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About This Site

The purpose of this website is to provide travelers with information on nature and culture-based Tourism Activities in Lao PDR to help generate income for local communities, support natural and cultural protected areas, and minimize negative impacts on Lao's culture and environment.

Visitors will find in-depth information on the country's Protected Areas and World Heritage Sites as well as a vast Ecotourism Resources section and travel Information including maps and aphoto gallery.

Links Policy

Tourism activities and accommodation listed on this site are required to contribute to the implementation of the Lao PDR’s National Ecotourism Strategy and Action Plan (.pdf) and must adhere to its guiding principles. The main content of this site is reserved for Lao communities and businesses.

Links and content that support community-based ecotourism in Lao PDR are welcome. If you have information or links that you would like to post on our site, please email laonta@laotel.com and CC phitsamai@gmail.com and bernie.rosenbloom@gmail.com.

A Note on Responsible Travel in Laos

As a traveler, you can assist with the sustainable development of the Lao PDR and help alleviate poverty by supporting community-based tourism. Below are five actions you can take to help make a difference while traveling in Laos:


1. Eat Lao food – Purchasing fresh foods in the market and eating Lao dishes ensures that your money stays local and supports Lao farmers. When on a tour, request to eat in the village instead of taking food with you from town. This will provide villagers with income and you with an authentic Lao meal and tremendous cultural experience.


2. Purchase local crafts - Purchasing handicrafts in markets or villages directly supports local artisans and their traditional crafts.


3. Use local guides – Taking a village guide and/or a local guide from town will makes your trip more enjoyable and educational, while helping employ local people. Look for packaged tours that include local guides, local food and local accommodation.


4. Stay overnight in villages – Staying overnight in a village as part of an organized tour provides a genuine experience with Lao culture and Lao people, Remember to compensate villagers for accommodation and for food and to visit villages with a local guide.


5. Visit National Protected Areas – Visiting national protected areas help generate income and awareness to support the protection of threatened wildlife and forest ecosystems.

In addition, we recommend that you view the Do’s and Don’ts to learn about what you can do to minimize negative impacts on Lao culture and the environment and maximize your authentic Lao experience.

You can also view responsible tourism products in Laos that apear in the Mekong Tourism Development Project publication, The Guide to Responsible Tourism in Cambiodia, Laos and Vietnam.

 
 
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