The Backpacker Circuit In Summary

Cambodia, Laos, Thailand

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The Backpacker Circuit In Summary

What we did: Two months covering Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. We originally planned to include Vietnam in this trip, but we ran out of time and decided to save it for a future trip. Where we went: This entire leg of our adventures was overland, using trains and buses. We spent one week in Koh [...]

Laos Withdrawl

Laos, Thailand

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Laos Withdrawl

We arrived in Chiang Mai after 23 hours of travel- a bus, a ferry, the back of a pickup truck, and a minivan. We were exhausted, but the near future looked bright: we were heading to a much anticipated city. Chiang Mai is adored by people- we’ve heard nothing but the highest accolades from everyone [...]

The Zoo? No, the morning market.

The night market in Luang Prabang is well traveled by every foreigner. Each night the main street closes to traffic and stalls fill the the space with handicrafts. Tiny alleyways fill with food vendors and a substantial meal can be had for pennies. But a lesser known market exists along these alleyways in the morning. [...]

A Day With The Mekong

Laos

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A Day With The Mekong

Other travelers have told us that Laos is that last honest country in SE Asia- referencing the scams prevalent elsewhere. If our quietly made deal to hire a boat is any indication, this is entirely true. Our tuk tuk arrived at 9 am as scheduled and dropped us off at the banks of the Mekong [...]

Upon which we visit a tour office

Laos

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Upon which we visit a tour office

Tour offices are an abolishment to any culture and should be deemed inhumane. I hate them about as much as I hate the organized tour. In theory the idea of a tour is great, but it has evolved into nothing more than a circus sideshow where everyone pays off everyone else in exchange for a [...]

Ants for Dinner

Laos

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Ants for Dinner

We have no way of fact checking, but are 95% sure that we just ate ant eggs, or possibly larvae… Maybe both. Don’t cringe. It was so good that even after we figured out what it was, we couldn’t stop ourselves from finishing the meal. Dare I say we will likely eat this again before [...]

Boat Races from an exceptional balcony

Laos

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Boat Races from an exceptional balcony

As luck would have it, we have arrived in Luang Prabang during the week of their yearly boat festival. We asked the owner of our guesthouse to explain more about festival, but we were only able to ascertain that the purpose was to celebrate something. Do to the language barrier- both spoken and written- it’s [...]

Laos BBQ

Laos

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Laos BBQ

Some pics from our Laos BBQ from last week. Most importantly, the creativity of the table: the center tile pops out to reveal an inverted concrete cone, a bucket of glowing red mesquite is placed inside. A circular metal dish with a trough running it’s circumstance is inserted. Broth is poured around the exterior, pork [...]