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One of our very favourite spots in Vietnam, the picturesque town of Sapa lies amongst the high ranges of the ‘Tonkinese Alps’ in the far northwest of the country, close to the border with China. This small, mountain-top settlement became popular during the French era as a cool retreat for colonists from the rigours of the Hanoi climate.   Now…

A selection of Wi’s photos from her recent Golden Triangle tour – the first part of our Northern Laos overland trip from Chiang Mai to Vientiane. On departing from Chiang Mai heading north the group’s first stop was the local hill-tribe market near Mae Krachan. Apparently it’s stag beetle season, (we never knew there was one!?), and the overgrown insects…

The term Tai describes the large ethnic group which includes the Thai/Siamese, Lao, Shan, Northern Thai, Thai Lu, Red Tai, White Tai etc who occupy a wide band of Asia from the Assam region of India, through southern China, Burma’s Shan States, Laos, Northern Vietnam and of course Thailand itself. We touched on the migration of Tai peoples into Southeast…

The Black Hmong sub group of Northern Vietnam are particularly well known due to Sapa’splace on the well-trodden tourist trail. Although the town itself is actually inhabited by Vietnamese traders and cafe and hotel staff Sapa is totally swamped on most days by Hmong from the surrounding villages. You’ll also come across the distinctively dressed Red Dzao, the more discreet…

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…

This shot was taken by Wi on her recent Northern Laos and the Golden Triangle tour. Fishermen at the confluence of the Ou and Mekong Rivers. Day 9 of the itinerary is a descent by slow boat of the picturesque Ou River from Nong Khiaw to the ancient capital and now UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang. After 10 years…

After a drive along the much improved road from Laos’s Muang Khua to the Vietnamese border, Wi’s gallant group have now arrived in the remote outpost of Dien Bien Phu. Anyone knowledgeable of recent history may have heard of Dien Bien Phu since it was the site of a famous, and historically very significant battle, (see Wikipedia article),  in 1954…

Well apologies to Wi who is actually leading a Northern Laos and Vietnam tour – ‘Unexplored – the Far North‘ rather than the North Thai, ‘Hills of Mae Salong‘, as I stated yesterday, but since she’s the tour-leader and she knows where she’s going that’s the important thing!  (I’ll just get back to de-worming Charlie, (the dog), and watching Spongebob…

A ‘truly spectacular combination of rocks and water’, the awesome Halong Bay is one of S. E. Asia’s most dramatic and iconic landscapes.  An inlet of the South China Sea situated just off the coast of far North-Eastern Vietnam -nearly 2,000 islands and rocky outcrops fill the bay’s waters with a range of dramatic karst scenery; – sheer limestone cliffs, stalactites, caves, jungle-topped…