It is never a pleasant experience taking an overnight bus, unless of course you are some sort of sleep deprivation masochist, but “sleeper” overnight buses in Laos have taken the experience to a whole new … Continue reading Hmm…How About That?! Overnight Buses in Laos
While taking the slow boat from Luang Prabang to Thailand, we found ourselves in a town called Pak Beng, a resting point for Mekong travelers and transfer point for Asian opium traffickers. It is by no means a cozy or cultural place to stay, however the local tourism industry has built itself up around travelers who stay for one night and then move on the next day.
Once past the wall of touts (sales pitches) that greeted us as we stepped off the boat, we made our way along the main drag in search of a place to hold up for the night. After choosing a place, we sat down to register with the young lady running the “front desk”. She took down our information and then asked us if we would like to pre-order some sandwiches for the next day’s boat ride. This sounded like a good idea, especially when the woman said, “my mother makes the sandwiches and she is the best cook in town. Everyone knows my mom. She makes the best food.” So we placed an order for two baguette sandwiches and made our way to look for some dinner. Read more “Hmm…How About That?! My Mother’s Home Cooking”
I was standing in a crowded market in Hong Kong when I felt a gentle tap on my shoulder and a voice saying “hello!” When I turned around, I found a man in a monks … Continue reading Fake Monks in Southeast Asia
Note: this post has been updated as of February, 2015. Please see those updates at the bottom of the post.
If you’re traveling from Luang Prabang, Laos, to Chiang Mai, Thailand, there are a number of options available, including flying or taking a bus and ferry combination. But if you’re not on a tight schedule and you want to do a little cruising, then taking the slow boat up the Mekong to the Laos/Thai border is a great option. The entire trip takes about 2 ½ days, but gives you the opportunity to ride the mighty Mekong, cast your eyes on some of the riverside villages, while moving you along on your travel itinerary. Read more “From Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai: An Overland Journey on the Slow Boat.”
During the early months of our travels, our time spent in dorm rooms led to many a conversation typically shared amongst travelers: How long have you been traveling? How long will you travel for? Where … Continue reading Luang Prabang