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Vithaya Phetsomphou

Sabaidee (hello in Lao language),
I am the Co-founder and Chief Travel Designer at Laos Mood Travel. We design customized tours to Laos and we share our passion for this little-known corner of the world. We work in direct partnership with local operators we know personally. We test all of the services and experiences we market, sell and operate. We have a very hands-on approach to travel, which means that your tour will be immersive and participatory, with a genuine sense of authenticity. We work responsibly with family-style businesses who make a difference by adopting a sustainable approach to tourism.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We cover Laos entirely.
We tend to focus on culture and nature-oriented activities. We definitely feature the must-dos, but strive to showcase more facets of Laos that remain little-known to the world. We pride ourselves on our solid network of local partners and contacts. This adds substance to our tours. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"Unlike many others in the tourism industry, I stepped into this line of work accidentally. After graduating from university, I started the search or my first full-time professional position. As fate would have it, I met some people who I got along with, who ended up offering me a position at an inbound tour operator.

I enjoyed the position, and over time I gained more responsibilities and experience. Eventually, I co-founded my own travel company. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Although I am Lao, and a proud of my country, I am always amazed by the cross-cultural experiences provided by our local partners. Beyond our typical Lao tours, we also feature explorations of towns and regions with friends of ours who are not tourism experts. They bring new insights and add a real value to the travel experience. The content of the day is absolutely customizable and is discussed when the guests and the local friend meet at the lobby of the guest's hotel. This provides a sense of improvisation and the day develops smoothly, adjusting to the interests of all parties concerned. I have myself "discovered" corners of Vientiane, that I did not suspect could be so interesting. I am convinced our guests will also deeply enjoy these moments shared with passionate local hosts. "