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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 down the Mekong River and we stayed in a little village on the way down. It was a trip I will never forget. We loaded on the boat at 9 in the morning.  It had seating for 70 people and they … Read entire article »

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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, Thailand into Laos changed on the day I crossed. Instead of crossing the Mekong River by boat, the route changed to the New Bridge several kilometers south. After paying the $42 fee (Canadians pay more than any other country), I … Read entire article »

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Travelling by tuk-tuk in Southeast Asia

Travelling by tuk-tuk in Southeast Asia

I took many, many tuk-tuks in Southeast Asia and they certainly weren’t just for tourists for that’s how most locals get about. There are tuk-tuks propelled by motor and others by cycle . I wasn’t too keen on the latter because the driver was often old and skinny and I’d want to do the peddling instead of him. There are many reasons to go by tuk-tuk. They are inexpensive. They can weave in and out of … Read entire article »

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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 for the school after being in the country for less than a month I was interested in finding out more about this fellow-Canadian. Actually, JP has been working internationally for some time. Before Laos he taught English in South Korea for … Read entire article »

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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 had no idea what he was talking about and feared it would be outdoor stall food, which is something I usually avoid. But we were having a good time and I didn’t want to spoil the mood so said “Sure.” A … Read entire article »

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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 the seemingly endless line of monks that gather each morning for the alms gathering ceremony. From there I took a 7-hour bus trip over to Phonsavan, close to the Vietnam border. It’s in the mountains and quite cool when compared … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Plain of Jars

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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.  While there they also see the legacy of a war that most of the world knew little or nothing about. It’s called the “Secret War”. The Jars are near the provincial capital Phonsavan and close to the Vietnam border. During the … Read entire article »

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Hmong guide photo gallery

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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 the time talking about traditions and legends of the Hmong people and visiting one of their villages. Here is his story. The Hmong people are very independent. They may not have a lot but they don’t have a boss. They do … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Luang Prabang, Laos

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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. There is a town in the mountains of northern Laos where the alms gathering ceremony is simply spectacular because it involves almost 30 monasteries and several hundred monks. Luang Prabang is on the Mekong River about 425 km north of Vientiane. … Read entire article »

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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 name was Daniel Eimutis and he was on holiday in Vang Vieng, Laos with six of his friends. Earlier last month another young Australian died after jumping from a platform into the same river. These were not freak accidents for … Read entire article »

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