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The Monster of Concrete, Vientiane

At the NorthEastern end of the LaneXang Ave. arises a huge structure resembling the Arc de Triomphe. It is the Patuxay or Victory Gate of Vientiane. Built in 1962 (B.E. 2505), but never complete due to the country’s turbulent history. From a closer distance it appears even less impressive, like a monster of concrete. Nowadays …

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COPE Visitor Centre Vientiane Laos. Essential Visit.

COPE Vientiane is a non-profit organisation in Laos which provides prosthetic limbs, mobility assistance and rehabilitation for Lao people who can’t afford it. We took a look at their visitor centre in Vientiane, Laos’s capital, this morning. It was one of those incredible places that had me rushing home to get a post written and …

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Reasons to Take Children to Vang Vieng, Laos with Kids

Beautiful Vang Vieng, Laos is known for tubing and a crazy backpacker party scene. Not many people would associate it with family travel and it hasn’t always had the best reputation. We’ve spent four weeks in Vang Vieng now and we all love it here, despite the rain. I can give you at least 10 …

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Our Laos Budget. We’re spending $40/day, sort of..

I keep quoting this figure of $41/day as our budget, that’s actually a lie, our budget for Laos is working out at a lot more than that, everything considered. We’re cheating rather too much on cake, beer and coffee but Laos is indisputably cheap, cheaper than Thailand, and low accommodation costs are a big part …

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Luang Prabang Night Market and Day Markets

Gorgeous little Luang Prabang in Laos is quite the tourist hot spot these days yet still retains its sleepy Laos charm. The Luang Prabang Night Market is one of the best of it’s kind in the world and delughts tourists with it’s crafts, trinkets and sreet food, but every day you’ll see market activity on …

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Getting To Luang Prabang From Vang Vieng, by Bus or Mini Bus

If you boarded your bus, took your assigned seat and looked up to see this over your head, would you be worried? You’d be right to be. We had the seats with the built-in internal rain shower. Every time we climbed a hill ( and there were many), at a particular angle, water from the air-conditioning system …

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