Archive for May, 2013

May 29 2013

Navigating the Friendship Bridge from Thailand to Laos

Published by under Vientiane

It's advisable not to swim to the other side

The early 1990s marked a new era for Laos as its borders were opened both to trade and tourism. The Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge — Mittaphab Bridge in Lao — was built in 1994, courtesy of the Australian government. It has since become the path most travelled between Laos and Thailand. Only vehicles with papers can … read the full post

May 22 2013

Champasak, southern Laos

Published by under Southern Laos

When the frangipani are in full bloom, Wat Phu really comes into its own.

People visit Laos for different reasons. Some for luxury, some for a party, some for culture and others still for adventure. You really can have it all in Laos, but one town regularly overlooked from a cultural perspective is Champasak. Set on the banks of the Mekong in one of its wider sections, Champasak is … read the full post

May 16 2013

River transport in Laos

Published by under Practicalities

Cargo on the river includes buffaloes.

Laos is a mountainous, land-locked country making it time consuming to traverse despite a road network that’s improving every year. Historically, the primary mode of transport around the country was via boat with most of the country’s major towns linked by a network of rivers. To this day, many smaller towns are serviced by passenger … read the full post

May 09 2013

Off the beaten track: Visiting Muang Khoun

Published by under Xieng Khuang

The hole in That Foun allows visitors to explore the construction of the stupa.

Once the provincial capital of Xieng Khuang, Muang Khoun is little more than a medium-sized village about 30 kilometres down the road to Paksan from Phonsavan. But it’s the quaintness of the town and its varied ruined temples that make this place worth a visit when staying in nearby Phonsavan. The first temple many people … read the full post

May 03 2013

Plain of Jars, Phonsavan

Published by under Xieng Khuang

Jars on a plain. The Plain of Jars.

Despite being off the main tourist trail, Phonsavan is well worth visiting, with its Plain of Jars a particular highlight. Hop on a tour to see the plain, or just grab a motorbike and hit the road. It is totally worth it. The Plain of Jars refers to an entire area where mysterious limestone jars … read the full post