The Capital City of Vientiane

After spending a week in Laos, our final farewell was a day in and around the countryโ€™s capital, Vientiane. Our long drive there led us first to Buddha Park, where we had some time to explore. This park was created in the 1950s and is meant to be an integration between Hinduism and Buddhism. It…

Adventure (and Irish Food) in Vang Vieng

When we arrived in the Lao town of Vang Vieng, our guide described it as a renowned party town with a recently cleaned-up reputation and many opportunities for adventure. While the closest we got to partying was drinking Irish beer and watching UFC fighting late into the night, we definitely soaked up all the adventure…

A Long Day in Luang Prabang

When Jonny, our Lao tour guide, first talked about waking up before 4am to watch the monks’ alms giving procession, he said that it was an optional activity. I have no idea if I will ever be back in the country of Laos with a chance to experience this tradition, so we made it a…

Long Boat Livin’ on the Mekong River

Our time exploring the country of Laos was spent on a tour run by Busabout, a company that focuses on adventure and backpacker-style travel. Our small group of five was dropped off at the Thailand/Laos border by our Tai guide, and picked up on the other side by our Lao guide, Jonny. The first place…