Vientiane green

14 January 09

| Laidback Capital City | Compared to teeming, polluted capitals elsewhere in Asia, Vientiane is a fresh breeze. Prettily situated on a broad bend in the Mekong River, it has fewer than 450 thousand residents, and most attractions in the city center are easily reached by bicycle or on foot. As elsewhere in Laos, most […]


| A Green Giant | The town of Vang Vieng in Laos, about midway between Luang Prabang and the capital city of Vientiane, is a head scratcher. Whose idea was this anyhow? It’s got a pretty river running through it, and it’s surrounded by dramatic, saw-toothed karst limestone peaks. Thus we can easily understand its […]


| World Heritage Gem | At the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Kham Rivers, Luang Prabang is among the best preserved and beautiful of the ancient cities of Southeast Asia. The U.N. named it a world heritage site in 1995. For centuries this was the royal capital of northern Laos, and French colonial rule […]

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| The Mythic Mekong | What better way to make the transition from touristed Thailand to laidback Laos than on that most famous of Southeast Asia’s rivers, the Mekong? And among the numerous “slow boats” that make the leisurely 2-day journey from the Thai-Lao border town of Huai Say in the Golden Triangle to the […]