Luang Prabang, the Discrete Lao Town

Although getting to Luang Prabang with a slow boat was an experience in itself, once I got there, I was pleasantly surprised by the discrete waterside town.
It could be because I had no expectations about the place.
It could be because the attitude of the people was spot on – letting you get about your business but happy to serve if you need it.
It could be because the scenery was more unspoilt than I had seen until now.
Either way, my three days in Luang Prabang was a warming one. Here’s what I did…
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The Day My Backpack Was Lost

If you ask backpackers what their worst travel fears are, losing your backpack is undoubtably amongst the top five.
After almost three months of travel, I counted myself lucky for not having hit any major bumps on the road myself. However, on the simplest of flights between Luang Prabang (Laos) and Hanoi (Vietnam) my airline lost my backpack. Already having pre booked onward travel through the country, it was a race against time to work out what happened and how to get it back.
This post tells the story of how it happened, how I felt and how I eventually, thankfully, got it back. […]

Taking The Slow Boat To Laos

Completing a loop of Thailand-Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia in either direction will always present an interesting question to a traveller –  “How do I want to travel between Thailand and Laos?”. Typically, and in my case, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang.
The options were…

Fly
Coach
Slow boat
Speed boat

In this post, I describe my journey from Chiang Mai, Chiang Khong, Huay Xai, Pak Beng to Luang Prabang taking the infamous slow boat. […]