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Jan 24, 2005 - Sabaidee from Laos!

Since our last entry we have been traveling aroung a lot. We had a one night stop off at a tiny place on the side of the Meekon river before carring on the Luang Prabang. This is by far the best place on our travels. We arrived in time for the night market and you all know how Alex likes to shop. Luang Prabang is Laos second town but town is a bit of an exageration! It is much friendlier than all the other places we had been, no pressure to look/buy/get in Tuk Tuk. We were able to wonder round and enjoy the market. It has none of the tat...

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Jan 16, 2005 - Vang Vieng - backpacker paradise

So I heard a lot of things about Vang Vieng - it should be THE PLACE to be in Laos, and that's why I got a little surprised arriving to a small dirty village like city with one main street. But getting stuck here for more than a week obviously proved them right. I stayed in a small bungalow by the river next to bars lined up next to one another. There is a remarkable calm atmosphere in the city - probably because most tourists are either tranquilized by the 5 seasons of "Friends" that runs in almost every restaurant in the city or they...

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Jan 15, 2005 - Vang Vieng

15/1 Zaterdag om 09.00 uur vertrokken uit Luang Prabang, maar niet nadat we nog een keer vroeger waren opgestaan om de bedelende monniken te zien. De reis met de minibus duurde zo'n 6 uur, maar was stukken beter en betrouwbaarder dan de reis met de speedboot. Nu konden we eindelijk genieten van het prachtige landschap. We reden door een erg mooi berglandschap en door zeer arme dorpen. Bijna alle mensen waren bezig met het verzamelen van riet en gras, om daar bezems van te maken. Je zag zelfs de kleinste kinderen (2-3 jaar) meehelpen met...

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Jan 14, 2005 - Trip to Vang Vieng

by bus 230 km and 8 hours on mini bus - there was an accident in the mountains and had to wait for the police to come. It was rainy, foggy and cold. But , we had interesting company in the mini bus For the first time we met a kid of the same age as Christoffer who was also backpacking with his mother. He was on a school break for three weeks discovering Laos and Vietnam. We also met a Belgian lady who was backpacking in Burma and crossing into Laos and Vietnam to get to Mongolia in May. She was well into her 70s

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Jan 6, 2005 - Going Tubing in Vang Vieng

We ended up leaving Vientiane by local bus, a nice break from all the tourist organized adventures we had done in Vietnam. We arrived in one piece at the airport in Vang Vieng, a bumpy airstrip that has never been used for planes and serves as a makeshift bus station. Vang Vieng is a town that is surrounded by dozens of bumps that are hills (it's called a karst scenery) and there is a river that runs through the town as well. It's relatively run down, but beautiful, and we found a really nice room, with hot water and a view of the hills and...

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Dec 30, 2004 - Vangvieng

kolejna miescowosc, mniejsza przez co polowe populacji stanowia turysci :/ podobaloby mi sie tutaj bardziej gdyby nie to, ze spodziewalem sie czegos innego. glowna ulica sklada sie z kilkudziesieciu knajpek, co druga oferuje rozne wycieczki (kajaki itp). inna sprawa, ze niektore sa calkiem sympatyczne: lawy z poduszkami ('tak jak w rzymie'), santana, dym marihuany... no i stosunkowo tanio, 1/2 - 1/3 cen w polsce (= 1/10 cen w drozszych czesciach europy). jesli chodzi o ceny to wydaje mniej wiecej tyle co w pd chinach tyle, ze standard...

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Dec 26, 2004 - Vang Vieng

over 6 hours on a windy road mountains up and down to get to Vang Vieng. I stayed at les jardins riverside bungalows (cute and quiet bamboo bungalows for 4 $ at the river) ***************************************** I m not affected at all by the terrible tidal wave Tsunami disaster that killed thousands of people last night in the south of asia ! ***************************************** the natural beauty of Vang Vieng is outstanding - breathtaking limestone karst scenery that dwarfs the small town. Relaxing hang outs at the Nam Xong...

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Dec 13, 2004 - Vang Vieng et Luang Prabang

Apres, Tad Lo dans le plateau des Bolovens, nous prenons la route pour Vang Vieng au nord de Vientiane. Vang Vieng est un peu comme Pushkar en Inde, un repère de « jeunes » cherchant à faire la fête. Le coin est également connu pour ses fameuses grottes abritant des bouddhas. Nous filons ensuite à Luang Prabang. La route montagneuse pour y accéder est magnifique et comme c'est le nouvel an h'mong (minorité ethnique du nord du Laos), on voit tout le long de la route des jeunes filles costumées de façon traditionnelle. A cette occasion, les...

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Dec 11, 2004 - Vang Vieng - Kop chai lai lai...lai lai lai...(thank you v much)

After the chilled out few days we tore ourselves away from Luang Prabang in the fear that we would end up spending the next 8 months there if we didn't go now! We got a minibus to Vang Vieng, south from Luang Prabang and also on the Mekong. Thankfully another boat journey to our next destination was out of the question. It soon became apparent that it was a journey full of bends. It was obvious after the adept (read crazy, manic, reckless - you get the idea!) cornering adopted by the minivan driver. We were thankful for the 2 stops - one...

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Nov 20, 2004 - Vang Vieng

Today since I had some days to kill before taking a plane to Cambodia (a story in itself) I decided to go to Vang Vieng where there are some nice caves beside the Nam Song river. It was another bus ride over similar terrain as the other day. The trip was about 6 hours with most of it on twisty road similar to highway 33 North of Ojai. The bus drivers are slightly insane so you often need to hold on to stay in your seats. Liberal use of the horn clears cows, water buffalo, goats, pigs, dogs, small children and other vehicles out of the way....

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Nov 16, 2004 - Laos / Vang vieng

In Vang Vieng hadden wij een bungalowtje met een fantastisch uitzicht op water en bergen. Zeer mooie setting. Een dag een fiets gehuurd en een aantal grotten bekeken die hier vollop aanwezig zijn.Ook hebben wij hier een traktorband gehuurd en werden vervolgens met een tuk tuk stroomopwaarts vervoerd en konden wij de rivier afzakken in de tube. De tocht duurde ongeveer drie uur en onderweg kon je bier kopen en dan mocht je gratis vanuit een boom in het water springen of van een zelfgebouwde duikplank duiken. Aan het eind van de rit was...

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Sep 25, 2004 - Waterfalls, nights out and down to Vang Vieng

We had a lovely night out that evening - though Kim and I stayed out rather late at another guesthouse. We didn't know there was a curfew at ours and had a highly entertaining time trying to break in over the gate. We eventually managed to rouse someone to open the door. From then on we were rather more careful about finding out about the rules! The day after my last entry Amy, Becky, Claire and Kirsty headed off very early for the Plain of Jars to see these mysterious objects. I don't know much about them other than that they are large...

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