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Feb 10, 2012 - Stray gone wrong

Our Stray tour continued with another 6 hour drive. When we got there we went to a cave that during the Secret (Vietnam) war, over 300 villagers and the provincial governor lived in hiding for 6-7 years. It was surprisingly small and very fascinating to imagine that it had once housed and sheltered so many lives. We spent the night in very cosy bungalows overlooking the Mekong river and the surrounding countryside. The next morning the whole gang from Stray loaded into a little boat that would take us from Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang in 6...

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Feb 9, 2012 - Laos

The Laos part of my trip is quite packed with whole-day activities and I rarely have internet connection, so I'm going to tell about this as soon as I have more time and better connection. See ya ;) Vientiane: sleepiest capital in the world, exploring the city on my foldable race bike, arc de triophe, wonderful temples north of the center Vang Vieng: Tubing through caves, bathing with elephants, partying on the beach island without beaches in outdoor bars with hammocks :)

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Jan 24, 2012 - Visite de Vang Vieng

Allo tout le monde Aujourd'hui, nous avons loué deux vélos de montagne (tous neufs) et visité la région de Vang Vieng. On a parcouru environ 50 km (ce devait être 32) mais on s'est trompé à une fourche et rallongé notre circuit. En bout de ligne, la distance était OK et cette boucle nous a permis de vraiment apprécier la nature unique de ce coin du pays, ainsi que les multiples villages isolés qui s'éloignent de Vang Vieng et qui sont beaucoup plus sympathiques. La réaction des touts petits est sublimes (surtout ceux de 3-5 ans), ils...

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Jan 23, 2012 - Arrivée à Vang Vieng

On a repris le chemin du sud pour quelques jours et nous avons quitté Luang Prabang ce matin pour se retrouver à Vang Vieng en fin de journée aujourd'hui. D'abord, quelques derniers détails sur Luang Prabang et la journée d'hier. Très tôt en matinée (6h00AM), nous sommes allés voir le rituel de la quête matinale des moines, un rituel qui se déroule un peu partout en Asie mais qui est plus formalisé à Luang Prabang, où environ 200 moines descendent à partir de l'aude (monastère par monastère) la rue principale et recoivent dans leur grand...

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Jan 14, 2012 - Vang Vieng

The official travel numbers were to leave Vientiane at 10am and get to Vang Vieng at 2pm. Given that the distance between the two places was 175km, that seemed a little generous in saying we would be there by 2pm. Travel in these countries rarely reaches an average of 50kph and usually hovers at around 40 kilometres travelled per hour of actual pedal to the medal. We had booked travel on the VIP line through our hotel of stay in Vientiane. The brochures show nice shiny buses and happy travellers (slogan: "Smooth as silk".) Who am I to...

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South East Asia

Jan 8, 2012 - Vang Vieng

After Luang Prabang we went to Vang Vieng mainly to go tubing, if you don’t know what that is its basically you sitting in a rubber ring and float down the river and people throw a rope towards you and pull you in to their bars which are all along the river side. On the way we met a big group of Australians who were on holiday we ended up staying at the same guest house as them and tubing with them all, which was really good fun we went twice in three days and left. They were there about 7 days and I think probably went to the rivers bars...

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Jul 8, 2011 - Vang Vieng

Sorry for such a wait between posts everyone! We are in Vietnam now and the internet can be a bit tempermantal! So, after Vientianne we headed off to Vang Viang. Vang Vieng is clustered around a river and neslted between huge limestone karst hills. But the main reason backpackers seen to go is to float down the river in a rubber ring whilst drinking lots and lots of free shots!! Our first day in arriving we had a look around andf found a guesthouse for only 40'000kip a night (around 2 pounds!). We headed out for a look around but ended up...

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Jun 26, 2011 - Vang Vieng

We headed from Chiang Mai to vang vien on an over night bus. Left at 7pm and arrived at 2pm. LONG trip. No problems on the border crossing, just alot of waiting around for it to open and what not. Vang Vien is a huge party town with not much else to do. It had been raining for the last week almost non-stop, and well the town is on a river and is knows for its river bars. People get in inter tubes, and float from bar to bar to get buckets of different alcohols. Since it had rained so much, the town was flooded, the bars had been washed away,...

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My Travels

May 30, 2011 - Vang Vieng

The tuktuk driver arrived at 5.45. He was 15min early. He tried to make me hurry. He took me to the bus station where they told me that I had to get on a big bus! I told him that I booked a minibus. However there was no use arguing. I had to get on that bus! The busride was horrilbe. The seats were uncomfortable and loose and the streets where bumpy and winding up and down the mountain slopes. I was a bout to get seasick. I met a couple from england-canada on the bus. We decided to go to a hostel together. We arrived in Vang Vieng at 1pm....

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Fields of gold

Apr 27, 2011 - Caves and busrides

A much shorter (6 hr) bus ride took us to Vang Vieng, Laos. It seemed to be "the" backpacker place to go, so we thought it would be fun to check out and break up what would otherwise be another long busride. Travel in Laos is painstakingly slow. They only just finally (we were told) finished "paving" most of these major roads between the big cities. However, they were often little more than a lane wide and the paving job had already worn down and broken up in many places. A drive that would take maybe 3 hours cruising down I-5 in the US,...

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Noodles and Sunshine

Mar 20, 2011 - Stunning Views on the Bus to Vang Vieng

Today we took a stunning bus ride over the mountains in a white knuckle ride van trip. Recent heavy rains had caused small landslides and we still had to maneuver around the odd rock. However, most of the more serious rock and mud slides had been cleared and we made good time. We stopped at the top of the mountains and had lunch from what felt like the roof top of the world. Vang Vieng is famous for tubing which means riding on inner-tubes down the river, stopping at bars on the way. This seems a little too energetic in the afternoon sun so...

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Where's Jolly?

Mar 5, 2011 - Vang Vieng, Laos

Friday, March 4 Today was not a good day. I woke up around 4 am with “digestive issues” and between bathroom runs went online. There was a message to skype Stephanie immediately so I did. Turns out my issues were a blessing as we found out face to face with Stephanie rather than via face book that Mike's Dad died. What do we do? We're only a week into a 5 week trip. Do we go home? I figured out how to phone using skype and called Mike's mom. One of the first things she said was “keep on going. I don't want you to come home. I want to see...

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