Category Archives: Laos

Escaping to the Mountains of Nong Khiaw

Escaping to the Mountains of Nong Khiaw

After Luang Prabang, it was hard to believe that Laos could get any prettier. But four bumpy hours north by minivan is the little town of Nong Khiaw, whose dramatic mountain scenery left us gaping. Nong Khiaw sits where two regional transport routes—a paved road and the Nam Ou river—meet. Read More

The Nong Khiaw Area in Pictures

The Nong Khiaw Area in Pictures

Stunning mountains rise above a broad river that dominates the lives of the many villagers living along its banks. What’s not to love for a photographer? Read More

Turning Laotians Into Readers

Turning Laotians Into Readers

On our first day in the town of Luang Prabang in northern Laos, we spotted a small book in a cafe that made a big impact on us. It tells the story of a local organization called Big Brother Mouse that is doing amazing work introducing Laotians of all ages to the wonders of reading. Read More

Difficult Emotions

Difficult Emotions

I admit that I knew very little about the 20th century history of Southeast Asia when we decided to come here. I’m too young to remember the Vietnam War. My history classes somehow never seemed to get much past the end of WWII. I’ve never been enough of a fan of military history to read… Read More

Everything Old Is New Again

Everything Old Is New Again

In affluent Western countries, repurposing or recycling things has become a trend in order to avoid adding more trash to landfills. In the parts of Southeast Asia that we’ve visited, we’ve also seen old objects being put to new uses, but here it’s a vital way to make existing resources go farther. Read More

Livin’ Life in Luang Prabang

Livin’ Life in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang has many claims to fame: The entire town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1995; it was the capital of the Kingdom of Laos (and of various earlier regional kingdoms) off and on from 700 AD until 1975; and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Laos. Read More

Kuang Si Waterfalls

Kuang Si Waterfalls

One of the major sights outside Luang Prabang (our base in northern Laos) is a beautiful series of pearly blue cascades known as the Kuang Si waterfalls. Read More

Impressions of Laos

Impressions of Laos

The Laotians have a reputation (deserved or not) for being easy-going, laid-back people, never in a hurry or working too hard. We must have absorbed some of that spirit because, although we’ve been in Laos for three weeks, we haven’t written about it yet. Read More