The small town of Muang Khoun, due to its proximity to the Vietnam border was bombed heavily during the Vietnam War. All that remains of a … Continue reading Wat Piawat – Laos – bombed ruins
One of the more popular destinations in Laos is the southern Mekong islands known as the 4000 Islands. This is a little misleading as most of the islands are tiny and only a handful are inhabited. However the islands you … Continue reading 4000 Islands – Si Phan Don – Laos
Ever since I first heard about the Plain of Jars, its a site I’ve wanted to see for myself. It was on my list along with the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and the Nascar Lines in the Peruvian Desert. … Continue reading Plain of Jars – Laos (Iron Age archaeological site)
While the temples in Cambodia in the Angkor region are simply swarming with tourists, in southern Laos is a beautiful pre-Angkorian temple which you can visit almost on your own. Its known by a number of names, Wat Phu, Vat Phou, … Continue reading Wat Phu – pre-Angkorian temple in Southern Laos
While in Laos we had the opportunity to visit the Save the Bears sanctuary at Tat Kuang Si Park, a protected area near Luang Prabang. Free the Bears is an international charitable organization started by an Australia woman with a … Continue reading Kuang Si Falls and Free the Bears Sanctuary in Laos
There are many articles on keeping yourself safe when travelling in a developing country but I want share some of the things I have learned about safety from these wonderful places! Things I have learnt about using a motorbike – … Continue reading Safety in a developing country aka close your eyes and pray!
One of my favourite things about travelling in a country where English isn’t the first language, is the spelling and language on signs and menus. But bonus points for trying and extra points for the amusement value. Here are a … Continue reading Say what? (funny signs and spellings)
So never having been a great fan of the whole crap circus that seems to come along with Christmas, this year we decided to go to Laos instead. We politely declined all invites with a “sorry, but we are going on holiday”, while secretly thinking we dodged yet another bullet. So why Laos? Because it’s not somewhere we had been, I have heard of very few people that had been there and most importantly, we were able to book a tour and flights fairly near to Christmas. We chose to travel with Peregrine, we have done a few adventure tours … Continue reading A Laos-y Christmas