Things to do in Vang Vieng

Moving on from a nice trip in Luang Prabang, the adventure capital of Laos was our next stop. Vang Vieng is famous for the beautiful karst mountains that surround it, the inexpensive activities in town, and for the out of control parties it used to throw on the Nam Song river. The town is significantly […]

Trekking in Luang Namtha

After transiting from Myanmar through north Thailand, we finally arrived in Laos! We had been looking forward to visiting the country of 6.5 million people, where the low population density (compared to its neighbors) and relatively low tourist numbers sounded very appealing. Our first stop after an overly convoluted border crossing at Chiang Khong (bus […]

White Temple Chiang Rai

While visiting Chiang Rai, the relatively small town that borders Myanmar and Laos, a visit to the White Temple is a must. The White Temple, or Wat Rong Khun, is a 20 year old building that was constructed by a local artist. While the artist claims that his temple is a tribute to Buddha, opinions […]

Luxury Tours on a Budget

Phong Nha

Traveling overland through over a dozen African countries, backpacking through southeast Asia for the better part of a year, and living in South America are all amazing experiences, but what about travel for those of us with jobs and vacations that will last a few weeks? Planning a once in a lifetime trip can be […]

Things to do in Bagan

Balloons Over Bagan

Our most anticipated stop during our trip to Myanmar was undoubtedly the ancient city of Bagan. The city is comprised of thousands of temples from as long as a millennium ago, and although it’s an extremely popular destination within Myanmar, it’s still relatively quiet by international standards. Pictures of hot air balloons rising over a […]

Things to do in Hpa-An

Hpa-an Bat Cave

Our next stop after Mawlamyine was Hpa-An (pronounced Pa Ahn), a town surrounded by karst mountains and caves. We opted to take a boat from Mawlamyine to Hpa-An, admiring the scenery which became nicer and filled with small karst mountains the closer we got to Hpa-An. When we arrived in town we were greeted by […]

Mae Sot and Myawaddy Border

Mae Sot

Things to Know Your visa to Myanmar needs to be arranged in advance, either through eVisa or at an embassy If you’ll be arriving in the evening and heading into Myanmar, you’d be best to stay in Mae Sot, not Myawaddy, unless you have your accommodation booked in advance Hotels in Myanmar cannot accept foreign […]