Laos

Snapshots from Laos

Snapshots from Laos

Waking to the call of the cockerel (believe me this is not a good thing) High-fiving local children from our bikes Delays, delays and more delays Honey distilled in the temples of Vientiane Vegetables grown in old bomb cases Film night at a Luang Prabang bookshop Fried frogs on sticks sold through bus windows A […]


A present comes our way

A present comes our way

Apologies to all those who have been waiting with bated breath for an update from our last few days in Laos. After the incredible Kong Lo Cave, we headed down to Pakse, a fairly small town without a big tourist scene, in which we only planned to spend a night en route to Si Phan […]


Welcome to the underworld

Welcome to the underworld

An early start this morning – up at 04:45 to catch a tuk to the bus station in Vientiane for our 06:00 bus to Ba Nam Him, jumping off point for the Kong Lo cave, our next scheduled stop on our way down through the country. Our plan was to stay overnight in Ban Nam […]


COPE

COPE

Today we went to visit the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) in the Laos capital, Vientiane. Founded in 1997, COPE provides prosthetics and mobility devices free of charge to people who need them. Many of its patients are victims of accidents relating to cluster bombs left over from the Vietnam war. I mentioned before […]


Crossing the line

Crossing the line

We were stuck in Muang Ngoi  for three days.  Our arrival coincided with the Buddhist festival of Boun Makha Bu-sao and celebrations were in full swing. More significantly it coincided with a decision by village elders that Muang Ngoi was being plagued by bad souls or ghosts of which it had to be purged.  The […]


Nang Xiaw to Muang Ngoi

Nang Xiaw to Muang Ngoi

A few photos from Nang Xiaw and Muang Ngoi. Both villages were heavily bombed during the Vietnam war because of their position on the Ho Chi Minh trail. Some reports say bombings were as frequent as every nine minutes for nine years. The villages are littered with shells to this day.  Villagers hid in local […]


Between a rock and a hard place…

Between a rock and a hard place...

We are currently in Mong Ngao, a little town idyllically located about eight hours upriver from Luang Prabang, an hour by boat from Nong Xiaw. The town is only accessible by boat, which makes for a pleasant, relaxing experience – not a car or a scooter in sight, and barely even a bicycle. The area […]


Waterfalls, bears and a spider

Waterfalls, bears and a spider

It’s official – both of us are fit.  The Rough Guide says so.  Today we went to Kuang Xi waterfalls, and instead of opting for the taxi journey, we hired mountain bikes for the 62km round trip cycle, which, according to Rough Guide, “only for the fit”.  So there you go. We did the journey […]


Asian riviera

Asian riviera

The influence of French rule over Laos is very apparent in Luang Prabang. Sitting on a jungle peninsula surrounded by banana plantations and grazing buffalo, the old town principally comprises rows of shuttered mansions that would look more at home on the Dordogne than the Mekong. A Buddhist influence is also apparent. Although the town […]


A slow boat to Laos

A slow boat to Laos

Ah…this is the life. Two days on a slow boat from northern Thailand to Luang Prabang. 200,000 KIP each (about £18) for a fifteen hour trip, drifting lazily down the Mekong, reading books and watching the world go by. Strangely, the photos of the day time don’t really do the trip justice, but the sunset […]



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