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

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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

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

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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

Apr 27 2013

Caffeine in Laos: A coffee (and tea) primer

Published by under Vientiane

Lao Mountain Coffee

Laos produces some exceptionally good coffee; some locals boast that it’s the best in the world. Of course, this depends on personal taste, but for those who like their coffee rich and strong, they’ve come to the right place. Most all of the coffee produced in Laos is grown on the Bolaven Plateau in southern … read the full post

Apr 24 2013

Waterfalls of the Bolaven Plateau

Published by under Southern Laos

Uttayan Bajiang is a good spot to warm up to the waterfalls on the Bolaven Plateau.

In the far southern reaches of Laos, just to the east of the major city of Pakse, is the famous Bolaven Plateau, home to dense jungle, sprawling coffee plantations and fantastic waterfalls. The waterfalls are the highlight for visitors undertaking the Bolaven Plateau motorcycle loop and are part of most people’s itinerary every single day. … read the full post

Apr 17 2013

How long should I spend in Luang Prabang?

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The swimming area at Kuang Si Waterfalls is a perfect spot to cool off.

One of the questions we get asked regularly here at Travelfish.org is, “How long should I spend in Luang Prabang?” And it’s a reasonable question given that Luang Prabang is the most famous destination in Laos. How long you decide to spend in Luang Prabang depends on a few things, which we’ll try and unpick … read the full post

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