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Laos in Pictures

We spent just over two weeks in Laos, crossing over from the northern most border with Thailand on the Mekong river. We packed a lot into our 22 days in the country and strangely also felt like we took it easy. We spent a few days trekking with a guide through minority Hmong villages in the north and spending a night with the most unlikely of Shamans.  We zipped through the forest listening to the sound of Gibbons and then took the amazingly... Read More

Brendan Arrives in Cambodia

We were happy to speed through Southern Laos with 15 hour bus rides to make it to Siem Reap, Cambodia in time to mark our 100th day of traveling, but mostly to meet our friend Brendan. He’s taking a whirlwind two-week tour from Washington, DC through Siem Reap, Cambodia, Hanoi, Vietnam and Tokyo, Japan. We were thrilled he chose to join us for four days of his travels to explore the awesome Angkor Wat. We surprised him by meeting him at the... Read More

Like The Depths of Moria

We traveled through southern Laos faster than we’d planned so we could meet up with our friend Brendan, whose visiting from D.C. for a few days. But on our way to Siem Reap, Cambodia we did break up the trip a couple of times. One overnight stop was in the village of Kung Lo to see their cave. Yes, that’s right, their cave. A small river cut the cave that’s about 4 miles (7km) long under mountains of solid slate. We took a... Read More

Zen Moment with Tea and Monks

Sitting on guesthouse balcony looking at this, drinking a cup of tea, listening to rain and the sound of monks chanting from inside. Very zen.  Read More

Trapped

Trapped by a passing rainstorm, Sasha and I have taken refuge in the cafe attached to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center in Laos. I’m drinking traditional Mak Toum Tea to pass the time. Our self-guided bicycle tour of Luang Prabang is officially on hold. Our biggest challenge at the moment: will Sasha have the willpower to restrain herself from buying everything at the crafts shop? Only time will tell.  Read More

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