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Fear Factor Foods in Laos

As an American, I’ve lived most of my life in a shiny glass bubble…

So for me, traveling is my time to experience bold new adventures and broaden the glossy sheen of my bubble. One of the greatest thrills for me in visiting Asian/Southeast Asian countries, is encountering the unique culture shock or Fear Factor (see my Korea post here) of its different cuisines.

August 22, 2011 13
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Getting to Nong Khiaw, the traveler’s elbow and armpit of beauty.

Dusty dirt roads and old wooden storefront buildings.

This is what I saw when the bus dropped me and a van full of tourists off in the middle of the main street.

Did we arrive yet?

August 17, 2011 7
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Wat Si Sisket Vientiane: Oh my Buddha!!! (Photo Essay)

If seeing Buddhas are you thing, then you’ll never find yourself at a loss in Laos. In fact, at Wat Si Sisket, there’s an impressive collection of over 2,000 of them. Housed in a cloister, the Buddhas meditate around the main temple, each of them aged with its own personality of time, material and ruin. It’s a virtual antiquities museum jogging you to reflect on the history and reincarnations of ‘The Reawakened One’.

July 30, 2011 6
48 hours: Winging it in Vientiane
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48 hours: Winging it in Vientiane

My first impression of Vientiane?

Dust. Dirt. Dry.

I had just a restless night on an uncomfortable train, crossing from Thailand into Laos. I was wanting to be impressed.

When I arrived in the Laotian capital, I was still waiting…

July 28, 2011 11
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What will your Kip buy in Laos budget hotels and guesthouses?

In Laos, it seems that you’ll always have a place to lay your head. Even if it’s peak season. That’s certain.

Taking advantage of Laos’ budget accommodations is where the backpacker’s fun is at. But awesome digs at a quarter of the cost takes real shopping. The pads I slumbered down in might give you a fair idea of the budget median you’ll find in Vientiane, Nong Khiaw, Muong Ngoi and Luang Prabang.

June 23, 2011 4
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Tips for Surviving the Overnight Sleeper Train to Laos

Sometimes life throws you a condition that isn’t even satisfactory. Your overnight sleeper train is noisy, seats are cramped, it’s an 11 hour ride and the AC is making you hypothermic. This is the worst ride of your life! What do you do?

… Whatever you can.

March 28, 2011 12
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Love Letter #6: I Forgot to tell you…

Dear Love,

There were things we never spoke of..

Things you never asked and things I never told.

There were others.

In the coming weeks, much will seem confusing. A flood of memories are on the brink of unfolding. The ink in my pen is heavy — past and present will flow into one.

March 6, 2011 0
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