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Feb 17, 2019 - Vientiane- capital of Laos

A much cooler day today with rain overnight. At 7am we went to the river and enjoyed a long tail boat ride for about a half hour on the Nam Song River. Lovely scenery, lots of activity on the river. After breakfast of Shaksuska and a visit to the morning food market - ( rats, squirrels, frogs, insects, buffalo blood anyone? ) we drove 130kms along a dreadful road to Vientiane, Laos’ capital with less than 1million population. It took about 4 hours. More evidence of the Chinese built railway which will be the first railway in Laos. So our...

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Mar 2, 2018 - Luang Prabang and Vientaine, Laos

We actually got to stay in Luang Prabang for 4 nights which has been the longest since we started out on our trip--and it was a good place for this extended stay. As we've mentioned in a previous post, this little town is so quaint with lots of historical structures, restaurants, shops and natural beauty. Yesterday, we cruised for about 2 hours along the Mekong River up to see the Pak Ou caves. This time we were in a much smaller river boat which contains the "home" of the owners in the back of the boat. We learned that although there is...

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Feb 21, 2017 - A quick unplanned stop in Vientiane

The next couple of days were – quite frankly, pretty lazy! Arriving into Vientiane at about 5am I said goodbye to Emma who was meeting Anja at the bus station to continue their journey up to Vang Viene. The Swedish guy however was staying in Vientiane so – thinking I’d seen the last of him when getting on the bus the night before – I ended up sharing a tuk tuk with him into the city. I realised his quiet time however is obviously in the morning as he evidently isn’t a morning person! So I chatted away merrily which I’m sure was somewhat...

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Mar 9, 2016 - The Queen's Palace & Jim Thompson House

Prepping for the next journey BUT today heading to some Bangkok textile sites! Queen Sirikit Museum http://www.qsmtthailand.org/exhibitions_sub/12/ The Jim Thompson House http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com/life/index.asp we just don't know yet and dinner tonight with our travel companions and trip leader Wendy Garrity https://textiletrails.wordpress.com/about/ We head to Bhutan tomorrow, for more details bump over to that travel journal http://www.mytripjournal.com/LaosBhutan2016

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Mar 5, 2016 - Phaeng Mai & Vientiane Weaving

We spend March 5, 6, 7 exploring Lao weaving at Phaeng Mai and explore other museums/locations in the evening. http://www.silk-phaengmai.laopdr.com/next.htm Friday, saturday & Sunday were dedicated to weaving classes at Phaeng Mai Gallery. -Bettes set up her loom for discontinuos brocade inlay. -Kay set up her loom for supplementary warp. -My loom was set up for Tai Lu leno. After a full day Saturday at the looms we took a break Sunday afternoon. Those Lao looms do take bending and finagling to get in and out off & take a toll on Anglo...

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Mar 4, 2016 - From Bangkok to Vientiane, Laos

We move on thru jet lag to Vientiane, Laos.....we arrived in the early afternoon. To keep ourselves awake we went to the Lao Textile Museum to see the teaching arm of Kanchana, a silk gallery. We found a sleepy museum owned and maintained by the Sisane family. The younger daughter of the house walked us thru the looms underneath the main pavilion. We saw 1. the pattern storage for continuos warp, more info later 2. the set up for discontinous weft brocade, pattern pick up suspended over the warp for pattern rotation 3. and the...

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Mar 1, 2016 - Vientiane, the quietly French capital of Laos

We couldn't really figure out a sensible way to travel overland from Hanoi to Laos. Other travellers coming from Sapa in the northwest told us that the cold, drizzly weather limited visibility to the point that it was not worth the trip up into the mountains there. Lonely Planet and the internet did not offer much help; all of the border crossings sounded like a struggle. So Fran and I just decided to maximize our time and minimize lousy bus rides by flying from Hanoi to Vientiane. What a great decision! If we had gone over the border we...

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Feb 26, 2016 - Ventiane, Laos

We were awake early so decided to go up at 6am to watch the Buddhist Monks on their early morning procession collecting alms. It has become a tourist feature here in Luang Prabang with lines of little seats set out along the route that the Monks take from the Temple. Stalls with offerings of various food gifts such as sticky rice sell them to the tourists so that they can put them in the alms bowls that the monks carry. It all seemed very tacky in practice & more of a feeding frenzy of camera toting Chinese & Japanese snapping & flashing...

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Feb 23, 2016 - Vientiane

Had pretty much seen all of Vientiane by this stage but I walked up and down the length of Avenue Lanexang (Champs Elysee) to the Patouxay Monument and back to the Presidential Palace, Further east to the statue of King Srisavang, all the way along the riverfront, before heading back to the hotel. Already hot, so time to relax by the pool before an afternoon Lao massage.

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Feb 22, 2016 - Vientiane

The tour officially finished after breakfast, but those of us who were staying on longer shared a car out to the Buddha Park. It was a small park overcrowded with statues, most of which were weird and not at all what I had expected. We had lunch and generally had a relaxing day, now that we had lost the annoying person in the group to an early morning flight. I walked 50m up the road, accompanied by a couple of members of my tour group to my new hotel. They were also happy to be given the welcome ice cream! Couldn't be bothered to do...

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Feb 21, 2016 - Vientiane

In the morning we had a guided tour of Vientiane with a local guide. We walked to the river, which forms the border with Thailand. The statue of the last King of Laos (Chao Anouvong)) looks across the river towards Thailand. We saw the Presidential Palace and the temple, Ho Pra Keo. Visited Wat Sisaket, the only temple in Laos to survive the war. We caught a minibus out to the Golden Stupa (quite impressive)and the to the Patouxay Monument where we climbed the 7 floors to the top. The Patouxay Monument is clearly a copy of the Arc de...

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Feb 20, 2016 - Phonsavan to Vientiane

We declined the morning market to spend more time at the Plain of Jars. We went to Site 1 . only (disappointing not to go to the other 2 sites which are open to the public. The Plain of Jars is estimated to be about 3000 years old, from the time of the Khmers. No one is entirely sure of its purpose, but the plain is covered with hundreds of sandstone jars of differing sizes. It is thought that they could be burial jars, used for storage of rice whiskey or used to distil the dead. They definitely seem to be laid out with some sort of order....

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