Passion 4 + Discovery = Gr8 Travel Experiences
Since November 2015, one part of my job is to oversee operations in our offices in Pakse, Luang Prabang and Vientiane and communicate with our clients directly. There is nothing more satisfying than listening to our client’s feedback about their excellent experience with Khiri Travel Laos. They are truly sharing our passion for discovery.
As another part of my job allows me to follow my own passion for discovery. I get to go exploring to some of the less traveled places of the country that are actually close to the main tourist attractions, but often overlooked by many travelers.
In mid-December I had the opportunity to visit Luang Prabang Province for one week. It was festival time with several special events on tap such as a film festival, the Elephant Caravan, Hmong New Year and the 20 Years of UNESCO Celebration. Apart from all these lively activities in Luang Prabang city, I found the time to explore the southern parts of the province on a motorbike ride.
My motorbike adventure started with a survey at an interesting organic farm and homestay village, which I hope to be able to offer to our clients in the near future. Some of the villagers advised me how to hike from Ban Long Lao village to the popular Kuang Si Waterfalls. The highlight of my hike was arriving at the top of these beautiful waterfalls watching the most beautiful pristine water cascade over the rocks below. I realized this scenic point was the best way to appreciate this wonderful feature of nature rather than from the crowded tourist area I saw when I walked down to the base of the falls.
After this challenging but satisfying 3-hour hike, I returned to Luang Prabang where I met up with our new supplier, Madame Pheng. She served me an astonishing assortment of dishes from traditional Lao cuisine in the calm setting of her private home. Khiri Travel Laos hopes to make the warm hospitality of Madame Peng’s home a unique dining option for up to six guests in the upcoming months.
This whole day confirmed my belief in the need for that passion for discovery– the need to broaden our vision beyond what is popular to look for something new. Sometimes the best cultural experiences and meeting the most extraordinary people happen just a step further away from the well-known tourist attractions.