Oct 312009
 
Around Vientiane, led by Orange-Clad Monks!

What did I do today?

In a quest for exercise plus tourism, I covertly tagged along behind various packs of Buddhist monks!

We meandered all day through Vientiane, Laos, drinking in the colors, faces, structures, and warm air.

It was a delightful way to see this delightful city!

Let’s see where the monks led. 1. Monk Pack One:

The first involuntary monk guide pack led me down a highway, past fragrant [...Read More!]

Oct 312009
 
Eating Like a Beast Through Vientiane, Laos

(Disclaimer: To demonstrate the heavenly Vientiane food scene in this article, I am forced to reveal my gluttonous, anti-social, cheapskate side. I promise, I do at times actually interact with the non-edible facets of life, but yesterday was not such a day.)

“Where else but Vientiane could you enjoy steak au poivre for less than US$5?” asks my Lonely Planet guide, barely holding back its drool.

Laos is an epicure’s dream. [...Read More!]

Oct 312009
 
Another Reason Travel in Southeast Asia is Easy!

A major goal of this blog is to demonstrate how international travel is far easier and cheaper that most folks think.

It is all too easy to get worked into a froth, worrying about all the scary snags possible in future travel dreams. These worries can make you put off your voyage for months, even years.

Here’s the secret: When you finally set off on your journey and are in the thick [...Read More!]

Oct 302009
 
Laos is Awesome!

I am confused. What is this strange upward twist of the lips I am seeing here in Laos? I’ve just been in Vietnam for the past month and this expression is unfamiliar. Wait a minute… it’s coming back to me… this expression is known as a “SMILE”! Glory be, Laos is full of them!

That’s right: Laos lives up to the hype. For the past three months [...Read More!]

Oct 302009
 
30 Hours on a Bus With No Bathroom

Riddle me this: Let’s say you are a budget traveler. Which is the best option to get from Hanoi, Vietnam, to Vientiane, Laos… while still maintaining your sanity?

a) $150 for a one hour flightb) $40 for a 24 hour sleeper busc) $14 for a “20 hour” sitting bus ride which is widely reported to actually take 36 hours.

Ponder… weigh those options…

..And then shake your head in dismay when you hear [...Read More!]

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