Blogs from Laos, Asia - page 516


Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua February 28th 2006

Hi, Since I had to return to China in the same way (only one border crossing between China and Laos) I did not want to travel too much. This is the reason that I have visited only few places. And also, I felt that I was in vacation from China, no need to rush, just relax and chill out. Almost all travellers in Laos, however, enter Laos from Thailand at one point, travel in Laos and then return to Thailand at another point. This is easy to do since Thailand and Laos have 6 border crossings. When I told people that I was going to China, most of them were a bit surprised. Many of them did not even think about doing it. Apparently, travelling in China is still frightening people. After one month of travelling ... read more
Working is good
Rice, rice and rice near Luang Nam Tha
Children bath near Luang Nam Tha

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane February 28th 2006

Got to Nong Khai around 6:30AM. Paid for visa and entry cards, etc. Cleared Thai immigration and crossed the Friendship Bridge into Laos. Cleared Lao immigration, hired a tuk tuk into Vientiane. Some random English guy asked to share the tuk tuk with us. Nice guy, antiques dealer who recently discovered the wonders of ebay. Checked into Orchid Guesthouse, it was a dump! Showered and went out to find new lodgings for the next day. Found a few possibles. Lunch at Noi Noi, just okay, nothing special. A tuk tuk driver on the corner offered to take us to Buddha Park and the Beer Lao Brewery. We said OK and were off to Xiang Khoun (Buddha Park). Odd, but interesting, took lots of pictures. On to Beer Lao Brewery, got a free beer and tour of ... read more
Xiang Khoun 1
Xiang Khoun 2
BeerLao Brewery

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng February 27th 2006

Yet another shite bus trip later we were dumped at some guesthouse where the driver was clearly on commission and trekking up the road to find a bit of life and a decent place to stay. I ended up going for Malany Guesthouse right in the middle of Khao San Road (that sounds familiar dunnit?! lol), coz it was nice enough and only $5 a night so by 7pm I was all sorted and on my way for scran and a few beers. On my way round I bumped into 3 London lads - Pete, Chris and Jess so went on the piss with them. We met 2 Laos birds and a really camp lad called Nicky around town who took us to a Laos disco but the music was that bad that I had to ... read more
Jess and Pete on our bad-ass peds
Me and Som on the buckets
Sunset on the bus to Vang Vieng

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng February 27th 2006

26th February-We managed to get up at 620am and caught a bus at 8am from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng. I was well impressed that we managed to get up at such a ridiculous hour (In Luang Prabang there were signs everywhere asking tourists to respect the local culture and be quiet after midnight, consequently life started for the locals at about 6am everyday, by the sounds of things life started at about 4am for the flaming roosters!). We arrived in Vang Vieng after 6.5 hour bus journey from Luang Prabang- there were some killer views along the way, and I say that perhaps a little too literally because we were basically driving around mountains and some of the drops were huge. The roads were extremely windey and at times the “road” seemed to be none ... read more
Got the Hippy Hippy Shakes

Asia » Laos » South » Si Phan Don February 26th 2006

My month in Laos has come to an end; I head to Vietnam in the morning. I am real excited about Vietnam. Since I have been out here I have heard mixed reviews about the country, but after the extremely mellow atmosphere of Laos, I think I’m ready for something a little more fast pace. I am alone again, and that is a good thing as well. I had a great time with Neal and Claire, but we had our last night a few nights ago in the south, and I feel more adventurous now that I am on my own again. Back on my journey. So Southern Laos…hot. Real hot. Suck the life of me hot. Beautiful, but hot. Somebody said one day that it was 41 degrees (around 106 F), with about 30-40% humidity. ... read more
Catching fish in the Mekong
Wat Phu at Dawn
Wat Phu at Dawn


Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane February 25th 2006

Ahhh, the sweet sounds of smooth Lao jazz. Sure, this music blocked out any possible music from our iPods during the 10 hour ride to Vientienne, but it also drowned out the sounds of all the Lao passengers getting carsick. While our weak stomachs can't handle their water or some of their food, their stomachs evidently get awfully queasy in motorized transportation. Fortunately, the bus company was prepared with lots of pink baggies and orange-scented air freshner. They were also ready with a guard armed with a semi-automatic. Only then did we read in our "Lonely Planet" that the road we were traversing is regularly visited by bandits. Sometimes, it's better not to know. Located between Thailand and Vietnam, two countries where everyone is trying to sell you something and "no" must be repeated 10 times ... read more
View from the Bus 2
A little Communism and a little Buddhism

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang February 25th 2006

Hey guys, this message is coming fresh from the old town of Luang Prabang, which is pretty central in Lao. It was last Tuesday when we said our emotional goodbyes to Chiang Mai. It has definitely been the favourite place i have visited so far, and apparently it makes it into Jonny's top 3! the people were so genuinely friendly and there was so much to see and do, both at day and night. We had a fair old trek further north to eventually get to the border crossing, and took a small riverboat to eventually end up in Laos. We stayed the night in Huay Xai, a very sleepy town consisting of basically one street. We managed to get our first taste of Beer Lao, which deserves the title of the best in Southeast Asia. ... read more
celeb spot no. 2, jim bowen!
sunset from the hilltop

Asia » Laos » East » Phonsavan February 25th 2006

Hey this internet place sucks but I'm in Phonsavan (the H is silent) and had the most incredible day ever. I'll hopefully write more tomorrow and it will be a really friggin' long entry so bear with me. All is well. I'll hope to be making my way south to 4,000 islands (Si Phan Don) eventually. I may have to go to Thailand and pick up a new camera in Bangkok. It's horrible to not have one. Check back soon for details about today!... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay February 24th 2006

Chiang Mai, oh Chiang Mai. The cultural capital of Thailand and probably the best place we have been to so far. It was the base for the trekking as well as being a party filled city. In all I saw the sights, experienced the relaxing cafes, bought books from the local famous book shops, got drunk once or twice and saw Thai kickboxing (incluindg 2 knock outs). Overall a wicked city, with a brilliant atmosphere- there just arent enough superlatives to grace this wondrous location in the heart of South East Asia!!! Inevitably we had to move on though. Next destination: Laos! The past 3 days have been all about travelling. Our first port of call was the Laos border town of Huay Xia, where we had to get 2 buses, 2 taxis and a ferry ... read more
1st meal in Laos

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang February 24th 2006

We arrived in Luang Prabang yesterday after a (very!)slowboat ride taking around 7 hours from Pak Beng. After getting a hostel sorted we headed to a LaosIndian restaurant for some food by the river. Probably the best food i've had on the trip so far- i just got Chicken Tikka Massala but it was in a different sauce to back home and was just what the doctor ordered after the long bus ride. We ended up in a bar that was showing the Chelsea Barcelona game, all be it a day late and we already knew the score. Found out Liverpool got beat anorl-Ahhh! First impressions of Luang Prabang look promising, most backpackers in Laos pass through here and it seems so chilled out, the hostel shuts its doors at midnight though- so there shouldn't be ... read more
Cookmeister on tour?
Pondering Jonny

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