Archive for January, 2013

Jan 30 2013

Things to do in Vang Vieng

Published by under Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng really is a beautiful place

In our previous posts we wrote about the current situation in Vang Vieng and what it’s like to tube now that the riverside bars have been destroyed. The next question some people will be asking is whether they should bother coming now that the party is over. The answer to that question largely depends on … read the full post

Jan 23 2013

Tubing in Vang Vieng

Published by under Vang Vieng

This bar is closed. So is every other bar.

The party is over in Vang Vieng, six months after the Lao government’s crackdown on the illegal bars that once lined the picturesque Nam Song. The change is so dramatic that people still arrive asking where the party has gone, shocked at the pace of change in a country not known for acting swiftly on … read the full post

Jan 20 2013

Vang Vieng: What’s going on?

Published by under Vang Vieng

The party may be over, but the scenery is as wonderful as ever in Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng was until recently known as the party mecca of the Southeast Asian backpacker trail, with thousands of youngsters flocking to the central Lao town for unlimited drinking, dancing and tubing down the Nam Song. But all that changed in August last year when government authorities stepped in to shut down the bars lining … read the full post

Jan 16 2013

Awkward healthcare questions in Laos

Published by under Practicalities

no bugles

There are certain pharmaceutical and medical needs that travellers may have that are slightly awkward to satisfy — say, asking around Vientiane whether you can get the morning-after pill or miming to a pharmacist that you have intestinal worms. If you’re in Laos, here are a few helpful tips that will hopefully help you avoid … read the full post

Jan 13 2013

Exploring southern Laos’ Savannakhet

Published by under Savannakhet

They don't make 'em like they used to.

Though perhaps best known for its nearby NBCAs (national parks), Savannakhet is also the perfect spot for a few days of unwinding. Lose yourself in the smoky scent of Lao sausages on the grill, the late afternoon giggles of schoolchildren, a Mekong River sunset and a stroll through historic streets. Constructed by the many French … read the full post

Jan 02 2013

The caves of Vieng Xai, Laos

Published by under Hua Phan

The morning trip from Sam Neua to Vieng Xai is stunning

Boat rides, jungle treks, a few waterfalls and the Plain of Jars; aside from these, there really aren’t that many crucial sights to see or things to do in Laos, which is precisely why so many people love it. Travel here is about interaction with people, relaxing in a bungalow, riding the local buses and … read the full post