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Vientiane marks the end of a new beginning

The songthaew ride to Vientiane was eventful to say the least. I was doing some sort of commando hold on the outside ladder giving me great views of the countryside and its surrounding villages. Poor Thomas on the other hand made a grave mistake when he decided to sit in the corner...

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Forever blue. Nam Ngum, Laos.

When I look at this photo. It reminds me of who I am. Bound by nothing but an insatiable appetite for adventure and inner discovery. I welcome you on my journey. Unknown town, Laos. Our room was a giant box which stood on its own beside the hotel. Giant window panes let...

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Tubeless adventurers do Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng, the tourist hub of Laos, well known for tubing, and, well, that’s about it really, according to the majority of fresh faced backpackers out there. If you’ve ever been travelling around South East Asia you’re bound to see someone sporting a Tubing vest, or singlet, as the Australians like to...

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Riverside sessions in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang was bigger than any other place we had visited in Laos, it was more like a typical Thai town but a bit more interesting considering the lack of Seven Elevens – looking for an ice cream became more of an adventure! At the center of town, the Mekong River flowed...

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Kayaking the Nam Ou in Nong Khiaw

The Nam Ou river flowed beneath us with growing resistance as we pushed our kayak off the muddy bank and into the current. The guy renting us the kayak laughed when we told him our plan to paddle upstream. “The current is strong you know” he said with a laugh. “Not easy”,...

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Wandering around Oudom Xai

“Maybe I shouldn’t gamble anymore”, I thought to myself as I chewed another mouthful of tasteless fried sausage. I sat staring at the menu deciding what could have been a better choice. Reading Laotian is hard. I never thought randomly picking off the menu could have ended up this bad. Perhaps I...

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A crazy first day in Laos

I was running now, as fast as I possibly could in a pair of flip flops, weighed down by a rucksack stuffed with a million in local currency. Could you believe it, one ATM withdrawal equating to around eighty pound and I was a millionaire! The sun was hot on my back...