Backpacking in Laos: Staying at Vang Vieng Guesthouse, Vang Vieng

“I think this hostel is after a mad right” – Chaz Fitzsimmons Well after a couple of crazy days in Vientiane, touring the sights, staying in the Sabaidy Guesthouse for $3 a night, we got a truck and a mini-bus up north to the crazy town of Vang Vieng. Yes, this place is totally nuts. Read more about Backpacking in Laos: Staying at Vang Vieng Guesthouse, Vang Vieng[…]

Backpacking in Laos: Vientiane to Phon Hong to Vang Vieng by Truck and Mini-bus

The madness continued. The journey to Vang Vieng began in the capital city of Laos, Vientiane. We had stayed in the Sabaidy Guesthouse to start with (cheap and cheerful) and of course toured the sights of the city after crossing the border from Nong Khai in Thailand. Chaz and I had secured a ride to Read more about Backpacking in Laos: Vientiane to Phon Hong to Vang Vieng by Truck and Mini-bus[…]

Backpacking in Laos: Staying at Sabaidy Guest House in Vientiane

After leaving Bangkok in Thailand behind on another short jaunt to the city, I headed on a night train north to Nong Khai and then crossed the border into Laos at Thanaleng. I was meeting up with my travel buddy Chaz from Belfast. At the same time, Chaz was bussing it up to Vientiane from Read more about Backpacking in Laos: Staying at Sabaidy Guest House in Vientiane[…]

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The Day I…Threw $1000 US Dollars into the Nam Song River in Laos

I almost didn’t want to write about this travel mishap, but I said recently it’s a “no holds barred” on here so all the crazy “The Day I…” stories are going up!! It happened and I’m embarrassed by it, but looking back it was about a year ago now and I’m not angry anymore. I Read more about The Day I…Threw $1000 US Dollars into the Nam Song River in Laos[…]

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The Day I…Tried To Poke An Infection Out Of My Mate’s Foot With A Cotton Bud in Vientiane, Laos

Yes travel gives us ups and downs, and you’ve got to laugh at things in retrospect. A great travel buddy of mine, and fellow Northern Irishman Chaz teamed up with me last year to give Laos a good go. This was before all the “tubing bars” were shut down (allegedly). Things didn’t run too smoothly Read more about The Day I…Tried To Poke An Infection Out Of My Mate’s Foot With A Cotton Bud in Vientiane, Laos[…]

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Friday’s Featured Food: Laap in Vientiane, Laos

Today’s Friday’s Featured Food takes us to the country of Laos. It’s not a country famed for food and I remember being told “when you go to Laos you’ll end up eating a load of banana pancakes”. Well in the end I only had one banana pancake and actually found a lot more charm in Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: Laap in Vientiane, Laos[…]

Jonny Blair crosses from Laos to Cambodia

World Borders: How to Get From Laos to Cambodia (Nong Nok Khieng to Trapaing Kreal)

In my latest edition of my world borders series I look at how to get from Laos to Cambodia. There are obviously a few routes you can take to go between these two countries. I was staying in Don Det down near the Cambodia border so I did the Nong Nok Khieng to Trapeang Kreal Read more about World Borders: How to Get From Laos to Cambodia (Nong Nok Khieng to Trapaing Kreal)[…]

vang vieng laos bucket bar

Thirsty Thursdays: The Bucket Bar in Vang Vieng, Laos

Right it’s a “short one” because this is all you need to know about the Bucket Bar in Vang Vieng, Laos!! This it NOT for “teetotallers”, in fact Vang Vieng in its dreamy, riverous splendour is quite possibly the party capital of the world. Tubing and the like aside, head for a night out in Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: The Bucket Bar in Vang Vieng, Laos[…]

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