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Phonsavan - Plain of Bombs

LAOS | Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009 | Views [767]

Phonsavan is our last stop in Laos. It’s not a particularly appealing town, but it has two legacies worth a second look. The first is an archeological mystery – hundreds of large stone jars spread throughout the province. Archaeologists ... Read more >

Tags: phonsavan, plain of jars, uxo

Pak Ou District Trek - Big Adventure, Small Villages

LAOS | Saturday, 14 Feb 2009 | Views [6398]

One of our main goals for northern Laos was to complete a challenging trek. This part of the country is known for its rugged terrain, lush forests, and numerous ethnic groups. We signed up with a company named Green Discovery because of their cultural ... Read more >

Tags: food, kayaking, kids, trekking, villages

Gallery: Laos - Pak Ou District Trek

LAOS | Saturday, 14 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Laos - Luang Prabang

LAOS | Saturday, 14 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Luang Prabang - Temples, Tourists, Textiles (and Elephants!)

LAOS | Sunday, 8 Feb 2009 | Views [1382]

Luang Prabang is the tourist gem of Laos . It has one of the highest concentrations of well preserved Buddhist temples in all of Southeast Asia , earning it recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also nestled between different mountain ... Read more >

Tags: elephants, temples, tourists

Vang Vieng - Laos' Party Town

LAOS | Friday, 6 Feb 2009 | Views [6478] | Comments [1]

Vang Vieng is a fun, but conflicted town. On one side of the river you have beautiful limestone mountains, endless caves, and slow village life. On the other side of the river you have backpacker party central. Some would call it backpacker hell, but ... Read more >

Tags: caves, friends, tubing

Gallery: Laos - Vang Vieng

LAOS | Wednesday, 4 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Vientiane - Big City Livin'

LAOS | Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | Views [1473]

Vientiane is my favorite SE Asia city to date. The traffic is bearable, the streets are clean, and the people are incredibly friendly. The city’s French influence is unmistakable – wide boulevards with roundabouts, numerous street-side cafes, and colonial ... Read more >

Tags: patuxai, pha that luang, talat sao, vientiane

Gallery: Laos - Vientiane

LAOS | Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Laos - Ban Konglor

LAOS | Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Laos - Tat Lo

LAOS | Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Laos - Don Det

LAOS | Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Ban Konglor - 7km of Caving Fun

THAILAND | Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | Views [725]

Caves have never been a major interest of mine, but thanks to Sebastian, I’m starting to see them in a whole new light (or lack thereof). Our next destination, Ban Konglor is home to one of the most spectacular limestone caves found in central Laos.... Read more >

Tags: caves, homestay, kids, kong lo

Pakse and Tha Khek - Forgettable Transit Stops

LAOS | Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009 | Views [1100]

I don't have much to say for either Pakse or Tha Khek. Both towns were quick overnight stops as we explored the more remote eastern provinces and made our way towards Vientiane. They each had a fun riverside bar/restaurant scene and remnants of French ... Read more >

Tags: bus, mekong, riverside

Tat Lo - Waterfalls and Cute Kids.

LAOS | Monday, 26 Jan 2009 | Views [1439]

Tat Lo is a small village situated just north of the Bolovean Plateau. It’s known for its tremendous waterfalls and tranquil riverside setting. We only planned one night here, but managed to squeeze in a lot during the short stay. The highlight of our ... Read more >

Tags: hiking, villages, waterfalls

Don Det - Island Hopping Mekong Style

LAOS | Saturday, 24 Jan 2009 | Views [2175]

Don Det is a small river island located at the southern most tip of Laos. This region is called Si Phan Don (4000 Islands) because the Mekong River fans out creating web of intertwining channels and constantly evolving islands. It’s become a popular ... Read more >

Tags: don det, don khon, tat somphamit, waterfalls

Kratie - Friendly River Town

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | Views [723]

We spent one very brief night in Kratie. It's not exactly a major tourist destination, but it was a perfect stop for us to break up the long bus ride to Laos. Our book says that Kratie is the soul of Cambodia and I can see why. The people were incredibly ... Read more >

Tags: kids, kratie, mekong

Phnom Penh - Great city... minus all the death and traffic

CAMBODIA | Tuesday, 20 Jan 2009 | Views [756]

After weeks of frustratingly slow internet connections, I’m way behind on my trip journal. I’ll keep the next couple of entries short and sweet as I try to catch up with the current action… Phnom Penh is a great city despite a very tumultuous ... Read more >

Tags: phnom phen, royal palace, russian market, s-21, traffic

Gallery: Cambodia - Phnom Penh

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 18 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Battambang - Beautiful Cambodian Countryside

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | Views [1120]

After fighting our way through hordes of tourists in Siem Reap, we wanted to see the countryside of Cambodia. Battambang seemed like the logical choice since we’d get to travel there by boat and make day trips into the fertile farming lands surrounding ... Read more >

Tags: battambang, khmer rouge, phnom banan, phnom sampeon, river villages

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