Category Laos

Buddhist monks and #firstworldproblems in Laos

And on the fourth day, Luang Prabang created an exhaustion of possible inexpensive activities.  Plus every once in a while a break from “having to do things” is needed,  so we took the day to relax in our cockroach (waterbug) infested room. Around midday I started to get bored and Cely said she was heading […]

A Shitty Day of Elephant Riding in Luang Prabang

By our third day in Luang Prabang we had started to get our shit together and organized full day of elephant trekking. Elephants had been available in several other cities, including Chiang Mai, but we heard they were better treated in this camp, so six of us signed up for a day of elephantitis (is that not how […]

Kuang Si Waterfall and Adjusting to Asia

There are certain times in your life when you have an epiphany.  For Alexandra Wallace  it’s every time she’s at the library.  For me, it was sitting on the toilet in my $8/night guesthouse.  As I sat, staring at the ants climbing across the floor and up the wall, I realized, “Holy shit this is not […]

Luang Prabang and the Spiciest Thing I’ve Ever Eaten

Hazy rays of sunlight peered at us through the thatched walls of the bungalow as the humidity crept through the air snatching us away from the comforts of our single electronic fan.  Stepping onto the balcony, the sun burned like hot coals in a sauna, while dampness from the river hung in the air like a steamy towel.  The clothes I had left out overnight to […]

Nong Khiaw: A Quiet Corner in Laos

Following a village homestay, our group of Strays was pretty excited at the prospect of a non-river shower and maybe a regular toilet.  But first, we had to take “the worst road in Laos” from Luang Namtha to Nong Khiaw where we would be spending the night. The worst road in Laos was promised to be […]

Laos Homestay and Visiting an Akha Village (and an Introduction to Southeast Asian Toilets)

You’re in Thailand at a border town spending the night before crossing into Laos.  You get to the bar, you have a nice dinner, and you’re drinking large Chang beers to soothe your tongue after eating fiery Thai curries.  You’re already tipsy but wait as long as possible to break the seal, then head down […]

Shit I Need to Do: Vietnam

1. eat pho 2. eat spring rolls 3. eat bahn mi 4. eat street food 5. identify myself as Canadian 6. cross the street 7. don’t get hit/burned by a motorbike 8. make at least one dong joke a day 9. visit Halong Bay 10. eat French/Vietnamese fusion food 11. complete this list, and don’t […]

Shit I Need to Do: Laos

1. go tubing in Vang Vieng 2.  eat laap (minced meat with herbs, spices, lime juice and chili) 3.  hook up with someone Laotian – just because it’s illegal…no seriously, its illegal and you can be jailed and/or fined.  lovely. 4.  try Laotian coffee 5. visit Wat Si Saket 6. go on a trek if […]