Sabaidee - Lao lifestyle & travel magazine issue 25
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It has already been an exciting start to the year. In the previous issue, we took you to some of the most romantic destinations in Laos. Now we journey south to Champasak Province. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) invited the Sabaidee team along for the ride. They are helping to develop the area for community based tourism. That means we were the lucky recipients of a firsthand tour of the areas local activities guided by the experts of the JICA team.
International Womens Day is in March so we decided to showcase the tough and talented Lao Womens Rugby team. They are becoming like cultural ambassadors of Laos traveling around Asia to compete in big name tournaments. For this issues ASEAN Connect, we also travel to a little known spot in Indonesia called Gili Air. If you enjoy clear blue oceans, soft sandy beaches, or being mesmerized as the sun slowly dips into the ocean at sunset then keep reading.
I hope you enjoy this issue. Enjoy your travels.
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LAO LIFESTYLE & TRAVEL MAGAZINE | VOL.4 NO.25| MARCH 2015
Noodle Around Laos
Play Like A GirlLao Womens Rugby
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THIS ISSUE 25th
News & Events
Whats On ASEAN Connect - Gili Air Indonesia
Travel Feature - Womens Day RugbySabaidee Guest - Champasak Governor
Whats New Cover Story - Champasak JICA
Guide To - Noodles
Eat, Drink, Wellness, See & Do, Shop, Sleep
Gaid has been in the media industry since he graduated from Faculty of Art at Silpakorn University in Thailand in 1994. He was a part of the filmmaking crew in several household name movies, a screen writer for documentary programs and a columnist for a daily newspaper in Thailand. He is now a travel writer/photographer, a graphic designer, a translator, and travel editor for several publications.
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.
Kristen is currently travelling and working in the Asia Pacific. Shes a freelance communications consultant working with entrepreneurs and startups, as well as a regular contributor to Huffington Post Canada where she writes about style and travel
Hannah has been living in Laos and traveling extensively in the region since 2010. She tries to connect with each location she visits through the lens of her camera, and works as a freelance media consultant. Her other passions include language learning and tryingnew foods
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Lao Fashion Week 2015Following the great success of the Lao Fashion Week 2014 the very first international fashion event ever took place in Laos, the Society Corporation is proud to announce the Lao Fashion Week 2015 which will take place in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR during the period of September 7 - 11, 2015. The Lao Fashion Week 2015 will continue to be the only International Fashion Event in the country history of Laos and will showcase the masterpieces and designs by leading fashion designers in Laos. In additions to the showcase of design works from established fashion designers in Laos, the Lao Fashion Week 2015 will also showcase the works of Top 10 Lao Young Designers 2015 who won the Top 10 Prizes of Best Lao Young Designer 2015.
The Festival of India in Thailand 2015 will unfurl in the kingdom, with a range of unique and arresting programs. This years Festival will bring together contemporary and dynamic productions by exciting and path-breaking artistes, introducing audiences to the ever-evolving India of the twenty-first century. The curtain-raiser event on Monday, February 16 will include a performance by the world-renowned Sufi singer Sonam Kalra and her group, the Sufi Gospel Project. www.festivalofindiathailand.com
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FESTIVAL OF INDIA IN THAILAND 2015
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This will be the first time that Jaguar products will have been officially sold in Lao PDR. It will bring Jaguar and Land Rover products together under one roof in a dedicated purpose built Jaguar Land Rover dealership on the T4 road in Vientiane.
LLR is completing a new world-class dealership in Vientiane, with a eight car showroom and 13 bay workshop with factory certified technicians. The new showroom, service and parts facility is will open in July 2015.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER ANNOUNCES NEW JAGUAR DEALER IN THE LAO PDR
Lao Golf Challenge 2015This year the tournament hits off April 4th at the Long Vien Golf Club in Vientiane Capital.
A fabulous Ford EcoSport valued at over $40,000US is a hole-in-one grand prize. The competition will be divided into four categories Challenge, VIP (senior), handicapped, and hole-in-one shot. The Vice President of the Lao National Golf Federation, Mr Songkham Silaphet, assures that the technical design of the course layout will be at international standards. The local Lao golfers can see how their scores match up to those who play professionally. About 150 golfers will be accepted to the tournament; any more players than that would be too crowded and not make a fun event. Said Mr. Silaphet.
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Q. Champasak Province borders Cambodia and Thailand so this makes it a natural hub. What plans does the province for promoting tourism?
We have built a bridge to connect the towns. Champasak is considered a corridor if traveling from Thailand, Vietnam or Cambodia because you have to pass through here in order to travel to Attapeau, Salavanh or Sekong. We have established an agreement between Lao, Cambodia and Vietnam called CLV. Then we also made an agreement with Lao, Thailand and Vietnam called LTV. Our mission is to build a roadway connecting all of these regions. A bridge project is being planned. It will become a port crossing at Xe Lampao. This border crossing will act as a doorway of tourism linking Wat Phou, Siam Reap, Angkor Wat.
In addition, a bridge project is being developed to cross Don Khong to Xe Lampao and routing through to Cambodia. This will make it much easier for tourists to visit Wat Phou or Kon Papeng. The designs and plans of the construction have been prepared. It is in the final process of receiving approval for funding from the Chinese government. These projects will be a big boost for the Champasak economy.
Currently Champasak offers 64 hotels that are 3-4 star levels and many other smaller resorts and guesthouses to accommodate tourist guests. In addition to tourism, Champasak hotels host many conventions and conferences because our fac