Luang Prabang, Laos: Seeing waterfalls, dirt roads, and a hospital (?!) beyond town limits

A waterfall gem amidst dusty roadsThere are a few waterfalls to see around LPB, depending on the season of your visit. Since we were there during the dry season, we were able to see Kuangsi's beauty. (I read someone's experience of seeing Kuangsi during rainy season--not nearly as charming, to say the least). The journey …

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Luang Prabang, Laos: Laid back morning town of almsgiving, markets, hills and rivers

None of our photos of Laos do it justice. From up in the air, moments before our plane landed, Laos looked like a movie set for Jurassic Park or the Lost World. The mountain ranges and valleys were so plentiful and voluptuous, it was unreal. "We need to hike those mountains!" I told Max, excitedly. …

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Gili Islands, Indonesia: Time-warped white-sand beaches

Time-warped white sand beach We've been loosely reading some travel guidebooks, and one recommended we take a boat to the Gili Islands, two hours off Bali. The book boasted of white sand beaches and serenity, and who wouldn't want that? We made arrangements to get there by fast boat, which would take 2 hours. (I …

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