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Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay April 29th 2008

Day 12 After a fairly boring couple of days we were pumped for the Gibbon experience! A rarely advertised three day trek aimed at preserving the jungle but allowing high paying tourists to visit it without destroying it. We'd been lucky enough to hear about it through Mark and Chrissie whom we meet in China (thanks guys!). We set off with four packed into the cabin and another four in the back. A very bumpy but scenic 2 hours we arrived at a small village laden pigs, chicks, kids and with two finished groups desperate for beers and raving about their last three days. We set off with high expectations and moderate confusion over where we were going and where the other group was destined. After only 15 minutes of walking we stopped for lunch curry ... read more
Jez setting off
Toilet with a view!
Coming in to land!

Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay April 27th 2008

Alors pour une fois, je suis à l’ heure (et beh oui, je vais parler à la première personne pendant trois semaines... snif). Je vous livre du tout chaud car je viens de finir mes deux jours de trajet en bateau sur le Mékong. Pour une fois que je trouve un café Internet qui marche bien et rapide, j’en profite car cela faisait longtemps... Je crois que c’ est sans doute un des plus beaux trajets de transport entre deux points que j ai eu à faire pendant ces deux jours à voguer sur le Mékong. C est très très beau, très sauvage et très loin de la civilisation ( si je peux m’ exprimer ainsi...). Seules mes fesses ont mal supporté le trajet sur les petits bancs en bois de 10 centimètres de large.... Les ... read more
Frontiere Thailande - Laos
Vu de ma chambre cote Laos
Les petites

Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay April 24th 2008

Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay April 21st 2008

When I think back at all the places and things I've seen my head begins to swirl. It’s gotten to the point where when people ask me the question "when did you get into X city" I actually have to stop and think about it...especially how I traveled to it. But its funny how much you learn about your own body and psyche traveling for a long duration. You quickly learn the physical limits of your body from food poisoning, dehydration, sprained body parts (various places I didn't even know you could sprain making you think, when and where did I do that?), and full muscle failing body exhaustion. You learn when you're reaching your max and need to chill and tone it down and when you can push through it. Even mentally, there's ups and ... read more
Flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang (Lao)
Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang

Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay April 9th 2008

Interessanterweise gibt es in Houay Xay kein einziges gutes Restaurant. Das Deen hatte die wohl schlechteste indische Küche, die ich je gegessen habe, und ansonsten gibt es nur einfache Lokale mit Standard Lao Kost wie Laab mit Sticky Rice, mal besser, mal weniger gut zubereitet. Dennoch blieb ich noch ein paar Tage hier, las, entspannte und fuhr ein wenig Fahrrad. Mehr gibt es hier auch nicht zu tun, aber die Lethargie von Laos übertrug sich schnell auf mein Gemüt. ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay April 1st 2008

We caught a bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong and had a relatively painless crossing into Laos! We stayed one night in the border town of Huayxai which only consists of one main street. It has a temple on the top of the hill which has great views out over the Mekong and to Thailand. Once climbing the many stairs to the top we were approached by 2 youths!! At first we made sure to have a tight grip on our valuables but we've been living in London too long as these boys just wanted to practice their English!! They had some scraps of paper with 'typical' questions on like 'How many people in your family?' Are you married?' 'What is your profession?' It was quite funny as the list kept on going but they ... read more
Border crossing into Laos
Temple in Houyxai
View from Laos into Thailand

Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay March 29th 2008

When I took my cooking class in Chiang Mai, one of the students mentioned The Gibbon Experience to me as something worthwhile to check out while in northern Laos. I had just started planning for the border crossing and wondered what I was going to do once I arrived in Huay Xai. Once I found out more about the program, the choice was easy. Did I want to start my experience of Laos spending two days on a slow boat to Luang Prabang? or Did I want to hike, sleep in treehouses and use zip lines to soar through the forest canopy in the Bokeo Nature Reserve? I called, of course they had availability, and all I had to do was make it from Chiang Mai to Chiang Kong and across the border to Huay Xai ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay March 22nd 2008

Up early and down to the landing - tickets purchased 220,000 kip ($25.20) each. Time for some breakfast and purchase some sandwiches for the boat (was not necessary as food was available on the boat - but at a premium). With the boat due to leave at 10am but finally getting away at 11.30am. Never trust a timetable here - things just happen when they happen. A very slow day just sitting watching the river go past, arriving in Pak Beng just on dusk, 5:30pm.... read more
Not crowded yet!

Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay March 21st 2008

Up early and into town to get a bus to Chaing Kong (Gin has told us that this can not be done - more touting for her friend). The bus to a little town half way costs us 40 Bht each and we sit and wait for the next bus. Anne, a very nice girl from France has the idea of asking the driver how many paasengers he needs to go. 8 or 10, so he is offered 320 Bht for 4 or us and we are loaded onto the bus and off we go. Another 45 minutes and we again sitting on the banks of the Meekong with yet another beer chatting with Anne and a chap from Austria (he did not have great english so communication was at the best broken). We wait here ... read more
The Boarder Crossing
Sunset over the Meekong - looking at Thailand

Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay February 23rd 2008

:As with the previous post, this was typed a few days ago, apologies about the delay in getting it uploaded: We are in Laos! Now before I go on I feel obligied to reel off the spiel about the second nation of our trip. Laos is one of the few remaining communist countries in the world. However like all the others, there is a sense of creeping capitalism as the (single party) government begins to tolerate more and more private enterprise. (I promise this is not copied from wikipedia, its all copywriteable Hingley gold). Furthermore Laos is one of the poorest nations on earth, especially in terms of GDP per capita. Although one gets the sense that this owes more to the subsistence lifestyle of much of its population than sheer poverty. If I hadn't already ... read more
Thai Exit Post
Gate to Indochina!
Getting a Laos Visa

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