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Jul 24, 2017 - Goodbye to Luang Prabang and Hello to Two Days on the Mekong River

After two weeks it was time to move on from the relaxed city of Luang Prabang. This city ticked all of our boxes, allowed us to give back by teaching conversational English, experience the culture and diversity of this often forgotten country and learn about its sad and damaged history as the most bombed nation on earth (per capita). In the last couple of days, I completed a bottle top snake that I made for the nephew of our previous guest house host. The children have little to play with and I had the luxury of time. I dropped it off one...

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Jul 21, 2017 - There's a Mouse in the House and a Bear There Two

We had completed lots of English sessions at Big Brother Mouse in Luang Prabang city, so today we were heading out to spend the full day at Big Sister Mouse which is set out in the countryside, about 45 minutes drive away from the city. We met our fellow travellers, a family of 4 from NSW, a Malaysian National from Brisbane, a New Zealand woman and us, along with one of the founders of Big Brother/Big Sister Mouse, Sasha. We all piled into the van and off we went. I must add here that the humidity level was up around 97%, really...

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Jul 19, 2017 - A Day at Kuang Si Waterfall and the Asiatic Black Bear Rescue Centre - So glad we went

We had agreed that now the rainy season has begun, we needed to be strategic and set about doing all the outdoorsy activities that we wanted to do, while the weather was fine. We opened our eyes, decided today was the day for our visit to the much acclaimed Kuang Si Waterfall and the Bear Rescue Centre. These are set in the same location, 29 klms south of Luang Prabang. We had been hounded for over a week, by drivers desperate to have a driving job for the day, so off we went to choose a trusty and reliable driver. Mrs Wombat's criteria...

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Jul 17, 2017 - A Day or Two around Luang Prabang

On Monday it was time to change guest house and say farewell to our wonderful hosts at the Golden Lotus, the day was rainy and the thought of moving in the rain was not good, although our move was down and across a few streets. We booked a new guest house for 7 more nights, the Luang Prabang River Lodge, this is right on the Meekong river and I requested a room with a river view. So we packed and put a moving plan in place, Mrs Wombat and I would move the backpacks to the new place and in the afternoon we would come back and get the big...

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Jul 13, 2017 - Big Brother Mouse

My intention has always been, to become involved with teaching conversational English classes during our travels. Let's face it, 3 months is a long time to be a lady of leisure. Mind you, I am now well used to having my meals prepared for me, my washing done and returned, coffee made for me, the house work and bed made each day and being driven anywhere I want to go! Time to give back....... We had originally intended to provide conversational English opportunities to children and youth in Cambodia, but it didn't work out due to the timing...

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Jul 13, 2017 - Lunch cost 58,000 Kip

We have now been here for a couple of days and are settling into the way of life here, whilst now working in a single currency, rather than the dual currency of Cambodia. The enormous denominations of money are taking some getting used to. On our arrival, we immediately cashed $100 AUD into Kip, I must admit Money Changers are plentiful around where we are staying, the current rate is 1 AUD = 6000 Kip. Typically a large beer is 15,000 Kip, a meal ranges from 25,,000 to 50,000 Kip and a pastry from the bakery to go with my afternoon coffee,...

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Jul 10, 2017 - We have arrived in Luang Probang Laos

After a one hour and 40 minute flight, with propellers whirring along nicely, we descended from the clouds to the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. The plane lined up for the runway, and as it touched down it began skidding to the right. A look of terror crossed Mrs Wombat's face, she really is a nervous passenger! The pilot corrected the plane, we came to stop and here we were. There had been some massive rain and of course there was no aero bridge, so we wandered aimlessly across the tarmac to the terminal, with all passengers just following...

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Mar 26, 2017 - All Wat we did today

All Wat we did today.... March 26 Luang Prabang, Laos As we left the hotel this morning, Ot asked us, "Wat are you going to see today?"   I replied, "Yes".   My wife poked me with her elbow.   She is so over my "Wat" jokes.  Here's the wonderful thing:  Here in Laos, a "Wat" is sometimes called a “Vat”.   Vitch (I felt) allowed me to use a Yiddish accent when describing them to her as we toured each of them.  For that, again, I got a poke with an elbow. Here, then, is a list of all Vat we saw this morning: 1. Wat Pha Mahathat  This is...

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Mar 25, 2017 - Laos is trying to kill me

Laos is trying to kill me March 25, 2017 Luang Prabang, Laos After almost 2 months on the road, we’ve fallen into a pretty straightforward routine. Most days we get up early and, after Debbie eats a croissant and I have some soup with a lot of chilies for breakfast, I look for ways to kill myself. Take, for instance, today. The Kuang Si Waterfalls are the No. 1 Thing to See while in Luang Prabang. This is for sure because it says so on the side of every tuk tuk truck in town. They will happily take you there – it’s only a 45-minute bounce...

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Mar 24, 2017 - On the Mekong River in Laos

On the Mekong River in Laos March 24, 2017 Luang Prabang, Laos I miss the boat. Debbie does, too. To get our fix, we hired a boat today along with a guy who knows how to drive it (Mr. So) and asked him to take us up the Mekong River to see a couple of sites that come highly recommended by every tour brochure in town. One of them is the Ban Xang Hai village which, for thousands of years, was renowned for its clay pots. Time and progress march on and today the nickname for the place is “Whiskey Village”). It’s about 2 hours up the Mekong...

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Mar 23, 2017 - Canada is No. 1 in Laos!

Canada is No. 1 in Laos! March 23, 2017 Luang Prabang, Laos The first clue that things are different on Lao Airways is their fleet – propeller planes sourced from ATR (Avions de Transport Regional) – a French-Italian consortium, who delivered their first ATR-72 prop plane in 1981. I think it might have been the one we flew on during our 1 hr. hop from Chiang Mai, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos this afternoon. The second is that the meat in the sandwich-ish looking thing that was handed out by the lovely flight attendant was not a meat of a...

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Mar 2, 2017 - Luang Prabang #2

I’m now sitting on my flight between Luang Prabang and Bangkok having had a couple of additional days back in Luang Prabang to end Tim’s trip. Last time I wrote we had just headed to the bus station in Nong Khiaw to return back to Luang Prabang. The journey back itself was pretty uneventful – we were pleased to find we were on a slightly bigger ‘mini bus’ returning than we were on the way up north – this meant a bit more space as well as seats towards the front of the bus so it wasn’t quite such a rollercoater to get there. Although, to be...

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