Category: Laos

Top 5 places to learn about war history in Indochina

Top 5 places to learn about war history in Indochina

Known to the Vietnamese as the American War, to Americans as the Vietnam War, and to scholars as the Second Indochina War – the American-Vietnamese conflict that took place between 1955 until 1975 brought Vietnam to the forefront of the world’s attention. What most people don’t realise is that the conflict had an equally devastating […]

The ghats in Varanasi, India

Top 6 riverside towns

London isn’t the only city famed for its river, with the Thames flowing past attractions like the Houses of Parliament and the Eye. All around the world there are cities and towns with locals whose lives revolve around the waters – from Varanasi where the sacred Ganges is a pilgrimage site, to architecturally splendid bridges in Prague where […]

Song Saa Private Island Resort

10 of the best luxury eco retreats in Asia

Asia is a fantastic place to enjoy luxury and is also home to some of the best eco retreats in the world. If you’re looking for a dream break that lets you rest your weary body in a sustainable way then we’ve put together ten of the very best places to sit back, relax and […]

Top 6 can't miss experiences in Luang Prabang, Laos

Top 6 can’t miss experiences in Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos isn’t the easiest place to get to, unless you happen to live in Bangkok, Singapore, or a few other cities with a nonstop flight there. The trek is worth it. This UNESCO World Heritage town of just 50,000 has over 30 temples that you can bicycle among, and the tradition of saffron […]

Bringing your luxury travel memories back to life through artisan crafts

Bringing your luxury travel memories back to life through artisan crafts

Those of you who travel regularly and have an interest in different cultures around the world will, I’m sure, have one or two much-treasured items at home that serve as mementos from those trips. You might also have a story or two to tell in terms of the difficulties you went through in finding the […]

5 of the most fascinating historical sites in southeast Asia

5 of the most fascinating historical sites in southeast Asia

South East Asia is an incredible region to visit at any time of year, and is known mainly for its stunning beaches, delicious cuisines and friendly local culture, but Asia also is a paradise for ancients temples and religious monuments with Buddhist, Hindu and even Christian temples still in active use to this day. A […]

A new generation of luxury river cruises in Asia

A new generation of luxury river cruises in Asia

Much of southern Asia covers largely tranquil, jungle-clad regions brimming with ruined temples, exotic wildlife, peaceful village communities and winding waterways that have served traders and fishermen for centuries. Despite tourism being firmly established, large parts remain hidden and sheltered; and the life-giving waterways invariably provide the most enjoyable – and sometimes the only – […]

An introduction to Indochina

An introduction to Indochina

Here you’ll find everything you’ll need to know before taking a trip to the cultural and culinary heart of south-east Asia. Soak up the charming atmosphere of Luang Prabang. Have a cup of Vietnamese coffee in Ho Chi Minh city whilst getting a new wardrobe from a tailor or discover Cambodia’s modern history in Phnom […]

10 of the most intimate boutique hotels in South East Asia

10 of the most intimate boutique hotels in South East Asia

There’s nothing quite like enjoying the exclusivity of being in a hotel that caters to just a select few – hotels that are small and intimate. The advantages are many – the best of them being that you are almost family during your stay. More often than not, you will find that the hotel staff […]

Southern Laos: where the Mekong blossoms

Southern Laos: where the Mekong blossoms

While many travellers head straight for the sybaritic charms of feted Luang Prabang, fewer sample the emerald rice plains of the south, with its stunning jungle karst formations, remnant Ho Chi Minh trail and some of the prettiest riverine villages in the country, the pinnacle of which is a group of tropical islands known as […]

Top 5 haunted stays this Halloween

Top 5 haunted stays this Halloween

Like a bit of ghoul with your glamour? Or perhaps you prefer your comfort with a side of creepy? Then you’ll love a stay in one of these reputedly haunted properties this Halloween season; luxurious by day, chilling by night… for some potentially spooky surprises, here are our top five suggestions. Angleterre Hotel, St Petersburg, […]

5 places to take your honeymoon in South East Asia

5 places to take your honeymoon in South East Asia

A honeymoon is only supposed to happen once in a lifetime and there is no excuse to not make it a special occasion. Why not head out to South East Asia for fantastic weather, top notch hotels and some memorable sights? You could take a trip to South East Asia where you can enjoy a spa […]

Photograph of the week: Don Khone Waterfall, Mekong River, Laos

Photograph of the week: Don Khone Waterfall, Mekong River, Laos

The Mekong River cascades over rocks and boulders forming the Don Khone waterfall in Don Det, 4000 Islands, Laos.  Accessed by bicycling down bumpy dirt pathways through rice paddies, past fat-bellied pigs, and sharing the narrow road with the occasional 10-year-old local on a motorbike whizzing by, this waterfall is the gateway to the famous […]

5 of Asia's best yoga and meditation retreats

5 of Asia’s best yoga and meditation retreats

Always wanted to go on a yoga and meditation retreat but just didn’t know where to go? Here are some of my favourite resorts that not only offer a serene and tranquil environment but are located in some of Asia’s most exotic destinations. From the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and […]

4 of the most spectacular underground experiences

One of the main benefits of luxury travel, I have long believed, is that it affords us the opportunity to explore the most unusual, fascinating and unique aspects of our own planet. I love to discover new places and new perspectives, unearth forgotten worlds and embrace the unfamiliar. Although realistically there are few frontiers left […]

Laos' luxurious new retreat: Alila Luang Prabang

Laos’ luxurious new retreat: Alila Luang Prabang

Asia’s most recent and exciting luxury boutique hotel group, Alila Hotels & Resorts, has introduced its second property in Indochina: Alila Luang Prabang. Set to open its doors in October 2010, Alila Luang Prabang is expected to raise the bar for luxury retreats in Laos.  The small UNESCO Heritage town of Luang Prabang is the […]

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