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Published: March 2nd 2006
Today after arriving in Laos the night before, we set off for Luang Prabang. According to everyone we've met and to all the guidebooks LP is Asia's most charming city and we certainly hope so - we had a not so charming introduction to the Lao people in the form of the crazy hostel lady we met just this side of the border. Thankfully we'd already met a few of the Lao people, Boonlarn and Amy who were old workmates of mine & Tash's and Kevin - our buddy from Pai who attested to the country's reputation of producing lovely, laidback people. Here's hoping....
We decided to catch the fast boat down. That is not a lie as it was FAST! Rather than a "speedboat" it was more of a long tailed fishing boat, packed with 8 people and their luggage, but boy did it move! We spent the entire 6 hours in agony with our knees round our necks and my back is now red and raw from rubbing against the wooden seatback when we encountered the wakes of other boats and rapids. The scenery was amazing though and made it almost worth it. We saw dense jungle, rocky outcrops, small villages, lone fishermen, children playing and hoardes of water buffalo lazing on golden sand beaches - almost idyllic. Pity we were going so fast it was blink and you'd missed it!
But we lived through and are ready for more adventure - Laos here we come!
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