How to Do Street Food in South East Asia

Most times there will be a language barrier but this shouldn’t stop you from trying food carts. At first, we would move cautiously up to the food cart, looking at each other, whispering ‘do you think it’s safe to eat? What is that?’ and then point to something asking ‘how much?’ If you do ask…

15 Photos from 27 days in Northern Laos

The first trip through Laos started in the northern town of Muang Khua, then took us down the Nam Ou river to Nong Khiaw, through the capital Vientiane and ended with the Thakhek motorbike loop in central Laos. Below is an unedited selection from the Laos photo gallery that we captured during our 27 day…

Laotian Toilets

Laotian toilets are everywhere. In the bush, behind that tree, outside that building. I was first introduced to a Laotian toilet when we were at the border from Vietnam to Laos. We were at the Laos checkpoint, stamping into the country, and everyone was busting to pee. We had after all, just been on an…

Soutchai Travel Agency Guesthouse – Pakse, Laos

Price 40,000 kip fan room 60,000 kip air-conditioning What A basic double room, shared bathroom, hot shower, wifi in room, small balcony Where View Nangnoi & Soutchai Guesthouses – Pakse in a larger map Comments A surprisingly nice room for 40,000 kip. Dark wooden paneling with a large bed. Very stuffy during the day but…

Nangnoi Guesthouse – Pakse, Laos

Cost 70,000 kip (LAK) What Clean fan room, en-suite bathroom, hot shower, wifi in room, double bed, balcony Where View Nangnoi & Soutchai Guesthouses – Pakse in a larger map Comment Run by a Laotian couple with their two children, this is a highly organized guesthouse. There are only about 10 rooms and each are…

A Silly Calf and the Mother Who Tried to Kill Us

Passed a herd of cows resting on the road from 4,000 islands along the Mekong. In the confusion a calf thought our motorbike was its mum and started running alongside us. Next thing I know a giant cow is chasing us, mooing and huffing and galloping. Lionel thought it was hilarious and was trying to…

The Day I Killed A Goat

We were riding from Sekhong to Attapeu in Southern Laos, when I saw this. It was so funny that I had to get Lionel to stop the bike. I then tried to save the goat with a tin can on its head. Instead, I scared it and it ran across the road. A 4WD hit…

Pakse: First Impressions

Pakse is supposedly the fourth largest city of Laos. That’s not saying much considering Vientiane is so sleepy that you barely remember it’s a capital city. It is located 670km away from Vientiane and is nestled along the Sedon River and the mighty Mekong.

BeerLao Company Factory Tour – Is It Worth It?

Cost 40,000 kip per person Is It Worth It? No You get to watch a basic corporate video in their private air-conditioned cinema. The video details the history, investor stats, what awards the beer has achieved, and future plans for the company, but not enough information about the ingredients, how the beer is brewed, or…

Bangkok to Vientiane by Night Train

We decided to go from Bangkok to Vientiane using the night train which would leave at 8pm, arriving in Nong Khai at 7.30am. You can’t actually buy a direct ticket from Bangers to Vientiane, so you’ll need to go through Nong Khai. Nong Khai is the border town on the Thai side. We took the…