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My favourite thing to eat in Asia

My favourite thing to eat in Asia

One of my favourite dishes throughout South East Asia was fried morning glory, or Thai water spinach. It grows in abundance and so is a very cheap dish to buy if you are on a budget and eating out. So I was a little bit […]

A little break from Temples in Laos

A little break from Temples in Laos

I thought it might be time for a little interlude from temples before temple fatigue sets in as there are plenty more to come! So today let me take you back to Laos to the Kuang Si Falls. If you are anywhere near to Lauang Prabang […]

Cope Centre

Cope Centre

Amongst all the beautiful temples, glittery Buddhas, warm hearted people and magnificent scenery is a very sad and little known everyday obstacle that the people of Laos have to deal with, that is unexploded bombs. Throughout the Vietnam war bombing missions by the US dropped […]

What to do with a day in Vientiane…

What to do with a day in Vientiane…

Vientiane is the capital city of Laos. It isn’t really like most capital cities I’ve visited it echoes the rest of Laos in its laid back ‘what will be will be’ attitude. The traffic is not to bad at all and it is very easy […]

Fishy goings on…

Fishy goings on…

Fish is very much part of the staple diet in Laos after sticky rice of course. You can get fish in every shape and size, dried, pickled, fresh, salted. It was intriguing to see the markets of fish and the shapes and forms they took… […]

Highway 13, the best view from a toilet ever and local hospitality

Highway 13, the best view from a toilet ever and local hospitality

I’ve been off line for a couple of days as I made the journey from Luang Prabang down to Vientiane on highway 13 through the mountains. I think it is approximately 350km long and was built by the French when they occupied Laos. Apparently if […]

Small but perfectly formed Ethnology museum

Small but perfectly formed Ethnology museum

The Traditional Crafts and Ethnology Centre in Luang Prabang is a very well laid out small museum with examples of traditional dress,  and household objects for different people groups within Laos. The information is clear and presented well. This kind of place is a little […]

An afternoon of weaving

An afternoon of weaving

Workshop number two was weaving using the traditional looms that Ock Pop Tok have in abundance. At the end of the morning dying session we chose two colours and left the thread with one of the weavers so they could get us started while we […]

Playing with turmeric and indigo

Playing with turmeric and indigo

So straight on with another post while I have wifi and half an hour to write. I think I’m going to be a bit off grid for a couple of days so I’ll strike while the irons hot as it were. I was so impressed […]

Ock pop Tok – The living crafts centre

Ock pop Tok – The living crafts centre

The Ock Pop Tok centre is a place set up by an English photographer and a Laos weaver about seventeen years ago. Ock Pop Tok means ‘east meets west’ which is a good way to describe the feel of this place and the coming together […]