Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden

Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden

Lovely gardens downriver from Luang Prabang

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As if visitors to Luang Prabang needed another excuse to get on the Mekong, the Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden beckons on the opposite side of the river.

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Listen to the dew drop. Photo by: Cindy Fan.
Listen to the dew drop. Photo: Cindy Fan

Not much is formally known about the flora of Laos. Only about 30% of the country’s plants have been catalogued and knowledge is key for conservation. When people speak of protecting heritage, they think of music, dance, crafts, dress and religion. Plants may not immediately come to mind but with Laos rapidly modernising, the study of plants and the local people’s traditional knowledge of them (ethno-botany) is just as critical.

Plant-based medicine is a large part of Lao culture, especially in ethnic minority villages in rural Laos where each will have a “medicine man”, the knowledge passed on orally. The centrepiece of Pha Tad Ke is the ethno-botanic gardens, helping to preserve the plant wisdom while teaching visitors about how each plant is used in every day life, handicraft, special ceremonies and medicine for people, and even for ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.

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