Friday, November 27, 2015

Laos: The UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang

What To Do In Luang Prabang Laos

The 12-hour bus from Houay Xai left me dazed as we were stirred to wake by the bus driver. It wasn’t a smooth ride for the sharp twists and turns of the road made me dizzy. The supposedly air-conditioning system of the bus wasn’t working. We spent one whole day crossing the Thailand-Laos border and we were dead tired. My eyes adjusted to the early morning light as I climbed down the steps. Daylight was creeping into the town as we started the walk to our home in Luang Prabang.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Le Vang Bua Villa – Luang Prabang, Laos

Where To Stay In Luang Prabang Laos

Me and my buddy were swarmed with tuk tuk drivers as we get off from our 12-hour bus ride from Houay Xai. We scurried to the main road as we commence our 2-kilometer wak to our home in Luang Prabang. The still sleepy city was dull and quiet. And as we’re getting nearer to Le Vang Bua Villa, we noticed a procession of men garbed in orange robes. And I realized that this was the traditional alms-giving ceremony for the monks. We sat somewhere and observed, thinking how lucky we were to have experienced this sacred ritual on our very first day in the city.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Crossing Borders: Chiang Rai, Thailand to Houay Xai (Bokeo), Laos

Thailand To Laos Border Crossing By Land

It was day thirty-seven and we’re on our last leg of our trip. We already conquered Cebu, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand and we’re leaving Chiang Rai to cross overland to Laos.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thailand: Chiang Rai Bike Adventures

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There’s a fast-moving car on my right and a couple of motorbikes on my left. I wanted to take a break on a sidewalk nearby but noticed that my buddy was nowhere in sight; it was seconds ago that we’re just meters apart from each other. And then the stoplight turned red. I didn’t know what to do and where to go with my bike. Welcome to our Chiang Rai bike adventures.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Chayadol Boutique Resort – Chiang Rai, Thailand

Where To Stay In Chiang Rai Thailand

It was almost eleven in the evening and we’re on our third round of Chang beer when my buddy felt the urge to take a quick dip at the pool. We’re on the second level of Chayadol Boutique Resort and our private veranda provided an unobstructed view of the very inviting swimming pool. And so he did.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Chiang Mai Food Hunt: And the Winner is... Crispy Pork!

What To Eat In Chiang Mai Thailand

Anything that’s crispy is appetizing. Agree? Yes! During our short stay in Chiang Mai, we explored the local street food scene and crispy pork rice became one of my favorites. I could still imagine the crunchy fried pork strips with hard-boiled egg and sliced cucumber topped with some sweet and tangy sauce over steamed rice. Everything for 35 Baht. Amazing!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thailand: Exploring Chiang Mai on Foot

What To Do In Chiang Mai Thailand

Sitting under a golden shower tree, I was in awe of the great Wat Chedi Luang in the middle of the walled city in Chiang Mai. The noon summer breeze kept me lull but my eyes were still glued on the huge structure. I was about to take a quick catnap when I was interrupted by my buddy who returned with a smile on his face, exclaiming that there are more wats around this wat