Busing Through Southern Laos: From Kong Lor to Thakhek to Pakse

We continued heading south through Laos on a mini bus from Vientiane to Kong Lor. There were not enough seats, and I was fortunate to get a lovely seat on the […]

Visiting Vientiane, Laos’ Cool Capital

Vientiane is the capital of Laos. Located across the border from Thailand, the only thing separating the two is the meandering Mekong River, although culturally they are quite different. A […]

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 […]

5 Cities to Check Out in China (and What to do There)

China is massive. You could travel for months and only see a fraction of the diverse country, so it can be overwhelming trying to decide where to go. This list […]

bunk beds onboard a sleeping bus in China.

My First Sleeping Bus: Traveling 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

Getting There: 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 […]

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 […]