Luang Prabang the When, Why and How

Asia is a fascinating but at times chaotic continent to visit. Often it feels necessary to take a step back from the noise and crowds and find somewhere peaceful to reflect on the travel experience and rejuvenate your soul – a place where you can sit by a mighty slow river, sip a long drink […]

Step Inside Wat Pahouak Luang Prabang Laos

  Across the street from the Royal Palace Museum in Luang Prabang Laos, lies Wat Pahouak, one of the town’s oldest Wats. The historic quarter of Luang Prabang straddles the high peninsula between the Mekong River and the Nam Khan and has been totally protected by a Unesco World Heritage Listing since 1995. Although the Wats […]

Marooned on a Luang Prabang Mekong River Cruise

Luckily the driver and fellow passenger on our Luang Prabang Mekong River Cruise 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.  […]

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 three month RTW trip.  He had long wanted to visit Canada and being such a large country we had allocated seven weeks for it alone, while I had Luang Prabang, Italy and New York in my sights, so we bought a […]