Published: April 22nd 2009April 22nd 2009
Hello every1 and greeting from sunny Laos, its bloody hot here.
So last time i left off i we just arrived in Chang Mai and the water warfare had already started, had a good nites kip and the games began the next day, left our guest house and got drenched within 5mins as people are standing out side the shops and houses throwing buckets of water over whoever walks past total carnage, walked into the main area and watched the parade which was good, loads of people dressed up and gettin soaked from the crowed also they wer chucking a type of scented water over the Buddhas to bless them which was interesting.
After the parade and the purchase of our water guns we went on the move down to the river, where the carnage really began, as loads of people are getting buckets of water from the river and throwing it over every1 who walks/drives past even poor people on mopeds, nearly saw so many crashes. But great fun, especially if u get them rite between the eyes. So this was all we done for 2 days, got up and drenched passers by, while the bar opposite played
out dance tunes so it was just a mass water fight party, and what a great experience, it was, lucky we wasnt in Bangkok as all celebrations wer cancelled. Dan even got thrown into the river by a Thai girl who we was having a mini battle with, such a good laugh. Definitely been a crazy 2 days of Sonkram carnage.
The next day we booked a trek so picked up and taken to the orchid and butterfly farm, not really much to say about this, not many butterflies and lots of orchids. Thats about it.
Then got lift to the start of the trek and had lunch, and off we went was a very good walk actually had sum steep bits and easy bits, def produced a sweat, walked to one village had a rest inside then carried on over a hill through a dry riverbed and to the camp where we stayed for the nite, had a couple of games of cards with sum americans and just sat round the camp fire while the tour guide played his guitar, a very mellow night.
The next mornin started walking again but not far today about 15mins and this was
the end of the trek went on a bamboo raft ride down the river was very peacful, then back to the top to ride the elephants, me and Dan was put on the big male which dwarfed every other elephant there, was good fun walking along the river on an elephant, shame they had a poor monkey on a chain in a cage so wasnt very happy about that.
After elephant trek got driven to the white water rafting place, not the most dangerous rapids in the world but was funny to be rafting down rapids in full rafting gear in water about 4ft deep and the rapids had children playing in them, we all felt extreme.
Next we got taken to a waterfall to cool off which was nice a beautiful waterfall, me and dan attempted to scale the side of it and did it with ease, hardcore.
Then got taken to a long neck village, would not have called it a village more a tourist stop over as all it was were women in the neck dress thing, they add a new ring around their neck every year and they weigh over 10kgs. Not the best tourist attraction
as it was not a typical village life.
Once home we decided to meet up with a few of the girls from the trek so out we went, and had a few drinks in the Gogo bar district was funny as u got to play free pool, then we went riot in out drunk states and played in the Thai boxing ring good fun, then managed to get 6 into 1 tuk tuk and drove to an all nite club which we didnt leave till 6am the next morning. And wat a laugh walking back to our guesthouse past monks going to meditate and people doin yoga in the street.
Needless to say we chilled the next day.
Day after we went to the Don Suthep monastry which was amazing but very busy with people praying to the monks, but full of gold and wealth, and had an amazing view over all of Chang Mai. That afternoon got a bus to Chang Rai, where once we arrived a tour guide arrange for us to go to a hill tribe village which was good fun.
The next day we got the local bus to Chang Kong and we crossed the border
into Laos, a pretty little border as u have to cross the Mekong river in a little boat to get into Loas. Spent the nite in Huay Xai and then left on the slow boat. Was interesting as u sat on a wooden bench luckily we got a pillow to sit on as u slowly travel down the Mekong river for 2days into Loas, the scenery sadly not that good on the first day lots of burnt down forest by the farmers. Arrived at the overnight destination and me & Mong went for an indian good times, the next day on the slow boat again alot more room and the scenery was breathtaking, also chatting to a few guys on the boat, was a really good fun.
So now we have arrived in Luang Prabang, which a beautiful little place so looks like we will be spending a few days here as the weather is also great at the moment. Went out to the night market last nite Dan had "probably the best chicken of his life" which was pretty accurate and also rice at a bargain of about 2quid for the lot, Loas could be very cheap. Good
So hope every one is well back home. I hear u have had sum sun, bless.
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