Photo story: The Spirit house

This beautifully decorated miniature temple is the house of the spirits. You can find it outside or inside almost every home and business in Laos. People belief that they share their space with the spirits and ancestors and that it is best to keep them happy by making daily offerings of incense, food or flowersContinue reading “Photo story: The Spirit house”

Photo story: Beauty salons in Pakse

Hairdresser, beauty salon, barber shop…nine I counted along my street. And many more in town. They capture my attention. Doors are open all day long. While I ride on my bicycle, I look left and right and catch a glimpse. A glimpse of a colorful decoration. A smile of a friendly hairdresser when I askContinue reading “Photo story: Beauty salons in Pakse”

Weekend escape to Luang Prabang

After all those months in the South, it was time for me to head north and visit Luang Prabang, the most famous travel destination within Laos. How is it? How has tourism developed since my last visit in 2009? A few observations: Though Luang Prabang is definitely much more frequented by tourists than the South,Continue reading “Weekend escape to Luang Prabang”

ກາເຟ ລາວ – Lao Coffee

When talking about culinary experiences in Southern Laos, we can definitely not miss out to mention the Lao coffee and tea from the Bolaven Plateau. Since more than 100 years, the rich volcanic soils of the Bolaven provide an ideal climate for Arabica and Robusta coffee to grow. Though, Lao coffee is still relatively littleContinue reading “ກາເຟ ລາວ – Lao Coffee”

With all senses

The market experience not only hits your nostrils. Once you arrive in your kitchen with a basket full of fresh ingredients, the touch while washing and cutting, then the smell while cooking and finally the taste while eating will create your wholesome experience. The process of cooking is enjoyable and creative, it is trying outContinue reading “With all senses”

About the market and padaek

Going to the market is my (almost) daily routine – ok, kind of a routine, as it is every time a new experience – different smells, new herbs, other seasonal fruits or vegetables. It is about discovering with all the senses, continuously. The smell experience from my last Saturday’s market visit was shaped by aContinue reading “About the market and padaek”

About the papaya tree

Do you remember the papaya tree in front of my window? It is bearing the first fruits. And it is growing. Growing towards new heights, not far out of reach anymore. Soon I may harvest a fruity breakfast…in case the papayas are not grabbed before for the delicious and spicy papaya salad called “Dam MakContinue reading “About the papaya tree”

Relaxing days on Koh Mak, Thailand

Quiet days on an empty beach Discovering natural beach arts made by shells and corals Like little treasures along the beach   Rainy days in change with sunny days, blooming flowers everywhere Reading, chatting, eating and relaxing in a beautiful bungalow of the warmly run place called Big easy Walks into the sunset, how wonderful and pleasant thoseContinue reading “Relaxing days on Koh Mak, Thailand”