Experience Eco Tourism along the Mekong

History and geography have kept many of Laos’ natural treasures well hidden. But eco tourists will discover that this idyllic southeastern Asian country offers plenty of outdoor attractions tucked away in its hillside along the upper Mekong. Luang Phrabang is a magical place at the junction of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. It is also the confluence of French colonial elegance and Asian mysticism. Ecotourism in this ancient city is just coming into its own, bringing new financial opportunities for the local populace while ensuring the preservation of the natural ecosystems for generations to come.


The diverse terrain and biodiversity of the regions provides almost limitless number of activities for tourists. Probably the most popular destination in the area is the Elephant sanctuary that is located less than an hour from the old capital. The sanctuary is at the heart of the effort of local tribes to save this national symbol and provide a new source of income for the area. The sanctuary provides a natural setting for visitors to interact with elephants in non-exploitative environment.


Another popular destination near Luang Phrabang is the Nam Ha Protected Area located northwest of Luang Phrabang an ASEAN Heritage Site. Nam Ha is rich in biodiversity and arrangements can be made for biking and trekking expeditions through the park. You can take a guided trip on bamboo rafts down the Nam Tha River. Afterwards, experience staying in a local village with dinner collected from the forest.


When you are thinking about your next adventure, take time to find out about Wild Ark’s innovative and forward-looking approach to world travel. Sophie and Mark Hutchinson were concerned that our race to discover virgin vacation destinations would only hasten their demise. They introduce a new outlook on how to experience the remaining wild spaces. Part of the price of your vacation will go toward saving endangered ecosystems that you experience. Wild Arks experts will help create a vacation for Luang Phrabang or one of the other remaining spots that haven’t been overran by development. Contact Wild Ark online at http://wildark.com/get-in-touch/ to see about setting up an experience you’ll never forget.



Born in Britain in 1962, Daniel Taub is a leading diplomat and former Israel ambassador to Britain. He recounts clearly that very day when he met the Queen for his first time to present his credentials as the new ambassador of Israel.

This new office, however, could not alter an inch of his Jewish beliefs and practices. Knowing very well that Taub had to give up his British citizenship for the sake of the new role, the Queen asked Taub what he felt about representing a country to which he immigrated less than thirty years.

However, Taub only felt privileged to be able to bring up his children in their historical land after an exile. He only hoped that he would be able to appreciate the fact that London had offered hope for him and his family through bringing the two countries closer. Learn more about Daniel Taub: https://www.bloomberg.com/authors/AC5IR9iOgJI/daniel-taub and https://soundcloud.com/danieltaub

After serving for four years from 2011 to 2015, Taub felt that his wish to bring Israel and London closer had been achieved. A lot of people also felt the same and even the Jews in Britain seemed to agree that things have changed.

During a farewell reception at his home, many guests were sad that he was leaving office but they appreciated the work that Taub had done during his tenure. For many, Taub is set to be remembered for being the most successful and popular Israeli envoy after Shlomo Argov who almost lost his life to gunshots in 1982 in London.

Amidst crises, Taub stood between the two nations and he only feels good about being able to help both countries. He would put Israel’s case to the government and also talk to the media about programs such as Today and News night.

Taub believes that the relationship between the two countries is at the best it has ever been.

Daniel Taub went to the University College in Oxford, University College in London and Harvard University. He later moved to Israel in 1989 and since then served as a combat medic and reserve officer in the Israel Defense Forces. In 1991, Taub started working with the Israeli Foreign Ministry and has held other several legal and diplomatic positions.

In addition to all that, Taub writes often about Israeli and the Middle East. In 2013, Taub was honored for supporting young start up entrepreneurs with the Grassroots Diplomat Initiative.

Learn more about Daniel Taub: