The Sweet Smell of Diesel March 2nd 2007 We had two choices to get to Laos: fly directly from Chiang Mia to Luang Phabang or take the slow boat. Although its name doesn't sound so appealing, the slow boat delivers the cultural experience of meandering down the infamous Mekong River...for two whole days. And at the time, it sounded like the perfect idea. So at 10am on Wednesday, our Thai driver picked us up for three days and two nights o ... read more
Asia » Laos » West » Pakbeng Laos was under the control of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the Communist Pathe... ... read more
Get Lost: SE ASIA 2007
No job. No plans. Just 5 weeks in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.
This isn't meant to make you jealous or sad or angry that you are sitting in front of a computer while we float down the Mekong. Mark and I traded in months of free time to work hard toward a goalto travel. It's a choice. That's why we drive one car, so we can afford to see another part of the world. We travel to understand and experience culture. To feel small, scared, excited, humbled, but mostly, free. For that brief moment in time, we shed all responsibilityjobs, furniture, mortgages, commute t... full info