Lo Manthang – an anxious arrival

Our arrival in Lo Manthang, after the long and grueling trip in the Manhindra Jeep, was accompanied with considerable anxiety. You see, shortly before...

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The Guns of Lo Manthang

“If you want to come somewhere really on the edge, why don’t you come to Upper Mustang with me?” said Raj – well something like...

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Mustang Gate: 3 hours in no man’s land

“Where are the photographs?” Even before I write this, I can hear you saying “If this encounter was such a big deal, where are the photographs?”...

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A Galic Breakfast in Luang Prabang

Excuse me for being a bit self indulgent here, but breakfast can either make or break a destination for me. I’ve eaten in some pretty nice places...

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Hajimi Robot Restaurant, Bangkok

The first thing you need to know about this place is it is new, and when I say new, I mean new.

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Ka Bin La Phom, Luang Prabang’s god of the sky

I am fascinated by cultural stories of non-western people and one fascinating story is the one in Luang Prabang, Laos about the four faced god, Ka Bin...

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The Prabang’s Big Day Out, Luang Prabang

  It’s difficult to express the significance¬† to the people of Luang Prabang and Laos of the Pra Bang. For Luang Prabang, this small gilded...

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A Bit of the Real Bali

We last visited Bali during the major Festive of Galungan and Kuningan (23 October to 2 November 2013) which is one of the biggest in the Balinese calendar...

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Incredible Balinese Cremation – the cremation of a Queen

In Ubud, all roads seem to lead passed the palace and in the street in front of the palace we spied an enormous purple bull and a very tall and elaborate...

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Pu Nyer & Nya Nyer – the Ancestors

The religion in Luang Prabang is Therevada Buddhism which also includes the spirits of the land and water, the Nagas, and also the tutelary gods of Luang...

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