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Feb 5, 2006 - Pak Beng to Oudom Xai

We set off early on Sunday 5th, after a fabulous breakfast comprising local fruits, eggs and banana pancakes, and headed for the border. We got on a tiny boat and crossed the Mekong river into Laos and completed boarder crossing formalities. Ferried in toot toot's to the main port, we boarded a beautiful long boat and travelled for 7 hours down the Mekong to Pakbeng. Upon walking down the main street of Pakbeng (comprising of a dirt road with crudely built shopfronts), Mariam and I were dragged into a local bar where the Laos locals were...

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Jan 18, 2006 - Slow boat down the Mekong

Day One (or, The Horror, The Horror): The 2-day boat trip chugging down the mighty Mekong River on a wooden cargo boat is one of Asia's grand adventures. At least it used to be (and still can be if you are smart about it). Now, I knew in advance that this trip from HouayXai to Luang Phabang in Laos had become so popular that the cargo boats were more often replaced with boats outfittd with seats for the tourists (guilty as charged, I guess- though really, it isn't ME it is all of THEM!). And it was high-season. I'd read they often cram 80...

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Jan 12, 2006 - Down the Mekong in Laos to Luang Prabang

unlike getting a visa for Myanmar, getting to laos was easy enough : a quick chat at emigration at the border, a 3 min speedboat ride over the Mekong, and a quick chat to get our visa. The first couple of days were dedicated to slowly reaching Luang Prabang using the only "road" : the Mekong that is. And unlike the "apocalypse now" chaps in their warboat, our 2 days were fairly uneventfull; just hours on a slowboat, slowly descending the Mekong, with a 1USD/night stay to break it off. We will have plenty more occasions to sample the...

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Dec 12, 2005 - Hongsa

12 December - To Hongsa I had decided to leave Luang Prabang today, reluctantly because I really like it but will probably return. I got up early, although still feeling a bit queazy and wondered whether to leave tomorrow instead. I went to the Scandinavian Bakery and was revived with a pot of tea, a croissant and got a cheese and cucumber bagel for lunch. I walked to the boat landing for the boat due to leave at 0830 for Pakbeng, though I was getting off just before at a place called Tha Suang. The boat left at 0850 with mainly westerners...

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Dec 1, 2005 - Huay Xai (Laos)

01 December An Intrepid group was staying at my guesthouse (Reuan Thai Sophaphan) which was an enormous place, with 30 rooms on several levels, wooden floors filled with the lady owner's lifetime's collections and photographs, really interesting and overlooking the river. I got chatting to a couple of them and their leader said I could put my bag on their minibus to be taken to the ferry, which was a 10 minute walk. They were then taking the slow boat to Luang Prabang which is what most of the tourists do and takes 2 days with an overnight...

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Nov 26, 2005 - Evening fair in Oudomxai

Just a short entry, as I will not have any internet in the coming 10 days or so... Today, we had a very pleasant busride Eastwards to the 'city' (it's a provincial capital, however not bigger than a large village) of Oudomxai... Not really much to do here, however, after an oppulent diner, we stumbled across this night fair, where heaps of games could be played, to win glasses of sweets or bottles of soysauce... Unfortunately, I didn't succeed in winning a Beer Lao by throwing this plastic bowl over it - however, Bel was of different...

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Axel in Asia

Nov 12, 2005 - Pakbeng- River Trip Down the Mekong

The two-day river trip down the Mekong was eventful. The first day was rather enjoyable, as we met a lot of people and the view was scenic. The boat was large and quite comfortable. After about 5 hours of reading, talking and taking in the sights, a group of us formed together (Becky from Australia, Mike from Canada, Matt from England, Stephan from Germany, Nate and myself). Our slow-boat stopped in Pakbeng for the evening and the 6 of us found 3 rooms for 40 baht ($1 US) per person, for the night. We settled in only to realize that Pakbeng...

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Sep 4, 2005 - To Hongsa via the mighty Mekong

Wanting to explore a bit of Northern Laos before heading south towards Cambodia, we decided to take a little side trip from Luang Prabang and catch the slow boat up the Mekong to a little village called Hongsa. This slowboat is used frequently by travelers who are taking the river all they way to the border of Thailand, where many along the backpacker trail head to ChaingMai from there. There were many foreigners, then, on the boat, but we quickly realized that we were most likely the only two who would deboard 8 hours up river in Tha Suang...

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Aug 6, 2005 - EL RIU MEKONG

Aquest riu no podia neixer en un altre lloc que a les muntanyes del Nepal, i ens dona la sensacio, que ell es particip voluntari de la propagacio de les ensenyances budistes. Tocat per varis paisos, com la Xina, Birmania, TAilandia, Laos, Cambodia o Vietnam, quan el coneixes, tens l'estranya sensacio de dubtar si el Mekong t'esperava, o si eres tu qui l'estava esperant. En el nostre viatge de 2 dies pel Mekong, ens ha donat temps a observar-lo. Hem vist com les muntanyes, d'aspecte verge i salvatge, s'obrien al pas del rei Mekong (com...

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Jul 12, 2005 - Pak Beng Village

(click 'show all 6' to display all photos and double click photo to see a bigger version) Day one of the two day boat trip from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang and the social connections continued. I met lots of people on a very crowded (with people, dogs and bears) small boat with hard and small (Laos people are smaller that Falang/Westerners) wooden seats. However uncomfortable, it was a beautiful trip - there is something grand and strong about the Mekong. Arriving in Pak Beng Village to rain and mud we worked our way up to the guest house we...

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simon goes global

Jun 22, 2005 - Laos - Slow boat to Pak Beng

Woke ready for the next step of the old trip heading into Laos, the fifth country on the tour. Originally wasn't planning to go to Laos but I have heard so much good stuff from fellow travellers that I thought I might as well pop over while im in the area. So headed off with the Kierons and the brits to the Laos border which you have to get a longtail boat over the Me Kong to, so good start to Laos. Got through immigration then changed up some Baht into the some Laos Kip, oh my god, I changed about 3000 baht which is about 40 quids worth,...

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Apr 11, 2005 - Pakbeng, Laos

Our first look at the slowboats was a bit of a shock- long, crammed with hard wooden upright seats, and when we got on to ours it filled with about 100 people and luggage. 6 hours (about 50 kms)downriver through wonderful jungle covered hills, cliffs, with several stops at villages to pickup rice, people, or drop off motorbikes and foodstuffs. We finally arrived as the sun was setting at Pak Beng, and made our way to our gusthouse for the night (cost 250 baht- NZD10). When we were eating breakfast the next morning five monks came silently...

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