The Laos Mekong
At the moment Laos is a country that sees fewer tourists than many in South East Asia but it is well worth a visit.
It is land-locked so the Mekong River is particularly important and has acted as the major means of travel through the country. Nowadays in some places roads are being built alongside it.
The Mekong rises in Tibet and flows through China before reaching Laos. The mountain and jungle scenery is spectacular and in many places there are rapids that make cruising exciting.
Our trip begin in Vientiane and the only large towns we visited after that were Luang Prabang and Chiang Khong (Thailand) where the cruise ended. Other than that we saw only small villages with smiling friendly people.
The Laos Mekong Timelapse
This timelapse video give you an idea of the riverside scenery along the Mekong. The captain of our boat, the Laos Pandaw, has been sailing the river for many years and knows its rapids, rocks and sandbanks in all seasons of the year.
Lao Food Festival
The Lao Food Festival takes place every year in Vientiane, the capital of Laos (actually that should be Lao but westerners these days know it by the name Laos).
The aim is to help women entrepreneurs network with each other and find new markets.
Lao food uses fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs and is delicious as well as healthy.