A short guide to Laos

After 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…

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Through Laos: Don Khone, the paradise island

The 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….

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Through Laos: Phonsavan and the bus ride from hell

Even 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…

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Through Laos: The sights of Luang Prabang

Luang 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…

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Through Laos: Jungle trekking in Vang Vieng

We’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…

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Through Laos: Vientiane, the city of calm

While 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…

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A short guide to Vietnam

It’s not easy to introduce the whole country, especially if you only had a month to travel through it. Still, thanks to some minor mishaps and a couple of fortunate coincidences, we got a tiny grasp of how diverse this country can be – and here we’re attempting to put all our tips and advice…

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Halloween abroad: Laos

Even 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…

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Through Vietnam: Da Lat, Top Gear style

With wallets emptied and backpacks filled to the max in Hoi An, we were ready for our next adventure. After a 40 minutes long flight from Da Nang (which was in fact more than twice shorter than the plane’s delay), we finally landed in Da Lat, a small town in the middle of wilderness.     From the…

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