Jan 16 2013

Awkward healthcare questions in Laos

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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

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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

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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

Dec 23 2012

3G internet in Laos

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Modern telecommunications meets old stupa

Accessing the internet in Laos is possible pretty much right throughout the country via several options, including some hotels in the more remote towns, such as Phongsali, which offer decent WiFi connections. But the problem with relying on hotel WiFi is that many of the less touristed towns simply don’t have hotels with free WiFi … read the full post

Dec 20 2012

Healthcare in Laos

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Laos has a rustic appeal to many travellers who enjoy getting away from the sealed and packaged amenities of the West. Unfortunately, our immune systems aren’t always up to the task and accidents can happen when trekking through the jungle or spelunking in slippery dark caves. Here are some things to keep in mind when … read the full post

Dec 04 2012

Trekking in Nong Kiaow

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The highest mountain in Nong Kiaow

Laos is a land of rolling hills, remote tribes, unique cultures and stunning scenery. It’s predominantly a rural landscape where villagers practice basic forms of agriculture to scrape enough food together to live a simple life. In many parts of the country, entire villages of people still live in bamboo huts topped with grass roofs. … read the full post

Nov 26 2012

Loy Khatung: the night of the Naga

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Candles are placed on a piece of banana tree trunk and decorated with flowers to resemble a racing boat. These 'candle boats' are placed in front of houses in celebration of Loy Khatung and the Boat Racing Festival.

Every year the Lao observe Buddhist Lent for a three-month period, in which they (attempt to) abstain from alcohol and meat to honour the Buddha’s months of ascetic contemplation before he reached enlightenment under the bodhi tree. The end of this period, marked by the first full moon in the 12th month of the Buddhist … read the full post

Nov 24 2012

Tamarind cooking school, Luang Prabang

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Pork larp is easy to make once you know how

For many people, food is an important aspect of a journey overseas and is often seen as the window to the soul of a country. Eating on the streets, tasting delicious local foods and observing local cooking practices is all part of the culinary experience when visiting a country. Participating in a cooking class can … read the full post

Nov 15 2012

Phongsali: Is it worth the effort?

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Valleys of clouds near Phongsali - people live out there

We’ve written about the road to Phongsali and how awful it is. It begs the question of whether it is worth all that hassle to actually get there. Is it worth going to Phongsali? It all depends on the traveller, the amount of time they have and the sort of experience they’re seeking. Us? We think … read the full post

Nov 07 2012

How to get a Thai visa in Vientiane

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The Thai Consulate before the morning rush.

If you find yourself in Laos and are planning on heading to neighbouring Thailand, what you should do will depend on how long you plan to stay in Thailand. You can get 15 days visa-free in Thailand on arrival by filling out a simple form at your port of entry; no trip to the consular … read the full post

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