Rice fields and mountains in Vang Vieng, Laos

Reunited with the beauty of Vang Vieng, Laos


I close my eyes and breathe in a deep breath of fresh air, and as I reopen my eyes I can’t help but smile. Before me is a scene out of a National Geographic magazine. Perfectly flat green rice fields stretch out in front of me until they reach the sheer cliffs of the tall… Read More

Savannakhet: Charm and Character in Southern Laos


Although I love travel, I’m not a huge fan of long bus journeys, particularly when they are overnight. I’m not a great sleeper at the best of times, so trying to sleep in a cramped seat on a moving bus is almost impossible for me. Unfortunately, to get from the Pakse and Si Phan Don… Read More

Somphamit Waterfall on Don Khone, Laos

Cycling around Don Khone to Somphamit Waterfall


Wiping the sleep from my eyes, I stepped out onto the balcony of our bungalow. A channel of the Mekong River flowed lazily by before me under a beautiful blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. There was hardly another sound besides the calm sound of the water, and as I looked around I suddenly… Read More

Farmer and cattle on Koh Trong, Cambodia

Koh Trong: A Taste of Rural Cambodia


“The boat leave…maybe twenty minute” said a random friendly local as we stared out at the muddy waters of the Mekong River in Kratie, Cambodia. I was looking down at the empty dock, wondering whether there actually was a boat or not. This friendly man went on to tell us that the ferry wasn’t here… Read More

Beautiful beach in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Cycling around Nha Trang, Vietnam


We went to Nha Trang on our way through Vietnam to just relax and laze on the beach for a few days, and that is pretty much what we did; however I did take one morning to rent a bicycle and cycle around the city to see what else it has to offer. My bicycle… Read More

Cycling to Poukham Cave in Vang Vieng, Laos


Two kids laughed as they ran beside me as I cycled down a muddy dirt road. All around me were bright green rice fields with tall limestone karsts rising up above them, and white fluffy clouds drifting over in the sky. I was in the countryside surrounding the popular backpacker town of Vang Vieng in… Read More

View of the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng, laos

Vang Vieng isn’t just for drunken tubers


I had heard the stories about Vang Vieng, I had read about people’s bad experiences and the general accusation that if there was one place that you should avoid in Laos, it’s Vang Vieng. I had already decided that it was a place that I wouldn’t like, that although natually beautiful, all Vang Vieng was… Read More