Laos Travel Articles, Photos and Panoramas

Top 5 Experiences in 2007

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We are often asked "What were your best experiences? What are your favorite places?""All-time favorite places" is a difficult one to answer without writing a book, but if we limit the question to 2007 (as we did in our personal growth exercise last night), the answer becomes manageable and something worth sharing with our readers. … [Read more...]

Southeast Asia Round Up

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As we write this, we are in Tbilisi, Georgia and about to head to Armenia. But just after spending almost five months in Southeast Asia and releasing our site, we find that we're being asked “what was your favorite ______ in Southeast Asia?"Here is our attempt to answer those questions, preempt a few others, and provide an overview of our experience. … [Read more...]

Vientiane First Impressions

Grilled Prawns on the Mekong - Vientiane

“This place is a shxxhole.” These were Dan’s first words when we arrived in Vientiane. We had just spent several hours on a dustbowl trail, which eventually transformed into Grapes of Wrath meets full blown industrialized pollution. Oh, and the scowling faces. Someone forgot to tell these people that the rest of their countrymen actually smile. Vientiane's roads seem … [Read more...]

Road to Vientiane

On the Road from Luang Prabang, Laos

Our trusty Lonely Planet guide gave a detailed explanation of every type of transport from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng and Vientiane, but it failed to mention that if there was ever a time to take your motion sickness medicine, this was it. The 3.5 hours of switchbacks felt like an eternity as the road took on the contours of our intestines and vice versa. Our bus … [Read more...]

Villages, Books and Caves

Nam Ou River and Mountains - Nong Khiaw, Laos

We took the boat to Nong Khiaw to visit a less developed area than Luang Prabang. Most people stop off in Nong Khiaw on the way to more popular Muang Ngoi Neua. We decided to stay a couple of days to explore and take advantage of the trekking we’d heard was available in the area. … [Read more...]

Big Brother Mouse

Big Brother Mouse - Luang Prabang, Laos

Big Brother Mouse (BBM), a book publishing and literacy program in Luang Prabang, produces children's books in the Lao language to help promote the love of reading and learning in children. The organization was started by a retired American publisher who saw the need for children's books and decided to try to fill the gap himself. The project is taking off and … [Read more...]

Three Levels of Hill Tribes – Luang Prabang

Trekking and Village Kids - Luang Prabang, Laos

Diversity is tucked into the hills surrounding Luang Prabang. Our trek took us through three distinct layers of hill tribes, culture, and life - Lao, Hmong and Khmu. Our guides patiently waded through all of our questions - from life in the villages to the American bombing of Laos in the 60s and 70s - and our group (two Australians, one Guatemalan, and two Filipinos) … [Read more...]

Lao Food Lowdown

Tamarind Cafe Tasting Dish - Luang Prabang

Authentic Lao food can be difficult to find in well-touristed areas like Luang Prabang where Thai curries are often cloaked as local fare. Fortunately for us, we stumbled upon Tamarind Café early in our stay. Its unique menu made a point of introducing and promoting Luang Prabang cuisine. … [Read more...]