Archive for June, 2013

Jun 27 2013

Tad Lo: A backpacker haven in Laos

Published by under Southern Laos

Tad Lo is a great place for a swim.

When you think of Laos and its typical backpacker destinations, you often think about such places as Vang Vieng and Don Dhet for partying or Muang Ngoi and Nong Kiaow for relaxing. But it’s a lesser known town in the southern reaches of Laos that we think is currently one of the better backpacker destinations … read the full post

Jun 26 2013

Vientiane’s Wattay Airport

Published by under Vientiane

The International Terminal

Vientiane’s Wattay airport is a very easily managed hub, often with short queues and swift check-in. Here’s some things that may nevertheless be useful to know if you plan on flying into Laos via the capital. But first up — how do you get here by plane? Laos has not embraced budget airlines quite to … read the full post

Jun 18 2013

4000 Islands, but which one is best?

Published by under Southern Laos

The sunrises and sunsets on Don Dhet are nothing short of breath taking.

Deep in the most southern reaches of Laos, in a narrow section of the country where it can feel like there is more river than land, are the somewhat mythical 4000 Islands. Held up as a rite of passage for those travelling along the banana pancake trail, Si Phan Don as it’s known in the … read the full post

Jun 13 2013

Fresh fruit in Laos

Published by under Practicalities

Rambutan, the 1980's punk of fruits

Eating delicious fresh fruit is one of the great joys of travelling in Southeast Asia. Abundant and refreshing in the tropical heat of the day, a huge range of options can be found — small and sweet, cumbersome and stinky or large and luscious. Laos has them all. Here’s your guide to what you’ll find … read the full post

Jun 10 2013

Wet markets in Laos

Published by under Practicalities

Fresh pah deck, the preferred Lao seasoning

Wet markets might be slowly disappearing, but for now they remain a pillar of Southeast Asian culture in many parts of the region. While they offer none of the convenience of a modern supermarket, and significantly less hygiene, they’re a hub of community activity; market vendors spend their days in close quarters with each other … read the full post

Jun 05 2013

Travelling with children in Laos

Published by under Practicalities


Many travellers to Laos are drawn to the country by its more peaceful pace of life. With improving facilities — and the party scene in Vang Vieng hushed — an increasing number of family-friendly activities are available, making Laos a great relaxed place to travel with children. For older children, kayaking, climbing and zip-lining in … read the full post