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Mar 10, 2016 - Fabulous border crossing up the Mekong from Luang Prabang, Laos, to Chiang Rai, Thailand

A couple of fellow travellers had recommended this two-day boat trip along the Mekong over the border from Luang Prabang, Laos to northern Thailand. After our fabulous border crossing on the Mekong from Cambodia to Vietnam, I was totally psyched for it. Fran did quite a bit of research on line, as reviews ranged from bad to fantastic, and again it seemed to depend on water levels. Remember that horrible boat trip from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Battambang??? I did NOT want two days of that! As Fran put it, "I knew it would be a wonderful boat...

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Feb 23, 2016 - Slow Boat Down The Mekong River In Laos

Up for early breakfast. 8am pickup didn't turn up till 8.30 to whisk us off to the border. Cleared out through Thai Immigration & then paid 20 bahts each for the bus ride across the Friendship bridge into Laos. Yet another palaver getting the Lao Visas but just a case of being patient & paying $35 each. Then another wait till all our group had cleared immigration & we could get on another minibus to take us to the riverside village to board the boat to take us down the river. Another extended wait before we finally got to go aboard our...

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South East Asia 2016

Jan 21, 2014 - Day 19, actually not sure of the date I think 17th jan 2014

Day 19 The last 'trek' we went on was a stroll along a road. I thought this mornings walk would be the same. Not so. Up nearly vertical paths just wide enough for my back side. Soon after we started it was apparent to our guide we would need walking sticks. A helicopter was offered also! It was very misty as we set out and walked further into the clouds. Thinking cloud was all we were going to see was a little disappointing. We saw mountains come and go. Villagers gathering thatch. Villagers moving house. Creeks, rat holes and where the...

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Laos/Vietnam 2014

Jan 20, 2014 - Day 19 Saturday 16th Jan 2014

Day 19 Saturday 17th Jan 2014 Off to Kuma Lodge. We are going to stay in a tent! Four hour boat trip turned into six. The boat could hold 20 people but Alice decided we should have our own. Such luxury. I have seen enough of the beautiful scenery now. The river carves it's way between steep forested mountains. A visual break comes by way of a village, buffalo, pigs, goats, fishermen, HUGE barge taking goods to China or some rapids. Of course the trip went quick enough. The by now compulsory village visit was again an example of how we...

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Laos/Vietnam 2014

Jan 15, 2014 - Day 18 a bit late reporting as we have not had the internet thing

Day 18 Jan 15th 2014 Not another elephant ride? I felt a little over Laos. We have seen so many villages and so many farmers..... it is another planet here - except when you are in a hotel like the ones we stay in. Off we went. It is a small show here 5 mature elephants and one tiny 700 kg baby 2 or 3 years old. We rode a bull. Great creature. Watched one get washed and thought then it was time to go back to our room. Some mechanical engineering students from Germany then arrived. They were on exchange to a uni in China and were having a...

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Laos/Vietnam 2014

Nov 24, 2013 - Straybus

Today we joined the Straybus tour. We had breakfast in two of our favourite places; one for the muesli with fruit and yoghurt and a mango shake and the other for coffee. The best coffee we had tasted in Chiang Mai. We packed, checked out and met our guide, a young Dutchman who had worked for Straybus for a couple of years. All very laid back and we left Chiang Mai around midday and headed for Chiang Khong on the Thai/Laos border. The minibus was very comfortable, even better than yesterday's. There were only three travellers, us and a young...

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off we go!

Jan 16, 2013 - Back on the Mekong River

We were up at 6am and back on the Mekong river. It was overcast, very misty and much colder. We were wearing many layers of clothing. But it did get warmer as the day progressed. Along the way we saw 2 elephants that were brought to the river to wash. Crops were being planted on the sand bars and banks. The main crop was peanuts. There is much more fishing at this end of the river. Nets and traps are attached to bamboo stakes that are driven into the sand banks. At times we would pass through Class 1 rapids. The wife cooked us a wonderful...

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Jan 15, 2013 - Entering Laos

Once again we were awaken by roosters crowing. A gong was calling the monks at 5:30am. By 8am we were driven to the Thai immigration in Chiang Klong, Thailand. A long boat ferried us across the Mekong River to Laos where we purchased our Laos Visa for $42 USD. Then a songthaew, small local bus which reminded me of a pickup truck with a tin roof and 2 long benches on either side, took us to our private Long Boat. The boat has benches, tables, a washroom and comfy airplane like chairs. Tea/coffee is always available. We removed our shoes at...

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Jan 3, 2013 - Pak Beng to Luang Prabang

Second Day relaxing on the Mekong This morning we did not have a “fowl” awakening, but a “canine” one – and it was at 1.30am! Dogs fighting in the street in front of our bedroom window. We had to be ready to go at 8 am, so it was up at 6 am; then the normal routine (by now) of shower, packing, breakfast. This morning we had time to watch an elephant being led to the river for his/her morning “cup of tea”! There is an elephant centre across the river where tourists can get rides on the elephants. These are working elephants, not wild...

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Jan 2, 2013 - Huay Xai to Pak Beng via the Mekong River

Floating down the Mekong We were awakened very early by fighting dogs; not the usual fowl awakening but rather, a canine one. At 6 am it was time to hit the shower which is on the wall beside the toilet. If we want to, we can sit on the toilet and have a shower at the same time! Breakfast was good and at 8 am we walked to the dock where our boat was waiting. It was a much nicer boat than most of us expected. Nice seats and lots of room to walk around. The seats are 2 person benches facing each other with a table in between. There is also a...

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Jan 2, 2013 - Mekong River

Today the temperature is pleasant but not warm enough to relish the cold shower. Mr and Mrs Singkham prepare breakfast for us and regale us with stories of the various elixirs that he takes to stay fit at 75. We walk down to the river to find the riverboat that is to transport us to Luang Prabang over the next 2 days. It is owned by a family who live on board in the tourist season. The boat is about 38m long and 2.5m wide and all the cooking is done in their quarters at the front of the boat. The son is very particular about respecting his...

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Feb 9, 2012 - "Bad Lao Man", (Slow-boat Day 1)

Entertaining day! We evaluated our health in the morning and determined that we were okay to take the slow-boat from Houay Xai today. It's a 2-day journey, with a night in Pak Beng, to Luang Prabang (maybe around 7 hours on the boat each day). We decided to save 40,000 kip (which is only $5) by heading to the dock ourselves rather than booking through our guesthouse. It was easy enough-- a song-thaew to the pier and then we bought our tickets. We had been told the boat was to leave at 10:30 or 11, and we got there by shortly after 10. But...

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