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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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Apr 21, 2008 - Vang Vieng

Tome una van a Vang Vieng, un pueblo para hacer deportes de aventura. El paisaje es impresionante, porque queda al lado de un rio y al fondo hay unas montanhas de caliza cubiertas de vegetacion y niebla que parecen que se van esfumando con la distancia. Hay una isla en medio del rio que solo tiene unos bares llenos de luces de colores y cabanhitas con hamacas. Venden los famosos 'buckets' con licor hecho en Laos (como el famoso 'lao lao') a 3x2, osea que salen a 13,000 kip ($1.50)! Lamentablemente todo tiene que cerrar a las 12. Lo mas...

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Apr 8, 2008 - Vang Vieng

The road to Vang Vieng.. Took a bus from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng with the gorgeous Dublin 3 and a few others from the slowboat...(we now have a facebook group!), from what I had read Vang Vieng is something of a rite of passage when doing South East Asia, its famous for the 'tubing' 'caving' and 'kayaking'...and none of which I had put on the top of my list of things to do on this trip, but as the gang was firmly established I couldn't leave now so decided to go and give it a go! Before the advertised activities of Vang Vieng we had to...

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Apr 3, 2008 - Vang Vieng

Greetings again from Laos... We made our way up to Vientiane (the capital of Laos) and spent a few days there taking in the sights. Tanya and I have decided that we must have seen over 1 million Buddha images by now in the form of carvings, statues, paintings or othwise by this time. And Vientiane was overloaded with them in all of the Wats (Temples). We kept heading north and chilled out for a few days on the riverside town of Vang Vieng. Vang Vieng holds everything a backpacker could require: cheap accommodation, beautiful scenery,...

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Apr 1, 2008 - Luang Prabang

Seems to have been a little system failure...I did add blurb along with photo's but seems to have been lost...shame as it was some of my best work! So here goes again... Arrived in Pak Beng around 6ish, the trek up the hill was torture so I was prepared to take the first guest house I found regardless of bed bugs..cold showers, whatever I just wanted to dump my bags, have a shower etc - but as luck would have it the first one I came to was lovely - all the essentials clean room, soft bed and was cheap to boot. Pak Beng is a really small...

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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 19, 2008 - waterfall day

Hi everyone! Yesterday Andrew and I went to a beautiful waterfall and went swimming. At the base there was a tiger and bear rescue sanctuary. Had a great day and in the evening we went out to our favorite spot to eat. They have the best tofu and veggies in coconut and peanut sauce. Had some two for one drinks and a hot toddy because I have a cold. I think its because of all the dust in the air around here. It's getting better. I have been trying to load photos for my site but the first time the computer was shocking me so I stopped loading...

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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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Mar 2, 2008 - Laos - Vang Vieng

We had mixed opinions about Vang Vieng. Mum hated it - said it was like a slightly older version of Schoolies Week. The rest of us didn't mind it, although you could see why people might hate it. The main street was dry & dusty and full of "restaurants" that had big TV screens at the front and rows of seats all lined up facing the TV & everyone just sat like zombies catching up on months of television. We're now up to date on all the latest Simpsons & Family guy episodes =) When people weren't watching TV, they seemed to be mostly drinking....

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Feb 26, 2008 - Traveled by bus to Vang Vieng, Laos

We have driven most of today through the most scenic countryside to date - very lush and mountainous with small villages everywhere.. The homes are 4 to 5 feet from the roadside so you see everything! Bathing at the well, all manners of carrying things - bushels of palm leaves on their backs, baskets or buckets supported on bands across their heads or 2 baskets supported on either end of a rod.. kids getting haircuts, kids playing and walking to school, boys weaving across the palm leaves to make roofing material, (roofs need to be replaced...

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Feb 22, 2008 - Vang Vieng, Laos

After 4 nights in Luang Prabang, we decided to head south for Vang Vieng. We had heard some decent thing about it and its main draw was to ride an innertube down the river that runs through town. Our drive there was also pretty scenic through the hills. It was about 5 hours long and slightly uncomfortable. We had booked seats in a minivan, being told it was comfortable and quick. We were picked up in a pickup truck and occupied two of the three seats behind the driver. Next to Lara was a Japanese guy who had no concept of sharing leg room...

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