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The top five Asian dishes for tourists to try

The top five Asian dishes for tourists to try

Bite. Chew. Swallow. It is easier said than done. Particularly when faced with a deep fried tarantula the size of your hand or an embryonic egg, sevens weeks in the making. Travelling through Asia can challenge many of your attributes but none more acutely than your tastebuds and, perhaps, gag reflex. If you’re game, start chewing through this list and see where you end up.

Laos behind the headlines (sorry, it's not a Full Moon party on steroids)

Laos behind the headlines (sorry, it's not a Full Moon party on steroids)

Laos hit the headlines recently after three Australians died in the space of a month in the tourist towns of Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. But there is plenty more to say about this little landlocked country than these tragic reports suggested.

Zipping through the jungles of Laos

Zipping through the jungles of Laos

There are worse ways to spend Christmas then zip lining in the southern jungles of Laos. We began our journey in the small dusty village of Ban Nongluang, two hours drive from Pakse. Dust covered everything; our van, foliage, food stalls, cattle, sleepy domestic pets — everything. Brushing away the dust we headed on foot […]

Mountains worth crying over: Laos by motorbike

Mountains worth crying over: Laos by motorbike

My fellow volunteer buddies and I decided the best way to see Laos would be by motorbike. I'm not talking scooters, I'm talking off road monsters -- 250cc Honda XR beasts. Ten days of dirty, filthy riding through northern Laos.

The war against reclining

The war against reclining

After a horrific 10 hour bus trip in Laos with bandanna wearing Europeans who take up every inch of spare space, Kevin O'Faircheallaigh lets rip at those who put their seats back.

"Yep, it sucks": the failure of the guestbook

Do guestbooks actually have a point? It seems that South East Asia is obsessed with them, despite there being little logic or wisdom in the inane writings of others, writes Kevin O’Faircheallaigh.