The End Of Roughing It! August 18th 2005
We spent a night in the tiny village of Pak Beng - a halfway point between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang. The slow boats don't travel at night so we have to stop here for dinner and get some sleep.
A rustic town clustered with houses made of woodscraps and corrugated tin; and streets littered with stray dogs, and kids playing around, Pak Beng isn't actually a novelty for someone ... 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
I'm a Singapore-based Filipina journalist who just quit my job as a staff reporter in a major financial news agency to fulfill one of my dreams - to backpack around Asia. I'm traveling in hopes that I can devote my time on things that really matter to me: writing, photography, yoga, meditating, learning new languages, meeting new people, finding my own voice, letting go of old baggage, travelling light, being alive. ... full info