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Mar 5, 2018 - Southern Laos

Well, we figured that we needed to give you all a break from reading our "book" so that is why we've held off on another update. However, here we are on our last night in Laos and we really need to post our recent escapades. This country has captivated us right from our first day in Luang Prabang. We thought it would be difficult to be comparable to Myanmar but alas, we were wrong. This itty bitty country has been a joy to travel through. Let us say, Vientiane could easily be missed but given that it is the capital, it is a destination for...

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Jul 13, 2014 - We arrive in Laos

July 13 - Pakse, Laos - Josh's tale Today we got a late start due to the exhaustion of everybody. We hung out at the boutique guesthouse place that we were staying at reading and writing and sleeping until about 1:30 when we went to lunch down the street from our hotel. Before lunch Josh and Jim also watched a rerun of the consolation final game between Holland and Brazil in which Holland won 3-0. At lunch, I enjoyed a wonderful noodle soup with pork and bean sprouts which kind of reminded me of the ramen that we ate in Japan. After lunch...

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Jan 13, 2014 - Day 2 31st Dec 2013

Day 2 31st Dec 2013 We met Kamchanoy who will be our guide for the south. he seems keen to please and helped over the first hurdle of trying to say his name. First stop out of Pakse was Vat Pha. A tiny version of Angkor Wat. Those Hindus certainly got around hundreds of years ago. There are written records of temple events that are fascinating. Not sure I would like to live then. A long drive thru very poor areas to the bottom of Laos and a place called 4000 islands in the middle of the Mekong. There is STARK contrast between those driving...

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Laos/Vietnam 2014

Jan 13, 2014 - Day 9

Day 9 6th Jan 2014 It was with GREAT regret we left the luxury of La Folie. The night before we had skyped our daughter and son-in-law from pool side. So surreal. Them in Melbourne us in Laos. Such fun. I hope the internet does not break. With sad hearts we left La Folie. Little did we know we were going to the opposite end of the accommodation spectrum. We travelled to the Boloven Plateau which is a lot cooler than the low lands next to the Mekong. On the way we saw Laos people about the business of life. Markets, black smithing, growing...

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Laos/Vietnam 2014

Mar 3, 2013 - Pakse, tour on the Bolavan Plateau

Sunday Mar 3rd tour on the Bolavan Plateau 8am-6pm Last night was sooooo hot , was not much sleep had and just as well we had an easy day being driven around. We had no energy for biking but it did feel weird to travel so quickly in the van. Our guide, Kinoy was very humorous, and loved joking around with Pete. He is from one of the villages we visited, he moved to Pakse 4 yrs ago when he was 18yrs to work with tourists to learn English, and of course he speaks a little german and french too. He works 6 days week at sabaidy 2 and ‘never...

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Mar 1, 2013 - 1st and 2nd March in Pakse

Friday March 1st 114k to Pakse , 6hr.30 ride time, Av speed 17.5 Pete did a repair job on the mossie screens before we went to bed last night, so we could sleep with the window open but around midnight Nickie wakes cos she’s been bitten on her backside. Then we see the huge gaps around the door, so up went the mossie net over the bed. Nickie spent a few hours listening to the many sounds of the geckos, they chuckle and gargle and bark, noisy things , ..not much sleep was had with a the biggest day ahead. At 7.15am the sun was a magenta...

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Nov 6, 2012 - Vang Vieng - Pakse

Die letzten Tage in Vang Vieng waren eher entspannt. Vang Vieng ist ein sehr touristischer Ort der nur von Backpackern bevölkert wird und daher einerseits viel Spaß machen kann, andererseits aber auch zu viel Fremdscham führt. Die Natur drumherum ist atemberaubend und die Tours die wir unternommen haben - zuletzt eine Kayaktour - ebenfalls. Man kann aber auch den ganzen Tag in den Bars abhängen von denen eine neben der anderen gelegen, mit gemütlichen Liegen ausgestattet, den ganzen Tag unterschiedliche amerikanische Serien...

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Südostasien 2012

Nov 5, 2012 - Laos

We entered Laos in early November and fell in love with the country. We flew into Luang Prabang, a city located further north in the country. The local currency is Kip and it is about USD $1 to 8000. We stayed at a local guest house called Khimmay in a dorm for $6 USD a night each and enjoyed free wifi to plan the rest of our trip. The local people in Luang Prabang respect tourists. We had gotten tired of the rush of Thailand and locals just seeing dollar signs above our heads. The markets in Luang Prabang were great! The merchants were...

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May 22, 2012 - Laos - Day21- Massage & Relax Day in Pakse

Holy Crap!!!! We finally made it to Pakse, after a long afternoon and evening of trying to catch a bus here. It was a very long night on a bus that had hard, broken seats, we originally took the very back row of seats between Jason, Angie, Becky and myself. Sue and Chris had the two seats in front of us. The back row unfortunately did not recline so you sat up in “attention” all night and every time the bus would hit a bump, stop or make a sudden move to slow down you pretty much came right out of your seat. Jason’s cushion came right off...

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Apr 27, 2012 - Pakse: Page 5 - From Hoi An to Here

Hellloooooooo! Sorry everyone for the horribly long time between entries. A combination of less available internet and generally being busy have stopped me being able to spend too long at a computer. However, we are now stuck in Pakse, a rather uninteresting town, for a couple of days while our Laos visas are extended, so I finally have a chance to tell you about it all! Our last evening in Hoi An was lovely - we found a really local restaurant with only 4 items on the menu, so tried all of them! One was a sweetcorn soup served with ice,...

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Charlotte's travels

Feb 17, 2012 - taas mennään

nyt on saatu tarpeeksi löhöilystä ja eilen tultiin takas pakseen, josta ois tarkoitus parin päivän sisään lähteä etenemään kohti vietnamia. don detistä jäi hyvät muistot, vaikka mun aurinkolasit vietiin. niissä oli linsseissä vahvuudet, joten toivottavasti sillä rosvolla on pää ihan perkeleen kipeä kun käyttää niitä :) näillä näkymin ollaan vaan kaks viikkoa vietnamissa, ei tarvii erillistä viisumia hankkia, joten ei tarvi lähteä tekemään mutkaa pohjoisen rajaylityspaikan kautta. tehdään pariin paikkaan täsmäiskut, ja sitten lennetään...

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Feb 4, 2012 - pakse

riippumattoon pääsy lähenee koko ajan, taas ollaan lähempänä don detin saarta, jossa ois tarkoitus olla tekemättä mitään niin pitkään kuin vain suinkin malttaa. savannekhetissa vierähtikin kolme päivää, latailtiin vähän paristoja ennen viimeistä pitkää bussimatkaa. eilen käytiin 15km pyöräretkellä järvellä, siellä oli kivoja pikku majoja, joissa sai nautiskella olutta ja pelattiin jatsia. illalla käytiin tunnin jalkahieronnassa ja voi sanoa, että tuntui hyvältä, hintaa 3,5€. muutama kerjäläinen pyöri keskustassa, mutta muuten elintaso...

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