Saying goodbye to our hostel hosts we went down to the boat station stopping off for a couple of Baguettes for brekkie and snacks on the way. In true Laos style we got on the boat and waited for some time before casting off. After a quick stop at the floating petrol station we were off. It was slow going as we were powering up river against a fairly strong current however the scenery was stunning and the speed of the journey gave us extra time to take in the vista. The only drawback on the boat was that you sit on some really hard wooden benches. Mark (with an obviously sensitive posteria) created his own cushioning using a neck pillow which suprisingly (and luckily) had enough strength to take his weight.
After a beautiful 8 hour jouney of sun and showers we arrived at Nong Khiaw just as the heavens opened. Not wanting to get everything soaked we ducked into a cafe with the others from the boat and had some lunch and coffee with the thought that it might blow over. It carried on raining and got heavier as we sat there. Mark eventually decided
to brave the rains and went out to find somewhere to stay then came back for Chrissie and the bags.
There is nothing much to do in Nong Khiaw and we were feeling pretty poor after our extravagant dinner in Luang Prabang so we had a cheap but delicious dinner and spent the evening on the balcony of our hotel playing games. Getting a bit bored of the (limited) card games we knew we made a snakes and ladders board and had a game or two - really quite fun and i think you'll agree a very mature way to spend an evening for two people approaching 30!
We are having the mother of all honeymoons - our dream trip around the world taking in as many countries and experiences as possible. Taking the bold step with a serious career break we have now covered a huge distance seeing some of the world’s treasures and meeting interesting and likeminded people along the way.
Mark and Chrissie
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