົນທ້ອງຖິ່ນຈາກເມືອງປາກ ລາຍ. ເປັນສະຖານທີ່ພັກເຊົາທີ່ມີລາຄາຖືກ, ປອດໄພ ແລະ ສະ ດວກສະບາຍ. ເຈົ້າຂອງເຮືອນຈະມອບໃຫ້ ແຂກໄດ້ມີໂອກາດ ສ້າງຄວາມຮັກແພງສະຖານ​ເພື່ອນ​ມິດ ​ແລະ ຍັງໄ​ ດ້​ສ້າງ​ຄວາມ​ ຄຸ້ນເ​ ຄີຍທີ່ແທ້ຈິງກັບຊີວິດປະຈຳວັນຂອງຄົນລາວ. ຂໍ້ຫ້າມ: ຖ້າຫາກ​ວ່າທ ​ ່ານ​ຍັງບ ​ ໍ່​ສາມາດ​ກຳ​ໄດ້ ຄຳ​ສັບພ ​ າສາ​ລາວ​ໄດ້​ດພ ີ​ ໍ​ ນັ້ນ ​ແລະ ​ເພື່ອຜ ​ ່ານ​ບັນຫາ​ຄວາມ​ຫມາຍ​ຕ່າງໆ​ນັ້ນ, ທາງ​ທີ່​ດີ ທ່ານຄວນຖືຮູບພາບຂອງຄອບຄົວຂອງ​ທ່ານ, ຮູບ​ເພື່ອນ​ມິດ ແລະ ບ້ານເກີດເມືອງນອນເພື່ອໄປໃຫ້ເຈົ້າຂອງ​ເຮືອນ​ທີ່​ເຮົາ​ ຈະ​ແວ່​ພັກໄ​ ດ້​ເຫັນ. ຖ້າວິທີນີ້ບໍ່ແມ່ນເ​ ປັນສ ​ ິ່ງທີ່ທ ​ ່ານ​ປະສົງຂ ​ ອງ​ ທ່ານ​ແລ້ວ,​ປາກ​ລາຍ​ຍັງມ ​ ີ​ເຮືອນ​ພັກຮ ​ ອງ​ຮັບ​ໃຫ້ທ ​ ່ານ​ອີກ.​


The province of Sayaboury and the city of Paklay still remains home to the ancient art of domesticated elephant ownership. Spanning centuries, Lao royalty and civilians alike all mastered the skill of elephant domestication for human help. From warfare to house-building, elephants in Laos have assisted locals for hundreds of years. But don’t think this species has been taken for granted; the Asian elephant is considered a sacred and revered species in Lao culture. One of the few animals allowed to receive ancient Baci ceremonies, the Lao believe that elephants bring prosperity, good luck and strength. This is shown in the way domesticated elephants are treated by their human companions. Considered part of the family, a domesticated elephant will grow up with the same people and strong bonds will form between man and elephant. Having almost the same life span as one another, elephants and people can know each other for life. However the Elephant Festival is more than just an annual party dedicated to elephants. The main focus of the festival is to raise awareness of the declining elephant population in Laos. With only an estimated 1,200 elephants remaining in Laos, the Elephant Festival endeavours to draw local and international attention to the plight of this beautiful but Endangered specie. With reproduction rates low, habitat loss and poaching high, Lao elephants face an uphill battle if they wish to survive. Organisers of the Elephant Festival, ElefantAsia, believe the festival brings much-needed attention to this often forgotten elephant homeland. Working with Asian elephants in Laos since 2006, ElefantAsia aims to protect, conserve and increase Lao elephant numbers and working conditions. With most domesticated Lao elephants employed in the logging industry, ElefantAsia provides on-site veterinary care, mahout training and guidelines elephant owners can follow to ensure their jumbo investment is wellprotected from preventative harm and ill-health. ElefantAsia is also in the habit of making babies – baby elephants that is! Offering reproductive incentives to elephant owners, ElefantAsia has been successful in aiding the birth of many new calves into the world. And some of these babies may just be present at the 2011 Elephant Festival!

ແຂວງໄຊຍະບູລີ ແລະ ເມືອງປາກລາຍຍັງເປັນດິນແດນ ວັດທະນະທຳຊ້າງບ້ານທີ່ເກົ່າແກ່. ໂດຍຜ່ານຫຼາຍສັດຕະວັດ ຄົນລາວເປັນຄົນຈົງຮັກພັກດີ ແລະ ສີວິໄລຄືເປັນເຈົ້າຄວາມ ຊຳນານໃນການຝຶ ກ ຊ້ າ ງບ້ າ ນເພື່ ອ ຊ່ ວ ຍມະນຸ ດ ໃນການ ອອກແຮງງານ. ຈາກເປັ ນ ເຄື່ ອ ງມື ທ າງດ້ າ ນສົ ງ ຄາມມາ ຊ່ວຍສ້າງບ້ານແປງເຮືອນ. ຊ້າງ​ຢູ່ໃນລາວໄດ້ຊ່ວຍປະຊາຊົນ ທ້ອງຖິ່ນມາຫຼາຍຮ້ອຍປີ.​ ແຕ່ວ່າຢ່າຄິດວ່າຝຸງສ ​ ັດເ​ ຫຼົ່າ​ນີ້​ຈະ​ຖືກ​ ອະນຸຍາດ​ໃຫ້​ໃຊ້​ແຮງ​ງານ​ແບບ​ນີ້​ຕະຫລອດ​ໄປ. ຊ້າງອາຊຽນ ເປັນຊ້າງທີ່ສັກສິດ ແລະ ເຄົາລົບຢຳເກງໃນວັດທະນະທຳລາວ. ເປັ ນ ໜຶ່ ງ ໃນຈຳນວນສັ ດ ທີ່ ອ ະນຸ ຍ າດ​ໃ ຫ້ ​ຈັ ດ ​ພິ ທີ ​ບ າສີ ສູ່ ​ຂ ວັ ນ​ ແບບ​ດັ້ ງ ​ເ ດີ ມ ​ໃ ຫ້ ປ ະຊາຊົ ນ ລາວເຊື່ ອ ວ່ າ ຊ້ າ ງສາມາດນຳ ຄວາມວັດທະນາຖາວອນ ໂຊກດີ ແລະ ຄວາມເຂັ້ມແຂງມາໃຫ້. ນີ້ ສ ະແດງ​​ເ ຖິ ງ ຄວາມເປັ ນ ຊ້ າ ງບ້ າ ນວ່ າ ໄດ້ ຮັ ບ ​ກ ານຝຶ ກ ແອບ ໂດຍມະນຸດ. ​​ຊຶ່ງ​ຖື​ວ່າເປັນສ່ວນໜຶ່ງຂອງຄອບຄົວ. ຊ້າງບ້ານ ແມ່ນເກີດໃຫຍ່ກັບຄົນມີສາຍພົວພັນອັນແຫນ້ນແກ່ນ ທີ່ຈະເກີດ​ ຂຶ້ນລະຫວ່າງ ຄົນ ແລະ ຊ້າງ. ມີອາຍຸຍືນຍາວເທົ່າກັນ ຊ້າງ ແລະ ຄົນ ສາມາດເຂົ້າໃຈຊີວິດຊຶ່ງກັນ ແລະ ກັນ. ຢ່າງໃດກໍຕາມບຸນຊ້າງເປັນງານປະຈຳປີ ທີ່ອຸດທິດໃຫ້ແກ່ຊ້າງ. ຈຸ ດ ປະສົ ງ ຫຼັ ກ ຂອງບຸ ນ ຊ້ າ ງແມ່ ນ ເພື່ ອ ປູ ກ ຈິ ດ ສຳນຶ ກ ​ໃ ຫ້ ​ ເ ຫັ ນ ກ າ ນ ລຸ ດ ລົ ງ ຂ ອ ງ ປ ະ ຊ າ ກ ອ ນ ຊ້ າ ງ ທີ່ ປ ະ ເ ທ ດ ລ າ ວ . ທີ່ຍັງຄາດຄະເນວ່າ ຍັງມີຊ້າງເຫຼືອຢູ່ 1,200 ໂຕ ບຸນຊ້າງ​ ເປັນຄວາມພະຍາຍາມ ເພື່ອເອົາໃຈໃສ່ຂອງຄົນທ້ອງຖິ່ນ ແລະ ນາໆຊາດບໍ່ ​ພ ຽງແຕ່ ເ ພື່ ອ ຮັ ບ ປະກັ ນ ໄວ້ ຂ ອງຄວາມສວຍງາມ ນີ້​ເທົ່າ​ນັ້ນ.​ ແຕ່ເພື່ ​​ ອບໍ່ໃຫ້ມີສ່ຽງໄພແກ່ສັດປະເພດນີ້. ໂດຍມີ ວິ ວັ ດ ທະນາການເກີ ດ ຕ່ ຳ , ​ເ ຂດ​ທີ່ ຢູ່ ​ຂ ອງ​ຊ້ າ ງ​ຖື ກ ​ຄຸ ກ ​ຄ າມ​ ສູງ​ ແລະ ​ມີ​ການລ່າຊ້າງສູງ, ຊ້າງລາວໄດ້ປະເຊີນຫນ້າກັບ ການຕໍ່ ສູ້ ທ່ີ ພູ ສູ ງ ຖ້ າ ພວກມັ ນ ຕ້ ອ ງການຢາກມີ ຊີ ວ ດຢູ່ ລ ອດ. ຜູ້ຈັດງານບຸນຊ້າງ, ໂຄງການຊ້າງ ອາຊີ ເຊື່ອຫມັ້ນວ່າ ບຸນ ຊ້າ ງຈະເພີ່ມການຮັກສາໃຫ້ທີ່ນີ້ເປັນດິນແດນຖິ່ນກ ​ ຳ​ເນີ​ດ ທີ່ບໍ່ຖືກ ຫຼົງລືມຂອງຊ້າງ. ໂດຍໄດ້ເລີ່ມ​ເຮັດ​ວຽກ​ກັບ ໂຄງການຊ້າງອາຊີຢູ່​ລາວ​ຕັ້ງ​ແຕ່​ ປີ 2006 ຊຶ່ງຈຸດປະສົງ ​ເພື່ອອະນຸລັກຮ ​ ັກສາ ແລະ ເພີ້ມການ ຂະຫຍາຍຈຳນວນຊ້າງລາວ ແລະ ສະພາບການ​ໃຊ້ແ ​ ຮງ​ງານ

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So start your journey to Paklay on Friday morning and leave Sunday afternoon to experience all the festival has to offer. Local buses regularly leave Luang Prabang and Vientiane for Paklay. Or hire a car and travel in comfort. For those wanting to learn more about the festival, accommodation and transport arrangements, please visit the official Elephant Festival website at: http://www.laoelephantfestival.com Here you can download maps, further event information, frequently asked questions and the festival program guide. Up to date information is also available on ElefantAsia’s website www.elephantasia.org Feel free to contact the event organiser on info@elefantasia.org, who will be happy to answer any of your questions. We’ll see you in Paklay with the pachyderms!

You can visit the festival from 18th to 20th February 2011

ກັບຊ້າງບ້ານລາວ ຊ້າງເກືອບທຸກໂຕ ໄດ້​ຖືກນ ​ ຳ​ໃຊ້ໃນ​ ​​ ອຸດ​ ສະ​ຫາ​ກຳ​ລາກ​ແກ່ໄ​ ມ້ ໂຄງການຊ້າງອາຊີ ໄດ້ປະກອບສ່ວນ​ ໃນ​ການ​ເບິ່ງແ ​ ຍງ​ດູ​ແລ​ຊ້າງ, ຝຶກອົບຮົມ ຄວານຊ້າງ ແລະ ໃຫ້ຂໍ້ແນະນຳ ເຈົ້າຂອງຊ້າງເພື່ອຕິດຕາມຮັບປະກັນການລ້ຽງດູ​ ສັດລ້ຽງ​ຂະໜາດ​ໃຫ່ຍຂອງ​ພວກ​ເຂົາ ໄດ້ຮັບການປົກປ້ອງທີ່ດີ ຈາກ ຄວາມໂຫດຮ້າຍ ຄວາມເຈັບປວດ ແລະ ສຸຂະພາບທີ່ດີ. ໂຄງການຊ້າງອາຊີ ຍັງໃຫ້ຊ້າງ​ໄດ້​ແຜ່ພັນ - ຊ້າງນ້ອຍທີ່ມີ. ຍັງກາຍ​ເປັນຂອງຂວັນ ແກ່ເຈົ້າຂອງຊ້າງ, ໂຄງການຊ້າງອາຊີ ໄດ້ ​ເ ຮັ ດ ​ສຳ​ເ ລັດ ​ການ​ໃຫ້ ​ກຳ​ເ ນີ ​ດ​ແ ກ່ ​ລູກ ​ຊ້ າ ງ​ໃນ​ທົ່ວ ​ໂ ລກ​ມ າ​ ແລ້ວ ແລະ ຈະ​ນຳ​ເອົາ​ລູກຊ ​ ້າງ​ເຫຼົ່າ​ນັ້ນມາສະ​ແດງ ໃນງານບຸນ ຊ້າງປີ 2011 ອີກດ້ວຍ. ດັ່ ງ ນັ້ ນ ກາ​ນ ​ເ ລີ່ ​ມ ຕົ້ ນ ການເດິ ນ ທາງຂອງທ່ າ ນມາເມື ອ ງ ປາກລາຍ ໃນຕອນເຊົ້າວັນສຸກ ແລະ ອອກໄປຈາກງານ ເວລາບ່າຍຂອງ ວັນອາທິດ ເພື່ອສຳພັດກັບງານທີ່ຈັດຂຶ້ນ, ລົດ ເມທ້ອງຖິ່ນປົກກະຕິອອກຈາກຫຼວງພະບາງ ແລະ ວຽງຈັນ ຫາປາກລາຍ ຫຼື ຈະເຊົ່າລົດ ແລະ ເດິນທາງດ້ວຍຄວາມ ສະດວກສະບາຍ ສຳລັບຜູ້ຕ້ອງການຂໍ້ມ ​ ູນຕ ​ ື່ມກ່ຽວກັບງານບຸນ, ໄສ ແລະ ການກະກຽມການເດິນທາງ

ການພັກພາອາ

ກະລຸນເບິ່ງທີ່ເວັບໄຊ ງານບຸນຊ້າງທາງການ http://www.laoelephantsfestival.com. ທີ່ນີ້ທ່ານຈະໄດ້ ເຫັນແຜນທີ່ ຂໍ້ມູນກ່ຽວກັບງານບຸນ. ຈົ່ງຖາມຕິດຕ ​ ໍ່​ກັນເ​ ລື້ອຍໆ ແລະ ປື້ມລາຍການນຳທ່ຽວ. ຂໍ້ມູນລ້າສ ​ ຸດຍັງມີທີ່ເວັບໄຊຂອງງານຊ້າງ www.elefantasia.org ກະລຸນາ ຖາມຜູ້ຈັດງານບຸນ ທີ່ info@elefantsasia.org, ມີຜູ້ ທີ່ມີຄວາມຍິນດີຕອບທຸກຄຳຖາມຂອງທ່ານ. ພວກເຮົາຫວັງວ ​ ່າ​ ຈະ​ໄດ້​ພົບກ ​ ັນກ ​ ັບທ ​ ່ານທີ່ບ ​ ຸນຊ ​ ້າງ.

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by Xaixana Champanakone at Khop Chai Deu Restaurant

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Kin Khao – ‘eat rice’ is the daily celebration of life, and the way of cooking what you ‘eat with rice’ – kin kap khao – reflects the Lao attitude to life : Simplicity Three rocks, some firewood and a pot will do the trick, and a mortar and pestle would come in handy. Ah, and a steam pot and bamboo basket! You buy fresh in the market what has been newly gathered and caught along the rivers, in the fields and in the jungle - vegetables, leaves, herbs and fish. Whatever livestock runs around the house yard makes for a feast. Bamboo skewers grill things on the fire while banana leave wrappings roast food in the hot ashes or steam it in the bamboo basket; the pot cooks soups and stews, and fries the odd meat. Mortar and pestle pound roots and spices, chilli pastes and the life sustaining papaya salad; and the steamer and basket makes a home for it all with sticky rice. With few tools and some herbs the Lao know to magically produce culinary delight, finelybalanced in flavour, varied in preparation, all of it ultra healthy - light and fresh. Cooking and life - simple, immediate, receiving the abundance of nature with humility. Every meal is Thanksgiving, an auspicious and merry occasion blessed by the presence of family, friends, neigbours and colleagues … or you as the guest, anytime. Where does this leave you? Venture on foot or by kayak into the deep countryside for a ‘homestay’, eat in the local street stalls or bypass exercise and culture shock and go adventuring at a restaurant dedicated to serving Lao food in style. Where daily meals are ‘ingenuity in simplicity’ – sticky rice, a chilli dip, something grilled and something boiled, all of which is accompanied by mountains of fresh herbs – festive occasions justify the extra effort to produce some of the Lao signature dishes to be featured in this magazine’s next issues together with everyday fare for healthy sustenance : Copyright © Vincent Fischer-Zernin 2010

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The Lao Classic - papaya salad, grilled chicken and sticky rice Tam mak-houng or ‘pounded papaya’ is the celebrated national dish. There’s hardly a meal without it, and for Lao travelling abroad its absence seriously affects physical and mental well-being. Made of shredded green papaya, the sourness is augmented by plenty of lime juice, spiced with chillies and garlic and seasoned with fermented fish or fish sauce and sugar. Roasted peanuts top it all while cabbage and crackling pork skin are served along side. The soothing pop-pok sound made by the pestle hitting the mortar assures that salvation is in the making. String beans and cucumber are common variations sometimes mixed with soft rice flower noodles. For some creative input choose green mango, grapefruit, cabbage or carrot. Khop Chai Deu Restaurant serves banana flower as its speciality.

Ping gai or ‘grilled chicken’, there’s no festival without rickety tables are loaded with succulently marinated chicken halfs. Split bamboo sticks hold these ready for grilling to juicy perfection. For self respecting Lao only free range chicken will do, industrial fast food still needs to make inroads here. Nothing is discarded, intestines are simply threaded on bamboo skewers awaiting further action. Connoiseurs will delightedly nibble away at the popular chicken feet, so much for chicken feed.


Khao nio or ‘sticky rice’ is glutinous rice wich is eaten with your fingers. Kneaded into a big ball in the palm of your left hand, those grains will stick to themselves, and not to you. Tear off morsels with which you pick up the dry food on offer; hands on - delicious. This way of eating explains the ever-present handwash bassins conveniently placed in the middle of restaurants or the corners of private dining rooms. Once you’ve finished replace the lid on the rice bamboo basket or your wife may well divorce you, believe it or not! See you for the next issue

Lao Food and The Essence of Life

- the book by Xaixana Champanakone is available at Monument Books in Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Pakse or online at tropicaldesignfz.net/book

Khop Chai Deu, located next to the Fountain in the center of Vientiane, serves all these exotica in a very cosmopolitan way; here you only have to be adventurous enough to pick up the spoon and tug in.

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Aluna and the new sound She is one of the most awarded Lao pop stars in 2010, has published her first book and also runs the family business: a resort in Vang Vieng. As if that wasent already enough, she is now on the hunt for a brand new sound combining pop with traditional Mua Lam, seeking to distance herself from Thai and K-pop by adding some completely new and original features to her music. You would expect that a young woman working as hard as this was driven by a strong desire for ultimate success, yet it turns out to be something very different that drives Aluna forward these days!

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It all started back in 2002: “I was just really bored with life”! Aluna says in her regular straightforward way. “ I wasn’t happy at all. It seems like life was just so predictable. I had finished my bachelors and all that was ahead was a masters and the onto making money and getting married… So I took off for Europe to study French. I never got to study much but just ended up travelling around Europe. I did 5 countries alone, and my friends back home said to me that I wasn’t acting like a Lao girl at all; actually more like a westerner. In hind sight it was pretty crazy, but it ended up changing my life!” As it turned out Aluna attended a music festival in France and suddenly a whole new world had opened up to her: “When I heard all that music playing it got me really curious… all those instruments. OMG is that what I have been missing”? When Aluna returned to Laos with her newfound inspiration it just happened to coincide with a major change in the entertainment scene of the country as the MoIC (Ministry of Information and Culture) decided to allow the publication and playing of songs with lyrics about romantic love in 2003. “After the music festival experience I just kind of grabbed a guitar and started writing a song in Lao. I had written songs that I had played for friends before, but this was somehow different”. In the beginning Aluna was writing traditional pop music but recently something new has happened: “It has become something of a mission to me to do contemporary music. It can be pretty hard, because the record companies are really not very interested in new music because it does’nt really sell. My fans love candy words and sweet music. They, like me, are afraid to come out of the box and get used to something new”. When asked what this whole “new thing” is about she 18

pauses for a moment, and it is clear that this is something very personal and not just part of a career move for her: “You know… the Aluna package has become less fake lately. Each day she tries to educate her fans to love the real her. She is pulling down the curtain more and more. It is a general problem in pop culture: we please our fans but suffer inside”. Faced with the Possibility that her fans are not ready to accept this new approach to her music she is very clear: “I am quite prepared for that! At the end of the day it is all about love for me. I just want to express myself. In the past I felt like I had to be beautiful everyday. I had to put on make up everyday even when I didn’t wanted to. Now I just have to ask: you love me or you love the make up”?


So what is next for Aluna? “I am looking for a new sounds, and I think it will take forever!” “I am trying to break free from this commercial world. I just want to be pure and honest, that’s all”. “Right now we are doing a lot of experiments in the studio. I am working with some really great musicians. Nowadays we have so much more freedom. I mean I can do all by myself in the studio. I compose, produce and perform… Its pretty much DIY music these days” Even though She is really conscious about this new mission: to be honest and free, Aluna is not shy to admit that she owns a lot to her fans: “I traveled all over US, Japan, Shanghai, Cambodia and from the very north of my country and down south to Pakse. It all happened because of the support of my fans, and this is why I own them to be

real and share my story with them. I own them good lyrics and this is what I do through the stories I share in my music. For instance the song Sia Dai (regret) I tell them a real story that happened to 3 of my friends. They all lost people close to them. 2 of them lost a father and one lost her son. It is all about this moment. This is also what the Buddhist teachings are about. Yesterday is already gone. Nobody knows tomorrow. Always remember to tell people that you love them”! Whichever way it turns out for Aluna and her new sound it seems certain that it will have a strong impact on both her self and her fans. Most of all it seems to hold the possibility of creating totally new impulse in the Lao entertainment industry. It might even be a return to the creative art impulse that lies behind traditional Lao music rather than empty copy entertainment that has been around since pop music first came to Laos 19


Adventure of a Life Time

The Thrill is on!

It’s a misty day, blurring the view of the mountains and the Mekong plains underneath. The turboprop engines hum calmly while I am sitting in the plane from Vientiane to Pakse, buzzing with high expectations in anticipation of the unknown. Still 20 minutes to go. Finally, the announcement ‘we are landing at Pakse International Airport’… I am ready for an adventure! When the news made its round that Green Discovery opened a new adventure highlight in the Dong Hua Sao mountain range just a stone’s throw from the southern province’s capital, promising a true adrenaline rush, I wanted to be there. I’ve never done a zip-line before! Not much later I am sitting with four other people from Sweden and England in a van carrying us out of town towards the Bolaven Plateau, Laos’ famous coffee region. The Bolaven is believed to be a dead, withered volcano leaving nothing to remember but fertile soil for the coffee gourmet’s delight. After less than 50 km up-hill drive on a good provincial road and already approaching the little town of Paksong, we turn right into a ‘dirt’ road. The following 12 km bumpy track to Ban Nongluang is occasionally tossing and turning my bones, and Sven, a guy surely measuring more than 1.80 m struggles to duck his head with each pot hole. ‘Bor phen nyang’, the typical Lao lowlander village quickly appears at the horizon. The guides are already waiting for us. Cheerful greetings, some warm-up chat - and ‘let’s go lads!’ The mood of all of us is up-beat. A good group obviously, considering that we were strangers to each other just a couple of hours ago. Before hitting the trek, the guides, true experts in their field, briefed us about what we have to expect and the brand new equipment we’re going to use. Safety is a great concern and we feel good about it. Our hike then leads us over rolling hills, through neat vegetable gardens and well maintained coffee plantations, here and there dispersed by unruly shrub land. It doesn’t take long and dense forest is gradually taking over. Waterfalls, steep gorges, flower-studded plateaus, the way impresses by the sheer diversity of natural beauty.

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ຊີວິດ​ຜະຈົນໄ​ ພ ຄວາມ​ຕື່ນໃ ​ ຈ​ທີ່​ບໍ່​ສີ້​ນສຸດ ມື້​ນັ້ນທ ​ ້ອງຟ້າມ ​ ຶ​ດສະ​ຫຼົວ, ພາບ​ວິວທິວ​ທັດ ຕາມ​ ສາຍພູ ​ແລະ ​ແມ່​ນ້ຳຂອງ ​ແມ່ນປ ​ ົກຄ ​ ຸມໄ​ ປ​ດ້ວຍ​ຂີ້​ເຝື້ອ.​ ເຄື່ອງ​ຈັກ​​ໃບ​ພັດອາຍ​ພົນໄ​ ດ້​ສົ່ງສ ​ ຽງຮືມໆ ​ແບບ​ງຽບໆ​ ໃນ​ເວລາ ທີ່​ຂ້ອຍ​ຂີ່​​ເຮືອບິນ​ຈາກ ວຽງ​ຈັນ ຫາ​ເມືອງ​ ປາກ​ເຊ. ຂ້ອຍໄດ້ເ​ ກີດມ ​ ີ​ອາການໃຈ​ຈົດໃ ​ ຈ​ຈໍ່ ​ໃນ​ໃຈ​ ນຳ​ສິ່ງທີ່ບ ​ ໍ່​ເຄີຍພ ​ ົບເ​ ຫັນ. ຍັງເ​ ຫຼືອພ ​ ຽງ​ແຕ່ 20 ນາທີ ທີ່​ ເຮືອບິນຈ ​ ະ​ບິນເ​ ຖິງຈ ​ ຸດຫມາຍ ​ແຕ່ແ ​ ລ້ວ​ໃນ​ທສ ີ່​ ຸດກ ​ ໍ່​ໄດ້​ ຍິນຄ ​ ຳ​ປະກາດ ວ່າ​ເຄື່ອງ​ບິນພວກ​ເຮົາ​ກຳລັງຈ ​ ະ​ລົງສ ​ ູ່​ ສະໜາມ​ບິນນ ​ າໆ​ຊາດ ທີ່ເ​ ມືອງ​ປາກ​ເຊ. ເ​ ມື່ອໄ​ ດ້​ຮຂ ູ້​ ່າວ​ວ່າ ບໍລິສັດ ກຼີນ ດິດສະ​ໂກ​ເວີຣິ (​ Green Discovery) ໄດ້​ເປີດ ຈຸດ​ທ່ອງ​ທ່ຽວ​ຜະຈົນໄ​ ພ​ໃຫມ່ ​ທີ່​ເຂດ​ສາຍພູ ດົງຫ ​ ົວ​ ສາວ ທີ່ຢູ່ ​ໃກ້ໆກ ​ ັບ ​ເມືອງປາກ​ເຊ ​ເປັນຂ ​ ່າວ​ທີ່​ສ້າງ​ຄວາມ​ກະຕືລື​ ລົ້ນໃ ​ ຫ້ຂ ​ ້ອຍ​ວ່າ​ຕ້ອງ​ໄປ​ເຖິງທ ​ ີ່​ນັ້ນໃ ​ ຫ້ໄ​ ດ້ ​ເພາະ​ຂ້ອຍ​ເອງ​ກໍ່​ຍັງບ ​ ໍ່​ ເຄີຍໄ​ ດ້​ຂີ່ ຊິບ ​ ລາຍ (Zip-Line)​ມາ​​ແຕ່ກ ​ ່ອນ​ເລີຍ. ເ​ ມື່ອຮ ​ ອດ​ເມືອງ​ປາກ​ເຊ ບໍ່​ດົນປ ​ ານ​ໃດ ​ກໍ່​ໄດ້​ຂີ່​ລົດຕູນ ້​ ້ອຍ​ຄັນໜ ​ ຶ່ງ​ ກັບເ​ ພື່ອນສີ່ຄ ​ ົນ ທີ່​ມາ​ຈາກ​ປະ​ເທດ​ ສະ​ວິ​ເດັນ ​ແລະ ອັງກິດ ອອກ​ ຈາກ​ຕົວ​ເມືອງ ​ໄປ​ທາງ​ພູພຽງ​ບໍລເິ​ ວນ ​ເຂດ​ກາ​ເຟທີ່ມ ​ ີ​ຊື່​ສຽງ​ຂອງ​ ​ ານ​ ປະ​ເທດ​ລາວ​​ເປັນເ​ ຂດ​ພໄູ​ ຟ​ເກົ່າ ​ແຕ່ດ ​ ຽວນີ້ເ​ ປັນເ​ ຂດ​​ແຫ່ງກ ຜະລິດກ ​ າ​ເຟ. ຕາມ​ເສັ້ນທາງ​ຂຶ້ນເ​ ປີ້ນພູ ບໍ່​ເຖິງ 50 ກມ ​ແລະ ​ເກືອບ​ໄປ​ຮອດ​ ເມືອງ​ປາກ​ຊ່ອງ ລົດລ້ຽວ​ຂວາ ​ຕາມ​ທາງດິນແ ​ ດງ ​ເຂົ້າຫ ​ າ​ບ້ານ​ ໜອງ​ຫຼວງ. ຕາມ​ສາຍ​ທາງ ກະດູກສ ​ ັນຫຼັງຂ ​ ້ອຍ​ກໍ່​ຖືກ ຍວກ​ໄປ​ຍວກ​ ມາ ແລະ ທ່ານ​ສະ​ເວນ (Sven) ​ເພື່ອນ​ຊາຍ​ທີ່​ສູງ ກວ່າ 180 ຊມ,​ ໄດ້ອົດທົນກ ​ ົ້ມຫ ​ ົວຕ ​ າມເສັ້ນທາງ​ຂຸມຮ ​ ັງ​ໄກ່ ​ເຮັດ​ໃຫ້​ ຫົວ​ປັກຫ ​ ົວ​ປ່ຳ​ ແຕ່ກໍ່ “ບໍ່ເ​ ປັນຫຍ ​ ັງ” ຄໍາ​ເວົ້າທ ​ ີ່​ເປັນ​ເອກະລັກຂອງ​ຄົນລາວ ພວກ​ ເຮົາ​ໄດ້​ເຫັນບ ​ ້ານ​ປະຊາຊົນລ ​ າວ​ລຸ່ມ. ​ພວກ​ນຳ​ທ່ຽວ​ໄດ້​ລໍຖ້າພ ​ ວກ​ ເຮົາ​ແລ້ວ. ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ເລີ້ມ ທັກທ ​ າຍ​ກັນແ ​ ບບ​ມ່ວນ​ຊື່ນ ​ແລະ ຈາກ​ ນັ້ນກ ​ ໍ່​ເດີນທາງຕໍ່. ອາລົມຂ ​ ອງ​ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ຮ້ອນ​ຂຶ້ນ ​ ສັງເ​ ກດ​ວ່າ ພວກ​ເຮົາ ​ເປັນຄ ​ ົນ ຕ່າງປະ​ເທດ​ນຳ​ກັນ. ​ແຕ່ສ ​ ອງ​ສາມ​ຊົ່ວໂມງ​ຜ່ານ​ໄປ ກ່ອນ​ຈະ​ເຂົ້າ​ ປ່າ ຜູ້ນຳ​ທ່ຽວ ​ໄດ້​ເລົ່າ​ໂດຍ​ຫຍໍ້ ກັບສ ​ ິ່ງທີ່ພ ​ ວກເຮົາຈະໄດ້ພົບເຫັນ​ ແລະ ຍີ່​ຫໍ້​ຂອງ​ອຸປະກອນ​ຕ່າງໆ ທີ່​ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ຈະ​ໃຊ້. ຕ້ອງ​ປອດ​ ໄພ​ໄວ້​ກ່ອນ ນັ້ນ​ຄື​ບັນຫາ​ທີ່​ຕ້ອງ​ເອົາໃຈ​ໃສ່ ​ແລະ ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ ຮັບຟັງດ້ວຍຄວາມດີໃຈ. ການ​ເດີນທາງພວກ​ເຮົາ​ໄດ້ ຂຶ້ນໂ ​ ນນ​ພູ ຜ່ານ ສວນ​ຜັກ ​ແລະ ປ່າກ ​ າ​ເຟທີ່ຖ ​ ືກບ ​ ົວລະບັດເ​ ປັນຢ ​ ່າງ​ດີ ຕາມ​ ທາງ​ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ໄດ້ ​ເຫັນພ ​ ຸ່ມໄ​ ມ້ ​ເປັນຍ ​ ່ານໆ. ຈາກ​ນັ້ນ ກໍ່ເ​ ຫັນປ ​ ່າ​ ໄມ້ ຕຶບຫນາ​​ໃນ​ນັ້ນ ຍັງ​ມີ​ນ້ຳຕົກຕາດ, ຜາ​ຊັນ ​ແລະ ດອກ​ໄມ້ຂອງ​ ພູ​ພຽງ, ​ເປັນເ​ ສັ້ນ​ທາງທີ່ພົບກັບ ຊີວິດ ຊິ​ວະນະໆ​ພັນ ​ແລະ ທຳ​ມະ​ ຊາດ ສ ​ ົດສ ​ ວຍ​ງົດງ​ າມ ທີ່ແທ້ຈິງ.

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On the way downhill we have to cross a deep ravine on a long and shaky ‘canopy walkway’ - a first test of my adventurous spirits. Deeper down we find ourselves actually inside a huge valley basin. It seems there are waterfalls everywhere, thundering down steep cliffs - the largest more than 100 m, I guess. What a spectacle, what a sound! We finally have reached our destination with the first set of 8 (!) zip-lines. By seeing the first cable, I must admit, I feel more than just scared, as I am not exactly comfortable with heights. My friends are less reluctant and jump joyously down the platforms high up in the trees. Taking all my courage I follow suit, zig-zagging through the deep gorge, feeling the cool spoondrift in front of the giant water wall while cutting through rainbows and thundering noise. The sheer amazement of the scenic views combined with the great sense of professional care and circumspect from the guides’ side quickly allow me to relax and enjoy the experience of one of the most thrilling rides so fare on the journey I call life.

ທີ່ຕາມທາງລົງຄ້ອຍ ພວກ​ເຮົາ ​ໄດ້​ຂ້າມ​ຫ້ວຍເລິກ, ​​ຍ່າງ​​ ໄກສົມຄວນ ​​ເປັນກ ​ ານທົດສ ​ ອບຢ່າງ​ໜຶ່ງ​ຂອງ ຊີວິດ​ຜະຈົນໄ​ ພ. ຍີ່​ງ ລົງຕ ​ ່ຳ​ຕາມ​ຄ້ອຍ​ເທົ່າ​ໃດ ພວກ​ເຮົາກໍ່ໄດ້ພົບຮ ​ ່ອມ​ພູ ທີ່​ກວ້າງ​ໃຫຍ່​ ແລະ ທີ່​ເຂດ​ນັ້ນ​ກໍ່​ຍັງມ ​ ີ​ນ້ຳຕົກຕາດ ຫຼາຍ​ແຫ່ງ ສົ່ງ​ສຽງກຶກກ້ອງ ຕາມ ຜາ​ຊັນ ບາງ​ຕາດ​ກໍ່​ສູງກ ​ ວ່າ 100 ແມັດ ມັນເ​ ປັນທ ​ ັດສະ​ນິຍະ​ ພາບ ທີ່ຕ ​ ື່ນເ​ ຕັ້ນ ແ ​ ລະ ດຶງດ ​ ູດຈ ​ ິດ​ໃຈຫຼາຍ!. ​ ນ​ທີ່​ສຸດ ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ກໍ່​ມາ​ເຖິງຈ ໃ ​ ຸດ​ທຳ​ອິດຂອງຊຸດ 8 ຄົນ. ​ເມື່ອ​ ເຫັນສາຍ​ລວດ​ເສັ້ນທ ​ ຳ​ອິດ ກໍ່ຮູ້ສຶກ​ຕົກໃ ​ ຈກັບຄ ​ ວາມ​ສູງຊ ​ ັນ ພວກ​ ເພື່ອນໆ​ບໍ່​ຕື່ນເ​ ຕັ້ນຫຍ ​ ັງ ​ແລະ ​ໂດດ​ລົງໃ ​ ສ່ແ ​ ຜ່ນກ ​ ະດານທີ່ຢູ່ຕົ້ນໄມ້ ຢ່າງ​ມ່ວນ​ຊື່ນ. ​ຂ້ອຍໃຊ້ຄວາມກ້າຫານຂອງຂ້ອຍຂຶ້ນຂີ່ສາຍ​ລວດ​ ຫຼັງ ​ ຜ່ານ​ຮ່ອມ​ພູ ທີ່ສ ​ ູງຊ ​ ັນວົກໄ​ ປ​ວຽນມາ, ຮູ້ສຶກ​ຫນາວ​ເຢັນ, ຢູ່​ ຕໍ່ຫນ້າ​ຂ້ອຍໄດ້ເຫັນນ້ຳ​ຕົກຕ ​ າດ​ໃຫຍ່ ແລະ ພາບ​ວິວຂອງ​ຮຸ້​ງກິນ​ ນ້ຳ ​ແລະ​ສຽງ​ນ້ຳຕົກຄ ​ ້າຍ​ກັບຟ ​ ້າຮ້ອງ. ຄວາມ​ຮູ້ສຶກມ່ວນ​ຊື່ນກັບທິວ​ ທັດ ບວກ​ກັບຄວາມ​ເຝົ້າ​ຄອຍ​ດູ​ແລ ຂອງ​ຜູ້ນຳ​ທ່ຽວ ທີ່ຊ ​ ຳ​ນານ​ງານ​ ແລະ ຮອບ​ຄອບ ຂ້ອຍ​ໄດ້​ຮັບ​ອະນຸຍາດ​ໃຫ້ພ ​ ັກຜ່ອນ ​ແລະ ມ່ວນ​ ຊື່ນກັບຄວາມ​ເປັນໜ ​ ຶ່ງ ​ແຫ່ງຄ ​ ວາມຫວາດ​ສຽວ​ ທີ່ສ ​ ຸດຄ ​ ັ້ງໜ ​ ຶ່ງ ​ໃນ​ ຊີວິດ​ຂອງ​ຂ້ອຍ.

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​ ວກເຮົາມີການຊັກຊ້າ ແລະ ມັນກ ພ ​ ເໍ່​ ປັນເ​ ວລາ​ຄ່ຳ​ແລງ​ແດ່ແ ​ ລ້ວ ຄວາມ​ຕື່ນເ​ ຕັ້ນໃ ​ ນການ​ຂຶ້ນຂ ​ ີ່ຊບ ິ​ ລາຍ ​ເຮັດ​ໃຫ້ພ ​ ວກ​ເຮົາ​ລືມເ​ ວລາ. ຫຼັງຈ ​ າກ ທີ່ພ ​ ວກ​ເຮົາ​ໄດ້​ຜ່ານ​ການ​ປະຈົນໄ​ ພ ​ແລະ ​ໄດ້​ເດີນທາງ​ ຍ່າງ​ກັບຄ ​ ືນ ກໍ່​ມາ​ຮອດ​ຄ້າຍ​ພັກແ ​ ຮມ ​ຊື່​ງ​ເອີ້ນວ ​ ່າ “ໂຮງ​ແຮມ​ໃນ​ ປ່າ” ທີ່​ຕັ້ງຢ ​ ູ່​ຕາມ​ຮ່ອມ​ພູ. ​ເປັນບ ​ ້ານ​ແບບ​ນິຍາຍ ມີ​ແສງ​ສະຫວ່າງ ຂອງ​ແມງ​ຫິງຫ ​ ້ອຍ​​ທີ່​ປະ​ທັບໃ ​ ຈ​​ແລະ ມ່ວນ​ຊື່ນ ທີ່ຢໃ ູ່​ ນ​ປ່າ ຄືໄ​ ດ້​ພົບ​ ກັບແ ​ ສງ​ໄຟຟ້າໃ ​ ນ​ຕອນ​ກາງຄືນ​ ​ ລະ ​“ເປັນພ ແ ​ ຽງ ມຸມໜຶ່ງ” ທີ່ໄ​ ດ້​ພົບຫຼ ​ ັງຈ ​ າກ​ໄດ້ ຟັງ ນ້ຳຕົກຕາດ​ ແລ້ວ, ມັນເ​ ປັນຄວາມ​ງຽບ​ສະຫງັດທ ​ ີ່ ຫນ້າ​ຊົງຈຳ ​ ພວກເຮົາໄ​ ດ້​ ພັກຜ່ອນ ​ແລະ ທ່ຽວອ້ອມສະຖານ​ທີ່ ​ ​ເພື່ອຊ ​ ົມ ສິ່ງທີ່ມ ​ ີ​ຊີວິດ​ຕົວ​ ນ້ອຍໆ ຕາມ​ພຸ່ມໄມ້ ​​ ​ກ່ອນ​ຈະ​ເຂົ້າ​ນອນ ​ແຕ່ສ ​ ະຖານ​ທີ່​ນີ້​ຍັງມ ​ ີ​ສີສັນ​ ໄປ​ດ້ວຍ​ແມ​ງກະ​ເບື້ອ ​ແລະ ຍັງມ ​ ີດ​ອກ​ໄມ້ ​ແຕ່ກ ​ ໍ່​ຍັງມ ​ ີ​ແສງ​ສະຫວ່າງ ຈາກ​ແສງຕາ​ເວັນ ກ່ອນ​ຈະ​ຈາກ​ໄປ ​ແລະ ກິ່ນອ ​ າຍ​ຂອງປ່າໄ​ ມ້ອີກ​ ດ້ວຍ. ການ​ໂຕນ​ລົງສ ​ ະ​ລອຍ​ນ້ຳ​ທຳ​ມະ​ຊາດ ​ເຮັດ​ໃຫ້ພ ​ ວກ​​ເຮົາ​ລືມຄ ​ ວາມ​ ອິດເ​ ມື່ອຍ ​​ເຮັດ​ໃຫ້ພ ​ ະລັງງານ​ຂອງ​ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ກັບຄ ​ ືນມ ​ າ​ຈາກ​ຫ້ວຍ​ ນໍ້າ​ໃນ​ປ່າ. ຂ້ອຍ​ຮູ້ສຶກ​ດີ​ໃຈ​ພ້ອມ​ກັບສ ​ ົ່ງສ ​ ຽງ​ຫົວຢ່າງ​ມ່ວນ​ຊື່ນ ປະສານ​ກັບສ ​ ຽງ​ນ້ຳ​ຕົກຕ ​ າດ​ທີ່ຢບ ູ່​ ໍລເິ​ ວນ​ນັ້ນ.

We’re quite late and it’s getting dark already. With all this zip-lining excitement we almost forgot the time. After crossing another, shorter canopy walkway, all of the sudden the camp, our “jungle hotel’’, opens up in the valley below us. A fairy tale village, marvelously illuminated with, as it appeared to me, countless tiny lights deep in the forest! What an impression! The contrast couldn’t be stronger and more amazing: being in a distant forest the least you expect is electricity promising some comfort for the night. And just “around the corner”, after all day with the noise of thundering waterfalls, it can be remarkably silent and peaceful. We enjoy some time to relax, walk around, and to discover so many tiny details hidden in the lush vegetation before nigh falls completely. Here a colorfully fluorescent butterfly resting on a dark green leaf, there a flower boldly peeping out of the leaf wall in the shade but perfectly illuminated by the few last sun rays piercing through the fabric of the canopy. The earthy smell of the forest is simply compelling. A jump into a natural swimming pool below gives us back some energy after the tiring hike through the steamy wilderness. My spirits are high and our joyous laughter echoes from the rock walls surrounding us. 24


It’s time for dinner and the camp restaurant offers simple but mouth-watering Lao village food and gorgeous BBQs. Completely recharged, I am gliding on a short zip-line to the cottage assigned to me. A “Forest Hotel” in the tree tops, resembling a miniature 6-house village or a couple of giant weaver bird cocoons! The stunning views from my temporary home are hard to put into words. My hut is facing the magnificent waterfalls, while others immerse in the green of the forest or grant dreamlike vistas of the Mekong plains just 25 km away in the mist. I sense the scent of fresh wood filling the room. Tiny hydropower generators, hidden somewhere in the nearby waterfall, produce completely clean and renewable energy for lights and other facilities in the hut or the camp, respectively. I even call a toilet my own. The shower, however, I have to take in the bathroom close to the restaurant – with hot and cold shower nonetheless.

ເປັນເ​ ວລາ​ອາຫານ​ຄ່ຳ ທີ່ຮ ​ ້ານ​ອາຫານ ປະຈຳ ​ຄ້າຍພັກແ ​ ຮມ ​ໄດ້​ ໃຫ້ການ​ບໍລິການ​ແບບ​ເປັນກ ​ ັນເ​ ອງ ​ເປັນອ ​ າຫານ ພື້ນບ ​ ້ານ ​ແລະ ບາ​ບຄ ິ​ ິວ ​ເພື່ອເ​ ພີ້ມ ​ ພະລັງຢ ​ ່າງ​ເຕັມສ ​ ່ວນ, ຈາກ​ນັ້ນຂ ​ ້ອຍ​ກໍ່​ກັບຄ ​ ືນ​ ທີ່​ພັກທ ​ ີ່​ໄດ້​ຈ່ອງ​ໄວ້ ​ເປັນໂ ​ ຮງ​ແຮມ​ຢູ່​​ເທິງຕ ​ ົ້ນໄ​ ມ້​ໂດ​ຍຂີ່ຊ ​ ິ​ບລາຍ​ ໄລຍະ​ສັ້ນໆ ມີ​ຢູ່ 6 ຫຼັງ ຫຼື ​​ເອີ້ນ​ກັນວ ​ ່າ ກະ​ຕູບຮ ​ ັງນ ​ ົກ. ທໍາ​ມະ​ ຊາດ ຈາກ​ຕູບພ ​ ັກ ຫາກ​ຍາກ​ທີ່​ຈະ​ພັນລ ​ ະນາ ຕູ​ບຂ້ອຍ​ປິ່ນຫນ ​ ້າ​ ໃສ່ນ ​ ້ຳຕົກຕາດ ທີ່​ມະຫັດສ ​ າ​ຈັນ ​ແຕ່ຕ ​ ູບອ ​ ື່ນໆ​ແມ່ນປ ​ ີ່​ນ​ເຂົ້າ​ປ່າ​ ຫຼື​ ເປັນທ ​ ິວທ ​ ັດ​ ທົ່ງພຽງ​ແຄມ​ຂອງ ພຽງ​ແຕ່ 25 ກມ ຂ້ອຍ​ໄດ້​ຮັບ​ກິ່ນ​ ຫອມຈາກ​ຕົ້ນໄ​ ມ້​ບໍລິສຸດ ຈາກຫ້ອງ​ນອນ​ຂອງ​ຂ້ອຍ. ຈັກ​ໄຟຟ້າຂ ​ ະຫນາດ​ນ້ອຍ​ທີ່​ຕັ້ງເ​ ຊື່ອງ​ໄວ້ ຢູ່​ໃກ້ບ ​ ່ອນ​ນ້ຳຕົກ ​ໄດ້​ສົ່ງ ກະ​ແສ​ໄຟຟ້າ ​ແລະ​ ແສງ​ສະ​ວ່າງ ​ເພື່ອອ ​ ຳນວຍ​ຄວາມ​ສະດວກ​ ຕ່າງໆ​ໃຫ້ແ ​ ກ່ກ ​ ະ​ຕູບ ​ແລະ ​ເຂດ​ຄ້າຍພັກແ ​ ຮມ. ສຳລັບຫ ​ ້ອງ​ນ້ຳ​ ແລ້ວ ​ເຖິງຈ ​ ະ​ບໍ່​ແມ່ນຫ ​ ້ອງ​ນ້ຳ​ສ່ວນ​ຕົວ​ຂອງ​ຂ້ອຍ​ກໍ່​ຕາມ ມັນຕ ​ ັ້ງຢ ​ ູ່​ ໃກ້ຮ ​ ້ານ​ອາຫານ ​ແລະ ສາມາດ​ນຳ​ໃຊ້ ​ໄດ້​ທັງນ ​ ້ຳ​ຮ້ອນ ​ແລະ ນ້ຳ​ ເຢັນ.

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My early morning tea and a European-style breakfast in the jungle restaurant are accompanied by a concert of bird songs. I feel great, but there is no time for romantic debauch. I am eager to go for the zip-line again. Yesterday was the prelude, today is the main act! Some short trekking and there it is, the second and longest set of another 4 lines. No waterfall here, but pristine forest. I jump into the fray, down from the platform high in the trees. Cheeeeaahh. It is hilarious - flying in the midst of the jungle. Only attached to an almost invisible cable, I am on my own in a world I never experienced before. The longest zip-line here is 400 m, endlessly long. Back in the camp in the late afternoon, I quickly retire into my private shelter. Moments of greatness creep into my heart. What a great day! Utterly tired and overwhelmed, I fall asleep instantly.

ກາ​ເຟ ອາຫານ​ເຊົ້າ ​ແລະ ​ແບບ​ເອິລົບ ​ໃນ​ຮ້ານ​ອາຫານ​ໃນ​ປ່າ ຍັງ​ ໄດ້​ຟັງສຽງ ຂັບຂ ​ ານ​ຂອງ​ພວກ​ນົກ ​ເປັນ ຄວາມ​ຮູ້ສຶກແ ​ ບບ​ຍອດ​ ຢ້ຽມ ຄືກ ​ ັບໄ​ ດ້​ພົບກ ​ ັບ ສິ່ງມືນເ​ ມົາ ​ແລະ ຍົ້ວະ​ຍວນ​ໃຈ. ຂ້ອຍ ພ້ອມ​ ແລ້ວ​ທີ່​ຈະ ຂຶ້ນຂ ​ ີ່ ຊິບ ​ ລາຍ​ອີກຕ ​ ໍ່​ໄປ. ມື້ວານ​ຜ່ານ​ມາ​ເປັນ ພຽງແຕ່ ບາດກ້າວ​ເລີ່ມຕົ້ນ ແ ​ ຕ່ມ ​ ື້​ນີ້ ແ ​ ມ່ນຂ ​ ອງ​ແທ້. ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ຍ່າງອ​ອກຈາກ​ຮ້ານ​ອາຫານ ພຽງ​ໜ້ອຍ​ດຽວ ​ແລະ ກໍ່ມ ​ າ​ ເຖິງ ຈຸດ​ທີ​ສອງ ​ແລະ ​ເປັນສ ​ າຍ​ລວດ​ເຫຼັກທີ່ຍ ​ າວ​​ຈຳນວນ 4 ສາຍ.​ ທາງ​ຍ່ານ​ນີ້ ບໍ່ມ ​ນ ີ​ ້ຳຕົກຕາດ ມີ​ແຕ່​ປ່າໄ​ ມ້​ທຳ​ມະ​ຊາດ. ຂ້ອຍ​ເຕັ້ນ​ ຂຶ້ນແຂວນ​ ​​ ສາຍ ​ແລະ ຮ້ອງ​ເປັ່ງສຽງ​ອອກ​ໄປ​ຢ່າງ​ມ່ວນ​ຊື່ນ ຄື​ກັບ​ ຂ້ອຍ​ໄດ້​ບິນ ຢູເ່​ ທິງປ ​ າຍ​ໄມ້​ທີ່​ຊຸ່ມເ​ ຢັນ. ​ເຊືອກ​ລູກລ ​ ໍ້ທຂ ີ່​ ້ອຍ​ຂີ່​ລອຍ​ ໄປ​ຕາມ​ສາຍ​ລວດ​ເຫຼັກ. ຂ້ອຍ​ຮູ້ສຶກຄ ​ ວາມ​ເປັນຕ ​ ົນເ​ ອງ​ຢູ່​ໃນ​ໂລກ​ ແຫ່ງນ ​ ີ້ ທີ່​ຂ້ອຍ​ບໍ່​ເຄີຍໄ​ ດ້​ສຳ​ພັດມາ​ແຕ່ກ ​ ່ອນ​ເລີຍ. ສາຍ​ລວດ​ເຫຼັກ​ ເສັ້ນນ ​ ີ້ ​ແມ່ນ ສາຍຍາວ​ທສ ີ່​ ຸດມ ​ ັນມ ​ຄ ີ​ ວາມ​ຍາວ ​ເຖິງ 400 ​ແມັດ. ເ​ ມື່ອກ ​ ັບຄ ​ ືນທີ່ ​​ ​ພັກ ຂ້ອຍ​ຟ້າວ​ກັບໄ​ ປ​ຫ້ອງ​ນອນ​ເປັນເ​ ວລາ​ທີ່​ສຳຄັນ​ ທີ່​ສຸດໃ ​ ນ​ໃຈ​ຂອງ​ຂ້ອຍ ​ແລະ ຮູ້ສຶກວ ​ ່າ​ມັນ ​ເປັນວ ​ ັນທ ​ ີ່​ຍິ່ງໃ ​ ຫຍ່ ​ແລະ ມີ​ຄວາມ​ອິດເ​ ມື່ອຍ​ ​ແລະ ມ່ວນ​ຊື່ນທ ​ ີ່​ສຸດ ​ແລະ ກໍ່ມ ​ ້ອຍ​ຫລັບລົງໃ ​ ນ​ ທັນໃ ​ ດ. 26


The next day is a day of trekking but also the day of return. We hike through the remnants of a still intact forest with giant trees. I am happy to realize that this zip-line project gives these trees a new lease of life, protecting them from being felled for a few dollars and questionable use.

ວັນ​ຕໍ່​ມາ​ເປັນວ ​ ັນ​ສຸດທ ​ ້າຍ ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ໄດ້​ເດີນຜ ​ ່ານ​ພຸ່ມໄ​ ມ້ ​ແລະ ປ່າ​ ໄມ້​ໃຫຍ່ ​ ​ຂ້ອຍດີໃ ​ ຈ​ທີ່​ເຫັນວ ​ ່າໂ ​ ຄງການ​ນີ້ ສ້າງ​ໃຫ້ປ ​ ່າມ ​ ີ​ຊີວິດໃ ​ ​ຫມ່ ບໍ່​ປະປ່ອຍ​ໃຫ້ມ ​ ີ ການ​ຕັດໄ​ ມ້​ທຳລາຍ​ປ່າເ​ ພື່ອ ​ເງິນໂ ​ ດ​ລາ ​ແລະ ນຳ​ ໃຊ້ແ ​ ບບ​ມີ​ບັນຫາ

But another challenge is waiting for us. Oh no, to continue our walk, a ‘via ferrata’ has to be passed. Iron U-bolts fixed in the rock wall are the only way to give one hold at the steep cliff. I feel my knees softening. But there is no way around! Everyone is secured by harness and safetyline anyway. Clenching our teeth, we do it and finally get out of the valley to reach again the top of the mountain range. For a last time I can enjoy the absolute fantastic views from the plateau: the forest, the waterfalls in the basin we just left behind us, and the mighty Mekong to the west.

ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ຍັງມ ​ ີ​ສິ່ງທ້າທ ​ າຍ​ອື່ນໆ​ອີກລໍຖ້າກ ​ ານ​ຜະຈົນໄ​ ພ​ອີກ ​ແຕ່​ ເທື່ ອ ​ນີ້ ຫາກ​ເ ປັ ນ ​ກ ານ​ເ ດີ ນ ທາງການ​ປີ ນ ປ່ າ ຍ​ຫິ ນ ​ຫ ນາມ​ຫ ນໍ່ ​ ຕິດຕາມ​ພະ​ລານ​ຫີນ ​ແລະ ກໍ່​ເປັນ​ທາງ​ດຽວ​ທີ່​ຈະ​ຜ່ານ​. ຂ້ອຍ​ເກີດ​ ມີ​ອາການຫົວເ​ ຂົ່າ​ອ່ອນ ​ແຕ່ກ ​ ໍ່​ບໍ່​ມີ​ທາງ​ເລືອກ​ອື່ນ ​ແຕ່ລະຄົນ ຕ້ອງ​ ມີ​ເຄື່ອງ​ຄຸ້ມກັນ ​ແລະ ຮັດ​ສາຍ​ແອວ. ​ໂດຍ​ກັດແ ​ ຂ້ວ​ສູ້ ວ່າ​ພວກ​ ເຮົາ​ຕ້ອງ​ຜ່ານ​ໄປ​ໃຫ້ໄ​ ດ້ ​ແລະ ​ໃນ​ທີ່​ສຸດ ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ກໍ່​ຜ່ານ​ຮ່ອມ​ພູ​ ແລະ ກໍ່ພ ​ ົບກ ​ ັບ ຈອມ​ພູ​ຫນ່ວຍ​ໃຫມ່​ອີກ. ​ເປັນຕອນ​ ​​ ທ້າຍ​ໃນ​ການ​ ປີນປ່າຍ ຂ້ອຍ​ມີ​ຄວາມ​ຮູ້ສຶກ​ມ່ວນ​ຫຼາຍ​ກັບເຂດ​ ​​ ພພ ູ​ ຽງ​ບໍລະ​ເວນ​ ໂດຍ​ສະ​ເພາະ​ແມ່ນປ ​ ່າໄ​ ມ້ ນ້ຳຕົກຕາດ ​ແລະ ​ເມກ​ຫມອກ​ຄຸມຢ ​ ູ່​ບົນ​ ແມ່​ນ້ຳຂອງ​ທີ່​ເບື້ອງ​ຕາ​ເວັນ​ຕົກ.

The walk back to Ban Nongluang is an easy one. It is over, but never to forget, a life-time experience of adventure and nature appreciation. Thanks Sven, Karin, Philipp and Tom, and all of you, guides! Soon we’re comfortably sitting in our van, heading for Pakse. Just one thought keeps lingering in my head: When can I return to this incredible place again?

ການ​ຍ່າງ​ກັບຄ ​ ືນເ​ ຂົ້າ​ບ້ານ​ໜອງ​ຫຼວງ ງ່າຍ​ຫຼາຍ ການ​ຜະຈົນໄ​ ພ​ ໄດ້​ສີ້​ນສຸດລົງ ​ແຕ່ ຍັງ​ເຫຼືອແ ​ ຕ່ຄ ​ ວາມ​ຊົງ​ຈຳ ​ໃນ​ຊີວິດ​ໜຶ່ງ​ທີ່​ໄດ້ສ ​ ຳ​ ພັດ ກັບກ ​ ານ​ຜະຈົນໄ​ ພ ​ແລະ ຄຸນຄ່າຂ ​ ອງ​ທຳ​ມະ​ຊາດ. ຂອບ​ໃຈ​ນຳ ທ່ານ ສະ​ເວນ (Sven), ກາຣິດ (Parin), ຟິລິບ (Phillipp) ​ແລະ​ ໂທມ (Tom) ແ ​ ລະ ຜູ້ນຳ​ພາ​ທ່ຽວ ທຸກໆ​ຄົນ. ຈາກ​ນັ້ນພ ​ ວກ​ເຮົາ ກໍ່​ ຂຶ້ນລ ​ ົດຕ ​ ູ້ນ້ອຍ ມຸ່ງຫນ ​ ້າ​ສູ່​ເມືອງ​ປາກ​ເຊ. ສິ່ງທີ່ຍ ​ ັງຝ ​ ັງໄ​ ວ້​ໃນ​ຫົວ​ໃຈ ກໍ່​ແມ່ນວ ​ ່າ ມື້ໃ ​ ດ​ອີກນ ​ ໍ ທີ່ຂ ​ ້ອຍ​ຈະ​ໄດ້​ມໂ ີ​ ອກາດມາສຳ​ພັດກ ​ ັບດ ​ ິນ​ ແດນ​ທີ່​ມະຫັດສ ​ າຈັນແຫ່ ​​ ງນ ​ ີ້​ອີກຕ ​ ື່ມ?

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Sustainable Rattan from Laos Reaches International Markets “That’s rattan”, says Bouaphet Bounsourath, Project Manager of WWF Laos, and points at a very long, thorny liana-like woody plant, clinging onto the trees. “The thorns can be quite nasty if you don’t know how to handle the plant.” This part of the world, the Greater Mekong region, is one of the most diverse on the planet. Within the last decade, more than 1,000 new species have been discovered. The forests of Laos are home to red-shanked doucs and a myriad of various species. But this paradise is threatened by over-extraction of natural resources, wildlife trade, and the devastating impacts of climate change. Rattan is a multi-million dollar business; global trade is estimated at US$2 billion (INBAR, 2009). It plays an important role in creating jobs and income in Laos and its neighboring countries. Rattan may account for up to 50 per cent of the cash income in a community.

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Forest cover in the region has fallen from over 55 per cent in the early 1970s to 34 percent today. Unsustainable rattan harvesting leads to forest degradation and income loss for many people. WWF runs a sustainable rattan program to improve production, ensuring a future supply, and prevent negative impacts on people and the environment. The design of rattan products is key for market access. The producers in the Greater Mekong region need to improve and develop attractive products that meet European market requirements. Therefore, WWF’s rattan program has engaged with designers from Lund University in Sweden, one of the top three design schools in the world to help rattan entrepreneurs in the Greater Mekong region. 28

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The Swedish designer, Ms Therése Broberg spent the past six months in Laos working with rattan producers, processors, and designers, to develop sustainable, clean, and innovative rattan designs. “The rattan product designs from the Greater Mekong region need to improve if we want to be able to compete with China, Indonesia, and Malaysia,” said Ms Sabine GishBoie, WWF’s Rattan Programme Leader. The focus is on price, quality and design, she added. The rattan entrepreneurs and Ms Broberg together have developed more than ten designs within six months. This includes different types of furniture, baskets, and accessories.

© Therése Broberg

”We have worked with simple, light shapes and tried to avoid nails, glues, and other materials. This is new in Laos as the traditional Lao design is ”heavier”. The reactions have been mixed but the interest is growing and many people want to buy the prototypes we have developed together with the factories”, says Therése Broberg. “What the designer has shared with us is knowledge and confidence that we can develop new attractive designs that meet our clients’ requirements,” says Mr. Xaykham Phetmanyvong, the owner of Danlao Factory in Vientiane Province. ”It has been exciting to work both with European procurers and the Asian producers. In Europe, the deadlines are unreasonably tight. In Laos, the deadlines are unnecessarily long. From Laos, I have learned to stress less. To Laos, I have brought that design can lead to economic gains”, Therése Broberg happily concludes. WWF is working with local governments, communities, and entrepreneurs to sustain rattan resources, and to create links to the global market whilst the three designers’ mission ended at the beginning of December. This rattan project is co-funded by the European Union, IKEA, and DEG. © Therése Broberg

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in Champasak Are you looking for something more than the average tourist sightseeing tour? If so then Champasak province is what you want! Millennia of history in the ancient Khmer ruins, breathtaking sceneries on the mighty Mekong, local food and people in the myriad of tribal villages are just some of the gems of this fantastic region. Champasak is the authentic Lao experience! Best way to reach the southern Champasak province is to board a Lao Airlines flight to Pakse.

Irrawaddy freshwater dolphins. Many other towns and villages are just waiting to be rediscovered and all has its own special atmosphere. On top of that, Champasak province offers a wealth of waterfalls, smaller shrines and temples for the intrepid explorers. Food and accommodation is cheap. If you want the full hotel experience Inthira Hotel and Restaurant in Champasak town will certainly cover your needs to an affordable price of 36-71 USD pr night for single or double rooms and bungalows. If you are on a budget or want the authentic Lao experience, a guesthouse can run you as low as a handful of US dollars. These can be found in all towns and cities, even in most villages.

In Pakse rent a 4wheel drive from EUROPCAR, they can meet you as you arrive in the Airport. This will give you absolute freedom of movement. When driving in Laos, you always have to bear in mind that it is not chaos, it is Laos. Do not try to superimpose the western ways of viewing traffic on the Lao roads; it will only get you into trouble. Instead, go with the flow, take it nice and easy and let the Lao traffic move around you. Remember that it is you who are the foreign object in the traffic vein. Champasak is the most southern of the Lao provinces, bordering Thailand and Cambodia, which gives for a very special atmosphere and a variety of places and sites to visit. Besides the cities of Champasak and Pakse and the temple of Vat Phou (an absolute must see) there are the small towns of Don Dhet and Don Khon where you can meet other travelers and if lucky, in Don Khon, get a glimpse of the

Vat Phou : The Mountain Temple ... is an ancient Khmer temple complex located in the southern Champasak province approximately 36 km from Pakse and 6 km from the river Mekong. There are traces of structures dating back to the 5th century although the current temple was constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries. After the Khmer empire declined in the 13th century, the temple was transformed into a Theravada Buddhism place of worship, which it remains to be to this day. Theravada Buddhism is the official Lao religion meaning “the Teaching of the Elders” or “the Ancient Teaching”.

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Bear in mind that the businesses you visit has to be sustainable so do not try to push the prices to much as it will result in less income for development of the region. The dust hangs low on the road, sometimes obscuring the way ahead, giving for a low speed and more opportunities to take in the smells, sounds and sights that is so typical for travelling in Lao. The flat dirt roads around Champasak are ideal for exploring in a 4 wheel drive. Make sure to stop by the different street vendors to get refreshment and some pictures of the splendid sceneries. The views really are breathtaking. If you have travelled in Cambodia to Angkor you will appreciate the elevated and open fields of sight of Vat Phou, giving a detailed overview of the temple complex and its surroundings. The best way to explore the province is by car. You can of course also take daytrips from the larger cities; it will

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Marha Puha (or Makka Bu-sa) Festival

Held in February at Vat Phou (following the lunar calendar, dates may vary), the festival commemorates a speech given by Buddha to 1,250 enlightened monks, outlining the monastic regulations and predicting his own death. The festival is well known for its chanting candlelit parades around the temple.


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Hanoi – The Cultural Capital of Vietnam A Visit to The Vietnamese capital now, as it has just celebrates its 1000 year anniversary in 2010, is perhaps the best opportunity to experience the cultural blend of east and west, which is so typical of this region. Quaint, narrow streets in the old quarter, wide open boulevards and 19th century architecture from French colonial days mix together to form the unique atmosphere that makes Hanoi one of the most popular travel destinations in SE Asia. Noi Bai Airport is situated about 40 km outside Hanoi, connected by a highway for ease of access. Taking a cab is the fastest way of covering the distance to the capital, however, make sure to negotiate a price before you start. Shuttle busses are also available for the budget traveler. 38

ຮ່າ​ໂນ້ຍ ນະຄອນຫຼວງ​​ແຫ່ງວັດທະນະທຳ ຂອງຫວຽດນາມ ການ​ໄປ​ທ່ອງ​ທ່ຽວ​ຢ້ຽມຢາມ ປະ​ເທດ​ຫວຽດນາມ ​ໃນ​ປັດຈຸບັນ​ ນີ້ ​ເປັນຍ ​ າມ​ທີ່​, ພວມສະ​ເຫຼີ​ມສະຫຼອງຮ່າໂ ​ ນ້ຍ​ຄົບຮ ​ ອບ​ 1000​ ປີ ໃນປີ 2010 ​ແລະ ​ເປັນໂ ​ ອກາດ​ທີ່​ດີ​ທີ່​ສຸດ ​ເພື່ອຈ ​ ະ​ໄດ້​ສຳ​ ພັ ດ ກັ ບ ວັ ດ ທະນະທຳ​ທີ່ ​ມີ ​ຄ ວາມ​ກົ ມ ​ກື ນ ປະສົ ມ ​ປ ະສານຂອງ ວັ ດ ທ ະ ນ ະ ທ ຳ ຕ າ ​ເ ວັ ນ ​ອ ອ ກ​ ແລະ ຕາ​ເວັນ​ຕົກ ທີ່​ເປັນເ​ ອກ​ ກະ​ລັກສະ​ເພາະ ​ໃນ​ຂົງເ​ ຂດ​ ນີ້ ຍ້ອນຄວາມ​ແຕກ​ຕ່າງ​ທາງ​ ດ້ານວັດທະນະທຳ​ບູຮານ, ມັນ​ ມີ​ເສັ້ນທາງ​ຄັບແ ​ ຄບ ​ໃນ​ເຂດ​ຄຸ້ມ​ ເກົ່າ, ​ແຕ່ວ ​ ່າ​ເສັ້ນທາງ​ໃຫຍ່​ແມ່ນ​ ກວ້າງ​ອອກ ​ແລະ ສະຖາ​ປັດຕະ​ ຍະ​ກຳ ສັດຕະວັດ​ທີ 19 ​ໃນ​ເມື່ອ​ ເວລາ​ເປັນຫ ​ ົວເ​ ມືອງ​ຂື້ນ ປະ​ເທດ​ ຝຣັ່ງ ປະສົມປະສານກັນເ​ ພື່ອ​ ສ້າງບັນຍາກາດ​ທີ່​ເປັນ​ເອກ​ກະ​ ລັກ ທີ່ສ ​ ້າງ​ໃຫ້ ນະຄອນຫຼວງ​ຮ່າ​ ໂນ້ຍ ​ເປັນຈ ​ ຸດ​ຫມາຍ​ປາຍທາງ​ ໃນ​ກ ານທ່ ອ ງທ່ ຽ ວ​ແ ຫ່ ງ ​ໜຶ່ ງ ​ໃ ນ​ ອາຊີຕ ​ າ​ເວັນ​ອອກ​ສ່ຽງ​ໃຕ້. ສະຫນາມ​ບິນ ນ໋ອຍ​ບາຍ ​ໄດ້​ຕັ້ງຢູ່​ນອກ​ນະຄອນຫຼວງ ຮ່າ​ໂນ້ຍ ປະມານ 40 ກມ, ຕິດກ ​ ັບເ​ ສັ້ນທາງ​ດ່ວນ​ໃຫຍ່ ​ເພື່ອຄ ​ ວາມ​ສະດວກ​


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The hustle and bustle of Hanoi is one of the first things you notice, traffic (and mainly scooters) dominates the city’s intensely packed streets and visitors should take care when moving around. But the other thing that springs to the eye is the open and smiling attitude that the Vietnamese people are so famous for. You feel welcome from the first step in this beautiful city.

ໃນ​ການ​ເຂົ້າ​ໄປ​ໃນ​ເມືອງ.​ ໂດຍ​ໃຊ້ລ ​ ົດຮ ​ ັບຈ້າງເປັນເ​ ສັ້ນທາງ​ທີ່​ ເຂົ້າ​ໄປ​ໃນ​ເມືອງ​ໄດ້​ໄວ ​ແຕ່ຢ ​ ່າງ​ໃດ​ກໍ​ຕາມ ຕ້ອງ​ໄດ້​ເຈລະຈາ​ຕໍ່​ ລອງລາຄາກ່ອນ​ຈະ​ເລີ້ມອ ​ ອກ​ລົດ ລົດເມປະຈຳ​ ​​ ທາງ​ກໍ​ຍັງມ ​ ີ ສຳລັບ​ ນັກທ ​ ່ອງ​ທ່ຽວທີ່ມ ​ ີ​ງົບຈ ​ ຳກັດ.

Hanoi

​ ີ່​ນະຄອນຫຼວງ​ຮ່າ​ໂນ້ຍ, ລົດສ ທ ​ ່ວນ​ຫຼາຍ​ແມ່ນແ ​ ລ່ນໄ​ ວ​ ແລະ ​ແຜດ ສຽງອຶກ ​ ກະ​ທຶກ ນັ້ນແ ​ ມ່ນເປັ ​​ ນສ ​ ິ່ງທຳ​ອິດ​ ທີ່​ທ່ານ​ຈະ​ໄດ້​ພົບເ​ ຫັນ, ການ​ສັນຈອນ (​ແລະ ສ່ວນ​ໃຫຍ່​ ແມ່ນລ ​ ົດຈັກ) ແລ່ນ​ໄວ​​ແຜດ​ສຽງ ແລະ ​ເປັນແ ​ ພ​ເຈືອຈ ​ ານ​ຢູ່​ ຕາມ​ເສັ້ນທາງ ​ແລະ ຜູມ ້​ າ​ທ່ຽວຕ້ອງ​ໄດ້​ລະມັດລະວັງ ​​ໃນ​ເວລາ​ ຍ່າງ​ຂ້າມ​ທາງ​. ​ແຕ່ວ ​ ່າ ຮ່າ​ໂນ້ຍ ກໍ​ມສ ີ​ ິ່​ງ ທີ່​ຈັບ​ຕາ​ຕ້ອງ​ໃຈ ສິ່​ງນັ້ນ​ ແມ່ນຄວາມ​ເປີດເ​ ຜີຍ ແລະ ຮອຍ​ຍີ້ມຂອງ​ຊາວ​ຫວຽດນາມ ຜູທ ້​ ີ່​ເຄີຍ​​ ໄດ້​ຮັບ​ຄວາມ​ນິຍົມທ ​ າງ​ດ້ານ​ນີ້ ທ່ານ​ອາດ​ຈະ​ຮູ້ສຶກ ຍິນດ ​ ີ​ຕ້ອນຮັບ​ ເມື່ອບ ​ າດກ້າວ​ທຳ​ອິດ ທີ່ເ​ ຂົ້າ​ມາ​ນະຄອນຫຼວງ​​ທີ່ສວຍ ງາມແຫ່ງນ ​ ີ້.

Attractions are plentiful in this cultural Mecca; millennia of history is everywhere to be seen. Taking a tour of the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is an absolute must, even if it means standing in line for an undisclosed amount of time. The solemn atmosphere within the cool stone structure tells the story of the reverence still held by the Vietnamese people towards their legendary country father. Museums on everything from the early Chinese era to the latest Indochine conflicts is in abundance and should be the prime focus for all interested in the culture and history of the region. The Museum of Ethnology gives a good insight into the many different tribes and ethnic groups of Vietnam and is certainly worth investing a day in.

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ສິ່ງທີ່ດ ​ ືງດູດມີຫຼ ​ ວງ​ຫຼາຍ ​ໃນ​ວັດທະນະທຳ ທີ່​ຍິ່ງໃ ​ ຫຍ່; ປະຫວັດສາດ​ຫຼາຍ​ພັນປ ​ ີ ມີ​ທຸກຫ ​ ົນແ ​ ຫ່ງ ທີ່​ຈະ​ຕ້ອງ​ ໄດ້​ຊົມ. ການ​ເດິນທາງ​ທ່ຽວ​ຊົມ ສຸສານ ປະທານ​ ໂຮ ຈິ ມິນ ​ແມ່ນມ ​ ີ​ຄວາມ​ຈຳ​ເປັນຍ ​ ິ່ງ,​ ເຖິງແ ​ ມ່ນ​ ວ່ າ ​ມັ ນ ​ຫ າກ​ຈ ະ​ໄ ດ້ ​ຢື ນ ລໍ ຄ ອຍ​ລ ຽນ​ແ ຖວ​ໂ ດຍ​ ບໍ່​ມີ​ການ​ກຳນົດເ​ ວລາ​ກໍ​ຕາມ. ບັນຍາກາດ​ທີ່​ ສຳຄັນຢູພ ່​ າຍ​ໃນໂຄງ​ສ້າງຫີນ ທີ່ເ​ ຢັນ ສາມາດ​ ບອກກ່າວເຖິງ​ເລື່ອງຄວາມ​ເຄົາລົບ​ນັບຖືຂອງ​ ຊາວ​ຫວຽດນາມ​ກ່ຽວ​ກັບ​ຄວາມ​ເປັນ​ບິດາ​ຂອງ​ ປະ​ເທດ. ຫໍພິພິດທະພັນມ ​ ີ​ທຸກສ ​ ິ່ງທຸກຢ ​ ່າງ​ນັບ​ ຕັ້ງແ ​ ຕ່ຍ ​ ຸກ ຊາວ​ຈີນ​ດຶກດ ​ ຳບັນ ມາຮອດການ​ ຂັດ​ແຍ້​ງຄັ້ງ​ສຸດ​ທ້າຍ​ຂອງ​ຫວຽດນາມ​ມີ​ຢ່າງ​ ອຸດົມສົມບູນ ​ແລະ ​ເປັນສ ​ ິ່ງທີ່ຈ ​ ັບ​ຕາ​ເບິ່ງທຸກ​ ສິ່ງທີ່ໜ ​ ້າ​ສົນໃ ​ ຈ​ວັດທະນະທຳ ​ແລະ ປະຫວັດສາດ​ ຂອງ​ຂົງເ​ ຂດ​ນີ້​ໃນຫໍພິພິດທະພັນ ບັນດາ​ເຜົ່າ​ຊົນໄ​ ດ້​ ເບິ່ງສິ່ງທີ່ດ ​ ີ​ກ່ຽວ​ກັບຄວາມ​ແຕກ​ຕ່າງຂອງ​ຊົນເ​ ຜົ່າ ​ແລະ​ ເຜົ່າ​ຊົນກ ​ ຸ່​ມ​ເຜົ່າ​ຊົນຫວ ​ ຽດນາມ ​ແລະ ​ເປັນສະຖານ​ທີ່ ທີ່ມ ​ ີ​ຄຸນ​ ປະ​ໂຫຍ​ດສູງ ຊຶ່ງຄ ​ ວນ​ໃຊ້ເ​ ວລາ​ເກືອບ​ຫມົດ​ມເື້​ ພື່ອເ​ ຂົ້າ​ແວ່​ຊົມ.​


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Food is everywhere to be had, ranging from the common street vendors with their exotic and delicious snacks to the modern luxurious gastronomical experience that fuses eastern and western influences into a unique cuisine that can only be found in this part of Asia. In 1994 Hanoi had no 5 star hotels, today there are 8 five star, 6 four star and 20 three star hotels in the city. Accommodation can also be found at the various guesthouses and private lodgings are springing up everywhere. Hanoi is a gem in a region full of treasures. If you are in SE Asia this ancient city is a must see for the enlightened traveler.

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ອາຫານ​ການ​ກິນມ ​ ີ​ຢູ່​ທຸກໆ​ບ່ອນ, ຈາກ ຜູຂ ້​ າຍ​ຕາມ​ແຄມ​ທາງ​ມີ​ ອາຫານ ຂອງ​ແກ້ມ ຂອງ​ຕ່າງປະ​ເທດ ​ແລະ ​ແຊບນົວ ​ໄປ​ເຖິງ​ ອາຫານ​ສະ​ໄຫມ​ໃຫມ່ລ ​ າຄາ​ສູງ ມີ​ສິລະ​ປະ​ແຫ່ງກ ​ ານ​ກິນ​ ປະສົມ​ ປະສານ ອາຫານ​ຕາ​ເວັນ​ອອກ ​ແລະ ຕາ​ເວັນຕ ​ ົກ ​ເປັນ ຮ້ານ​ ອາຫານ​ເອກ​ກະ​ລັກທ ​ ີ່​ສາມາດ​ຊອກ​ເຫັນ ໃ ​ ນ​ເຂດ​ອາຊີແ ​ ຫ່ງນ ​ ີ້ ​ ນ​ປີ 1994 ທີ່ນ ໃ ​ ະຄອນຫຼວງ​ຮາ​ໂນ້ຍ ຍັງບ ​ ໍ່​ທັນມ ​ ີ​ໂຮງ​ແຮມ 5 ດາວ​ ແຕ່ປ ​ ັດຈຸບັນນ ​ ີ້ ມີ​ໂຮງ​ແຮມ ​5​ ດາວ 8 ຫຼັງ ​ໂຮງ​ແຮມ 4 ດາວ 6 ​ຫຼັງ​ ແລະ ​ໂຮງ​ແຮມ​ 3 ​ດາວ 20 ຫັງ ການ​ພັກພ ​ າ​ອາ​ໄສ ຍັງ​ສາມາດ​ ຊອກ​ໄດ້ ກັບເ​ ຮືອນ​ພັກ ​ແລະ ບ້ານ​​ເອກ​ກະ​ຊົນສ ​ ່ວນ​ຕົວ ທີ່​ເປີດຮ ​ ັບ​ ຢູ່​ທຸກແ ​ ຫ່ງຫ ​ ົນ. ນະຄອນຫຼວງ​ຮາ​ໂນ້ຍ​ເປັນເ​ ຂດອັນຍະ​ມະນີ ທີ່​ເຕັມໄ​ ປ​ດ້ວຍ​ສັບ​ ສົມບັດທ ​ ີ່​ລ້ຳ​ຄ່າ​ຖ້າ​ຫາກ​ວ່າ​ທ່ານ​ໄດ້​ມາ​ທ່ຽວ​ຊົມ ອາຊີຕ ​ າ​ເວັນ​ອອກ​ ສ່ຽງ​ໃຕ້,​ ການ​ທີ່​ຈະ​ຕ້ອງມາ​ທ່ຽວ​ຊົມນະຄອນຫຼວງ​​ເກົ່າ​ແກ່ແ ​ ຫ່ງນ ​ ີ້ ​ ແມ່ນ​ຈຸດຫມາຍປາຍທາງ​ທີ່​ຈຳ​ເປັນ​ຈຸດ​ໜຶ່ງ​ທີ່​ທ່ານ​ຈະ​ໄດ້​ເປີດ​ຕາ​ ເປີດໃ ​ ຈ.

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ນາງສາວລາວປະຈຳປີ 2010 (Miss Laos 2010) ເຂົ້າຢຽ້ມຍາມລັດວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວ

ນາງສາວລາວປະຈຳປີ 2010 (Miss Laos 2010), ນາງ ມາໄລທິບ ສີງສະຫະນາດ ພ້ອມດ້ວຍສາວລາວອື່ນໆທີ່ ໄດ້ຮັບລາງວັນ ໄດ້ເຂົ້າຢຽ້ມຢາມ ເພື່ອມອບກະຕ່າດອກໄມ້ ໃຫ້ແກ່ ລັດວິສາຫພກິດການບິນລາວ ເພື່ອຂໍຂອບໃຈ ໃນການໃຫ້ອຸປະຖຳ ໃນການປະກວດ MIss Laos 2010. ຊື່ງຕ່າງຫນ້າຮັບໂດຍທ່ານ ດຣ. ສົມພອນ ດວງດາຣາ ປະທານອຳນວຍການໃຫ່ຍ ແລະ ທ່ານເລີຍ ບຸນບັນດິດ ຮອງປະທານອຳນວຍການ ຂອງ ລັດວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວ

Miss Laos 2010 Thanks Laos Airlines for Sponsoring the Miss Laos Contest. Miss Laos 2010, Miss Malaytip Singsahana and other Miss contestants who got awarded visited Lao Airlines to give flowers as a token of gratitude to Dr.Somphone DOUANGDARA, President of Lao Airlines and Mr. Leuw Bounbandith, Deputy director of Lao Airlines for helping to support the event.

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ວຽງຈ ັນ - ບາງກອກ - ວຽງຈ ັນ QV414 Daily VTE BKK QV415 Daily VTE BKK QV4571 Daily VTE BKK QV4575 Daily VTE BKK QV424 Daily BKK VTE QV425 Daily BKK VTE QV4570 Daily BKK VTE QV4574 Daily BKK VTE

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0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ວຽງຈ ັນ - ຮາ່ ໂນຍ ້ - ວຽງຈ ັນ QV312 1234567 VTE HAN QV840 Daily VTE HAN QV322 1234567 HAN VTE QV841 Daily HAN VTE

Vientiane - Hanoi - Vientiane 14:30 15:50 18:10 19:10 16:30 17:55 08:30 09:35

AT7 320 AT7 320

0 0 0 0

ວຽງຈ ັນ - ພະນ ົມເປັນ - ວຽງຈ ັນ QV841 Daily VTE PNH QV840 Daily PNH VTE

Vientiane - Phnompenh - Vientiane 10:20 11:50 15:50 17:20

320 320

0 0

ວຽງຈ ັນ - ສຽມຣຽບ - ວຽງຈ ັນ QV512 123.5.7 VTE REP QV522 123.5.7 REP VTE

Vientiane - Siemreap - Vientiane 06:30 09:25 10:05 13:00

AT7 AT7

PKZ PKZ

ວຽງຈ ັນ - ຄຸນມິງ - ວຽງຈ ັນ QV817 1234567 VTE KMG QV827 1234567 KMG VTE

Vientiane - Kunming - Vientiane 06:40 08:50 09:50 12:10

AT7 AT7

0 0

ວຽງຈ ັນ - ໂຮຈ ິ ນ ິ - ວຽງຈ ັນ ່ ມ QV515 246 VTE SGN QV525 246 SGN VTE

Vientiane - Hochiminh - Vientiane 07:00 10:45 11:45 15:30

MA6 MA6

PKZ PKZ

ຫລວງພະບາງ - ຊຽງໃໝ່ - ຫລວງພະບາງ QV635 23567 LPQ CNX QV645 23567 CNX LPQ

Luang Prabang - Chieng Mai - Luang Prabang 13:10 14:10 15:00 16:00

AT7 AT7

0 0

ຫລວງພະບາງ - ບາງກອກ - ຫລວງພະບາງ QV633 1234567 LPQ BKK QV643 1234567 BKK LPQ

Luang Prabang - Bangkok - Luang Prabang 07:30 09:10 10:20 12:00

AT7 AT7

0 0

ຫລວງພະບາງ - ສຽມຣຽບ - ຫລວງພະບາງ QV513 146 LPQ REP QV869 12356 LPQ REP QV523 146 REP LPQ QV868 12356 REP LPQ

Luang Prabang - Siemreap - Luang Prabang 10:50 14:20 10:30 12:10 15:00 18:30 12:50 14:30

MA6 F70 MA6 F70

PKZ 0 PKZ 0

ຫລວງພະບາງ - ຮາ່ ໂນຍ ້ - ຫລວງພະບາງ QV313 24567 LPQ HAN QV868 12356 LPQ HAN QV323 24567 HAN LPQ QV869 12356 HAN LPQ

Luang Prabang - Hanoi - Luang Prabang 16:40 17:40 15:10 16:00 18:25 19:25 08:55 09:50

AT7 F70 AT7 F70

0 0 0 0

ປາກເຊ - ສຽມຣຽບ - ປາກເຊ QV512 123.5.7 PKZ REP QV513 146 PKZ REP QV522 123.5.7 REP PKZ QV523 146 REP PKZ

Pakse - Siemreap - Pakse 08:25 09:25 13:20 14:20 10:05 11:05 15:00 16:00

AT7 AT7 AT7 AT7

0 0 0 0

ປາກເຊ - ບາງກອກ - ປາກເຊ QV213 357 QV223 357

PKZ BKK BKK PKZ

Pakse - Bangkok - Pakse 09:25 12:10 13:10 15:45

MA6 MA6

ZVK ZVK

ປາກເຊ - ໂຮຈິມນ ິ - ປາກເຊ QV515 246 QV525 246

PKZ SGN SGN PKZ

Pakse - Hochiminh - Pakse 10:50 12:10 13:10 14:30

MA6 MA6

0 0

ສະຫວ ັນນະເຂດ - ບາງກອກ - ສະຫວ ັນນະເຂດ QV213 357 ZVK BKK QV223 357 BKK ZVK

Savannakhet - Bangkok - Savannakhet 10:50 12:10 13:10 14:30

MA6 MA6

0 0


DOMESTIC ROUTE

Valid from 27 MAR 2011 to 30 OCT 2011 FLT No

Days

Routing

Dep

Arr

Ac

ວຽງຈ ັນ - ຫລວງພະບາງ

QV101 QV103 QV109

1234567 1234567 1234567

VTE LPQ VTE LPQ VTE LPQ

Vientiane - Luang Prabang 11:50 12:30 AT7 16:30 17:10 AT7 09:30 10:10 MA6

ຫລວງພະບາງ - ວຽງຈ ັນ QV102 QV104 QV110 QV110

1234567 1234567 146 2357

LPQ VTE LPQ VTE LPQ VTE LPQ VTE

Luang Prabang - Vientiane 1310 13:50 17:50 18:30 19:10 19:50 10:40 11:20

ຫລວງພະບາງ - ປາກເຊ - ຫລວງພະບາງ QV513 QV523

146 146

AT7 AT7 MA6 MA6

..3.5.7 ..3.5.7

VTE ZVK ZVK VTE

..3.5.7 ..3.5.7

PKZ ZVK ZVK PKZ

Vientiane - Savannakhet - Vientiane 07:30 10:00 MA6 15:10 17:40 MA6

PKZ PKZ

Pakse -Savannakhet - Pakse

09:25 15:10

10:00 15:45

MA6 MA6

0 0

Vientiane - Pakse - Vientiane 06:30 07:45 AT7 07:30 08:45 MA6 07:00 08:15 MA6 11:45 13:00 AT7 16:25 17:40 MA6 14:15 15:30 MA6

0 0 0 0 0 0

ວຽງຈ ັນ - ປາກເຊ - ວຽງຈ ັນ

QV512 QV201 QV515 QV522 QV202 QV525

123.5.7 357 246 123.5.7 357 246

VTE PKZ VTE PKZ VTE PKZ PKZ VTE PKZ VTE PKZ VTE

ວຽງຈ ັນ - ອຸດ ົມໄຊ - ວຽງຈ ັນ QV501 QV502

246 246

VTE ODY ODY VTE

Vientiane - Oudomxay - Vientiane 13:20 14:10 MA6 14:50 15:40 MA6

ວຽງຈ ັນ - ຫວ ້ ຍຊາຍ - ວຽງຈ ັນ QV901 QV902

246 246

VTE HOE HOE VTE

Vientiane - Houeysay - Vientiane 13:10 14:05 MA6 14:45 15:40 MA6

ວຽງຈ ັນ - ຫລວງນຳ້ ທາ - ວຽງຈ ັນ QV601 QV602

135 135

VTE LXG LXG VTE

Vientiane - Luang Namtha - Vientiane 12:30 13:30 MA6 14:10 15:10 MA6

ວຽງຈ ັນ - ຊຽງຂວາງ - ວຽງຈ ັນ QV401 QV402

1357 1357

Remark: All times are local time 1: Monday 2: Tuesday 3: Wednesday 4: Thursday 5: Friday 6: Saturday 7: Sunday

VTE XKH XKH VTE

0 0 0 0 0 0

ປາກເຊ - ສະຫວ ັນນະເຂດ - ປາກເຊ

QV213 QV223

0 0 0

Luang Prabang - Pakse - Luang Prabang 10:50 12:40 MA6 16:40 18:30 MA6

LPQ PKZ PKZ LPQ

ວຽງຈ ັນ - ສະຫວ ັນນະເຂດ - ວຽງຈ ັນ QV201 QV202

STP

Vientiane - Xiengkhuang - Vientiane 13:20 13:50 AT7 14:30 15:00 AT7

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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AIRPORT OFFICE

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LAOS

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CHINA

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KOREA

SINGAPORE

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GLOBAL AIR SYSTEM Rm 902, Kwang Hwa Mun Bldg, 211, Sejongno Chongno-Ku, seoul , Korea Tel : ( 822 ) 3708 8524 Fax : ( 822 ) 3708 8520 Email : kashar@globalair21.com

U S A ( PSA )

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ເຮືອບິນໃໝ່ ລຸ້ນ ATR72-500 ລຳທີ່ 4 ມາເຖິງນະຄອນຫຼວງວຽງຈັນແລ້ວ ເຮືອບິນໃໝ່ ລຸ້ນ ATR72-500 ລຳທີ່ 4 ຂອງລັດວິສາຫະກິດການ ບິນລາວໄດ້ມາເຖິງ ນະຄອນຫລວງວຽງຈັນ ໃນວັນທີ 24/12/2010 ໂດຍອີງຕາມແຜນພັດທະນາໄລຍະຍາວນານແລະ ໄລຍະສັ້ນ ຂອງ ລັດວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວ ແລະ ປະຕິບັດຕາມສັນຍາ ຈັດຊື້ເຮືອ ບິນໃໝ່ ຊະນິດ ອາແຕແອ 72 ລຸ້ນ500 ຄັ້ງທີ່ສອງ ລະຫວ່າງ ລັດວິ ສາຫະກິດ ການບິນລາວ ແລະ ບໍລິສັດຜະລິດເຮືອບິນອາເຕແອ ຂອງ ປະເທດ ຝຣັ່ງເສດ ທີ່ໄດ້ເຊັນສັ່ງຈອງ ໃນຕົ້ນປີ 2010. ພິທີເຊັນມອບ-ຮັບເຮືອບິນຢ່າງເປັນທາງການ ໄດ້ຈັດຂື້ນທີ່ ເມືອງ ຕູລູເຊີ, ປະເທດຝຣັ່ງເສດ ໃນວັນທີ່ 21/12/10 ລະຫວ່າງລັດວິສາ ຫະກິດການບິນລາວ ໂດຍ ທ່ານ ສົມສະໄໝ ວິຊຸນນະຣາດຮອງຜູ້ ອຳນວຍການລັດວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວຝ່າຍປະຕິບດ ັ ການບິນ, ເຕັກນິກ ແລະ ຝຶກອົບຮົ່ມ ແລະ ທ່ານຊັກເກີ ເດສ໌ບາຣາ(Jacques DESBARATS) – ຮອງຜູ້ອຳນວຍການຜູ້ອະວຸໂສ ຂອງບໍລິສັດ ຜະລິດເຮືອບິນອາເຕແອ. ເຮືອບິນ ATR72-500 ໝາຍເລກທະບຽນ RDPL34176 ໄດ້ທຳ ການກວດກາ ແລະ ບິນທົດລອງ ຢູ່ທີ່ເມືອງ ຕູລູເຊີ (Toulouse) ປະ ເທດຝຣັ່ງເສດ ໂດຍ ນັກບິນອາຈານ, ວິສະວະກອນເຕັກນິກເຮືອບິນ ຂອງ ລັດວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວ. ສ່ວນການບິນນຳສົ່ງຈະໃຊ້ເວລາ 02 ຄືນ ແລະ 03 ວັນ ໂດຍບິນອອກຈາກ ຝຣັ່ງເສດ ໃນວັນທີ່ 22/12/2010 ແລະ ໄດ້ມາເຖິງ ນະຄອນຫລວງວຽງຈັນ ໃນວັນທີ 24/12/2010 ເວລາປະມານ 16:00 ໂມງ ຕາມເວລາທ້ອງຖິ່ນ. ເຮືອບິນອາເຕແອ ລຸ້ນ 500 ເປັນເຮືອບິນຫລ້າສຸດ ຂອງການພັດທະ ນາ ທາງດ້ານເຕັກໂນໂລຊີ ຂອງ ປະເພດ ໃບພັດ ທີ່ ມີປະສິດທິພາບ ທາງດ້ານເຕັກນິກສູງຄື: ຮັບປະກັນຄວາມປອດໄພທາງດ້ານການບິນ, ມີຄວາມແຮງໃນການບິນຂື້ນສູງ (ທຽບໃສ່ລຸ້ນ 200 ທີ່ໃຊ້ໃນເມື່ອກ່ອນ ຈະແຕກຕ່າງກັນ 1 ໂຕນ) ຊຶ່ງຈະສາມາດ ບິນໄດ້ໄກກວ່າ, ຫລືບັນຈຸ ເຄື່ອງໂດຍສານ ແລະ ສິນຄ້າໄດ້ຫລາຍກວ່າເດີມ, ພ້ອມນີ້ ເນື່ອງຈາກ ມີການພັດທະນາ ທາງດ້ານລຳຕົວ, ແລະ ປະກອບດ້ວຍໃບພັດ06ໃບ ຄວາມສະດວກສະບາຍໃຫ້ແກ່ໂດຍສານ ຈະດີກວ່າ ທາງດ້ານລະດັບ ສຽງຕ່ຳ (ສຽງລົບກວນໃນຫ້ອງໂດຍສານ) ແລະ ຄວາມສັ່ນສະເທືອນ ຈະຕ່ຳກວ່າ ຊຶ່ງທຽບກັບເຮືອບິນ ອາຍພົ່ນໄດ້. ເນື່ອງຈາກ ລັດວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວເປັນສາຍການບິນແຫ່ງຊາດ ທີ່ ຮັບໃຊ້ທັງໜ້າທີ່ການເມືອງ ຂອງ ພັກ ແລະ ລັດ ແລະ ດຳເນີນທຸລະ ກິດຢ່າງມີປະສິດທິຜົນ, ດັ່ງນັ້ນ ເຮືອບິນ ATR72-500 ຈຳນວນທັງ ໝົດສີ່ລຳທີ່ໄດ້ນຳເຂົ້າມາໃໝ່ນັບແຕ່ປີ 2009 ຍັງໄດ້ອອກແບບ ເພື່ອ ສາມາດປະກອບຕັ່ງ ແລະ ເຄື່ອງຮັບໃຊ້ພິເສດ ໃຫ້ແກ່ຖ້ຽວບິນວີໄອພີ ຂອງ ຜູ້ແທນຂັ້ນສູງ ທັງພາຍໃນ ແລະ ຕ່າງປະເທດ. ຖ້ຽວບິນປົກກະ ຕິຈະສາມາດບັນຈຸໄດ້ 70 ບ່ອນນັ່ງ ແລະ ມີທັງຊັ້ນ ທຸລະກິດ ແລະ ຊັ້ນທຳມະດາ (Business and Economy Class). ນອກຈາກນີ້, ເພື່ອເປັນການຮອງຮັບການຂະຫຍາຍຕົວ ທາງດ້ານ ການພັດທະນາ ການຕະຫລາດ ແລະ ການທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ແລະ ເພີ່ມເສັ້ນ ບິນ ຂອງ ລັດວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວ ໃຫ້ນັບມື້ນັບ ເພີ່ມທະວີຂຶ້ນ ທັ້ງນັ້ນກໍ່ເພື່ອເປັນການ ເອື້ອອຳນວຍຄວາມສະດວກ ໃຫ້ແກ່ທ່ານຜູ້ ໂດຍສານ, ນັກທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ນັກທຸລະກິດ ໃຫ້ມີຄວາມສະດວກ ສະບາຍ, ວ່ອງໄວ ແລະ ມີຄວາມປອດໄພເປັນສຳຄັນ ລັດ ວິສາຫະກິດ ການບິນລາວ ກຳລັງພິຈາລະນາຄົ້ນ ຄ ວ້ າ ກ າ ນ ນຳເຂົ້ າ ເຮື ອ ບິ ນ ຊະນິ ດ ອາຍພົ່ ນ ໃນເວ ລາອັນໄກ້ນີ້.

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The 4th new design ATR72-500 of Lao Airlines Enterprise will arrive to Vientiane on 24, December 2010 In accordance with long and short term development plan of Lao Airlines Enterprise and following the second agreement on purchasing of the new plane typed ATR72- 500 between the Lao Airlines Enterprise and ATR72 500 Crafts Products Company of France which was made at the beginning of 2010. The hand over signing ceremony was organized in Toulouse of France on 21/12/2010 between Lao Airlines Enterprise by Mr. Somsamay Visounnaraj, Deputy General Director of Lao Airlines Enterprise, responsible for the flight, technical and training and signature given on behalf of ATR Company was the Senior Deputy Director Mr. Jacques DESBARATS. The ATR72- 500 of its registered number RDPL34176 was properly checked and flighttested in Toulouse, France by prothe Tester pilot, aviation technical engineer of Lao Airlines Enterprise. The flight to Laos departured on 22/12/2010 and arrived Vientiane Capital on 24/12/2010 at 16:00 local time, took two nights and three days from France. The ATR72-500 is the latest Turbopropellers technology development, high techs capacity for flight safety, high speed (compared the payload capacity of the previous 200 model, the capacity is 1 ton more), it can further and carry more luggage and goods. In addition to this, due to its new designed body and installed with 6 bladed, it can make the flight more convenient and generates less sound disturbance in the cabin and less trembling and could be compares with the noise level of a jet engine. As Lao Airlines Enterprise is the national carrier serving the political duties of the party and government as to manage its


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business operation with effective manner, so all four ATR72500 planes which were imported between 2009 and 2010 can be equipped with seats and special equipments for VIP flight to serve the needs of the high ranking representatives of local and foreign delegations. Ordinary flights carry 70 seats for Business and Economy Class. In order to guarantee growth in tourism activities and increase the number of flights of Lao Airlines, and to provide more facilities for passengers; tourists and businessmen alike so as to make traveling easy, quick and safe as the most importance, Lao Airlines Enterprise are currently exploring the possibilities of implementing the use jet engine planes in the near future.

ລັດວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວ ໄດ້ຮັບລາງວັນດີເລີດ ທ່ານ ເລີຍ ບຸນບັນດິດ ຕຳແຫນ່ງ: ຮອງຜູ້ອຳນວຍການໃຫຍ່ ລັດວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວ ຕ່າງຫນ້າໃຫ້ແກ່ ລັດວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວ ໄປຮັບລາງວັນດີເລີດ

The Bizz 2010-World Business Leader Award ທີ່ເມືອງ Frankfurt ປະເທດເຢຍລະມັນ (Germay) ໃນວັນທີ 16 ຕຸລາ (10) 2010 ຊື່ງໃນນັ້ນມີດ້ານ: 1. ດ້ານຜູ້ບໍລິຫານ (ຜູ້ອຳນວຍການ) 2. ດ້ານຄວາມປອດໄພການບິນ 3. ດ້ານ ການບໍລິການຜູ້ໂດຍສານ 4. ດ້ານການພັດທະນາເທັກໂນໂລຊີ

Lao Airlines was given The Bizz 2010-World Business Leader Award. Mr. Leuw Bounbandith, Deputy director of Lao Airlines was awarded

The Bizz 2010-World Business Leader Award in the Frankfurt, Germany in 16 Oct 2010. This award represent of: 1. Management 2. Airline Safety 3. Excellence of Services 4. Developing Technology

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ຖ້ຽວບິນ ວຽງຈັນ - ປາກເຊ - ໂຮ່ຈິມິນ ເປີດຄືນໃໝ່

Vientiane - Pakse - Ho Chi Minh flight reopened

ຖ້ຽວບິນ ວຽງຈັນ - ປາກເຊ - ໂຮ່ຈມ ິ ນ ິ ໄດ້ຖກ ື ຍົກເລີກນັບ ແຕ່ປີ 2003 ເປັນຕົ້ນມາຍ້ອນປັດໄຈອັດຕະວິໄສ ແລະ ພາວະວິໄສຫຼາຍດ້ານ. ແຕ່ມາໃນເວລານີ້ ລັດວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວເຫັນວ່າເນື່ອງດ້ວຍ ການຂະຫຍາຍຕົວທາງດ້ານການພັດທະນາເສດຖະກິດ - ສັງຄົມ ຂອງທັງສອງປະເທດລາວ-ຫວຽດນາມ ໂດຍສະເພາະສອງຕົວເມືອງ ປາກເຊ - ໂຮ່ຈິມິນ ແມ່ນມີຄວາມຈະເລີນຮຸ່ງເຮືອງ,ລາຍໄດ້ປະຊາ ກອນກໍ່ເພິ່ມຂື້ນ ການພັດທະນາການທ່ອງທ່ຽວກໍ່ນັບມື້ເປີດກວ້າງເຊິ່ງ ສາມາດດຶ ງ ດູ ດ ການທ່ ອ ງທ່ ຽ ວຈາກພາກພື້ ນ ແລະຈາກທະວີ ບ ອື່ ນ ໆ ນັບມື້ເພິ່ມທະວີຄນ ູ ເຊິ່ງແຕກຕ່າງຈາກເມື່ອກ່ອນສິ່ງເຫລົ່ານີ້ມນ ັ ເປັນ ການເອື້ອອຳນວຍໃຫ້ສາມາດເປີດເສັ້ນທາງບິນເສັ້ນນີ້ຄືນໃໝ່ ແລະ ເປັນປົກກະຕິອາທິດໜຶ່ງ 3 ຖ້ຽວຄື: ວັນອັງຄານ, ພະຫັດ ແລະ ວັນເສົາ ດ້ວຍເຮືອບິນ ATR ຫຼື MA ທີ່ທັນສະໄໝ. ຖ້ຽວບິນປະຖົມມະເລີກແຫ່ງການເລິ່ມຕົ້ນຄືນໃໝ່ລະຫວ່າງ ວຽງຈັນປາກເຊ-ໂຮ່ຈິມິນ ໄດ້ມີຂື້ນເມື່ອວັນທີ 19 ຕຸລາ 2010 ທີ່ຜ່ານມາໂດຍ ໄດ້ຮັບກຽດຈາກທ່ານ ສອນໄຊ ສີພັນດອນ ກຳມະການສູນກາງພັກ. ເລຂາພັກແຂວງ. ເຈົ້າແຂວງແຂວງຈຳປາສັກ ພ້ອມດ້ວຍຜູ້ ຕາງໜ້າ ນະຄອນໂຮ່ຈິມິນ, ຫົວໜ້າກົງສູນລາວປະຈຳນະຄອນໂຮ່ຈິມິນຫົວໜ້າ ກົງສູນ ສ.ສ ຫວຽດນາມປະຈຳແຂວງຈຳປາສັກ ແລະ ແຂກຖືກເຊີນ ອີກຫຼາຍທ່ານ. ທ່ານ ດຣ.ສົມພອນ ດວງດາຣາ ຜູ້ອຳນວຍການໃຫຍ່ລັດວິສາຫະກິດ ການບິ ນ ລາວກ່ າ ວໃຫ້ ຄ ຳເຫັ ນ ໃນໂອກາດເປີ ດ ຖ້ ຽ ວບິ ນ ຄື ນ ໃໝ່ ວ ຽງ ຈັນ -ປາກເຊ-ໂຮ່ຈິມິນວ່າ: ນີ້ຈະເປັນການປະກອບສ່ວນອັນໜຶ່ງໃຫ້ແກ່ ສາຍພົວພັນຮ່ວມມື ການພັດທະນາເສດຖະກິດສັງຄົມຂອງສອງປະ ເທດລາວ-ຫວຽດນາມ, ເວົ້າສະເພາະ ກໍ່ແມ່ນສອງຕົວເມືອງ ປາກເຊ - ໂຮ່ຈິມິນ ແລະ ນີ້ຈະເປັນການເອື້ອອຳນວຍຄວາມສະດວກໃຫ້ແກ່ ບັນດານັກທຸລະກິດ, ນັກລົງທຶນ, ນັກທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ລວມເຖິງລັດຖະກອນ ອື່ນໆໃນການໄປມາຫາສູ່ລະຫວ່າງສອງປະເທດ ກໍ່ຄືສອງເມືອງໃຫ້ມີ ຄວາມສະດວກຍິ່ງຂື້ນ.ອີກດ້ານໜຶ່ງສະໜາມບິນຂອງເມືອງໂຮ່ຈິມິນກໍ່ ເປັ ນ ສະໜາມບິ ນ ທີ່ ມີ ຖ້ ຽ ວບິ ນ ທີ່ ສ າມາດເຊື່ ອ ມຈາກບັ ນ ດາປະເທດ ເອີຣົບ. ອາເມລິກາແລະ ອື່ນໆ ເຂົ້າມາຍັງ ສ.ປ.ປ ລາວ ເວົ້າລວມເວົ້າ ສະເພາະກໍ່ຄືຕົວເມືອງປາກເຊຫຼືພາກໃຕ້ຂອງລາວ ເຊິ່ງແມ່ນແຫຼ່ງ ທ່ອງທ່ຽວມະຫັດສະຈັນທີ່ຫຼາກຫຼາຍ. ພ້ອມກັນນີ້ ທ່ານກໍ່ຍັງໄດ້ຮຽກ ຮ້ອງມາຍັງອຳນາດການປົກຄອງ, ນັກທຸລະກິດ, ນັກລົງທຶນ, ນັກທ່ອງ ທ່ຽວ. ພໍ່ຄ້າຊາວຂາຍ ແລະ ປະຊາຊົນຂອງທັງສອງປະເທດໃຫ້ຊົມໃຊ້ ບໍລິການຖ້ຽວບິນສາຍນີ້ໃຫ້ຫຼາຍ ເພື່ອກ້າວໄປສູ່ການບິນເປັນລາຍວັນ ໃນອະນາຄົດ ເຊິ່ງການບິນລາວພ້ອມແລ້ວທີ່ຈະຮັບໃຊ້ຕໍ່ຄວາມຕ້ອງ ການຂອງທຸກທ່ານ ແລະ ຂໍຝາກການບໍລິການຂອງການບິນລາວໄວ້ ກັບທຸກທ່ານຂໍໃຫ້ບັນດາທ່ານຈົ່ງໃຫ້ຄວາມສະໜັບສະໜູນ ແລະຊ່ວຍ ເຫຼືອ ເພື່ອເປັນການປັບປຸງການບໍລິການໃຫ້ດີຂື້ນເລື້ອຍໆ.

The Vientiane - Pakse - Ho Chi Minh Flight has been cancelled since 2003 due to many surrounding circumstances. But now Lao Airlines deems that the expansion of socio - economic development of both countries Laos-Vietnam, particularly Pakse-Ho Chi Minh cities is enlighted, GDP is growing, tourism development is enlarged which enabling to attract tourists from other continents differently from before. All these favor the reopening of regular flight of 3 trips a week, that are on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday using modern ATR or MA aircrafts. The premier flight was reopened between Vientiane - Pakse - Ho Chi Minh on October the 19th 2010 with the honor of Mr. SoneXay Siphandone, the Party central committee, Provincial Party Secretary, Champasak Governor together with representatives from Ho Chi Minh city, Chief of Vietnam SR. consulate in Champasak province and many distinguished guests . Dr. Somphone Douangdara, the Lao Airlines State Enterprise Executive has mentioned on the occasion of the Vientiane - Pakse - Ho Chi Minh flight reopening ceremony that this could share the relation on socio-economic development cooperation of the two countries Laos-Vietnam, particularly the two cities Pakse-Ho Chi Minh and this would also facilitate traders, investors, tourists together with government officials visiting each others between the two countries as well as the two cities. At the same time Ho Chi Minh city airport handles many flights linking Europe, America and others to Lao PDR. And Pakse in particular or Southern Laos where there are many amazing tourist sites. He also called on government authorities, businesses, investors, tourists, traders and people of both countries to use the service of these flights as to increase them to everyday basis in the future which Lao Airlines is always ready for your service requirement and would offer the Lao Airlines service to all of you enjoying and supporting as to gradually improve it.

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Vientiane Capital of Laos PDR Vientiane is Southeast Asia’s most laid-back capital. This city boasts outstanding French colonial architecture and low level buildings that are spread out in the city, enhancing a cultural and relaxed atmosphere. Life in this pleasant capital is slow-paced and there is always only a light flow of traffic, even during rush hour! We explore this little, peaceful capital at a leisurely pace visiting some of the finest and most important historical sites in Laos

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How to reach to Vientiane ? You should take Lao Airlines flight from Bangkok with 02 daily flight, from Hanoi/ kunming / Siemreap daily flight, from Hochiming 03 flights a week ( Tue, Thu & Sat ),

Vientiane

Vientiane stop over 3 days 2 Nights Code:CPH72

Vientiane Free & Easy stay 3 days 2 nights Code: CPH71 Enjoy the Free & Easy stay package to Vientiane the capital of Laos, which includes round trip Air ticket of Lao Airlines, 02 nights accommodation a hotel room of your choice with daily breakfast, round trip Airport transfer and half day tour.

Vientiane stop over tour is included round trip Air ticket of Lao Airlines, Transportation in private car, Accommodation in twin shared room, English speaking guide, Admission fee to indicated sights, daily breakfast at hotel, Gov’t tax and service charge and tour program as belows: Program Day1. Arrival Vientiane On arrival in the Laos capital of Vientiane, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Vientiane is a charming and fascinating capital, with an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, and American influences. After a short rest, we start visiting the major sights of the capital; including the Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Enroute to Lao’s national icon, the precious and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pic-

tures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. The Mekong river side is the perfect place to end the day and admire the sunset. Overnight in Vientiane (B) Day2. Vientiane – Nam Ngum Lake After breakfast, we head out of the city and make our way to Nam Ngum, a huge reservoir created by damming the Nam Ngum River. We stop over at Ban Keun, which is famous for its salt extraction plant and a village that distills the local Lao whiskey. On arrival at Nam Ngum Lake, we embark on a long tail boat visiting fishing villages in the various islets. We take a short walk to explore the lifestyle of the local fishmen. On return, [if time permits], perhaps you might want to experience gambling at the legal Lao casino located in the valley where you can also enjoy a beautiful view of the lake. We return to Vientiane by late evening. Overnight in Vientiane (B) Day3. Vientiane - Departure After breakfast, we visit the Morning Market and (if time permits). The tour ends after your transfer to the airport for departure (B)

For more information please contact Champa holidays tour or Lao Airlines offices Tel: ( 856-21 ) 219932, Fax: ( 856-21 ) 212058, Mobile:2413161 , 2224884 Email: info@laoairlines.com, sales@champaholidays.com, www.champaholidays.com

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Pakse city ( Champasak ) Pakse stop over (3 Days 2 Nights ) Code : Champa3.2 Progam Day1. Arrival – Pakse – Don khone On arrival at Pakse, drive head out towards Khong Island. On the way we make a short detour to visit Pha Suam waterfall and to explore the ethnic minority villages of Lao Teung. We continue our journey by motorboat to Don Khong, the largest island in the South Mekong river region known as the 4000 islands, one of the most scenic areas in Laos. Overnight in Don Khong (L/D) Day2. Khong Island- Done Khone-Pakse Following breakfast, we enjoy a visit to the surrounding countryside, and embark on a long tail boat tour of the Don Khone area, which takes you to visit the remains of the French period and Liphi Waterfall or “the Corridor of the Devil”. We return to the mainland at the fishing village of Ban Nakasang and drive further south to visit Khone Phapheng. Khone Phapheng is considered the largest waterfall by volume in South East Asia; this is a really impressive near the Lao-Cambodian border, set within an area which is teeming with wildlife, making this area one of the most breathtaking destinations in Laos. Afterwards we drive back to Pakse. Overnight in Pakse (B/L/D) Day3. Pakse - Departure After breakfast, Free at leisure for shopping, then transfer airport. (B) Package includes - Roundtrip Air ticket of Lao Airlines - Two night accommodation in hotel on twin sharing room - Transportation in private car - English speaking guide. - Daily breakfast at hotel - Admission fee to indicated sights

Pakse Free & Easy stay

Pakse Splendid

(3 Days 2 Nights) Code : Champa3.1

We explore the beautiful region of Pakse, located in the southern part of Laos, also home to the famous Ancient Khmer ruins of Wat Phou from the 5th century and the awe-inspiring Khone Pabeng waterfall, the biggest in Southeast Asia! The surrounding forests teem with flourishing vegetation and you will be greeted by the friendly, waving locals as we visit a few villages. You will take a trip to the Boloven Plateau, which will provide you with a refreshing break from the heat and allow you to observe the cultivation of rich coffee, tea and crops on our way.

Enjoy the free & Easy stay package in Pakse the southern city of Laos , you may connect Lao Airlines flight from Bangkok, Hochiminh, Luangprbang and Vientiane. Program: Day1 : Meet at Pakse Airport meet and transfer to hotel for check in and relax Day2 : Enjoy breakfast at hotel and free leisure or you may contact hotel counter for city tour at yourself. Day3 : After breakfast, free leisure and transfer to Airport for check in and fly back Package includes - Roundtrip Air ticket of Lao Airlines - Two night accommodation in hotel room - Daily break fast - Round trip Airport transfer.

You can reach Pakse by Lao Airlines flights from Vientiane, Luangprabang, Siemreap, Bangkok and Hochiminh Flight Schedule from Hochiminh Hochiminh-Pakse Tue, Thu, Sat Dep/11.45 Arr/13.45 Pakse-Hochiminh Tue, Thu, Sat Dep/09.15 Arr/10.45

For more information please contact Champa holidays tour or Lao Airlines offices Tel: ( 856-21 ) 219932, Fax: ( 856-21 ) 212058, Mobile:2413161 , 2224884 Email: info@laoairlines.com, sales@champaholidays.com, www.champaholidays.com

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Luang Prabang World Heritage City Luang Prabang is a beautiful and tranquil dream-like setting with a fusion of foreign influences andsplendid landscape scenery, making this an idyllic, unspoiled and charming destination for visitors. It is no wonder this amazing city has been declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO. The Ancientcity was the former capital of Laos, with a reign of more than 63 kings over 600 years. Luang Prabang is known as the ‘Thousand Pagoda City’, there are countless intriguing architectural highlights in the sleepy and once royal capital

How to reach Luang Prabang ? You may take Lao Airlines direct flight from Bangkok or Chiangmai Hanoi with daily flight , from Siemreap 03 flights a week and from Vientiane 03 daily flights. Code: CPH11 Luang Prabang Free & Easy stay 3 Days 2 Nights Enjoy the free & Easy stay package in world heritage city of Laos which includes round trip Air ticket of Lao Airlines, 02 nights accommodation in hotel room as your choice with daily breakfast , round trip airport transfer and half day city tour.

Code : CPH12 Luang Prabang stop over 3 Days 2 Nights Luangprbang stop over tour is included round trip Air ticket of Lao Airlines, Transportation in private car, Accommodation in twin shared room, English speaking guide, Admission fee to indicated sights, daily breakfast at hotel, Gov’t tax and service charge and tour program as belows Program Day1. Arrival – Luan Prabang Arrival at Luang Prabang airport , you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the hilltribe and local people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day2. Luang Prabang – Pak ou cave Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temples of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well as exploring the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims. Along the way, we will stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local rice wine is produced. On return, we take a short drive to another small village Ban Phanom, which famous for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang (B) Day3. Luang Prabang - Departure Today we visit the National Museum (closed Tuesdays) at the former Royal Palace. It displays a collection of artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. There will also be time for us to look around the Central Market. After visiting these sights in the morning, there may be free time (depending on your flight) to venture into town and stroll around the shopping area. The tour ends after your transfer to the airport for departure (B)

For more information please contact Champa holidays tour or Lao Airlines offices Tel: ( 856-21 ) 219932, Fax: ( 856-21 ) 212058, Mobile:2413161 , 2224884 Email: info@laoairlines.com, sales@champaholidays.com, www.champaholidays.com

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Luang Prabang World Heritage City

CPH13: Luang Prabang Wonder Nights

4 Days 3

Enjoy with Luang Prabang wonder 4 days 3 nights which includes Round trip Air ticket of Lao Airlines, Transportation in private car , Accommodation in twin shared room Boat trip as stated in above sights, English speaking guide, Admission fee to indicated sights, Meals: daily breakfast at hotel, Gov’t tax and service charge and tour program as bellows: Program Day1. Arrival – Luan Prabang Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang has been claimed by UNESCO to be ‘the best preserved city in South East Asia’. During our time here, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai, we then climb up to the top of mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang (B)

Day2. Luang Prabang – Pak ou cave Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well time to explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang (B) Day3. Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfall An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (often in the form of sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the ritual. From there you will visit the morning Phousi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as

dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou, Lao oum Village and Ban Thapene, all Khmu villages. This then takes us to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. After returning to Luang Prabang by late afternoon, we continue to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for its silk weavings and for its Saa (jute) Papermaking. We return to the city by late evening to admire the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang (B) Day4. Luang Prabang - Departure Today we visit the National Museum (closed Tuesdays) at the former Royal Palace. It displays a collection of artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. There will also be time for us to look around the Central Market. After visiting these sights in the morning, there may be free time (depending on your flight) to venture into town and stroll around the shopping area. The tour ends after your transfer to the airport for departure (B)

For more information please contact Champa holidays tour or Lao Airlines offices Tel: ( 856-21 ) 219932, Fax: ( 856-21 ) 212058, Mobile:2413161 , 2224884 Email: info@laoairlines.com, sales@champaholidays.com, www.champaholidays.com

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Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam Formerly known as Saigon ...

How to reach Ho Chi Minh city ? You may take Lao Airlines flight from Vientiane or Pakse to Ho Chi Minh on Tue, Thu & Sat. CPH61 : Ho Chi Minh free & Easy stay 3 days 2 nights Enjoy the Free & Easy stay Package in the historical Ho Chi Minh city which includes round trip Air ticket of Lao Airlines, two nights accommodation in three star hotel with daily breakfast, round trip Airport transfer and half day tour in Hochininh city. CPH62: Ho Chi minh-Mekong Delta 3 Days 2 Nights Joint with Ho Chi Minh Mekong Delta 3 days 2 nights which includes round trip Air ticket of Lao Airlines , 02 nights accommodation in twin sharing room, Daily breakfast & 1 Lunch at hotel, transportation in private car, Entrance fee to tourist sight seeing and one day tour to Mekong delta including tour guide as program bellows: Day1 : Meet on arrival at Tan San Airport and transfer to hotel for check in and free leisure or shopping. Day2: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh ( Meals: B/L ) After breakfast , departure at 8:00 am, driving to Mekong Delta, the large rice basket of Vietnam. Visiting Vinh Trang pagoda. Cruising on Mekong river to the Island for sight seeing the daily activities of the local people (having coconut juice on the boat). Taking a paddle boat to go along the small canal, visiting bee farm, orchards, enjoying tea, honey, seasonal fruits, sweets, amateur traditional music performance, seeing coconut candy mill - Lunch on the island.On the way back, stops over the workshop for shopping Day3: Depart Ho Chi Minh ( Meals: B ) After breakfast at Hotel , Free leisure or free shopping and transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for the departure flight.

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CPH63: Ho Chi minh VungTau 3 Days 2 Nights Ho Chi Minh Vung tau 3 days 2 nights which includes round trip Air ticket of Lao Airlines , 02 nights accommodation in twin sharing room, full board meals , transportation in private car, Entrance fee to tourist sight seeing , tour guide and tour program as bellows: Day 1: ARRIVE HO CHI MINH – CITY TOUR (L,D) Arrive Ho Chi Minh by QV515 at 10.45. Welcome by friendly guide then transfer to Hotel. Buffet lunch. At Leisure. PM: City tour: visit China Town - Thien Hau Pagoda - Remnant War Museum Reunification Hall (Formerly Presidential Palace) - Opera House - City Hall - Drop at Main Post Office & Notre Dame Cathedral for taking picture - On the way coming back the Hotel, stop at Lacquewares factory for shopping. Back to hotel. Set dinner at Sapphire Hotel

Day 2: HCMC – VUNG TAU – HCMC (L, D) Morning depart for Vung Tau, a famous tourist spot. Free for swimming, sea bathing at Mariana Club. Set lunch at the local seafood restaurant. Visit memorial statue of Saint George (30 m high) on Small Mountain - the highest Saint statue in Viet Nam, visit Niet Ban Tinh Xa, the most beautiful pagoda in Vung Tau on hillslope facing the sea. Back HCM City on the way stop at LongThanh to buy fruit of the season. Arrival HCMC, set dinner on Saigon floating restaurant. Transfer back to hotel for leisure Day 3: HO CHI MINH – VIENTIANE Guest are free still time transfer to Airport to take a flight on 11.45. End of service.


Amazing Angkor , Siemreap - Cambodia How to reach Angkor wat ? You may take Lao Airlines flight from Vientiane or Pakse with daily service or depart from Luangprabang on Mon, Thu & Sat.

Enjoy the Free & Easy stay Package in the Siemreap city which includes - Round trip Air ticket of Lao Airlines - Two nights accommodation in three/ four star hotel with daily breakfast. - Round trip Airport transfer.

Day 2 : Angkor Thom ( B/L/D ) Atfer breakfat at hotel visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon temples, Bapuon, Phimenakas, Terrace of Elephant and Leper King. Afternoon visit Ta Prum temple, Takeo, Angkorwat temple and Sunset On Bakheng Hill , dinner and back to hotel. Day3 : Siem reap – Pakse/ Vientiane ( B ) Breakfast at Hotel, visit old market and transfer to Siem Reap International Airport to fly back.

Angkor wat Amazing

Angkor Wat - Phnompenh Sihanouk ville

CPH42 : Full Package 3 Days 2 nights

CPH42 : Full Package 6 Days 5 Nights

Visit the Amazing Angkor city 3 days 2nights with Champa holidays which includes Roundtrip Air ticket of Lao Airlines. - Two night accommodation in hotel on twin sharing room. - Full board meals, Transportation (car, van or bus). - Entrance fee to tourist sight seeing.English / Thai speaking guide and tour program as following :

Day 01: Arriving Siem Reap ( L/D) Arrive at Siem Reap International airport and transfer to hotel for Check in , lunch at Sophea Angkor Pich Restaurant then visit South Gate of AngkorThom , Terrace of Elephant, AngkorWat and Sunset bakheng , diner at Kolen II Restaurant, Day2: Tonlesab – Phnompenh ( B/L/D ) At 7.30am Guide and Van pick up customers to visit the Tonlesab, and have lunch at Kolen II restaurant , and

Day 01: Arrive – Siem Reap ( L/D) Arrive at Siem Reap International airport and transfer to hotel for Check in and visit the National Museum and have lunch . Afternoon visit the Wat Thmei Artisan Angkor, Old Market , dinner at Koulen II Restaurant with Apsara Dance, visit Night Market back to Hotel

12.00pm start to PP and check in Hotel 3star and have diner TonleBasac Restaurant.

Angkor Wat CPH41 : Free & Easy stay 3 days 2 Nights

Day 3: City tour Phnompenh – Sihanou ville( B/L/D ) At 8.00am Guide and Van pick up customers to visit Royal Palace, Museum , Killing field , And have lunch at Tonle Basac restaurant and 1.00pm start to Sihanuk vile and check in Hotel Golden Sand , have diner at Beach Restaurant. Day 4: Sihanouk ville at 8.00am guide and van visit Ream Beach and have lunch at Beach restaurant and afternoon visit the O’chheuteal Beach , diner at Beach Restaurant. Day 5 : Sihannouk ville – Siemreap ( B/L/D ) At 8.00am visit Sihanuk Vile Market and start back to have lunch at TonleBasac Restaurant , and back to check in Hotel and have diner at Sophea AngkorPich Restaurant . Day 6 : Siem reap – Pakse/ VTE ( B ) Breakfast at Hotel, visit old market and transfer to Siem Reap International Airport to fly back

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Jinghong -China Visit Jinghong , Xishuang Banna

LocLocated in the south of Yunnan Province, Jinghong is the political, economic and cultural center of Xishuang Banna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, which is a supernatural oasis in southwest China, while Jinghong is just a bright pearl in the oasis. Attractive Xishuang Banna The tropical flowers and plants Garde, Meng tropical Botanical garden, Tropical rain forest valley, Menggle great Buddhist monastery, mengle cultural park, Manting park, Dai ethnic garden, Wild elephant ravine, South medicinal Plants garden, the virgin forest park and mengjinglai village etc.. How’s to reach Jinghong ? Travel with Lao Airlines direct flight from Luangprabang on Friday and Sunday, Also you could connect flight from Vientiane. CPH51: Jinghong Free & Easy stay 3 days 2 Nights Enjoy & relax with the free & Easy stay package in Jinghong Xishuang Banna which include round trip Air ticket of Lao Airlines , 2 Nights accommodation in four star hotel with daily breakfast and Airport transfer. CPH52 : Jinghong stop over 3 Days 2 nights Spend your holidays with Jinghong stop over 3 days 2 nights which include Roundtrip Air ticket of Lao Airlines,Two night accommodation in three star hotel on twin sharing room, Full board meals ( Chinese food ), Transportation(car, van or bus)., Entrance fee to tourist sight seeing.Lao / english speaking guide and tour program as bellows :

Day1 : Take Lao Airlines flight QV818 to Jinghong , meet in the airport and transfer and visit Bage Temple( Head Temple in Xishuangbanna), check in and have a rest in the hotel. Overnight at Jinghong Day2 : After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Virgin forest Park, than transfer to Ganlanba in the after lunch, and sightseeing in the local bazaar and the villages of Dai people and visit the Dai Garden, take part in the water splashing, and have dinner with sing and dance show.Overnight at Jinghong Day3 : Breakfast & check out from hotel , tour in the Flower Garden, after lunch, transfer to the airport to fly back to Luangprabang or Vientiane.

For more information please contact Champa holidays tour or Lao Airlines offices Tel: ( 856-21 ) 219932, Fax: ( 856-21 ) 212058, Mobile:2413161 , 2224884 Email: info@laoairlines.com, sales@champaholidays.com, www.champaholidays.com

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Kunming, China Attraction Stone Forest The Stone Forest is a national 4A scenic spot 86 kilometers from Kunming. A karst landform 200 million years old, known in Yunnan as the “First Wonder under the Sun”. The Stone Forest and Imperial palace in Beijing, the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an and the mountains and rivers in Guilin have been generally recognized as four main scenic spots in China. Yuantong Temple It is situated at the foot of Yuantong Hill. It is the largest Buddhist temple in downtown Kunming, with a history of around 1,200 years. It combines both the Buddhist and Daoism architectural styles because it was once rebuilt as a Daoism temple. Western Hills(Xishan) & Dragon Gate Located in western Kunming by the bank of Danchi Lake, it is a national 3A scenic spot. It boasts a dense foest and ancient temples such as Sanqingge, Taihua, Huating, built in the Yuan Dynasty, as well as Dragon Gate carved into the cliff over 72 years. Dianchi Lake Renowned as the “pearl on the plateau”, with many natural, historic and cultural attractions around the lake, it is the largest lake in Yunnan. Yunnan Ethnic Villages A national 4A scenic spot and a window on the ethnic culture of Yunnan, where you may see traditional buildings of different ethnic groups in Yunnan and enjoy various ethnic customs and culture. Jiuxiang Karst Cave The area is 100 km away from Kunming, 30 km from Stone Forest tourism spot. The total area of Jiu Xiang landscape area 278 square km. There are vivid natural landscape, imposing underground den landscape, archaic cultural and special folk custom. It is a unique international sightseeing geologic park. Bamboo Temple It was initially built in the early Yuan Dynasty and has been the largest Buddhist temple in Yunna since the introduction of Dhyana to Yunnan from the Central Plains. It is famous for the five hundred Buddhist saint caricatures, a masterpiece of Chinese folk statuary. Golden Temple The Golden Temple was constructed by Wu Sangui in 1671 A. D.. The whole temple are all made of copper., it reflects the excellent metallurgical and casting technology more than 300 years ago in Yunnan. The temple weighs 250 tons and is 6.7 meters high, it is the largest and heaviest as well as the bes preserved copper temple in China.

CPH21 : Kunming Free & Easy stay 3 Days 2 Nights. Enjoy the free & easy stay 3 days 2 nights which include round Air ticket , 02 nights accommodation in hotel room with daily breakfast and round trip Airport transfer. CPH22: Kunming stop over 3 days 2 nights Spend your holidays at Kunming with stop over 3 days 2 nights which include round trip Air ticket of Lao Airlines, Two night accommodation in hotel on twin sharing room, Full board meals , private transportation, entrance fee to tourist sight seeing, tour guide and tour program as following : D1 VTE/KMG ( Western Hills & Jiuxiang Caves) (L / D) Take flight QV817 (06:30-09:40) to Kunming Airport, meet and transfer to the Forest Park of the Western Hills, it’s 26 km away from the down town, is located on the edge of Dianchi Lake, we will visit the Dragon Gate, it consists of the Sanqing Temple Complex and the Dragon Gate Grotto Complex. in the afternoon, transfer to Jiuxiang, and tour in Jiuxiang Limestone Caves. Transfer to the Stone Forest, check in the hotel. Overnight at the Stone Forest D2 Stone Forest/Kunming (B / L / D) Tour in the Stone Forest in the morning, it is consist of innumerable bizarre-shaped ancient limestone cliffs and peaks created by mind and water erosion more than 200 million years ago. Then return back to Kunming in the afternoon. D3 Departure ( B ) Breakfast at hotel, free leisure and transfer to the airport for departure at 10:45

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Kunming, China CPH23 :

Kunming Attraction 4 Days 3 Nights Choose the Kunming attraction 4 days 3 nights tour which include round trip Air ticket of Lao Airlines, Three night accommodation in hotel on twin sharing room, Full board meals , private transportation, entrance fee to tourist sight seeing, tour guide and tour program as following: D1 VTE/KMG ( Western Hills & Golden Temple) (L / D) Take flight QV817(06:30-09:40) to Kunming Airport, meet and transfer to the Forest Park of the Western Hills, it’s 26 km away from the down town, is located on the edge of Dianchi Lake, we will visit the Dragon Gate, it consists of the Sanqing Temple Complex and the Dragon Gate Grotto Complex. then visit the Golden Temple in the afternoon, it was built in 1871 with 250 tons of solid bronze, is reputed as the largest bronze hall in China. Overnight at Kunming D2 Jiuxiang Cave & Stone Forest ( B / L / D ) transfer to Jiuxiang in the morning, and tour in Jiuxiang Limestone Caves. Than transfer to the Stone Forest in the afternoon, check in the hotel. Overnight at the Stone Forest D3 Stone Forest/Kunming ( B / L /D ) To tour in the Stone Forest in the morning, it is a massive collection of grey limestone pillars, split by rain water and eroded to their present fanciful forms, it began to take shape about 270 million years ago. In stone Forest, stone peaks rise abruptly, stalagmites crowd together like sharp swords piercing toward the sky, the group of stones look much like a mighty forest. Return back to Kunming in the afternoon.Overnight at Kunming D4 Departure ( B ) Transfer to the airport for departure in the morning (QV827 10:45-12:00).

For more information please contact Champa holidays tour or Lao Airlines offices Tel: ( 856-21 ) 219932, Fax: ( 856-21 ) 212058, Mobile:2413161 , 2224884 Email: info@laoairlines.com, sales@champaholidays.com, www.champaholidays.com

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Hotels Vientaine Asian Pavilion 379 Samsenthai Rd, Vientiane, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 21 -213430 – 2, 222890 Fax: (856) 21 -213085 E-mail: asianpavilionhotel@mail.com www.asianpavilionlao.com Don Chan Palace 06, Rue Fa Ngum, Ban Phiawat Vientiane, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 21 -244288 Fax: (856) 21 -244111 -2 E-mail: info@donchanpalacelaopdr.com www.donchanpalacelaopdr.com D’Rose Hotel 339 Pangkham Rd, Sisaket Village, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 21 -25038 Fax: (856) 21 215039 Family Hotel Pang kham Rd Vientiane, Lao PDR. Tel: (856) 21 -260448-9 E-mail: famhotel@laotel.com www.familyhotellaos.com Green Park 248 Khouvieng Rd, P.O Box: 9698, Vientiane Lao PDR Tel: (856) 21 -264097 -9 Fax: (856) 21 -263064 E-mail: info@greenparkvientiane.com www.greenparkvientiane.com Hotel Lao 43/7 Hengboun Rd, Vientiane, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 21 -219280-1 Fax: (856) 21 -219282 E-mail: hotellao@laotel.com Lane-Xang Hotel Fa Ngum Rd, P.O BOX: 280, Vientiane, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 21 -214 100-7 Fax: (856) 21 -214108 E-mail: hotel-lanexang@yahoo.com Lao Plaza 63, Samsenthai Rd, Vientiane, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 21 -218800-01 Fax: (856) 21 -218800-9 E-mail: sales@laoplazahotel.com www.laoplazahotel.com

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Luang Prabang Ancient Luang Prabang Sisavangvong Rd, Ban Bakham, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 71 -212264 Fax: (856) 71 -212840 E-mail: info@ancientluangprabang.com www.ancientluangprabang.com Mekong River View Hotel Mekong Riverside Rd, Xieng Thong Village, P.O.Box 183, luang-prabang, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 71 -254900 E-mail: hotel@mekongriverview.com www.mekongriverview.com The Luangsay Residence 4-5 Ban Phonepheng, P.O.Box:507, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Tel: +856-71 260891 Fax: +856-71 260 892 E-mail: info@luangsayresidence.com www. luangsayresidence.com Le Bel Air Boutique 1 Old Bridge, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 71 -254699 Fax: (856) 71 -410488 Mob: (856) 20 -5-410488 E-mail: info@leblairhotel.com Luang-Prabang River Lodge Bam Paxom Khomkong Rd, Along Tha Mekong Riverside Tel/Fax: (856) 21 -253314 Mob: (856) 20 -5-405192 E-mail: kllpq@laotel.com Lao Spirit Resort Nam Khan River 15 km out of Luang Prabang Mobile: +856-20 58553133 E-mail: info@lao-spirit.com

Pakse Inthira Hotel Ban Vat Amard, Champasak District, Champasak Provice, Lao PDR. Tel/Fax: +856-31 214 059 E-mail:info@inthirahotel.com www.inthirahotel.com Champa Hotel No. 13 Rd, P.O.BOX 504, Pakse Champasak,Lao PDR Tel: (856) 31 -213649 Fax: (856) 31 -212765 E-mail: Champaresidence@yahoo.com Champasak Palace Road No.13, Ban Prabath P.O.BOX: 718 Champasak Province, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 31 -212263, 212777-80 Fax: (856) 31 -212781, 252131 Kingfisher Ecologe Ban Khiet Ngong (Phou Asa) Champasak Province, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 20 -5726315 E-mail: info@kingfisherecolodge.com www.kingfisherecolodge.com Salal Done Khone P 265 4 000 Islands, Champasak, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 30 -5256390 Fax: (856) 30 -5260701 E-mail: saladonekhone@salalao.com www.saladonekhone@salalao.com La Folie Lodge Pathoumphone Don Daeng P.O.BOX: 668 Champasak province, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 30 -5347603 Mob: (856) 20 -5532004 Email: reservation@lafolie-laos.com

Oudomxay

Khammouane

Vanghai Village, Xay City, Oudomxay Province, Lao PDR Mobile:+856-20 23968111, 23966333, Tel:+856-81 212 881, Fax:+856-81 212 882 sales@charminglaohotel.com reservations@charminglaohotel.com manager@charminglaohotel.com www.charminglaohotel.com

Inthira Hotel No. 079, Unit 4 Anou Road, Ban Thakhek Kang, Thakhek District, Khammouane Provice, Lao PDR. Tel/Fax: +856-51 251 237 Email:info@inthirahotel.com www.inthirahotel.com


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Restaurants Vientaine

Vientaine

Sophisticated Fusion Sushi & Japanese Food La Gondola Open every day 101/7 Ban watchane Chao Anou Rd., Hang Boun Road, Ban Haisok, Chanthabury, P.O.BOX 9198, Vientiane Lao PDR. Tel: +856-21 265 00 Tel: (856) 21 -264057 Mob: (856) 20 -5926 232 Chowon Restaurant E-mail: pierluigimarcon@hotmail.com Ban Phonphanao, Kaysone Phomvihane Rd., P.O.BOX: 11806, Vientiane, Lao PDR La Scala Tel: (856) 21 -900123 Km3, Ban Beungkayong, Vientiane, Lao PDR. Mob: (856) 20 -747 0515 Tel: (856) 21 -485006 E-mail: strifewithpeace@hotmail.com Mob: (856) 20 -2225354 E-mail: lascsla_delishop@yahoo.com Coca Suki Restaurant 046 Ban Hat Sady Nua, Saylom Rd., L’Adresse de Tinay Vientiane Lao PDR. Samsenthai Rd, Unit 118, Vientiane, Lao PDR. Tel/Fax: (856) 21 -216650 Mob: (856) 20 -6913434 E-mail: tinay.intha@gmail.com Istanbul Restaurant Francois Ngin Rd., Ban Mixay, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Lao PDR. Tel: (856) 21 -218320 Mob: (856) 20 -7978190, 7978187 E-mail: cemturan81@hotmail.com Khop Cai Deu The Place where the world meets. 54 Setthirat Rd, Namphou Fountain, Vientiane, Lao PDR. Tel/Fax: (856) 21 -251564 www.khopchaideu.com

Lao Garden The Deua Rd, Ban watnak, Vientiane, Lao PDR. Tel: (856) 21 -312930 Le Prevencal Aucun doute les meilleures Pizzas De Vientiane sa pud est dans votre assiette Namphu Square, Vientiane, Lao PDR. Tel: (856) 21 -219689 Mob: (856) 20 -5614092 Camacrafts Nokeo koummane Rd., Mixay Village, P.O.Box 4556, Vientiane, Lao PDR. Tel: (856) 21 -241217 E-mail: et@camacrafts.org www.camacrafts.org

Luang Prabang Blue Lagoon Café Blue Lagoon Café serves an Extensive menu of food, cocktails, Coffees and wines Ban Choumkhong, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Tel: (856) 71 -253698 E-mail: info@blue-lagoon-cafe.ch www.blue-lagoon-cafe.com Indochina Spirit P 221 Ban Vat That 50-51, Opposite the Fountain of the Mainroad, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 71 -253080, 252372 Mob: (856) 20 -5670189 E-mail: indochina2us@yahoo.com Sushi Japanese Retaurant Ban Visoun, Visounnarth Rd, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR Mob: (856) 20 -7518300 Rama Hotel Luang Prabang Khmu Restaurant Tel: (856) 71 -212092 Mob: (856) 20 -5570505 E-mail: malatravelservice@yahoo.com Morning Glory Café Morning Glory Café Sakarine Rd., Ban Wat Sene, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Mob: (856) 20 -7858344 www.mg-restaurant.com

Guest Houses Vientaine Nam Lik Eco Village p 105 Vientiane province, Lao PDR Mob: (856) 20-5508719, 5596724 E-mail: malicafe@hotmail.com www.namlik.com Lani Guest House 281, Setthathirath Road, Ban Haysok,Chanthaboury District Vientiane, Lao PDR P.O. Box 58 Tel. +856-21-214919 / 215639 Fax +856-21-216103 info@laniguesthouse.com www.laniguesthouse.com Haysok Ban Haysok ChanthabulyDist. Tel: (856) 21 -218844 Mob: (856) 20 -5513779

Handicrafts

Magic Lao Carpets Ban Nongdouang Tai Sikhottabong Distict, Lao PDR. Tel:+856-21 216 854 Fax: +856 21 215639 E-mail: lanico@laotel.com www.magiclaocarpets.com

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Luang Prabang

Pakse

Bouakham Guest House p 225 Ban pakham, Souvannabanlang Luang prabang, Lao PDR Tel/Fax: (856) 71-254991 E-mail: bouakham_gh@yahoo.com www.green_laos.com

Phaythavone Ban PhonsaAt PakseDist. Tel: (030) 213623 Mob: (856) 20 -5432110

Channuane Guest House p 200 Ban Hoa Siang, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 71 -252078 Mob: (856) 20 -5518815 E-mail: somtcit@channuane.com www.channuane.com Hotel Villa Ban Lao p 229 Thammamikarath Rd., Ban Mano, P.O.BOX: 888, Luang prabang, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 71 -252078 Fax: (856) 71 -212438 E-mail: info@banlaohotel.com www.banlaohotel.com Sokdee Residence P211 Ban vat Nong, Kounxoa Rd, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR Tel: (856) 71 -252555, E-mail: sokdeeresidence@gmail.com

Phonesavanh Ban Thalouang PakseDist. Tel: (031) 212842 Mob: (856) 2277277 Sala Ban Thasalakham PakseDist Tel: (031) 212725 Fax: (031) 213110 Thaluang Ban Thalouang PakseDist Tel: (031) 251399 Mob: (856) 5530113 Santisouk Ban Oudomsavanh Tel: (031) 25 2649 Mob: (856) 563 2442 Somvang Vongsouvan Ban KeoOudom PakseDist Tel: (031) 21 3413


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