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Aug 4, 2006 - Cattle Boating to Luang Prabang
The easiest way to get to Luang Prabang in Laos from Thailand is to cross the border and take a speed boat up the Mekong River. However, the same rains that washed out the roads on our trek also filled the Mekong with debris, making the speedboat more dangerous. The booking agent we talked to suggested that we take the slow boat, requiring two days of about 6 hours on the boat each. Well, apparently that's what everyone else heard too, and when we arrived at the boat there were absolutely no seats left. Rather than send two boats, the...Jump to full entry
Nov 26, 2005 - Evening fair in Oudomxai
Just a short entry, as I will not have any internet in the coming 10 days or so... Today, we had a very pleasant busride Eastwards to the 'city' (it's a provincial capital, however not bigger than a large village) of Oudomxai... Not really much to do here, however, after an oppulent diner, we stumbled across this night fair, where heaps of games could be played, to win glasses of sweets or bottles of soysauce... Unfortunately, I didn't succeed in winning a Beer Lao by throwing this plastic bowl over it - however, Bel was of different...Jump to full entry
Feb 20, 2005 - Luang Prabang, Laos
After three days of travelling I finally made it to Luang Prabang - a city deemed worthy by UNESCO to be called a World Heritage Site. I chose to take the more scenic and wallet-friendly approach from Thailand into Laos. Thus, the three day approach! The journey included: - 6 hour van ride from Chang Mai to the border of Laos - 1 night in a basic guest house at the Thai/Lao border - 1 morning to sort out visas and get luggage and self settled onto a wooden bench in a long...slow...filled to capacity...boat down the Mekong - 1 night in...Jump to full entry
Feb 17, 2005 - laos-Muang Ngoi... otro paraiso...
Hello People!!! Esta va a ser la descripcion de uno de los mejores sitios en el q hemos estado hasta ahora... todo relax... naturaleza...bungalows mirando al rio con hamacas... increible!!! Llegamos despues de 3 horas de carretera en la parte de atras de un camion...pero al pueblito donde ibamos solo se puede acceder x barco: no hay carreteras, ni coches, ni motos... y la electricidad funciona solo algunas horas, y solo en algunos sitios... Asi q cogimos un barco q en una hora nos llevo a nuestro destino... Imaginaros un rio, rodeado de...Jump to full entry
In the morning we set off from the guesthouse for the ferry across the Mekong to Huay Xai where we would catch the long boat down south to Luang Prabang. We cleared the immigration checkpoint on the Thai side and provided mild amusement to the immigration official by making our departure on the actual date our visa expired. We couldn't stay any longer if we wanted to! A 2 minute journey across the Mekong and we were in a different country. After filling out yet another immigration form we changed some money from Thai baht into Lao kip. With...Jump to full entry
Nov 17, 2004 - Crossing into Laos!
Well, where to start, first the basics. We left Chiang Mai and caught a quite pleasant minibus (5 hours) to Chiang Khong, the closest village to the border crossing with Laos. We had paid for a ticket that included accommodation in Chiang Khong and two days on a slowboat to Luang Prabang in Laos. Things went smoothly at first, the minibus, then the accommodation and the dinner were all better than expected. Ater some confusion amongst all the travellers (including us) about whether we could get a Visa at the border or had to wait and get...Jump to full entry
May 22, 2004 - Mind the Lao Lao
Mind the Lao Lao We've just returned from a three day trek into the Nam Ha National Biodiversity Conservation area near Luang Nam Tha Laos. The remoteness and beauty of the place was stunning. The mountainous terrain reminded me of the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville North Carolina. Mile after mile of densely covered mountain rolled on throughout the park, carved out by the occasional river. The jungle so dense at points that progress along our trail required a strong arm and sharp machete. Rain was intermittent throughout are...Jump to full entry