March 2017, Laos
In March 2017, Phongsavanh Group welcomed Dr Caroline Thurston of University of Oxford to Laos. This was Dr. Thurston’s first trip to Laos and Phongsavanh Group was privileged to host Dr Thurston during her visit.
During Dr. Thurston’s visit in Laos, she met with the business representatives of Phongsavanh Group and Phongsavanh Group hosted a traditional ceremony for her over dinner. Apart from visiting Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, Dr. Thurston also visited Luang Prabang, which is the ancient capital of Laos located in the northern region. Dr. Thurston went on sightseeing tours and took this chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Laos. During her sightseeing, Dr. Thurston participated in Lao famous cultural activity (giving alms to the monks) and also interacted with the local Laotians to understand more about the Lao culture and people.
Dr. Thurston at Town of Luang Prabang, a famous UNESCO heritage site in Laos
Dr. Thurston at Xieng Khuan (Buddha Park)
Dr. Thurston interacting with local students at Buddha Park
Elephants are sacred animals of Laos
Kuang Si Waterfall