Laos to Vietnam – on my birthday

On the “VIP” bus up to Thakek, we stopped at regular intervals to allow gangs of kids to board. They sell basic food such as sticky rice, and chicken sticks – all of it being old and reheated many times. In the narrow aisle there were about eight kids squeezing past each other, with the […]

Laos: A journey south

Hearing rumours on the road, of an idyllic place called Four-Thousand Islands, we left Vientiane, and headed south. It would be a long and painful journey on the buses, so we had some stops along the way. Savannakhet was a pretty dull place except for one exception: “To the Dinosaur museum!” we said to the […]

Frustrating Thailand!

By myself now, free, no longer ill, and very motivated. Full steam ahead! I was quickly stopped in my tracks at the train station though, I couldn’t reach Chiang Mai due to floods, so instead got a ticket to Phitansulok for later in the afternoon, dropped my rucksack off at left luggage, and went out […]