Laos

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]You may say that Vientiane is just a small town when you compare it to global metropolis with glassy high-rise buildings and busy streets. It is not half wrong. But I travelled the other way into Vientiane, from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng. Suddenly Vientiane seemed so big and busy to me. But it...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you look up online, you will find that Vang Vieng is termed more as a party place. It was a backpacker’s paradise where young foreigners come to spend days frolicking in the river and nights on a hammock watching ‘Friends’ or ‘Sienfield’ in a loop in the common rooms. It could have been...

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[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1659705471108{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}"]I was surprised by Laos. I knew how similar it is to Thailand, especially with the northern part. At the same time, it is so unlike any other part of the world in terms of infrastructure and commercialisation. At so many points I thought that Laos is like Thailand, just...