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Phonekham Syvanhxay

Sabaidee (hello in Lao language),

My name is Phonekham. I am an experienced travel specialist. I am keen to introduce intrepid travelers to valuable experiences that will enrich their lives. I love my small, laid-back and fairly unknown home country, Laos. I cater to the needs of individual travelers, couples, families and small groups of friends alike.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"While we are based in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, we cover the country entirely. We are committed to operate responsibly with local communities. From northern Laos to Southern Laos, we design, quote and operate our own tours. Despite being relatively unknown, we feel that Laos has enough varied interests to keep visitors busy enjoying hands-on, immersive and participative experiences. Our tours are more culture-nature oriented. We cover the must-sees and dos locations for first timers, but with a twist. And we definitely venture the key sites and regions by proposing lesser-visited regions that we explore ourselves first.

Despite being a land-locked destination, we are more and more easily accessible to the world. We invite you to discover the charms of Lao culture through its warm and wholehearted people, through its tasty spicy food, and through stunning rivers, the Mekong River plain and rolling hills landscapes. Our team is a subtle balance of Lao natives and long-time expats who will make sure you will return home with life-long memories. We want you to be the actor of your holidays. Our guides will facilitate interaction with locals so you enjoy prime and one-on-one knowledge. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I started my career in travel as a part-time tour guide in Northern Laos (Oudomxay, Phongsali Province & Muang Khua District). I have always enjoyed exploring coffee and tea plantations, cycling through villages and kayaking down rivers. I love the sense of adventure and exploration, and being blown away by incredible landscapes as well as local encounters.

I am a graduate in German and English languages from the National University of Laos with major in Tourism. So after graduation, I applied for a position at a renowned local agency and managed to get it. Later, I also gained a valuable experience in the hospitality sector for having worked for a leading 5* hotel in Vientiane. All these competencies have strengthened my skills over time and today, I want to share my enthusiasm for and experiences in Laos with keen holidaymakers and travel professionals alike."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I do not have one specific moment to share but there is something that thrills me a lot in what I do. It is to deal with local partners and suppliers and to see how we all can work together to keep our country green. I feel that we have this responsibility to educate ourselves and share it with others. Of course for the flora, but also for the fauna. And in general for a safe and hygienic environment, including in more urbanized areas. I want to contribute to the social-economic development of my beloved country and tourism can be one of the tools to help reduce poverty and bring more positive awareness of the destination globally. It is challenging, but I believe in constructive change through self and shared initiatives. "

Featured trips & expertise

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Northern Laos Adventure: Biking, Hiking and Kayaking - 4 Days

Mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, cultural sightseeing in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a homestay with a local family, and a luxurious stay in a private bungalow — all in a four-day trip? You've got it. This active getaway is short but action-packed, well-suited to travelers who want to get away from it all, breathe some fresh air, and fit in a couple of workouts along the way.

Riding through the stunning topography of northern Laos
Northern Laos Boat & Bike Adventure - 9-Day Itinerary

Northern Laos is topographically incredible! These higher elevations are inhabited by a variety of tribes who have never fully integrated into the modern Laos state. Flowing between these stunning mountains are wild rivers, including the iconic Mekong which at this point rushes through narrow rocky sections where Elephants occasionally can be seen on the shore. Despite the jagged mountain landscape, Northern Laos can be ridden by those who are not fond of hill climbing.