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Jul 25, 2017 - Mekong River Day Two Pak Beng to Huay Xai and Chiang Kong

The morning mist hovered around the mountains as I stood on our little balcony and gazed at the mighty Mekong, watching as the various boat captains began preparations for departures. We showered, packed our day packs, (luggage remained on the boat overnight, so a change of clothes, toiletries and passport came with us in our back packs). Say was meeting us at 6.30am to walk us to the boat and he had arranged for our guest house to pack us a breakfast, so off we went armed with sustenance for the morning. We soon lost our jaunty demeanour,...

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Jan 1, 2013 - Chiang Mai to Huay Xai

Happy New Year We started the new year waking up, showering, getting Packed, having breakfast and ready to board our mini van by 8.30am! Not bad for the morning after New Year’s celebrations I think”. There are new year’s greetings all over the place – not different from at home. Today we are crossing the border with Laos. The drive there takes about 6 hours. We leave the city Chiang Mai and drive through a lush green hilly countryside. Slowly the landscape turns into a mountain range. We stop after 2 hours at a specialty shop for some...

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Jan 1, 2013 - Border Crossing to Huay Xai, Laos

Our trusty minibuses took us further north via Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong border post. En route we passed through prime agricultural countryside with trees and fields of everything imaginable growing in both small plots and large fields. I was disappointed to discover that the elaborate black cauldrons on stands that marked the entrance to every house in the villages we passed on the way were in fact part of the pagan custom of rubbish collection. We saw cashew nut plantations and learnt the time consuming process of extracting the nut -...

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Mar 7, 2012 - Huay Xai, Laos

Laos does not use coins.  The smallest note is 500 kip and until recently the largest note was 50,000 kip (US$6) so when we exchange a few hundred dollars we get such a large wad of notes (and we become millionaires - in kip!) Laos has recently introduced a new 100,000 kip note but this is not in general circulation yet. From Luang Prabang we took the slow boat up the Mekong River for two days with a stop over at PakBeng.  Because it is the dry season, the Mekong River is much lower than in the wet season, rocks are appearing and there are...

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Feb 21, 2012 - Huay Xai

Feb 21 Huay Xai In the morning we left Chiang Mai, hoped on a bus and heading for Laos. After 2 bus rides we made it to the Laos boarder, did some paperwork and met our Laos leader. We then hoped on a boat and arrived in Huay Xai. Very small town with not much to do. Of course we climbed up the hill to the local monk temple for a visit. The best view of the village and Mekong River was from a tower but women were not allowed on the tower. So Ian climbed to the top and took a picture for Jenelle. There are very different rules in temples....

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Jan 17, 2012 - Un temple tout blanc et rebelle......et notre entrée au Laos

Journée bien remplie aujourd'hui. D'abord, visite du marché (du matin) de Chiang Rai. Un immense mélange de kiosque en plein air et sous la tente où l'on retrouve à peu près tout ce qui se mange (selon les Thailandais) en version cuites ou très fraîches (ou encore vivante) dans un même secteur. C'est aussi la 1ère fois que nous observons la traditionnelle remise d'offrandes aux moines. En résumé, tous les matins, les moines se rendent au marché avec un grand bol vide. Les habitants de la ville fournissent aux moines diverses offrandes...

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Apr 23, 2011 - Border crossing

So it is as we feared: the one-day, medium-speed boat we were hoping to catch to Luang Prabang tomorrow morning is non-existent. We just arrived in Laos without much fanfare. Although, it was pretty interesting to cross a border by longtailed boat. Definitely a first in my life. We filled out all the necessary paperwork and paid our Visa fee in US dollars. In fact, they preferred it over Lao kip or Thai baht. We even were able to help out some other travelers from Belgium and Quebec who were short on US dollars and needed to exchange. It...

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Noodles and Sunshine

Mar 16, 2011 - Two Days Freezing on the Mekong River

Today in the very cold wind and heavy rain we pick up our boat which will take us down the Mekong River for the next few days. We had worried about it being far too hot as the temperature is meant to be in the 30’s and 40’s. No such luck as we move about the boat we can see the steam from our breath in the cold air. The boat is long and thin but fairly large and capable of carrying 30 passengers. Normally the sides are open and you can watch the brilliant view on either side of the river however in the cold temperature and with torrential...

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Where's Jolly?

Jun 3, 2010 - Huay Xai

Jour 31 et 32 Après une nuit de transport dans un bus presque vide, nous arrivons presque frais à Huay Xai. Que je vous explique un peu, je pense que nous sommes les seuls tarés à faire 12 heures de bus juste pour le plaisir de prendre un bateau pendant deux jours, tout ca pour revenir au point de départ c'est à dire Luang Prabang!! La ou vous pouvez peut être nous comprendre c'est que ce bateau ne descend pas n'importe quel fleuve... mais le fameux Mékong. Et pour nous ca fait un "Tilt" mythique. Nous embarquons donc à 10 heures 30 à bord...

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Sep 21, 2009 - Crossing over to Lovely Laos

I had read about The White Temple a few days before reaching Chiang Rai and hired a red taxi to bring me to it. It was so worth the visit and incredibly it's not in the Lonely Planet??! This is a new temple - only 12 years old and the mastermind project of one of Thailand's best known buddhist artists - Chalermchai Kositpipat. It's a bit like a Gaudi project in that it won't be finished til 2070 so he is unlikely to see his life's work completed. This chap is from Chiang Rai so it's a bit of a mission for God, Buddha and Hometown for...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Sep 16, 2009 - An Epic Journey

Our journey began when we decided to head to Laos from Chiang Mai. We were told there was a bus at 6.30am from Chiang Mai to the Thai border so we set off to the station nice and early. When we arrived we were told ‘sorry that bus wasn’t going today, we would have to wait until 8.30am’ Ah well we thought, that happens, we hadn’t had breakfast so we went and had some and got on the 8.30am bus. The bus ride from Chiang Mai to the border is 6.5 hours so we still had time to cross into Laos before it closed at 4.00pm. The border crossing from...

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Apr 6, 2009 - The Gibbon Experience

I had heard about the Gibbon Experience quite early on in my travelling while still in Thailand, and I was determined to do it even though it cost 1,900,000 kip (AUD$320) for 3 days and 2 nights. The Gibbon Experience basically involves spending 3 days going on giant flying foxes through the jungle, sleeping in tree houses and trying to spot gibbons... in other words, a place where grown-ups can be kids again! Thinking I was super organised I emailed the Gibbon Experience about a week before I wanted to attend, and although I received a few...

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Kirsti's Odyssey

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