The Underground River

The Underground River

Have you ever seen a river that flows underground? Probably not, since it’s underground and hidden, but there are several such underground rivers in the world and I got to visit the one in Philippines recently. Like normal rivers, the underground river starts inside the rocks of a mountain range, but instead of flowing above the ground, it flows underground through caves until it empties into the sea. The only way to enter the river is through a cave opening by the sea.

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Hpa-An

Hpa-An









The Most Beautiful Place You Never Heard Of

I’ve always felt that Myanmar is a photogenic country with lots of opportunities for fantastic photos, not to mention it’s rich culture and history. For most tourists, Yangon and the northern regions of Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake make the usual circuit of places to visit for a first time traveler to Myanmar. However, the country’s southern region is often left out by visitors.

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Cruising the Mighty Mekong

Cruising the Mighty Mekong








All aboard…

This will be my last post on my trip to Laos. It’s also fitting that this post is about the Mekong River. This mighty river is the lifeline of Laos, contributing to it’s agriculture, hydropower, travel and trade. Starting in the Tibetan plateau and running through 6 countries, the Mekong River empties into the South China Sea covering a distance of 4,350 km.

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The Gibbon Experience

The Gibbon Experience








Flying through the trees…

One of the reasons I came to Huay Xai was to join The Gibbon Experience. This is an eco-tourism adventure that is mainly popular with the backpacking crowd. But that doesn’t stop anyone from joining it if they are game enough. If your childhood dream was to live in a treehouse and swing through the trees like Tarzan, this would really be a dream come true.

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A Little Town on the Mekong

A Little Town on the Mekong









The view from the old French fort…

If you’ve been following my series of posts on Laos, I have traveled from Luang Prabang to the border town of Huay Xai in the northwest of Laos. You’d probably never heard of Huay Xai, but this small backwater town is rather significant as it serves as the main entry point from Thailand’s northern region into Laos, and at the same time is also one of the gateways into the Golden Triangle.

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