Tag Archives: SE Asia

A One-Week Backpacker’s Guide to Northern Laos for a Visa Run

Patuxai Arch in Vientiane, Northern Laos

Twice now, I’ve done a visa run through northern Laos. Each time, I’ve seen several attractions and skipped even more. Here’s the best way to spend a week in northern Laos, whether you’re going for a visa run or just want to see the highlights. Entry Through Huay Xai The northernmost entry into Laos from Thailand is from Chiang Khong, …

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The Blue Lagoon in Laos is Nothing Like the One in Iceland

The Blue Lagoon in Laos

My expectations for the Blue Lagoon in Laos might have been a little high, considering I was thinking of the attraction in Iceland with the same name. There are actually three lagoons in Vang Vieng, Laos which are (sometimes…kinda…not really) blue, but the similarities end there. A Short History of Vang Vieng I’d never heard of Vang Vieng before two …

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The UXO Museum Showed Me How the US Destroyed Laos

UXO Museum Warheads

Laos is the most bombed country in the world per capita. The horrific story behind this and its ramifications are found at the UXO Museum in Luang Prabang. What is the UXO Museum UXO stands for UneXploded Ordnance. In other words, bombs that didn’t detonate. During the Vietnam War, from 1964 to 1973 the American military extended the war into …

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My Two Weeks Exploring Kuala Lumpur on a Budget

Kuala Lumpur Petronas Towers

Kuala Lumpur was one of the last countries I visited in 2015. I went for two weeks to help at a hostel as a volunteer through Workaway. After my fast-paced travels through Europe in the summer, it’s been nice to slow down in SE Asia and take my time in cities. Somehow my two weeks in Kuala Lumpur still went …

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Journal Entry: Putting Up With the Scams in Asia

Friends on Tuk Tuk

There are times when I wonder if all of Asia are in on the scams they perpetuate, or perhaps they simply don’t know the best ways to do things. While there is a significant percentage of the latter – citizens who genuinely don’t know about better buses, routes or activities – the number of scams throughout the region still puts a big …

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