Laos

The Hidden Cave of Thakhek, Laos

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The Hidden Cave of Thakhek, Laos

A Hidden Cave, Thakhek, Laos Near Thakhek, Loas The area around Thakhek, Laos, is notorious for it’s limestone karst mountains and beautiful caves. There is the Buddha Cave; a small cave halfway up a cliff face that was full of more than 200 Buddha statues when it was discovered just a few years ago. There is Konglor Cave; 7km long with a river flowing all the way through it and boats available to take tourists on tour. However, my favourite cave in the area is hidden away, discovered purely by accident on a bicycle tour and completely...

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Guide to Ethically Volunteering in Asia

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Guide to Ethically Volunteering in Asia

Volunteering in the Philippines Even at seven o’clock in the morning the sun was riding high and strong over Tacloban City on the island of Leyte. From inside the colorful Jeepney amongst a jumble of spades, sledgehammers and wheelbarrows, a voice called: “Let’s Go Alan!” and our Filippino driver started the engine. From my perch on the roof I held on tightly as we bumped towards the seashore, where piles of debris stood as evidence of Typhoon Haiyan’s recent deadly visit. As a volunteer I was there to help clear rubble so the people of...

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The Experience of Walking Beside Laotian Monks

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The Experience of Walking Beside Laotian Monks

One Buddhist morning. The colour of the air is infused with orange and pomegranate. And still, it is before dawn. Nothing can be heard except for the quiet barefoot steps of two dozen monks dressed in deep orange robes. And the morning song ( a strong word for this sound ) of the early birds – the roosters. The field with buffalos, the trees and the Buddhist monks in front of me – they are all silhouettes against the colourful sky. The hour is 6am and the place is somewhere in the Laos countryside. No coffee, croissant and fresh...

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Chasing Monks in Luang Prabang

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Chasing Monks in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is about six hours by bus from backpacker party-town Vang Vieng; a drive with incredible mountain views, but not one to be made when hungover. This pretty town is centered upon a bustling night market, bordered by the milky Mekong River, and its winding streets full of high quality bookshops, galleries and cafes. A strong French influence is visible in both the architecture and the street stalls where traditional crêpes and baguettes and prepared. The tourists however, come for the temples. A high concentration of golden...

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Luxury Resort Opens in Laos

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Luang Prabang, Laos – July 1, 2009: Amanresorts has announced the opening of Amantaka in Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos. The 24-suite resort incorporates 15 French-colonial-style buildings that were once part of the city’s old provincial hospital. A seductive pace and a rich cultural history mingle with distinctive Aman service in a return to a bygone era. Amantaka derives its name from the word aman (“peace” in Sanskrit) and taka (from Tipitaka or “the teaching of the Buddha” in Theravada...

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Trekking in Laos: the Nam Ha Valley

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The pick-up truck carrying, me, a small band of travelers, and two local guides toward the Nam Ha forest reserve rattles through the mountain pass, and moves away from the sleepy little town of Luang Nam Tha in the north of Laos. It is along this mountain pass that I traverse the ridge crowning the Nam Ha valley. After a six-hour hike, I’ll descend from the ridge to the banks of the green Nam Ha river which will lead to the Lanten village of Ban Nam Goy. Ban Nam Goy is isolated and inaccessible by motor vehicle. It is several hours walk from...

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Glimpsing Gibbons in Laos

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Looking down at my shoes, I can’t help but notice that the wooden platform beneath them appears less than sturdy. Fine cracks run the length of a few boards. The nails attaching the platform to the tree seem ridiculously small. If anything breaks, there’s a good eighty-feet between me and the forest floor. I stay calm. I breathe. And then I jump. I don’t, of course, leap into emptiness; the cables connecting me to the zip-line hold firm, and I surrender to the feeling of free flight. The wire hums and my skin shivers with goose bumps as I...

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Thai Adventure for Women

Posted by on 2:08 pm in Announcements, Laos News, Myanmar News, Thailand News, World | 1 comment

GUTSY WOMEN TRAVEL OFFERS EXOTIC 12-DAY ADVENTURE TO THAILAND Explore the “Venice of the East,” Laos, and The Golden Triangle Thailand is at once chaotic and serene, exotic but welcoming — a country where modern day life is still imbued with centuries-old customs and guided by strong religious beliefs. Gutsy Women Travel offers a 12-day escorted tour that explores all the allures of this country of wonderful contrasts. “Our Exotic Thai Escape is a great example of the Body-Mind-Spirit focus of our itineraries. At Gutsy...

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Asia and Boundless Journeys

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Boundless Journeys Savings

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