Laos

Corruption at the Laos-Cambodia border

  Over the past few months of travelling, I’ve done many overland border crossings; which have been trouble free. You get to the border, get ‘stamped out’ of one country, then walk to the next, hand in a form and passport, a fee (sometimes), get a stamp and away you go. The overland border crossings into Cambodia, are often not that simple...

Hammock flopping on Don Det, Laos

Don Det and Don Khon, are better known as the small villages that make up the Four Thousand Islands. It sounds idyllic doesn’t it, but if you’ve come here in search of white sand and blue waters, you won’t find it. The water running through the islands is from the Mekong, and is a dark, chocolate brew colour.   Although Laos is a landlocked...

Off the beaten track in Laos: The Bolaven Plateau by motorbike

Following on from my highly successful adventures on a Motorbike in Thakhek, I decided to embark on a new adventure on a bike, this time with a Belgian Girl called Liesbeth, in an often unexplored area called the Bolaven Plateau, in Southern Laos. This was an area that I had only briefly heard of, and as it is the road less travelled, I wanted to travel it. I  met...

Adventures on a Motorbike: The Thakhek Loop, Laos

When I was younger, I was fascinated by Motorbikes. My mum would take me to the North-West 200; a popular bike race, very close to my home, each year. I’d watch as the bikes sped round the track incredibly quickly. I never had the desire to drive one however. I was happy enough in the safety of a car (were I am known to drive fast at times!) I have since been...

Why Vientiane was my least favourite Capital City

  I am not sure what makes me like, or dislike a City. Sometimes it is the people, where you stay, or the journey there, or sometimes I just don’t know; I just don’t click with a place. I really loved Laos, it is one of my favourite South East Asia countries so far. There is a real Genuineness to it, a rawness that isn’t present in places like...

3 days in Luang Prabang, Laos

After my Journey from Thailand on the slow boat; Luang Prabang; the former Capital, and was to be my first real taste of Laos, and although it took me a while to actually enjoy being in Laos, I found plenty to do in my three days there. I met some cool travellers and had unique experiences. Here is what I got up to in three days in Luang Prabang  The Cultural...

Crossing Borders: the slow boat to Laos

Aside from my journey to Brunei from Malaysia, I hadn’t done many long journeys of boats. Getting to Laos from Thailand is a relatively simple affair, you can fly in, catch a bus or get the boat. Note: Although this is a border crossing story, you don’t actually cross the border a boat as I once thought, the actual border in on land at Chiang Khong. Cost: From Chiang...

Where Life in a Rucksack is going in 2014?

Although we are almost halfway through 2014; I thought I’d share my travel plans for the remaining 6 months of this year. I’ve been living in New Zealand for the past 2.5 years, and will be leaving to travel around Asia for a little over four months. I am excited, scared, nervous, … I am again going into the unknown. A new chapter. New adventures...

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