- What Do Monks in Laos Do All Day? (1 Good)Thomas has had many questions about the Buddhist monks he has observed in Thailand and Laos - here are some of his questions and the answers.
[b]What do Buddhist Posted by edandsuet in 2 Good, 2 Bad | Apr 17, 2017
- Jungle Fly, Spider Bites and Heat Exhaustion (1 Good/1Bad)Boarding a minivan in Laos is rather like playing roulette in a casino, you are never quite sure of the outcome. We learnt our first lesson of minivan travel early on - don't ever leave your seat unattended.
Everyone pays Posted by edandsuet in 2 Good, 2 Bad | Apr 17, 2017
- Saffron Robed World of Luang Prabang (1 Good)
While the view from the balcony of our new guest house was a sobering reminder that most locals live a basic existence in squalid surroundings amongst piles of debri Posted by edandsuet in 2 Good, 2 Bad | Apr 17, 2017
- We're at the end of the beginningJealousy is a word I loathe. The way it spits from the tongue, the way it implies we are all entitled to the same things. Instead of recognising peacefulness, success or bravery - it's envied as if it is something Posted by lewyandkerri in Delhi belly. Fact or fiction? | Apr 15, 2017
- LaosSo, Laos. I wish I had a long, exciting, redemptive blog post about Laos. I wish I could write about the beautiful places and fun adventures. But set backs appear to be a part of my time in Southeast Asia. Posted by elliehirch in Travel, She Wrote | Apr 10, 2017
- Phonsavanh in Xiengkhouang province,LaosArriving in Phonsavanh town, the capital of Xiengkhouang province of Laos, it was already past 5 in the evening. The journey in a minivan from Paksan in Bolikhamsai province bordering Thailand north east province of Bueng Kan,the journey took about Posted by kidd27 in Crossing the Thailand-Laos Border | Apr 1, 2017
The flight from Bangkok to Vientiane (capital city of Laos) was a little over 1 hour 30 minutes. Flights this short are crazy. By the time you have taken off fully, your being pre Posted by Millypaulrtw in Dream Come True | Mar 26, 2017
- The Mystery of The Plain of Jars The early morning in Phonsavanh in Xiengkhouang province Laos was cool and refreshing. Honouring the deal made with my guide for the day for a tour to 3 sites of the Plains of Jars as well as a detour to Posted by kidd27 in Crossing the Thailand-Laos Border | Mar 25, 2017
- The journey to the Plains of Jars in Xiengkhouang, LaosBueng Kan province in the North East of Thailand also known as Isan was the newest and latest among all the provinces in Thailand. It was carved out from the Nong Khai province, which was most well known among foreign Posted by kidd27 in Crossing the Thailand-Laos Border | Mar 19, 2017
- Luang Prabang, LaoThis is our last morning in Luang Prabang, this lovely UNESCO heritage town on the banks of the Mekong River. Inhabited for thousands of years, it was long the royal capital of Lao, with Buddhist temples on almost every block. Posted by Brummie2015 in Caruka 2017 | Mar 12, 2017
- MarketThe owner of our guesthouse had assured that this was a quiet place. We are woken up from 4 am by horny roosters, and at 5 am the room is filled with noise. At 7 am I walk out to Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 8, 2017
- Muong Ngoy
This is the plan: 3 to 4 hours on the bus, one hour on the boat, enjoy the countryside, do a mini trekking, return the next day with the satisfaction that we have seen more than Luang Prabang. We start Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 8, 2017
- Laos: Patience is a Virtue (1 Bad)Most people have never heard of Laos, a land locked country of seven million dwarfed by its neighbours in terms of population and economy by China, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Laos is a communist country, closely aligned to Posted by edandsuet in 2 Good, 2 Bad | Mar 8, 2017
- Tat Kuang SiThey wait for us an hour away from Luang Prabang. The minivan drops us at the foot of the main waterfall, the driver tells us to be back at the gate 3 hours later. Why do we need 3 hours Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 6, 2017
- Jungle TrekkingThere's really only one reason to go to the dusty provincial town of Luang Namtha. That's to use it as the starting point for a trek into the Nam Ha NPA (National Protected Area), Lao's first national park and an Posted by Brummie2015 in Caruka 2017 | Mar 6, 2017
- Travelling Mercies
Up to now, all our traveling journeys have unfolded remarkably seamlessly. Buses leave right on time, taxis show up as promised, and tickets await us at train stations. We can thank our uber planner, and resident safety officer, for Posted by Brummie2015 in Caruka 2017 | Mar 6, 2017
- almsAt 5:30’ every morning, three parts of the world start to converge.
The tourists who have it on their agenda wake up early. Some –mainly the Chinese who are on a group package- are pushed in a shuttle bus that brings Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 5, 2017
- monks at playWhile we were contemplating the world and the Kahn river at Utopia, we watched with amazement the colourful wanderings of 3 (and later up to 8) young monks. Obviously they came to bathe and swim in the river, and equally Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 5, 2017
- UtopiaIt is nr.2 on the todo list of “The White Elephant”, a travel agency that gave overall good tips, and I’m sure it is mentioned as a highlight in all the travel books:Utopia.
The business is located at the other side Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 5, 2017
- monksJust like in Myanmar (and maybe elsewhere), being a monk is not necessarily a lifetime career choice. Novices can start when they are seven years old, men can join a monastery for short periods – typically for 3 months during Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 5, 2017
- Luang Prabang templesThe Theravada Buddhism is prevalent in Laos, as it is in Thailand and Myanmar. Not sure if this has any impact on the architecture though. We didn’t visit half of the temples in the city, but the ones we picked Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 4, 2017
- Streets of Luang PrabangLuang Prabang is the second largest city of Laos, in the North of the country. The historical centre is the most beautiful Asian city I know, pushing Hanoi down to nr.2. Outside Vientiane, the capital of Laos, there are very Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 4, 2017
- An educational momentLaos is a small, landlocked country squeezed between Thailand to the West, Vietnam to the East, Cambodia to the South and China and Myanmar to the North. 6.5 million people, mostly concentrated in the Mekong delta plains, while most of Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Mar 4, 2017
- 4,000 Buddhas....and around Luang PrabangFebruary 28
After breakfast, I headed into town on Number 6 to go to the Pak Ou Caves. The bus took us to the pier to board our boat.
Before leaving on t Posted by Samchow58 in The next chapter | Feb 28, 2017
- lost in transitSome days seem to be wasted, and in fact they are not and they are unavoidable. After the trek we enjoy the pleasure of hot shower and a real bed, I have a hamburger to balance the first 10 days Posted by jefvincent in not the end of the road | Feb 28, 2017