Archive for November, 2012

Nov 26 2012

Loy Khatung: the night of the Naga

Published by under Vientiane

Candles are placed on a piece of banana tree trunk and decorated with flowers to resemble a racing boat. These 'candle boats' are placed in front of houses in celebration of Loy Khatung and the Boat Racing Festival.

Every year the Lao observe Buddhist Lent for a three-month period, in which they (attempt to) abstain from alcohol and meat to honour the Buddha’s months of ascetic contemplation before he reached enlightenment under the bodhi tree. The end of this period, marked by the first full moon in the 12th month of the Buddhist … read the full post

Nov 24 2012

Tamarind cooking school, Luang Prabang

Published by under Luang Prabang

Pork larp is easy to make once you know how

For many people, food is an important aspect of a journey overseas and is often seen as the window to the soul of a country. Eating on the streets, tasting delicious local foods and observing local cooking practices is all part of the culinary experience when visiting a country. Participating in a cooking class can … read the full post

Nov 15 2012

Phongsali: Is it worth the effort?

Published by under Phongsali

Valleys of clouds near Phongsali - people live out there

We’ve written about the road to Phongsali and how awful it is. It begs the question of whether it is worth all that hassle to actually get there. Is it worth going to Phongsali? It all depends on the traveller, the amount of time they have and the sort of experience they’re seeking. Us? We think … read the full post

Nov 07 2012

How to get a Thai visa in Vientiane

Published by under Practicalities

The Thai Consulate before the morning rush.

If you find yourself in Laos and are planning on heading to neighbouring Thailand, what you should do will depend on how long you plan to stay in Thailand. You can get 15 days visa-free in Thailand on arrival by filling out a simple form at your port of entry; no trip to the consular … read the full post

Nov 04 2012

The road to Phongsali

Published by under Phongsali

The condition of the road to Phongsali is generally extremely poor

Travelling in Southeast Asia is often more about the journey than the destination and although it’s one of those cliches which is often used glibly, we think it largely rings true in Laos. Except when travelling to Phongsali. There are two different ways that most people use to get to Phongsali. The easiest is by hopping on … read the full post