Posts Tagged ‘Vientiane’

Highlights of Myanmar with Laos

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Uncover Myanmar and Laos on our 15-day tour of the best highlights of both countries.

The beauty of Myanmar and Laos

The beauty of Myanmar and Laos

Yangon is our starting point to uncover the essential elements of Myanmar, followed by the ancient Burmese capital of Bagan, with over 4,000 stupas satisfying your temple desires amidst dramatic scenery. Mandalay and the dazzling floating gardens of Inle Lake await us before we return to Yangon. The beautiful World Heritage city of Luang Prabang has much to offer as we explore its myriad wats and museums, Pak Ou Caves and take a dip in the Kuang Si falls before heading south to Vientiane. The bizarre Buddha Park offers an alternative experience to the more mainstream temples in the city. Later, we fly to the southern region of Champasak to experience our second Mekong River cruise to discover the awe-inspiring ruins of the mountain temple of Vat Phu and the magical 4,000 islands of sleepy Si Phan Don. The tour ends in Southern Laos with the option to continue southwards into Cambodia by land, return to Pakse or travel overland into neighbouring Thailand.

Find out more details on this 15-day tour of Myanmar and Laos at http://www.hanuman.travel/Tours/Myanmar/Myanmar_Laos_Uncovered.html.

Laos Discovery

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Pushed for time but you really want to see the charms of Laos. Try our 8-day Laos Discovery tour.

Discover Laos with Hanuman

Discover Laos with Hanuman

The sleepy capital of Vientiane and its alluring riverside setting with historic temples and the eccentric Buddha Park begin our journey in this relaxed and laid-back country. We then head to the Plain of Jars, a mysterious mountainside dotted with ancient burial jars from a forgotten civilisation for a brief adventure before we arrive at the highlight of our tour, the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang. Home to 32 stupa-studded wats, it remains one of the most atmospheric destinations in all Asia. We take in the Royal Palace Museum, classic Wat Xieng Thong, enjoy a boat upstream to the Buddahs of the Pak Ou Caves and a day of relaxation in the turquoise waters of the multi-tiered Kuang Si Falls.

Contact our Sales Team at Hanuman for more information or visit our website at http://www.hanuman.travel/Tours/Laos/Laos_Discovery.html to find out more about the delights that Laos has to offer visitors.

With Laos in mind, we love this article by Richard Waters for the Independent newspaper, as he takes to his motorcycle and explores this beautiful country. Read about his trip at http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/asia/on-your-bike-in-central-laos-8873871.html.

The Sights and Sounds of Vientiane in Laos

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

The Lao capital Vientiane may not have the headline attractions of languid Luang Prabang, the former royal capital. However, it is a bustling riverside city with a number of important temples, countless classy restaurants and some interesting shops and galleries. Take a look at Vientiane in this short video produced for our Youtube channel Hanuman Travel TV, including the golden stupa of That Luang and the Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane, Patuxai Monument.

 

Tour of the Week: Grand Laos Journey

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Following on from our visit to the incredible Vieng Xay Caves, we feature this Grand Laos Journey, which covers the major highlights of the country from north to south.

Monks at Kuang Si Falls near Luang Prabang

Monks at Kuang Si Falls near Luang Prabang

An in-depth journey throughout the old kingdom of Laos that will take you beyond the highlights and under the skin of this beguiling country, beginning with the the Luang Say cruise along the Mekong River, via the Pak Ou Caves to the World Heritage recognized city of Luang Prabang. Home to 32 stupa-studded wats, it remains one of the most atmospheric destinations in all Asia. We take in the Royal Palace Museum, classic Wat Xieng Thong and enjoy a trek to the turquoise waters of the multi-tiered Kuang Si Falls. We then head to the Plain of Jars, a mysterious mountainside dotted with ancient burial jars from a forgotten civilisation for a brief adventure before we continue to the capital city of Vientiane. Then we head south where no trip would be complete without a visit to the incredible Wat Phu and the 4,000 islands and waterfalls on the border with Cambodia.

For more details on this tour, visit the Hanuman website: http://www.hanuman.travel/Tours/Laos/Grand_Laos_Journey.html

Hanuman at the ATF 2013 in Vientiane, Laos

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Hanuman was an exhibitor at the recent Asean Tourism Forum 2013 in Vientiane, Laos, with its own stand in the Cambodia section of the event.

Hanuman at the ATF in Vientiane, Laos

 

Held over three days at the ITECC (International Trade Exhibition and Convention Center) in Vientiane, the ATF attracted around 500 buyers from every corner of the globe. There were large numbers of buyers from the English-speaking markets of Australia, the UK and the US, as well as impressive showing from Germany, Russia and Eastern Europe. There was also a large contingent of Indian buyers, as well as plenty of tour operators from the Southeast Asia region.

Among the exhibitors, the regional tourism powerhouses of Malaysia and Thailand had the largest number of booths, with Indonesia close behind. The Philippines was also well-represented, as was Singapore. Laos made a great effort on home soil, with a large number of DMCs and hoteliers exhibiting, arranged around the Lao National Tourism Authority ornate central stand. The Cambodia section included an attractive replica of a Banteay Srei tower and several of the leading local hoteliers. Hanuman was one of the very few DMCs represented in Cambodia and enjoyed plenty of positive feedback on the stand decoration as representing the best of the kingdom.

Many thanks to the Lao hosts for their hospitality and organisation during the event. All the best to Malaysia for 2014.

 

Hanuman at the ATF 2013 in Vientiane, Laos

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The Hanuman team will be travelling to the Lao capital to promote Cambodia and the Mekong region at the Asean Tourism Forum 2013, taking place from 21-24 January 2013.

The Hanuman Booth at the 2011 ATF in Phnom Penh

The Hanuman Booth at the 2011 ATF in Phnom Penh

This year’s ATF will see more than 1000 exhibitors spread across 500 booths, plus a media contingent of about 130 from around the region. Hanuman will be exhibiting at Stand F4 in the Cambodian section of the hall and looks forward to welcoming both existing travel partners and potential new partners from around the world. New for 2013 is our Hanuman Travel Collection DVD with more than 50 videos from around the region, including destinations, experiences, hotels and cruises. Video is now an important element of a comprehensive 360 degree marketing strategy, so be sure to drop by our stand for a copy of this original DVD.

Our team at the ATF in Vientiane will include a number of our senior managers. Our owner and Managing Director Mrs Sotho Tan will be attending with 25 years and more of tourism and travel experience in the region. Our Company Advisor Nick Ray will also be on hand and he has a wealth of knowledge on the Indochina region, as he has been writing Lonely Planet guidebooks to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam for 15 years now. For French speakers, our French Department Manager Ludovic Ronsin will be attending and for Russian speakers our Russia and Eastern Europe Manager Sergey Oreshko will be on the stand during the event.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 ATF in Vientiane, Laos. Please drop by our stand if you are attending the event.

COPE Visitor Centre: Helping People To Move On

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

An essential stop on a trip to Vientiane, capital of Laos, the COPE Visitor Centre provides an excellent insight into the legacy of the secret war in Laos and the impact of UXO (unexploded ordnance) on the local population.

COPE Visitor Centre, Vientiane, Laos

COPE Visitor Centre, Vientiane, Laos

Take time to wander through the exhibition to learn about the UXO problem in Lao PDR and the work undertaken by COPE (Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise) to provide disability services for people affected by UXOs.  As part of the exhibition there are a number of excellent documentary films about UXOs and COPE, including the award-winning Bomb Hunters about the work of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) in Laos. Exhibits include detailed maps of bomb sites, defused cluster bombs displayed as artistic sculptures and a variety of homemade prosthetic limbs moulded from wood and stone. Visitors can try traditional stick operated tricycle wheelchairs at the centre or try walking with a prosthetic leg. There is also a mirror box on display that is used to treat phantom pain in amputees and this is a very surreal experience for visitors.

The COPE Visitor Centre includes a small gift shop with original t-shirts, postcards, and fair-trade Lao Mountain Coffee. There are also snacks, ice cream and drinks on offer at Karma Cafe. All money raised from the gift shop and the Karma Cafe go directly to funding COPE services. It is also possible to buy a leg for someone, as well as donate different sums of money for different needs. Buying a leg is the best present imaginable. Thanks to donations, more people are able to move on. Learn more at http://www.copelaos.org/donate.php

The COPE Visitor Centre is located on Khou Vieng Road, 1km from the Talat Sao (Morning Market), opposite Green Park Hotel. It is easy to reach by bicycle or tuk tuk. It is open everyday from 9am to 6pm.

Learn more at http://www.copelaos.org/visit.php.

Settha Palace’s enduring charm

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Old world colonial charm is a real magnet in Indochina and one of the most elegant examples of this is at Settha Palace Hotel in the Laos capital of Vientiane. Hanuman Travel TV paid a visit recently to capture the mood.

 

From Settha Palace themselves: “In the heart of bustling Vientiane stands a remarkable hotel. Built in the early part of the last century, circa 1932, and painstakingly restored to its former imperial glory, the Settha Palace Hotel serves as a testament to the long lost era of classical elegance, gracious service and French colonial-era charm.”

The Hanuman view: “This colonial-era gem has an enduring charm thanks to its relatively small number of rooms, just 26. All are tastefully finished in wooden furnishings, grand beds and elegant black and white tiled bathrooms. The courtyard pool is an invitingly shady space to hide on a hot day. La Belle Epoque Restaurant offers the finest French food in town, plus some beautifully presented Laotian cuisine.”

Laos with little ‘uns

Friday, August 10th, 2012
Adorable Laotian children

Adorable Laotian children

Taking your children to Laos, here’s a few suggestions to keep them enthused.

Like all the countries in Southeast Asia, Laos can be a lot of fun with children and the locals will shower attention on them wherever you and your family will go.

Whilst parents will be interested in the temples, museums and architecture, younger children may not, so be prepared for that too. Older children may be interested in the UXO information center in Luang Prabang or the weaving at OckPopTok Living Crafts Center. And a Big Brother Mouse Book Party is guaranteed to raise the spirits of any family group.

The outdoors will certainly keep them entertained. In Luang Prabang the waterfalls and cascade pools at Tat Sae (with elephant rides and zip lines) and Tat Kuang Si (with its bear enclosure on hand) will do the job. Boat trips are also very well received, such as the one to Pak Ou Caves. If its elephants that you are looking for then the adventures at Shangri Lao and the All Lao Elephant Camp are fairly close at hand. Or just climb aboard some bicycles and meander through the city streets and beyond.

Further south, most children take to the unique sculptures to be found at the Buddhist Park of Xieng Khuan outside of Vientiane. The capital city also has some activities on offer such as swimming pools and ten-pin bowling. Older children may take an interest in the COPE Centre, which supports victims of UXO, and if you are seeking traditional Lao culture, try the Laos National Theatre. Getting down into Southern Laos, then Tree Top Explorer is located near Pakse and offers the chance for an adrenaline adventure in the jungle with trekking, ziplining and abseiling with an overnight stay in the Jungle Hotel.

Tour of the Week – Good Cause Laos

Friday, July 13th, 2012

If you are making your first visit to the beautiful country of Laos and want to share your experience by helping others, then try our 7-day Good Cause Laos program.

Making a positive impact on the lives of local people is a key theme running through this seven day journey in Laos. We begin in the Asia of old at the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang with its temples and museums whilst also enjoying a cooking class of authentic Lao food at the classy restaurant, Tamarind. Having some fun with a Big Brother Mouse book party will support child literacy, whilst a Royal Ballet performance is a great introduction to Lao artistic culture. After getting close to nature with a mahout course at Elephant Village, who focus on the protection and rehabilitation of their animals, we head to the capital city of Vientiane, its unique Buddha Park and café culture and take the opportunity to find out more about a restaurant, Makphet, that provides hospitality training for disadvantaged youths. This is a brief look at the highlights of Laos and an opportunity to encounter the genuine warmth amongst its people. Find out more at http://www.hanuman.travel/Tours/Laos/Good_Cause_Laos.html.