Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) storytellers Simon Louvard and Lea Mellon spent four weeks in the volunteer accommodation at Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden, a MTF 2017 Host Venue.
Inspired by their experiences living and working in the Garden, the Hopineo ambassadors created a promotional video for the property:
“Pha Tad Ke is the first botanical garden in Laos,” Mr Louvard said. “The property also serves as a research center, where Founder and Director Rik Gadella and his team are cultivating the first living flora collection of Laos.
“Pha Tad Ke features an impressive ethno-botanical collection, an array of fun activities to choose from, and many ongoing education and preservation programs; not to mention the incredibly delicious local food served in the café!
“Pha Tad Ke really is a must-do in Luang Prabang!”
After eight years of preparatory work, the garden opened to the public a few months ago.
Mr Louvard and Ms Mellon interviewed Mr Gadella to learn more about Pha Tad Ke’s history, objectives, and the essential role it will play in conserving the flora of Laos:
On his reasoning behind Pha Tad Ke’s participation in MTF 2017, Mr Gadella told the storytellers: “I think it is a good opportunity to show the travel industry representatives who will participate in MTF 2017 what Luang Prabang has to offer; a truly unique and exciting destination.
“This year’s [MTF] format will take participants out of a boring conference room and open doors to discover the many facets of Luang Prabang,”
The bloggers also identified capacity building as another of Pha Tad Ke’s important contributions to Luang Prabang, and made a short video about the topic.
“Capacity building among local staff is a crucial part of helping a country develop to its full potential, increasing staff fulfillment, reducing staff turnover, and guaranteeing a good image for your company,” Ms Mellon said.
“Pha Tad Ke has mastered service excellence and staff productivity through ongoing trainings (on-site and abroad), English classes, and other opportunities for staff. The results are inspirational; an example for all.”
Last but by no means least, Mr Louvard and Ms Mellon loved the food at Pha Tad Ke! They somehow managed to obtain from Head Chef Nuanchan Ladtana a recipe for sesame salad; “a delicious local dish, full of flavour; a great refreshment for the hot season coming up.”
We suggest you contact Lea and Simon directly if you want that!
Hopineo.org bloggers Lea and Simon will be based in Luang Prabang in the months leading up to Mekong Tourism Forum 2017 (MTF 2017), “Prosper with Purpose”, June 6-9.
Pha Tad Ke will host a MTF 2017 breakthrough session on ecotourism and wildlife, June 7 & 8.