All tagged Vientiane

Visiting the COPE Center in Vientiane, Laos

Laos, the most heavily bombed country in the history of the world, is still suffering after the Vietnam War. There are more unexploded ordinances (UXO) in Laos than there are people, and the poor infrastructure and rough terrain make it difficult to remove bombs. The COPE Center, an NGO in Vientiane, is a fascinating and heartbreaking museum that does a lot of work on UXO removal and providing prosthetic limbs to those who have been injured in explosions.

Three Visa Run Destinations from Bangkok

Any long-term expat in Thailand knows of the dreaded ninety-day "visa run". Every three months, depending on the visa classification, an expat must either report to the local government office to "check in", or leave the country and re-enter on a fresh visa. This can get tedious and dull, but it doesn't have to be. Make a weekend getaway out of your visa run and visit one of the three best visa run destinations that are cheap and easy to visit from Bangkok.

Laos: A Weekend in Vientiane: 7 Things to do in Laos' Capital

Not a lot of people visit Laos, the sleepy, landlocked Southeast Asian country just north of Thailand. The Lao People's Democratic Republic is one of the world's five remaining communist countries, and has a reputation of being the friendliest and most laid back; a joke amongst travelers is that "PDR" in its name doesn't stand for "People's Democratic Republic", but instead "Please Don't Rush".