South East Asia

Traveling Vietnam for the first time? This Vietnam Travel Guide has answer to all your queries!

[About the Vietnam Travel Guide blog: If you are planning to visit Vietnam, this blog will help you garner an overall idea on the country. I have listed what to expect from this magnificent country of South East Asia, Vietnam visa rules, the scene of public transport, the major travel destinations including multiple UNESCO heritage …

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The Ethical Question of Myanmar Travel: The Rohingya Exodus and a Traveler’s Responsibility

About this blog: Myanmar has remained off the tourist trails of South East Asia till a civilian government finally appeared in 2012 easing the air for foreign tourists. However, a sudden jolt came with international media reports showing gruesome military atrocities against Rohingyas, an ethnic group, Muslim by faith, being persecuted to leave their homeland …

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Bathed in Green at Spring Lodge Inle: A Favourite Boutique Hotel from Myanmar!

The calm and quaint neighbourhood of Nyaungshwe township is getting startled with daily noise of construction work as Myanmar opened her border for the rest of the world. Tourists flock to Inle Lake, the largest water body in the region dotted with floating villages. Pristine village life unfolds here at the lap of nature as …

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Luang Prabang Timeless: 25 Beautiful Travel Photos

Mekong River Laos
Wooden fishing boats sleep at a fishing village by the banks of Mekong river. The ongoing project of building a dam on the Mekong in quest of hydropower threatens the fishing community at large.  Not to mention the the fate of endangered Irrawaddy dolphin.

Fishing villages at mekong River in Laos
If you give a Laos man a fish from the sea, he would not like it. He would say, “It does not smell of the earth!” River Mekong bears testimony!



When the water rises, the fish eat the ants; when the water falls, the ants eat the fish.

(A Laotian proverb)
Drone shot of Luang Prabang
One of the seven dragons that protect the ancient city Luang Prabang, according to the local legends, as seen from air!
Discarded bombs at Laos
Laos is one the most bombed countries in South East Asia during the American war on Vietnam! Remnants of a cluster bomb adorn the entrance of a cafe. Note the dates mentions: 1967-1977

Also read, a very emotional walk through the Saigon War Remnant Museum!

A lady sells plenty of greens (local produce and quintessential Laotian cuisine) at a local night market at Luang Prabang. 
This little man’s smile made my day!
Another little man is busy making an enclosure for his kittens at one of the temple complex of Luang Prabang while his sister is busy watching a YouTube video!
One of the many gorgeous temples of Luang Prabang downtown. “Templed-out” is a word that Luang Prabang added to travellers’ lingo and there are good reason for the same!
temple at Luang Prabang at night market
Luang Prabang Buddhist Temple
Buddha and his teachings, as engraved on the wall of a temple wall at Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang is also known as the land of thousand elephants! 

Also read, Memories of a Melancholy named Luang Prabang!

No trip to Luang Prabang will ever be complete without a quick visit to the very famous Kuang Si Falls as a day trip!
the most beautiful place in Luang Prabang
The multi tiered waterfall changes color from every angle!
The highest plunge at Kuang Si waterfall

Also read, a guide to visit Kuang Si waterfalls from Laos!

Laos head gear and dress
A traditional Laos headgear
Laos National Flower Dok Chompa
A traditional Laos food platter, sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves. Notice the Dok Chompa, national flower of  Laos used in decoration!
The finery of serving food!
A carp fish, grilled and served and supposed to be eaten with sticky rice. 
Pork intestine, a typical Laotian delicacy along with many other Laos Street food
Silver ear rings on sell at the Lunag Prabang Night Market!
A Bell fruit tree at a Laos house garden!
The quintessential French feel as a remnant of the French Colonial days. At the Sofitel Luang Prabang, which used to be a French governor’s villa a few decades back!
(An honest review of Sofitel Luang Prabang: timeless luxury at the heart of Luang Prabang!)
A flying bird as a home decor in front of a Laos household at
Luang Prabang!
Snake wine being sold at the Luang Prabang night market. Note many other insects are put into local liquor bottles too!
Mekong river Luang Prabang
Mekong river embraces Luang Prabang!

In case you want to read a few books touch the nerve of this landlocked country from South East Asia, my recommendations are listed below:

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Sofitel Luang Prabang, A Luxury Stay in Timeless Vintage Style in Laos!

Sofitel Luang Prabang: A Luxury Stay at the heart of Timeless Luang Prabang! Set in an old-school French Bungalow, Sofitel Luang Prabang celebrates Laos local life in every minuscule aspect. Life is good at Sofitel Luang Prabang! Also read: A day out at Kuang Si Waterfall, the most beautiful spot at South East Asia!  The …

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A Date drenched in Turquoise Hue: Swimming in the Kuang Si Falls, a Day off from Luang Prabang!

“And you can still see the sea!” She wanted to swim there, immediately- she had a childlike urge of excitement at the sight of water so clear the rocks at the foot of the cliffs looked like clumps of turquoise flowers growing on the seabed.” (An excerpt from The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson). My heart warmed up …

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