Posts Tagged with "laos"

10 Great Places to Eat for a Cause in South East Asia!

Monday, September 2, 2013

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10 Great Places to Eat for a Cause in South East Asia!

Helping students learn English. Helping families gain financial independence. HIV and contraception awareness. Promoting the use of local organic vegetables. You've gotta eat, so why not make sure that your money is going back into the pockets of the local community. We've found 10 fabulous restaurants to try in South East Asia that support more than just your stomach!

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Have You Got a Bus Pass? The Ticket to Stray Off the Beaten Path in SE Asia…

Sunday, July 14, 2013

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Have You Got a Bus Pass? The Ticket to Stray Off the Beaten Path in SE Asia…

Let’s face it: most travellers love the idea of getting ‘off-the-beaten path,’ but few talk about how challenging it can be to get there! Picture a small village somewhere, largely untouched by tourism, where you have a chance to see life and traditional culture up-close-and-personal. But how do you get there? What if there are no buses, trains… or even roads? Could you find it on your own? Traveller and writer, Jennifer Smith, checks out how to get off the beaten track with Stray Travel Asia and shares her story with us...

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Beer to Mulberries! Is Vang Vieng, Laos, Turning Around Its Boozy Reputation?

Monday, June 17, 2013

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Beer to Mulberries! Is Vang Vieng, Laos, Turning Around Its Boozy Reputation?

'Tubing' was a phenomenon that spun out of control, an activity that made the sleepy town of Vang Vieng, Laos, a notorious hotspot on the backpacker party scene. However, in September 2012, the bars along the infamous stretch of the Nam Song River closed. The slides and the zip wires were demolished and the drinking was stopped. With a reported 22 deaths taking place over high season last year, the Laos Government decided enough was enough. Tubing was banned. So what has happened to Vang Vieng since? Are backpackers missing Laos from their itinerary? Writer, traveller and volunteer at the SAELAO Project, Linda Stansberry discovers an interesting 'Eco-Tourism' revolution taking place in the former party town...

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7 Unusual Delicacies in South East Asia!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

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7 Unusual Delicacies in South East Asia!

It’s a test of manhood, there’s no going back now… Surrounded by your newly made travel buddies, you stare nervously at the morsel now on the plate in front of you. You just can’t wimp out now – or can you? Surely a buffalo’s anus is nutritious and delicious right? Err… As a backpacker in South East Asia, you're sure to come face to face with a bizarre and unusual dish or two. Here's our pick of South East Asia's strangest delicacies. Would you dare to tantalize your taste buds with the following exotic delicacies?

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Going Back to Nature: The Gibbon Experience, Laos

Sunday, February 10, 2013

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Going Back to Nature: The Gibbon Experience, Laos

Just like out of a storybook. It was flying among the trees of the rainforest during the day and seeking shelter in our tree house at canopy level come night. Even the images I saw before embarking on this experience couldn’t do it justice. It was an experience I will forever try to match. An experience I don’t know if I can ever quite match. A journey they call, 'The Gibbon Experience'...

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Newsflash Laos! Is this the END of Tubing, Vang Vieng?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Newsflash Laos! Is this the END of Tubing, Vang Vieng?

You’ve heard the rumours filtering from the Banana Pancake Trail and you don’t quite want to believe it. What’s that? Noooo! Frame and mount that ‘In the Tubing’ vest of yours... is ‘Tubing’ really over? We spoke to bar owner, Greg Haywood of Fluid Bar and the local Laos government to find out what the hell is going on? What lies in store for the future of South East Asia's most popular party spot? This is the absolute latest news, November 2012!

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