I am an Englishman who has worked in Laos since August 1994 and lived here since February 2002. My work has been devoted to people with disability: I established the national prosthetic and orthotic service named COPE in 1997, and ten years later set up the COPE Visitor Centre which has been consistently the No 1 Trip Advisor attraction in Vientiane. I also set up the Lao Disabled People’s Association, and worked for four years with the National Regulatory Authority for the Lao Unexploded Ordnance Sector.
I am married to Dr Xoukiet Panyanouvong, the foremost Lao authority on human trafficking, who now leads the United Nations Action for Cooperation against Trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT) in Lao PDR. Xoukiet is the eldest daughter of Pimpho Panyanouvong, who was aide de camp to Prince Souphanouvong, the Red Prince, during the revolution. She was born in a cave hospital in the Pathet Lao Headquarters in Viengxay, Houaphan province.
I am a keen amateur historian of Lao PDR, and especially have studied the causes of the conflict.
Staying with us, over drinks on the deck and around the dinner table, you will have the chance to explore Laos, its history and its present circumstances.
To stay with us means living in our home as our personal friends. You are not treated as clients, but as members of our family, received with warmth and friendship. Business transactions are minimised: you pay one all-inclusive price and we attempt to meet all of your requirements whilst you are with us.