When in Laos
Collected by Alyssa Jean Laird, AFAR Local Expert
Definitely want to go here someday
13, Vang Vieng, Laos
Vang Vieng could be considered a touristy town, but don't hold that against it. It's a magical place, and if you don't find it floating down the river, rent a bicycle and head straight out into the countryside. This image was taken after climbing...
Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
I wanted to get as far away from "civilization" as possible. I thought riding an elephant in the jungle of Laos might appease that sentiment. Our safety briefing: "You ride with her, jump on back, ride in river. Water is wet." Uh...OK. They...
73/5, Luang Prabang, Laos
The shamanic Tai-Lao people mastered the ikat tie-dye technique centuries ago, weaving a single, continuous silk thread into exquisitely patterned scarves. This three-day class gives the literal ins and outs of the process, from cocoon silk...
28-29 ถ.ลำปาง-เชียงใหม่ Tambon Wiang Tan, Amphoe Hang Chat, Chang Wat Lampang 52190, Thailand
Hidden away in the countryside of Northern Thailand, there is a beautiful place where elephants live, a place where they are protected and cared for. The Conservation Center provides the option to feed the elephants, and to walk with them around...
Boek Phrai, Chom Bueng District, Ratchaburi 70150, Thailand
"NO ELECTRICITY in the heat of Thailand? Are you crazy?" Yes, this super eco friendly hotel operates without the use of electricity. It's snugged deep inside the luscious green mountain on River Kwai in Kanchanaburi province. I was scared of the...
South Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand
Everyone who comes to Koh Tao takes a diving course, but what if your ears won't equalize properly? What if you are terrified of water, or never learned to swim? Fear not! Good Time Adventures (known locally as simply, GTA) have got a plethora of...
Nong Han, San Sai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
One of my favorite festivals in the world is the Loi Krathong / Yi Peng ‘festival of light’ in Thailand. Both occur at the same time and although differing slightly, both represent the cleansing of sins. Yi Peng takes place mainly in Chiang Mai in...
915 Maunawili Rd, Kailua, HI 96734, USA
Visible from anywhere in Kailua-Kaneohe are the three peaks of Mount Olomana. The majestic peaks are named after a mythical Hawaiian warrior and offers more than spectacular views from all angles. To reach your destination from Honolulu you take...
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