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Jan 6, 2009 - Motorin' - Phonsovan to Nom Noen

Hello All~ Well, it seems that we are destined to a Close Encounter of the Insect Kind on all of our adventures. As some of you may remember, when we were in Bolivia we were two of a very lucky few people (according to the French guesthouse owner) who had the pleasure of witnessing the mass migration of big black Bolivian ants - right through our guesthouse! So...I should have known it was only a matter of time before we'd experience some buggy shit. Now, I'm not the squeamish, "Ewwwww...bugs" type of gal. Often, I actually enjoy looking at...

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Travelin' Light

Feb 20, 2006 - Plain of Jars and and visiting a Hmong village

The Plain of Jars We were up and away 6.00am before the first morning light. The air in Luang Prabang is cool and dry so we needed to put on our fleeces for the first time in many months (apart from the occasional bus or boat where 16 degrees Celsius seems to be the agreed temperature). We have chartered a minibus and our English-speaking guide, Neak, to take us to the Plain of Jars. It's a 200 kilometre trip on steep mountain roads through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Northern Laos. The road was built back in 1992 and as...

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Dec 26, 2005 - To Phonsavan

26 December - To Phonsavan I left on an 0830 bus to Phonsavan. An Irish man called William,aged 73, sat next to me and we chatted for most of the journey. He had a 25 year old Lao chap travelling with him called Tooey, who he said was his guide but said his English wasn't that good. It turned out that William had travelled quite extensively and I wondered why he needed a guide. However, he was acting as interpreter and seemed to be carrying William's bags. Perhaps when I'm 73 (or even younger) I will employ a young chap to carry my bags...

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Dec 24, 2005 - Phonsavan, Christmas and mysterious jars

Spending Christmas in a country that doesn't celebrate it is one thing, to spend it in a town that is has little to no tourism is another. This place is called Phonsavan and "the town itself holds virtually nothing of interest but serves as a center... for seeing sights in the area" Lonely Planet, Laos 5th edition. Being away from home, family, snow, and friends for the first time for each of us we decided that it was best to not bother with somewhere that put something on just for tourists. Some people my find that strange, but the two of...

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Apr 15, 2005 - Phonsovan

Sabaidee bee mai! Happy Lao New year and water throwing people everywhere. After another butt numbing 9 hour bus ride ( average 30 kms an hour) we arrive at Phonsovan. This is the site of the plain of Jars and we join 4 other travellers for a days' minibus with guide to tour the three sites. The plain of Jars have a long history going back at least 4000 years and they are still working on how and why they were made. They range from 1metre high to 3.5 metres and weigh upwards of 3-4 tons. They are not exactly sure yet as to why they were...

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Apr 15, 2005 - Laos

As we watched the wheels spinning and the bus side slipping towards the muddy ditch we thought that was as far as we were going on that day. The driver somehow managed to skid the bus up the hill and all of the passengers bundled back on for a few more hours until a rear tire exploded on a large rock. We were on the main highway number 3 to northern Laos, a muddy dirt track impassable after heavy rain. This was only the first of many bus journeys in Laos. Laos is a country still described by many backpackers as "untouched" in many places,...

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Feb 4, 2005 - Phonsavan/Plain Of Jars

The trip to Phonsavan was supposed to take 8hrs by local bus, or 6hrs by minibus. After our previous experiences we decided to pay a few dollars extra and go for the minibus..... this was proving to be a great investment until the local bus overtook us during our first toilet stop!! After that the race was on! After 7hrs of going up and down many mountains, and admiring the breath-taking scenery we arrived just outside Phonsavan ahead of the local bus - our investment was looking like it was paying-off. We were stopped on the outskirts by...

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Stu and Liz On Tour

Nov 22, 2004 - Laos / Phonsovan

Weer een lekkere busrit met bar weinig beenruimte! Ook hadden wij ditmaal een gewapende bewaker in de bus. Langs de kant van de weg waren veel "soldaten" te zien". In Phonsovan de Plain of Jars bezocht en voor de rest is dit een rustige slaapstad waar weinig te doen is. De drie lokaties waar de Jars verspreid liggen is wel bijzonder om gezien te hebben.

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