Bali, INDONESIA: Travelfish, the online Southeast Asian travel specialists, launched on Monday their new 24-page downloadable guide to Laos’ temple-studded Luang Prabang, the latest in their series of titles navigating independent travellers around the region.
Laos is Southeast Asia’s latest hotspot, named by the New York Times as its top pick for a 2008 country destination, and Luang Prabang, with its streams of saffron-robed monks, fabulous eateries and stylish places to stay, is the jewel of the fledgling tourism industry.
The downloadable PDF guide to the former royal capital is an invaluable research tool for intrepid travellers, far more up-to-date than old-style guides like Lonely Planet and Rough Guides, and much lighter to carry with you.
Choose a spot to stay from Travelfish’s listing of more than 50 hotels and guesthouses, all visited by our researcher in person. Perhaps the lavish La Residence Phou Vao, with its infinity-edged pool and lemongrass-infused sauna, will be your choice? Else the charming family-run Khoun and Khone Guesthouse, nestled in an avocado orchard on the town’s outskirts, holds its own special allure.
Boasting five maps and more than 34,000 words of tightly-packed travel advice with attitude, the guide will arm everyone from backpackers to luxury tourists with insider information to help them make the most of their journey.
The compact guide also includes information and listings on nearby Nong Kiaow and Muang Ngoi, two remote riverine villages where life unfolds at an even slower pace than Luang Prabang.
For just US$4.95, with a seven-day moneyback guarantee, the guide is an essential addition to any Luang Prabang-bound traveller’s bag.
Travelfish is an Australian-owned company aiming to arm Southeast Asian travellers with up-to-date information that is more accurate than traditional guidebooks.
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