Why Vientiane is worth a visit

Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane gets no respect from Western travellers. We saw many travellers, mostly backpackers, at the Thai consulate getting their Thai visas or lounging around the backpacker hostels. Some could be seen walking along the main street (Setthathirath Road). But the general sense was [Read more…]

What you can expect applying for a Thai Visa in Vientiane, Laos

thai consulate in Vientiane panoramio

Above: Thai consulate in Vientiane on a very quiet day (photo credit panoramio.com)

This is not a detailed post explaining how Thai Visas work. I still get a headache trying to get my head around the rules. It is about what you can expect stepping into the Thai consulate in Vientiane, the amount of people you’ll encounter, and the process you’ll be ‘led’ through. It’s not a day in the park and you should come prepared. It was a whole lot different than the very organized process we went through obtaining our first Thai Visa in Prague 4 months ago. [Read more…]

A hike in Northern Laos

a hike in northern Laos

We booked this trek with Tiger Trail. The hike started 15 km out of Luang Prabang at the Lao Spirit Resort. The resort is surrounded by mountains and is flanked by a river across which is Tiger Trail’s Elephant Camp. But while we were blessed with beautiful geography, it wasn’t the hiking that made this trek special. [Read more…]

Feeling Disappointed in Luang Prabang, Laos

Lao airlines in luang Prabang
Luang Prabang became the capital of the first Lao empire in the 14th Century. Its 33 Buddhist temples, many built in the 15th and 16th centuries, as well as colonial architecture (the French built villas in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s) contributed to the city being declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lonely Planet: “This glittering Shangri La of affordable top-class cuisine and colonial buildings is so achingly pretty it has you reaching for your camera at every turn“. It’s been described by others as “the most charming city in all of Southeast Asia”. Wow. [Read more…]