Buddha Cave, Thakhek Laos

Buddha Cave, Thakhek Laos

The Bud­dha Cave is one of the first stops on the Thakhek Loop, not far from Thakhek, Laos. 6 km down a dirt road off of Route 12, known local­ly as Tham Pa Fa (Pa Fa Cave). This Bud­dha Cave is filled with 229 bronze Bud­dhist stat­ues up to 500 years old which can...
Getting a Vietnam Embassy Visa

Getting a Vietnam Embassy Visa

Get­ting a Visa for Viet­nam, if you are fly­ing into the coun­try is fair­ly straight­for­ward, with lots of agen­cies to help you get a Visa on arrival. I’ve described the Viet­nam Visa on Arrival process here. How­ev­er, there is far less infor­ma­tion and no...
Kong Lor Cave — In Pictures

Kong Lor Cave — In Pictures

Past rice fields, through small vil­lages, backed by lush, jun­gle-cov­ered karst peaks. It’s rur­al Laos and we are on the way to Kong Lor Cave, one of the longest Riv­er Caves in the world. Sev­en and a half kilo­me­ters of riv­er, far beneath the earth’s...
Kong Lor Cave — Complete Guide

Kong Lor Cave — Complete Guide

Rock­et­ing through the dark­ness on a long, thin wood­en boat, the local guide skill­ful­ly maneu­vers around the obsta­cles fol­low­ing the wind­ing path of the riv­er cave. Look­ing up at the ceil­ing of the cave stirs my imag­i­na­tion, I’m inside the bel­ly of...
Xieng Liap Cave, Thakhek Loop, Laos

Xieng Liap Cave, Thakhek Loop, Laos

Drift­ing through on a long wood­en boat into the gap­ing mouth, just before we are engulfed in dark­ness, light, shin­ing through at the oth­er end, lush green jun­gle. A huge open­ing, water drips from the ceil­ing as I swim on my back look­ing up at it. Tham Xieng...
Getting a Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Getting a Vietnam Visa on Arrival

With so many agen­cies it can be over­whelm­ing try­ing to nav­i­gate the process of get­ting a Viet­nam Visa on Arrival (VOA). It is in fact, very straight­for­ward. This arti­cle will describe the steps nec­es­sary for get­ting a Viet­nam Visa on arrival if you are...
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