Laos

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  • A short guide to Laos

    A short guide to Laos // The Clueless AbroadAfter the hustle of Vietnam, the relaxed atmosphere of Laos was a pleasant surprise. As opposed to some neighbouring countries, even the traffic here doesn’t fit to the usual chaos of South-East Asian streets and the people seem very welcoming and polite. With its stunning mountains and amazing, green landscapes full of rice paddies interspersed with winding rivers, Laos...

  • Through Laos: Don Khone, the paradise island

    Through Laos: Don Khone, the paradise islandThe moment we stepped out of the small, shaky boat onto the shore of Don Khone, we knew that we’ve finally found our little Laotian paradise. It’s a tiny, rural island with friendly locals, great and cheap accommodation and lots of outdoor opportunities… if, of course, you decide to leave the comfort of your hammock....

  • Through Laos: Phonsavan and the bus ride from hell

    Through Laos: Phonsavan and the bus ride from hellEven though we don’t like to hurry, sometimes there’s no other way, especially in countries where getting from one city to another can take hours (or even days) and the tourist visa lasts only a month. On one of these long drives (supposed to take 7-8 hours, instead took about 11), we discovered something unexpected – travelling...

  • Through Laos: The sights of Luang Prabang

    Through Laos: The sights of Luang PrabangLuang Prabang, with its laid back atmosphere, lots of attractions and beautiful scenery, is one of the most welcoming places in Laos. Filled with ornate temples, museums, traditional markets, forests and waterfalls, it makes for a great stop for a couple of days. There’s always something to do – whether you want to go a...

  • Through Laos: Jungle trekking in Vang Vieng

    Through Laos: Jungle trekking in Vang ViengWe’ve heard the stories: Vang Vieng used to be awful. Due to the huge boom of the tubing business, it got swarmed by hundreds of backpackers looking for a place to party and quickly became a mess of rude, irresponsible tourists high as a kite on weed, shrooms, alcohol and the YOLO attitude. It wasn’t...

  • Through Laos: Vientiane, the city of calm

    Through Laos: Vientiane, the city of calmWhile the title might be a bit of an overstatement (for example: when we arrived, there was quite a lively and loud festival going on), Vientiane does seem like an oasis of calm, especially if you come here from one of the biggest Asian cities. The pace of life here is much slower than in...

  • The Secret War and its painful repercussions – A visit to COPE Laos

    The Secret War in Laos // The Clueless AbroadDid you know that Laos is the most bombarded country in the world? We didn’t. Have you ever heard of the Secret War that took place here, in the middle of South-East Asia? It probably suffices to say that the name is well-deserved. Since not many people are aware of the terrors that this country...

  • Halloween abroad: Laos

    mainEven though Halloween is not exactly a Swiss, nor a Polish tradition, there’s nothing bad in a small spooky celebration to avoid getting caught up in the travel routine (especially if it involves dressing up, munching on a pumpkin cake and sipping fancy beverages). It’s also a good opportunity to unleash some creativity and get...