4,000 Islands

I’m writing this rather retrospectively, having had an incredibly busy few weeks: From Phonsavan and the plain of jars ,I planned to whizz down to southern Laos, taking the bus first to Paksan for an overnight stay, then on to Pakse, if only things were so easy. From Phonsavan I caught the local bus and meandered down southern … Continue reading

Plain of Jars

“Don’t go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” Noble sentiments for any traveller, except perhaps, for those travelling in Laos, where trailblazing is likely to be rewarded with an intimate encounter with a landmine or other equally as hostile unexploded ordinance. Laos you see holds … Continue reading

Luang Prabang

Encircled by misty hills Luang Prabang lies stretched lazily along a thin peninsula, jutting out into the murky confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, under the steady haze of the Asian sun the town itself is almost as sleepy as the hills it calls home. A certain charm envelops the town, the skyline … Continue reading

Tubing Video

         

Vang Vieng

A 40 hour trip up from Koh Tao eventually brought me to Vang Vieng; land of buckets, beer Lao and tubing.   A decidedly laid back attitude seems to permeate from all things Laotion, as soon as you cross the friendship bridge from Thailand. Compared to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok Vientiane has a laid back … Continue reading

Leaving Koh Tao

Well Koh Tao has certainly treated me well these last two weeks, however I fear if I don’t make tracks now I may never leave! My two weeks here have been not only different to one another but also different to any weeks I have spent elsewhere; the first week full of the bustle and … Continue reading

Thailand & Laos Top 9 Experiences

Here are my personal top experiences from my two previous trips to Thailand and Laos, now obviously travel is a personal experience so I don’t expect everyone to share my views as to the best sights and activities but for me these are the truly memorable experiences which really stood out for me. Why not leave a comment as … Continue reading

Volunteering Laos Summer 2011

I’ve decided to write my first full length post about my time spent this summer volunteering in Laos; I was part of a World Challenge expedition from Wymondham College who spent a week at a primary school just outside Luang Prabang. After a few days taking in the sight of Bangkok and generally acclimatizing we headed north … Continue reading