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 be…read more
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 online agencies to…read more
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 surface. Out here…read more
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 some gargantuan sea…read more
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 Liap is a…read more
A summary, or picture-by-day of my 28 days on the John Muir Trail.
300+ miles walking through some of the most beautiful wilderness in my country. Straight through the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.read more
Riding a motorcycle across Vietnam.