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Apr 25, 2009 - Vang Vieng

After telling Jed and Max about my travel plans, they decided to join me on my way to Vang Vieng to go tubing, as it was on the way towards their destination of Luang Prabang. We arrived around 2pm, and quickly found a hostel. Jed and Max, who are on a major time crunch (they want to see Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Australia in one month- too crazy for me), went off quickly to go tubing. I wanted to check out the town first and do the tubing the following day. To go tubing, you pay a tuk-tuk driver to take you and the tube you've rented to...

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Mar 7, 2009 - Luang Prabang

What a cute town! Our hotel is lovely (and wahoo for getting 3 nights on my own!!). After catching up on some laundry I met everyone for indian food. After that Nicole and I wandered through the night market and to her secret coffee shop Jomas (YUM to Chocolate cream pie and carrot cake). The following day, after our power walk, we went to the royal national museum (where the old king and queen used to live) and to a waterfall and bear sanctuary (they try and catch bears that people are trying to bring into China for medicine and such and...

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Jan 24, 2009 - Luang Prabang

Hi. We made our way to Luang Prabang, Loas and have visited the former King's residence. It was very interesting to see the opulence of the entertainment areas vs. the King and Queen's private areas such as dining room, bedrooms, reading rooms which were very plain in comparison. We also visited a majestic water fall and climbed to the top to get a bird's eye view. It was a steep climb that put our muscles and dexterity to the test but well worth it. Our group dined together at a local restaurant where guests BBQ their dinner right at the...

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Our Asian Adventure

Dec 25, 2008 - Christmas, Luang Prabang Style

Hello family and friends, We left off in Luang Prabang. Sometime around Christmas, right? Okay. I guess I should begin with a Christmas present Cassie and I bought for one another. We decided that it would be a good idea to buy each other a two day elephant training course. The Mahout Elephant Training Camp at the All Lao Elephant Compound cost us each $80. So, that was a big splurge out here in South Asia. The good thing is, this company is a top notch ecotourism provider. Meaning, the money we spent on this trip went to a variety of good...

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Travelin' Light

Dec 20, 2008 - Luang Prabang

Hello family and friends, After such a fabulously relaxing time in Nong Khiaw, we eventually had to get moving again. We were back on the road and heading toward the cultural and historical epicenter and tourist destination of Luang Prabang. It was a 150 km ride from Nam Khaiw on a paved road. Man, oh man, am I beginning to appreciate the wonder that is pavement. It's just so damned smooth and quiet. Of course this is the first pavement we have seen in Laos and we mentally prepared ourselves for the onslaught of traffic, horns, noise, and...

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Travelin' Light

Oct 19, 2008 - Luang Prabang

Sunday The scenery today was spectacular. Leaving Vieng Vang, the mountains were magical. Sheer and rugged mountain scapes in every direction. Soaring rock faces and angular shapes surrounded us. These are not the soft, rounded peaks of the Smokey Mountains, but rather something out of a fairy tale. In the lower elevations there were plenty of rice fields. We saw harvesting in a few, but most remain a lush green for now. Banana trees grow everywhere, although only a few showed large bunches of green bananas. We ran along a river for quite a...

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Aug 2, 2008 - Vang Vien & Luang Paubang

Greeting everyone, this may be the last entry depending on how exciting the remainder of the trip goes So our trip is coming to an end and we are both getting ready to return home. So we spent the last 4 days in Vang Vien. We did a kayaking trip which included some caves, rapids, and a stop at the bar along the river. It rained the whole day and the water level was to high that we couldn't go in to one of the caves but we had a good day. Other than that we spent a lot of time just exploring the town and watching friends in the restaurants(...

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South East Asia

Jul 13, 2008 - Luang Prabang

Hei og haa!!! Siden sist har det skjedd en hel masse... Eller, vi har i allefall hatt det rasende festlig!!! :) Vi har kjort tube ned Mekong River... Det gaar nesten ikke ann aa forklare, men jeg er sjeleglad for at jeg har investert i det kameraet jeg har... Vi en endelig kommet til en plass hvor vi skal vaere noen dager, tro det eller ei, men det er faktisk skikkelig slitsomt aa bare ha en natt paa hvert hotell... saa naa er vi i Luang Prabang i tre netter, saa baerer det rakkaern meg tilbake til Thailand... Kan ikke skjonne at denne...

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Mar 12, 2008 - Return to Luang Prabang

Before we headed up ( to me that's north) to L.P., we visited the Laos National History Museum. The most interesting thing to us was the large area dedicated to the war and struggles and victory against the American Imperialists during the time of the Vietnam War and the years following. Their history books have quite a different take on things than we do. As we were boarding our plane for Luang Prabang (propeller style), many people stopped to take a picture of the plane ( Lao Airways ). Seems that they don't have a very good safety record...

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Mar 9, 2008 - Luang Prabang

We left for Luang Probang on our own mini bus which meant that we could stop more frequently. There were beautiful views with forested mt. ranges but many very poor hill people live here in huts built between the road and the cliff edge. It is a good thing I took a gravol pill because once again the road was very twisty with lots of ups and downs. We stopped at one small village just to walk around and at another for lunch. There were many children wanting their pictures taken so that we would pay them a few kip (8000 kip = $1). We also...

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Feb 27, 2008 - laos and burma

hi all, hope you are all well, i know jim is recovering after a mishap at home with a beer bottle, well hope you dont have to hop far to the fridge mate, very hot over here and steamy, rains at the drop of a hat, but love the experience, i am thinking that i might become a frequent traveller, well off into the wilderness again so will post when i get time, g'day to all, regards, suttoh

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Feb 10, 2008 - Laos

Hey all I am now in Laos, and very happy to be here. It is so much warmer, although chilly at night, and I am seeing the sun agan. Plus, how can I not like a country that plays bocce ball? I flew into Luang Prabang and have been here for the past four days. I have actually met up with a few different people that I originally met throughout Vietnam and have been going on great day trips with them. (Sara, remember the CA boys from Mui Ne? crazy small world!). So, I cannot provide any details or stories of my highlights here (swimmng in...

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