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Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang January 27th 2005

In February 2005, Ken and I traveled to SE Asia to visit my home country - Luang Prabang, Laos. This was my first time back home since I left Laos in early 1981. Our trip started when we flew from San Diego to Bangkok via Narita, Japan. We stayed in Bangkok about 3 days where we visited the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, the River Market, Khaosan Road (Backpacker Heaven - Interesting place!) and a few other places around the city. We then flew from Bangkok to Luang Prabang, Laos. This was where I got very emotional since it was my first time back home after 24 years. The city is now a World Heritage Site. Luang Prabang is a former Royal city with many temples (called Wats) along the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. We arrived ... read more
Ken & Steven at Grand Palace
Steven at Grand Palace
Grand Palace 1

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang November 28th 2004

Howdy all! Didn't do alot in our last 3/4 days in Chang Mai. We did get ourselves organised though and sent some unneeded (or so we thought!!) clothes off to our man in Brisbane, cheers for that Dave !! Sent on monday 22nd and due to take 2 weeks.....we'll see!!! On Tuesday we left Chang Mai and 5 hours in a minibus later we were in the border town of Chang Khong. Guesthouse there was part of the total cost (23 euro) of the trip to Luang Prebang in Laos. Basic accomodation in PJ guesthouse with rock hard bed!! Up early next morning, down to border and checked out of Thailand. Then 5 minutes by boat across the Mekong to check into Laos through their border. Changed 100 euro in Laos money (called the kip), and ... read more
Laos Kip
The Slow Boat
The Slow Boat

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang October 1st 2004

We visited the amazing town of Laung Prabang in Laos for 7 days during our three month trip in South East Asia. ... read more
Monk

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang April 15th 2004

After Spending some time in Thailand, witch I found too touristy for my opinion, It was great to set foot in this 'unspoiled country' By slowboat I took 2 days to reach the first City in Laos, we started in the north of Thailand and arrived in Luang Prabang. Not much Highlights in laos, but is just the overall atmosthere, the feeling that you get beeing among the people there. Different style of tourism, that atracted me. Small guesthouses with unbelievable frienly hosts. In this country you get the feeling that there is no time...why hurry enjoy the moment and you have a great time. Visiting waterfalls and drink the milk from a coconut or try one of the fruit smoothies. Waching the quiet city life of the locals, play hackysac with them or bike around ... read more
Luang Prabang
Ankor Wat, Cambodia
Trees, growing around the temple ruins

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang November 23rd 2003

Laos was super amazing. It was a school community service trip but admittedly I feel we didn't do enough community service. I saw the most beautiful waterfall oasis, trekked up steep dangerous hills in flip flops, elephant trekked through the most surreal surroundings. We got 5 US dollar an hour massages (sooo nice) and went river rafting (rafts built by the orphans we were helping out). The people were lovely, and I think to truly experience this place, you need to do it in the rough.... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang April 8th 2003

There are certain countries that always seem to pop up in travel conversations, and while exploring South East Asia the consistently good oil's on Laos. The planet is never so lonely after boarding an aeroplane, so let's go for a virtual tour ... to Laos! I took a flight from Sydney to Bangkok, spent a few days in the Thai capital and from there organised a bus trip to the Thai border on the Mekong river. After a short boat ride across the river I went through border formalities on the Laos side, before being stamped into this beautiful country of six million people. Laos was devastated by American bombing during the Vietnam War as the US airforce tried to destroy the Viet Cong supply lines along the legendary Ho Chi Minh trail. However, the present ... read more
So little time, so much to do
Working at the markets
Little kids playing

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang February 2nd 2003

At 16000 Kip to the pound cashing your travellers cheques is an amusing process in the Laos People's Democratic Republic. Converting $100 makes you literally a millionaire, and with 5000 Kip the most common denomination, you're lumbered with a wedge of notes about 3 inches thick. It goes quicker than you would think but that is not to say Laos is expensive. On the contrary, at 7000 Kip the pleasantly palatable 'Beer Lao' makes Thailand's 'Beer Chang' seem as reasonably priced as that rank excuse of a lager they call Stella Artois. And a bottle of Lao whiskey equates to about 40p a bottle. What majesty the Mekong! A wide murky brown deluge of water breaching China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Nam, and not compromising in mass, so it appears, along the way. Almost as wide ... read more
STOP OFF IN THE MOUNTAINS

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang December 23rd 2002

It was quite cold in Laos - for which neither of us was well prepared, but when we weren't in bed we toured the town and the temples bumping frequently into our friends from the boat. Richard and Martin providing much light relief - they were mad as *&$%! Tsipi decided to leave suddenly one morning, and I went to a local waterfall with Karl and Louise (Ire), a couple of very cute Dutch girls and two Isreali guys (also pretty cute). The waterfall was beautiful - very turquise with white limstone all around. Their pictures will look great!... read more




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