Laos Mountain Roads

Laos looks small on the map. At 236,800 square kilometers, it’s only slightly smaller than the UK or my home state of Michigan. What these maps don’t show is a landscape the likes of which I had never really seen… Continue Reading →

The Road Not Taken: Revelations and Bus Stations

There are those moments when stark realizations overlay themselves on what you are experiencing in the moment. Perhaps they come from song lyrics. From a literary reference. Or maybe something passively told to you drunkenly at a bar. At the… Continue Reading →

Breaking Out of Luang Prabang

The word is out there about Luang Prabang. UNESCO town. Beautiful architecture. Stunning riverside landscape and temples galore. The morning alms procession by the local monks that is a must-see. All this was on my mind as I tried to… Continue Reading →

Muang Sing Photo Walk

Muang Sing still holds a unique place in my memory. This is not only for the news I received just prior to arriving, nor the stray people I met in the town.  There was something about the locale itself.  At… Continue Reading →

Muang Sing: A Foggy Dawn in the Morning Market

If there is one spot all the guides of Muang Sing say is a “must see”, it’s the town’s Morning Market.  To be perfectly honest, at that time, markets never interested me all that much.  However, they have since grown… Continue Reading →

Muang Sing: Fleeting Friendships in the Night Market

This is where I found myself; I had been away from the United States for nearly a year. Through intermittent wifi, I received word my best friend of a decade had died. And I had just exited a bus in… Continue Reading →

  A prelude; This is a draft that has been sitting on my computer for a while. I don’t consider it anywhere near finished, and I don’t think it’s on a subject about which I could ever capture the feelings… Continue Reading →

Travel Theme: Inviting

An exit and an entrance; borders are a welcome as well as a departure.  The border between Nong Khai, Thailand and Vientiane, Laos is one of the most frequented borders in the region, serving as one of the primary border… Continue Reading →

Huay Xai: Crossing the Mekong

The border between Thailand’s Chiang Khong and Laos’ Huay Xai was the most relaxed border I have ever seen. It’s actually harder to get out of Thailand than it is to get into Laos. Chiang Khong itself is a ways… Continue Reading →

Weekly Reblog #32: Thai Coup: Returning to Lao, where it is more stable.

Thai Coup: Returning to Lao, where it is more stable. | dorishimoda “It is one day after the Thai military coup d’etat was declared. It was one day after that a 10 pm to 5 am curfew was declared. Rumors… Continue Reading →

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