Wat Phu (Vat Phou) -- Khmer ruins in Laos
26 Apr 2016

A Tour of Wat Phu: Crumbling Khmer Ruins in Laos

The Khmer Empire once spread its wings through much of modern day Cambodia and Thailand, as well as a small portion of Southern Laos. Siem Reap, and the world-class temples of Angkor, is the epicentre for Khmer ruins tourism, but some of the smaller sites scattered around the region are

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A 3 day Mekong River cruise in southern Laos
21 Mar 2016

A 3 Day Mekong River Cruise in Southern Laos: Islands, Waterfalls and Ruins

The Mekong River winds its way through Asia, from its source in the mountains of northern Yunnan Province in China to the very south of Vietnam, where it empties out into the South China Sea. One of the most scenic stretches of the Mekong is in southern Laos, and it

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A bird cage at a riverside restaurant in Luang Prabang, Laos
09 Dec 2014

Backpacking in Laos: Costs, Tips and Places to See

Laos probably isn’t the first place you think of when planning a trip to Southeast Asia. There is no world famous cuisine, exotic beaches or crazy nightlife, but the stunning mountain scenery and laid back attitude of the locals make it my favourite country in the region. Backpacking in Laos

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The palace near the National Museum in Luang Prabang, Laos
02 Oct 2014

Luang Prabang: The Land of Temples and Rivers

Laos is full of lazy river towns where you can lose yourself in hammocks for days. You’ll overhear people moaning about having to leave or frantically cutting out places they’d planned to go just to spend a bit more time away from the bustle of the Southeast Asian tourist trail.

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The jars at Plain of Jars site 2 in Phonsavan, Laos
23 Sep 2014

The Mysterious Plain of Jars in Phonsavan, Laos

Between 2 and 3 thousand years ago, in what is now Central Laos, an ancient civilization decided to build thousands of jars. The obvious question is why, and it’s one that has never had a definite answer. There are a few theories floating around for why the Plain of Jars came

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17 Sep 2014

Muang Ngoi: An Idyllic Village in Northern Laos

Before my current trip to Laos I’d spent about 6 weeks in the country and hadn’t even come close to seeing everything I wanted.  Muang Ngoi (also known as Muang Ngoi Neua) was one of the towns I reluctantly skipped last time, so I decided to make it the centrepiece

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Boats on the river on the journey from Nong Khiaw to Muang Ngoi
12 Sep 2014

Nong Khiaw to Muang Ngoi, Laos: An Awesome Boat Ride

Laos is full of idyllic riverside towns and taking a boat between 2 of the most beautiful ones, from Nong Khiaw to Muang Ngoi, was one of my favourite experiences in Southeast Asia’s most laidback country.  This stretch of the Nam Ou River is particularly stunning; the only problem is that the

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Patuxai park in Vientiane, Laos
08 Sep 2014

Cities and Their Celebrity Doubles: Vientiane / Robert Downey Jr.

Vientiane wasn’t always the laid back, family friendly Lao capital you see today. For a period in the 1960’s and 70’s it was a town where anything went, where foreign spies mixed with prostitutes in city bars; a place you probably wouldn’t take your wife and kids to. The same

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