Category Archives: Asia

The Perfect Chennai Itinerary: The BEST things to do in Chennai in 2 days

Be sure to include the beach in your Chennai tour itinerary

Chennai will surprise you. This megacity lacks this history of Delhi, the culture of Kolkata, and the glamour of Mumbai. But it more than makes up for it with charm and opportunities for off-the-beaten-path adventure. You can design the perfect Chennai itinerary for just two days. This city’s magic is not so much the headline […]

Solo travel in Thailand: Ultimate Guide for women going to Thailand alone

Traveling alone in Thailand is one of the most rewarding experiences on the planet.

Thailand is one of the best countries in the world for solo female travel. It’s the perfect introduction to Southeast Asia. It has beaches and temples, mountains and cities — everything you could want as a backpacker. Plus, solo travel in Thailand couldn’t be easier or safer. I spent a month experiencing Thailand solo travel […]

Vietnam to Laos the hard way: How to travel from Sapa to Luang Prabang

A typical scene on the Nam Ou river as you travel from Vietnam to Laos

Southeast Asia is the ideal destination for first-time backpackers. The food is awesome, you can enjoy nature, cities and beaches, and — above all else — it’s easy. You can take direct buses from capital to capital. It can even leave you feeling like you’re missing out on some of the genuine adventure of backpacking. […]

The ULTIMATE guide to visiting Tham Kong Lo (Kong Lo Cave) in Laos

Tham Kong Lo -- or the Kong Lor Caves -- is carved into a limestone karst.

It’s hard, throughout Southeast Asia, to find off-the-beaten-path gems that are still genuinely exciting to travel to. Tham Kong Lo — also called Kong Lo Cave or Kong Lor Cave, in central Laos — strikes that balance perfectly. In fact, visiting this cave was the most exciting adventure I had in four months in South […]

Bolaven Loop by Motorbike: How to explore the Bolaven Plateau, Laos

The Bolaven Plateau Laos has a huge concentration of waterfalls.

The Bolaven Plateau in Laos is a rare thing in Southeast Asia — a spectacular destination that hardly anyone seems to know about. This region is dotted with small-scale coffee farms, epic waterfalls, dense jungles, and the friendliest villages you’ll ever encounter. A series of good roads forms the so-called “Bolaven Loop” — a common […]

The Perfect Luang Prabang itinerary: 3 days in Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang Laos has some of the most beautiful temples in all of Southeast Asia.

Luang Prabang just might be my favorite city in the entire world. Perhaps it’s the fantastic cafes that border the Mekong and dot every street corner. Or maybe it’s the alleys lined with colorful French-colonial shophouses occupied by old-fashioned paper-makers and tailors. It could be the mystical temples overflowing with novice monks keen to practice their […]

The BEST Vientiane attractions: Places to visit in Vientiane, Laos

One of the most important places to visit in Vientiane Laos is the Golden Stupa.

Vientiane, Laos doesn’t feel like a capital city. It’s extremely laid-back. There’s no traffic. Fewer people live here than even in small cities next-door in Thailand. But that doesn’t mean it’s boring — far from it. Whether you’ve just arrived in Laos or are on a longer backpacking trip through the country, there are plenty […]

Vang Vieng Kayaking Tour: Why you should skip tubing and kayak instead

Kayaking is a great alternative to Vang Vieng tubing.

Vang Vieng, Laos has one of the most spectacular settings in South East Asia. The town hugs the banks of the Nam Song, a river which cuts through the limestone landscape to form the iconic karsts. It’s the perfect place to go for adrenaline activities — most famously, tubing down the river. But the tubing […]

The BEST things to do in Savannakhet, Laos: 6 activities you can’t miss

Savannakhet Laos is right on the Mekong River, across from Thailand.

Savannakhet, Laos is one of the most relaxed cities on the planet. You can just feel the pace of life slow from the moment you step off the bus. The stress of travel instantaneously melts away. And it may not be Bangkok or Hanoi, but there are plenty of things to do in Savannakhet to […]