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Jul 28, 2006 - Chiang Khong (Thailand) - Luang Prabang (Laos) (Slow Boat - Day 1) - HAPPY BIRTHDAY GORDON!!!

We were up early as today we were travelling out of Thailand and into Laos. The only way to do that in the north is by boat on the Mekong River, and the river acts as the border between Thailand and Laos. A pick-up truck took us from the hostel to the border, and it was raining when we left. A taxi boat then took up across the river to the Laos side, where we then sorted our visa's out. That took a little while so we exchanged some currency and sat around for a bit. The Laos Kip is practically worthless so it meant having a huge wodge of...

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Jul 18, 2006 - Along the Mekong - Thailand to Laos.

We bid farewell to Chiang Mai on the 18th July and set off on a long and eventful 3 day journey to Luang Prabang in Loas. The first day we travelled by rickety minibus to Chiang Khong on the Thai border and after that our mode of transport was a slow boat along the mighty Mekong River. We spent the first night in a guesthouse in Chiang Khong and set off early the next morning to cross the border. We were delighted to learn that the transfer included a complementary "lunchbox" but a few hours later on the boat we discovered that it was not...

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Jun 4, 2006 - Chiang Kong - cross to Laos

Sunday 4 June In Chiang Khiong tonight after going to the Opium Exhibition. It is the best display of any kind that I have ever seen. Extremely well done and worth the hassle to get there to see it. I will cross to Laos tomorrow morning and get a slow boat down the mighty Mekong river to Luang Prabang. It takes two days and I have been told it is a great journey. I am in a nice Guest house and believe it or not there is a bathmat and hooks in the bathroom, which are horns of some sort. So there you go - yesterday I complained about no bath...

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Karen's Trip 2006

May 19, 2006 - Pak Beng

Remember the film "The Beach"? And the extremely grotty guest house where Leonardo met the French couple?? Well, I spoke too soon and was just saying how pleased I was to have escaped even slightly bad accommodation in Thailand...and then I arrived in Lao. First night there and was dropped off the slow-boat, which takes 2 days, in a town called Paq Beng. Now the only reason you would visit here is because there is no other choice on the slow boat, and they know this! As a consequence the prices are much to high for what you get and the...

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May 1, 2006 - Huay Xai, Laos -Boat trip to Pak Beng

Finally got to leave Thailand after one day of bad weather holding us up, then me getting a wee bit unwell (Nancy) This was our most interesting border crossing, we had to board a boat for a two minute trip across the Mekong river to the Laos immigration, all went very smoothly and you get your 15 day visa at the crossing. The only problem we had was getting talked into booking our guest house at Pak Beng for that nights accommodation in Huay Xai, firstly he added on a big wack of commission then made us pay in Laos kip which took some of...

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Apr 6, 2006 - Pak Ben

In the moring we were taken over the river in a small boat to Huay Xai.We then joined a bigger boat that would be our transport for the next two days. Things are now running on the less stressed Laos time. Laos people never rush. We left at about 11am and arrived in Pak Beng at about 6pm. Along the way, we observed life on the Mekong. There is seldom a place on the river that does not show everyday life - fishing nets, people fishing off small boats, children swimming, people bathing in the evening. We could glimpse the villages along the...

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Apr 2, 2006 - Crossing into Laos, boat along Mekong River

This morning we crossed the border into Laos about 8am. The Mekong River at this point is no-mans land so you get a boat across to Laos and then go through immigration! Very strange. We spent 2 days on a boat travelling down the Mekong River. The scenery in Laos was just as I inagined, very green and lots of mountains - beautiful. We passed lots of riverside villages too which was great to see. we also stopped and had a walk around a village. Its such an eye-opener to see. Most of the houses walls are made from woven rattan and the roofs...

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Mar 31, 2006 - Pak Beng to Luang Prabang

Today's boat journey went without incident. It was much longer, but that gave me enough time to finish two books! We finally got into Luang Prabang at about 7pm and were surrounded by touts trying to get us to stay in their guesthouses. We found one we liked the look of eventually, then went and had some dinner and had an early night.

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Mar 24, 2006 - Finally on the Mekong again!

...and finally back in Laos! You'll remember that from the overall impression, Laos was my favorite country on this trip - a love that went so far as to scrap Vietnam off my itinerary in order to have time to visit this fabolous, gentle country again (and to show it to Mirjam). So that's why we, after a some beautiful days in Chiang Mai, took a bus directly to the Mekong, the natural border between Thailand and Laos, also anachronistically called "The Gateway to Indochina". I admit, that I foremost wanted to cross it imediately, so I could...

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Axel in Asia

Feb 25, 2006 - Second Mekong cruise - Pak Ou Caves

For once, we were up early enough to see the monks file by the 3 Nagas on their begging round. Their wat was just down the street from the 3 Nagas. We left Luang Prabang early on a foggy morning, saying goodbye to Vieng. From here we made our way to the Thai border on a two-day river cruise. The boat operated by the same company as our cruise in the south, was actually a converted barge, and it was smaller without cabins and fewer amenities. We left promptly at 7:15, while they served coffee, croissants and baguettes for breakfast. By the...

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Laos 2006

Feb 16, 2006 - Day 5 - Crossing in to Laos. Day 1 of our boat trip

Ooh bit of an early start this morning. We were at the Thai border post by 8am, before getting on a rather small boat and crossing over into Laos. We have a new guide too, Ai. Once we were through the Laos border, we were taken further down the river to our boat, which is to be our home for the next 2 days. Jarrod said that it was a public boat so that it could have other people on it too, but it ended up being just us which was pretty nice. Apart from a quick stop to register our boat and to stock up on Beer Laos we were on the boat all...

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Jane`s World Trip

Feb 13, 2006 - Huay Xai LAOS

The day it nearly ended!!! We got up early to head to the border crossing where we had our pasport stamped and jumped in a ferry boat to take us across to Laos. Once there we sorted out our visas and come up with the in genius idea that a speedboat would be our best method of transport. We lived to rue this decision one minute into our three hour journey. Hurtling, towards rocks and rapids at breakneck speed in something resembling a knackered canoe was no fun. Three hours later (solids removed from our undergarments!!)we arrived at Pakbeng...

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