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Sep 11, 2010 - Lovely Laos !
Sunday saw me up at 07.00 so I could get a sawngthaw across Chiang Mai to be on time for my bus to Chiang Khong on the Thai-Laos border. Fortunately, I arrived in time to get one of the last seats on the bus and settled in for an uneventful 7 hour trip. Everything went smoothly apart from the last 25km into Chiang Khong as they were widening the road, so we had an unsealed bumpy finish to the trip. Arriving, I decided to hike the 1.5km to the boat terminal to avoid the hassle of negotiating with the tuk-tuk drivers and within 20 minutes I...Jump to full entry
Mar 3, 2010 - Laos
Das Beeindruckenste am laotischen Leben ist, dass die Menschen trotz einfachsten Lebensverhaeltnissen ueberaus freundlich, kontaktfreudig und vor allem feierwuetig sind. Sie lieben es zu trinken, sich mit Falangs zu unterhalten und Musik in hoechster Lautstaerke zu machen. Laos zaehlt zu den wenigen vierte Weltlaendern, in denen man fast keine Bettler sieht und sich nie unsicher fuehlt. Dank des kommunistischen Systems, haben die Menschen alle etwas zu essen, alle ein Dach ueber dem Kopf und ein Familien- und Gemeinschaftsgefuehl, das wir...Jump to full entry
Apr 7, 2009 - Luang Nam Tha
After coming back from the gibbons I caught a bus further north into Laos to Luang Nam Tha. The trip was about 4 hours long with about 16 people squeezed into a 12 seater mini van speeding along incredibly windy roads that seemed to be in a constant state of half-repair so at any given moment there was only one lane open for both directions. Avoiding head on collisions took regular evasive action by the driver so to say the ride was rough would be an understatement. There was a Laos couple travelling with their two young children, one...Jump to full entry
Apr 4, 2009 - Trekking in Luang Nam Tha
Feeling energetic and inspired by my decision to give India the flich in favour of trekking in Nepal, I decided to embark on a two day trek in Luang Nam Tha, a tiny town in the north west of Laos that is famous for, well, trekking! I was fortunate to meet a really great German guy, Alfred, which travelling from Luang Prabang to Luang Nam Tha, and we decided to do the trekking together. As we were the only two on the trek aside from the guide, I was extra grateful for the company. The trek we chose was the Ban Nam Lai Trek through Green...Jump to full entry
Apr 3, 2009 - Giving India the flick!
Slight change of plans, I have decided to give India the flick and head straight to Nepal instead to tackle the Annapurna Circuit, a challenging 22 day trek through the Annapurna Ranges, one of the highest mountain ranges in the world. At the summit, I will be 5,401m above sea-level, which should be just stunning. Now I just need to invest in some warm clothes and a pair of hiking boots before my 10 May kick off! I've chosen a tour with Intrepid Travel, check it out if you're interested! Annapurna Circuit.Jump to full entry
Feb 6, 2009 - Luang Nam Tha
Toady is my sister’s birthday – Happy Birthday Ali. Went for a walk from the guest house to a local Black Thai village (photos attached), where they weave silk items and process bamboo, apparently for paper making. The village life is pretty well subsistence level – wooden huts, bathing in the river, animals running everywhere. But there is electricity, and numerous huge satellite dishes. Had to leave the Boat Landing as it was fully booked. Got a tuk tuk into town and found a nice guest house – Zuela’s. More fun being in town, more...Jump to full entry
Feb 5, 2009 - Huay Xai to Luang Nam Tha
10 a.m. the next day and I’m sitting outside the hotel……10:30…..at least there is entertainment – the hotel has a monkey, chained (some would say cruelly) to a post in the car park. The hotel also has a dog. The monkey appeared to enjoy attempting to have sex with the dog……(couldn’t get a shot of that, and would not have been able to post it anyway). Back to my minibus driver…I gave him a call, he told me the Chinese guys were still having breakfast. 12:00 noon, the minibus arrives at the hotel, no one inside it…the Chinese guys are...Jump to full entry
Feb 4, 2009 - Local life in Laos
The trip into Laos was a bit worrying. We were making excellent progress to the border on the nice flat sealed road. Then the driver turner off onto a dirt track and we started wondering where we were going, then after a few kilometers we turned again…into a corn field. It’s times like that when you realize you’ve put your trust in a complete stranger and you have to hope for the best! Luckily everything was fine and the border is just in the middle of nowhere (I guess that’s why it’s the only one where you have to get your visa in...Jump to full entry
Jan 14, 2009 - Enter Laos continued-Night at the Akah village
Evening in the village. Wood fires creating a hazy sunset. We ate a simple meal of sticky rice and stir fried dishes. Our bellies full we then find out that the cheif of the village has invited us to his new house warming party. The villagers had slaughtered a buffalo and this would entail great feasting. Arg, more food! Soon after dinner a gaggle of young village girls arrive to give us massages. We lay down on the mattresses in the guest hut and were kneaded like dough. It was a funny experience to have a group of laughing and strong...Jump to full entry
Dec 19, 2008 - Crossing into Laos
so i woke up in jinghong, and after considering it the night before, i knew it was time to leave china, after a very fun approx. 50 days. packed up my bags, went to the bus station and caught a 5 hour bus to the small town of Mengla which i believe is the southern most city in yunnan. from there, i had to catch a taxi across the city to a different bus station where i caught an hour long bus to mohan, the border crossing town with boten, laos. so crossed the border, got my laos visa for a ridiculous 300 yuan,when it used to be 12 bucks at...Jump to full entry
Dec 7, 2008 - Nam Ou: Waterfalls, caves, tuk tuk & "smoke"
LUANG NAM THA Well, we are now in the Luang Nam Tha Province in the furthest NW part of Laos, bordered by China and Burma. This is the most ethnically diverse part of the country, with, amongst other minorities, Hmong, Lantan, Akhar, Khumu, Tai Lu and Tai Dam peoples. There is also a fair smattering of Chinese. We have been here for several days, our plans having been thrown by the sudden change in Thai visa regulations which mean we’re likely to have to go back to the Capital, Vientiane, to try to obtain a 60-day Tourist visa rather than...Jump to full entry
Oct 30, 2008 - Luang Nam Tha - the 2nd time...
I woke up in my flashy room with hot water shower in Muang Sing and decided it was the bus back to LMT for me and to head for the Thai border if possible. I first had to go for a sticky rice pancake as suggested by the LP. Not to my liking at all but it doesn't half fill you up for the day. The walk to the bus station on some dusty track helped lower the weighty feeling in my stomach right enough. I met a couple of Belgians at the bus station who spoke pretty much perfect English. In fact they were teaching me some! "Coup de gras" - what...Jump to full entry