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Jun 15, 2007 - Laos for a change of Pace

Cambodia to Laos is not the easiest crossing unless you do it by air in which case it takes about an hour-and-a-half and you step out into another pace of life. My first reactions to Laos were firstly "why were Canadians paying $42 for a Visa when even the Americans who bombed the living daylights out of the place only being charged $35." Then it was "Where is everybody". After Singapore and Cambodia, Laos appears to be almost deserted. Vientaine is famous for the slow pace of life but this is barely a crawl. Had an evening meal on the...

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Another Step

Jun 15, 2007 - Vientiane

Like everything else in Laos, Vientiane is situated along the Mekong river which forms the border with Thailand. Whilst it is the capital, with a population of just 400,000 people it is hardly a huge city compared with the likes of Bangkok and Hanoi. Just like the rest of Laos, the pace of life is slow and it feels more like a village than a capital. We had a look around as saw the Laotian equivilant of the Arc d'Triomphe which is beautifully sculpted out of concrete and some big gold temple thing that is the most important Buddhist site...

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Takeaway Tales

Jun 5, 2007 - Last day in Luang Prabang

Today, we are going for a walk up Phousi Hill - yes, a temple is at the top of some 330 steps but the view is spectacular. They say if you haven't done Phousi Hill then you haven't really been to Luang Prabang. We didn't do too much today - pack up our gear once again - eat, drink, catch up the website. Lucky Wayne decided to reconfirm our flights because our flight had been cancelled and our plane was leaving 1 1/2 hours earlier. We really enjoyed Luang Prabang - quiet, hardly any smell, very few locals hassling us and cheap - food also...

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Jun 3, 2007 - Laos

The moment we crossed the border in to Laos was wonderful, there were no pushy Tuk Tuk guys hounding us, we almost felt upset as they were so relaxed and laid back, allowing us time to think, a moment to yourselves even though they obviously want your custom and money. There were hundreds of forms to fill in at the border crossing into Lao as well as handing over the dollars. All I had on me at the time was a $100 note for both Sam and I's visa fee. The border security examined my note and said 'Sorry I can't accept this, the Bank of Lao...

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Apr 22, 2007 - Train to Nong Khai

Not much to say. 13 hour train ride from Bangkok to Nong Khai Near the Thai-Laos border) * Train carridge filled with odourless smoke. Entire train told to get off while the train disapeared and reapeared an hour later with a replacement carridge. Still don't know what that gas was but Tim is still alive!! * Tim wanted to say Thank god he had Anthony Keidis of the Red hot chilli peppers book Scar Tissue. He says it is awesome and recommends it heavily. All about how drugs influenced this lyrical genius's life! * Set by Mark Holden got Tim...

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Sep 13, 2005 - Vientiane Again

We come back to Vientiane to bridge our travels to the south and obtain our Cambodian Visa. While were at it, we decide to visit America over at the 'ol US Embassy. MJ is running out of pages in her passport and it supposedly takes a half hour to complete the process. We shack up at our previous guest house, Joe Guest House. Not 'Joe's Guest House', but Joe Guesthouse. It does have a better ring, we think. It will only be two nights and then we head to Pakse. Not unlike our time in Guatemala we have decided to not push it in Laos. There...

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Mar 9, 2005 - Leaving Luang Prabang

I can not figure out why everyone raves about Luang Prabang--I didn't care for it. Maybe it was the five dollar guest house with no workable shower-yes there were bautiful buildings but no more beuatiful than Veintiane, yes beautiful river--really worth seeing and interesting crops growing along the side, but to me it felt like Provincetown or Kery West or any other toursity place you have been to. Just two streets-easy to negotiate and figure your way around and some first class food--but Vientiane has that too-but for all the raving that...

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