Luang Prabang the When, Why and How

Planning a trip to Luang Prabang? It is worthwhile putting thought into When to Visit. The Why and How to get to Luang Prabang will follow naturally. Dry season (Nov-Apr), Luang Prabang, some 300 km north of the Laos Capital Vientiane, hides beneath a slash and burn smoke haze during March/April. I underestimated the ill-effect this had […]

Wat Pahouak Luang Prabang

    Across the street from the Royal Palace Museum in the heart of Luang Prabang, Laos lies Wat Pahouak, one of the town’s oldest Wats.  The historic quarter of Luang Prabang which straddles a peninsula between the Mekong River and the Nam Khan, has been totally protected by a Unesco World Heritage Listing since […]

Marooned on the Mekong Part 2

Luckily our driver and fellow passenger had Thai as a common language.   With the passenger in the driver’s seat and the driver bent over the broken engine at the rear of the boat, adjustments were made and instructions called to turn the key at the appropriate time.  But the engine refused to start again […]

Fantastic Friday Laos Rooster

Every morning we walked the few steps from Manichan Guesthouse in the historic centre of Luang Prabang to the corner where the morning food market was in full swing.  The corner ruled by this rooster.  He had a real vibrancy about him, both in colour and voice.  I wonder if he was a fighting cock? […]

Marooned on the Mekong

The historic district of LUANG PRABANG IN LAOS, sits on a high headland overlooking the meeting of the timeless Mekong and its younger sibling the Nam Khan.  At first we had dreamed of entering the Land of a Million Elephants via Thailand, spending two leisurely long days on the Mekong, floating downstream from Huay Xai to […]

Fantastic Friday Photo – Which Jetty

My home town sits wedged between the ocean and a river.  On my daily walk along the beach, I look past a jetty, purpose built for fishermen and beyond to a tropical island.  When we travel I am drawn to river trips to explore caves, or snorkeling forays into the ocean.  My photographic files overflow […]


Even though we knew we had to be in position by 6 a.m. to see Tak Bat, (the monks receiving alms from the public), we managed to arrive late.  This gave us an unconventional view of the early morning ritual – that of following along behind the monks – and they set a mean pace […]


Kouang Si waterfall  is set in lush forest 30 km south of Luang Prabang, Laos.  There are several different ways of spelling the name, but I am sticking with the way it is on the sign! The temperature in Luang Prabang in early April was 42 degrees celsius, so understandably a chance to get wet […]


Marty and I had been looking for such a place to kick off our 3 month trip in 2010.  He had long wanted to visit Canada and being such a large country we had allocated seven weeks for it, while I had Luang Prabang, Italy and New York in my sights, so we bought a […]