Malaysia to South Korea



The moment the slow boat anchored at the Mekong River river bank, my perspective about Pakbeng was crushed completely. Pakbeng wasn’t how I imagined it would be. The village/downtown turned out to be a commercially active center. It has all the facilities that are needed by travelers. Most of the promoters for the hotels were teenagers and  children. They were well trained to communicate in English and some even speak French fluently. Later, I got to know that schools in Laos teach French as an additional language. Their soft skill in convincing travelers to pull them to their hotel was fruitful (can be seen in video at bottom).

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Hasan Indian Restaurant

My taste buds were ‘very sleepy’ for a long time without tasting any Massala and spicy food. The moment I saw Hasan Indian Restaurant banner in Pakbeng, my total physiological system started to reactivate. My cells in the body were jumping happily as though a missing child found its mother. The digestive enzymes in my body released lavishly and running happily into my blood streams. I got very ecstatic as I have not eaten Indian food for weeks. plus, Julien was very interested to taste Indian food as well.

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Hasan Indian Restaurant

Sincerely, the food in Hasan Indian Restaurant was delicious but less spicy for my taste buds. Hasan himself admitted that the taste of the food has been modified to meet the spice toleration limit of westerners and that is why it wasn’t spicy enough. Hasan, Indian Restaurant and my French friend Julien kept reminding me of the movie ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ where  Hassan Kadam, who is an Indian culinary novice that settles in a French village and decides to open an Indian eatery.

According to Hasan, Pakbeng bussiness activity is only from 6.30pm to 11pm until the travelers goes to bed and they have to wait for the next group of travelers that the boat brings the following day. On next day morning, Julien and I continued the journey by the same boat to Luang Prabang. Additional eight hours journey with uncomfortable seats……

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Part-4 will begins with super hilarious and very unusual video scene. Don’t miss



HI.....thank you so much for the time you have spent at I'm Suresh Narayanan, a traveler/trekker/blogger/vlogger. I'm  very passionate on solo travelling, especially overland travelling. So far I have traveled on the  Transsiberian Train Journey covering from Guangzhou, China to St Petersberg, Russia. In 2016, I crossed on Silk Road from Xian, China to Istanbul, Turkey covering China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan and Turkey. In 2017, I  have covered a rare route from Seremban, Malaysia to Seoul, Korea overland crossing, Thailand, Laos, China and South Korea. Annapurna Base Camp trekking (April 2018) turned to be my memorable and inspiring trekking ever I made. You can easily contact me via if you need any guidance. Suresh Narayanan say cheese...


May 1, 2017 at 10:41 am

Wow. This journey sounds fantastic and it is one I am looking at when I get to this part of the world. Loving the photos 🙂

May 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm

I loved Laos, but especially the Mekong. It’s such a good way to see the countryside away from the built up areas.

May 1, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Sounds like a really cool trip, i have just come back from North Korea and really want to see South Korea. This seems like it could be a perfect trip for me. Thanks for sharing

May 4, 2017 at 7:56 pm

This must be quite the fantastic journey! I traveled overland through much of Indonesia via local transportation. One thing I found was just how lovely the people are! Indian food in SEA is DELICIOUS! I’m looking forward to heading back to Malaysia this fall!

May 7, 2017 at 9:21 am

Absolutely stunning photography. You have really captured the essence of the place. Interestingly, I also fond that the food was quite mild for my taste. I’m looking forward to part 4!

May 7, 2017 at 9:23 am

Looks like this was a really cool trip! I had to chuckle about altering the spice factor for westerners. I must admit I’m a wimp when it comes to spice!

May 7, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Wow! That is a charming, pretty rural town. We love to stay in places like Pakbeng because the serenity makes us feel relaxed. Also, because it is a rural town, we can experience the “real” life and culture of the region, something that is often masked in ultramodern cities.

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