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Apr 2, 2009 - Huay Xai

After a truly horrendous bus ride I arrived at the rather non-descript town of Huay Xai on the Laos-Thailand border about 7am this morning. As a result of the windows that did not close, combined with the pouring rain that continued most of the night I was FREEZING cold and dripping wet by the time I made it to a guesthouse. I had been so cold on the bus that I put my spare jumper on as a pair of pants, putting my legs into the arms and pullling it up to my thighs. All fashion sense was out the faulty window! I'm here as a jumping point for...

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Taking the Long Way

Mar 1, 2009 - Chiang Mai - Pai - Laos

After I dropped off my passport at a travel agency in Chiang Mai, I had a few days to kill before I could pick it up along with my Vietnam visa. So i decided to head to Pai for a couple of days. Pai is a small hippy/backpacker town located about 100 km northwest of Chiang Mai. Even though it is only 100km away, the drive takes about 3 hours as it is a very windy road through the mountains. Having already heard a lot about it, Pai was pretty much exactly how i expected it. The scenery is pretty amazing and there are a lot of bars and...

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Feb 7, 2009 - Slow Boat into Laos

Sharon Before the boat ride started: After Thailand it was obvious we had to go through Laos to Vietnam. We had decided to spend a week in Luang Prabang while we got our visas for Vietnam. The only way to get to Luang Prabang (besides flying) was boating down the Mekong River. At first we had two options. The Fast Boat: takes six hours, everyone wears helmets, goes SUPER fast (have the time of my life, I thought), in what looks like a motorized blow-up raft… The Slow Boat: takes two days, everyone sits on hard, wooden benches all day, it is...

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Feb 4, 2009 - Chiang Khong to Loas

Today was a major travel day – Chiang Rai to the Thai border at Chiang Khong, then a boat across the river to enter Loas at Huay Xai. The photo attached shows the bus I got from Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong. I got my own seat! A much more pleasant trip than the previous, although it seems the further north you get, the smaller the buses get. At Chiang Khong you hop off the bus and grab a Tuk Tuk (picture attached), and take a two minute drive to the Thai border. You get your passport stamped, and walk across the border down to the Mekong...

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Nov 16, 2008 - Huay Xai and 'The Gibbon Experience'

Over the border and into the border town of Huay Xai in Laos, a country whose unfortunate claim to fame is that thanks to the American bombings of the Ho Chi Minh trail during the Vietnam war, it became the most bombed country in history. Not surprisingly unexploded ordinance is still a problem today. First impressions are just how green the country is when compared to Thailand, and how much poorer it appears; people live in wooden or bamboo mat huts on stilts rather than the concrete boxes of Thailand. Day 1 was spent doing very little,...

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Where's Malcolm?

Oct 31, 2008 - LMT to Huay Xai

I got up early and headed off around the 8.15 mark to the LMT bus station which is now 15Kms outside of town. Makes sense?? Mr Tuk-Tuk decided he would parade around the local market in an attempt to pick up more people. I had to remind him it was the NEW bus station we were going to not the old one which was in town and I was in a little bit of a hurry. Yeh yeh. "Hurry" now try and explain that one to any Laos person. Good luck to you:)) Now the next part is rather incredible. We arrived at 8.30am, ok not really early as I had agreed I...

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May 25, 2008 - On the road again

SO it has been a long couple of days of travelling. Firday night in Pai we got on an overnight bus to the Laos-Thai border. At the time we thought it was a good idea, but I quickly realized that I hate sleeping sitting up. The "VIP Bus" was basically a Toyota van, a bit bigger thana mini-van, but not much. Somehow, they had managed to get 14 seats into it, and left about 2*2*4 feet of room to stuff 13 very large backpacks,. At least it had A/C. We crossed the border after paying an overtime fee to the guards because it was a holiday, and...

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May 7, 2008 - Bootsfahrt auf dem Mekong (Tag 2 nach Huay Xai)

Am naechsten Tag geht es weiter, zwar in einem anderen Boot, aber mit den gleichen anderen Reisenden wie am Vortag. Da keine zuverlaessige Information bzgl. der Abfahrtszeit des Bootes zu erhalten war, sind wir sicherheitshalber schon mal alle bis 08:00 Uhr im Hafen. Bis zur Abfahrt bleibt dann zwar noch etwas Zeit, aber die nutzen wir, um die verschiedenen Unterkuenfte und Restaurants zu vergleichen. Zudem bedauern wir gemeinschaftlich, dass es heute keine bequemen Ledersitze gibt, sondern ausschliesslich Baenke in der Holzklasse vorhanden...

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Apr 19, 2008 - Huay Xay, LAOS

Entered Laos,the promissed land. Some problems at the border. If you pay your visa in dollars you loose 300-400 baht,so get dollars. And on the weekend it is 1 dollar more. So be prepared with money. The people here are lovely and in my experience I think the locals are nicer then the ones in Thailand. We tried to get on the slowboat,but there was allready 100 people in a boat of 70. So we wanted a private boat for 10 people, 1900 baht after long bargaining,and it is 900 baht for 100 paople in a boat. But everybody had these bloody tours...

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Apr 1, 2008 - Break for the border

Seems ages since I done an update and I've seen, done and laughed so much since my last entry I may need to break it down a bit! Last entry I was heading to the Thai / Laos border, got a great room overlooking Laos the guest house owners had created a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere. Dinner was lovely and met a few other travellers who were heading over the border and onwards on the same ferry as I was, so we all compared notes on visa's / guest houses etc. The next morning 1st task was to get to the port and get our passports stamped out...

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Mar 18, 2008 - Huay Xai, Laos-Thai border

We stayed in Huay Xai with Anna Bounmie, the sister of our friend from Luang Prabang, Somboune, along with her mother, brother, and two nephews. We had a wonderful time staying in a regular laotian house... Kyla got up early and went with Anna to the market for breakfast, and we stayed up late into the night (well, late for Laos - it was almost 11 o'clock) talking to the family. Somboun and Anna's mother speaks french, which helped immensely. They had us try on their traditional Hmong outfits, and we even helped bring in some wood that was...

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