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Mar 12, 2009 - Vientiane

What a little capital. With something like 500,000 people, it feels very much like a little town rather than the Countries hub. We got into town around noon yesterday and after a quick lunch I did all the site seeing I could handle (41*C is NOT comfortable to walk around in!!). I visited the Presidential Palace, a day market, looked at the Mekong Riverbed (because there is no water because it is so dry here- essentially you could walk across the river to thailand), and to this arc de triumf looking structure. It actually has a good story-...

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Jan 26, 2009 - Vientiane

Hi. We are now in the capital city of Loa, Vientiane. Yesterday we took a day long trip via kayak down the river from Viang Vien. We had a great time but thank God the water level was low as my kiaking skills are minimal. Our guides cooked us a great open fire lunch. The 4 hours of open truck bus ride was less enjoyable but all part of the experience. Heading to Hanoi this afternoon where we will be winding down what has been a wonderful vacation. See you all soon. Love Mel and Warren

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Our Asian Adventure

Jan 16, 2009 - Expired Visas Lead to the Road More Traveled

Hello Family and Friends, Back to Vientiene. We dropped off the bike. Retrieved our bicycles and hurried our asses to the Thailand border. Remember that our Visas are now expired and we are being fined daily? 24km outside of Vientiene and we were now in Nong Khiaw, Thailand. Another border. Another stamp in my passport. 10 years of, evidently, pretty extensive traveling and we realized that we only have a couple of spaces left in our passports for stamps. Good thing they expire soon. Nong Khaiw is a gritty little border town thriving with...

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Travelin' Light

Jan 5, 2009 - Motorin' - Vientiene to Vang Vieng

Hello All~ After leaving Vang Vieng, we made a beeline to Vientiene for the purpose of acquiring the ever elusive motorbike rental. While scooter rentals are a dime a dozen in these parts and tons of fun for day-tripping around an area, we needed an actual motorcycle to get us over into Northeastern Laos to see The Plain of Jars. In theory, we could have ridden our bikes there, but the 700+km to ride the loop to Phonsovan and back around to Nong Khiaw would have taken too long and our visas were running out. We attempted to rent a...

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Oct 17, 2008 - Vientiane

Friday After our interminably long day of driving our room for the night was very simple, very basic. This was the first time we questioned the cleanliness of our sheets and were subjected to a cold shower in the morning. Breakfast was al fresco, disappointing, but along a pretty river. A sun bear lay resting in a small cage, looking sad and depressed. We all wished to free it. Back into the bus for more travel. A short distance and we stopped at a beautiful wat, our first temple in Laos. Beautiful, ornate, peaceful. An amazing setting....

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May 12, 2008 - Vientanne

The bus trip to Vientanne was a bit of an adventure. We had booked a VIP coach for the 8 hour trip, this was to have air con, toilet and no pick ups on the way, ie direct express! The reality was somewhat different, as soon as we pulled out it was obvius that the air con didn't work. The bus drove along with the door open, luckily there were windows that could open. Next it stopped all along the way and picked up locals, and their bags of produce, so the conductor started piling rucksacks and produce along the aisles. The toilet was pretty...

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Apr 24, 2008 - Nam Lik (Eco village)

Heute stand ein Ausflug zum Zoo auf unserem Programm. Zum einen ist es der einzige Zoo in Laos, zum anderen kann man dort den einzigen weissen Elephanten sehen und sogar fuettern. Daneben gibt es natuerlich auch jede Menge andere Tiere, so dass sich der Abstecher echt gelohnt hat. Danach versuchten wir uns per Anhalter nach Na Nam durchzuschlagen, was eigentlich ganz nett an einem See liegt. Leider kannte niemand anderes diesen Ort oder den Weg dorthin, weshalb wir unsere Planung kurzfristig aendern mussten. So landeten wir schon einen Tag...

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Mar 22, 2008 - Vientiane, Laos

22 March Time to leave Nong Khai and Thailand. The check-out from Thailand went rather smooth, just one queue and then I was out. For entering Laos it was a little bit more complicated, I have to line up in four queues before I could enter Laos. The first queue was to receive arrival, departure cards and visa document. Then I had to fill in all these cards and then queue once again in same queue for having the visa and my passport processed. The most peculiar was the fee, we foreign people have to pay for exactly the same work. I don’t know...

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Mar 8, 2008 - Shaken, not stirred

This title was required after our overnight train trip from Bangkok to the Border of Laos. We boarded about 8:45pm and ended up in 2nd class with an upper and lower berth. They made our narrow beds and we settled in around 10:30. From then on we were constantly shaken-side to side- for the next 10 hours until we got off the train at 9:30 am. Several times Denny-on the upper bunk-had to grab the edge to keep from being thrown out of the bed!!! Shaken, but not stirred! Last night we spent in the cute little town of Nong Khai-on the Thai side...

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Mar 7, 2008 - Vientiane

The capital of Laos is an old city that is full of temples and pagodas. We weren't here long enough to see much of the country side. As we drove along the highway, it was common to see older children caring for younger one. Also, squat toilets were much more common than Western style toilets.

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Jan 9, 2008 - Chaing Mai

The last day in Chiang Mai (Jan 9) was a pretty full day - more temple trips. We did go to a temple on the top of a mountain in time to listen and watch the monks chanting as the sun went down. Quite beautiful. Dinner at a traditional Thai theater/dance place - built just for tourists was also quite beautiful - the traditional Thai food was on the spicy side but great. A photo of Thai women doing crafts in enclosed. Then it was on to the "night market", which is a collection of hundreds of vendor stalls selling everything any tourist would...

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Aug 24, 2007 - Vang Vieng...back to our college days!

That title may have scared the parents, but no worries....Graham and Phil are getting old and can't quite hang like we used to! This town is hilarious! It is literally filled with backpackers, bars, crepe stations, and episodes of FRIENDS on repeat. yesterday we decided to rent bicycles and explore a bit....I had read about this Organic farm here where of course, they grow organic foods, but it's also a volunteer program where you can stay a while and help teach english to the local Children. We rode our bikes there and found we could sit...

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