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Sep 19, 2008 - T'internet & trying to sort out Oz

We spent most of today on T'internet trying to find ANY hostel/hotel available in Sydney over Crimbo and New Year. What a nightmare!! EVERYWHERE is already booked up. We have found a couple of stinkers available but these are still like triple the normal price and it'll be hard to part with GBP50.00 a night to stay in a mixed dorm!!! After about 6 hours searching we had a beer and some chow in an Australian bar - secretly hoping we might find a nice Aussie to put us up over the yule tide period!! We did actually get chatting to a nice Irish...

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The A&E Adventure

Sep 18, 2008 - T'internet

Today we mainly spent ALL DAY updating the website and stuff. Oh of course we watched a couple of episodes of Friends for 'a break' but who wouldn't. It's gonna be hard when we leave this place man. It's gonna have to be Friends cold turkey I think. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm cold turkey.......... :)

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The A&E Adventure

Sep 16, 2008 - Sabaidee from Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is what you would call a backpacker heaven, at least for those backpackers that might be getting tired of travelling and long for home. Guesthouses are cheap, the biggest attraction is to rent an inner tube and float down the river (with stops at the many bars set up on the riverfront) and generally relax. In additon, the city is filled with restaurants selling all kinds of Western food and all playing episodes of Friends. Seriously, it's like no other tv show had existed in the history of television. While here I did do the...

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Sep 16, 2008 - TUBING!!!

Vang Vieng is most famous or infamous for tubing as we understand it. For anyone who has never heard of it before tubing is basically a pub crawl on a river in a rubber ring. So when in Vang Vieng....... We got a Tuk Tuk at about midday which took us about 3 miles up river to start the 'tubing'. We were out of our 'tubes' about 30 seconds later at the first bar!!! It was a bit cheesy with loud music and lots of booze but it was still good fun and everyone was in high spirits. I guess there were about 8 bars along the river but I think we...

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The A&E Adventure

Sep 15, 2008 - Meandered round Vang Vieng

We wandered up the road for breakfast this morning. I would say "into town" but it's a very small village. What we did notice straight away though was that it is 50/50 with travellers/locals and that every other shop is a bar/restaurant playing non-stop 'Friends'. It is really chilled out place and very friendly though. After breakfast we had a couple of cool ones and watched some Friends, then went across the road and had a couple more beers while watching non-stop 'Family Guy'!. Later that afternoon we went across the river on a little...

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The A&E Adventure

Jul 7, 2008 - Tubing - Vang Vieng

Hey Again, Well we got to Vang Vieng two days ago and have been having an amazing time since we got here. It was a funny sight when a large group of us arrived here on Friday. Eighteen of us got out of two broken down white vans clad with big backpacks and went searching in a pack from place to place to find a hotel/hostel that could fit our entire group. After 10 minutes of looking we actually found a new place (called Villa Vang Vieng) that had space for us all. It was a pretty nice place; very new and clean. Our first night here was...

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South East Asia Trip

Jun 3, 2008 - Tubing down the Nam Song

So we made it to the Lao National Tourist Office (it turns out Saturday was Int'l Children's Day). They gave us some nice brochures for filling out a survey, but they weren't able to answer any of our questions about Luang Namtha. "Go to the tourist office when you get there." We'll just have to wing it. We finished out June 1st with a few more Buddhist Wats and one more massage - Aubrey was broken in half by a girl that looked about fourteen years old. We also tried STINKY dorian fruit. Aubrey insisted on bringing it up to the hotel room,...

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Indochine Adventure

May 30, 2008 - Vang Vieng - Laos

So we had a big long blog today, and we do believe it was the best piece of writing ever... not only Pullitzer worthy but very likely Nobel Peace Prize worthy... Unfortunately the nice lady at the internet cafe shut down our computer instead of the one next to us losing the once in a lifetime entry to the power button. so instead if you read the NEXT entry we'll have a brief summary of prevous events and try to keep you, our faithful readers, up to date.

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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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May 8, 2008 - Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is a bit like marmite for most people, you love it or you hate it! Its the Khao san of Laos but instead of being a big city its a quiet little town set on the banks of the river. There are tons of reasons people arrive here, but peace and traquility in rural laos isn't one of them. Its party, party, party all the way. Most activities are centred around the river with tubing taking prime position. Its a pretty easy concept to master, you basically rent a large tractor tyre inner, go up river, get into your tube and float!...

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My Big Adventure

Apr 28, 2008 - Vang Vieng magic island

Vang Vieng with the magic island. The mountains and 20 caves are beautifull. Especially the great cave... Serious great,like a 15 storages high building. The over famous tubing is ok if you are wasted but for the rest it sucks and is boring. And the people in Vang Vieng are school kids and Lloret de Mar lovers,with with shirts and white sneakers. But ooooh oooh ooh the nature in Vang.

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Apr 26, 2008 - Vang Vieng (Karst-Massive)

Vang Vieng, die Stadt der unbegrenzten "Friends"-Folgen. In fast jeder Bar bzw. in jedem Restaurant haengen Jugendliche meist vor mehreren Fernsehern ab. Angeblich soll es dort auch jede Menge "Happy Maels" geben, von denen wir allerdings nichts mitbekommen haben. Jedenfalls haben wir den alterdurchschnitt stark erhoeht. Die Stadt ansich ist sehr klein und touristisch. Frueher war es wohl mal ein idylischer Ort. Heute ist es ein Durchgangsort fuer viele Touristen auf dem Weg nach Norden oder Sueden. Die Karst Massive in der naeheren...

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