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Feb 6, 2012 - The Gibbon Experience, Day 3, + Sickness

Today had some great positives and some pretty bad negatives. Had it gone ideally, we would have been woken by our guides at 4am, have hiked until sunrise, following the calls of the gibbons, and seen the animals shortly thereafter. We would have enjoyed our final morning on the zip-lines and would have made it back to Houay Xai without incident. But I think Blaire vomiting about a dozen times over the course of the day counts as at least a bit of an incident. All in all, it didn't change the morning a huge amount. We slowed our pace, but...

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Feb 5, 2012 - The Gibbon Experience, Day 2

The guides zipped into our tree-house at 7:30 this morning and woke us up, offering tea and coffee and setting out snacks. We packed up, as this morning we were to hike to another tree-house and another network of cables. Along the way, breakfast! They are feeding us a ton on this trip, and all of it tasty. The hike took somewhere between 2 and 3 hours and then we zipped to our new dwelling. Such beautiful views, above the trees. Lunch, and then zipping around for the rest of the afternoon! We are waking up really early tomorrow in the...

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Feb 4, 2012 - The Gibbon Experience, Day 1

We were due at the office of the Gibbon Experience at 8:30 this morning. WE left our large packs at the guesthouse where we stayed the past night, and headed out with just our day packs (or, in this case, 3-day packs). Breakfast along the way- delicious noodle soup from a woman who spoke no English and who was serving the locals. It was 3x less expensive and probably 3x more delicious than that at the place with all the foreigners down the block. We piled into a song-thaew by around 9:15 (after a safety video) and headed North. We were...

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Apr 5, 2009 - The Gibbon Experience

The Gibbon Experience was mostly great, a little light on gibbons but none the less a once in a lifetime experience. The 3 hour ride in an open air jeep was pretty hair raising once we left the main road and headed in towards Bokeo Reserve. There was 13 in my group and I was with about 5 others in the back who were hanging on for dear life as we drove up streams and down gullies. We eventually arrived at the main village from which we were expecting ‘an easy one hour walk’. Admittedly the first 15 minutes were easy, the following hour and a...

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Taking the Long Way

Mar 5, 2009 - Chiang Kong

After a bus ride with a stop at a cashew store (most variety of nuts and coatings I've ever seen), we made our way to Chang Kong. My room looks right onto the Mekong River and into Laos. That evening we walked through town, had a fun evening with another tour group and went to bed. The following morning I went for a run up and down the river (due to the evening before, Nicole was not up for it:). After a 7am breakfast we exited Thailand, took a quick boat across the Mekong and entered Laos. We then made our way to a super large long boat...

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Nov 18, 2008 - Golden Triangle / Mae Sai

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Oct 23, 2008 - Chiang Khong

Thursday Today is our last day in Laos and our last on the Mekong. To get to the Thai border in good season, we had to depart Pakbeng at 7 am. The morning light over the river, mountains, and village was quite lovely and I took plenty of photos from the balcony of our little hotel. We had a nice breakfast there, too, and watched while three monks worked their way up and down the street collecting rice balls from the villagers. Across the street a family met them with tins of rice. Each person would scoop up a bit of rice, form it into a...

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Mar 13, 2008 - Chiang Khong

We continued our trip up the Mekong.This section has steeper banks and is more rugged - less farming. The river is swift and has many reefs and whirlpools. Our captain doesn't use any charts as apparently learning to navigate the river is a skill passed on through families. The captain's wife and small son are aboard and the little boy who is about three often sits in front of the steering wheel, talking, playing and watching. The boat is excellent - it could carry up to 80 passengers but the nine people in our group have it to ourselves....

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Sep 17, 2007 - Reed Mat Weavers, Queen Mother's Home ,and Golden Triangle

Visited Doi Tung mountain, hiked through Mae Fah Luang Garden and visited the production area of Doi tung Craft Center. All focused on helping Hill tribe groups earn income from other sources than opium. http://www.doitung.org/doitung/ On our way to Mai Sai we stopped at Ban Hueg Khrai and talked to reed mat makers. Their loom was on a vertical frame like a Navajo loom. It had a continuous warp and a single beater that also contained the reed as an intricate part. I thought it was like a rigid heddle construction at first but further...

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Aug 9, 2007 - Chiang Khong

We drove in two air-conditioned minivans from Chiang Mai to the border town of Chiang Kong today. Our driver was very funny and liked to play disco music in the van. Along the way we stopped at a place where they processed and sold nuts and fruits, especially cashew nuts with many different flavorings, including garlic and chili-lime. The sun-dried mango was wonderful, as was the spicy/sweet tamarind candies. Later we lunched at Cabbages and Condoms, a restaurant that raises funds for family planning in Laos. After lunch we stopped at the...

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Aug 28, 2006 - Gibbon Experience (Part 2) - To Infinity and Beyond......

We did the short zip in to TH3 and found the place had been left in a bit of a mess. Food had been left out and ants were crawling everywhere; little wander that Natalie had ants over her face, they'd probably been eating food in bed. After clearing up the food (throwing it into the jungle), James and I set about checking for leeches (they were pretty common in the rainy season). I was fortunate to come away without any of the little beggars having got me. James had found one earlier in the day clinging to the back of his leg and had to...

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Rich Goes Travelling

Aug 27, 2006 - Gibbon Experience (Part 1)- YEAH

It was 5:40am when my alarm went off, a stupidly early time and normally the realm of shift workers or the perverse. We were due at the Gibbon Experience office for 7am, but following advice we were going to take a trip to the early morning market to purchase ourselves some "mud shoes". We were told the market was about a 10 minute walk, so at around 6 we set off in search of the market. Twenty minutes later the market was still hiding itself, we weren't sure how as Huai Xai is a small border town. No locals we came in to contact with had...

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