Laos | Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
One of the Vat Phou palaces on the valley floor curently being restored

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Mekong River Cruise, LaosI rubbed the gunk from my eyes and stepped off the overnight sleeping bus in Pakse, Laos. A...

Triple tier of beds inside the overnight Sleeping Bus that travels between Vientiane and Pakse, Laos

I arrived at the bus station in Vientiane, Laos, bound for Pakse in the southern part of the country via an overnight bus. In the dark parking lot the sign on...

Candice Broom (left) and Morven Smith (right)

As a single woman who spends most of her time on the road, it’s no surprise that I don’t cook. I rarely stay in accommodations with kitchen facilities and even if...

Wat Ong Teu in downtown Vientiane

Unlike the ancient capital city of Luang Prabang, whose 32 temples coerce visitors into hurry-up mode, the current capital of Vientiane encourages a leisurely pace. Here the brown Mekong River, virtually...

Old bombs stand sentinel in front of Craters Restaurant

My first inkling that Phonsavan, Laos was not the sleepy little town it first appeared to be came when I walked past a row of rusty old bombs standing on the...

Fresh poultry, no extra charge for the flies

Hoping to get a better feel for the local culture during my short stay in Phonsavan, Laos I went in search of a fresh market. I found it just off the...

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