Life after Laos’ Secret War: Living with UXO

Deep within landlocked Laos, beyond the gentle smiles of its people and the tranquil beauty of its wilderness, there lies a poison. The rusting remnants of unexploded ordnance (UXO) from the devastating Secret War continue to maim and annihilate innocent villagers over 40 years on. It is testament to its unenviable world record as the most bombed…

Vang Vieng : Is Tubing Really For Tools?

Whether or not tubing is for tools is subjective. First you must ask yourself if you value your life.  If your answer is affirmative, you may be inclined to believe that only tools would launch themselves into an unknown river in the middle of Laos, while pissed as a fart and smothered in body paint….

Lost in Love with Luang Prabang

It’s hard not to fall in love with Luang Prabang, especially after Thailand’s all engulfing motorized buzz. The delicate French flair that mixes so gently with the ancient World Heritage sites of Luang Prabang is enough to leave many lingering in its sanctuary. The riverside location helps. Come dusk the lanterns flicker on, providing enough…

A Watery Escape: Slow-Boat to Luang Prabang

Drifting along the mighty Mekong river on a slow-boat from Chiang Kong to Luang Prabang was like floating around the lazy bends of consciousness. The crags of ancient boulders, veiled mountains and dense rainforest provided fertile ground for internal exploration as the soft hum of the engine rocked us into a gentle trance.   I…