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Wanna be a monk in Laos?… Don’t answer just yet.

“The monk life is very hard. I spent 6 years as a monk and I am thankful to grow up in the monastery, but I couldn’t wait to leave!” cajoled my 24-year-old Laotian tour agent.

– You didn’t enjoy it or have fun? I asked.

” It’s not that it was bad. There are many boys there with you.

October 9, 2012 24
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Top 5 Reasons to Book your Flight to Laos

After writing my Top 5 things to do in Luang Prabang, you’d think I’d be done; but then one of my readers asked me what my Top 5 things to do in Laos were. For a country you don’t often hear about, you can never have too many lists.

November 30, 2011 13
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Exploring Beautiful Laos with Trekking

These days I enjoy trekking where it’s possible. Aside from a great workout, I like visiting mountain life, its lush and pristine settings of streams, hills and rice paddy fields and simple, hardworking and content inhabitants

November 28, 2011 8
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Escape to the secret village of Muong Ngoi Neua

Muong Ngoi Neua is a beautiful cove of a village, one hour away from Nong Khieuw on the scenic Nam Ou River, accessible by boat. An authentic Lao village, hidden by towering mountains, it’s a serene haven for frazzled travelers to kick back or launch into trekking.

November 21, 2011 15
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Photo Essay: Is Laos still a virginal beauty?

At first, visiting the tourist cities of Vientiane and Luang Prabang, my spirits were a little low. Where was the virgin Laos I’d heard about from others?

Hitting the Laotian countryside, the facades of French colonial architecture melted away. Concrete turned to wood and earth, revealing a Laotian maiden. Small communities of bamboo hut villages, wrapped in the karst landscape that’s fed by the Mekong snake. Rice paddy fields stretch over the land like canvas and locals enjoy the simple unfettered existence of ‘village life’.

November 3, 2011 4
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5 ways to have a blast in Luang Prabang

At the heart of Northern Laos sits Luang Prabang. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the small city blends old European colonial architecture with a Lao urban structure and has a little bit of everything. So with all there is to see, what should you actually do?

October 31, 2011 14
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Photo Monday: Vientiane after Dark

Photos of Vientiane at night

October 30, 2011 0
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The Ultimate Guide to Laos Transportation

When I took the overnight train into Laos, that was the start of my adventure with Laos transportation. Getting around in Laos isn’t hard but it can occasionally be interesting. Check your expectations at the door and go along with the fun.

October 21, 2011 18
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Finding the bizarre at Buddha Park Vientiane

Tired of dingy rooms for your budget dollars? Does your hotel stay shape your love of a place? Sometimes for me, it does. From bungalows, boutique hotels, guesthouse resorts and overnight trains… in Thailand you can experience a gamut of ways to lay your head or rest on your laurels. Thailand inspires a wealth of wanderlust, affordable tour packages and unique accommodations that budget holiday travelers won’t have to cringe about.

Though Thailand isn’t as cheap as it used to be; the prices are still pretty good and matched with the Thai aspiration to provide first class service, it’s raised my standards for travel considerably.

October 10, 2011 11
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