Nyepi in Seminyak, Bali

Our last stop in Asia was Bali, Indonesia.  We had found some cheap flights and the dates suited us so we headed off for the island.  We were expecting an interesting but fairly frantic stay where Australian holidaymakers and international backpackers collide!  What we arrived to find was quite the opposite…. empty streets, closed shops,…

Nong Khai, Thailand

This Laos to Thai border crossing was a complete contrast to the one we had experienced a couple of weeks earlier… this time it was simple, quick and well trodden.  Not such an adventure but a bit of a relief!  About 90 minutes after leaving our hotel in Vientiane we had arrived at our next…

Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane was our final stop in Laos and it exceeded our expectations.  For a capital city it was quiet and relatively sleepy but with enough sights and restaurants to keep you busy. Vientiane had a much more local feel than Luang Prabang or Vang Vieng and this as reflected in the quality of food on…

Vang Vieng, Laos

Apprehensively we arrived in Vang Vieng (after an 8 hour bus journey which should have taken 5-6 hours…. but thats another story).  Vang Vieng has a bit of a reputation and we had thought long and hard about whether we wanted to stop there between Luang Prebang and Vientiane. Vang Vieng became a hotspot for…

Luang Prabang, Laos

With the excitement of the 9 hour slow boat ride behind us we were delighted to arrive in Luang Prabang.  We had both been particularly excited about visiting here for some time and were expecting a quaint city with many monks and numerous temples – we were certainly not disappointed! Luang Prabang used to be…

Laos Slow Boat: Pak Beng to Luang Prabang

Having had a long and eventful border crossing the previous day into Laos we were hoping that the 9 hour slow boat to Luang Prabang would be a relaxing, rejuvenating and beautiful experience…. we couldn’t have been more wrong. Well – that’s a little unfair, the journey was certainly beautiful and if we had a)…