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Mar 5, 2018 - Southern Laos

Well, we figured that we needed to give you all a break from reading our "book" so that is why we've held off on another update. However, here we are on our last night in Laos and we really need to post our recent escapades. This country has captivated us right from our first day in Luang Prabang. We thought it would be difficult to be comparable to Myanmar but alas, we were wrong. This itty bitty country has been a joy to travel through. Let us say, Vientiane could easily be missed but given that it is the capital, it is a destination for...

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Sep 23, 2014 - Letting Go

Many people joke that Lao PDR stands for Please Don't Rush and while that might not be true it's undeniably the most laidback country in Southeast Asia. People are constantly sweet, friendly and cheerful. Schedules are loose, if present at all. The word for restriction might not even exist. Even the rain appears to fall in an 'eh maybe I'll stop, maybe I'll pour, maybe I'll just keep drizzling like this' manner. Most of all, absolutely no one is in a hurry to do anything or go anywhere. With such a pervasive easy going attitude, it's almost...

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Jul 13, 2014 - We arrive in Laos

July 13 - Pakse, Laos - Josh's tale Today we got a late start due to the exhaustion of everybody. We hung out at the boutique guesthouse place that we were staying at reading and writing and sleeping until about 1:30 when we went to lunch down the street from our hotel. Before lunch Josh and Jim also watched a rerun of the consolation final game between Holland and Brazil in which Holland won 3-0. At lunch, I enjoyed a wonderful noodle soup with pork and bean sprouts which kind of reminded me of the ramen that we ate in Japan. After lunch...

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Jan 13, 2014 - Day 9

Day 9 6th Jan 2014 It was with GREAT regret we left the luxury of La Folie. The night before we had skyped our daughter and son-in-law from pool side. So surreal. Them in Melbourne us in Laos. Such fun. I hope the internet does not break. With sad hearts we left La Folie. Little did we know we were going to the opposite end of the accommodation spectrum. We travelled to the Boloven Plateau which is a lot cooler than the low lands next to the Mekong. On the way we saw Laos people about the business of life. Markets, black smithing, growing...

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Laos/Vietnam 2014

Jan 13, 2014 - Day 2 31st Dec 2013

Day 2 31st Dec 2013 We met Kamchanoy who will be our guide for the south. he seems keen to please and helped over the first hurdle of trying to say his name. First stop out of Pakse was Vat Pha. A tiny version of Angkor Wat. Those Hindus certainly got around hundreds of years ago. There are written records of temple events that are fascinating. Not sure I would like to live then. A long drive thru very poor areas to the bottom of Laos and a place called 4000 islands in the middle of the Mekong. There is STARK contrast between those driving...

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Laos/Vietnam 2014

Mar 4, 2013 - Pakse to Champasak

Monday 4th March 58ks Pakse to Champasak , Wat Phou temple We got up early to farewell Luc and Christian on their way to Bangkok. Had a quick stop at the town Wat and then rode along the river and over the Lao-Nippon Bridge. New bitumen was being rolled at the bridge end, very squidgy under the wheels and we have probably left our tyre tracks… would not have been a good thing to fall off into hot tar! Temperature very hot already at 10am. At the turnoff we passed military looking guys at a toll booth who waved us through. To our left we...

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Mar 3, 2013 - Pakse, tour on the Bolavan Plateau

Sunday Mar 3rd tour on the Bolavan Plateau 8am-6pm Last night was sooooo hot , was not much sleep had and just as well we had an easy day being driven around. We had no energy for biking but it did feel weird to travel so quickly in the van. Our guide, Kinoy was very humorous, and loved joking around with Pete. He is from one of the villages we visited, he moved to Pakse 4 yrs ago when he was 18yrs to work with tourists to learn English, and of course he speaks a little german and french too. He works 6 days week at sabaidy 2 and ‘never...

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Mar 1, 2013 - 1st and 2nd March in Pakse

Friday March 1st 114k to Pakse , 6hr.30 ride time, Av speed 17.5 Pete did a repair job on the mossie screens before we went to bed last night, so we could sleep with the window open but around midnight Nickie wakes cos she’s been bitten on her backside. Then we see the huge gaps around the door, so up went the mossie net over the bed. Nickie spent a few hours listening to the many sounds of the geckos, they chuckle and gargle and bark, noisy things , ..not much sleep was had with a the biggest day ahead. At 7.15am the sun was a magenta...

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Nov 9, 2012 - 4000 Islands

Gestern morgen habe ich mich von meiner alten Gruppe getrennt und habe einen Bus/Boot nach Don Khong genommen. Das ist die größte der "4000 Islands". Bis auf eine Straße mit einer handvoll Hostels und Restaurant gibt es da nichts außer Reisfelder. Ich habe mich in das billigste Hostel eingechecked um ein bischen sparsamer zu leben.. das habe ich spätestens am Abend sehr bereut, da ich nur wegen 1-2 € Knauserei in einem Doppelzimmer voller Spinnen und Dreck schlafen musste. In einem Café habe einen Schweizer und einen Spanier kennen gelernt,...

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Südostasien 2012

Nov 6, 2012 - Vang Vieng - Pakse

Die letzten Tage in Vang Vieng waren eher entspannt. Vang Vieng ist ein sehr touristischer Ort der nur von Backpackern bevölkert wird und daher einerseits viel Spaß machen kann, andererseits aber auch zu viel Fremdscham führt. Die Natur drumherum ist atemberaubend und die Tours die wir unternommen haben - zuletzt eine Kayaktour - ebenfalls. Man kann aber auch den ganzen Tag in den Bars abhängen von denen eine neben der anderen gelegen, mit gemütlichen Liegen ausgestattet, den ganzen Tag unterschiedliche amerikanische Serien...

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Südostasien 2012

Nov 5, 2012 - Laos

We entered Laos in early November and fell in love with the country. We flew into Luang Prabang, a city located further north in the country. The local currency is Kip and it is about USD $1 to 8000. We stayed at a local guest house called Khimmay in a dorm for $6 USD a night each and enjoyed free wifi to plan the rest of our trip. The local people in Luang Prabang respect tourists. We had gotten tired of the rush of Thailand and locals just seeing dollar signs above our heads. The markets in Luang Prabang were great! The merchants were...

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May 26, 2012 - Laos - Day 25 - Wat Phu Temple

We woke up early to get a good head start to the day, and what a beautiful sunny morning it was. Last night we found a local driver who agreed to take us into Champasak for each. It was just a little over half an hours drive to the Wat Phu temple, our driver took the back roads avoiding crossing over a "toll" bridge into Champasak, saving us both money and time. We had a few hours to look around the temple grounds, once done we were to be taken across the river by a small vehicle ferry, from which we would be driven to a junction where we...

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