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Photo Of The Day: Vientiane Traffic Jam

Photo Of The Day: Vientiane Traffic Jam rkzerok, Flickr Vientiane may be the quietest national capital in the world. The common aphorism that Lao PDR stands for "Lao, Please Don't Rush" is particularly appropriate given the laid-back nature of Laos' capital. The Mekong river maunders next to the city and seems...

How HDR Photo Editing Can Ruin Your Travel Photos

How HDR Photo Editing Can Ruin Your Travel Photos MorBCN, Flickr When I was hiking last year in northern Laos, I came to a break in the​ forest near the top of the hill. The view was astonishing. The sky was filled with shadowy clouds and where bright sunlight broke through cloud cover, it settled on karst formations...

Better Know A Holiday: Buddha's Birthday

Better Know A Holiday: Buddha's Birthday xcode, Flickr AKA: Vesakha, Vesak, Wesak, Visak, Vixakha and many more derivatives. When? The second Sunday in May OR the day of the full moon in May OR the Sunday nearest to the day of the full moon in May OR the eighth day of the fourth lunar month OR if you've decided...

The Gatekeepers Of Asia: Face To Face With The Border Guards Of The Far East

The Gatekeepers Of Asia: Face To Face With The Border Guards Of The Far East estetika, Flickr In the West, randomness is a crucial, torturous pillar of border security. Those who have been to Asia know that active sadism is supplanted by bureaucracy, vanity and venality. In my opinion these are highly preferable alternatives. Once you know how land...

Better Know A Holiday: Songkran

Better Know A Holiday: Songkran AKA: Thai New Year, Water Festival, Pi Mai (Laos), Chaul Chnam Thmey (Cambodia), Thingyan (Myanmar), Water-Splashing Festival (Chinese Dai minority) When? April 13 to 15 officially, though celebrations may last longer Public holiday in: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia,...

Video Of The Day: Scenes From Southeast Asia

This video made by Birk Poßecker and Diana Weschke is a collection of scenes from a trip to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia this past October. It takes viewers across these countries via motorcycle, zipline, plane, bus, van and even the back of an elephant....

Video Of The Day: Laos

"In Asia - Episode 3 - LAOS" from Vincent Urban on Vimeo. I just had the privilege of watching this beautiful video of Laos. I came across this film on vimeo. Created by Vincent Urban for a series titled "In Asia," this video on Laos is the third out of five films...

Cruise Line Destination Focus Brings Off-Ship Adventures

Cruise Line Destination Focus Brings Off-Ship Adventures Cruise lines continue to bust into new territory, shaking off their booze cruise, buffet bonanza reputation with a keen focus on the destinations they visit. Off the ship, cruise travelers want more than a packaged shore excursion. They want more time in port with active...

Rising Death Toll Of Tourists Prompts Bar Closures On Xong River In Laos

Rising Death Toll Of Tourists Prompts Bar Closures On Xong River In Laos Vang Vieng is a popular tourist destination in Laos, especially for backpackers who want to drink beer while floating down the river in an inner tube. Unfortunately, this risky excursion has led to an increase in tourist deaths in the past few years. Now, authorities are...

Photo Of The Day: Summer In The City

Photo Of The Day: Summer In The City It's only April, but many of us have already switched to iced coffee and put away our sweaters. Now's the time to start thinking about summer vacation, whether you plan to explore a national park or soak up the culture in a city like Havana. When you're a kid, summer is...

Adventures By Disney Travels To The Far East In 2013

Adventures By Disney Travels To The Far East In 2013 Travelers looking to explore the exotic Far East will have a new option in 2013 when Adventures by Disney launches a new itinerary to Southeast Asia. The 12-day tour will visit Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, while still featuring the family-friendly activities that the travel...

Beauty, adventure, and spa treatments at the Kuang Si Falls near Luang Prabang, Laos

The Kuang Si Falls near Luang Prabang, Laos, are a majestic 3-tier waterfalls that almost looks like a giant natural staircase (and could be, as you can climb the falls). The falls are surrounded by lush forest and myriad opportunities for hiking where you will come...

Exploring the Pak Ou Caves near Luang Prabang, Laos

While traveling through South East Asia, I had the opportunity to explore myriad temples and religious sites. Wat Po in Bangkok, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, and Wat Xieng Thong in Luang Prabang were all stunning sites of spirituality that I would...

A guide to giving alms in Laos, South East Asia

Giving alms is an important part of Laos culture and occurs in many South East Asian countries. When I took a trip to Luang Prabang, I was actually traveling with a Thai woman named Jaeb who asked me if I'd want to take part in the tradition with her. While I shuddered...

Watch the many personalities of Laos in this time-lapsed video

This time-lapsed video by Piotr Wancerz allows viewers to see the different personalities of Laos in South East Asia as well as the different events that occur in the country from morning to night. Watch as tourists and locals gather to Give Alms to the monks at...

10 unique modes of transportation around the world

10 unique modes of transportation around the world Cars, trains, buses, and planes aren't the only way to get around a country. From the Bamboo Train in Cambodia to the Rail Cart in the the Philippines to the Couch Bike in Canada, here are ten unique modes of transportation from around the world. Chicken Bus Guatemala,...

Man sets out on 5,000 mile hike throughout Asia to raise money for charity

Man sets out on 5,000 mile hike throughout Asia to raise money for charity Winston Fiore, a 26 year old Marine from Bloomington, Indiana, has set out on a 5,000 mile journey, by foot, throughout Southeast Asia and China. Fiore arrived in Southeast Asia on September 25, 2011, for what is called "Smile Trek", and is projecting it will take him a year...

10 crazy cocktails from around the world

10 crazy cocktails from around the world Whatever happened to the days of just drinking vodka mixed with juice? Maybe some fruit added in, a sugar stick, or a mint leaf garnish. Apparently, these simple recipes are being replaced with edible scorpions, dead birds, and fermented rodents. Snake Wine, Vietnam In...

A Subjective Guide to the Budget Hotels of the Orient

A Subjective Guide to the Budget Hotels of the Orient In Asia, most luxury hotels have been fine-tuned to eliminate the prospect of unpredictability. Specific amenities aside, a given Ritz-Carlton or Shangri-La property is designed to feel the same from city to city. This ensures a consistent level of comfort for clients,...

What's in a name? On pronouncing difficult country names

What's in a name? On pronouncing difficult country names When I traveled through Southeast Asia some years ago, I was amazed by the number of fellow backpackers who ridiculed me whenever I pronounced the "s" in Laos. Apparently, I was supposed to pronounce it "Lao," just like locals do. The thing is, those same...

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