Phu Si Luang Prabang

In the footsteps of Buddha: Climbing Phu Si, Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is an absolutely magical place. French colonial shopfronts and guest houses blend into golden wats, locals and tourists alike glide through the old town centre on bicycles, street food stalls radiate rich aromas of barbecue and spices, and amber-robed monks drift along shady streets, through laneways hung with bougainvillea and frangipani, and traverse…

Huay Xai

Big Dreams in Huay Xai, Laos

Huay Xai, in north-west Laos, lazes beside the tranquil Mekong River (it really is tranquil this far north), facing Thailand across the river. Most visitors don’t see a lot of Huay Xai. Some travellers might stay in town for a night before embarking upon the Gibbon Experience, which is a multi-day zip-lining expedition through the…

Chiang Rai Thailand

Chiang Rai on the fly

We’re in South-East Asia again – this time spending a month exploring Laos – so Chiang Rai in north-east Thailand was a one-night stopover point on the journey to the northern Thai-Lao border. Chiang Rai itself doesn’t have a lot of attractions. It’s commonly used as an entryway into the Golden Triangle – the convergence…