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Feb 22, 2016 - Chiang Khong

We checked out of the 'wrong' hotel & walked round the corner to the one we should have been in. We had to do this as the pickup for our river trip was going to be from this one. I went in & explained to the owner what had happened & offered to pay for the room that we hadn't used. Unfortunately he accepted my offer so I paid in full. Poor guy had waited up till midnight for us. As usual our scheduled pick up time came & went but eventually did turn up half an hour late. We squeezed into the minibus with several others & then collected a...

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South East Asia 2016

Feb 9, 2014 - Dias 28,29 y 30. Rio Mekong.

La manhana del dia 28 embarcamos en Luang Prabang. Con una nieblaa tan densa que no se veian ni 10 metros delante, zarpamos rumbo al norte. El Mekong esta lleno de piedras y ademas al ser la temporada de calor el rio esta muy bajo. Pues el capitan del barco, que se habra recorrido el rio no se cuantas miles de veces, consiguio darnos el susto del viaje. No llevabamos ni diez minutos de travesia cuando un ruido nos desperto a todos, el barco tumbo un poco hacia un lado y nos dejo a todos helados y mirandonos las caras asustados. Habiamos...

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Aventura Indochina

Jan 27, 2014 - Chiang Khong.

Monday, 27 January. To travel the 55 km from Chiang Saen to Chiang Khong became much more complicated than I could imagine. First a song-taew always wait until there are enough passengers, there is no timetable. The driver told us that he would take us about two third of way to Chiang Khong after that another song-taew should take us to Chiang Khong. After more than 2 hrs waiting, the driver finally decided to go. The road passed through an agro culture landscape, not so many rice paddies, more fruit and vegetables. The road was rather bad...

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Oct 18, 2013 - The long and winding road

The next day, we headed out of vang vieng, heading for Louang prabang. We'd been warned that this was quite a bumpy ride, but no one really expected it to be quite as bad as it actually was! Pretty much everyone on the bus was suffering from some form of travel sickness at some point, although fortunately, no one was reunited with their meals! The journey itself was incredibly beautiful, including a "happy house" (toilet) stop at the top of a hill with vistas from everywhere! However the stop for lunch was very very parky, with everyone...

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Fly on the Wall

Jan 14, 2013 - Last Night in Thailand

As Night fell the valley got misty and it was harder to see out the van. We arrived 7 pm to the Nam Khong Guest House in Chiang Khong. It was a 6 hour drive. The rooms were rustic with twin beds and wooden shutters in the windows. You walked out onto your screen porch to get to your washroom. We ate at a local restaurant. Since there was no beer there, we bought our beer at a nearby 7-11 and brought it into the restaurant. They don't mind you doing that. Our sleep was very good even though the mattresses were rock hard!

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Mar 11, 2012 - Il lungo viaggio verso Luang Prabang

Mentre scrivo mi trovo su una slowboat, discendendo lentamente il Mekong dopo essere partiti da Houayxai questa mattina, una volta passato il confine con il Laos. È già il secondo giorno di viaggio e ancora uno mi separa dalla meta, Luang Prabang. Ieri mattina mi è passato a prendere il minibus diretto a Chiang Khong, la città di confine in cui avremmo passato la notte, raggiunta nel pomeriggio dopo una sosta a Chiang Rai per visitare il White Temple, un tempio decisamente pazzo costruito da un artista occidentale convertito al buddismo....

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My Big Trip

Feb 27, 2011 - On the road

Sunday Feb. 27 After a skype chat with Stephanie and Jack we wandered around Chiang Mai and got just a little lost. Breakfast this morning was our most expensive meal so far. Go figure. I found some funky pants in a market and some ladies doing massages so we sat and let them do their thing on our feet, which turned into shoulders and arms. Wow! We met up with Dara who found a market with jack fruit and papaya salad. No wonder she loves it here! The food is awesome. We checked out and headed out. First stop was a cashew farm. There's a lot...

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Jul 29, 2010 - An der Grenze

In Chiang Khong, direkt am Mekong mit Blick auf Laos, haben wir fuer eine Nacht nochmal Halt gemacht bevor schliesslich die Grenze ueberschritten werden soll. Unsere Unterkunft ist ein etwas heruntergekommenes Zimmer, das aber einen traumhaften Blick auf den Fluss hat und man , bei klarerem Wetter, vom Bett aus den Sonnenaufgang beobachten kann. Den Abend haben wir nach endlosem Regen genutzt, um in einem Internet Cafe mal wieder Kontakt mit der Heimat aufzunehmen und zu ueberlegen wie es in Laos weitergehen soll. Der Wochenmarkt am Freitag...

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May 29, 2010 - Chiang Khong

29th May On a boat, early, again. Still absolutely loving it though. The family who live on the boat cooked us lunch, again, like the tea cooked by the Cambodian family, it is some of the tastiest et simple food I've had. I want to find a cubby hole and live on this boat. We just made it to theborder before it closed, got stamped out on the Lao side and then we got a tiny boat to take us accross the river to get stamped into Thailand again. We stayed in a tiny town again at a guesthouse which loved the king and had a multitude of pictures...

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Feb 5, 2009 - At the Thai - Laos Border

Randy For weeks I have been anticipating a two-day boat trip down the Mekong River from Thailand to Laos’ number one tourist destination, Luang Prabang. Meandering down a river through the jungle in Southeast Asia should offer a relaxed glimpse into Laos. This I could contrast and compare with my city and bus experiences in Laos later on. We have the luxury of time on this ten-month trip which we use to our great advantage when reaching a tough decision spot. As we approached Huay Xia, Laos, the boat starting point, we began to understand...

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Jan 11, 2009 - Chiang Khong

Hey Folks, Chiang Khong has been our next stop, and things seem to be getting better and better as we go. Bangkok was this massive city, Chiang Mai was a pleasant step down, and Chaing Rai was delightful. Chiang Kong is just the perfect small town meandering along the banks of the Mekong river. Its sleepy and has the most wonderful walkway right along the waterfront. On our evening stroll we saw fishermen fishing and a farmer farming. His crops were right along the shore of the river. The soil looked very fertile and the little lettuce...

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Jun 24, 2008 - Chiang Khong

On Tuesday I travel to the Thai/Laos border by minibus to cross the Mekong into Laos and arrange my 30 day visa. I arrived in Chiang Khong after a 6 hour minibus ride during which I had my head in a book for most of the journey mainly because the view outside was always a pretty scary one: the wrong side of the road with oncoming traffic, or just screaming around one of the many mountain bends at suicidal speed. Chiang Khong was small and friendly, nothing like South American border towns although the guest hose rooms were quite similar. I...

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