Retirement Travel: My Life of Fear
Sep29

Retirement Travel: My Life of Fear

I have recently had a number of people tell me that they think I am “brave” for living my retirement years as an adventure, traveling the world and drinking in life as fast as I can. They relay to me dangers that they have heard about on the news, happening in places that they have never been before and they tell me that I need to pay more attention, worry more about “things” and be more cautious. They tell me of the latest...

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Aerobics Classes on the Mekong River in Laos
Sep24

Aerobics Classes on the Mekong River in Laos

Sunset aerobics classes on promenade overlooking Mekong River are just one of the surprises we found on our adventure in Vientiane, Laos. At 4,000 kip (about 50 US cents) it was really quite a bargain. The students here were a good mix of locals, expats and travelers. Once considered a backwater, Vientiane is rapidly evolving into one of Asia’s most charming and laid back capital cities. You Might Also LikePhoto: View of San Cristobal...

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Party Time in Pakbeng, Laos
Sep22

Party Time in Pakbeng, Laos

All boats that cruise down the Mekong River in Northern Laos between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai seem to stop at the tiny town of Pakbeng, but we really didn’t know what to expect when we arrived. Travel guides and other travelers describe it everywhere from being a scruffy little place without much going on to charming and picturesque so after we got settled in our lovely bungalow at Luang Say Lodge, we decided to go on a little...

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Photos: Ancient Buddhist Tradition of Alms Giving
Sep19

Photos: Ancient Buddhist Tradition of Alms Giving

The giving of alms or almsgiving (offering food to monks) is a morning ritual in Theravada Buddhist countries especially Laos and Thailand. The first Buddhist monks were homeless sojourners who begged for all their food – their only possessions being an alms bowl (sometimes called a ‘begging bowl’ or in the Pali language a ‘patta’) and a robe. The giving and receiving of alms is not considered charity but a way to create a...

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Hotel Review: Luang Say Lodge
Sep17

Hotel Review: Luang Say Lodge

After a long day of cruising on the Mekong River in Laos with Luang Say Cruises we had the opportunity to overnight in style at the Lunag Say Lodge before beginning the next day’s cruise. What a pleasure! While on this retirement adventure I don’t always have the opportunity to stay in such comfort, particularly in places as remote as the river between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai, Laos. The Luang Say Lodge was a wonderful oasis in the...

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Cruising the Mekong River in Northern Laos (Day One)
Sep13

Cruising the Mekong River in Northern Laos (Day One)

There are generally three ways to travel on the Mekong River from Chiang Khong, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos: Fast Boat – Cheap and fast. So fast in fact that you are literally advised to wear a crash helmet in case you hit one of the thousands of rocks that crown just out of the water or hide slightly below the surface. It is a loud, uncomfortable, bone rattling and adrenaline inducing experience that gets you there in only six to...

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