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Biking the Slow Road from China to Laos – Part 5/5

With additional writing by Will Stauffer-Norris  In five or ten years, we will come back to this place and zip from Kunming to Luang Prabang in mere hours on the new train. Maybe we will take a houseboat out for a spin on one of the Nam Ou dam reservoirs, or a zip line from peak…

Biking Along a Soon-to-Be-Dammed River in Laos – Part 4/5

With additional writing by Will Stauffer-Norris  Running the length of remote northern Laos’ Phongsali Province, the Nam Ou River is one of the Mekong’s largest tributaries. But the river that provides vital dietary protein and transport to people throughout this largely roadless watershed is about to be transformed. The Lao government has contracted a Chinese company…

Pedaling Along Power Lines in Northern Laos – Part 3/5

What would Daohu think? This question stuck with us through the days and weeks after meeting such an ambitious and inquisitive Hmong youth, at 3,600 feet, on the side of a mountain. We were seated in miniature plastic chairs, eating cucumber, the only alternative to the ubiquitous processed Chinese snacks sold in rural roadside shops…

Biking on Laos’ Future High Speed Rail Route – Part 2/5

With additional writing by Will Stauffer-Norris Following the proposed route of a high-speed rail—by bicycle, in the uplands of Southeast Asia—proves to be a challenging prospect. But our trek is necessary to truly understand how the massive new railroad would change the region’s cultural and physical landscape—its friction of terrain. We gawk at the landscape,…

Biking the Course of Southeast Asia’s Future High-Speed Railway – Part 1/5

It was 7:30 in the morning, and we were already blanketed with a thin film of fine red dust. Any relief the high-altitude provincial capital of Phongsali had given us from the mid-May heat was long gone. Our jet-black bicycles, gear piled atop them, were orange and silty as we rolled up, unexpectedly, to the…

Expedition Mekong: Kayakers Help Scientists Save Fish, Big and Small

 Text and photographs by Kyle Dickman.I'm at Khone Falls on the Mekong River in Laos with filmmaker-kayaker Trip Jennings (above, center) and Zeb Hogan (below), the host of the National Geographic Channel's Monster Fish show and an expert on the region's fishes.   We're trying to figure out how a proposed dam at the falls, one of the…

Best New Trips in the World: Exploring Laos’s Northern Hill Country

For our annual Adventure Travel issue, we scoured the globe to find the 25 Best New Trips in the World for 2010, complete with a Best Trips photo gallery. Today, we present Laos. The world's far corners are now well within reach. Laos: An Off-Limits Jungle Traveling in Laos has always meant either a quick…

Real Budget Travel: Top 10 Do-It-On-Your-Own Countries

Beyond Green Travel is a blog written by Global Travel Editor Costas Christ The travel media seems filled these days with articles about the economic crisis and "tips" on how to take a budget holiday, usually mentioning some tour company that is offering a great 50 percent discount. Well, here is a budget travel tip that…