Southern Laos

4000 Islands After another corrupt border crossing we made it into Laos. An immediate difference we noticed was that it was much cleaner than Cambodia and sticky rice is eaten at every meal. Often the Lao will refer to themselves as “luk khao niaow”, which can be translated as “children or descendants of sticky rice”. Once…

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Thakhek Loop

Thakhek Nick, Dan (Nick’s dad) and I took an 8 hour bus from Pakse to Thakhek (350 km) where we began the Thakhek motorcycle loop. We rented a 250 cc Kawasaki dirt bike and 125 cc Honda MSX from Wang Wang, an extremely helpful bike rental shop. For any traveler looking to do this loop…

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Green Climber’s Home

Before Nick and I left for our Asia trip we took a climbing road trip west. While in Yosemite, a Spanish couple that had been traveling for 5 months came up to us and started petting Koa. The woman (Ainara) showed us a cell phone photo of their dog who was a white golden retriever…

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Behind the Scenes

337 km (210 miles) in 15 hours I think the hardest part of traveling is the actual traveling, moving from place to place. When you get dumped off at a bus station miles in an unknown town, in the pouring rain, at 2 am and have to walk to find a guesthouse, things can get stressful.…

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Vientiane & Vang Vieng

Vientiane is an extremely clean and organized Southeast Asian city and the downtown area is concise and lays along the river. The majority of Nick and I’s time spent in Vientiane was biking to and from the Myanmar and Indian Embassies. It was extremely easy to navigate, however there aren’t too many crucial attractions to see. Some of…

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Luang Prabang

Every backpacker has been to Luang Prabang, therefore I assumed it would be as disappointing as Vang Vieng. However, the ancient charm of the old quarter was well preserved and was similar, however almost more genuine than Hoi An, Vietnam.  The architecture was simple yet refined and the open-air schoolhouses were especially unique. The UNESCO…

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Luang Nam Tha

Nick and I took the sleeper bus to Luang Nam Tha and arrived at 1am. As we still had a week before our Laos visa expired and were doing well on budget we decided to do a 2 day jungle trek and kayak trip. Nick did a great job researching tour agencies and discovered that of…

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