Lao Cooking Course on an Organic Farm in the Luang Prabang Countryside

2018-10-09T09:59:36+07:00By |

We’re doing a morning market walk, followed by a Lao cooking course on an organic farm in the Luang Prabang countryside, with sous-chef Anousith from the beautiful Amantaka resort. When I ask Anousith where he’s from, he responds “Luang Prabang," and grins. "But my home is the morning market.” It’s early morning in Luang Prabang and while the ...

Monday Memories: Monks and a Kodak Moment

2015-08-14T12:47:44+07:00By |

That the classic film stock company Kodak has filed for bankruptcy protection has left me with mixed feelings. While I have no sympathy for businesses that don’t adapt to the times (hi Sony), I do see this as a time to reflect on the twilight of chemical-based film. And it is something that saddens me. ...

Exploring Phousi Hill for Golden Buddhas and Luang Prabang Vistas

2019-09-11T18:11:51+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

2019-09-11T15:04:54+07:00By |

Tamarind Lao Cooking Course in Luang Prabang, Laos, is a must if learning to cook some of the local cuisine of the places you travel to is important to you. One of the best cooking classes in Southeast Asia, it begins with a wonderful market walk. After our Phousi Market walk with Joy Ngeuamboupha, the owner ...

Learning About Lao Cuisine on a Market Walk in Luang Prabang

2019-09-11T16:03:07+07:00By |

Learning about Lao cuisine in Luang Prabang was a priority for us on our first trip to the charming Mekong River town in Laos. So one of the first things that we did when we arrived in the UNESCO World Heritage listed town was to book a market walk and cooking class with chef Joy ...

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

2019-09-11T15:36:35+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

2019-09-11T19:57:48+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. Click clack. Click clack. I love the sound of a loom being worked ...

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

2019-09-11T18:01:28+07:00By |

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 it's a special experience. Until we observed the early morning alms giving to the monks in Luang Prabang ...

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

2019-09-11T18:56:39+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

2019-09-11T18:43:50+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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