Blogs from Laos, Asia - page 518


Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay February 19th 2006

Why take the slow boat when you can take a speed boat? With one day on my visa to go and being the impatient person that I am, I weighed my options. I could either sit rather uncomrtably for 2 days and take a slow boat down the mekong to the Thai border, watching my life drift by OR I could put my life on the line strap on a helmet and sit rather uncomfortably for 6 hours while my life flashes by my eyes as I'm rocketed down the Mekong at unsafe speeds. The decision was rather easy. I convinced this English guy Matt and his Sweedish girlfriend to take the speed boat option. I had heard that it was uncomfortabe, little did I know. The seats have one cushion for your rear, but it ... read more
Takin a break
Flying down the river
Packed like Sardines

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng February 19th 2006

We mostly rested during our 2 weeks in Laos. We had done non-stop sight seeing and traveling in Viet Nam and needed some down time. We traveled 4 hours North of the capital, Vientiane, to the city of Vang Vieng. It was the first time in months that we stayed in the same guest house for a week straight. Usually we only stay in the same guest house for 3-4 days. While fun, that can get quite taxing and you end up never feeling like you're "home" anywhere. To open the photo album, double click on the first photo. We mostly read, enjoyed the backpacker scene, drank in the amazing view and did grounding things like go the same restaurants everyday. The most active thing that we did while we were there was go mountain biking ... read more
Vang Vieng--Gorgeous Limestone Peak Scenery
Vang Vieng--Indiana Jones Style Bamboo Bridge
Vang Vieng--Scenery on Our Bike Ride

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang February 19th 2006

Sunday 19th February After another nice breakfast on the veranda of our tropical retreat, we left Luang Prabang in our mini fleet of jumbo's and heading off towards the forests for a guided trek to the Khong Sii waterfalls. the weather is still pretty hot and muggy, around 25-30 degrees but not too bad. we head into a small Hmong minority village and have a wander around, getting to see traditional ways of life, with chickens and dogs running around, and sad to see, plenty of litter everywhere. still people seem pretty happy and the kids are happy to see strange looking westerners. after our village visit we do a sweaty 4 hour hike through the forests before reaching the Khong Sii waterfalls in the afternoon. agreeing that its far too hot too let the oppurtunity ... read more

Asia » Laos February 19th 2006

Hi Everyone Well, since we last wrote we have been to the Similan islands which is about 100kms of the Thai coast. It is a national marine park which is very isolated and not many people actually get out there. Its one of the best dive sites in the world and we stayed on a live-a-board boat and did 11 dives in 3 days, including a night dive. It was amazing diving seeing leopard sharks and turtles and 1000's of fish and stingrays. The diving was quite advanced but we managed to be ok - truly an amazing site. From there we stayed in Phuket for a few days - right above a titty bar. Such a contrast from the beautiful remote islands we had been on before that... We went to a Thai boxing match ... read more
The beautiful Similan Islands (2)
Buddha Park - Vientiane
Buddha Park - Vientiane (2)

Asia » Laos February 19th 2006

LET's GO TREkKIN!!! I decided that I had seen enough of the cities in Laos and that it was time to actually see the minority people of this beautiufl country. I signed up for a trek through "White Elephant" tour company. Derrick one of the owners is Canadian and a really nice guy. He has this great schpeale that he delivers to anyone considering doing one of the treks. It feels as if he has given this same speech a thousand times, as he speeds through it stopping to point at the photos on the wall and explaining how each of the three tribes we were going to see were different. My favorite part of the whole speech is when Derrik describes what to bring on the trip. He suggest a hat and sun block ... read more
My Mung Bed
khmu Village


Asia » Laos » South » Si Phan Don February 19th 2006

To be fair, I was constantly on the move for the next week so I can't really pin this blog down to one particular place but I was in Si Phan Don for 2 nights so I'll put it under that. Anyway, as I was saying... If you read the last blog I did then you'll know that I got on a bus from Siem Reap absolutely shitfaced still and having had 1 hour kip so wasn't the most pleasant journey I'd ever had but I got to Kompong Cham by dinnertime and form there I got a share taxi with a Cambodian bloke and an Ausie couple (she was actually from Gosford in Sydney where I used to live years back and all, small world innit?!), to Kratie to get me closer to the Laos ... read more
A Buddhist temple in Vientianne
The waterfall on Don Khon
The view from my guesthouse

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane February 19th 2006

I can't believe I have been in Laos for almost a month The time has gone quickly and I have been enjoying my stay despite the long hours of work. Since I am again working with Digital Divide Data (click for more info) I was able to start working right away. Since I spent two weeks last July in this office I already knew most of the people so I was able to eliminate the time spent meeting colleagues and learning about the company that most new jobs require. Within my first 24 hours I was able to find an apartment and I moved in after only two nights in a hotel. (In)conveniently the new apartment is next door to the office. As one can imagine, this is a blessing and a curse. The Finance Manager ... read more
My Apartment
The retail space
A tuk-tuk in action

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng February 18th 2006

Vang Vieng is packed with tourists, so it's totally set up with fun things to do. Yesterday the girls, I and Elle and Sebastian form Australia went on a hike with guides to a cave, which we had to navigate with torches, so I felt kinda like Indiana Jones or something. Then we climbed way up a mountain to the bottom of a waterfall to swim and cook lunch. The pool at the bottom was very deep so the guide was showing off and jumped from a really high spot. Sebastian is one brave dude, and he convinced me to go up and jump with him. They had to give me the big countdown form ten.....and what a rush! I've been talking about wanting to jump off something into the water for like a week now. ... read more
Trail times

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng February 18th 2006

hey there, so i know it's been while, so I'm going to do a hugely stunted recap of the rest of Vietnam. We went on the trip through halong bay and it was freaking awesome. Halong is a UNESCO heritag sight and really gorgeous. about 2000 islands but only one is inhabited. we visited a cave and went kayaking intoa ba thing. Lindsay's and my skill at kayaking was once again displayed. I jumped from the top of the boat, a boat which was pretty freaking high I discovered. the boat was an imitation chinese junk and was a really nice place to spend the night. on the boat we met some great people, an american couple from Seattle(so yu know te're going to rock), Mark and maria, who we ended up basically stalking down the ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane February 17th 2006

That hot shower that I raved about before…I had the equivalent in a meal last night. A huge, juicy filet of beef with a 3-pepper sauce with potatoes and hot bread. A nice bottle of imported red wine…I was in absolute ecstasy. It was the first time the people I am traveling with have seen me finish a meal…and I actually finished first. I swear I could’ve ordered a second steak and ate that one just as fast. The whole meal cost me $9USD. I swear I cannot spend more than $20 a day in Laos…it even makes Thailand seem expensive. The restaurant was called Le Cote D’Azur and I highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Vientiane. There are many French restaurants here and you can see the influence of the French in the streets, ... read more
Slow Boat
Late Night Munchies
Morning on Mekong

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