Luang Prabang: Why you shouldn’t overlook the Laotian city when visiting Southeast Asia

The city’s laid-back lifestyle also drew Australian Susie Martin from the corporate world in Singapore. She and her cheese-loving business partners set up the country’s first buffalo dairy farm. I take the 40-minute drive out of the centre of Luang Prabang to meet Martin at the Laos Buffalo Dairy. She leads the way around the farm, introducing me to the herd and explaining how the social enterprise is helping and training local farmers. “Luang Prabang provided a more relaxed feel to everyday life in a beautiful and idyllic setting,” she says. “The people are extremely friendly, tolerant and happy to work with new people and ideas.”

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