In October 2017, The New York Times announced they were hiring a “writer at large” for an ambitious stint: to visit every single destination on their list of 52 places to travel in 2018, producing stories about each location and life on the road. Continue reading Essay: The journey so far and the most interesting place in the world
A mouthwatering look at khao poon, the noodle of Laos.
KON TUM, Vietnam— “Take a photo of this,” Huynh said as we sat in a simple wooden Mnam longhouse. “In 20 years, this way of life will be gone. Modern life is a tsunami.” Continue reading Ethnic minority villages in Kon Tum
I can’t quite believe I’m knee deep in s*** with Susan and having a blast. Susan seems indifferent – not that you’d expect much emotion from a water buffalo. She’s been teaching visitors to The Living Land Organic Farm in Luang Prabang how to plow rice fields for three years and today is just another day at the office. Continue reading The Living Land Organic Farm in Luang Prabang
In Laos, sticky rice is the main staple — but if sticky rice is the president of the Lao diet, then noodles are like its running mate. Fresh or dried, wide and flat or thin and round, morning, noon or night, noodles can be eaten as a meal in itself or as a side dish. Continue reading Noodles of northern Laos
When we inquired about touring the sites related to the Vietnam War, Mr Huynh paused, visibly perplexed.
“In my 15 years of doing this, no tourist has ever asked me to do a war tour. Only veterans or professors. Why do you want to do the tour?” Continue reading Kon Tum War Tour
When five-month old Kobe arrived at the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre, he was traumatised. His mother had been shot and killed by hunters. Kobe had been caught, noosed, bound tightly by all four legs, tied to a length of bamboo and carried through the jungle. Continue reading Free the Bears Laos
A photoessay of The Gibbon Experience in Laos, a once in a lifetime 3-day, 2-night zip lining adventure and environmental protection program in the Nam Kan National Protected Area. Continue reading The Gibbon Experience in Laos
Browse a menu in Luang Prabang, Laos and there’s a good chance you’ll see kaipen. The main ingredient of this delicious snack is almost unbelievable. Kaipen – also spelled khaiphaen or khai pene – is made from river weed harvested from the Mekong and other rivers in northern Laos. Continue reading Portraits of Northern Laos: Kaipen – Lao crispy river weed
Nam khao, Lao crispy rice salad, is a popular local dish eaten with your fingers and shared with family and friends. I’ve written all about nam khao in a previous post, and now here’s the recipe for this tasty eat. Continue reading Recipe for Nam Khao – Lao crispy rice salad