Laos Journals

Between Udom Xai and the Mekong

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A February 2004 trip to Laos by SeenThat

Thailand across the Mekong from Huay Xai Photo, Huay Xai, Laos More Photos
Quote: Despite its remoteness, northern Laos between Udom Xai and the Mekong River offers an exciting area for the adventurous traveller.

Udom Xai: The Invisible Town

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Bus Terminal at Udom Xai, Laos Photo, Laos, Asia
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Northern Laos is a rather undeveloped place; traveling around in old buses takes time and the towns waiting at the trip’s end are not very comfortable. One way of coping with the extreme conditions is to keep moving around; the changing views of green mountains, hidden narrow valleys and villages keeping an ancestral look are a worthy compensation for the harsh physical conditions.Doing so, I crossed Udom Xai several times in various directions while hardly noticing it. Its bus terminal seemed to summarize it pretty well; the town is usually described as Northern Laos travel hub....Read More

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Huay Xai: Between Cultures

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Thailand across the Mekong from Huay Xai Photo, Huay Xai, Laos
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Huay Xai is a special spot in Laos. The capital of the Bokeo province, it is closer to Thailand’s Chiang Khong than to other Lao towns. If ignoring the slight difference between the Lao and Thai languages, it is difficult to tell in which country the town is.The town retains a distinctive Thai appearance, mainly due to the difficulty of reaching other...Read More

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Boten: Crossing into China is "Peanut"

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Attraction | "Boten: Crossing into China is “Peanut”"

Boten - Mohan Border Cross Photo, Laos, Asia
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Over time, the Boten-Mohan border cross became my favorite entrance into China from South East Asia. It wasn’t only convenient; it was more than the feeling of crossing through a remote – barely mentioned in most guides – border cross; simply "Boten" means "Peanut" in my main language. Few words could describe better this tiny dot in northern Laos; always appreciating the humor...Read More

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Luang Prabang Sights & Attractions

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Attraction | "Luang Prabang: World Heritage Site"

Luang Prabang Sights & Attractions Photo, Luang Prabang, Laos
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"Oh, no! Not another one!," I thought while looking at a sign announcing Luang Prabang as yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. After seeing several, they became a kind of warning: "This is a World Tourism Marketing Site." After all, the town of Jinghong, the 21st century slaves in Bolivia’s lowlands and Aisha Adnan Al-Bahsh wounded sister hold a no less important testimony of human culture than any one of those sites.A true spot of interest needs no tags. Any human facing Bangkok’s Grand Pala...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 14, 2008

Luang Prabang Sights & Attractions
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Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Nam Tha, Muang Sing

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Market Photo, Luang Nam Tha, Laos
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Luang, MuangLuang, Muang, and other terms often appear in Lao and Thai city names. Moreover, most of these cities are referred to (in their surroundings) only with this part of the name, creating thus a confusing reality for the tireless traveler. Being both rural societies amidst a rapid urbanization, the issue can be explained easily. These words can be translated as "town," while the surrounding county bears the same name – except for the "town" part. Often it is difficult to tell when the town ends and the county begins; most local people ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 16, 2008