Photo Friday: Life in Laos

  A Farmer in Laos Life in Laos is simple to say the least. There is nothing but farmland & fishing villages throughout this captivating country. We took this shot just outside Champasak in southern Laos while motorbiking around the dirt tracks alongside the Mekong. The sights and scenery as we rode through the rice fields & hills was stunning, & this was a particularly picturesque moment.    Read More

South East Asian Persuasions

The following is a general list of the things we wish we had known while travelling through South East Asia…  T.A.T. (Tourism Authority of Thailand) Lots of tuk-tuk drivers around Bangkok may well start boasting to you about this oh-so grand organisation called the TAT. They will excitedly explain how the TAT is there to support you, the poor lost tourist. They may even claim it was put into operation by the King himself!… to... Read More

Down the Road in Laos

Having survived the tubing experience we decided it was time to head back into the water & take a less obvious mode of transport down to Laos’ capital, Vientiane. Kayaking. It turned out to be a horrific idea given that James & I were absolutely hanging after the previous night’s excursions in the party capital of Vang Vieng! Thankfully the journey was split between kayak & minibus so our misery was somewhat reduced.  Vientiane... Read More

fishy fishy fishy

sa-bai-deeee!!           I’m sitting in a lone internet cafe, with a strange orange stray cat on my lap. It doesn’t have a tail, and its looking at me really funny, but if I try to move it might go crazy?! Anyways, onto Laos…             To sum up the last 3 weeks, LAOS is fantastic, and crazy, and weird, and beautiful. People move at their own pace, which makes me feel like a local as I slowly trudge along. People... Read More

4,000 Islands of Landlocked Laos

4,000 islands- not a fancy title, but a real place! First time I heard “4,000 islands” all I thought was, when can we go? The 4,000 islands are at the far South of Laos where the mighty Mekong runs and has literally formed several thousand islands. It’s a great place, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone. We ventured around two of the islands that are easier to get too, Don Det & Don Khon. We spent our days swaying... Read More

Kayaking to the Capital

After our horrendous experience ‘ Tubing in the Vang Vieng ’ you would think we learned our lesson with the consequences of mixing drinking with water. But, we didn’t.        Hangover + Death Ride, very bad combo. We were heading to the big bad capital city Vientiane the next day and heard that instead of taking a bus we could kayak! We went out celebrating our last night in crazy Vang Vieng with a little more than simply... Read More

Temples and Tubing?! A Definition of Contradiction

So we left Thailand &  took the slow boat into Laos,… & they weren’t joking about the SLOW! It took 2 days of travelling, 6-7 hours in the boat each day with a night stop off half way. It was beautiful though so it wasn’t too bad, & on the 2nd day me & Nicky managed to land ourselves the prestigious car seats that were the ‘comfortable’ seats on the boat!! We got to Luang Prabang monday night &... Read More

Tubing in the Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng. One of a kind place. Party Goers Paradise. Sex, Drugs, and… Tubing.   People rave about Vang Vieng anywhere you go in South East Asia. The “Tubing In the Vang Vieng, Laos” T-Shirt is everywhere. Some try to avoid the place as if their life depends on it. There aim to stay far away from smelly backpackers, ’American Loud Mouths’ or ‘Horny British it’s My Gap Year Boys’. Avoiding the people... Read More

Luang Prabang is AWESOME

I’m sitting in a small internet cafe in the lovely city of Luang Prabang in Laos!! We rented bikes–not cool fast motorbikes, push bikes– ALL DAY and took on the city, big stylee. Actually, it hurts to sit down & even write this.. but I don’t know if it’s from the bike or the fact that getting here meant 2 days on a slow boat.    I MEAN a SLOW boat, that only had wooden benches for 100 people crammed in. The benches... Read More

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