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Hill Tribe Life in Laos

Hill Tribe Life in Laos

We spent most of our time in Laos driving the small mountain roads, particularly in the north of the country. Remote and rural, at times we found ourselves bumping along pot-holed surfaces or driving in billowing clouds of dust on half-finished tracks. The scenery was...
The Hidden War

The Hidden War

​The ‘Secret War’ in Laos was a covert proxy war, fought in the shadows of the Vietnam War and was fuelled by the belligerent global Cold War superpowers. The war was fought between the Communist Pathet Lao which was effectively organised, equipped...
800 Days on the Road

800 Days on the Road

Today is a massive milestone for us as we cross the border to Laos! We set out with a dream nearly 5 years ago to see as much of the world as we could by car. 75,568 miles and 49 countries later we’ve lost a few pounds (weight and financial) and gained a...
The Gibbon Experience

The Gibbon Experience

Ok, we admit it. We did it – possibly the most touristy thing in Laos. The Gibbon Experience. And what a fantastic experience it was. Yes, it’s expensive: we paid $180 pp for the ‘express’ tour which is two days, with one night spent in the...
Koh Mak

Koh Mak

We split Laos into two halves, as we had some special visitors coming out to meet us in the form of Tom’s parents. A mad dash from Vientiane to Bangkok to meet them at the airport, before heading down the East coast to Koh Mak – a tiny island next to...
Lovely Lovely Laos

Lovely Lovely Laos

  Warning!  Not our usual chatty, flippant travel tales.  A bit more serious but stick with it and learn about the lovely people of Laos and their lives.  After leaving China through the ornate border gate and the commerce of the Chinese trading...
Central Laos

Central Laos

After a 14th of March steak meal at Inthira Restaurant in Tha Khaek, we set off on another ‘loop’ east away from the Mekong and the main road that runs along the Thai border. This loop is well known and in years gone by has been somewhat notorious, with...
Southern Laos

Southern Laos

Having entered Laos from Cambodia, we had our eyes on a couple of what the guide book describes as ‘motorcycle loops’. These are exactly what you imagine them to be – circular routes that take in a number of various sights, and the easiest way to get...
A note on bribery

A note on bribery

We’d done so well. Nearly 20,000km travelled, and only one bribe paid so far. Well, the Cambodia/Laos border added two more in the space of minutes. By all accounts, we actually did pretty well limiting it to just that. This border is renowned for corruption,...
Cambodia Visa – In Bangkok

Cambodia Visa – In Bangkok

This was easy. As there seems to be limited information online…. like opening hours etc. hopefully this will help out anyone looking for the same. Consulate: 518/4 Pracha Uthit Road (Soi Ramkamhaeng 39) Wangtonglang Bangkok 10310 Thailand Get off the Metro at...
Findet Nemo

Findet Nemo

Als Urlaubsziel haben wir uns die Insel Ko Chang im äußersten Südosten an der Grenze zu Kambodscha ausgeguckt. Doch bis dorthin sind es noch einige Kilometer und auf dem Weg dorthin besuchen wir zuerst die antike Stadt Sukothai, gegründet 1238 aus einer...
Wir sind in LAOS

Wir sind in LAOS

fröhliche Weihnachten wünschen wir euch allen und hoffen, dass ihr auch 2016 unseren Blog verfolgt. Merry Christmas to all our friends and we hope you’ll follow our blog in 2016, too. Thank...

Visa and other fun stuff

Whilst Klaus is doing a great job building and refurbishing the car, I’m more occupied with teh necessity of getting invitations and visa for the different countries. One of the biggest difficulties is the crossing of China. To cross China on your own is nearly...
Lao: a country tolerating itself into oblivion

Lao: a country tolerating itself into oblivion

‘What is WRONG with you??! Don’t you understand I’m a V.E.G.E.T.A.R.I.AN.?!’ the pretty blonde Swedish girl screams out at the top of her lungs. Skinny mamma, the owner of the local eatery, just looks at her bewildered then shrugs her shoulders and proceeds to pick...