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Nov 5, 2010 - Sam Nua, Laos

Overnight bus on 4th, arrived 5th November Departed 6th November Very strange, almost eery feeling here. Its like a ghost town! Not really much to do either. We walked to the markets then decided to go see the war memorials. We called in on the weaving houses which were pretty cool and then watched some local kids playing a game involving elastic bands, a piece of wood and flip flop throwing! The kids are sooo creative! I was taking pictures of them and they were loving looking back at the photos on my camera. We walked on and met some...

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Flip flop's tour

May 28, 2010 - Vieng Xai

Jour 25 Nos deux motobikes nous attendent comme prévu au petit matin pour nous emmener jusqu'à la gare des bus à 60km de là. La route est magnifique mais nos fesses souffrent encore du souvenir des 300 km de Sapa. Nous voyageons dans une position un peu inconfortable du faite de nos gros sacs et nous sommes bien contents d'arriver!! Nous négocions avec beaucoup de difficultés un bus allant jusqu'au poste-frontière du Laos. Nous finissons par partir, il est chargé comme une mule. Nous sommes assis recroquevillés sur une caisse ou debout à...

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Jan 8, 2009 - Motorin' - Nom Noen to Nong Khiaw

Hello All~ After having had the grandaddy of all encounters the previous night (sorry...so hard to resist bad puns), we hit the road to continue into uncharted territory. While the road from Nom Noen was new to us, it would lead us back to Nong Khiaw - the lovely little river village we stayed in after taking the boat ride down from Muang Khiaw with Anne and Anton - and we planned to return and stay at the same bungalows as before. Shortly after leaving Nom Noen, the road slowly became less wide, less traveled and less graveled. We felt as...

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Travelin' Light

Nov 29, 2008 - Vieng Xai

The 10 hour bone-jarring bus ride to Sam Neua was notable for one incident where I think the bus driver refused to pay a bribe at a bridge which resulted in some villager armed with a AK47 waving his gun angrily at the bus, but thankfully he didn't shoot. We arrived in the late evening, always a bad time to turn up, and elected for a damp-ridden hotel - no fun but at 10.00 pm we had little choice. I think we were the only guests, the staff had been helping themselves to a little to much lao-lao (the local fire-water) and could only just...

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Where's Malcolm?

Oct 14, 2007 - Vieng Xai

Travel buddies: Jess and Greg (New Mexico) A facinating place of extreme beauty. It is set among beautiful karst limestone mountains that rise out of the rice fields like hulking monoliths. During the Secret War this area was the seat of command for the most powerful members of the Pathet Lao, the nationalist party that won the war and now runs the country. All over teh place there are caves which still house all the materials that were used in the war to allow the survival of the village people. At the time over 200 people lived...

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Jun 17, 2007 - Vieng Xai

This morning we decided to rent a scooter and drive over to the next town, Vieng Xai. Vieng Xai is the former Pathet Lao revolutionary headquarters and, among other things, it has at least a dozen caves, which were used during the war as military hide-outs. Matt was very excited about this, me- not so much, but I thought the scenery would be good. The winding drive was very nice with plenty of rice fields dotting the landscape along the way. We stopped for lunch (baguettes and Laughing Cow) at a village along the way and Matt performed his...

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Dec 19, 2006 - Sweet home Hin Boun

The homestay experience is as opposite to Vietianne as you could possibly get. We stopped in the tiny village of Hin Boun on the banks of some nice river whose name I've forgotten or simply can't pronounce, who knows?. The village itself opens itself up to these type of tourist invasions for the money it provides for the village coffers. We stayed with two families in typical houses of the area. Bamboo and teak house on stilts with two rooms: one for cooking and eating and the other for tv and sleeping, keep in mind this is an extended...

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Nov 18, 2006 - Day 2, the Muong people..

We headed off at around 9am today. The first stop was to a village with Red Muong people in it. We had to walk about 3kms downhill to get into the village. So yep, that's 3kms uphill on the way back. The journey to this first stop was rather cold!! but of course the sun shone through brightly and strongly and hot when we had to climb up the mountain back to the bike. As we entered the village we weren't too much of a spectacle, we wandered around and then went into a place where they were taking the corn off the cob. The dried corn off the...

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ORR TRAVELS 2006



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