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Exploring Laos Capital Vientiane on Foot

Leaving Vang Vieng, we headed south to Laos’ capital Vientiane, home to old French colonial mansions, colorful temples, and a rich selection of international cuisine. Arriving at our Avalon Hotel, we were assured that our stay would refresh us and make us feel young and happy (see below). Can you take us to up there? […]

ATV Adventures in Vang Vieng, Laos

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! There are tons of things to do in Vang Vieng. You can cycle, explore caves, kayak, tube (sans booze), rock climb, hike to waterfalls, visit villages, and drive ATVs.  V.V. is quite literally an outdoor-adventure activity hub. Nestled along a bend in the Nam Xong (Song) River and set against the […]

Luang Prabang, Laos- My New Favorite Place on Earth

Luang Prabang is one of those hidden treasures. It’s a place you may have read about in your Lonely Planet book or heard whispers of through the traveling community or via travel blogs, but it doesn’t seem to be on the main-stream tourist agenda quite yet. It’s getting there, I’m afraid. It’s hard to keep […]

Shopping and Eating in Pakse, Laos

Have you ever visited a local market in Southeast Asia? I’m not talking about the quaint, cute stalls where local folks sell food or handicrafts. I guess it would be somewhat akin to a Walmart in the U.S., as far as utility goes. On the last day in southern Laos, our G Adventures group hit a local […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site Vat Phou Champasak, Laos

Imagine for a moment…. a multi-tiered, exceptionally preserved, 1000 year-old complex of ruined palaces and temples, a Hindu turned Buddhist sanctuary, nestled in the mountains in the Mekong valley. As I mentioned in my previous post, many people venture to (mostly) remote southern Laos to visit the Khmer-era ruins of Vat Phou Champasak (also spelled: Wat […]

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