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Mar 8, 2007 - Travel musings and on to Savannakhet

Hello, After I wrote the last entry, I went across the street to one of the riverside restaurants. This one had a platform on the ground with cushions to sit on and tables made out of old truck tires, painted gold, with plywood on the top. It was quite lovely with little christmas lights and a beautiful, orange moon rising over the river. I had fried noodles with vegies and at my host's insistence, the homemade icecream with sticky rice. Absolutely delicious. While I was sitting there, I found myself thinking about whether I was ready to go...

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Eileen's Grand Tour

Feb 19, 2007 - Mukdahan, Thailand

Alas! Internet! I am now in Korat.... But I will start with last weekend and the days prior :) Much went on during the days prior to the weekend! MUCH! I learnt a lot about Thai "Issan" culture and had my difficulties with the cultural differences. As I got more comfortable, I think others did too. So, I got a better look into the less painted image. Issues relating to abuse, appropriate drinking times, what "we" consider rude, etc etc. I feel like I got a very deep undertanding of some of our many differences. It was very tough at times,...

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Feb 3, 2007 - Savannakhet to Seno

Distance: 52km We had a short ride planned for the day, and so the morning was all about taking it slow and easy. We enjoyed a late breakfast with Gerry and Jess, along with some strong Lao coffees. There is not much happening in Savannakhet, but it is quite charming in an understated sort of way. A sunny morning always makes things look better. Later on in the morning, both Australian couples rode off on their respective beasts. Our bicycles and panniers looked puny compared to theirs, and yet they were going to make 150km and think...

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Somewhere in Asia

Feb 2, 2007 - Donghen to Savannakhet

Distance: 80km Within a minute of leaving our guesthouse we were drafting off another tractor. This time only for 15km or so, but we still managed to set a good pace for the rest of the day. We passed many more small villages on the way, as well as many kilometers of dusty brown fields. We stopped several times on the way. During one of our stops we watched a couple of local women pound rice. It was an extremely labour-intensive task. Their timing was amazing as they alternated hitting the rice with heavy wooden pestles. One of them was...

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Somewhere in Asia

Feb 1, 2007 - Muang Phin to Donghen

Distance: 96km We arrived at Bay's home/business shortly after 8am. Once there we hung out with Amy, his 11month old daughter while the mom was busy preparing breakfast and dad was busy taking care of his business. Amy was pretty easygoing, and we had a great time with her. Shortly, breakfast of fried veggies, dried beef, fried eggs and steamed rice were served. Very tasty. We spend time with the family afterwards. Bay was inviting us to return to Laos and visit him in the future. It made for a wonderful start to the day, and to our stay in...

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Somewhere in Asia

Jan 7, 2007 - Early starts and full buses

So this morning I was up at 4:20am to meet Pa and Corinna and get a jumbo to the bus station and make the 6:00am bus to Savannaket. We got tickets straight away and made our way onto the bus. When we got on the aisle of the bus was full with bags of rice and other products so we had to climb over all this stuff to get into the seats. All day long we watched as the bus stopped at every small jumction and big tree and unloaded everything imaginable either into the bus itself or on top. At it's fullest there was a motorbike and a scooter in...

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My World Odyssey

Oct 11, 2006 - LAOS: Savannaket & Dong Natad National Park

I decided to head to Savannaket to do a 2 day guided-trek in Dong Natad National Park. There was 7 of us. The first day was spent trekking through the national parks forest and learning how the minority people survived off it. We saw how the locals extracted oil and drinking water from the trees, and how stole honey from the bees. There was much branch and leaf eating involved, a bit too much for my liking! When I asked what animals there were to see we were told "insects'!!! Of course we could hardly contain ourselves. Such exotic...

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Jul 6, 2006 - Hue to Savannakhet- goodbye Vietnam-hello Laos!

It was a typical border crossing day...a few hours on a bus to the border...a confused crossing ( we couldn't work out where we were actually meant to go! You think it wouldn't be difficult but trust me Laos & signage don't go together! However we were kept entertained by the prostitute who kept propostioning Matt - until I made my presence known!!!! We got chatting to a British couple who worked in the Alps... they were heading to the same town. We thought that the bus station in Laos was a short walk from the border....so declined the...

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Jun 28, 2006 - NZ T-Bone in Savannakhet

I spent a couple of days in Savannakhet which I found out was the child-sex tourist capital of Laos. That explained the packet condoms in my room that I thought was a shower cap. *******And in answer to all the replies to my email about this - I had not opened the packet, I didn't actually try to put the condom on my head!!!!******* I had dinner with 2 Americans who were working with AIDS victims in the town and got all the awful details from them. I had thought it was nice seeing all the young girls wandering around chatting. So often in...

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Karen's Trip 2006

Apr 1, 2006 - To Savannakhet

01 April 06 - To Savannakhet I was to be at the Indian restaurant at 0700, so went a bit earlier to have some breakfast. Six other people came along, also getting the bus to Savannakhet. By 0715 we were still sitting there. I asked the manager where the bus was, he said he'd called and not to worry. We understood we were being picked up from there to be taken to the bus station as the bus was due to leave at 0730. We were still there at 0730 when a songthaew drew up and we all got into that. We were taken a couple of kms to a bus (which...

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Mar 26, 2006 - Savannakhet, Laos

Sabaii-dii! Welcome to Laos - the land of a million elephants. We were picked up bright and early last Sunday morning in a nice comfortable minibus, driven to the outskirts of town and then deposited at the grottiest road-side cafe I've ever had the misfortune to visit. It makes Greasy Lils look inviting! Here we sat for 2 hours with the other 10 tourists who had forked out a not inconsiderable sum for a bus to Laos. A ramshackle local Vietnamese bus arrived...yes, our transport for the day. Toytown seats so a very uncomfortable journey,...

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Mar 15, 2006 - Sleepy Savannakhet

After the big adventure we just completed, it seems appropriate that there isn't much to say about our stay in Savannakhet. We rolled in late but had no problem finding a room. Dinner was another challenge however. At 10pm most places were already closed up. The guidebook had recommended a great French joint but turns out the French owner had abused his Lao wife and needed to make a hasty departure from Laos. No more great French food here. Further down the road we did come across a restaurant, with live music to boot! The acoustic guitar...

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