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Sep 17, 2007 - A Miserable Bastard in Paradise

17th September We were picked up at the hotel for the bus station a few kms out of town. It was a decent bus; filled with westerners; but only natural air con from the open windows. There was little to say about the first part bus trip; other than the weather was nice and the country rolling, with occasional neat small towns and villages. That is the most notable thing about Laos. It is such a clean and tidy country. Even the Rough shacks of the poor farmers had a sense of pride in their houses. Rubbish is rarely seen; even in the cities...

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Sep 10, 2007 - Vang Vieng

It's almost 4:30pm, and we've arrived in Vang Vieng. Most of the day was spent in the van making the 7-hour drive from Louang Prabang. Sounds long, but it actually went by pretty fast. The scenery is incredible. For the entire ride, all we saw were beautiful mountains,and it's a rainy day, so much of the time we were above the clouds seeing the mountain tops peek through. We drove through one hilltribe village after another, waiting for cows, chickens, ducks, goats, and dogs to get out of the road. The road we took is only a year old, I...

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Southeast Asia 2007

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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Aug 16, 2007 - LAOS - Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng - most popular place for backpackers in Laos, because of tubing! It's a beautiful town high up in the mountains with a river running right through and the setting is just amazing. Everyone comes here to go tubing - basically floating down the river in a big rubber tyre, stopping off at all the makeshift bars along the way for lots of Beerlao, whiskey buckets and swinging off the ropeswings! Was so much fun, met loads of people and prob best day in Asia for me so far. The swings and jumps started off pretty tame but by the last...

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Travelling Amy

Jul 28, 2007 - Vang Vieng

reggel 9kor ebredtem, a kocsi vegeben fogmosas, 10re befutott a vonat Nong Khai-ba, a thaifoldi hatarhoz. itt leszalltunk es reggeliztunk egyet Johnsonnal (az Ngol fiu, Matt) ismerte ot az elozo utjarol). Johnson hihetetlen karakter es nagyon kedves. reggeli/ebed utan elvitt a helyi fenykepeszhez, kellett 2 kep a vizumhoz (vegul csak 1 kellett), majd kivitt minket kocsival a Friendship bridge-hoz, ami a hatar. azt mondta, hogy eselytelen ma eljutnom Luang Prabangba, mert csak reggel megy egy expressz busz (ezek legkondisok), es indul ugyan...

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Jun 24, 2007 - Vang Vieng

Hi guys we jumped on the minibus for the short 4hr journey down here and ended up breaking down!! Our short journey turned into 8hrs with a flat tyre and a burst radiator both at the same time! It was ok though the driver of another minibus came to our rescue and changed the tyre and fixed the hole in the radiator with a piece of bamboo!! Its amazing what you can do with bamboo! While we were waiting the ice cream scooter came past aswell, always a bonus!!! Plus we did travel through the most amazing scenery, so mountainous and green, so...

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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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May 22, 2007 - Volunteering in Vang Vieng, Laos

We spent 10 days in Vang Vieng on an organic farm doing some volunteer work. A man named Mr. Thi started the farm in the Phoudindaeng Village in 1996 and has seen enormous growth. The idea behind the farm was to teach the local villagers about sustainable and organic farming. All of the paid staff at the farm are people from the village and all the profits from the farm go towards community projects, such as the building of a library, a youth center, a school and the funds for the children to catch a bus to their regular school. There are...

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May 12, 2007 - Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng was incredible fun. Tubing is possible the best day of the entire trip. It was brilliant fun especially with the big group of people we were with. It costs 40,000kip which is about £2 to get a tube and taxi to higher up the river where you begin the floating! With a Beer Laos available at every point, the journey begins with a free shot of Laos Laos which is this crazy home-brewed alcoholic shot of about 90proof. All the way down the river is bars and tree swings which the little Laos people put a stick out to hook you in or you...

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