My First Recommended To-Do in Luang Prabang:
Slow down, Stay Another Day
August 9, 2012 - Luang Prabang, Laos
When traveling, it’s so easy for tourists to cram “all” possible activities in a matter of 2-3 days. The perhaps not all-too-mainstream Stay Another Day Exhibit on the second floor of Kopnoi in Luang Prabang is one of those things that I recommend travelers to visit and learn from on their first day in Luang Prabang.
It gives visitors a greater appreciation for the Laos by shedding some light on cultural practices, and how to respect them…
…shares the importance of sustaining local industries…
…and they also have exhibitions on the Environment (nature activities) and Community (ethnicity groups), which emphasize Laos’ richness in natural surroundings and heritage, and remind us to give those their due importance and respect, and to be mindful travelers, in that we support responsible tourist activities.
It also simply reminds us to maybe do as the Luang Prabangers do, and slow down, and maybe stay another day, or week, with the whimsical What Should I Do Today? wheel. :)
At the ground floor is a shop that showcases traditional Lao handicrafts, as well as works by distinct Lao artists.
They also have really approachable staff I paid repeated visits to throughout my stay. :) They look shy here, but they’re really friendly! (Forgot to say goodbye though :|)
Having seen this exhibit makes me feel like the Philippines is lacking in these sorts of initiatives, and I really hope that in the future, I can be part of a movement that encourages slow AND responsible travel within the Philippines. If you are reading this still, and have any leads on potential people I can help or collaborate with on such a project, do let me know. :)
Inspired to do the same for her country,