Somewhere on the Mekong

Laos travel stories

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...

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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...

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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...

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Luxury Resort Opens in Laos

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...

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Trekking in Laos: the Nam Ha Valley

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...

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Glimpsing Gibbons in Laos

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...

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Thai Adventure for Women

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...

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Asia and Boundless Journeys

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Boundless Journeys Savings

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The Latest from Asia Transpacific Journeys

BOULDER, CO, July 14 - A first-time visitor to Burma saw a young couple with a baby walking counter-clockwise together around the gold-leaf Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, a simple act of devotion repeated by countless thousands each day. Returning two years later, this...

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