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Laos: Tough Bus Rides, Beautiful Scenery

Laos is a long, skinny, landlocked country in southeast Asia, often overlooked by tourist-friendly, coastline-owning Thailand. However, with its centuries-old temples at Luang Prabang, 4000 islands at Si Phan Don, and easily-reachable (depending on your definition of easy)...

Word for the Travel Wise (10/18/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (10/18/06) As many Americans prepare for their great Halloween festivities and gather materials for haunted houses and what have you the folks in Laos prepare for something different. Like Halloween which occurs once a year, the That Luang Festival happens about the same time when the...

Word for the Travel Wise (06/14/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (06/14/06) Festival alert: On July 5th the Buddhist population of Laos will celebrate Khao Phansa day (Buddhist Lent). The tourism site doesn't list any activities going on for the day, but if you don't plan on honoring the holiday just prepare and check for common business closures...

Photo of the Day (5/23/2006)

Photo of the Day (5/23/2006) Is it live or is it Memorex? Or some visual variation thereof is the question I want to ask about this photo from Irish Guy's Round the World Trips (yes, that is the name he has chosen for himself on Flickr). Either way, it's a great picture. Taken in Laos the photo is of...

Photo of the Day (5/22/06)

Photo of the Day (5/22/06) This is Luang Prabang, a Buddhist temple in Laos, as photographed by Irish Guy.  I love how this shot was taken through the leaves of the bougainvillea bush, as if not to disturb the Buddhist monk on his way to prayers. If you'd like one of your travel photos to be...

Word for the Travel Wise 04/29/06)

Word for the Travel Wise 04/29/06) Raise your hand if you plan on visiting Laos in the very near future or have it somewhere on your list of travel plans. Yeah, me too. Laos isn't on top of my country list right now, but it's somewhere on there and just in case, by some stroke of luck and fortune I find...

Word for the Travel Wise (02/22/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (02/22/06) Something about 'Bun Bang Fai' has a cheery echoing ring to it that makes me want to sing the three words over and over while spinning on a merry-go-round or something like the lyrics you'd find in a soca song. Please don't ask me why I think this and in any case Bun Bang...

Cycling Laos

Cycling Laos Last night over dinner a friend and I discussed which types of travel adventure trips we would and would not do. He mentioned that he had just read about a group who did a 19-day cycling trip through northwest Laos. We both agreed that this might not be the adventure we'd...

Seeing the Nam Song River in an Inner Tube

Seeing the Nam Song River in an Inner Tube There isn't anything spectacular to be found in this story unless you find spending a day floating in an inner tube down the Nam Song River in Laos fascinating. Which it turns out I do and the author Caroline found to be most enjoyable. Her short piece for the STA Traveler...

Travelfish

Travelfish Travelers interested in Southeast Asia, in particular Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, will be very interested in this site called Travelfish. The site has very specific, traveler-written guides to these places, providing information on the best unspoit beaches, the best...

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