Mar 10 2013

Waterfalls around Luang Prabang

Published by under Luang Prabang

Turquoise waters of Tad Sae.

When visiting Luang Prabang, most people think of strolling the quiet streets and laneways of the World Heritage town, visiting a wat or two and sipping a coffee as the world passes by. But activities outside of town are worth a look, including visiting the two main waterfalls surrounding the town. The most popular of … read the full post

Mar 07 2013

The Tha Khaek Loop

Published by under Southern Laos

Fantastic views are all around.

The Tha Khaek Loop, also known as the Konglor Loop or just the Loop, is a 500-kilometre motorcycle journey starting and ending in Laos’ Tha Khaek. It takes in the stunning limestone scenery of Khammoune province, remote villages and many caves, of which the highlight is Konglor, a seven-kilometre long cave which has a large … read the full post

Feb 26 2013

Konglor Cave

Published by under Southern Laos

Incredible formations inside Konglor Cave.

When talking about highlights of Laos, many people rattle off sights such as Vientiane’s That Luang, activities like taking a slow boat down the Mekong and even entire towns such as Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. And they’re right. These things are great to experience, just like lesser-known spots we love at Travelfish.org like Vieng … read the full post

Feb 13 2013

Speedboats in Laos

Published by under Practicalities

It's hammer time

Speedboats in Laos have a kind of mystical aura surrounding them, with travellers often chatting about their dangers over a beer as they watch the sun set over the many rivers throughout Laos. In fact, if you’re looking for a second opinion on whether you should take a speedboat or not from a fellow traveller, … read the full post

Feb 09 2013

Love in Laos

Published by under Vientiane

Patu Xay Fountain

Courtship has its rules and customs in all countries and it helps to be aware of unforeseen cultural expectations. Here are some ground rules to keep in mind in Laos. The Lao, generally speaking, are a flirtatious lot. Sexual innuendo and proposition-fuelled banter form a central aspect of social interaction. In a country where white … read the full post

Feb 05 2013

The Gibbon Experience, Laos

Published by under Huay Xai

The morning views from the tree house are just as good as the sunsets

With stunning vistas and lush tropical rainforests, the natural beauty of Laos is one of the primary reasons many people visit this mountainous landlocked country. And the best way to get out into nature and really experience its immense beauty is to trek. Many choose the areas surrounding Luang Nam Tha while others opt for … read the full post

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

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