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8 Romantic Destinations in Laos

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    Sabaidee readers!

    February is a time for celebrating romance. So for our 24th issue

    we take you to eight destinations to help you start to create a long

    lasting romance. From the grand Kong Lor cave in Khammoune,

    to the cloud covered mountain peaks of Xaysomboun, and the

    invigorating air at the Tad Fane Waterfall there is a chance you

    could fall in love with these destinations and more.

    For this months ASEAN Connect, we experience Malaysian

    homestay-style tourism in Kampung Beng Village. Located on the

    Perak River, the river acts as a natural border between Malaysia

    and Thailand and stretches over 1,000 kilometers. We also visit

    the elegant Krue Se Mosque in Pattani for a photo session.

    Exploring is not always about going a new destination. We get

    a chance to dive into the daily life of the fishermen of Mekong

    River. The Mekong is a lifeline that passes through four countries,

    feeding thousands of people who live along its shores. These

    fishermen not only feed from it, they depend on the river for their


    Please sit back and enjoy this issue. Next month, we take you

    to the south into Champasak. There are many unseen villages

    elephant riding, majestic waterfalls and more.

    Thank you for exploring with us!

    Phanhlakhone SyboonheungThe Director



  • 8 Romantic Destinations in Laos



    20 Life of Mekong Fishermen41 Guide To Sweet Accommodations48 EAT, DRINK, RELAX, SEE & DO, SLEEP listings


    24 Asean Connect - Malaysia Homestay30 Cover Story - 8 Romantic Destinations in Laos


    16 Sabaidee Guest - Dr. Khampheng SAYSOMPHENG

    News & Events

    10 Whats On14 Whats New

    THIS ISSUE24th


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    Anousone Vongphrachanh

    After spending most of his earlier years in the United States, Anousone Vongphrachanh decided to return to his native born country of Laos PDR. He is an outdoor person at heart. When he is not trekking or snowboarding, he is exploring for good food experiences whether it is fine dining or street side food carts.

    Nipon Riabriang

    Freelance photographer, Nipon photographs screen shots for movies, contributes to several travel magazines and newspapers such as Na-ture Explorer, Holidays Magazine, Casaviva, The Art of Siam, and does advertising shots. He is also a photography lecturer and organizes his photo exhibitions such as, Why Thai Society Needs a Revolution and Bee Here Now.

    Michelle Luehman

    Michelle has spent the last 20 years living and working around the world. Most of that time has been spent around Asia. An avid observ-er of people and places, she has written extensively about life in Asia both as a visitor and a resident. She has worked for lifestyle and travel magazines around the globe capturing the essence and flavor of life in each different locality.

    Phonesavanh Sangsomboun

    Connecting and associating with new people from all walks of life has given a chance for Phonesavanh to broaden his experiences and knowledge. Phonesavanh is a visual reporter engaged in multimedia through photo and video journalism. He has travelled to many countries around the world, both in Asia and Europe, to report from these places. He strongly believes media plays a significant role in reflecting societal issues and gives a light to those who do not have it.

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    VIENTIANEIncreasingly modern bustling capital with a trailblazing dining scene that must be tasted to be believed. Here youll

    alongside Parisian-style boulangeries, glossy developments, a young emerging creative scene, and some of the countrys most lively marketplaces.

    LUANG PRABANGTranquil heritage-listed city boasting exquisite handicrafts, rich cultural sites steeped in history, a cosmopolitan bar scene and oodles of French colonial charm, all where the idyllic Nam Kahn and Mekong rivers meet. The perfect destination for the discerning traveller, the city is dotted with boutique hotels and spas.

    VANG VIENGOne-time party haven turned an outdoor enthusiasts dream, the small town is set to

    and lush forest. Nothing beats whiling a day away kayaking down the Nam Song river or taking a dip at the serene blue lagoon utter relaxation in nature.

    SAVANNAKHETSitting on the banks of the Mekong, this growing city is the second-largest in Laos. The town centre houses ambient French Colonial architecture and small and friendly eateries are dotted along the riverfront. Just beyond the city

    nearby Dong Natad Protected Area.

    PAKSEThe capi ta l o f the southern province of Champassak, Pakse is the gateway to the picturesque Bolaven Plateau which is home to an abundance of scenic waterfalls and motorcycle routes, and is widely regarded as producing some of the highest-quality coffee in the country.

    THAKHEKA launching pad for the captivating Thakhek Loop. Throw your kit on a rented motorbike and set off on a 4-day journey to explore the hidden Buddha Cave, secluded water holes, tiny villages and, the main attraction, Kong Lor Cave which houses a snaking river system accessed only by motorboat.

    XAYABOURY Home to the Land of Million Elephants highest pachyderm population. Each year in February

    creatures during the annual Elephant Festival.



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    Whats On

    The metal bands of Laos and Thailand converged on stage at Mark2 Club for a night of thrashing on February 7th. The thrash metal music community in Laos may still be small, but they are a spirited bunch and plays it hard on stage.

    Metal Destruction 2015

    An art exhibition Monsoon Country by Thep Thavonsouk at Mercure Vientiane Hotel, 5 - 8 February 2015. A collection of oil on canvas and water colour, pastel & ink on rice paper by Internationally Acclaimed Lao born Canadian Artist, Thep Thavonsouk. He has participated in many regional & International exhibitions and nomination for sovereign Art Prize 2010.

    My paintings are inspired by light and shadow. I am moved by striking moods in the clouds, rain and mist as well as a flow of monks saffron robes

    Monsoon Country

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    Vientianale Film Fest Hits Screens in March 2015Athidxay (Ding) Bouandaoheaung is a Vientiane-based documentary filmmaker, director of the DokLao Learning Center and producer for Lao New Wave Cinema Productions. Ding has also been actively involved in the Vientianale Film Festival since its beginning in 2009, managing the logistics of the capitals major film event and liaising with the Lao Cinema Department, the festivals long-term partner, while team members Hlne Ouvrard, Margarete Magiera and Kate Antonas work on fundraising, programming and marketing. The 2015 Short Film Competition is themed Back to the Roots. Entries will be screened on the final day of the festival. In a dramatically evolving region, we want filmmakers to reflect what it means for them to be Lao, 40 years after the founding of Lao PDR, Ding explains. March 12-15, Vi