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A few random pics from our recent Mekong Adventure tour; a 2-week and 1,000-kilometre journey by land and by river through the heart of Indochina from Lao’s laidback and scenic capital of Vientiane to Cambodia’s bustling and fun Phnom Penh. The first stop on leaving Vientiane was a great local market set up by Hmong women aside the highway near…

Despite being one of Southeast Asia’s most remote destinations and still – at least nominally – under a communist regime, entry procedures for LPDR, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, are actually some of the simplest in the region. There is no need for advanced application and to our knowledge, no e-visa system is currently in place, but 30-day tourist visas…

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…

Well mostly reading really since we can’t find many movies set in Laos, half decent or otherwise, and haven’t come across too many good documentaries either. There are numerous books on Lao history, the majority of which fall into either the 19th century French explorers’ accounts or the Vietnam/Indochina war period categories. Studies of early history in Southeast Asia mentioned…

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…

Lying just a kilometre away from Wat Phu, the small Angkor period temple of Nang Sida, Laos, does tend to get overshadowed by it’s prestigious UNESCO World Heritage neighbour. After hiking up and down the steep steps at Wat Phu few visitors are going to be bothered to head off into the dusty surrounding scrub-land to visit a ‘lesser’ temple…

Not quite sure why the ‘powers that be’, (guess that’d be TAT – Tourism Authority of Thailand?), decided to call this region – the area where the 3 countries of Laos, Cambodia and Thailand meet – the ‘Emerald Triangle‘ but they have done. Yes it very green, but then so is most of Southeast Asia! Anyway it’s got a ring…

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…

Forget Phnom Penh’s Pochentong or Siem Reap International Airport, if you can arrive in the Kingdom of Cambodia by boat then that’s the way to go! We’ll stretch a point by including the awesome Sangkar River trip between Battambang, (near the Thai frontier), and Siem Reap and there’s the increasingly popular trip up the Mekong from Chau Doc on the…

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,…

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…