MESMERIZED BY BEAUTIFUL NONG KHIAW

Ever since I came into Laos, I kept hearing a name that I couldn’t possibly repeat: Non Kaw; Niong Kouw; Nang Kiew….. That shit was impossible to say. But at the same time, I kept being told that Nong Khiaw was one of the most beautiful places in Laos, so I decided to take a few days…

STRANDED IN NEPAL DURING THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

Before I say anything, let me start by saying, damn! I had no idea this would ever happen to me. The month of March started in spectacular fashion. Seeing the Himalayan mountains and hiking my way through Nepal (none of those big multi-day hikes though, just some short ones that would not kill me or make…

A REAL LOOK AT LUANG PRABANG

Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of the Lao kingdom (before being shifted to Vientiane), is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most visited cities in Laos. For many, Luang Prabang serves as the starting point of their Laotian adventure. Served by an international airport and a two semi-efficient bus stations, Luang…

HOW TRAVELLERS HAVE REACTED TO THE CORONAVIRUS

As I write this, the world has gone into major panic mode because of the coronavirus. With many countries choosing to close their borders, ban international flights from either coming in or going out, and many mandating its citizens to self-isolate for the foreseeable future, the world is a very different place than it was…

MY PROBLEM WITH VANG VIENG

Ever been to a place you absolutely loved and hated at the same time? Every now and then, I come across such a place in this beautiful planet of ours. A place which I do not know how to feel about. A place that there are so many things to love about it, as well…

HOW CORONAVIRUS IS IMPACTING TOURISM IN THE POOREST COUNTRIES

Coronavirus, or COVID-19 by its official name is the word that is nowadays is impossible to escape. It is in the news and in everyone’s mouths, from Karen at the office to every news channel to every other medium of either reliable or unreliable information.  As it is always the case whenever there is a…

THINGS TO DO IN GYEONGJU

Ever heard of the South Korean historical city of Gyeongju? I didn’t think so. Even as I write this, almost a full week after having left Gyeongju, I still couldn’t place it on a map.  So I was really surprised when I first heard that Gyeongju happened to be the ancient capital of Korea. Not only…