Laos

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THE YUMMY FILES: LAOS

by Carmel February 27, 2014

Welcome to The Yummy Files. We love a good meal. Whether it’s home cooked or out on the town, we want to share our favorite dishes and beverages while on the road. Come explore the food that has earned our highest praise, or what Shawn would just call yummy. Our very scientific yummy scale Have […]

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WHAT TO DO IN VANG VIENG (IF YOU’RE OVER 30)

by Carmel February 24, 2014

Vang Vieng has a bit of a reputation as a party town. Although the “glory days” of years past when you could float down the river, beer in hand, from riverside bar to riverside bar are mostly over, there is still plenty of debauchery. For those in their early 20s with young, resilient livers and […]

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PLAIN OF JARS

by Shawn February 18, 2014

Laos is complicated. On the surface, this statement seems farfetched – the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia whose landmass is roughly the size of the state of Utah, garnering more international attention for its part in the opium poppy growing region that is the “Golden Triangle,” can be described as…complicated? Laos hasn’t achieved the […]

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WHAT IT’S LIKE RIDING A BUS IN LAOS

by Carmel February 10, 2014

Our first experience riding the bus in Laos wasn’t a bad one. We slept (sort of) through most of it and it was so dark, our bus so empty and relatively new, it wasn’t a bad introduction. we had no idea what was in store for us the next time we chose this method of […]

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KUANG SI FALLS AND BEAR SANCTUARY

by Carmel January 31, 2014

Our decision to head to Laos after Thailand was made only days before leaving. Our Thai visas expired at the beginning of December and we had three weeks before we needed to be in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to meet my family for Christmas. Faced with the decision to go west to Myanmar or east to […]

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PAK OU CAVES

by Shawn January 26, 2014

After arriving to Luang Prabang, Carmel and I went to work to find what the town had to offer, what to do and where to go. Luang Prabang is located in north central Laos and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We read that it’s a, “sleepy” tourist town, with plenty of restaurants, cafes and […]

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HOW TO TAKE THE BUS FROM THAILAND TO LAOS

by Shawn January 22, 2014

There are a few ways to get to Laos from Thailand: one can take an airplane there although it’s expensive. Many people opt to take the slow-boat which typically lasts up to two days on the Mekong River. Carmel and I discussed this option at length. The notion of sitting on a cramped boat, as […]

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