There is something about the Mekong River that lulls you into a pleasant somnambulance. It meanders its way through six Asian nations...and we had the pleasure of enjoying beers along its banks in three of these - Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. View of the Nam Ou River, a major tributary of the Mekong, from Nong … Continue reading The mighty Mekong.
I know, I know...Asia is a big place. Depending on your definition it comprises up to 49 countries and 60% of the world's population. However for the purposes of this blog post 'Asia' refers to China, Japan, Korea and all of South-East Asia. Despite the huge cultural, historical, religious and ethnic differences that exist between … Continue reading What is it with Asia and….???
We're coming up to ten days here in Don Det and by now we've really got this relaxing thing down to a fine art. It helps that our guesthouse is one of the nicest, friendliest and most beautiful places we've stayed since leaving South America. It also helps to have three like-minded, trouble-making, Scrabble-playing, beer … Continue reading Si Phan Don- 4000 islands, 3000 beers, 2000 papaya salads and one awesome Lao family
We arrived in Vientiane with hangovers that had started badly in Thailand and got progressively worse as we hoofed it across the border into Laos. By the time we got to Vientiane we were hot, grumpy and severely dehydrated. Considering we'd drunk the best part of a litre of Sang Som the night before, this … Continue reading Vientiane: hating, then loving, then leaving the Laos capital…all in 48 hours
A wat is a sacred Buddhist precinct encompassing the actual temple and the monks living quarters, usually surrounded by beautifully tended gardens studded with stupa, statues and icons from Buddhist texts. Between the Laos city of Luang Prabang and Thailand's Chiang Mai, there are more than 400 individual wats. Some of them are magnificently … Continue reading Wat in the World
We arrived in Luang Prabang yesterday after three days kayaking from Nong Khiaw, first down the Nam Ou and then along the mighty Mekong, staying with ethnic Khmu families along the way...and drinking more than a little lao-lao. In our defense, it was literally forced upon us. Tiny Laotian ladies just won't take no for … Continue reading Kayaking Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang
Once the rain finally stopped here in northern Laos we realised it was freaking gorgeous!! We left Luang Namtha in the hope of finding drier, warmer weather and found it just 300km away in Nong Khiaw, on the banks of the Nam Ou. We spent a lazy few days here, enjoying blue skies, sunshine … Continue reading Love Laos; Fear Lao-Lao
I'm writing this from the comfort of our cozy room in Luang Namtha, listening with a certain satisfaction to the rain which has been pounding down relentlessly for the last 18 hours or so. We are supposed to be hiking through the Namtha Protected Area even as I write this, but we cut our trek … Continue reading Meanwhile, in Laos…