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Lamenting Luang Prabang
November 25, 2011 - Luang Prabang, Laos
Some towns seem timeless. A haven where you can do as little or as much as you like.UNESCO listed Luang Prabang is once such place. Set at the confluence of the NamKhong (Mekong) and Nam Khan, it embraces its history and cultural and spiritualsignificance as Laos' former capital and a centre for novice monks.One tourism figure quoted 34 wats in...
Placed by Katie in Mekong musings

Hard mattresses and chicken soup
November 13, 2011 - Nam Tha, Laos
Northern Laos is not a place for the faint-hearted. The mountains roll on forever and the views are spectacular. But along with the beauty comes the harshness of living in such an environment. Yesterday I returned from spending three days with minority Khmu tribes in small villages as the solo paying member of a Green Discovery tour. The first...
Placed by Katie in Mekong musings

Overland to Laos
September 4, 2009 - Don Det, Laos
Our journey to Laos began in Kratie with a two hour minivan ride to the Cambodia-Laos border.  After paying our 1$ "stamp fees" at both sides of the border, we took another minivan a short way into Laos to Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands), an area of the Mekong River with several islands (but not four thousand it would seem).  Few tourists...
Placed by Nick Mike Nick in 3 Beers Please

Down the Mekong
January 12, 2009 - Pak Beng, Laos
So Kees and I saw Thailand and now it was time to see Laos. I was shocked to learn that one of the hidden facts of the "Vietnam"-war was that when around the mid-70's the US forces were trying to destroy the hide-outs that the Vietcong had built mostly in natural caves on the Laos side, Laos became the most bombed country in the world ever, and...
Placed by Hans in sabbathans

In love with Laos
May 3, 2008
After one month of traveling through Thailand, I have finally left its sunny shores and crossed over into Laos. In Thailand I met many travellers who exolled the virtues of Laos to me; the people, the landscape and in general it being a bit of a paradise. I was dubious, how could one little country be impress so many people? I arrived via a...
Placed by Adventuring Asia in Indochina and Me.