I set off late in the morning to explore the small village of Luang NamTha. I had heard that there was a nice waterfall nearby; 15 or so minutes on a scooter, too far to walk they said. Nevertheless, I set off on foot with plenty of water, having left in the heat of the day. I believe it was around an 8 mile round trip; roughly 3 hours of walking. Namdee was the name of the waterfall. The waterfall was nothing special but the walk itself was stunning. A reasonably short walk out of the small town of Luang NamTha, lined with hostels and restaurants, took me through small villages of wooden huts where the local children played in the stream and others had fun keeping an old tyre rolling along with the aid of a stick; no Playstations or X-boxes here. The scenery was stunning…
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One of the most popular Vang Vieng sites is its rarely used airstrip that runs parallel to the main road, making it a great place for dramatic movie effects such as that in the Vietnam War and Air America of Mel Gibson. Once called Lima site 6, the famous airstrip served Air America during the war. This runway may have been the main attraction at first, but it is due to the landscapes and adventure tourism that has brought the influx of tourists.
Vang Vieng is a small town, located between Luang Prabang and Vientiane. The town has a unique and simple lifestyle which most backpackers like to experience aside from what they can actually see and do around the area. The Nam Song River runs through the town, offering exciting entertainment such as raging rapids, kayaking and rafting. A popular activity in town is tubing, where residents and owners…
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The name Vientiane in Thai literally means the “city of sandalwood”. Sandalwood is the tree known and valued in India for its essential oils and fragrance. Vientiane, the largest of all the cities in Laos as well as its capital has become the center of culture, commerce and administration. It is situated along the northeast of the banks of the Mekong River, relatively small in area and with a population of less than a quarter million.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Vientiane by dalbera
From Thailand, the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge is the common means of entry for a 20 baht shuttle bus that will take about a 30 minute drive. While from Hanoi, the ride to Vientiane takes about 24 hours or more. Tourists can go around the city by taxi, bus, tuk-tuk or jumbo, bike or by car. Vientiane is viewed as a comfortable stop over for other places in…
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Phonsavan is the capital of Xieng Khouang province in Central Laos. It is known primarily as the gateway to the Plain of Jars. Phonsavanh is the provincial capital of Xieng Khouang province. It was built in the late 1970s and replaced the old Xieng Khouang which had been destroyed during the Second Indochina War. The area was one of the most heavily bombed in Laos, and that’s saying something in the most heavily bombed country in the world. Today the region is littered with unexploded ordinance and the evidence is everywhere. The resourceful locals use bomb casings and other remnants for every purpose imaginable: as fences and parts of their housing, as tools, vegetable planters, decorations and barbecue fireplaces.
It may not be the prettiest of Laos’ provincial capitals, but urban charm isn’t what brings tourists to Xieng Khuang’s largest city. They arrive in droves to visit the Plain of…
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