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Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng June 5th 2006

After Chiang mai it was on to chiang rai which was not very nice, it had a really depresing atmosphere and there was basically nothing whatsoever to do there. We were very proud we got public buses to chiang rai and we were damn happy to get a public bus out of there, where we went to chang kong. This is like the border, you get your passport stamped then you get in a funny looking speedboat, go across the river (takes all of 2 minutes) and poof, your in laos. The day we arrived it was so hot i thought i would die.....after 'clearing customs' (handing them 30 USD and gettin our passport stamped)we had to go an get the slowboat. This involved 6 hours the first day (sittin on a wooden floor going about ... read more
Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang
this was our own private lagoon

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane June 5th 2006

If any of you have spent your evenings wondering what the combination of cross-dressing, temples, sex and explosives is I now have the solution to your pondering: The Lao Rocket Festival! Every year just before the rainy season all along the Mekong river villages hold rocket festivals, otherwise known as Bun Bang Fai. Shooting rockets into the air while all the young virile (and not so virile) males are running around in dresses and wigs, with wooden models that very clearly represent “fertility” as they grind back and forth together are all meant to help in bringing forth the rains and prosperous crops for the year. What makes all this a little bit even more surreal, is that it can often take place in or around the village temple. As you can see in the video, ... read more
Bring on the fertility festival
Rocket coming through....
Party favourites...

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng June 2nd 2006

The decision to take the speed boat from Chang Kong Thailand, to Luang Probang Laos is not one to be taken lightly. The ride is less a mode of transportation than it is an adventure sport. the boat operators take a small canoe, and attach a massive V-8 engine to the back, thus reducing the ride from 2 days to 7 hours. I put on my helmet, strapped myself in, and giggled as I was hurled down the Mekong river at 120 km per hour. As small fishing villages whizzed past, I could hear the desperate screams of past backpackers who had lost their lives taking this journey. The Novelty wore out quickly, and by the time we reached Pack Bang to stop for lunch, I was ready to find a new mode of transportation. Fortunately ... read more
Some young punk monks
Wat Varadum
kids in the village

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane June 1st 2006

Here are the long awaited (I think) photos of our last few days in Vietnam and our first few in Laos! I am in LOVE with Laos. It is so laid back, its not swarming with people and it is beautiful! We have been in Vientiane for 2 days. Its been great. We have rented sweet petal bikes complete with the basket on the front, we have had experienced a herbal sauna/message, and we have drank Lao beer sitting along the river. We leave tomorrow to head up north for some river/innertube action. Its similar to tubing the Slocan River in BC - aka: huge party. I can't wait. Anyways, Ill update soon with stories of drunkard debauchery :) Later!... read more
Horray for Halong pt.2 - "Rocks"
I could wake up to this every morning
Wonder where they get the shark meat from?

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng May 30th 2006

last blog we think as you all know we will be back in uk in 3 days. We are currently in Laos in a place called Vang Vieng where everyone comes to tube down the river on a tractor innertube.....its the best fun ever....there is places to stop along the river with rope swings and plenty of bars...where people get really messey.....locals put bamboo poles out and you grabhold and they pull you into the bar...jim swang like a monkey from this huge rope swing....such good fun...we also visited the caves these are a bit of a trek but well worth it, the 1st one you go into the cave with a guide in a inner tube and see all the rock formations etc....then the 2nd one is a 4km walk through paddie fields etc...the most ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang May 29th 2006

Phew... we made it here to Laos, after an interesting flight with Lao Airlines! The plane actually appeared to be in good nick and the wings seemed to be bolted well on to the fuselage! But, we couldn't work out if the crew had forgotten to do the safety demonstration or there just wasn't one! Needless to say we were elated to get our feet back on terra firma without any hitches! We arrived in Vientaine the capital to find baguettes, crepes and wine! The French departed Laos in the 50's but thier influence still runs strong throughout Laos' cities. We only spent a short time in Vientaine as there wasn't very much to see. It was very low rise and had hardly any traffic, which we found very eerie after Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. ... read more
The view!
The Nam Xong River... famous for tubing!
Temple in Luang Prabang




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