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Dec 7, 2012 - Crossed the border into Laos

We headed for the bus station like real backpackers laden down with bags on back and front. We had researched last night that the buses to Chiang Khong go hourly from 06.00 to 17.00 only to find that their idea of "o'clock" is a actually 08.30. Oh well! In my time I have waited longer for a train to London. The bus was a real old jalopy probably dating back at least 50 years but the driver cheerily put our bags in the boot compartment and we headed off to a food store to find some breakfast wondering if we had got the departure time correct...

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Feb 26, 2012 - Down the Mighty Mekong - Houay Xai to Luang Prabang

After a local bus ride from Chaing Rai to the border, we crossed the Mekong by water taxi to Houay Xai in Laos. A jump from second world to third world culture and society. We found a simple guest house with a glorious balcony view of the Mekong and its commerce. We ventured out (delicate boy still recovering) to a traditional Laotian dinner where we had a large pan (that held a broth), and a hump out of the broth that had coals underneath to braise meat and veggies. A large basket of various veggies (morning glory, snake beans, bean...

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Feb 8, 2012 - Recovery Days

Two very slow days in Houay Xai, as Blaire recovered. She wasn't sick at all today and tomorrow we head out on slow-boat, the 2-day trip to Luang Prabang. I've gotten a lot of knitting done on my hat! But other than that, not much has gone on. We've watched many movies (none of them very good) and have played some card games (I taught her cribbage). We've slept a lot, so we should be good to go soon!

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Feb 3, 2012 - Welcome to Laos!

We started off the day in Thailand, traveled by foot, bus, tuk-tuk, and ferry, and now we are in Houay Xai, Laos. Along the way, good food, dusty roads, and a hot sun. We packed up this morning, having retrieved our laundry from the guesthouse owner (washed, dried, and folded for only $1!), and we headed out on foot to the bus station. We had delicious market food along the way: small fried cakes of coconut cream with pork, corn, or chives, and just before boarding the bus to Chiang Kong, sticky rice with red beans in bamboo. The drive was...

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Jan 14, 2009 - Enter Laos...

Enter Laos! We took the boat across the border and met a Aussie fellow traveling with only his mountain bike and a tiny backpack. The envy of a light load! Cycling all through Asia at that! Impressive! Border line up, pay the visa fee and we are in. I think I was ripped off at the exchange booth. Alas. The currency is nuts. 10,000 kip is about one dollar US. It was a bit confusing at first yet now it is getting easier. There was the option of taking the slow boat down to Luang Pravang. Two days, slopped in like cattle with a bunch of other...

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Feb 7, 2008 - Laos - The Gibbon Experience

We crossed the border into Laos by boat on the 5th. and departed the next morning for the Gibbon Experience, a two and a half day expedition into Bokeo Nature Reserve where you get to travel through the jungle on big long flying fox cables (zip lines) that are up to 1km long and 150m high, and you sleep in tree houses just as high. Our adventure began with a 2 1/2 hour trip in the back of a pick up truck. We arrived at the edge of the Nature Reserve and had to trek 3 hours, mostly uphill. Our guide practically ran all the way, so we were...

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Oct 21, 2007 - Al Confine Thailandia - Laos !

Finalemnte sono in Laos. Da Chang Khong, in thailandia, a Huay Xai, in Laos. E poi due giorni di traghetto fino a Luang Prabang, citta' principale del nord del laos, dove mi trovo al momento. Mi piace il Laos, sono bellissimi i laotiani, sono socievoli e sorridono. Cia' Gio

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My trip Gio...urnal

May 3, 2007 - HUAY XAY - Laos

Ich muss ganz ehrlich zugeben, dass ich schon ein bischen enttaeuscht war von der Air Laos. Nachdem der Lonely Planet wegen angeblich offensichtlichem Mangel an Flugsicherheit strikte davon abratet, die Leistung der hiesigen Fluglinie in Anspruch zu nehmen, hab ich mich schon ein bischen auf Spektakel und Abenteuer vorbereitet und masochistischer Weise auch gefreut. Aber gar nichts da! Superpuenktlich, sogar 2 Minuten frueher als geplant sind wir mit einer zeitgemaessen fast neuen Propellermaschine in die Luefte abgehoben. Keine Turbulenzen...

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KARIN GOES FAR

Apr 30, 2007 - Going for the gold

Hey all, So after trekking, we chilled out in Chiang Mai for a couple of days. It was great to enjoy the city while dry, an entirely new experience from Songkran. We had dinner with our friends Nui and Sawat, who took us to a 60's bar for good times and great oldies. They also treated us to 5 liters of Franzia box wine, a delicacy here, particularly when accompanied by pork rinds (we're not in Kansas anymore). Robin and Carla shared there singing styles with the crowd (our party and maybe 5 others). They did Peter, Paul, and Mary proud....

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Mar 18, 2007 - Houayxai

We reached the border, Laos side, Houayxai, after nine and a half hours, an hour and a half late. This time we found an even cheaper lodging, $4.00 US, ensuite, hot shower and toilet, and not a bad bed. Not forgetting the crowing cocks. We booked a mini van at the guest house to take us across the border and on to Chiang Mia, via Chiang Ria, for the next day. Total traveling time, around seven hours, including the ferry crossing to Chiang Kong, Thailand, immigration and the actual road trip. See you in Chiang Mia.

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Mar 16, 2007 - Mekong River trip - Thailand into Laos

March 16-17th ... Mekong River trip (Thailand to Laos) Our Mekong River trip started as we exited Thailand at Chiang Khong where we had to go thru Thai immigration. A simple task for some but of course for us, we had to create extra drama. We were only 1 day over our Thai visa limit and were hauled into a back immigration office for over 1/2 hr to fill out forms and pay the fines. We tried to charm our way out of paying it ... but even that didn't work ... and you all know how charming we can be! We hopped over the river into the Laos town...

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Mar 14, 2007 - Chiang Mai - Houayxai (Laos)

No small US presidents, please... Another travel day. We left with the early morning bus to Chiang Khong and crossed the Mekong into Houayxai, Laos. The bus was cheap but also public and very basic without aircon. Instead they squeezed in another seat so that five seats build a row while keeping a comfortable aisle. Luckily we had three seats for us; even though they were not really wider than two normal seats. In Chiang Khong a short Tuk Tuk ride took us to the border crossing. A small wooden hut on the Thai side of the Mekong river...

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