Blogs from Ban Houayxay, West, Laos, Asia - page 7


Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay August 23rd 2006

Pete was feeling a bit rough last night, he came down with a bit of the stomach bug becca has had, but after some rehydration salts that the girl in Boots said would make him "Sparky" and some antibiotics, he's now feeling as sparky as ever. On a quick walk to the market later to buy Pete some more thongs as he'd broken his last pair a couple of days ago, we were aproached by a gang of thai schoolchildren, doing a questionaire on tourist attitudes to thailand. They then insisted they had a photo of us, so we got one too. The first part of the journey to Laos was the public bus from Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong, this took about 2 and a half hours. We had imagined that this would be quite ... read more
Paddy Fields
The Border
The Gateway to Indo-China

Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay August 20th 2006

Okay so now that we've left Laos I can tell you something scary! We got on our first local bus....and I spotted a man with an AK47 gun....pretty big gun..poking out the bottom of his shirt!! Looked a little seedy and wouldn't sit down and was standing next to us.....nobody told us that they were working for our protection and not out to kill us!! We were a little stunned by all of it and not knowing any better about the situation calmly went to the back of the bus to sit with these two boys also travelling and alerted them of the gunman...stuffed our money down our bras and had a couple of plans worked out in case of anything! But it turns out they are bus officers because a few years back driving through ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay August 20th 2006

Helllooo!! Well I only have a few things to say about the 2 day (19 hours) slow boat down the Mekong river.......a church somewhere is missing a whole lot of pues.....the wooden benches were impossibly comfortable and at a 90 degree angle.....and although very scenic it was like being on a tredmill for 2 days because you know your moving but the scenery remains exactly the same. "oh look....another green mountain!" It's on my list of things i'll be doing only once in my lifetime! If i didn't have a flat ass before this...I definately do now! And in true Adele fashion I ate all of my food for the day before 12 noon and we still had 6/7 hours to go! So that was a verry looong 2 days!! We arrived in Huay Xia a ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay August 4th 2006

I was forced to leave Thailand due to those stupid 30 day visas. However it was getting a little too comfortable and I had at this point only seen just a small piece of what I set off to do. It was off to Laos next. I headed up to the north of the country where there is a boarder crossing at Chiang Kong. From here I would catch a two day slowboat to Luang Prabang in northern Laos. In Chiang Kong I had met three other people, 2 British girls and a German guy who were planning on doing the same trip so we stuck together. I really had no idea of what to expect from the slowboat, just something that everybody making this leg seems to do. Its a bit frustrating sometimes here because ... read more
Who's in my Seat?
Not my Boat
When the Going Got Good

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

Well the end of our laos adventure was one of the coolest things I have ever done. Tenneal and I joined forces with Adam from South Africa for our last Laos adventure. We heard about a experience like no other - The Gibbon experience. This is 3 days of living in treehouses that are all attached through ziplines. So we needed money for the trip and it just so happened that the whole town (Huay Xai) didn't have international banking for foreigners. So, to get cash, one of us had to take a 3 min boat ride to thailand, get stamped and take out money, return to lao and re-enter. What a pain. It was kind of neat to see Thailand right across the river:) So we drove through the wilderness for about 2ish hours to ... read more
at the top
Go Miss T
Go Me!

Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay June 15th 2006

alright Alright ALRIGHT. I will write the blog. Not a single entry for Laos and I'm leaving the country tomorrow. Let's see if I can remember all the way back to Huay Xai. Major Details: Stuck there four days waiting for Gibbons Experience. Ate sandwhiches. Crazy lady was our Innkeeper. She was neat agressive crazy too. Me: "May I have some water?" Crazy Lady: "You see water! You get water! Is good for me. Is good for you. You no like cucumber! Pork sandwhich no cucumber!" Not once did my fucking pork sandwhich not come with cucumber and it's pracically all I ate. On to the Gibbon Experience. Lots of hiking! Lots of hiking. The hiking was really muddy and slick and sometimes shin deep etc. But it was lots of fun too. 1000m+ long zip ... read more
Spider Web
Crazy German
Tree House

Asia » Laos » West » Ban Houayxay March 26th 2006

As I made my north through Thailand, I pondered the numerous travelers that had raved about Laos, and decided to change my itinary and push on to Laos. However, as Laos is not reknowed for its transportation infrastructure, leaving Chiang Mai by minivan was merely the beginning of a long trek to get to Luang Prabang in Laos. In Chiang Mai, I was picked up by a minivan, with the events immediately following leaving me with a certain sense of foreboding about the upcoming ride. Right after being picked up, the young women sitting next to me worked herself into quite an elaborate tantrum when the driver asked her to close the window in a way that wasn't polite enough for her tastes, however, the driver wasn't rude, he just spoke broken English. As I sat ... read more

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