Laos – Travelling up north, to Nong Khiaw

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Our IAT tour leader, Tara, took a trip around northern Laos recently and brought back some great photos with her! Below is her post from the region – enjoy!


Not too many travellers make it up to Nong Khiaw and get to see the stunning mountainous landscapes of the north of Laos. But they should!

Nong Khiaw region provides some amazing hiking experiences as well as leisurely walks along the terraced rice paddy fields.

Cruising along the Nam Ou river will reward you with breathtaking scenery and warm-hearted encounters with friendly villagers.


About one hour upstream from Nong Khiaw, you will find the sleepy town of Muang Ngoi. It’s a place where daily routine revolves around community life, chickens and cows are an ubiquitous part of streetlife and kids play with whatever they can find.

                                                                   -Find that chicken 😉
And friendly foreigners are welcomed to participate in local life.
We recently met three British girls, spending part of their…

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The Mekong basin is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world

 The Mekong is the most important river for most of SE Asia as it crosses or borders, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and VietNam.  We will be using several sources and will give the links to them so you can do more research if interested.

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The Filipino Wanderer

Considering from my most recent post, this must really come as a surprise.

Before any misconception is made, I am making myself clear on all fronts.

I am against the proliferation of drugs and illegal substances but I fully support the growth of the Laos tourism industry.

The drugs and the drunk tubing may have been gone, but the town of Vang Vieng remains as gorgeous as ever with its towering karsts hills. Floating down the river sober is still encouraged and there remains a host of activities waiting for your in Vang Vieng such as spelunking down its caves, and kayaking among others.

Vang Vieng needs tourists for its restaurants, travel agencies, tour operators, hotels and hostels to remain viable and survive. The recent policy changes, have discouraged a lot of would be tourists from visiting Vientiane and Vang Vieng, but I hope that this is just a short…

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DokChampa Massage is located in front of Paske Hotel in Paske City Laos.

 The owner of the shop is a friend of mine and I recommend because of the quality and service there!

Some photos of the inside of the shop


The exchange rate Laos Kip to US $ is one US dollar to 8106 Kip as of June 2015.  example Traditional Laos Massage is $6.17



Map where and click here for larger map   The massage shop is in front of the Hotel

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Paske Hotel Paske City Laos



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