My experience at Luang Prabang in Laos

My experience at Luang Prabang in Laos by Carlos Melia  |  Luang Prabang, Lao  |  When I was prompted to visit Luang Prabang, the first thought which came into my mind was, what is there to see or experience? I mean, to me travel these days is all and only about experiences. Laos had never before been on my radar, and I am so happy I took the time to explore this captivating destination, that will transport you to traditional South East Asia heritage and traditions among breathtaking panoramic views and unique sunsets. Continue reading My experience at Luang Prabang in Laos

My experience at Luang Prabang in Laos at 429MAGAZINE

My experience at Luang Prabang in Laos at 429MAGAZINE  |  dot429.com  |  Hi there dear followers and subscribers, as every week, my column on Luxury Gay Travel for 429MAGAZINE at dot429 is out and online. Check it out. This week on my own experience of two nights at the captivating Luang Prabang in Laos, South East Asia. All my photos, tips and videos. Off to Germany, Turkey and England on Thursday for three weeks, so lots of new material to come. Stay tuned. Happy PRIDE everyone. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Amantaka by Aman Resorts Luang Prabang

Amantaka by Aman Resorts Luang Prabang  |  Luang Prabang, Lao PDR  |    One of the many hidden gems during my last expedition to South East Asia, was to spend time exploring such an amazing destination like Lao PDR at the UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang. And the perfect match for such mystical, relaxing and upscale destination was my stay at the Amantaka by Aman Resorts. Continue reading Amantaka by Aman Resorts Luang Prabang

My Travel Bucket List 2012

My Travel Bucket List 2012  |  Carlos Melia  |   You know all those things you swear you’re going to do before you a period of time expires or you die.? Well Bucket List is where you go to keep track of them all, and here is my 2012 Travel Bucket List. Anyone willing to help to make them real and sponsor my adventures ?. My 2011 list fall short, since I went above and beyond the original list. Just as an example: Diving with White Sharks at Hermanus, South Africa (sponsored by Rhino Safaris), Training to become a Mahout at Golden Triangle, Thailand (sponsored by Four Seasons Hotels and Tourism Authority of Thailand), View of the Hong Kong bay from the tallest hotel in the World at Kowloon, Hong Kong (sponsored by Ritz-Carlton Hotel), Flying on a helicopter over the Okavango Delta to find the Baobab Tree at Okavango Delta, Botswana (sponsored by Orient-Express Hotels)… to name a few. Thank you to all the companies that supported my during 2011. Here is the list that I have compiled during the last few month for 2012 Carlos Melia Travel Bucket List, in no particular order, and same as in 2011 remaining open to new suggestions, adventures and destinations:

01. Visit Russia
02. Visit Mongolia
03. Short haul flight on a Private Jet  DONE.!!! Check here
04. Go back to Thailand (over and over and over) DONE.!!! Check here
05. Do an Orient-Express Train To Happen March 11 2012.!!! Check here
6. Go back to Lao PDR and Luang Prabang
07. Trip to Machu Picchu and Cuzco in Peru
08. Visit Mauritius
09. Visit the Maldives
10. An expedition on the Himalayas looking for the source of Ganges River
11. Dinner at the new Aqua Restaurant in Hong Kong
12. Overnight stay at the top floor of the Burj Khalifa Working on it.!!!
13. Visit the Republic of Turkey
14. Return and spend more time in Hong Kong
15. A long research trip to Colombia
16. Photographic Safari to  Bhutan
17. Return to Panama after over 6 years
18. Fly on First Class of Singapore Airlines, Emirates or Ethiad.
19. and yes…. flying on the Virgin Galactic which I do not think Sir Richard Branson will put me in the list anytime soon, but hey it is there on my Bucket List. Imagine CarlosMeliaBlog.com reporting from the bloody space ha ha ha…. would I be then the first gay to be in space ?

So there you go. Have you made yours.? Hotels, airlines, tourism boards, PR agencies willing to help me make my 2012 Travel Bucket List come true, please do not hesitate to contact me. Ready to start crossing items out. Happy 2012 everyone. !!! CM

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Luang Prabang in images as seen by Carlos Melia

Luang Prabang in images as seen by Carlos Melia  |  Luang Prabang, Lao  |  Hope you all enjoy my photo album of Luang Prabang. Images of my two days at this, and I keep referring to it the same way, magical destination. Street Markets, people, food stands, temples, Mekong river, Mae Kong river, Amantaka Hotel and more, much more….  Continue reading Luang Prabang in images as seen by Carlos Melia

Pack Luck Wine Bar in Luang Prabang

Pack Luck Wine Bar in Luang Prabang  |  Luang Prabang, Lao  |  If there was a spot I wanted to come over and over while in Luang Prabang, that was my corner at the Pack Luck Wine Bar in Ban Vat Nong. Such a quite, cozy and wonderful venue. Not the best views, not fancy… just plain and basic in perfect synchro with the magic and charm of this fantastic town. Rome, the manager and all the staff are amazing, they will greet you with a friendly smile eager to share their own inside tips on how to better experience and live Luang Prabang while you sip your wine. Great selection of wines, fantastic atmosphere to unwind and live this destination in full. Now when the sun goes down, and everyone is out, expats and locals mingle and socialize, so be there early to make sure you secure your spot. Once done, cross over the street to L’Elephant Restaurant or walk to the street markets. CM

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L’Elephant Restaurant French-Lao Cuisine

L’Elephant Restaurant French-Lao Cuisine  |  Luang Prabang, Laos  | Ttraditional, as well as more creative, French and Lao cuisine made of local natural produce grown in their own gardens.  A typical 1960’s colonial building a stone’s throw from the Mekong River to welcome you. Managed and operated professionally, friendly and flawlessly, risking to say, L’Elephant is the most outstanding restaurant in Luang Prabang. Must try is the Banana Leaf wrapped Sea Bass on coconut milk. Yannic, one of the owners, French-Lao, not only took excellent care of us during our dinner at L’Elephant, but also happily volunteered to show us Luang Prabang by night. But that is for another post. For more information on L’Elephant – www.elephant-restau.com. Bookings in advance are highly recommended. CM

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Monks chanting in Luang Prabang Lao PDR

Monks chanting in Luang Prabang Lao PDR  |  Luang Prabang, Laos  |  I am spending two days in Luang Prabang at the People’s Democratic Republic of Lao. I have to say I came without great expectation, just as a short side trip to renew my Tourist Visa permit to Thailand…. and men I have been amazed by this stunning surprising intriguing and captivating destination. Perfect option to be combined with your Thailand experience, only 2 hours flight from Bangkok. Continue reading Monks chanting in Luang Prabang Lao PDR

Don’t cry for me Thailand I will be back very soon

Don’t cry for me Thailand I will be back very soon  |  Thailand  |  I cannot believe that it is going to be a month since I arrived to Thailand. So much ground covered, so many amazing experiences and so many new friends and colleagues. Tomorrow I will be heading, on board Bangkok Airways to the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, to the city of Luang Prabang for two nights, staying at the Amantaka by Aman Resorts. Main reason for this, other than satisfy my crave for new and alternative destinations…. is to renew my Tourist VISA to Thailand, which was only granted for 30 days. Regular practice among tourists and some expats living in Thailand. So my dear followers, expect some initial posts on this new destination, a great option to complement and combine with Amazing Thailand. Bangkok I am back on November 22nd. Can’t wait to be in this amazing and vibrant city. Stay tuned. CM