Top 6 Things We Learned in Laos

We love Laos and can’t wait to get back someday. Here are a few things we learned while we were there: 1. Just because there’s an “s” at the end of a country’s name doesn’t mean you pronounce it. 2. Never give your kids chocolate milk before taking an 8-hour van ride through the mountains.…

Top 6 Things for Families to Do in Laos

Laos is a quiet, beautiful country that could keep a traveler busy for many weeks. Too bad we only had one. Many people we met trekked on elephants, explored caves, and swam in pools beneath waterfalls. We managed to fit in a crowdpleasing tube trip down the Nam Song River at Vang Vieng, which ranked…

Thailand Is Not Tom-Sized

At home I’m a midget. Well, not a midget exactly, but a small person. At 5’2″ and a less than triple digit weight, I struggle to find adult clothing small enough for my frame. If you were to pull up behind my kid-hauling Yukon XL, you might think a child or a phantom was driving,…

Pearls of Travel Wisdom from Lovely Little Laos

The story of the path we wove through Laos is largely the story of how we travel–the ways we choose where we go and what we do. Tom and I have long wanted to visit Laos, and given that it is inexpensive and readily accessible from Thailand, it gained an spot on the itinerary early…

Can you ride that tube?

Yesterday the fam and I had the opportunity to do one of the most popular backpacker attractions in Lao, tubing down the lazy — river. It was my mom’s idea to come to Lao in the first place and while some of us wanted to remain in Thailand we thought it would be nice to indulge her and head across the border…. Our first day in Vien Bien we found our hotel, walked around, viewed some local scenery (the amazing mountains), and had a not so pleasant dinner. We went to sleep looking forward for the next day and tubing.We woke up at nine and made our way to the city center and the tubing station.

What Ticket? I Can’t Click It!

Then there was the mini-bus ride through the mountains form Luang Prabang to Laos’s capital, it wasn’t that it was dangerous, it was that it made you sick, real sick…. Mom on the other hand couldn’t take of her pants because they were packed up on the top of the bus, so she had to keep them on, the worst part about that was that it made the whole car smell…. Luckily, no one else through up the rest of the way, but we felt better when we heard form the people that were in other mini buses that they all had people throw up, but they actually warned the driver to stop. We haven’t really done any bad travel since then except for the tuk-tuk to the buddha park where we got a flat and had to take another one which will be mentioned in other post.

You Want Opium?

Laos is a fascinating little country located smack dab in the middle of Southeast Asia, wedged firmly between Thailand, China, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Once known as the Land of a Million Elephants, the official emblem of its power was the rare albino elephant, a mascot recently re-adopted by the communist government in Vientiane. Laotians are…