Chilling at the “Cusp of a Tourism Boom” in Luang Prabang

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Panorama of the Mekong from Pak Ou Caves in Luang Prabang, Laos. Pic: Anjali Raguraman

Panorama of the Mekong from Pak Ou Caves in Luang Prabang, Laos. Pic: Anjali Raguraman

“There is little left of Southeast Asia that is not easily accessible, but Laos seems to be one place that has remained off the radar — until now,” writes Anjali Raguraman for The Straits Times.

Her article is a travel piece at the end of which he notes:

“[Laos] is like the secret destination you do not want to tell anyone about, though Luang Prabang feels like it is on the cusp of a tourism boom.

“Beneath the tranquil surface there is an uneasy sense that perhaps it is all happening too fast.

“At dinner [in a hotel] a senior member of staff recalls how Luang Prabang used to be like a small village where “everyone knew everybody else’s affairs”.

“This intimacy is now gone, she says. But she is not resentful. Luang Prabang, with its unhurried pace, retains its soul amid rapid development. She reasons: “It’s ok, that’s what change is like.””

Luang Prabang is the host of the 2017 Mekong Tourism Forum.

Full article at The Straits Times.

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  • Chris Mulder

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