Laos, often remarked as the forgotten country in southeast Asia, is slowly drawing people’s attention. It combines stretches of tropical forest across mainly mountainous terrain with the contrasting chaos of the main towns’ bustling roads. Its southern wetlands and small set of central plains are often set against the backdrop of towering mountains in spectacular fashion and it is easy to lose yourself in the crystal clear pools of Kuang Si Falls, south of the Luang Prabang province. Did you know, Lao culture is centered on the pleasures of life? They like to enjoy drinking, laughing and friendship. ‘Muan’ means enjoyable but is also a state of being in the country. With all the joy to experience both in the bustling towns and serene nature parks, if you are ever asked ‘Muan Baw?’ which roughly translates to ‘are you happy?’, you will most likely always say yes!
The old world charm of Luang Prabang, which is the province where our Elephant Volunteer Project in Laos is located, will capture your heart and leave you wanting to spend all your time amidst the beautiful landscapes that Laos has to offer.