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Located in the heart of the Indochinese Peninsula, the mountainous terrain and perilous winding roads of Laos make any bus journey into the clouds a trip to remember, writes Ryan van Velzer.
In the center of Hoi An’s Old City at the Chinese Fujian Assembly Hall, resides the image of the Holy Mother, a deity said to watch over the people of Hoi An, protecting sea merchants and fishermen.
Laos has a lot to offer the eager traveler: the untainted beauty of its mountains, its ancient temples, the hidden villages lost in time, the wild adventure of its treks. There are two other reasons to visit a country often forgotten in the midst – and mists — of Southeast Asia: humility and perspective.
Two hours outside the electric, neon rush of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the Mekong Delta: 40,000 sq km of rivers, streams and islands where the Den and Sau rivers (local names) meet the ocean. Half-day tours of the Mekong Delta take travelers through farmland, mangroves, and jungles that seem to have more in […]
To eat Laotian food, is to understand the country’s history. In turns savoury, sweet, sour, spicy (really spicy) and salty. Laotian people understand complementing flavours in a way that is unique, even by Southeast Asian standards.
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