Exploring Phousi Hill for Golden Buddhas and Luang Prabang Vistas

2018-01-05T12:21:58+07:00By |

Exploring Phousi Hill, also known as Phou Si or Mount Phousi, is one of those must-do activities that travellers to Luang Prabang do, as much for the sweeping vistas of the sleepy town, the Mekong River and Khan River, and the surrounding mountains, as for the hidden temples, shrines, stupas, and golden Buddhas that dot the lush 100 [...]

Tamarind Lao Cooking Course in Luang Prabang, Laos

2016-11-08T18:39:56+07:00By |

After our Phousi Market walk with Joy Ngeuamboupha, the owner and chef of Luang Prabang restaurant Tamarind, we drive to Joy’s cooking school in the countryside to begin our Lao Cooking Course. The Tamarind Cooking School is in a fantastic, airy, open-sided bamboo and palm frond pavilion by a lotus pond. There's plenty of bench space and [...]

Learning About Lao Cuisine on a Market Walk in Luang Prabang

2015-08-14T13:13:45+07:00By |

It’s safe to say that Lao cuisine is not known very well outside Southeast Asia — unlike Thai and Vietnamese cuisines. Lao food hasn’t reached the level of popularity — and ubiquity — that other Southeast Asian cuisines have in the West. Laos cuisine has stayed as mysterious as the country itself — which is exactly why [...]

Best Lao Khao Soi in Luang Prabang – Footpath Feasting in Laos

2018-06-02T12:03:28+07:00By |

Best Lao Khao Soi in Luang Prabang is to be found in a simple, squat, open-fronted timber and corrugated iron shed, with a handful of wooden tables inside. There's no sign and nothing whatsoever to identify the dilapidated eatery as Luang Prabang’s best Lao khao soi place but trust us, it's worth the trouble to find [...]

East Meets West at Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre in Luang Prabang

2019-08-13T19:42:54+07:00By |

Ock Pop Tok weaving centre in Luang Prabang, Laos, is the product of a collaboration between Laotian weaver Veomanee Duangdala and English photographer Joanna Smith. Ock Pop Tok may mean 'East meets West' in Lao but the beautiful fabrics produced on the looms are distinctly local. Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre in Luang Prabang Click clack. Click clack. I [...]

Touring the Temples of Luang Prabang, Laos

2015-08-14T13:28:32+07:00By |

Marvelling at the mural and mosaic covered temples of Luang Prabang is the next must-do activity after the early morning alms giving. There are 33 glittering temples — known as both wats and vats in Laos — in the ancient Lao royal capital so we decided to start by focusing on a few and seeing them [...]

Early Morning Alms Giving to the Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos

2018-05-03T16:42:00+07:00By |

The early morning alms giving to the monks in Luang Prabang, Laos, is one of the main attractions that lures many travellers to the laidback Mekong River town although it's not unique to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. The few times we’ve been out at the crack of dawn in Bangkok — generally on our way to the [...]

Mekong River Cruises from Thailand to Laos — Here’s How to Do Them

2019-06-07T13:18:22+07:00By |

Mekong River cruises from Thailand to Laos are considered a must-do experience if you’re travelling South East Asia. The question is how should you do it — by slow boat or fast boat? And if you choose the slow boat, do you do a budget or luxury cruise? Here's the lowdown. Slow boats cruise and speedboats [...]

A Mekong River Cruise to Luang Prabang on the Luang Say Boat

2019-06-07T13:21:51+07:00By |

A Mekong River cruise is one of life’s must-do travel experiences as far as we're concerned and a languid three-day Mekong River Cruise to Luang Prabang on the Luang Say boat was the reason we’d flown from Bangkok to Chiang Rai and driven up to the Thai Border city of Houei Say. The Mekong River runs for [...]

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