Luang Prabang | Food

Predictably, we had some good food in Thailand, but we were also wowed by some excellent meals in Luang Prabang as well. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised given that it is a major regional tourist destination. And after checking out the fresh meat, fish and produce at the daily morning market, it’s easy to seeContinue reading “Luang Prabang | Food”

Luang Prabang | Mekong Riverview Hotel

In Luang Prabang we stayed at the Mekong Riverview Hotel, a lovely bed and breakfast on the outskirts of Luang Prabang town, where Kail stayed the first time he visited in 2011. Since then, the Mekong Riverview Hotel has expanded to include a second building and a riverfront restaurant.

Luang Prabang | Markets & Shopping

I enjoy shopping on trips, less because I want to buy stuff and more because I like exploring local markets (like Khan El Khalili Bazaar in Cairo and the Merliot Vegetable Market in San Salvador). Our R&R to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia was no exception — especially in Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang | Almsgiving

Our final morning in Luang Prabang, we woke before sunrise to watch Tak Bat, the morning alms round during which monks collect food from the local people. It is a centuries-old living Buddhist tradition that has become a major tourist attraction — and a somewhat controversial one.

Thailand, Laos & Cambodia | By the Numbers

Kail and I just returned from an R&R in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia — our third of five trips during our one-year assignment in Kabul. It was a fantastic trip and felt like a true break, I think partly because it was slightly longer than our previous trips (to Nepal and the Maldives) and becauseContinue reading “Thailand, Laos & Cambodia | By the Numbers”