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March, being the dry season, might not be the ideal time of year for Lao waterfalls but come May and June when the rains start they’ll be filling out, flowing fast and back to their lushest best so here’s a small selection of waterfall photos taken at sites included on our Mekong Adventure, Lao tour itinerary, beginning with the famous…

Incredible really is the word for this amazing cave system situated amongst the dramatic karst scenery of Hin Boun district in central Lao’s Khammouane Province. Reminded of us of the spectacular scenery of northern Lao’s Vang Vieng but without all the tourists since mass tourism is fortunately yet to hit this remote part of the country. Whilst the above ground…

Now you will usually see adjectives such as mysterious or enigmatic preceding the name the Plain of Jars, Laos, with the reason being – since a stone jar in itself is not so mysterious –  that archeologists can’t agree on their date or even their actual purpose so….enigmatic! The stone jars – up to 2m tall and carved out of…

Longest, tallest, widest, biggest….superlatives can be deceptive and statistics vary enormously but the little known Khone Phapaeng Falls in Champassak Province of Southern Laos is certainly right up there on the lists! Just downstream of the picturesque ‘Four Thousand Islands‘ region – along the Lao/Cambodian border – the entirety of the Mekong River goes over a 65ft escarpment so it’s…

A selection of photos from our current Emerald Triangle tour of Laos and Cambodia; – the picturesque region where Northeastern Thailand, Southern Laos and Northern Cambodia meet being sometimes referred to by this evocative name. Itinerary had to be changed at the last minute due to the UK Foreign office’s Thailand flood warnings (see article here) so we ended up…

A few photos of the spectacular limestone pinnacles area – or ‘stone forest’ – in Khammouane Province of Central Laos. Though much of this region is covered in this dramatic, limestone karst scenery a core section has been designated Phou Hin Boon National Park, or National Bio-diversity Area. The following images were taken from a viewpoint on the way to…

Don’t seem to have posted about Southern Laos for some time so to correct that regrettable oversight here’s a few images and brief description of the fantastic Dao Heuang market in Lao’s Pakse town – one of all time favourite Southeast Asian markets! There’s the covered area you can see in the background of above photo – dealing in gold,…

Excellent, albeit brief, recent trip to Vientiane to catch up with a few friends and colleagues and check out some of the new hotels around town. Very nice new hotel caught our eye – the Sengtawan Riverside Hotel – with a winning 5th floor restaurant and bar and some of the friendliest staff we’ve come across in any Lao hotel,…

Our Northern Lao tour continues today with a scenic ride across the mountains to the picturesque town of Nong Khiaw situated on the Ou River. (Or Nong Keow, Nong Khiau – there’s no accepted transliteration). We’ll stay at the small and friendly Nong Khiau Riverside – a charming little spot with individual Lao style wooden chalets set on the banks…

Some interesting looking offerings on display here at this snacks cart in Phnom Penh‘s night market. Strings of local sausages, dried squid, dried fish, what looks like some beef jerky and in the glass cabinet next to the limes and jar of peanuts we’re guessing grated green papaya for salads. All good stuff with a well chilled Angkor Beer to…