About meHi. I'm Natalie, a freelance writer and amateur artist from England. Join me for a vicarious journey of travel stories, sketches, photos and inspiration that scratch under the surface of countries and cultures, throwing you into the deep end of travel.
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Category Archives: solo female travel Laos
Settled snugly between three of the most hectic, fast-paced countries in South East Asia, Laos offers a relaxing break from its boisterous neighbours Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. When I first arrived in Laos, crossing over the border from Cambodia, it was clear to me immediately that I was going to love this country. The crowded Cambodian border, complete with hecklers and more litter than a landfill site, contrasted greatly to the dense jungle and sleepy, rural villages on the Laos side of the border. A small van drove me and an Italian couple to Dondet, an island in the Mekong river, less than an hour away from the border. I vividly remember seeing more hues of green than I have ever set eyes on in that short drive, as yet unspoiled by tourism, Laos is still hugely populated by jungle. I was also told by the driver that the road … read more
Once just a remote town on the intersection of Laos’s capital Vietienne, and world heritage city Luang Prabang, recent years have seen a rapid economic growth in the little town of Vang Vieng. Fresh on the lips of the mosquito-bitten travellers of the South East Asia trail, Vang Vieng has a reputation which certainly exceeds its size, and quite rightly. This rural town is centred around the picturesque Nam Song River, and is surrounded by breathtaking limestone karsts with many caves to be explored for the intrepid traveller, although for most visitors, this scenery is just an added bonus, as thousands of tourists flock to Vang Vieng each year for one reason only: tubing. read more