Start in Vientiane. Walk to the bus stop. Take the bus to the Friendship Bridge (border with Thailand). Go through passport control. Take another bus across the bridge and clear Thai passport control. Take a tuk-tuk to the train station in Nong Khai. Enjoy delicious Thai food while waiting two hours before boarding night-train to … Continue reading
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Taking It Slow in Vientiane
Waking up to rain pattering gently on the windows, the Italian guy across the aisle asked “Vientiane Centrale?” Arrivals aren’t very well announced in Laos, I noted. “If it is, it’s pretty different to Milano Centrale,” I responded, noting the red dirt-turned-mud that our bags were being thrown on to from the safety of their … Continue reading
That Was Luang Prabang
Lazy humid days doing yoga by the river. Exploring temples in the sweltering midday heat. Escaping to the Kuang Si Falls for a brief respite from the scorching sun. Watching monks doing the alms at day break. Watching the sun set over the Mekong. That was Luang Prabang.
Please Don’t Rush
Welcomed to this beautiful country by school children blowing us kisses and waving to us as we exited Passport Control, I knew immediately that Laos was about to become one of my favourite countries. They say the PDR in Lao PDR actually means “Please Don’t Rush,” because, well, ‘island-time’ takes on a whole new meaning in this … Continue reading
On the Road: Vientiane
In the centre of Vientiane lies a monument suspiciously similar to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. Patuxai has seen better days (like a lot of Vientiane) but with a view out over the city and a public park behind it, it’s still a great place to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon in Laos.
On the Road: Luang Prabang
It’s been hot in Luang Prabang, there’s not a lot of breeze by the river and it’s humid. So to escape the heat we followed the recommendation of some locals to escape to shade of the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls for a day.
On the Road: Slow Boats Down the Mekong
If spending anywhere between 14 to 18 hours over two days on a boat sounds like a nightmare to you, then the slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang is not for you. For me it was something I’d been excited about doing since deciding to travel to Southeast Asia. Armed with a couple … Continue reading