Page 3 of Rice Capades 2011 2012 Travel Blog Posts

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi November 5th 2011

by Polona We left Sam Neua in Laos on a small local bus that was supposed to take us all the way to the Laos - Vietnam border, although after a couple of minutes I had my doubts that we would ever get there, as we were just running around town in circles for ages . Apparently the border crossing we chose was supposed to be the most remote and the more we read about it the more complicated it sounded, but Na Meo turned out to be just a normal, albeit a little less visited, border crossing. We shared our bus with a bunch of locals and Christina, a German girl that we visited the caves of Vieng Xai with and an Australian girl, Sam. But as for the tourists go, we were the only ... read more
Ninh Binh, our boat master
Lenin park, Hanoi

Asia » Laos » East October 30th 2011

by Jan After more than a week of partying, relaxing and watching films we were back on the road. It took us about eight hours to cover about 250 km to our next destination, Phonsavan, but that is what you get when you drive over the mountains in Laos (check out the map in satellite mode to see what I mean). On the last few journeys we got to see some interesting things. We always said that Slovenians can make alcohol out of anything (and we do, from fruits and veggies) but I guess we were wrong. I realized that when we saw bear schnapps, yes BEAR schnapps. A huge plastic bottle with pieces of a small bear in it. Gees! That is not all, we also saw snake schnapps, crickets and all sorts of other ... read more
Shell of the cluster bomb
Comrade Lenin

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng October 25th 2011

by Polona Luang Prabang Spending the first day of the festival (Bun Awk Pansa, that Jan mentioned in his previous blog) Jan and I decided that we wanted to see how they celebrate in Luang Prabang, one of the major tourist attractions in Laos, when it comes to towns. Joined by the English “team”, Tim and Matt, we took one of the local buses to get us out of Nang Kiaw. The bus itself was funny - small, packed and everything but comfortable, but it was only supposed to be a 3 hour drive, so you are not as bothered as you would be if you had a 6 or 9 hour drive ahead of you. Arriving to Luang Prabang one thing came to mind – PACKED with tourists. After an endless walk down the main ... read more
Luang Prabang-festival
Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang-festival

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua October 12th 2011

by Jan Its our last day in Laos, but I am just getting around to write our first blog post about this forgotten country. We spent almost a month here and there is a lot to write about, but let's take it one step at a time and start at the beginning. From Thailand we crossed the mighty Mekong river and once on the other side we were in Lao PDR, which is now the official name of the country. The old, original name is Lan Xang Hom Khao (Million Elephants, White Parasol). If we didn't know that the river was also the border between the countries we would probably just walk straight from the pier without passing all the border formalities. By the looks of it you would never guess you are at the border ... read more
Monks receiving food
Beer Lao, sticky rice and "nuts"

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai October 4th 2011

by Jan “I came here for two days, but I have been here for two and a half years already” said a Scottish bloke we met and his statement pretty much sums Pai up perfectly. We didn't stay for that long, but we did spend 2 fantastic weeks in Pai. Two weeks full of activities, but with enough time to just relax as well. Pai is a “picture perfect” village situated about 130 kilometres away from Chiang Mai, but due to the mountain roads and a few hundred turns between the cities it takes over three hours to get to Pai. The ride is not comfortable at all and a lot of people have problems with keeping their stomachs in order. We were lucky as we got a ride with Joe from the Giant Guesthouse where ... read more
Pai Landscape
Look at the size of that
Passing the time

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai September 21st 2011

by Polona Leaving, or better yet escaping, the flooded Mae Sot we headed straight to Chiang Mai. Uncharacteristically for us we checked, prior to getting there, what hostels are good and cheap and we decided to go for Giant Guest House- a funky hostel with a huge advantage: they picked us up from the bus station . Arriving to Chiang Mai we called up the hostel and 15 minutes later a big black jeep stopped next to us at the station, driving it was Joe, the hostel's owner. He is the coolest guy – imagine Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean mixed with hard core hippy meets glam rock - that's Joe. There are two Giant hostels in Chiang Mai, one occupied by young English people, wanting nothing more than to party hard, and ... read more
Visit to the food market

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot September 12th 2011

by Polona After a short stay in Sukhotai and in the hopes of taking an off-beaten track we decided to make a big U-turn before heading to Chiang Mai. Our next destination was Mae Sot. Mae Sot sits close to the Thai border with Burma and has become a big Burmese- Chinese- Karen- Thai trading location. The main source of local revenue is the black market trade between Thailand and Myanmar. There isn't much to do in Mae Sot, it is far from being a tourist attraction, but the thing that I guess was what attracted us to go there was the Border Market. The market is located next to the river dividing Thailand and Myanmar, connected by a Friendship bridge. At the time we were there the bridge was closed though due to the increasing ... read more
We sparked some curiosity
Mae Sot
Mae Sot- market

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi September 5th 2011

by Jan In the last seven days we picked up the tempo again, sharing the time between three cities and in each and every one of them absorbing the historical sites from a (not so) distant past. From World War II, towards two previous capital cities of Thailand, each from its own era and its own collection of historical temples! This is one Speedo, a fun one, the origins of where we picked up the title and more about the other Speedo, later on in the blog. Kanchanaburi Our first stop on the Speedo was Kanchanaburi, a small city situated next to the river Kwai, home to the famous Death Railway Bridge, better know as the Bridge over the River Kwai, building of which was well documented in a movie titled in the same way. But ... read more
Temples of Ayutthaya
Sukhothai Historical Park
Chungkai War Cemetery

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok September 2nd 2011

by Polona As you probably figured out from the title of this blog we have seen and done Bangkok . For me it was at the right point of the trip as I was getting a bit tired and Bangkok was the right cure for my “disease” as I was busting with energy again and I got my “travel buzz” back on. Arriving to Bangkok early in the morning (after yet another overnight bus journey) we got settled on Kaoh San road. I immediately understood the appeal of the street – although fully adapted to hoards of tourists arriving to Thailand's capital. The street is bursting with life, there is so much cheap food on offer (for me it was Pad Thaaaaiiii moment almost every day, aw my lovely spicy noodles - without you I still ... read more
Always up for something stupid
Another experiment
hihi, made me giggle like a school girl

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan August 27th 2011

by Jan We didn't plan into too many details the things we want to do and see while on this trip, but one thing was certain before we left. We both wanted to experience the famous full moon party on Koh Pha-Ngan. We knew that all the islands in the area get really busy before the party so we had to book a place to stay a few weeks in advance. The first decision we had to make was where to stay, on the actual island or maybe "next door" on Ko Tao or Ko Samui. Asking friends for their recommendations didn’t help at all, as everybody had a different suggestion. After doing a lot of internet research we figured out it would be the easiest and cheapest to stay on the scene of the crime ... read more
Getting it on....

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