The Meandering Mekong, By Slow Boat

Slowboats

Perhaps it was backpacker’s fatigue, or lethargy, or the fact that we really went to Laos for our Thai visas and were very much looking forward to hunkering down in Chiang Mai, but travelling in Laos was a weird time for us. I think it was a combination of everything, but more so the fact that we really wanted to be in Thailand, that perhaps we didn’t enjoy our time in Laos as much as we would have like to. It is … Keep reading…

Somewhere In… Luang Prabang

monks

Thought I would reflect on our time in Laos, and share with you some photos I took in the Unesco World Heritage listed site of Luang Prabang – an old town with a decidedly modern feel. A few of the restaurants and cafes there would not be out-of-place in Sydney or New York, beautifully designed with the high-end traveller in mind (and there were plenty of those), straight off a luxury Mekong cruise, or a long-haul flight from Paris. For us however, the town felt rather staged … Keep reading…

Good Things Happen When You Follow Your Dreams

Writing on the Mekong

Since starting this journey of following my dreams a LOT of amazing things have happened to me. They may not seem like big things to you, but to me they are small miracles, subtle sign posts that reassure me I’m on the right path. My ‘dreams’ are neither solid nor concrete. They’re not even that clear to me yet, and are forever growing and changing as I go along. They were born out of a deep discontent with the way … Keep reading…

Caves, Tubes and Goats Cheese in Vang Vieng

Goats Cheese

  Why, that’s a strange combination of nouns, you might be thinking. Or, Not another unnecessarily detailed description of what that Somewhere Sarah girl had for lunch and what she thought about it… Yes, I’m afraid so. But really, my only hope from this post is that I can convey that Vang Vieng really does have more to offer than just bars and tubing. The landscape is truly magical, holding untold natural treasures in its flowing rivers, ice-blue lagoons and enormous caves, surrounded by … Keep reading…

Vang Vieng – A Pleasant Surprise

Vang Vieng

I’d heard all the horror stories about Vang Vieng, the backpacker’s haven a 31/2 hr bus ride from Vientiane, but I went anyway. I gave myself a good talking to on the bus  (not aloud, don’t worry) that I was going into this knowingly. That, if and when I was turned off by hoards of twenty-somethings sporting fluorescent “In The Tubing” tank tops, vomiting up their lao-lao (the local brew) into the Nam Song river, that I had no-one to blame but myself. I knew … Keep reading…

A Midnight Exit in Vientiane

Exit

Have you ever read accommodation reviews online and then wish you didn’t? Words like filthy, worst place we stayed, infested with cockroaches, and other such delightful descriptions are used so much, I often wonder if there is actually anywhere decent to stay in the world, and what exactly the definition of an ant infestation is, because for me, a few ants in your room in SE Asia is no reason to create a fuss. Hell, they’re probably eating all the other crap you should really … Keep reading…