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The Cheapest Alcohol in the World

Tequila in Thailand

Cheap alcohol. Its one of the perks of living and travelling overseas. Even if you are living in Asia and earning a quarter of what you would back home, the booze still seems so cheap.  So where is the world’s cheapest alcohol? This post isn’t about finding the cheapest way to get as drunk as […]

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Video: 5 Weeks in Laos – a few seconds at time

So we finally managed to upload our video-mash of our 5 weeks in Laos.  We had a brilliant time in Laos, its a stunningly beautiful country (as the video shows), and although we were there at the hottest time of the year, there was always a river nearby. We travelled the full length of Laos, […]

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Four Thousand Islands and Leaving Laos

After finishing the Thakhek loop, we continued our way north, taking a truly horrible ride on a local bus down to Pakse. The usual story – cancelled buses, overloading, time spent loading a motorbike and goats onto the roof, toilet or foods breaks every 30 minutes, picking people up and dropping others off – anyway, […]

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The Scooter Diaries – Doing the Thakhek Loop

Loop day 1

The Thakhek Loop is a 450km loop around central Laos. It takes 4 days on motorbike. You can rent bikes from Mr Ku’s office, next to the Thakhek Travel Lodge for 100,000 kip per day with insurance. He’ll also give you helmets, a vague hand-drawn map, a quick lesson and a pat on the back before sending […]

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Vang Vieng, As Seen From My High Horse

Dear readers, please allow me to get a little self-indulgent here. This blog is subjective and I wanted to jump up on my soapbox or high-horse or whatever for this one. Firstly, here are some nice pictures from around Vang Vieng: [scrollGallery id=5] I knew coming to south-east Asia meant visiting Laos, and I knew that […]

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Luang Prabung

Spotted on the way down

We’d heard big things of this town so we were both pretty psyched to see what all the fuss was about. I guess the big deal is that it is so different from your regular SE Asian tourist stops. Thanks to the French stomping into Laos in the 1700s, this town still has plenty of […]

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Welcome to Laos: Taking the slow-boat down the Mekong

In ‘The Art of Travel’, Philosopher and author Alain De Botton talks about the beauty of rail travel, and how it allows people to break away from their normal patterns of thought. “Of all the modes of transport, the train is perhaps the best aid to thought: the views have none of the potential monotony […]

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