Meat and Seafood in Laos

Meat and Seafood in Laos

No exploration of a Southeast Asian city is complete without diving into its meat-on-a-stick offerings....

Uttayan Bajiang

Uttayan Bajiang

Located on Route 20, 14 kilometres from the intersection with Route 16, Uttayan Bajiang is an interesting stop on a daytrip from Pakse or as part of a multiday loop....

Ban Saphai

Ban Saphai

The small island on Don Kho, 17 kilometres north of Pakse on the Mekong river, is home to Saphai village (Ban Saphai), which is renowned for its silk weaving and provides an excellent opportunity for a daytrip or overnight stay from Pakse....

Tad Fane

Tad Fane

Just past kilometre 38 along the road to Pak Song is Tad Fane -- a picturesque twin set of waterfalls spilling 200 metres down into a deep abyss...


A weekend in Vientiane

Vientiane is a long way from the buzz of cities like Bangkok or Hanoi, and is quite likely to be one of the smallest capital cities you’ll ever visit. Two days is usually enough for most travellers passing through to see the highlights — here’s how we’d suggest spending them....


What to buy at Vientiane’s Talaat Sao (Morning Market)

Every Southeast Asian city has a market that’s a treasure trove of exotic bits and pieces; while Laos cannot rival the markets of Chiang Mai and Bangkok, in Vientiane Talaat Sao, or the morning market, offers a great selection of local offerings, mostly of the fabric-based kind.

lao national museum

The Lao National Museum

This two-storey colonial mansion became the Lao National Museum in 1985 and houses enough relics of Lao history and culture, both ancient and modern, to make a visit worthwhile.


Wat Ho Phra Kaew

Visitors to this lovely temple set amid manicured grounds would never guess it has had such a turbulent history. The wat was originally built in 1565 to serve as the temple of the Lao royal family, but was razed and looted during the Thai invasion...


Buddha Park (Wat Xieng Khuan)

Buddha Park, like many ofVientiane’s other attractions, is more curious than spectacular. A rogue monk is said to have attempted to reconsolidate Buddhism and Hinduism into his own brand of mysticism through a rather prolific collection of sculptures depicting various deities and scenes from both religionsin the 1950s....

kayaking boat

Kayaking and boat tours

Kayaking tours are more popular these days than tubing due to the decline in backpacker numbers caused by the closing of the riverside bars....