The insiders guide to Luang Prabang, Laos with Cindy Fan

The Australian | Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Luang Prabang Mekong

By Cindy Fan

GO: Set on a peninsula at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, Luang Prabang boasts glittering temples, a bygone blend of Lao and French colonial architecture and a gentle, sleepy disposition. Cloistered amid the mountains of northern Laos, for years it was off the radar. But with foreign interest in its natural resources and improved air services, the outside world is encroaching. See it before it changes;

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Roads & Kingdoms | Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Bun bo in Vietnam

Bun bo in Vietnam

In Vietnam, the police are universally reviled. Get stopped on the road by a cop and you’ll be losing a lot of money that day. The police are to be avoided, tiptoed around, and if you’re unlucky and are pulled over, you definitely don’t draw their ire because that “fine” could always be much worse.

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Laos: Nam Nern Night Safari helps tigers back from the brink

The Australian | Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Nam Nern Laos

A community-based initiative in Laos aims to save tigers

By Cindy Fan

The jungle is not my friend. There is no logical explanation why, in a group of many, I will be the only one treated as a blood buffet by mosquitoes, leeches and the rest of Mother Nature’s posse of vampires. Yet here I am, deep in the remote jungle of Laos’s Houaphanh Province, on a safari looking for carnivores, and I’m excited as heck. Read on…