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TravelTuesday Picture of the Week: Patuxay (Vientiane, Laos)

TravelTuesday Picture of the Week: Patuxay (Vientiane, Laos)

Patuxay, which means “victory monument,” is a memorial for the soldiers who died fighting for the independence of Laos from the French. It is in the center of Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

TravelTuesday Picture of the Week: Motorbike at Phra That Luang (Vientiane, Laos)

Phra That Luang <> is a national symbol of Laos. It is a large Buddhist stupa in the center of its capital, Vientiane. The original was supposedly built in the 3rd century, and has been built and rebuilt many times since then. The current structure is a restoration and reconstruction from the 1930s. I hope...

Tubing 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Tubing in Vang Vieng

Tubing, for better or for worse, has become the activity most associated with Vang Vieng in Laos. It has become THE thing to do there, with the town’s entire industry effectively built around it. To the uninitiated, tubing is essentially taking an inflated inner tube (or any ring-shaped floatation device, for that matter) and floating...

Khawp Jai, Laos!

And so the adventure ends. It was my biggest and longest trip since last year’s three-week Southeast Asian trip, and my first major one this year (not to mention the first one with my new passport). It was an exciting one for me, too, visiting a new country for the first time, and revisiting a...

Laos, Here I Come!

Tonight, I begin my week-long holiday as I journey into the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, better known as Laos. I fly from Singapore into Kuala Lumpur via Tiger Airways tonight, then tomorrow I take an AirAsia flight from KL to the Lao capital of Vientiane. I return to Singapore via Kuala Lumpur one week later,...