Laos through the looking-glass: Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang, Laos, view of Nam Khan River

What did I expect, when I visited the former Kingdom of a Million Elephants, the hidden jewel of old Indochina? An alternate Vietnam, where elephant did indeed roam the streets? A “lesser” version of Thailand, without the trademark smiles and tourist services to match?

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Secret places and lost time, Cát Bà Island

Cát Bà island, a natural wonder and man-made dichotomy. Is it possible to still find secret places in such a rapidly developing space?

Hanoi, and the beauty in small things

Tran Quoc pagoda, Hanoi

Hanoi might genuinely be one of the few cities I've lived in where the sum of the parts is truly greater than the whole. Generally, Hanoi gets quite a bad press from a lot of western tourists; it's too polluted, the weather is temperamental and goes from one extreme to another, and most of all, the nightlife is incomparable to that of Saigon.

Rivers and mountains (are not the same thing). 山和水不一样的.

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