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Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang February 18th 2017

This morning we are off to Laos. Our tour met in the lobby and we left the hotel about 7:15am and headed to the Bangkok airport. The Bangkok airport is a massive airport, apparently a plane lands on average every five minutes 24/7. After everyone received their boarding passes Drury and I saw a Post Office and decided to mail a package home that was filled with things we had bought the past few days in Thailand. Our tour guide helped us and what we thought would only take a few minutes wound up taking over a half hour. Our tour guide started to get nervous as we till had to go through security as well as immigration. Immigration line was very long and the rest of the tour was already waiting at the gate. After ... read more
Immigration Lines at Bangkok Airport
Our plane to Laos
Drury enjoying the flight

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang February 3rd 2017

Bienvenue au Laos! Visa le plus cher pour les canadiens, 42 US $! Gite basique au même prix que l'hôtel avec piscine et petit déjeuner à volonté à Siem Reap. Prix doubles dans les resto de même categoriie! MAIS ville très propre, tempes époustouflants à souhait, vieux quartier historique avec des belles maisons en bois. Belle position entre le Mekong et la rivière Khan, belles promenades le soir. Temperature agréable matin et soir, 15-19 C, 32 C le jour. Le matin c'est toujours nuageux mais vers 9 h une baguette magique dissipe les nuages et le soleil commence a briller On a visiteautant de temples que possible, incluant Wat Xiengthong, le plus beau au Laos, et That Chomsi, au sommet d'une petite montagne et 328 marches. Marché de nuit assez sympathique, avc beaucoup de produits ethniques ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang January 22nd 2017

Luang Prabang is small. Seriously small. You can more or else walk from one end to the other in 30 minutes - that is in EVERY direction. Don't get me wrong there are mountain areas that take longer and things like that. But flat land - 30 mins. One of my favorite experiences was not captured on camera as I had a technology malfunction. I left my camera battery charginger and forgot to take it with me and phoneven not charged. But no worries a nice European couple said they'd send me photos (fingers crossed they don't forget)! The waterfalls were beautiful! Even with all the tourists around it was still tranquil. Depending on which waterfall you did there was a trek up which made you exicted to get to the area you could take a ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang January 22nd 2017

Luang Prabang is a nice little town on a spot of land where the Mekong meets the Nam Khan. In 1975 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritagesite to protect the unique blend of Laotian and French colonial architecture which can be seen everywhere. It is also famous for its many temples which also have an architectural style not found anywhere else. We stayed for three nights at Villa Luangsokxay which was nice enough but a little overpriced for what was really quite basic accommodation. It was very well located for exploring the town on foot, and we were relieved to find that the nearby noisy bars were not going to affect us as there is a curfew at 11pm. It's not really a curfew but the loud music and rowdiness has to stop. There ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang January 20th 2017

Relax while drifting down the mighty Mekong river for two days on a slow boat. Nothing to do but watch the world go by. Sounds idyllic, doesn't it? The reality was a little different! We used Easy Trip to make this journey. They are the Thai arm of Discovery Laos , and their office was conveniently located just round the corner from our hotel in Chiang Khong. When they collected us at 0830 in a brand new pick up, so new the plastic covers were still on the seats, we suspected we might have paid too much! First we were taken to Thai immigration on one side of the Friendship Bridge which links Thailand to Laos. Those formalities completed, we waited for a bus to take us over the bridge to Laos immigration. This time there ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang December 18th 2016

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Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang December 12th 2016

Geo: 19.8841, 102.142Susie's week Elephant Nature Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Their sole aim is to provide a better life for elephants that have suffered under the hand of humans that use elephants as slaves in the logging industry, entertainment in circuses, transport and entertainment in the tourism industry and for begging in the streets. As a part of the volunteering week the park showed us some videos that truely represent what these poor animals go through. To put it lightly, babies are taken from their mothers at a very young age, tied into a cage and tortured for 4 to 7 days, even more depending on how compliant they are. The reason for this is so that they literally beat the spirit out of them. What is left ... read more
Thai Koon's most extravagant design
Struttin' around
'Happy' one of the Vit B old ladies

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang December 6th 2016

On Friday we travelled by 'International Bus' through the border and into Laos. This included a stop at the border for the passengers to get their passports stamped out of Thailand and then after a few kilometres back on the bus, disembark again and get their Visas for Laos. We've done that with the truck but the first time on public transport. We stopped for 2 nights in Luang Nantha which gave us an opportunity to explore the area. Some of the group went rafting, while others of us walked to the river and then to the local temple and stupa. And we actually saw some rubber trees that had been tapped - only ever seen them in books before! Sunday saw us crammed onto a local bus for the 6 hour or so journey to ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang October 6th 2016

Luang Prabang The town is nestled among the mountains of West Central Laos, on the Mekong river. Just coming to the end of the monsoon season the river (and its tributaries) is full, fast and brownish in colour. When coming to land the pilot has to follow the gap in the hills and land probably in the only flat area around. The airport is small, mainly catering to the tourist trade. Since its classification as a world heritage site the tourism industry here have gone from strength to strength. There is an economic boom which has not touched other parts of Laos. Unfortunately this also made Luang Prabang comparatively expensive. . It was nearly dark by the time I got to the guest house, so after freshening up just went for a walk along the river. ... read more
Whisky village
Temple Whisky Village
Trip to the caves

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang September 29th 2016

We had an even earlier start this morning when the alarm went off at 5-45am and, with a little time to acclimatise to the day, then up and get going. We could have had breakfast at the hotel this morning but, opted to walk the little way down to the bakery in the beautifully cool early morning stillness. The bakery had been recommended to us by Katy, our tour leader, as being a good place to eat. As well as that, it was about half way back to the landing where we had to re-board our boat. We had to be back at the landing by 7-20am for a 7-30am leave, as we had a fair bit to fit in today. Most of the others in our group were also there when we arrived, so we ... read more
Our Uno tournament on board
Sticky rice growing on the mountainside
Elephants & their mahouts on the riverbank

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