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Three ways to travel around Laos

Three ways to travel around Laos

Laos is one of my favourite destinations in Southeast Asia. I found the people incredibly hospitable, the landscape some of the most scenic in the world, and the cost of travelling there so affordable. There are … Read entire article »

They left the farm to see the world: Stop #2 Laos

They left the farm to see the world: Stop #2 Laos

Barb and Ben Dietrich, recently retired, travelled through Southeast Asia for three months last year and sent emails “home” about the journey.  We took the slow boat from Thailand into Laos. It was a two-day trip … Read entire article »

Vientiane and the weird Buddha Park, Laos

Vientiane and the weird Buddha Park, Laos

Vientiane, capital of Laos, is often described as laid-back and in the middle of nowhere. The French who occupied the country for about 50 years, did redesign its layout and restore some of the monuments … Read entire article »

Trekking in the legendary Nam Ha National Protected Area, Laos

Trekking in the legendary Nam Ha National Protected Area, Laos

Ron Perrier, a Canadian who is travelling the world, recently made his way to Luang Namtha in northern Laos, the starting point for the “trekking mecca of Southeast Asia”. The border crossing from Chiang Khong, … Read entire article »

May I introduce JP Sara, a Canadian who owns a language school in Laos

May I introduce JP Sara, a Canadian who owns a language school in Laos

I met JP in Luang Prabang, a delightful town in northern Laos. He’d already been there for four years, running his own English language school. When he told me he had signed a 10-year lease … Read entire article »

A Buddhist wedding in Laos: Toss back the whiskey and dance

A Buddhist wedding in Laos: Toss back the whiskey and dance

I was in northeastern Laos and having one of those over-the-top travel days when my guide asked if I’d like to go to ‘a veden’ for lunch. He assured me it would cost nothing.  I … Read entire article »

Laos stole my heart

Laos stole my heart

Editorial: My joints still ache from riding the buses in Laos, a country that I have fallen for. I started my journey in the north, in the town of Luang Prabang, which is well known for … Read entire article »

Plain of Jars: Where giants partied and the US dropped their bombs

Plain of Jars: Where giants partied and the US dropped their bombs

The Plain of Jars has been called the most mysterious place in Laos. Visitors go there primarily to see huge jar-shaped stone vessels. What they are and how they got there is still in dispute. … Read entire article »

The Baci Ceremony: White threads, banana leaves and marigolds

The Baci Ceremony: White threads, banana leaves and marigolds

You often see banana leaves rolled into small cones and decorated with marigolds in Southeast Asia. They are sold at markets everywhere, at temples, and other sacred places. These banana leaf decorations are called makbeng … Read entire article »

A Hmong guide shares his story

A Hmong guide shares his story

Kou Vang was my guide for the day when I went to see the Plain of Jars in northeastern Laos. His English is excellent and he is a fine storyteller so we spent much of … Read entire article »

The alms ceremony in Luang Prabang, Laos

The alms ceremony in Luang Prabang, Laos

Early every morning in much of Southeast Asia monks can be seen out on the roads collecting alms. This is an ancient, religious tradition and those who give alms earn merit for their next life. … Read entire article »

Why backpackers are dying in Vang Vieng, Laos

Why backpackers are dying in Vang Vieng, Laos

A 19-year old Australian tourist went missing while tubing down the Xong River on January 23 and it took three days for his body to be found in the deep part of the river. His … Read entire article »