Archive for the ‘Laos’ Category

Xmas and NY holidays Day 12 – Luang Prabang

Christmas Day!  Crystal and I exchanged our ‘Secret Santa’ gifts we had bought at the night market the night before, simple but nice things that were typically Lao in style.  We had a nice breakfast by the Nam Khan river, fruit, croissants and tea.  We then walked around by the Mekong river trying to bargain […]

Xmas and NY holidays Day 11+12 – Luang Prabang

Xmas and NY holidays Day 11+12 – Luang Prabang

Woke and had a lovely breakfast of croissants washed down with sweet tea, then headed to Elephant XL Camp to get picked-up and taken to the Elephant Xieng Lom Camp and Lodge for a day of elephant trekking and waterfalls.  An American girl, a Welsh couple, and another American – an eco-warrior who had a […]

Xmas and NY Holidays Day 10 – Luang Prabang

Xmas and NY Holidays Day 10 – Luang Prabang

Woke early to take a stroll around some of the other guesthouses, as we weren’t overly happy with our room.  Found a lovely place called Saw Dee Guesthouse, which was in a very quiet location up an alley just away from the Mekong.  Moved into the room at the top, and headed to a restaurant […]

Xmas and NY holidays day 9 – Route 13 to Luang Prabang

Xmas and NY holidays day 9 – Route 13 to Luang Prabang

Woke with a terrible Tiger Tiger Laos whiskey-induced hangover at 7am.  At 8am, we were due to leave for Luang Prabang on a ‘VIP’ bus.  I knew this really meant a cramped mini-van, and that the 5 and a half hours it was supposed to take would actually stretch to over 8.  The thought of […]

Xmas and NY holidays Day 8 – Vang Vieng

Xmas and NY holidays Day 8 – Vang Vieng

A nice cappucino in the early morning by the side of the Nam Song river made for a great start to the day, and made us both briefly forget the dull ache in our shoulders.  After spending an hour watching longboats glide up and down the river, and the villagers on the other side go about their […]

Xmas and NY holidays Day 7 – Vang Vieng

Xmas and NY holidays Day 7 – Vang Vieng

Spent the morning in the shops of Vang Vieng, buying shorts, vests, and sandals.  At  11am we went to the Wildside Green Discovery tour shop, where yesterday I had booked a kayaking trip down the Nam Song river, and waited for the pick up.  Also joining us were a couple of mates from London – […]

Xmas and NY Holidays Day 6 – Vang Vieng

Xmas and NY Holidays Day 6 – Vang Vieng

Pointing at the luxurious looking VIP coach in the travel agents in Vientiane the night before, I kept repeating “So this is the bus?  You’re not lying to me?” Each time the wily travel agent would reply:  “I promise this is the bus.  I not lie to you.”  Being bundled into a tiny minivan the […]

Xmas and NY Holidays Day 5 – Vientiane

Xmas and NY Holidays Day 5 – Vientiane

Woke up in the kaleidoscopic room with a fuzzy head after drinking far too much last night.  Crystal too, had a bad hangover.  Udonthani’s weird energy must have driven us to drink more than we intended too….and now we had to get the bus to Laos. The first bus didn’t leave until 11am, which gave […]

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