Category: Asia

A Not-So-Plain Sight: Visiting Phonsavan’s Plain of Jars

While most backpackers head due south from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng, a picturesque spot popular for river tubing and excessive partying (not our thing), we headed east to Phonsaven. […]

A Few Days Too Long in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is located in northern Laos. Formerly a sleepy place reminiscent of the old days, the temple and palace-filled city achieved UNESCO status in 1995 and is now a […]

Wat Samakkixay

Luang Namtha: Whiskey, Wats, and Some Serious Struggles

After nearly 24 hours in transit we made it to Luang Namtha, a town in northern Laos not heavily visited by tourists. The area’s main attractions include trekking in nearby mountains […]

bunk beds onboard a sleeping bus in China.

My First Sleeping Bus: Travelling Overland from China to Laos

Our Asia adventure began in China, where we headed south to cross overland to Laos. Initially we planned to take an “international” bus from Kunming to Luang Prabang. After reading […]

A Few Days in Kunming China

Treacherous Train Travels After a 3-day game of will we or won’t we over taking the 18.5 hour overnight “hard sleeper” class train from Chengdu to Kunming, we decided we wouldn’t. […]

Chillin in Shilin, China’s Stone Forest

Shilin, or the Stone Forest, is as it sounds – a massive area covered in equally-massive stones. You could say it’s a forest of stones. Located in southern China about […]

Cheng-Doing Things in Chengdu

Related | Chengdu Side Trips: Dujiangyan | Leshan Grand Buddha | Mt. Emei Chengdu is a major metropolitan city in central China. With a big-city feel and high rises galore, it felt […]

Red rope bridge over green water at the dujiangyan irrigation system.

A Day in Dujiangyan: Exploring the Irrigation System & Mount Qingcheng

In Chengdu longer than planned, we looked for more day trips as we’d seen what we wanted of the city. Sarah’s panda obsession continued and she opted to visit the […]

View of the massive head of the Leshan Grand Buddha.

Sights in Sichuan: Leshan Grand Buddha & Mt. Emei

We headed out of Chengdu, a large city in China’s Sichuan Province, to visit some sights in the countryside including the Leshan Giant Buddha and Mt. Emei. Leshan Grand Buddha Leshan […]

Beyond the Terracotta Warriors: 3 Days in Xi’an China

Xi’an is located in central east-ish China in the Shaanxi province. An interesting mixture of old and new, the not-as-bustling-as-you-might-expect city offers historical sights and expected Chinese charm, as well as […]