Monthly archives:February 2014

LAOS
  • LAOS

  • "One need only set foot in Laos to feel that there is something uniquely poetic in the air. The days are long and slow, and the people have a tranquil sweetness that is not found elsewhere in Indochina." Tiziano Terzani, A fortune teller told me. Arriving in Laos was like entering a time bubble where days run slower[...]
Opium Grannies of The Golden Triangle
  • Opium Grannies of The Golden Triangle

  • Rubbing shoulders with China and Burma, Luang Namtha was within the infamous opium imperium of The Golden Triangle. We would have never guessed it. It looked like so many other little towns we have seen. The only hint to the contrary were three Akha grannies walking the streets of Luang Namtha, selling hand-made bags a[...]
Sailing the waters of Nam Ou river
  • Sailing the waters of Nam Ou river

  • After a very bumpy drive north we arrived to a tiny town of Nong Khiew. It was tranquil, pretty and friendly. Tucked at the feet of tall limestone mountains, it was divided in two by Nam Ou river. It was just a perfect spot for spending a few active days after the laziness of Luang Prabang. We arrived to Nong Khiew at [...]
Buddhist monks with hot crossaints
  • Buddhist monks with hot crossaints

  • Luang Prabang always sounded exotic and mystically intriguing. Buddhist Mecca, town of saffron-robed monks and golden temple roofs. We imagined it a little bit shabby, scruffy and worn out. A place where time stopped or had never arrived. What we found instead was way beyond our imagination. Both for good and bad. [...]
The Loop
  • The Loop

  • We left Tad Lo on a local bus that took forever. It kept stopping for long breaks and continued to pick up more and more supplies on the way. By the time we arrived to Thakhaek in Central Laos the back of the bus and aisle were totally blocked by rice sacks, lower baggage space was packed with live piglets and the top [...]