Category Archives: Laos

Crossing the border with a bag of frogs

So, it was finally time to leave Laos and make our way across to the Thai border. In our last adventure together, Rahel and I had decided to forego the boring ‘VIP bus’ experience in favour of local transport, so … Continue reading

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Four Thousand Island Dreaming and Goodbye Laos

We got to the Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands) area in the very south of Laos on a grubby local bus that reminded me of the truck in the old Spielberg film ‘Duel’. It was a miracle that the … Continue reading

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Looping the Laos Loop

Ever since I’d heard stories about the Konglor Caves in central Laos I’d decided that I really wanted to visit. I love caves, and ones that involve a 7.5km underground longboat ride through the darkness sounded fantastic. So we caught … Continue reading

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Escape to Ventiane

After 24 hours in my sickbed, I woke feeling well enough to keep down some breakfast. That was a good enough reason for me to escape Vang Vieng! Still a little weak and nauseous, I boarded the bus to Ventiane. … Continue reading

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Sick in (and of) Vang Vieng

Bleeeuuuuurrrrgggghhhh….. My trip u-turned from ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ to ‘Sleep, Puke, Shit’ rapidly in the past couple of days due to a dodgy green curry. Seven hours after consumption I was lying moaning in my cheap grubby guesthouse room with … Continue reading

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Escargot and Sticky Rice in Luang Prabang

Arriving in Luang Prabang is like stumbling across a pretty French village in the middle of the jungle. The French invaded in the 18th Century and their legacy of petanque, baguettes, escargot and cafe culture remains. It’s a great place … Continue reading

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Taking it slow down the Mekong

As we crossed the border from Thailand into Laos at Huay Xai we had a decision to make. The fast or the slow boat down the Mekong river? The speedboat cuts the travel time in half, but they have a … Continue reading

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