We had been traveling, backpacks on our shoulders, for almost two months in Southeast Asia. Once in Luangprabang, the capital of Laos at the time of French colonialism, we had a dinner invitation from the owner of our B&B where he introduced us to Vong. Vong, was a 30 year old Laotian and one of the few who spoke English. He was smiling and excited for the chance to meet his Western peers. The connection was immediate, and by the time of dessert, we were already planning a hike for the days to come.
The next morning, Vong had procured mountain bikes for us and after a few hours we arrived at "Rice Spoon", a village of about 20 families of farmers near the top of the mountain, and Vong's native home. The "mayor" of the city, the only person to have a brick house and a generator for electricity, greeted us with a handshake and a smile. Our accommodation was the most humble straw hut and became our base for the next two days of hiking and relaxing.
The meals with Vong's family, the warmhearted welcome from the locals and the chance to get off the route of mass tourism for a few days are still the most vivid memories of my entire trip to Asia.
From Andrea's story and his two friends and co-founder's similar experiences, ZesTrip was born. We wanted to create a network of Locals, native people willing to provide their expertise and knowledge of the territory to travelers from all over the world.
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